News & Events

Schools’ exchanges: A group of 30 Judd pupils visited Heusenstamm in May (13th-15th) and the exchange visit to Tonbridge took place in July (1st-10th). A link has been established between the Slade School and the Matthias-Claudius-Schule in Rembrücken.

Work has started on the flower border around the Heusenstamm Relic near Tonbridge Castle. The Relic, a stone from the old castle in Heusenstamm, was presented to Tonbridge in 1994 on the 10th anniversary of the twinning link. There was an initial consultation between Alison Marsden, of Gardening by Design, Debi Simpson of Tonbridge Community Gardeners (TCG) and Eileen Best and Suzannah Niklas of HFC. Members of TCG, together with pupils of Sevenoaks School’s Voluntary Service Unit are doing the actual work, aided by a teacher and members of HFC. To see photos of the progress of the border, click here . This gallery will be updated regularly as work progresses.

On 21 August, David and Dorothy Packer represented the Circle - as spectators - at the Bat and Trap World Cup at Capel Village hall. They found the new experience very enjoyable. The game is typically English, predating cricket and going back for more than 300 years. Tonbridge Nomads are the present World Cup holders and their Team Captain, Norman Walke said 'It is a good friendly game that is played by people at the local pub, where they have a good laugh with everyone.' The basic rules are simple, and teams of six players, which can be mixed and of all ages, make it a very social game. Certainly the atmosphere and repartee at Capel made it a very entertaining day, and money was raised for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance. David had tried to encourage a team to come from Heusenstamm and hopes for better luck next year.

On 11 September the Circle took a stand at the monthly Farmers' Market in Tonbridge. It turned out to be a glorious summer's day and the market was very busy. Our volunteers on the stand were able to talk to many people who displayed an interest in Heusenstamm and provide them with information from the large amount of material - books, photos, maps, brochures, CDs and DVDs - which we have accumulated over the years. Local Societies, such as the Tonbridge Horticultural Society, Tonbridge Juddians and the Hartley Morris Men came to talk to us as well as individuals, and we hope to involve them in our future contacts with Heusenstamm. If we can also attract more members to join the Circle, our participation in the Market, which cost us nothing, will have proved worthwhile. Please go to our Facebook page for comments and photographs.

Further dates for your diary:
3-4 December 2016 - the Nikolausmarkt will be held in Heusenstamm over this weekend. This is a wonderful time to be in Heusenstamm and we hope there will be a large group from Tonbridge this year. Please consider going, and talk to David about it.
21 January 2017 - New Year Social, 7.30 pm in the Upper Room, Tonbridge Parish Church. One of our members, Fran Bennett, has kindly offered to come and share a special story concerning a lost diary found in Germany, dating back to WW2 and how it was returned to its owner, a Canadian soldier. Everyone is welcome – members £5 and non-members £6 at the door. Light refreshments will be served after the illustrated talk.
7 March 2017 - Dinner & AGM, Rose & Crown Hotel. 6.30 for 7.00 pm. Full AGM information and booking forms for Dinner will be available in the New Year. New members for your Committee are needed as some of the present committee wish to retire. Please consider whether you could offer to serve the Circle in this way. Have a chat with David or me if you are thinking about it and would like to know what is involved.
8th to 12th June 2017 - Joint holiday with Freundschaftskreis in Germany. We will as usual spend one night with hosts in Heusenstamm before making our way, with members of the German Circle, to Trier and its surroundings in the Moselle region, spending 3 nights in a hotel. Details and booking forms are now available. Please see your latest Nachrichten or contact Eileen or David.

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26 November 2016

Nikolausabend 2016

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20 July 2016

Summer Outing to Chartwell 2016

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18 July 2016

Visit by Jugendfeuerwehr to Kent

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9 April 2016

Talk: Heusenstamm in 1945

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8 March 2016

Dinner and AGM 2016

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