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.
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.
Notice on door handle: “Please do not close this door!”
English Week in Biberach is a misnomer! Such is their enthusiasm for all things English that it ran from Friday, 5th October and finishes Tuesday 6th November.
Adrian and I went for the first weekend when Adrian came back home and I stayed until Wednesday 17th. Sue and Keith also came for the first weekend and went home on Tuesday. Mary and Sharon came over for the second weekend.
Our time in Biberach was made all the nicer as the weather was superb. We were officially welcomed by Norbert Zeidler, the mayor of Biberach on Friday 5th and then we dine together. On Saturday our market stand was manned by the Germans as we didn’t take the van over – we sold our products well and has helped our finances. The Saturday evening was a wonderful ‘English’ meal followed by pipers and dancing. On Sunday evening my hostess Anne and I went to the pub to participate in the English Quiz. It was so full that not all those who wanted to could get in. Thank you to Rachael for her wonderful questions.
Monday evening there was an English film on at the town’s cinema – it was called ‘Venom’ and probably not a film I would go to see normally, I did however thoroughly enjoy it. It’s good sometimes to step outside our comfort zones and do something we wouldn’t normally do! Club night on the Saturday evening was enjoyed by Mary and Sharon – I wasn’t able to go as I didn’t have transport, but I do hear on good authority that it was a really good evening. Sunday was our English cream tea afternoon with some very able dancers showing us their skills. Unfortunately the weather was beautiful and more people went out walking and bike-riding. Consequently there were only about 30 of us. Of course that meant that some could have extra scones! Although not well-attended we had a lovely time watching the dancers -both professional and not and drinking English tea.
Another Monday evening and another film: this time it was ‘A Star is Born’ and was about the history of Lady Gaga’s rise to fame. We enjoyed this – especially with our popcorn and coke! Tuesday was my last activity and was Romeo and Juliet performed by and English-speaking company of actors. This was well-attended especially by the young students in Biberach. My goodness! It was done in Shakespeare’s English – the youngsters didn’t make a sound, but many of the adults found it difficult to follow.
I had a wonderful time in Biberach – English Weeks can stay! Thank you to all of you who worked so hard to make each and every experience memorable and a pleasure to attend.