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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.

Lecture, Tuesday, October 17, the British in Occupied Germany after World War II

The annual lecture of our association will be given by Dr Christopher Knowles, Research Fellow at King's College, London. It will describe how four inflluential Britons set about the task of reconstruction, political renewal and personal reconciliation. Refreshments will be provided and admission is free but small donations to cover costs would be welcome.

The venue is the United Reformed Church, Widmore Road, Bromley, and the lecture starts at 7.30pm.


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