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BBTA books in Bath Central Library

Posted by on February 15, 2017 in Featured, News | 0 comments

As part of our twinning arrangements, the Braunschweiger Stadtbibliothek has now sent a total of four books to Bath Central Library.  The first two were “Altes Land”, which was discussed in Bath German Society last year, and the children’s book “Eine Macke kommt selten allein”.  The two latest books are “PlötzlichShakespeare”, a time-travelling quest for love, and “Léon und Louise”, an epic love story which is intertwined with 20th century French history.  This is a welcome chance to read modern German literature, and longer reviews are contained in the association’s...

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BBTA Newsletter No. 8

Posted by on January 29, 2017 in News | 0 comments

BBTA Newsletter No. 8

Bath – Braunschweig Twinning Association Newsletter No 8 January 2017 In This Issue Monthly meetings DEG President visits Bath Bridge between Twin Cities Book from Braunschweig Letter from Braunschweig BODS to visit Braunschweig Monthly meetings are held in the Mayor’s Parlour in the Guildhall in Bath Next meetings:    Friday   3 Feb          2 pm    Friday   3 Mar          2 pm    Friday   7 Apr          2 pm    Friday   5 May          2 pm To join, contact: Hilary Elms, Secretary BBTA 208, Old Frome Rd BATH  BA2 5RH 01225 837790 h.elms412@btinternet.com Quick Links www.bath-braunschweigtwinningassociation.co.uk  www.deg-bs.de www.bath-alkmaar-eu www.bath-kaposvar.org www.mayorofbath.co.uk Visit        A chance to visit Braunschweig in June 2017 Seven BBTA members met Paul Kavanagh President of the DEG and his colleague Jens Mueller on 12 Dec. Huw Morgan, Chairman of the Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society was also there. BODS (20 members) are visiting Braunschweig 6 to 11 June 2017.They are going by coach and Paul has hired a number of 4 bedroom flats at a cheap rate for them in Braunschweig  for that period. The coach seats 29 so there are 9 cheap seats if any members would like to go! Anyone interested should contact Paul (info@deg-bs.de) soon about the accommodation and Huw (huw@morgan-bath.co.uk) about seats on the coach.  On Wings of Song  On Wednesday 11 January Antje Siefert mezzosoprano,  accompanied by Sybille Hempel-Abromeit on the piano gave a superb performance at the Michael Tippett Centre,  Bath Spa University. The programme was an exciting mix of classical German songs on poems by Heine and contemporary works by Britten, Tippett and George Odam, whose first ever performance of Year Songs was enthusiastically received by the audience. George Odam, formerly Professor of Music at Bath Spa University was instrumental in the creation of the Michael Tippett Centre which is Bath’s only purpose built concert hall. Our Book from Braunschweig Bath Library recently received “Plötzlich Shakespeare” (published in 2010) by the best-selling author David Safier. This is an unusual novel, perhaps reflecting the author’s interest in reincarnation, the theme of a previous novel. The central figure, Rosa, is the first-person narrator (one thinks of Bridget Jones) who is transported from present day Wuppertal to the London of 1594 (the probably inaccurate date is taken from the blurb) and finds herself in the body of no less a person than Shakespeare, who also speaks in the first person. Some confusion for the reader is avoided by means of differing fonts, yet the situation gives rise to many other confusing incidents. In 1594 Rosa encounters historical personages as well as characters and events from Shakespeare’s plays, helps him to rewrite Sonnet 18 and Hamlet’s most famous soliloquy, for which the bard was apparently considering “Wein oder nicht Wein” and “Schwein oder nicht Schwein”. The author plays fast and loose with historical accuracy, and the resulting work is reminiscent of an episode of “Blackadder”, with a touch of James Bond. It is however also a quest to find the answer to the age-old question “What is love?” If the reader is willing to suspend disbelief he (or she) may find the resolution entertaining. Judy Spencer Letter from Braunschweig The DEG would like to wish you all a wonderful and (what seems...

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A chance to visit Braunschweig in June 2017

Posted by on December 13, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Seven of BBTA members met Paul Kavanagh President of the DEG and his colleague Jens Mueller today (12 Dec). Huw Morgan Chairman of the Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society was also there. BODS (20 members) are visiting Braunschweig 6 to 11 June 2017. They are going by coach and Paul has hired 4 bed flats at a cheap rate for them in Braunschweig for that period. The coach seats 29 so there are 9 cheap seats if any members would like to go! Anyone interested should contact Paul (info@deg-bs.de) soon about the accommodation and Huw (huw@morgan-bath.co.uk) about seats on the coach. Martin...

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BBTA Newsletter No. 7

Posted by on November 12, 2016 in News | 0 comments

BBTA Newsletter No. 7

  Bath – Braunschweig Twinning Association Newsletter No 7 October 2016 In This Issue Monthly meetings Book Corner Choir visits 2017 Letter from Braunschweig AGM Did you know? DEG President visits Bath Forthcoming concert Monthly meetings are held in the Mayor’s Parlour in the Guildhall in Bath Next meetings:    Friday      4 Nov            2 pm    Friday      2 Dec            2 pm To join, contact: Hilary Elms, Secretary BBTA 208, Old Frome Rd BATH  BA2 5RH 01225 837790 h.elms412@btinternet.com Quick Links www.bath-braunschweigtwinningassociation.co.uk  www.deg-bs.de www.bath-alkmaar-eu www.bath-kaposvar.org www.mayorofbath.co.uk Book Corner In the absence of a new book from The book begins with an autobiographical account of the author’s life growing up in Hampstead and Highgate as the child of Jewish refugees who fled to Britain in 1934, and is dedicated to the memory of her grandmother Anna, who died in Theresienstadt, and to Anna’s mother Charlotte and grandmother Emilie. It is however far more than a holocaust memoir, as the author’s extensive genealogical research uncovers an amazing link to the Prussian (and hence British) royal family. Consequently, the book gives an insight into German history from the Napoleonic era, through the 1920s and 1930s and also through the years of the cold war. Despite the occasional historical inaccuracy and a style which mixes romantic fiction with – as the author herself writes – the atmosphere of a novel by John le Carré, this book is immensely readable and is ultimately a tribute to the survival of a family. Susan Feest and Judy Spencer Individual Exchange visits: are you interested in visiting Braunschweig? perhaps staying with a family in Braunschweig? and maybe inviting them to stay with you in Bath? Contact Barbara Heck at the DEG (see link)    2017 Recitals  by Choirs from Braunschweig The Ladies Choir from Waggum will visit Bath at the end of May and the St Blasius Church Childrens Choir will be in Bath at the end of June Visit of Dr Christiane Blass Dr Blass who is a General Practitioner in Braunschweig and also a member of the Normannia Rowing Club in Braunschweig visited Bath on 27 July 2016 as guests of Jane Giddins and Andy Hoyes of the Bath Minerva Rowing Club. Letter from Braunschweig Dear friends in Bath, The DEG was delighted to welcome 7 members of the City of Bath Pétanque Club from 1st to 3rd October in Braunschweig. We enjoyed spending some lovely days together with sightseeing, shopping, a social evening with a rich buffet and barbecue, a trip to Wernigerode including a trip on a steam train going up the Brocken (the highest mountain in Northern Germany where we even threw some balls in arctic cold) and the city Pétanque tournament organised by the FSV Braunschweig on 3rd October, German Unity Day. These days were another chance to enhance the links between our cities and to strengthen our connections. Thank you for your visit, dear Pétanque players. Katrin Landsmann (DEG) BBTA AGM Our AGM was held in July. Don Withers resigned as Vice Chairman and Margaret Burrows a long standing committee member also resigned. Jeremy Key-Pugh is now our new Vice Chairman and we welcome Judy Spencer on to the committee. We are very sad to report that Bill Waterfield, for many years an...

