Category Archives: Biberach

Update from the Chairman – March 2022

Greetings Everyone!

I hope you all have survived a very turbulent two years – it has certainly led to difficult and changing times.

Both Brexit and Covid 19 have had enormous repercussions on our organisation. Something we can discuss at our forthcoming AGM.

There have been a lot of changes since our association was more active: one activity coming up is the celebrations on May 7th, planned in Biberach to mark 30 years of our twinning. We have an invitation  there for the celebration.

Adrian and I are planning to travel there by car. I’m hoping others are also considering doing the same. Please consider going – perhaps by car, car-sharing or possibly by Ryan Air to Memmingen (although their timetable is much reduced) or from London to Munich or Stuttgart, onward by rail.

It would be really good to be able to have a number of us go to Biberach! I look forward to hearing from you. If you want to speak to me please call or email.

Look forward to hearing from you and hope to see you soon!

Take Care


Joy Phillips

Chairman TTA

Biberach and Swidnica Support for Ukraine

Biberach Ukraine aid via sister city Schweidnitz

I thought you might all like to see this article from the Biberach Town website, describing how Biberach will be collecting donations to provide direct support to Swidnica to help displaced Ukrainians and their Ukrainian twin towns. The true power of Town Twinning at a time of desperate need.

Best wishes, Richard.

(English translation by Google) https://biberach–,2215.1&ModID=7&FID=2215.6250.1&NavID=2215.1&NavID=2215.6&_x_tr_sl=auto&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en

City administration sets up central donation account
Providing the most direct and unbureaucratic help possible for the people affected by the war in Ukraine – that’s what many people want at the moment. For this reason, the city administration of Biberach, in close cooperation with Biberach’s Polish partner city Schweidnitz, initiated an auxiliary axis, via which urgently needed goods land directly where they are needed. The first delivery should be on its way as early as Saturday. Support is currently in demand primarily in the form of monetary donations. In a next step, the acceptance of selected donations in kind is also planned.

#standwithukraine; © City administration of Biberach

The images and news of Russia’s attack on Ukraine shock many people. For Biberach’s Lord Mayor Norbert Zeidler, it quickly became clear: in addition to showing solidarity with the Ukrainian people, it is necessary to provide unbureaucratic practical help to the best of our ability. “It was important to me that our support was based on the needs of the people on site,” says Zeidler.

For this reason, the Biberach mayor contacted the Polish twin town of Schweidnitz, which is only 600 kilometers away from Lemberg and itself maintains partnerships with two towns in the Ukraine. In the exchange with the friends in Schweidnitz, it quickly became clear that this partnership-based axis could provide targeted and needs-based help: “Approximately 5,000 Ukrainian citizens live in Schweidnitz and are currently taking in friends and relatives,” explains Zeidler. In addition, preparations are being made there for the arrival of a large number of refugees in a short time.

There is also contact and aid deliveries from Schweidnitz to the Ukraine. “We therefore want to closely tie our Biberach aid to that of our friends in Schweidnitz,” says Zeidler. “This ensures that our help arrives where it is currently needed and does not ignore the needs of those affected.”

The first step is to bring goods and relief supplies to Schweidnitz very quickly, which are no longer available in Poland but are urgently needed at the moment. The first transport is already planned for the coming weekend.

In order to be able to act as quickly as possible, the city administration will procure these goods centrally in large quantities. In a next step, the city administration is also planning to collect specific, selected donations in kind on site over the course of the next week. More information on this will be provided once it is clear what is needed.

Zeidler presented the Biberach plans at a short-notice appointment with representatives of various aid and blue light organizations as well as the association “StädtePartner eV” and received broad approval. “In particular, it became clear once again that it is important to clarify which aid supplies are actually needed,” explains Zeidler. In Biberach, therefore, they want to refrain from uncoordinated collections of donations in kind.

Anyone who would like to support the Biberach relief campaign is asked to transfer their donation to one of the following accounts:

  • Kreissparkasse Biberach
    IBAN: DE48 6545 0070 0000 0005 12
  • Volksbank Ulm-Biberach
    IBAN: DE14 6309 0100 0000 0010 07

Purpose (please state): Ukraine

All incoming donations are used in full for the procurement of urgently needed products and relief supplies.

