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Biberach Christmas Market 2017

A number of enthusiastic TTA volunteers again made sure that our Christmas market stall in snowy Biberach was a great success. Whilst the festivities may seem a long time ago, wintry weather is with us again this February so a few pictures from the market do not seem quite so out of place.

This was my first visit to Biberach in winter, for the final weekend only and all too brief really. Helen and I stayed with Christa and Stephan whilst Sue and Keith were with Petra. As well as enjoying great hospitality and friendship from our hosts and other Biberach twinning supporters, we had a lot of fun on the stalls with our friends from Valence and Asti. We even fitted in a brief visit to Ulm.

Memorable sights for me were the life-sized nativity stalls with live sheep and donkeys, giant steaming dampfnudel served on paper plates with plum and vanilla sauce, and at least thirty varieties of mulled wine and cider.

Most frequently requested items on our stall this year were Terry’s Chocolate Orange, Wilkins marmalade with whisky (had to be with whisky!) and Wilkins lemon curd. We were also asked how to cook Christmas puddings and then to explain why it was necessary to set fire to them. We did our best….

Best wishes from Richard, Helen Keith and Sue.

More pictures here:

CVST Victorian Christmas Market – November 2017

Report by Brenda Snow:

Saturday 11th November saw the annual CVST Christmas Market take place in the Town Hall.  TTA members hosted visitors from Świdnica in Poland and Biberach in Germany.  Sadly, this year, no visitors from Valence were able to attend.  With our visitors arriving on Friday, the early evening was spent preparing the stall for the following day’s market.  This was soon done and the rest of the evening was spent with their hosts.  Petra and Sarah enjoyed an Indian meal at the Blue Sari – especially appreciated as it seems Biberach doesn’t have an Indian restaurant.

Saturday was a busy day, selling produce, being photographed, renewing old friendships, shopping in Clacton and, when the market closed, being hosted, in the inner sanctum of the Town Hall, by the Chairman of the Council, Mark Platt and his wife. Mark entertained us all by producing a number of objects, books and certificates relating to twinning over the years that he had unearthed in various council offices, with a view to having them on more permanent display. 

He also admitted to, on his first visit to our German twin town, driving to the ‘wrong’ Biberach before finally arriving in Biberach-an-der Riss!  He impressed our Polish visitors by pointing out a painting of Świdnica in the background of his official portrait. It is very encouraging to see Mark’s support and enthusiasm for town twinning.

Saturday evening was an opportunity for more members of the TTA to come along to the Martello Inn to join our visitors and hosts for dinner and a very noisy and sociable evening was had by all.

On Sunday our visitors spent the day with their hosts visiting various local places, shopping in Colchester and Norwich always being popular destinations with Christmas looming.  All too soon though, Monday morning arrived and, with a very early start, our visitors were off home again – until the next time.

Reminder: 11 November – CVST Victorian Christmas Market from 9.30 to 3.00pm at the Princes Theatre, Town Hall, Clacton on Sea.

The CVST Victorian Christmas Market will take place on Saturday 11 November 2017 in support of a variety of local voluntary and charitable groups. Admission is £1 and children are free.

As always, unusual and interesting Christmas gifts will be available from stalls prepared by representatives of our three twin towns. Do come and meet them all.

The market will also offer all sorts of other delights including Father Christmas, cards, decorations, jewellery, candles, toys, hand made crafts, books ,tombolas, stocking fillers, preserves, cakes, lunches and refreshments

There will be guest appearances on stage from: Alton Park School Choir, Holland Park School Choir and of course Father Christmas…..

 

Reminder: The TTA half-yearly members’ meeting is on 3 November 2017

A reminder to all members about our half-yearly meeting.

This will be a time to get together with the minimum of business, bring along friends and meet other members socially.

It is going to be held at Holland Haven Primary School,  Primrose Rd, Holland on Sea CO15 5PP  from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. There will be drinks and nibbles. 

The Ganesha Visarjan Festival in Tendring – 10 September 2017

Clacton beach recently hosted the  Hindu ceremony celebrating elephant god Ganesh representing wisdom and learning.  The Ganesha Visarjan festival comes at the end of ten days of prayer and celebration. Offerings were made to Ganesh during the three-hour event and a statue of the elephant god was carried into the sea and lowered into the water.

The Hindu Cultural and Heritage Centre in Clacton has  held the ceremony for seven years now, celebrating its association with the town.

With thanks to Richard Taylor for these photographs.

Tendring Twinning Annual Garden Party – Sunday, 16 July 2017

Imagine a typical English Sunday summer afternoon garden party: a beautiful garden, summer sunshine, birds singing, people talking, playing croquet, background music, children playing, cakes, drinks a-plenty. What bliss!

Our hosts, Sue and Keith Hockley had everything organised: between our helpers we had everything ready to enjoy our summer’s afternoon – cakes, pavlovas, Pimm’s … and more.

However, the vagaries of the English weather did not cooperate. Initially trying to ignore the ‘drizzle’, we finally had to admit that our garden party was experiencing a rain situation.

Whilst our smallest person used the trampoline to keep dry, the rest of us found other solutions …

 

Under the gazebo, staying close to the drinks …

 

 

…in the kitchen, ready to head back out as soon as the weather allowed

 

 

Not too much of a hardship – food and drink weren’t too far away

 

 

In the dining room – probably the most civilised solution – and of course the cakes were kept safe

The inclement weather didn’t last – and we soon returned to the garden, continuing our conversations and drawing the raffle in aid of the RNLI.

 

 

 

 

One of our highlights was being serenaded in German by our very own Doris – a real treat, thank you Doris!

 

As in so many instances, our garden party wasn’t quite the one we planned. We couldn’t control the weather, but what we did do was to enjoy our afternoon together. Because of the rain, we all had to move several times – none of us sat in one place and only spoke to those in our proximity – most of us ended up speaking to just about everyone, which was a real plus as we had folk with us that we didn’t know too well.

Thank you to everyone for coming and making it a memorable occasion. It was good to spend time together, get to know each other, eat and drink, raise a little money for a cause so important to our coastal community and display our British bulldog spirit in the face of climatic adversity!