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BBTA Newsletter No. 6

Posted by on July 18, 2016 in News | 0 comments

BBTA Newsletter No. 6

Bath – Braunschweig Twinning Association Newsletter No 6 July 2016 In This Issue Monthly meetings Book from Braunschweig Inter twinning Petanque Bridge between Twin Cities Letter from Braunschweig A special wedding car Did you know? Simply British Monthly meetings are held in the Mayor’s Parlour in the Guildhall in Bath Next meetings:    Friday   5 Aug               2 pm    Friday   2 Sep               2 pm    Friday   7 Oct               2 pm To join, contact: Hilary Elms, Secretary BBTA 208, Old Frome Rd BATH  BA2 5RH 01225 837790 h.elms412@btinternet.com Quick Links www.bath-braunschweigtwinningassociation.co.uk  www.deg-bs.de www.bath-alkmaar-eu www.bath-kaposvar.org www.mayorofbath.co.uk Book Exchange Our first book from Braunschweig, “Altes Land” by Dörte Hansen has aroused a great deal of interest and was recently discussed in the German Society. The evening was open to non-German speakers who examined one of the themes of the novel – the plight of refugees from Eastern Germany in 1945 – in the light of personal experiences. Last month, Bath library sent “Our Endless Numbered Days” by Claire Fuller to Braunschweig’s city library. In return we received “Das Mädchen mit dem Fingerhut” (Girl with a Thimble) by Michael Köhlmeier. Both books share the theme of children and their survival in a harsh world. Köhlmeier’s work is a modern fairy tale, with dark undertones. It is narrated in short, simple and often repetitive sentences which convey the difficulty of communicating when there is no common language. The three children at the centre of the story are therefore ultimately unknowable and their fate remains uncertain. This is an unusual novel which will leave the reader with some haunting images. Judy Spencer Inter Twinning Association Petanque Tournament Report on the Pétanque Competition between Bath’s Twinning Associations The Mayor and Mayoress of Bath, Councillor Paul Crossley and Mrs Margaret Crossley, recently attended the third annual pétanque competition in Queen Square between the city’s four twinning associations. Each association fielded 2 teams of 3 players, and after some very closely fought games,  the Bath – Aix-en-Provence Twinning Association emerged as victors.  Competition organiser Don Grimes said: ‘Provence is the birth-place of the game of pétanque so it is perhaps fitting that the team representing Aix-en-Provence won this year. Many of the players here this evening had not played boules before, so it was good to see everyone, including the Mayor, joining in so enthusiastically.’ BRIDGE BETWEEN TWIN CITIES “The long anticipated visit of our bridge playing friends from Braunschweig finally became reality at the beginning of July.  We enjoyed three tournaments together at Bridge and Games – Bath in Queen Square, and at Bath Bridge Club, culminating with an evening of team games in Queen Square, which was won by our German guests.  As well as playing bridge, the guests attended an official reception with the Mayor, Councillor Paul Crossley, and visited the Roman Baths, the Museum of Costume and many other places of interest within Bath and in the surrounding countryside. Guests and hosts agreed that the visit had been a very enjoyable experience and we are already planning a return visit, and hope that this exchange will lead to some lasting friendships between the citizens of our two towns. Judy Spencer The Winning Team...

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BBTA Newsletter No 5.

Posted by on April 18, 2016 in News | 0 comments

BBTA Newsletter No 5.

Bath – Braunschweig Twinning Association Newsletter No 5 April 2016 In This Issue Monthly meetings Forced Walks Bridge BBTA Website Cafe Britannia News from the DEG News from Braunschweig Forthcoming concert Did you know? Monthly meetings are held in the Mayor’s Parlour in the Guildhall in Bath Next meetings:    Friday   6 May               2 pm    Friday   3 June              2 pm    Friday   1 July (AGM)    2 pm    Friday   5 Aug               2 pm    Friday   2 Sep               2 pm To join, contact: Hilary Elms, Secretary BBTA 208, Old Frome Rd BATH  BA2 5RH 01225 837790 h.elms412@btinternet.com Quick Links www.bath-braunschweigtwinningassociation.co.uk  www.deg-bs.de www.bath-alkmaar-eu www.bath-kaposvar.org www.mayorofbath.co.uk Forced Walks     (sequel) On 4th and 5th February Lorna Brunstein and Richard White led a small party of British and German walkers from Hannover to Bergen Belsen following the exact route of the forced march taken by Esther Brunstein (Lorna’s mother) in February 1945. The walk reminded us that a refugee’s journey is long and troubled and continues until they find safety, a welcome and a sense of belonging. For more information see https://forcedwalks.wordpress.com Inter Twinning Association Petanque Tournament After the AGM on Friday 1 July 2016, about 6.30 pm, venue to be confirmed BRIDGE BETWEEN TWIN CITIES Bath bridge players are looking forward to the visit of eleven guests from Braunschweig at the beginning of July.  Our guests are members of the “Bridge and Art”  club which recently featured in a local news programme of North German Television.  While in Bath they will be playing with “Bridge and Games – Bath”, who are hosting the visitors, and also with “Bath Bridge Club”.  We hope they will also have time to relax and enjoy the local attractions. Judy Spencer Individual Exchange visits: are you interested in visiting Braunschweig? perhaps staying with a family inBraunschweig? and maybe inviting them to stay with you in Bath? Contact Barbara Heck at the DEG (see link) POLITE  NOTICE Would members kindly note that Subscriptions for 2016-2017 are now due    (except for payment  by Direct Debit) BBTA websiteVicki Messam has handed over the management of our website to Simon Guyett. Simon works in IT and speaks German fluently. Many thanks to Vicki Messam for all her hard work in setting up and managing the website until now. Vicki will be in Braunschweig over the summer months and we hope to hear from her. The people of Braunschweig are happy to announce the recent opening of a great new café serving traditional English fare. Find out more:   http://www.cafebritannia.de  Anglo-German Association    of Braunschweig Dear Members and Friends, We are pleased to announce the election of our new Board and Committee members. President: Paul Kavanagh pkavanagh@t-online.de Vice-President: Barbara Heck   bjheck@gmx.de Treasurer:               Gudrun Schweimler-Löffler Secretary:                            Eva Grimpen Committee Members:              Jane Henke                                                Carmela Folgosa                                                Katrin Landsmann                                                Sabine Thomas                                                Amadeo Miller                                                Jutta Martens Deutsch-Englische Gesellschaft  (DEG) Anglo-German Association Braunschweig e.V. News from Braunschweig The Braunschweig Carnival was a huge success in February after...

