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10th Anniversary Celebrations - 2008

The Windermere Town Twinning Association are marking their official 10th year of twinning with Diessen am Ammersee in 2008.  The charter was signed at the Lakes School in September 1998. 

Many activities have been planed.  This is a very successful twinning with annual exchanges between the schools and now with representatives from the Lions and Footballers, we feel that Twinning has taken a few more important steps.  As well as these “official visits” to and from Diessen each year, many private ones take place too, as many friends have been made.



Award for Local Woman


A BOWNESS woman has been honoured with a special award in Germany.

Evelyn Blatchley was given the Bürgermedaille in Diessen for her continued support to the town’s twinning with Windermere.

Ms Blatchley received the medal from Diessen mayor, Herbert Kirsch atHerr Herbert Kirsch & Eve Blatchley the town’s New Year’s Reception – where worthy residents are commended every year for community work.

Ms Blatchley was honoured on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the twinning, and for her decade-long commitment to the project.

She accepted the medal on behalf of the members of the Windermere & Bowness Chamber of Trade, who are supporting the twinning.

Ms Blatchley is the chamber’s membership secretary and representative of the Windermere Town Twinning Association.

By Matthew Taylor



In Diessen the 5th bi-annual English Week took place with the now famous English Market featuring prominently.

The centre piece of these celebrations was the long trek across Europe of   three Windermere Steam boats.  Some 36 hours later they arrived, under a grey cloudy sky, at Diessen and were launched  at a nearby slip into the Ammersee. 


Lauching Annabelle

Launching Vesuvius

Steam Boat "Annabelle

Steam Boat "Vesuvius"

There was also a chance to indulge in both nation's passion for football when a team from the Czech town of Lomnice - also twinned with Diessen - joined the teams from Windermere and Diessen.  Neither they nor Windermere could beat the Bavarians although Windermere did finish runners up on goal difference.


May 12th

A goodly number of members met at St. Mary's Church, Windermere, to join up with members of the Windermere Walking Group.  They went by cars to WiAlphorns on the Steamertherslack; walked through the woods to Cartmel Fell and back ~ this is a very nice walk as the bluebells will be in flower.  Walking shoes and rainwear were advised.  A packed lunch was provided by the hosts with afternoon tea in Witherslack. 

Gathering at Bowness Bay Pier, a number of members and their twinning guests enjoyed a cruise on Windermere,  which also  included a buffet and bar.  Live music will be provided by the Blasergruppe.


May 13th

In the morning, a musical gathering by the Twinning Tree, The Glebe, Bowness-on-Windermere.Burgermeister Herbert Kirsch & Diessen's Chairman of Twinning Helmut Fietzek

These were at the Twinning Tree, Burgermeister Herbert Kirsch standing with Diessen's Chairman of Twinning Helmut Fietzek who both gave speeches. Diessen's Brass Band "The Blasergruppe " played, along with Alphorns which sounded wonderful on top of the Glebe Hill.

Following the playing at the Twinning Tree on The Glebe, there was the Bavarian Lionunveiling of the Bavarian Lion ( a present from Diessen ) at The Hydro Hotel where he is "in situ" in the Lion's Garden. Burgermeister Herr Kirsch opened a barrel of Andechs beer which had been brought over from Diessen ~ the Blasergruppe sampled it after playing outside the hotel.

In the afternoon, a "Tea and Open Garden" at the Fairfield Garden Guest House, Brantfell Road, Bowness-on-Windermere.  Games included Croquet on the lawn.

And, in the evening, the Blasergruppe and the Burneside Band gave a concert at St. Herbert's Church, Lake Road, Windermere. 


Alpine Horns on the Glebe

Town Twinning Group

Sampling the Beer

Enjoying the Garden Party

Croquet on the lawn

Blasergruppe at St Herbert's


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May 14th


Bus tour to Muncaster Castle, Gardens and World Owl Centre. 

The castle has been home to the Pennington Family for 800 years and three generations live there today.  The azaleas and rhododendrons where in full bloom in the gardens, also there are many species of owls from all over the world as well as birds of prey.  A tour of the castle was available for those interested. Lunch was taken in a nice cafe in the grounds of the castle.


A Social Evening took place at the Lake District Boat Club, The Glebe, Bowness-on-Windermere.  This became the highlight of the weeksCutting the Cake celebrations as old and new acquaintances were rekindled and forged between members and friends of both Twinning Associations.

During the evening, the 10th Anniversary Cake (made by Beaulea Cake Studio, Bowness) was cut by Sheila Ricketts - Chair of the Windermere Town Twinning Association (right), Eve Blatchley (centre) and the Chair of the Diessen Town Twinning Association (left).

The evening's entertainment was provided  by "Live Steam" together with a buffet.



The 10th Anniversary Town Twinning Cake


A big "thank you" is expressed by the Windermere Town Twinning Association to the following local businesses, associations, organisations and individuals for all their help and generosity in making these celebrations a success:


Beaulea Cake Studio
Brookside Hotel
Burnside Brass Band
Burnside Park Leisure Facilities
Butterworth's Deli
Cumbria Books
Diessen Blasergruppe & Alpen Horns
Fairfield Garden Guest House
Hole Int' Wall
Hydro Hotel
Ladies of St. Herbert's Church
Lake District Boat Club
Live Steam
Môn senior Slattery
McClures, W Ltd
Richardsons Butchers
Shops and businesses throughout Bowness and Windermere for displaying the town flags.
Steamboat Association
Strawberry Bank Damson Liquor
Two Egg Cups
Veteran Football Team
Windermere & Bowness Chamber of Trade
Windermere Ice Cream Co
Windermere Lake Cruises
Windermere Walking Group

A special "thank you" is expressed to Roger Mallinson and "Shamrock" for ferrying the Mayor of Diessen on the lake and providing tea.

If anybody has been missed out, then blame it on me as I mis-laid the original list given to me by Eve - sorry!!!


March 9th - 12th

During this week, Carl Orff Volksschule stayed at the Ambleside YHA.  He was met by members and friends at the Phoenix Centre on Tuesday 11th March.


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