Diessen am Ammersee -
Twinned with Windermere & Bowness
Town Twinning Events
2017 Mayor's Visit
the mid 1990's, the late Windermere Parish Councillor,
Gillian Hubbard was approached by the then Mayor of
Diessen am Ammersee to look at the possibility of the
two communities 'twinning.' Under her guidance and
leadership a group of interested local people formed the
Windermere/Diessen Town Twinning Association. In
1998, the two communities 'twinned' at ceremonies held
in both Windermere and Diessen.
Our twin town of
Diessen am Ammersee in Bavaria takes great pride in being twinned with
Windermere and all visitors from Windermere are treated to superb
hospitality. The purpose of twinning is to bring people together, and
the groups of both towns embrace that.
The article below has
been provided by Sheila Ricketts, the past Chair of the Association,
to whom the Chamber acknowledges grateful thanks.
Market Town of Diessen lies at the south-west end of the Ammersee with
the Bavarian Alps as its backdrop. Together with its surrounding
villages Diessen has a population of approximately 10,000.
Ammersee is the third largest lake in Bavaria and offers swimming,
sailing, surfing and passenger steam-boats, including the remarkable
paddle steamer 'Diessen', built in 1908. Fishing still provides a
living for several family businesses.
The most outstanding
feature of the Town is the baroque 'Marianmunster' built in the 18th
century. This impressive church charms everyone with its wonderful
decoration; high altar, ceiling frescoes, stucco work and paintings, all
very beautiful. Traditions are still valued and practiced;
craftsmen in pottery and pewter, bands, traditional costumes, a Maypole
erected in the square depicting every trade and a deep sense of
community and belonging. It all makes Diessen an interesting and
exciting place to visit. You can even make a call from a red
'English' telephone box! Diessen is also a good place from which
to explore Bavaria. The fairytale castles built by King Ludwig II,
the Andechs Monastery (where Benedictine Monks brew every shade of
beer!), the towns of Landsberg, Ausberg, Oberammergau (of the Passion
Play fame) Garmish Partenkirchen and of course the capital Munich, all
with a fascinating history as well as being vibrant modern day places.
Above all, the people
of Diessen are warm and friendly and know how to give hospitality to
visitors from their Twin Town of Windermere, ask anyone who has had the
privilege of visiting there.
Why not experience it
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Mayor's Visit -
Town Mayor, Cllr. Leith Hallatsch and his wife, Christine, made an
official visit in May to the Bavarian town of Diessen –am-Ammersee to
start the celebrations of twenty years of Twinning friendship between
the two towns since the inauguration in 1998.
Together with other members of Windermere/Diessen Twinning Association,
they enjoyed a programme of events which included visits to places of
interest in the surrounding area, including a trip the foothills of the
alps which were covered in the snow which greeted them on arrival in
Diessen! A colourful local traditional event on May 1st, attended by
everyone in traditional dress, was the raising of the ‘May Pole’ in the
town square. The wooden pole is decorated in Bavarian blue and white and
bears a number of metal cross arms at the top with figures depicting
local industries, trades and traditions pertinent to the town. As well
as the generous hospitality shown to guests, the celebrations included
various occasions enjoying German foods together with traditional
musical accompaniment by members of Diessen’s brass ensemble the
Two excellent guided tours of the town, prepared in English by groups of
students from the Ammersee Gymnasium grammar school as part of a
language study course, presented many interesting facts about the
beautiful church and buildings from the top of the town, down to the
water front area with its long history of fishing, brewing, and more
recently the boats that sail on the Ammersee as part of their visitor
During a visit to the ‘Rathaus’, Diessen’s Town Hall, the Mayor met up
with the ‘Burgermeister’ Herr Kirsch, in the Council Chamber, and
presented a framed parchment from Windermere Town Council in
‘Celebration and Commemoration of 20 years of Partnership and Twinning
Friendship between the two Communities‘. See photograph above.
Town Twinning -
Blasergruppe alpine horn players taken at
Allen Bank, Grasmere
Town Twinning -
DECEMBER - The Advent Sunday
event which has been booked once again at the Marchesi Centre on Sunday
6th December from 2.00pmto 4.00pm. The Christmas Story with music
provided by the choir from St Martin and St Mary’s Church of England
Junior School will feature once again and seasonal German food with a
warming glass of Gluhwein or tea/coffee/fruit juice will be provided.
This is usually a well supported event with parents, grand-parents and
families of the school choir attending, so we need as many Twinning
members as possible to help organise the hall, sell raffle tickets, and
serve everyone on the day. Also if anyone can bake some ‘Advent’
biscuits, these will be welcomed to help provide the ‘home- made ‘
tradition as in Bavaria.
The local Town
Twinning Associations - Coniston, Kendal, Sedbergh, Ulverston and
Windermere - recently held an exhibition in the Kendal Town Hall which
was well attended. The exhibition was visited by officers from the
North West Twinning Federation together with visitors from as far a
field as Lancashire and Yorkshire and there was an exchange of ideas
between the various groups. The exhibition showcased what 'twinning'
was all about, with photographs, memorabilia, music and "Lebkuchen" -
Town Twinning - 2010
special event took place this year in Bavaria in that every 10 years sees
the dramatic presentation of the Passion Play in Oberammergau which is
performed by hundreds of the residents of the Bavarian mountain village.
Fourteen members and friends of the Windermere – Diessen Twinning
Association joined a group of Diessen residents to attend the performance on
18th September and found the whole colourful experience uplifting
with the quality and vastness of the production, and extremely moving in
terms of the telling of the Easter story.
event was followed by Diessen’s British week and once again a number of
members of the
Windermere-Diessen Twinning Association enjoyed the warm hospitality of our
Bavarian twin town from 19th to 25th September. The
week included a variety of themed activities and events all aimed a
fostering greater understanding of the British way of life for members of
their own Twinning organisation, the Freundeskreis Ammersee-Windermere. The
week opened with a Sunday Market which included a stall selling some
English biscuits and Kendal mint cake. Other events through the week
included an English film, readings from books and poems and a visit for
the English visitors to the museum recording the life and works of Carl Orff
and his influence on teaching music to children.
contrast a performance by ‘Wallstreet Theatre’ gave their version of
British humour !
slideshow of various school exchange activities illustrated the benefits
gained through Twinning for young people from both Diessen and Windermere.
Our ‘Veterans’ football team gave a splendid performance at the ‘Sportplatz.
when they beat the home side with 3 goals to 0 earning themselves a visit
to the Oktoberfest in Munich later in the week. An enjoyable evening meal
with musical accompaniment by members of the ‘Blasergruppe’ gave the
English visitors a sample of Bavarian tradition and culture. The week’s
events were capped of by a splendid fireworks display.
visit to the Wengen Autumn Market on September 26th was highlighted by the
impressive display of old tractors and farm machinery, and demonstrations of
traditional crafts still practised in the rural areas in Bavaria. Stalls
selling local foods and many people in traditional costumes added up to a
colourful country show, similar in its purpose to agricultural shows in the
English Lake District.
wishing to know more about our Twinning activities is invited to contact the
Chairman, Jennifer Borer, by telephone on Windermere 44995.
Past Chair's 'Thank
The Windermere Town
Twinning Association held its 12th Annual General Meeting on
Wednesday 17th March at the Burnside Hotel during which Sheila
Ricketts 'retired' as Chairman. Sheila would like to thank
everyone who has helped in anyway, over the past 11/12 years, to
make the Town Twinning thrive. Whenever there has been an event, and
whenever we have welcomed our friends from Diessen, local
businesses, schools, churches, clubs and individuals have always
helped. It has been a privilege to work with the other members of
our Committee to cement friendships/contacts with our 'Twin'. Thank
you all and I trust you will continue to support your Town's
Twinning in the future.
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Town Twinning - 2009
40 students and 4
teachers from the Lakes School have recently returned from a trip to
Diessen. This was made in association with the Windermere Town Twinning
Association. The trip included a visit to the Carl Orff School, a water
feature park, a visit to Munich, Neuschwantein Castle (Chitty, Chitty,
Bang, Bang fame) and a boat trip on the Ammersee. A lakeside barbeque
was laid on by the Diessen Town Twinning Association and the students of
Carl Orff School.
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Anniversary Celebrations - 2008
complete 10th Anniversary Celebrations - photographs, articles,
acknowledgements etc can be found by clicking on the above.
Town Twinning Events Dairy - 2007
(Click on any of the
photographs below to get an enhanced image.)
Rose Planting - April
Chris Tewksbury, the Mayor of Windermere and Bowness unveiled a ‘finger
sign’ erected in the park by the Baddeley Clock in Windermere, pointing
out the direction and distance to the twin town of Diessen-am-Ammersee.
This sign was a gift from the people of Diessen to the town of
Windermere and Bowness. The sign matches a corresponding sign in the
town of Diessen.
Also planted beneath
the sign and at the same, were ten rose bushes given to the people of
Windermere and Bowness by the Lions group of Diessen. This special rose
is a species created for the Lions, and has a
white and yellow flower. The roses are planted in a bed shaped in the
‘D’ of Diessen and serve to give pleasure to all who walk in the area.
During the previous
evening at a gala reception at The Hydro Hotel in Bowness, given for the
visiting Diessen Lions, a twinning agreement was signed by the two Lions
chairmen in front of members of the Lions groups of Windermere and
Diessen as well as Barrow, and Kendal whose party included John Hadley
the chairman of Kendal Lions and also the Kendal Twinning Association.
Diessen's Signpost to Windermere
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The annual garden party was held in June at
the Fairfield Guest House, Brantfell Road, Bowness, to raise funds for
the Town Twinning Association was again a success, generating nearly
£200 to go towards the funds. The weather held out, and was even
sunny. Fund-raising will be going on over the coming months to
help with the preparations for events to be held in 2008 to celebrate
the 10th Anniversary of the twinning of Windermere with
Diessen-an-Ammersee, near Munich in Bavaria.
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The month of May saw a visit from the
ladies friendship group, the "Frauenbund" from Diessen who spent several
days in the area taking advantage of the better weather to enjoy a
variety of activities. These included a lake cruise on Windermere,
and a trip on the 'La'al Ratty in Eskdale. The ladies had a
wonderful time which ended in a garden party where they were joined by
local ladies of the WI, and St. Herbert's Catholic women's League.
A full English afternoon tea was provided including a 'welcome cake', to
the delight of the visitors who thanks the people of Windermere for
More pictures of the
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English Week In Diessen
10th - 17th September 2006.
September 2006 saw the 4th
‘British’ week in Diessen with many events marking the friendship of the
two towns. The theme of the week was Robin Hood.
Pupils from both the Diessen
‘Volkschule’ (children’s school) and our own Lakes School visited one
another last year, which was described by some of the pupils during an
enjoyable presentation at the Burnside Hotel in November. This was a
very pleasant evening with Hot Pot and Apple Strudel served. Twinning
members, old and new, shared their experiences with photographs.
There were various activities
and entertainments organised by the Diessen Twinning Committee including
a football match. We had 16 footballers going from Windermere for three
days and a match against a team from Diessen took place on Tuesday
12th September, which I am led to
understand was narrowly lost by Windermere. On the Wednesday the team
went on to the Brewery in
Munich then onto the Munich Football Stadium. This is a new
12 other Twinning Members are also going.
Brigitte and Wolfgang Haugg have just returned to
Diessen after a ten day holiday, staying in Langdale.
On the 4th August, two families were self
catering at Bowness Methodist Church for a month. Uli and her
three daughters were here in 2001.
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Town Twinning Events Dairy - 2004
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