Diessen am Ammersee
Anniversary Celebrations - 2008
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
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.
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 at
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
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.
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.
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 Witherslack; 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.
In the morning, a musical gathering by the
Twinning Tree, The Glebe, Bowness-on-Windermere.
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
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
Town Twinning Group
Sampling the Beer
Enjoying the Garden Party
Croquet on the lawn
Blasergruppe at St Herbert's
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tour to Muncaster Castle, Gardens and World Owl Centre.
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 weeks
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).
evening's entertainment was provided by "Live Steam"
together with a buffet.
The 10th Anniversary Town
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
|Burnside Brass Band
|Burnside Park Leisure
|Diessen Blasergruppe &
|Fairfield Garden Guest
|Hole Int' Wall
|Ladies of St. Herbert's
|Lake District Boat Club
|Môn senior Slattery
|McClures, W Ltd
|Shops and businesses
throughout Bowness and Windermere for displaying the town flags.
|Strawberry Bank Damson
|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 -
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
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