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Connections 21

Posted by on March 30, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Connections 21

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BBTA Newsletter No 4.

Posted by on March 23, 2016 in News | 0 comments

BBTA Newsletter No 4.

Bath – Braunschweig Twinning Association Newsletter No 4 Dec 2015 In This Issue Monthly meetings Honouring Esther BBTA Annual Dinner Bridge Individual exchanges Book from Braunschweig Season’s Greetings Petanque in Bath News from Braunschweig Treve Erdmenger Did you know? Stammtisch Monthly meetings are held in the Mayor’s Parlour in the Guildhall in Bath Next meetings:    Friday   8 Jan               2 pm    Friday   5 Feb               2 pm    Friday   4 Mar               2 pm    Friday   1 Apr                2 pm    Friday   6 May               2 pm To join, contact: Hilary Elms, Secretary BBTA 208, Old Frome Rd BATH  BA2 5RH 01225 837790 h.elms412@btinternet.com Quick Links www.bath-braunschweigtwinningassociation.co.uk www.deg-bsjimdo.com www.bath-alkmaar-eu www.bath-kaposvar.org www.book-of-phd.com/BoPHD_screen.pdf www.mayorofbath.co.uk Forced Walks is a programme of public walks to commemorate the death marches in the closing years of WW2.  Lorna Brunstein and Richard White are proposing a walk on 4 and 5 February 2016 which will follow as far as possible the exact route taken by Esther Brunstein (Lorna’s mother) and other survivors 71 years ago from near Hannover to Bergen Belsen. If you would like to join the walk or just like to learn more please visit www.forcedwalks.wordpress.com BBTA Annual Dinner 15 Oct 2015 at the Rising Sun 20 of us enjoyed an excellent meal at the Rising Sun with German specialities on the menu. Afterwards Don Withers (below) entertained us at the keyboard. Many thanks to Don Grimes for organising the evening. BRIDGE BETWEEN TWIN CITIES Enthusiastic bridge players in Bath have made contact with the director of a bridge club in Braunschweig. At the moment we are learning more about one another and our clubs and exchanging photos of our activities. We hope to invite a group of Braunschweig players to visit Bath in July 2016 when we can offer them a number of bridge sessions, social events and – of course – the opportunity to explore Bath and its sights. Judy Spencer Individual Exchange visits: are you interested in visiting Braunschweig? perhaps staying with a family inBraunschweig? and maybe inviting them to stay with you in Bath? Contact Barbara Heck at the DEG (see link) Our book from Braunschweig The latest book from our twin town is a children’s book by the journalist and writer Birgit Schlieper.  Its title “Eine Macke kommt selten allein”  promises many idiosyncracies and perhaps misfortune, but it is in fact a charming tale of two 12 year olds who become friends and spend their summer devising ways of making extra pocket money, which leads them into sometimes unfortunate adventures.  The novel is amusingly written in a suitably simple style, but contains some swear words (which readers will no doubt recognise) and some examples of current child-speak, which will be more challenging.  The scenes of family life will strike a chord with everyone. It can be taken out on loan from Bath Central Library. Bath Library has chosen Emma Healey’s debut novel “Elizabeth is missing”, which has been favourably reviewed, to send to Braunschweig. Judy Spencer Frohe Weihnachten und ein          glückliches neues Jahr ! photo:Braunschweig Stadtmarketing GmbH    ...

