The Christmas Market in Biberach this year is from the 30th November to the 14th December.
This is a chance for any TTA member to go to Biberach to work on the Tendring market stand for one of the weekends or perhaps longer. Regular low-cost flights are from Stansted to/from Memmingen on Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday, local transport on to Biberach is usually available.
We are very fortunate in being well looked after during these events and it is a busy but fun time at a traditional small-town German Christmas market.
Would any TTA member like to go to Valence for the annual market?
The market is on the 21st of September. The Valence twinners are putting on a celebratory meal on the Friday evening, then the market is on the Saturday, with our twinners being given tickets to go and eat at the Fete de la Gastronomie. This event is on all weekend and last year when we went it was truly a great experience.
I am in the midst of helping to organise the visit at the beginning of September with 34 mainly young people coming from Biberach to perform Godspell with Melissa Wenn’s Princes Youth Theatre group. This is an exciting and new experince for our town twinning activities.
Biberach residents have been extremely generous in hosting the Youth Theatre Group during visits to Biberach as part of their rehearsals.
Would you be able to put up any folk from Wednesday 4th September to Monday 9th? They would only need breakfast as we have arranged a full programme of activities during their stay. Of course we would be delighted if you can also come to the performance on Saturday 7th.
Please contact meif you think you may be able to help and we can discuss details.
The Princes Theatre and Biberach Youth Theatre groups will get together to perform Godspell at the Princes Theatre Clacton on 7th September 2019.
Twenty nine young people from Melissa Wenn’s Princes Youth Theatre have been rehearsing with the Jugendkuntschule Biberach in Germany and they will all be at the Princes Theatre to perform Godspell together. It is the first time a joint production has been put on, although young people from Clacton theatre have been to Biberach several times.
Following last year’s successful project, this year the Essex Book Festival and the Tendring Twinning Association have launched another event. Children from Years 5 and 6 in Holland Haven Primary and Frinton Primary Schools have produced some interesting writing and drawings telling us what they consider their home to be.
On Thursday, 4th July we gathered in the library in Clacton: the letters were on display (and will be until 11th July). The children from Holland Haven chose and read out their favourite letters. We were all delighted to hear that the children all considered themselves ‘safe’. Of course, other words were used such as ‘protected, chaotic, noisy, loved, cosy, calm, comfortable, crazy, mess, relaxed, good food, family and joyful’.
The Tendring Twinning Association are asking children in schools in Valence (France), Biberach (Germany) and Swidnica (Poland) to write what they think their homes are, and next year we will be comparing them with our letters.
The children all enjoyed reading their home descriptions and also had a good time eating fruit and cakes so beautifully made by Ros Green, Director of the Essex Book Festival.
We look forward to receiving the letters from abroad and comparing them to our letters!
We had another great year at the Biberach Christmas Market, fundraising, renewing friendships and strengthening the bonds of twinning. We had some very interesting and enjoyable conversations with visitors to the stall, all keen to speak to us about life “at home” and to share their hopes and best wishes for the future.
Helen and I were on the Tendring stall over the last weekend from Thursday to Sunday (13-16th December) . This meant having the pleasure of offering interesting last-minute Christmas shopping to many of our customers and the disappointment of sending others away empty-handed when no more lemon curd, chocolate orange or whiskey marmalade could be found.
The weather was pretty bracing each day, with a nice dusting of snow on Sunday morning. Luckily for us we had the steaming Gluhwein stall next to us and the heat of the Dampfnudel bakery opposite.
Christa, Stephan and Marianne were our attentive and very generous hosts, keeping us warm, well fed and safely transported to and fro. Other members of Biberach town twinning were as always ready to cover the stall whenever no-one from Tendring was available, and our grateful thanks go out to them all.