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Added on: 22nd June, 2010


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Tue, 22 June 2010

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Garden party enjoyed by all Some 50 members of Bromley Town Twinning Association attended the Association’s annual garden party on Saturday 19th June in West Wickham. Despite occasional heavy showers, members enjoyed a traditional English party with a Bucks Fizz welcome followed by cucumber sandwiches, honey coated sausages, scones, strawberries and cream and cups of tea.

The Association's annual garden party was hosted this year by Lynne and David Noble at their home in West Wickham. Peter Brown, Chairman of Bromley Town Twinning Association said “This is always a very enjoyable event for members to meet together and raise funds for the Association’s twinning activities.” The Association maintains an active and varied social calendar. In addition to the garden party, these include dinner and social evenings as well as visits to Neuwied and the welcoming friends from Bromley’s twinned town.

Peter Brown added: "The Association is always pleased to welcome new members and is very keen for more young people to be involved in twinning". Bromley has been twinned with Neuwied since October 1987. The Civic link is ratified by a Charter signed in 1987 by the then Mayors of Bromley and Neuwied. Twinning is about bringing people together by creating opportunities for people living in member towns to experience and explore other cultures. Twinning partnerships can also help to create the environment for economic development, business and trading opportunities by establishing links, developing contacts and breaking down any cultural and social barriers.

Neuwied is situated on the Rhine near to Bonn and Koblenz and, consequently, is fairly centrally placed in mainland Europe with good road, rail and air links. Neuwied takes much pride in its educational provision, its cultural diversity, and its religious tolerance. It has a population of around 70,000 people and is considerably smaller, therefore, than Bromley. However, Neuwied has around 4,000 businesses with hi-tech sustainable companies supplementing the traditional sectors of industry.

The Bromley Town Twinning Association seeks to identify and promote the opportunities twinning can offer in all of these areas by encouraging:
- development of friendships between people of all ages living in Bromley and Neuwied;
- exchanges between young people in schools, in youth organisations and at work;
- business, commercial, educational, cultural, artistic, sporting and other links.

Membership of the Association is open to individuals, families, organisations, companies and businesses in or related to the Borough wishing to obtain the potential benefits of Bromley’s twinning with Neuwied. The Association is also pleased to welcome those who simply wish to subscribe to or make a contribution to the achievement of BTTA’s aims. Further information about the BTTA generally is available from its Chairman, Peter Brown on 01689 851605 or email . Alternatively, information about joining the BTTA can be obtained from BTTA’s Membership Secretary, Dr Ralph Skelton on 020 8290 5547 or email .

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