Bromley Town Twinning Association – News & Events

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Have a great summer party With Lynne and David Noble

Summer is already with us and that means strawberries and cream – and the BTTA Garden Party!  Do please come and support this very popular social event, being held this year by kind invitation of Lynne and David Noble at their home at 36 Coney Hill Road, West Wickham BR4 9BX, on Sunday, July 29, at 3.00 pm. We will be offering a cream tea with scones, strawberries, Bucks Fizz and other delights, and there will be a raffle in aid of Association funds.      

Lynne and David are always super hosts so if you can come, please send your cheque to our Membership Secretary, Jane Beckley, 25 Bolderwood Way, West Wickham BR4 9PH.  Guests are very welcome, as this is an excellent opportunity for anybody who is not a member to find out about Neuwied and our town twinning activities. Please reply by Saturday, July 21. 

Payment (£10 per person) can also be made direct to our bank account at Barclays Bank, Bromley Branch, sort code 20-14-33, account 23788814, a/c name Bromley Town Twinning Association. Please quote “Garden Party” in your payment, and notify Jane Beckley by email (

Chinese Dinner, Wednesday, august 8

This will be at the Parkside Restaurant, Orpington (5 Chislehurst Road on the one-way system at the end of the High Street), gathering at 7.15pm. Parkside is an excellent restaurant, and we are promised a special 3-course dinner menu, with a welcoming glass of wine followed by Chinese tea (other drinks are of course available from the cash bar), at a cost of £25. 

Parkside is an excellent restaurant, and we are promised a special 3-course dinner menu, with a welcoming glass of wine followed by Chinese tea (other drinks are of course available from the cash bar), at a cost of £25. This promises to be a fun evening, so do come You should have received a reminder note.

Trip this year to our twin town by the rhine, Friday, September 7, to Monday, 10

We are now getting very close to this much anticipated visit. We will be meeting the new Oberbürgermeister Jan Einig on the Saturday morning and on the Sunday afternoon and evening we will be cruising on the River Rhine, a trip arranged by the Neuwied town twinning association as their contribution to the celebrations.

The outline programme is

Friday evening with host families or other friends

Saturday morning, Official Reception

Saturday afternoon and evening currently open, but we are awaiting further information.The Park Langley Club will be playing their now traditional match against Tennis Club Neuwied e.V., at the end of which the Neuwied club will be presented with the Bromley Shield of Honour in recognition of their contribution to the furtherance of the twinning partnership.

Accommodation arrangements have now all been made.

For those of you who are coming on the coach, I can confirm that we are using the same company as on the past few trips, DJ Coaches – and possibly even the same driver – so we know we will have a comfortable ride.  What we don’t yet know is exact timings, other than a departure from Bromley by 7.00 am on the Friday morning. The reason for this is that Eurotunnel, according to the boss at DJ Coaches, are being very difficult in making space available on our preferred shuttle crossing so we wlil let you know as soon as we know more.

The cost of the return coach fare (which includes the driver’s expenses and a gratuity for him at the end of the trip) has been set at £110 per person, and should be paid by mid-August – by cheque payable to Bromley Town Twinning Association, to be sent to Peter Brown at 80 Glentrammon Road, Orpington BR6 6DG, or if you prefer, by payment into our bank account at Barclays Bank, Bromley Branch, sort code 20-14-33, account 23788814 Bromley Town Twinning Association, ref. “Neuwied trip”. If you make the payment in this way, please send me a confirming email so that I can let our Treasurer know to expect the funds.

Report on Annual General Meeting, Tuesday, March 13, Bromley Civic Centre

The Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Kathy Bance MBE, chaired the meeting. She said that when she became Mayor she had known only a little about the twinning, but then came the sudden death of Nikolaus Roth, Lord Mayor of Neuwied, and she attended his funeral on behalf of the London Borough of Bromley.  She was given a warm welcome and taken on a whistle-stop tour of Neuwied.  She later received an invitation to the installation of the new Lord Mayor, Jan Einig, and attended on behalf of the Borough. Once again she was impressed by the hospitality and welcome she received.

She thought that Neuwied was a beautiful town and she expressed the hope that the partnership would continue to grow during the next 30 years. Mr Einig had suggested that there should be greater interaction with Bromley and more exchanges. One thought she offered was that Neuwied has a golf course/club and she wondered whether there was the possibility of a partnership with one of the many golf clubs in Bromley – how about a possible golf match in Neuwied next year?

Chairman Peter Brown reported on a good 30th anniversary year, with the highlights being the September visit by the group from the Neuwied association, of which the main events were the Sunday outing to the Kentish countryside (Chapel Down vineyard, Tenterden, and steam railway to Bodiam with cream tea), a concert given by BYMT Adult Choir in memory of the late Lord Mayor of Neuwied Nikolaus Roth, and the Gala Dinner.

He paid tribute to the work of Peggie Bensaid over many years. Peggie had now stepped down from the committee and the meeting agreed unanimously that she be granted Honorary Life Membership.

The Chairman also paid tribute to Peter Woods, retiring Vice-Chairman, for his many years of service as Mayor, Councillor, committee member and Vice-Chairman.

He thanked committee members for their support, and Richard Redden for his work on our newsletter and website, in particular for the special 30th anniversary edition of the newsletter. He concluded by stressing the continuing needs to be addressed – to maintain contact with schools, to recruit new members whilst reducing our age profile, and to raise public awareness about us.    

Treasurer Arthur Wilkinson presented the accounts for 2017. He reported that there was a deficit in 2017 of £1,759.87 compared to a revenue surplus of £2,698.49 in 2016.  The balance of funds at the bank reduced during the year from £5,292.96 to £3,765.32.  This was consistent with the cyclical nature of the Association's accounts.  We entertained our Neuwied friends in Bromley in 2017 and the net cost of the visit was within the £3,000 budget which was the committee's estimate. In 2018, with Bromley visiting Neuwied and a programme of fund-raising events in prospect, a return to surplus can be expected.

Membership secretary Jane Beckley reported that current paid-up membership totalled 65, made up of 36 single, 28 family, 1 group, plus 5 honorary life members, but should increase to 80 once all outstanding subscriptions had been received.

The following were elected with no other nominations:

Peter Brown, Chairman; Jane Beckley, Vice-Chairman; Secretary, Helen Gibbons; Treasurer, Arthur Wilkinson.

Management Committee members: Ruth Bennett, Sheila Brown, Norma Classen, Jane Harding, Julia Knox, David Noble; Ralph Skelton, Joe Weiss.

Council Members currently nominated to serve on the Management Committee are Councillor Ruth Bennett, Councillor Kim Botting and Councillor Mary Cooke. Mrs Bennett will be standing down from the council in the forthcoming local elections in May.                                                                                                                                        



Pictures of the 2017 30th Anniversary trip from Neuwied


The Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Kathy Bance MBE, welcomes the Neuwieders on the first morning of the visit


Jo Hofmann, chairman of the Freundeskreis, with BTTA committee member Sheila Brown (centre) and Kate Elliott, one of the BTTA founders


A rainy day at the Chapel Down vineyard


....but there were compensations in the wine tasting

Freundeskreis committee member Edith Ehlen with her husband Dieter at the closing Gala Dinner at the Bromley Court Hotel

Wine tasting

Jo Hofmann addresses the Gala Dinner