Twenty three members from the association went to Braunfels to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the twinning of Braunfels and Newbury and the 65th anniversary of the twinning of Braunfels and Bagnols-sur-Ceze. The Mayor and Mayoress of Newbury accompanied the group.

Thursday 31st Aug 2023

From 6pm at Kurparktreff Lindenallee, Am Kurpark 6, Braunfels
Arrival of guests from Bagnols, Newbury and the other twin towns
Welcome and allocation to host families.

Friday 1st Sept 2023

9.30am Coach trip from bus stop Gartenstrasse (behind the Haus des Gastes)to Koblenz and fortress Ehrenbreitstein; cable car ride to the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) and boat trip to Winningen/Moselle.
~8pm Arrival in Braunfels; evening with host families.
(a small lunch pack will be distributed to all participants of the trip; the trip will involve walking short distances)

Saturday 2nd Sept 2023

10.30am Possibility to join a guided tour of the castle and town of Braunfels or free time.
Lunch with host families

4pm Ceremonial act at the Kurparktreff Braunfels. This is the main event of the festive weekend with ceremonial speeches and the renewal of certificates. It will be accompanied by the folk dance group as well as the Bonbaden brass band and 5.30pm followed by a reception hosted by the town of Braunfels.

7pm Anniversary celebration and dinner at the restaurant Obermühle for guests and hosts in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere.

Sunday 3rd Sept 2023

Free time for meetings and exchange and/or activities with the host families

6pm Farewell evening at the Biergarten Kurpark (drinks and snacks will be served).

Monday 4th Sept 2023

Departure of guests. Individual departure times to be arranged with the host families.

All events during the festive weekend in Braunfels are open to the public. Only the coach trip to the Moselle and the festive evening at the Obermühle will be exclusively for the guests and their hosts.

Twenty five members of Newbury Twin Town Association enjoyed a summer ‘picnic’ at Shaw House on Friday 18th August.

Unfortunately the rains fell all morning so an outside blanket style picnic was impossible . Shaw House came to the rescue and offered the Chandos Dining Room for members to use and enjoy their picnics. This was followed by a very interesting talk by Sarah of the Shaw House team  giving a potted history of the ownership of Shaw House up to the present day. Members then had the opportunity to tour the house with audio guides  and  view the sculptures in the grounds as the sun finally came out.