Category Archives: News

Help needed: Parking for the Tendring Twinning Van

Calling all those who live in Tendring. We urgently need a new parking space for the TTA van, a Vauxhall Vivaro. The van has been essential to our twinning partnership visits and has been available to other community groups too.

Please can you help us? Or do you know anyone who has a suitable parking space?

Please  phone Joy Phillips on 0772 08 48 216 for more information. Thank you!

AGM 29th April – Update

Calling all Tendring Twinning Association members: the committee had set a date for the AGM for Wednesday, 29th April. As the news of the Coronavirus is ever-changing, it seems that this date might well be too enthusiastic.

The situation is still unclear, but we want to let you know that we are still keeping on top of things and will let you know of a postponed date if it becomes necessary at the earliest possible opportunity.

Joy Phillips, Chairman, TTA

CVST Christmas Twinning Celebration – 16th November

Tendring twinners and friends are warmly invited to join us and the Twinners coming over for the Christmas Market at the Town Hall, for a dinner at Armstrong’s restaurant in Clacton.

Anyone wishing to join us will need to pay for themselves. We will gather at 18.45 on Saturday, 16th November.

Please let Joy Phillips, Chairman, know by the 4th of November at the latest to reserve seats.






Biberach Christmas Market 30th Nov to 14th Dec 2019

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.

Please contact Joy Phillips as soon as possible if you are thinking of going.

Valence Market 21st September 2019

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.

If you would like to join this event as a guest then please contact Joy Phillips as soon as possible.

Hosts urgently needed for our Youth Theatre event 4-9 September

Dear Tendring Twinners and Friends

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 me if you think you may be able to help and we can discuss details.

Joy Phillips, Chairman TTA.

Don’t miss the Tendring and Biberach Youth Theatre production of Godspell – 7th September 2019

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.

For more details and to book tickets click here

We hope you can all come and support this exciting twinning event.

Joy Phillips, Chairman TTA


The Essex Book Festival and TTA in Tendring – 4-11 July 2019

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!

21-28 July 2019: German Language Course for 17-20 yr olds in Biberach

This excellent course is generously provided free of charge for anyone in the Tendring area  aged 17-20 who wants to improve their German language skills.

It is an intensive language course held from 21 to 28 July (21st and  28th are travel dates). Travel to Memmingen (for Biberach) is fairly cheap if the tickets are bought in advance on Ryanair.

Hosts will usually be available to provide transport and accommodation.

Please read all about the experience  of our first student last year here (click to link).

Contact Joy Phillips (TTA Chairman) for further information if you are interested.