King's Lynn/Emmerich Twinning Club
Events during 2013
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Saturday, 2nd March - German afternoon
The first event of 2013 took the form of a "Kaffee und Kuchen" afternoon in the Great Hall, Thoresby College, attended by 30 members and guests, including Mary and Eddie Lyon, who were celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary. The afternoon began with a showing of "Dinner for One" a short humorous film which is traditionally shown on television in Germany and Denmark on New Year's Eve. Although it is in English, most of the humour is in the action, while the recurring phrase "the same procedure as every year" has apparently become a catchphrase in Germany. It had everyone laughing, even those among the audience who had seen it several times before. The serious business of the afternoon followed, with people tucking into a variety of Strudeln and gateaux with lashings of proper German whipped cream (Schlagsahne) provided by Nigel and Monika Rieger-Ridd, who also supplied the authentic German coffee. There was a good buzz of conversation and the afternoon was voted a success.
The chairman, Penny Harrison, gave notice of the next event, which would be a tour of the Hanse House with a light meal to follow. This would be the first event of its kind in the newly refurbished building, so should be of great interest.
Wednesday, 17th April - Visit to the Hanse House
A group of around 30 people enjoyed a tour of the newly refurbished and renamed Hanse House, conducted by Dr Paul Richards, followed by a plentiful buffet. This was an excellent opportunity to strengthen the links between the Twinning Club and the town's membership of the New Hanse which had come about as a result of encouragement from Emmerich.
May Bank Holiday weekend - Visit to Emmerich
This was the highlight of our twinning year. A group of 28 people made their way to Emmerich, most of them travelling by car and ferry. They were accorded the usual warm welcome in Emmerich, and enjoyed an excellent Saturday evening iin the Town Theatre with a superb super and dancing to live music. Another reception followed on the Monday when founder members from both clubs were presented with certificates and replica Emmerich seals to mark the 35th anniversary of the twinning between our two towns. The Lynn chairman, Penny Harrison, brought back certificates and seals for the founder members from King's Lynn who had not visited Emmerich on this occasion, and these were presented to them by the Mayor in her Parlour at the Town Hall on 1st August.
Sunday, 8th September - Sunday lunch in Gayton
There was an enthusiastic take-up for this event and 30 members gathered for a first-class Sunday lunch at the Crown in Gayton. Best of all was the fact that four people came to find out more about the Twinning Club and all four subsequently joined the Club.
Friday, 18th October - AGM
The 36th Annual General Meeting of the Club was held in the Town Hall, King's Lynn and was attended by 34 people, including the Mayor. Although no members of the Committee were due for re-election, but the loss of two members during the year (David Johnson, who had died and Pam Holman who had moved away) had created two spaces. Horst Hofmeister was nominated and elected to fill one of these. After the business meeting members enjoyed an excellent German supper prepared by Monika and Nigel Rieger-Ridd with help from Kate and Colin Sayer and Annie Ricketts.