Brentwood and Roth Twinning Association to make 40th visit to German town
PUBLISHED: 11:34 24 July 2019 | UPDATED: 11:34 24 July 2019
Residents who are part of a town-twinning association will make their 40th journey from Brentwood to a German town this year.
Around 30 members of the Brentwood and Roth Twinning Association will be flying to Munich for their 40th anniversary visit to Roth on August 29.
Town Twinning is a grass roots non political organisation that began after the Second World War when towns and villages in the UK realised the importance of making new links with European countries and twinned with similar towns on the continent.
Elizabeth Scannell, one of the members, said: "Old friends will give us the warmest of welcomes, many of the German families have hosted their Brentwood friends for years and we feel like members of the family.
"In alternate years, we stay for five days with families in Roth, a delightful town in Bavaria near Nuremberg.
"They entertain us with great generosity with outings to beautiful places, good food and beer and wine, for this region, Franconia, is celebrated for its wine making as well as for its local breweries.
"We then reciprocate."
Roth is situated in a region of forests and lakes, and is famed for its international Iron Man Triathlon.
In 2018, which was the 40th visit to Brentwood, the association accommodated more than 30 visitors in their homes and took them to Maldon for lunch on a Thames barge.
They also visited Marks Hall Arboretum, Cressing Temple Barns, Coggeshall, the Technological Museum in Chelmsford and had a garden party to celebrate the anniversary.
"In order to fund the visits, we have numerous social events every year," said Elizabeth.
"The next notable one is the Bierfest on 28th September at Brentwood Brewery, when brewers from Roth will be bringing their beer to Brentwood for us to sample, together with German sausages.
"We always welcome new members-it does not matter if you are not in a position to host or don't speak German.
"Many members join simply to enjoy our activities, help raise funds and make new friends here and in Roth."
Contact Jane Winter on 01277 353830 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.