Visit to Emmerich 24th 27th May
The group visiting
Emmerich this year was rather smaller than usual and rendered even
smaller by several people having to withdraw because of illness.
However, the sixteen people who did travel made up in enthusiasm for
their lack of numbers. Most of the party chose to fly from
Stansted to Weeze, and travel on to Emmerich by car or taxi. Ryan
Air lived up to its reputation for punctuality (and not to that for
sometimes cancelling flights at short notice) and both journeys went
very smoothly. We arrived at around 4.30pm on the Friday and left
at 9.40pm on the Monday evening. Friday evening, Saturday and
Monday were free to spend with our hosts, but on Sunday the Emmerich
club arranged a guided tour of Emmerich, followed by a lunch.
Before embarking on the tour the King's Lynn chairman, Philip Mole,
presented a donaton of 350€ to
Marianne Giltjes and Mechtild Müller
from the Aldegundis Mittagstisch - equivalent to our Foodbank. The
ladies were very grateful, as they rely on donations and told us that
they would be going shopping the following week for groceries to top up
their food store for people in need.
The town tour was very interesting.
Nearly all the buildings in Emmerich date from the end of the Second
World War, as the town was bombed so badly after the Arnhem disaster.
However, the town has a long history, much of it associated with its
position on the Rhine and its consequent function as a trading post and
distribution centre, and we learned some fascinating facts.
The lunch was held in a restaurant just
out of town in an equestrian park. We dined in the bright and airy
conservatory and enjoyed an excellent buffet. Short speeches were
made by Emmerich Chairman, Brita Weber, the Mayor of Emmerich, Peter
Hinze (who had to leave early as he was overseeing a polling station for
the European Parliament election0 and King's Lynn Chairman, Philip Mole.
Before the meal some schoolchildren presented each guest with a packet
of biscuits baked by them as part of a school emterprise.
As always the visit seemed to end almost
before it had begun, but everyone came away feeling that the friendship
between our two towns was as strong as ever. Now we need some more
people to carry on the partnership and build on the last 40 years.
The pictures below show Philip Mole,
Brita Weber and Peter Hinze posing before the lunch, and a group of
guests and hosts witnesing the presentation to the Mittagstisch
Pancake Supper 5th March 2019
Twenty one people enjoyed a convivial
Pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday in the Good News Centre at St John's
Church. We tucked into a two course meal of savoury and sweet pancakes
followed by tea or coffee, all provided by our excellent caterer, Sarah
Shapeero-Lown. We discussed our forthcoming visit to Emmerich,
when most people will be flying from Stansted to Weeze, with several of
us being met by a coach from Emmerich. Chairman, Philip Mole, gave
the sad news that long-standing member, David Harris, had died recently
and Penny Dossetor promised to pass on everyone's condolences and best
wishes to Viv Harris who was the Club's secretary for many years.
David's funeral will be held at Mintlyn Crematorium on Wednesday, 20th
March, at 2.30pm.