The aim of the association is to promote friendship and understanding between the inhabitants of Swanage and those of our Twin Town of Rudesheim am Rhein.
Following a lot of hard ground work by the original founder members, the formal partnership document was signed in 1986 with Rudesheim in the presence of the mayors and civic dignitaries from both towns. Since then each year visits have taken place, alternating between Swanage and Rudesheim, some 40 people from each town usually making the visits. Members stay in each others’ homes, thereby over the years many firm friendships have been forged.
In 2009 our organised visit for our German friends coincided with the Jazz weekend which was enjoyed by all despite the dreadful weather, there was also a coach trip to Portland and Weymouth, finishing with a cream tea at Moreton. Family and hosts also have free time to do shopping and generally enjoy our town, the visits always end with a party before waving everyone goodbye for another year.
This year in August, to coincide with their Wine Festival, it’s our turn to visit Rudesheim, where a similar programme will be arranged for us, normally including a picnic, sometimes amongst the vineyards that surround Rudesheim or at one of the many ruined castles dotted along the Rhine.
To be eligible to join our visits to Germany you need to have been a member for 6 months.
We welcome new members especially younger people, during the year we meet every 2nd Monday at Queens Mead Hall, just off of Queens Road at 7:30 unless otherwise notified, we have different speakers, pot luck suppers, slide shows plus fund raising events at outside venues such as B.B.Q’s, Beetle Drive and an Oktoberfest with fun and entertainment.
March 8th 2010 we have a “German Open Evening” with information on our Twin Town plus a chance to meet our members.
2011 will the 25th anniversary of our partnership, a wonderful celebration.
Subscriptions are £10 per person or £20 family.
Chairman Mike Stollery 01929 421492
Vice Chairman, Janet Enoch 01929 422309
Secretary, Bob Ratcliffe 01929 550156
We look forward to seeing you.
Rudesheim by night with Christmas lights
The world famous Drosselgasse
Ute Neugerbauer the chairman of the Rudesheim Twinning offers you a Rudesheim coffee (with Asbach and cream!)
The Rhein (German spelling) looking across to Bingen
Christmas Market in town square, Rudesheim
View of the Rhein and vineyards from the Germania monument
The Germania monument symbolising German unification in the 1880s