Many thanks to those who came to the AGM meeting a couple of weeks ago. It was good for all of us to get together and begin a discussion on the future direction of the association.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday, 22nd June at 7.00pm, again at the Clacton Social Club, 60 – 62 Station Road almost opposite the Job Centre. This is an important meeting, so I would encourage as many of you as possible to attend and contribute to thinking about the future.
In particular I would encourage you to introduce new potential members who could play an active part in our future for many years to come.
Please let me know if you need help with transport to come to the meeting or if you have any thoughts and ideas.
In the meantime stay safe and take care.
This is a reminder to all members of our AGM to take place next Wednesday, 13th April at 7pm.
It will take place at Clacton Social Club (Clacton Club), 60-62 Station Road, Clacton on Sea, CO15 1SP.
It is reached by a passageway to the left of the K1 Mobile Phone Repair Centre shop. As some of you may not know the place, Keith Hockley will kindly stand outside to guide people in.
This will be our first meeting in 3 years, so it will be an opportunity to come along and offer your ideas and talents to our association. I shall not be able to continue as chairman, so we have got a number of key roles on the committee that are vacant. We also need a treasurer, membership secretary and vice-chairman.
I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible next Wednesday.
Joy L. Phillips
Following much disruption to our twinning activity over the last two years, it is time for us to hold an AGM for all members. This will be a good opportuntity to bring us all up to date. The likely date is Wednesday, 13th April 2022 at 7pm and I have already contacted members on our mailing list, so please confirm whether you can attend. At present I don’t know where we will be holding the meeting but will let you know in due course. If you need transport, we can help with that.
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!
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–riss-de.translate.goog/Quicknavigation/Startseite/Biberacher-Ukraine-Hilfe-via-Partnerstadt-Schweidnitz.php?object=tx,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
#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
Greetings to all from the Tendring Twinning Association. We have all had a very difficult two years, not at all conducive to twinning activity! We hope 2022 will bring a new beginning and look forward to resuming events here in Tendring and with our partners in Europe.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Chairman, Tendring Twinning
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.
Marianne Wilhelm has kindly provided us with a news report and some pictures from Biberach:
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.
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: