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September/October Biennial visit from Neuwied to Bromley

The biennial visit from Neuwied's Freundeskreis – from Friday, September 29, to Tuesday, October 3 – marked the 30th anniversary of the signing of the charter bringing Neuwied and Bromley together as twin towns.

It gave us all an opportunity again to fulfil one of the basic aims of our association, to get to know people from our twin town.

Our visitors were welcomed on Saturday morning by our President, the Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Kathy Bance MBE, at the Civic Centre.

On the Saturday evening our friends from Bromley Youth Music Trust held a 30th Anniversary Concert, at St Mark’s Church, Bromley. The concert, by the BYMT Adult Choir, was also a commemoration of the life of the late Oberbürgermeister of Neuwied, Nikolaus Roth, who died so tragically this summer on a Greek boating holiday. They sang Brahms's "A German Requiem" entiredly in German – a great feat indeed.

On the Sunday there was an all-day outing to the Kentish countryside, starting at Chapel Down vineyard with a tour and wine-tasting session, followed by lunch in nearby Tenterden, where we boarded the Kent & East Sussex Railway for a nostalgic “Steam and Cream” trip to Bodiam Castle for a walk around the imposing castle grounds. 

Because the Monday was a public holiday in Germany – German Reunification Day – our visitors didn't have to hurry back and we held our Gala Anniversary Dinner on the evening at the Bromley Court Hotel.

And now to Next year and our trip to Neuwied in September, 2018

It's our turn to visit Neuwied and we will there from Friday, September 7, to Monday, September 10.

New Year Dinner, Wednesday, February 7

This will be held at the Lugana Italian Restuarant, Elmers End, and fuller details will be sent to you later. But please put the date in your diaries.

Gin tasting Evening, Friday, February 23

This is an interesting addition to our social activities. The tasting will be at the Shortlands home of Mary and Brian Cooke, and a hot supper will also be laid on.

Annual General Meeting, Tuesday, March 14

Always an important occasion for us and it will be held at the Civic Centre from 7.45 pm.

Quiz Night, Saturday, April 14

This night makes a welcome reappearance in our calendar. Further details to come.

Chinese Dinner, Wednesday, August 8.

This will be at the Parkside Restaurant in Orpington. Further details to come

 

Pictures of the 2017 30th Anniversary trip from Neuwied

Mayor

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

Veteran

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

Umbrellas

A rainy day at the Chapel Down vineyard

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