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BBTA Newsletter No 3.

Posted by on November 9, 2015 in News | 0 comments

BBTA Newsletter No 3.

  Bath – Braunschweig Twinning Association Newsletter No 3 August 2015 In This Issue Monthly meetings BBTA AGM Footprint Appeal BBTA Annual Dinner Book from Braunschweig Petanque in Bath What’s on in Braunschweig Stammtisch 40 years ago…. Did you know? Individual exchanges Monthly meetings are held in the Mayor’s Parlour in the Guildhall in Bath Next meetings:    Friday 11   Sep              2 pm    Friday 2    Oct              2 pm    Friday 6    Nov              2 pm To join, contact: Hilary Elms, Secretary BBTA 208, Old Frome Rd BATH  BA2 5RH 01225 837790 h.elms412@btinternet.com Quick Links www.bath-braunschweigtwinningassociation.co.uk www.deg-bsjimdo.com www.bath-alkmaar-eu www.bath-kaposvar.org www.book-of-phd.com/BoPHD_screen.pdf www.mayorofbath.co.uk BBTA  AGM Our AGM was held on 26 June 2015 in the Council Chamber and was attended by 13 members. Officers elected were: Chairman: Bryan Chalker Vice Chairman: Don Withers Treasurer: Tony Horstmann Secretary: Hilary Elms The Lambeth Walk After a seven day 140 mile walk from Bath to London  four intrepid walkers arrive at Lambeth Palace to deliver by hand a letter to Archbishop Justin Welby inviting him to visit Bath to learn more about the Footprint Project for the restoration of Bath Abbey.  BBTA committee member Jeremy Key-Pugh (hatless) is second from the left BBTA Annual Dinner 15 Oct 2015 at the Rising Sun Book from Braunschweig   Our first “Book from Braunschweig”, entitled “Altes Land”, arrived in Bath at the end of July.  The novel is the first work by Dörte Hansen, a native of Husum, and is set in the area of that name in Lower Saxony, bordering the Elbe and Hamburg.  The region and its old farm houses are as much characters in the novel as are the people, who are described sympathetically, but without undue sentimentality. The central characters are Vera, who as a child survived the trek from Eastern Germany in 1945, and her niece Anne, who seeks refuge with her aunt after separating from her child’s father. The novel shows how change affects the lives of all in the community.  The author’s use of dialect phrases reflects her own background and her interest in languages, and is used to great effect to define characters and the setting.  “Altes Land” is now available on loan from Bath Central Library. Judy Spencer City of Bath Petanque Club 2015 Twinning Association Challenge  26 June 2015 Aix en Provence, Alkmaar, Braunschweig and Kaposvar Twinning Associations competed today. Peter of the BKTA winning team with the trophy. The Braunschweig team were in joint third place. What’s on in Braunschweig   The weather this summer turns out to be very unreliable in Braunschweig. We had a very hot weekend with temperatures up to almost 40 degrees but only for a short time, followed by severe thunderstorms causing a lot of damage to cars, houses and trees. Anyway, people in Braunschweig are enjoying lots of summer events such as festivals, concerts and open-air festivities. We are happy that the numerous strikes (postmen, kindergarten teachers, train drivers) are over. Members of the DEG are looking forward to their visit to Bath participating in the Pétanque competition. Best wishes for everyone, good luck and a happy reunion of good friends. Katrin Landsmann (DEG)   Stammtisch If you would like to practise your...

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BBTA Annual Dinner 2015

Posted by on November 5, 2015 in News | 0 comments

BBTA Annual Dinner 2015

Members of the Association  enjoying an evening together at the Annual Dinner, 2015

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