“I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support for this aid campaign!” emphasizes Mayor Zeidler. “I am very sure that together with our friends in Schweidnitz we can make our contribution to supporting the people of Ukraine in this way.”

Information on refugees from Ukraine is available on a special website of the state government of Baden-Württemberg

Musikfrühling in Biberach on 7 May 2022

If any Twinners would like to attend the Musikfrühling festival in Biberach on 7 May, please contact Joy Phillips for more information. The event is of course provisional at this stage and Ryanair’s Memmingen schedule appears to be subject to change, so travel arrangements will need to be kept under review.

All Biberach’s twinning partners are invited and it will be a special opportunity for us to celebrate  the 30th anniversary of Biberach’s partnership with Tendring District and their 40th anniversary with Asti in the evening, after the market and other entertainmnet during the day.

This should be a splendid event and hopefully a chance to refresh our twinning ties.

News From Biberach – Christmas Market 2021

Marianne Wilhelm has kindly provided us with a news report and some pictures  from Biberach:

Dear friends,

Here is some news from Biberach: Due to high Covid figures, the Christkindlesmarkt was finally cancelled on the 23rd of November, 4 days before the beginning of the market. The stalls had already been put up the week before and some sellers had started to decorate, as we had. But we were lucky, as we were offered a stall on the Wochenmarkt, the food and flower market, on Wednesdays and Saturdays from the 1st to the 11th of December. Christmas markets such as the Ulm Weihnachtsmarkt were abolished in Baden-Württemberg as of last Saturday, December 4th, whereas the weekly markets can continue.

People here in Biberach are happy that products from the twin towns are on sale again this year. There hasn’t been an opportunity to do so since the Christkindlesmarkt two years ago, so there are always beaming faces when we are discovered. Our range of English goods is not very big this year, but we offer basics like various orange marmalades, lemon curd, fudge, shortbread and English tea. Last week a customer came along with a bag, bought 4 jars of orange marmalade plus 5 jars of orange marmalade with whisky, beamed all over his face and said we had saved his Christmas. The orange marmalade with whisky was the first to be sold out. Sales are also going very well otherwise. There are always customers in front of the stall. In addition to English goods, there are products from Georgia and Valence. Bernard from Valence, despite his more than 80 years and Corona, did not miss the chance to get behind the wheel of his packed van and come to Biberach.

Our friends from Asti and Schweidnitz (Swidnica) have refrained from visiting Biberach this year due to the high Corona numbers, unfortunately. But we hope for next spring, the Musikfrühling on 7 May. We are looking forward to celebrating with our friends from the twinning towns the 30th anniversary of the partnership with the Tendring District and the 40th anniversary with Asti in the evening after the market in the morning.

An online meeting with our Biberach friends – a great success!

On 11 January we held the first meeting with our Biberach friends since Christmas  2019. Marianne and Petra had organised a Zoom meeting online, which proved to be a very easy and enjoyable way to make contact again. We shared our experiences of lockdown, vaccination, the weather, favourite reading material and many other everyday interests. There will be another meeting on 15 February so if you would like to join please be sure to contact Joy for details.

Marianne wrote an article for the Schwabische Zeitung which appeared on 15 January together with a screenshot of some of the participants:

6 people from Biberach and 9 people from Tendring  took part . The last face-to-face  meeting had taken place on the Christkindle market in Biberach in 2019. Therefore it was a great pleasure to see each other.

Since the meeting we have also received some pictures of the recent snowy weather in Biberach:

An outdoor bar!




Cross-country skiing:

And a walk in the woods:

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.

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


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.

Biberach Xmas Market 2018

Biberach Market 8th-16th December 2018

Aerial view of the market, from the Schwabische Zeitung newspaper

Happy new year to all our readers!

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.  

Opening time!

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.

The market in full swing!
All aboard

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.

Season’s greetings
Best wishes to all in 2019 from Richard & Helen.

Joy’s Report on the English Weeks in Biberach 2018

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.