Dear members and friends,

Thank you very much for supporting our DEG stand at Braunschweig International. It was a great occasion to meet other groups and connect to many people.
The next Conversation Group meeting of the DEG will be held on 6.6.2024 starting with tea and talk at 19:00 and with the main topic at 19:30.
TOPIC: Planning new meetings
Marion, Ella and Katrin invite you to a creative evening planning meetings and events for the summer/autumn quarter (August to October 2024).Come along and share your ideas.

We are also planning to talk about the possibility of moving from Ambet to a room in Haus der Kulturen starting in August. If you would like to share your opinion with us and cannot come to the meeting, please contact us under    Your thoughts and ideas mean a lot to us. Thank you.

Wohnen mit Zukunft ambet e.V.,
Ilmenaustraße 2,
38120 Braunschweig.
The entrance is to the left side so that you can enter the room without going through the main building. There is a bell should the door be closed.
We are looking forward to meeting with you all again.
Stay safe and well,
Marion, Katrin and Ella.




Dear Members and Friends of the Braunschweig DEG (Brunswick Anglo-German Association),
please find attached the latest DEG Newsletter, which includes our programme for the 2nd period of 2024.

Newsletter 2_24.pdf
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Changes to the DEG Board
The DEG’s annual meeting on 7 March 2024 resulted in some changes being made to our board. As he mentioned in this year’s first newsletter, our previous President, Paul Kavanagh, has decided to stand down for health reasons. We are very sorry that Paul is no longer able to carry on as the President of
the DEG and thank him greatly for the effort he has put into our association over the last eight years.
Big thanks also go to Eva Grimpen who is standing down from her post as DEG’s secretary. Her last official act was to write the minutes for this year’s AGM. Thanks for your input over the last few years, Eva! We also thank Ulla Kavanagh wholeheartedly for the time and effort she has put into the DEG. Despite not having an official position on the committee, she has supported us in countless ways, not least by making sure we have plenty of tea and biscuits to go round at our meetings.
During this year’s AGM, the members elected Marion Ibach to be the DEG’s new President. Katrin Landsmann was re-elected as the DEG’s Vice President, a role she now shares with Ella Jones, who was also voted in as a Joint Vice President of the DEG. Gudrun Schweimler-Löffler remains our Treasurer, and both Katherine Küppers and Dorothea Bahr were voted in as Auditors. Paul will remain on the committee and will be there to help on various occasions, especially in connection with the Wednesday Painters, the Indian Society and his contacts to Bath and Omaha. John Old and Dieter Seibt will carry on with their roles as committee members. Thanks to both of them too for all the support they’ve given to the DEG in recent years.
As the newly elected board of the DEG, we are looking forward to continuing the DEG’s cultural
activities. We hope that you will join us at many of our events in the coming months! In addition to the regular meetings and outings, there will be quite a few special occasions such as Braunschweig International, Tag der internationalen Städtepartnerschaften, as well as visitors from Bristol and possibly Bath. We would like to thank you in advance for all your support and appreciate any kind of input and ideas. Please feel free to contact us anytime under
If there have been any changes regarding your membership, contact details etc. recently, please
inform us. Thank you for your support.
Marion, Katrin and Ella

If you are interested in a coronation video:


Braunschweig International 2023

DEG stall offering scones, cake, muffins, sandwiches, buns and

lots of books

THANK YOU for your support!


Reception at Schloss Richmond

Bath Bridge Club with Judy Spencer and

Omaha Sister Association with Carol Stoltenberg


Summary of talk
introduction text_Bath.docx
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DEG keeping you up to date

Here is an overview of all our activities:

The DEG timetable
Tuesdays afternoons
Short story group meets every four weeks; various venues; registration necessary
and obligation to be host
For details please contact Paul:
Wednesday evening
From 19.00 the Wednesday painters meet at the Familiensportverein Braunschweig,
Parnitzweg 5, 38108 Braunschweig
For details please contact Paul:
Wednesday evening
Pétanque group meets at 19:00 at TuRa, Bienroder Weg 51, 38106 Braunschweig
For details please contact Sabine:
Thursday during the day
International Tea and Talk Group
Every Thursday.
For details please contact Katherine:
Thursday evening
The online Literature Club, every two weeks from 20:00 in summer and 19:00 in
winter, via jitsi video conference.
For details please contact Katrin:
Thursday evening
Alternative weeks: Conversation Club, every two weeks from 19:00, meetings take

place at Wohnen mit Zukunft Ambet, Ilmenaustraße 2, 38120 Braunschweig;
tea and talk + respective
topics to be found on our homepage:
For details please contact Paul:
During the day – flexible dates, weather permitting
Outings: either bicycle tours or walks
For details please contact Katherine:

One small point. Have you paid your annual DEG membership? We do almost everything free of any charges, never the less we still have obligations; like an annual insurance for the times when we meet, and for the use of Ilmenaustr just to mention a couple of points. Please do not leave us out in the rain. There seems to be quite a few members who missed the pay day. Please keep
up your accounts so that we can continue to do the work I think everybody enjoys. Things are a changing and I am sure everything will soon be back to normal, please keep your eyes open and log into our home page for the latest information and dates as well as times. Should there have been any misunderstandings, then just contact me or any member of the committee.
Paul Kavanagh

Dear Members and Friends,

We are pleased to let you know that the vote to move to our new location was unanimous. So in future all our meetings will take place at Ambet, Ilmenaustraße 2, 38120 Braunschweig.

Meetings start at 19:30 hrs. with tea and talk and the main subject starts at 20:00 hrs. Please note that for security reasons the doors will be closed at 20:00 hrs. so please try and be there before then. Should you, however be late, please come to the small side door and ring the bell and someone will let you in. Parking is available on the property directly in front of the garages or in the street.

Looking forward to seeing you in our new home.








Prof. Dr. Angelika Kubanek und Dr. Dale Jones, TU Braunschweig,

und Paul Kavanagh, Präsident der Deutsch-Englischen Gesellschaft

Braunschweig e.V., mit Studierenden der TU Braunschweig im Rathaus.


Studierende der TU Braunschweig informieren sich über Städtepartnerschaften und den Brexit


Im Rahmen der Englischlehrerausbildung und des Veranstaltungsbausteins „Intercultural Communication“ informierten sich Studierende der TU Braunschweig über die Städtepartnerschaften und –freundschaften der Stadt Braunschweig. Paul Kavanagh, Präsident der Deutsch-Englischen Gesellschaft Braunschweig e.V., diskutierte mit den Studierenden über die Ursachen und Auswirkungen des Brexit.


Und hier ein Bericht über den Erasmus Austausch der Heinrich Büssing Schule in Bath, der 2019 auf freundliche Initiative des Präsidenten der Deutsch-Englischen Gesellschaft Braunschweig, Paul Kavanagh, zustandekam.

Bericht über Erasmus Austausch der Heinrich Büssing Schule in Bath
Bericht über den Erasmus Austausch Bath
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Dear Members and Friends, 


We may from time to time use photos taken at our events and publish them in our Newsletter and on our website which as you are aware can be seen throughout the world. 


In order to ensure compliance with the Data Protection Act, we would like to obtain your consent that such photographs may be published. We assure you, we will not use any personal details or give full names of any person in a photographic image.


Please give us your permission / or objection by return mail.


Kind regards,


Carmela Folgosa






BRIDGE builds a bridge. - From July, 3rd to July, 7th 2016 the below mentioned group of Brunswick Bridge players followed an invitation and visited their Twin City Bath to represent „Bridge & Art Braunschweig“ as well as „Braunschweig 1937“.



 Pictured are from left to right: Amy Wegge, Magdalena Grüner-Troch, Joëlle und Christian Ohlmer, Ulrike Görnemann, Michael Seiffert, Christina Lehne, Martin Wegge, Doris Lücke,
Ria Möreke, Gabriele Gerhardt

Everyone was deeply overwhelmed by the natural kindness and great hospitality we received from the people of Bath.




July, 5th 2016 at the Guildhall: Philippa Sontheimer, Julian Sontheimer, Amy Wegge,
Michael Seiffert, Paul Crossley (the Mayor of Bath), Magdalena Grüner-Troch
, Bryan Chalker (Chairman of the Twinning Society), Christina Lehne, Christian Ohlmer, Joëlle Ohlmer, Ria Möreke, Doris Lücke, Martin Wegge, Gabriele Gerhardt, Ulrike Görnemann, Judy Spencer, Christine MacFarlane






Well, obviously everybody agreed to this unwritten motto. We immediately felt home at 16-18, Queen Square. The warm, familiar, social and friendly atmosphere at the Bridge School of Bath made us friends right from the start! We really loved to play Bridge at this fantastic nice club! Let us call it „The Spirit of Bath“ - be sure, we bottled it and packed it into our suitcases ready to release it at home. 

- We are looking forward to welcome the friendly Bath Bridge Players to Brunswick in May 2017.
See you! 


 Here are the Brunswick Twinning Bridge Farewell Party team winners. Pictured are: Rita James from Bath, Michael Seiffert, Joëlle and Christian Ohlmer sporting their hard earned bridge medals.


By Ulrike Görnemann

Paul's comment on the situation after the Brexit published in the newspaper
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Dear Members and Friends,


Please read here the interview with Paul Kavanagh regarding the Brexit:

Braunschweig ist mal wieder um eine Attraktion reicher und bunter geworden. Es gibt einen neuen Laden in Braunschweig, Schützenstraße 3-4, "Simply British", ein kleines Stück Großbritannien im Herzen von Braunschweig. Hier gibt es original britische Lebensmittel (zum Beispiel Tee und Marmite) und besondere Geschenke zu kaufen.  Schaut alle mal vorbei und besucht die Homepage:            Es lohnt sich!



In May 2016 the Deutsch-Englische Gesellschaft was invited to participate in a training session at the TuRa petanque terrain. We had a happy time with expert players from TuRa and Magni Boulers. DEG thanks both clubs for their patience and explanations as well as swapping their training days.


The members and friends of DEG are invited by two Braunschweig Pétanque clubs to join their training sessions:


Wednesdays, 19:00 hrs - open end
Boulodrôme with floodlight

at the back of the TuRa-clubhouse 

Bienroder Weg 51 


The way to the piste is cordened-off with a chain, please be careful and bring a torch.



Thursdays at about 17:30 hrs
Boulodrôme with floodlight (a torch can be useful, too)

Griegstr. 50 


Feel free to join the training session at the time that suits you best.







Dear Members and Friends,


Thank you for your support at this difficult time.





Treve Erdmenger 

(1940 – 2015)

Wir trauern um die langjährige 1. Vorsitzende der Deutsch-Englischen Gesellschaft Braunschweig.

Sie war eine Inspiration für uns alle und wird uns sehr fehlen.

Ihr Wirken und ihr Engagement für unseren Verein und die Städtepartnerschaft Braunschweig-Bath werden für uns unvergessen bleiben.

Wir danken für ihre Freundschaft und die vielen schönen gemeinsamen Abende.

Good bye, we shall never forget you, dear friend.

Members and committee of the DEG

Charlotte Davies hat als Hobby-Künstlerin und Geschichtsinteressierte jetzt ein Blog über die Stadtgeschichte Braunschweigs in englischer Sprache ins Leben gerufen, die vielleicht von Interesse sein könnte - hier der Link:


Report about trip to Bath in July 2015

The group of 15 that made their way to Bath in July was lucky to have warm, pleasant weather and not more than a light shower of rain. The chief reason for our trip was to take part in the 10thanniversary celebrations of the City of Bath Pétanque Club, but naturally also to visit the famous sights of Bath and places of interest in the vicinity, as well as renewing friendly contacts to members of the Bath-Braunschweig Twinning Association.

The pétanque club, some of whose members we had got to know as friendly and cheerful folk in Braunschweig, had decided to invite teams from their twin towns and from other places in Europe that they had played against in tournaments. As a result, quite an international competition took place with teams from Aix-en-Provence, Kaposvar (Hungary), Vienna, the Black Forest and Jersey as well as our group. We were not experienced club players, but some of us do it for fun and out of interest in French culture. We all practiced for several weeks beforehand, determined to make a decent showing. Well, we did not win a cup, but we had a lot of fun on a warm sunny Saturday at the new pétanque terrain, that was ceremoniously opened that morning.

It was a great day, with people from different parts of Europe and different nationalities playing together in a spirit of competitiveness, but also of friendship and harmony. The cup winners were a strong team from Hungary after hard-fought matches against an excellent team from Aix-en-Provence. All day club ladies provided tea or coffee with cake, the bar sold cool drinks and in the evening we all enjoyed a hot paella outdoors. An unforgettable day for which we thank all the organizers, but especially Don Grimes, and Diane Greenaway, who not only met us at the airport (after a 3-hour bus trip due to a traffic accident), but took us to our "house" at Bath University, where we found a "welcome" cake and breakfast provisions.

Then there was the farewell dinner for everybody, but before that we took in Bath and its famous sights, some nearby attractions, went shopping, swam in the new Thermae Bath Spa and caught up with friends from the twinningassociation. These encounters and activities across borders are what makes twinning worthwhile. We came home with good memories, a sense of what the European Union really means and the wish to see our friends from Bath and other places back here in Braunschweig before too long. We´ll tell you more at our meeting on 5thNovember.

Besuch des Photomuseums und Café Britannia

Am Samstag, den 19. September 2015, trafen sich einige Mitglieder und Freunde der DEG zu einem Besuch der Fotoausstellung "October - Zwischen Steubenparade und Alpine Village. Auf den Spuren deutscher Einwanderer in den USA" by Birte Hennig. Obwohl die Fotos interessant waren, waren wir ein wenig enttäuscht. Wir vermissten Erklärungen und Informationen unter den Fotos. Diese wären nützlich gewesen, um die Fotos richtig einordnen zu können. Trotzdem hat es viel Spaß gemacht, den Nachmittag gemeinsam zu verbringen. 

Anschließend genossen wir einen herrlichen Cream Tea im Café Britannia, Steinweg 30. Hier hatten wir die Gelegenheit, nett und entspannt zu plaudern. Es war wirklich schön, dass so viele dabei waren. 

Wer Lust hat, sich einige interessante Seiten anzuschauen, hier eine Empfehlung:

 During the summer of 2014 German TV correspondent for the ARD (2008 - 2014), Annette Dittert, published a video blog which consists of ten short films all featuring personal sightseeing tips for London approved by Ms. Dittert herself. With London Unplugged Ms. Dittert kind of continues her well known and utterly missed TV series London Calling which you also could find on her website.

For your next visit in Bath you might be interested to visit the workshop of Timothy Richards. He is famous for his architectural models
and "[...] remains the only person living to have developed such work." The models are, for example, used for the education of aspiring architecs at universities and are sought after by collectors.

Am Samstag, den 25. April 2015, traf sich die DEG im Kinomuseum in Vollbüttel. Zunächst bestaunten wir in der Ausstellung die alten Kinogeräte, Kameras usw. und bekamen umfangreiche Informationen vom Museumsleiter, Herrn Schade-Didschies. Viele von uns erinnerten sich an ihre ersten Kinobesuche und bekamen leuchtende Augen. Nach leckerem Kaffee, Tee und Kuchen im Kinocafé schauten wir uns einige kurze Mr. Bean Filme an und erinnerten so an den 60. Geburtstag von Rowan Atkinson. So gab es also auch noch viel zu lachen.

Copy from the Newsletter of St Gregory's Sixth Form in Bath:

A member of the DEG, Pia Landsmann, is telling about her school exchange:   

We wish farewell to Pia

With the fantastic support of various members of the Bath- Braunschweig Twinning Association I was able to attend St Gregory’s School Sixth Form in Bath for three months, from January to March 2015.

It was an amazing experience. The school and the people were so welcoming and made me feel at home from the start. I learned so much, from haemoglobin to Henry VII and ‘The Catcher in the Rye’.

Thank you so much, Mr Friel, Mrs Boardman, Mrs Parr, and all of my teachers for accepting me at your school, it was incredible.

Learning and living in a different country is always difficult at first, because of the different language and different culture, but you gain so much from it, such as new friends, experience, knowledge about the language and culture, and so much more.

All in all, it was a great experience and everyone was so lovely, understanding and helpful.

Pia Landsmann, Year 12 German student

We enjoyed a nice trip to the Sprengel Museum in Hanover on 21st February 2015 to see the exhibition "We love Britain" showing photographer Martin Parr's impressions of "Britishness".

Martin Parr was born in Epson, Surrey, in 1952 and studied photography at Manchester Polytechnic. He is focused on everyday things. He makes, as he himself says, the ordinary visible by making it seem extraordinary.

His photographs and his collection of photographic books and strange everyday objects are shown in museums and galleries worldwide.

The exhibition also showed a film "Think of England" where Martin Parr travelled through England asking people he met what they considered to be typically English. His travels took him into garden parties, breakfast rooms, suburban front gardens and pubs and along party miles and pleasure beaches. The answers he received were as different as the lifestyles and cultural backgrounds of the people he spoke to. Together they formed a comprehensive picture of what England is about.

Further parts of the exhibition were "Autoportraits", "Common Sense", "The Last Resort", "The Cost of Living", "Liberation", "Bad Weather".


Dieses Foto zeigt die Bürgermeisterin von Bath Cherry Beath, ihren Ehemann Richard und Braunschweigs Oberbürgermeister Ulrich Markurth. Cherry Beath trug sich in das Goldene Buch der Stadt ein. Auch Bryan Chalker sowie der Ratsherr Gerry Curran gehörten zur Delegation aus Bath, die aus Anlass des 70. Jahrestags der Bombardierung Braunschweigs am 14. Oktober eingeladen wurde. Zunächst gab es einen freundlichen und warmen Empfang im Altstadtrathaus, ein köstliches Abendessen sowie eine Rede von Dr. Henning Steinführer über die Erinnerung an die Ereignisse vom Oktober 1944 im Wandel der Zeit. Die Gedenkzeremonie endete mit einer ganz besonderen Andacht im Dom um 22.00 Uhr. Der Landesbischof Dr. Christoph Meyns erinnerte in an die Zerstörung und rief zu Frieden und Völkerverständigung auf. Der Schauspieler und Regisseur Hans Jürgen Heinze las aus den Kindheitserinnerungen des Autors und Journalisten Eckhard Schimpf, der sechs Jahre alt war, als die schreckliche Bombennacht in Braunschweig am 14. Oktober 1944 geschah. Es war ein sehr bewegender und emotionaler Abend, der alle Besucher tief berührte. Wir alle fühlten, wie wichtig Vergeben und Freundschaft sind.

Dieses Foto zeigt das Treffen des Vorstands der Deutsch-Englischen Gesellschaft mit unseren Freunden aus Bath (namentlich: die Bürgermeisterin aus Bath Cherry Beath, ihr Ehemann Richard, Ratsherr Gerry Curran und Bryan Chalker) im Restaurant des Stadthotels Magnitor im malerischen Magniviertel Braunschweigs. Es war ein schöner und unterhaltsamer Abend, an dem neue Kontakte geknüpft wurden und die bestehenden ausgebaut wurden.

Die DEG stellte sich interessierten Besuchern am Sonntag, den 27. Juli 2014, im "Internationalen Dorf" im Rahmen des "Tages der Braunschweigischen Landschaft" in Vechelde vor. Tee und selbst gebackene Scones, Muffins und Kuchen wurden angeboten. Zahlreiche interessante Gespräche fanden statt, um die Arbeit und die Ziele der DEG sowie die Städtepartnerschaft mit der wunderschönen Stadt Bath in England zu erläutern. Und das bei brütender Hitze! Vielen Dank an alle Helferinnen und Helfer, die dazu beigetragen haben, dass der Tag so erfolgreich verlief.

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