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 (becksank@outlook.com)

Trip this year to our twin town by the rhine

It's our turn to visit Neuwied this year and we will there from Friday, September 7, to Monday, September 10. More details will be issued shortly and we will be arranging coach travel. If you do come, please let our secretary Helen Gibbons know and send her a £10 deposit for each person travelling. The address is 2 Little Acre, Beckenham, BR3 3ST. You can also contact Helen by phone at 020 8650 0684 or email her at richandhelen@gibbons.entadsl.com

Details of the programme are being worked out by the Neuwied committee, and will include a Rhine cruise on the Sunday, with a festive meal on board on the Sunday evening. Hotel booking options have been made at the Euro-Hotel in Engers, as the Food Hotel had been fully booked since early in the year, but other choices are being investigated.

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.                                                                                                                                          

Visit to Household cavalry Museum, Monday, July 2

This visit to the Household Cavalry Museum in Windsor was postponed from the suggested April dates, and has been re-arranged by Joe Weiss for Monday, July 2. We will be traveling by train via Waterloo, at a modest return cost of £5.10 if combined with a Freedom Pass. There will be a private tour of the museum at 1.30 pm (cost £20), featuring displays, regimental history, stables and horses, and there will also be time to visit historic Windsor. 

Early booking is essential to enable us to confirm the reservation, so please contact Joe on 020 8466 5042 or email joeweiss338@gmail as soon as possible.

Morris Men Start Season on Tuesday, May 8

The Ravensbourne Morris Men who play a big role in our twinning will open their summer season on Tuesday, May 8. They will visit the Four Elms Inn at Bough Beech Road, Bough Beech, at 8pm and then move on to the Cock Inn, Ide Hill, to dance at 9pm

Chinese Dinner, Wednesday, august 8

This will be at the Parkside Restaurant, gathering at 7.15pm. More details to follow

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