Dear members and friends,
The next Conversation Group meeting of the DEG will be held on 23.5.2024 starting with tea and talk at 19:00 and with the main topic at 19:30.
The topic will be:  Route 80 – Driving from Los Angeles to Phoenix in Winter
John and Uta will be showing photos from their recent holiday in the USA. The trip had to be in February - thus a route was desirable that would be guaranteed to be free of ice and snow in winter. Starting in the bustling metropolis of Los Angeles, their 10-day trip led through Californian and Arizonan deserts and National Parks just north of the Mexican border to Tucson and Phoenix. They will be talking about beautiful scenery and stunning landscapes but also about oddities they encountered along the road in remote regions of the United States.
LOCATION: Please note that the venue will be:
haus der Kulturen, 
Am Nordbahnhof 1A, 
38106 Braunschweig
There is parking on Taubenstraße.

We are looking forward to meeting with you all again.



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
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 1.5 MB

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


Dear members and friends,

Please find attached the DEG newsletter which covers meetings from January to March 2024.

Newsletter 1_24.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 1.0 MB

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. 

Please read the interesting report on the Erasmus exchange from Heinrich-Büssing School Braunschweig in Bath which was realized with the friendly support of Paul Kavanagh, President of the Anglo-German Association, Braunschweig

Report on Erasmus exchange Bath 2019
Bericht über den Erasmus Austausch Bath
Microsoft Word Dokument 2.3 MB


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 has become even more colourful and more attractive. There is a new shop called "Simply British" in Braunschweig, Schützenstraße 3-4. You can buy original British food (such as tea, Marmite etc.) and other specialities here. Visit the beautiful shop and the homepage:          

                                                                                                                      It is worth it!


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

Miranda Davies, being very interested in history and arts, has now written a blog about the history of Braunschweig in English:



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.

Trip to the Photomuseum and Café Britannia in Braunschweig

On Saturday, 19th September 2015, some members and friends of the DEG visited the photo exhibition "October - Zwischen Steubenparade und Alpine Village. Auf den Spuren deutscher Einwanderer in den USA" by Birte Hennig. Although the photos were interesting we were a little disappointed. We missed some explanations and details below the photos. But it was nice to spend the afternoon together.

The delicious Cream Tea we enjoyed afterwards in the Café Britannia, Steinweg 30, was fantastic. We had some nice chats in a relaxed atmosphere and it was really good to meet so many of you.

Some interesting pages recommended by Amadeo Miller:

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.

The DEG met in the Kinomuseum in Vollbüttel on Saturday, 25th April 2015. We were given a tour of the display of old cinematic equipment, cameras etc., then had coffee, tea and cake in the Kino-Café and then sat in historic cinema seats to look at some vintage Mr. Bean, to celebrate the 60th birthday this year of Rowan Atkinson.

A very enjoyable and entertaining afternoon!

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".



This photo shows the Mayor of Bath Cherry Beath, her husband Richard and Braunschweig's Lord Mayor Ulrich Markurth. Cherry Beath signed the Golden Book of Braunschweig. Bryan Chalker and the councillor Gerry Curran also belonged to the delegation of Bath that had been invited for an official civic visit to commemorate 70 years of the bombing of Braunschweig on 14th October. There was a friendly and warm reception at the old town hall, a delicious dinner and a speech by Dr. Henning Steinführer on the importance of remembrance. The commemoration act ended with a very special ceremony at the cathedral at 10 p.m. when the regional bishop Dr. Christoph Meyns reminded people of the dead and the destruction. In his speech he stood up for peace and international understanding. The actor Hans Jürgen Heinze read from the childhood memories of the author Eckhard Schimpf who remembered the events that had happened in October 1944 when he was a six-year-old child. It was a very emotional evening which moved all of the visitors deeply. We all felt how important forgiveness and friendship are.


This photo was taken during a meeting of the committee of the Anglo-German Association with our friends from Bath (by name: the Mayor from Bath Cherry Beath, her husband Richard, councillor Gerry Curran and Bryan Chalker) in the restaurant of the Stadthotel Magnitor in Braunschweig's picturesque part of the town called Magniviertel. It was a nice and entertaining evening. New friendships were built and the existing ones were even more strengthened. 

On Sunday, 27th July 2014 the DEG presented itself during the "Tag der Braunschweigischen Landschaft" in Vechelde in the International Village. Tea, homemade scones, muffins and cake were offered. Informative conversations were held about the aims and the events of the DEG as well as on the twinning activities with our beautiful twin city Bath in England. It was very hot that day. Thanks to all the people who helped to make that day such a successful and nice one.

Further information: