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New red phone box presented in Emmendingen

September 30, 2014 in News 2013, News 2014 by Administrator

2014-09-20 10.14.20A fantastic weekend was had by all as the Newark Twinning Association celebrated 30 years of twinning with our German friends in Emmendingen.

The three day trips saw several events taking place, including the unveiling of the new red phone box, the original was given to Emmendingen as a gift at the start of our friendship, but was damaged last year in a storm.

Upon arrival in Germany, and our twin town, we were warmly welcomed with local beer and wine at the Stinehalle before heading to our respective host families.

Friday saw us visit the beautiful town of Breisach, and the stunning Minster, and the views over the River Rhine.

The afternoon saw us visit the beautiful vineyards of the Kaiserstuhl area of the Black Forest, where we took a tractor (yes, a tractor!) up to the hilltop setting of our lunch among the vines. Many of us tried several glasses of the local wines – all of which are highly recommended!

The area is well known for its views of Germany, France and Switzerland, along with the wine. Many visitors decided to walk up the hill among the vines, and where offered a history of the vines.

The evening saw the two towns join together for a convivial evening in the Altdorhalle, with a local comedian and bands performing for host families, and Newark guests alike. The evening went down a storm, with plenty of laughs and stunning food.

The official part of the weekend saw the unveiling of the new red phonebox, donated by X2 Connect of Newark, who renovated the old box which originally stood on Castlegate in Newark.

The box was first used by Mayor of Newark Tom Bickley, Twinning Chairman Rita Crowe and Oberburgermeister of Emmendingen Stefan Schlatterer, who entered the phonebox to great fan fair by the Hachberger Herolde, who then processed the official party to the towns market square.

A stage was then set for Newark Operatic singers Matt Stephenson and Jo Dewberry, who performed solo and duet songs from the shows, ahead of the Newark Operatic grand performance later the same evening.

The afternoon saw the group enjoy the local area, and free time before the official evening ceremony, which was opened by a local band formed of school children who performed an amazing set of songs as part of the Crazy Marquis band.

After the British and German national anthems Oberburgermeister Mr Schlatterer opened the ceremony by saying how much the friendship between the towns has grown in the 31 years Newark and Emmendingen have been twinned; “I have been able to live to see this twinning since my early youth, and to have engaged in the twinning committees who have filled this society with life and who have made it possible for so many people from Emmendingen and Newark to meet and make friends.”

Before the signing of the resigning of the twinning charters between the towns, which was witnesses by the Deputy Mayor of Sandomierz and Mayor of Six-Four-Le-Plague in France, Mayor of Newark Tom Bickley mentioned who strong the links where, and the importance of the friendship between the two towns. He also presented a violin, created at the Newark International Violin School as a gift to Emmendingen from Newark.

The evening and weekend was well rounded off by the performances of songs from the shows by the Newark Operatic, who sang songs from “Me and My Girl”, “The King and I” and “Les Mis”.

Chairman of the Newark Twinning Association Rita Crowe commented; “It was a full programme. Our thanks go to all those in Emmendingen who organised the weekend and to the host families.”

Association prepares to head to Emmendingen celebration

August 12, 2014 in News 2013, News 2014 by Administrator

Emmendingen WeinfestThe Newark Twinning Association is gearing up to showcase the best of Newark in Emmendingen, as the two towns celebrate 30 years of twinning in 2014.

The association last headed to Germany in 2012, with the aim of strengthening ties between our two towns. We brought along the Rattlejag Morris Dancers who performed to large crowds and huge praise at the festival, with hundreds of locals and tourists watching the traditional English dance take place in the towns main Market Square.

We also took in many fantastic sights deep in the Black Forest, including the Schwarzwälder Freilichtmuseum or Black Forest Museum at Vogtsbauernhof where many of us tried the traditional Schnapps, as well as plenty of cake.

The Rattlejags performing ‘Molly Broom’ in Emmendingen 2012

This year, the Association will head over to Emmendingen on the 18th of September, where we will visit Brisach Minster and the Kaiserstuhl area around the town.

We will also be joined by members of the Newark Amateur Operatic Society, who will be performing parts of their up-coming production of ‘The King and I’ both in the Emmendingen’s main square and at the convivial evening with brings together guests from Newark and their host-families.

One of the official parts of the weekend will be the rededication of the red phone box which was donated by Newark company X2 Telecom, who helped to restore the new phone box after the original phonebox in Emmendingen was damaged in 2013.

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Truce Match aims to straighten twin-towns ties

August 12, 2014 in News 2013, News 2014 by Administrator

Nathan Burrows is hoping to be part of the Newark Town team to play FC Emmendingen 03

Nathan Burrows is hoping to be part of the Newark Town team to play FC Emmendingen 03

The president of the German team that will play Newark Town under-21s in a re-enactment of the first world war Christmas Truce game has said it is as significant as if Bayern Munich was playing Manchester United.

Renzo Duringer, of FC Emmendingen 03, said the importance of commemorating the Christmas Truce and the development of the link between the clubs and their parent towns meant the match could be compared to a game between two of the nations’ most successful teams.

He hoped the commemorations of the match 100 years ago, which may have been sparked by Newark soldier William Setchfield, would bring the clubs closer together.

Mr Duringer said: “This game has a more local approach but in terms of importance it could be played between Manchester United and Bayern Munich.

“The theory about William Setchfield and the Christmas Truce is more or less the foundation of having this match. I expect this match to be the start of more co-operation between Newark Town and FC Emmendingen.

“The partnership between the towns has existed for more than 30 years. I hope this project will bring us closer together so we can have regular exchanges.”

A contingent of around 60 people, including players, officials and supporters from Emmendingen, will travel to Messines, Belgium, for the match on August 24.

The German team will include a mix of first and youth-team players with an average age of 22 because they do not have an under-21 side.

Mr Duringer said the German delegation was looking forward to visiting the Menin Gate, Langemark Germany Military Cemetery, and the Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery with the Newark contingent.

He said interest in the match was growing in Germany and in Emmendingen. A historian will give the German players a talk about the truce before they leave for Belgium.

“We have had a good reaction from the newspapers and one of the main German TV channels, ZDF, will show a report about the game on its main news programme the evening after the match,” Mr Duringer said.

“The interest in the war has increased because the anniversary of it starting is getting closer.”

Mr Duringer said although German football was on a high because of its victory in the World Cup in Brazil, the result of the game was not important.

He said: “We are sports people but in this case the result doesn’t matter. We will try to play the best we can, but it is a friendly game.”

Story & Photo: Newark Advertiser

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