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Erscht ä' mol Gugge Causing Traffic Chaos

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The Emmendingen band, Erscht ä' mol Gugge, had previously played in Newark and their eclectic style of music had proved a big hit as they played ad hoc around the town. As a result they had been asked back to appear in the Carnival procession in June 2015. A short video clip of the traffic chaos that ensued has been uploaded here.

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Newark Advertiser Review of Proms

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Proms Photos & Videos Uploaded

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Following the success of the recent Last Night of the Proms, photos and videos from the evening have now been uploaded. Follow the links here and here or go to The Proms page for more information. Photos © Anthony Cregg and videos © Max Cope.

Last Night of the Proms was a great success

Last night's event, again held at the Palace Theatre, was one of the best yet and heralded as a great success by members of the Twinning Association Committee and the Newark & Sherwood Concert Band in their first appearance at the event. The event is the Association's major fund-raiser for the year and was well supported by regulars and first-timers alike. Chairman of the Twinning said, "a lot of hard work goes into organising events like the Last Night of the Proms but we know that many people look forward to it each year. We are delighted to have been joined this year by the Newark & Sherwood Concert Band and they have shown what wonderful talent we have locally."

The band was equally pleased with the evening and their news item is
available here. The first-half programme included Lucy Long, Puttin' on the Ritz, Mary Poppins and Ave Maria beautifully sung by conductor, Colum O'Shea, who entertained the audience with light hearted and well-informed banter during the whole performance. After the interval, "Proms" favourites, Nimrod, Fantasia on British Sea Songs, Jerusalem and Pomp and Circumstance - amongst others - were performed to the delight, and active participation, of the audience who sang, clapped and threw balloons to their hearts content before the concert closed with the National Anthem.

Photos and videos are available on the Proms page of our web site.


New Red Telephone Box Presented in Emmendingen

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A fantastic weekend was had by all as the Newark Twinning Association celebrated 30 years of twinning with our German friends in Emmendingen.
The three-day trip saw several events taking place including the unveiling of the new red telephone box. The original was given to Emmendingen as a gift at the start of our friendship but was damaged last year in a storm.
Upon arrival in Germany, and our twin town, we were warmly welcomed with local beer and wine at the Steinhalle before heading to our respective host families.
Friday saw us visit the beautiful town of Breisach am Rhein and the stunning St. Stephanmünster from where there are stunning views over the River Rhine.
The afternoon saw us visit the beautiful vineyards of the Kaiserstühl area of the Black Forest, where we took a tractor (yes, a tractor!) up to the hilltop setting for our lunch among the vines. Many of us tried several glasses of the local wines – all of which are highly recommended!
The area is well known for its views of Germany, France and Switzerland as well as top quality wine. Many visitors decided to walk up the hill among the vines and were offered a history of the vines.
The evening saw the two towns join together for a convivial evening in the Altdorfhalle with a local comedian and bands performing for host families and Newark guests alike. The evening went down a storm with plenty of laughs and delicious food.
The official part of the weekend saw the unveiling of the new red telephone box, donated by X2 Connect of Newark, who renovated the old box which originally stood on Castle Gate in Newark.
The box was first used by Mayor of Newark, Tom Bickley, Twinning Chairman, Rita Crowe, and Oberbürgermeister of Emmendingen, Stefan Schlatterer, who entered the phone box to a great fanfair from the Hachberger Herolde, who then lead the official party to the town's Markt Platz.
A stage was then set for Newark Amateur Operatic Society singers Matt Shephardson and Jo Dewberry who performed solo and duets from the shows ahead of the Society's grand performance later that evening evening.
The afternoon saw the group enjoy the local area and free time before the official evening ceremony, which was opened by a local band formed of school children who performed an amazing set of songs as part of the Crazy Marquis band.
After the British and German national anthems Oberbürgermeister Herr Schlatterer opened the ceremony by saying how much the friendship between the towns has grown in the 31 years Newark and Emmendingen have been twinned; “I have been able to live to see this twinning since my early youth and to have engaged in the twinning committees who have filled this society with life and who have made it possible for so many people from Emmendingen and Newark to meet and make friends.”
Before the re-signing of the twinning charters between the towns, which was witnessesd by the Deputy Mayor of Sandomierz and the Mayor of Six-Four-Le-Plages in France, the Mayor of Newark Tom Bickley mentioned how strong the links were and the importance of the friendship between the two towns. He also presented a violin, created at the Newark International Violin School, as a gift to Emmendingen from Newark.
The evening and weekend was well rounded off by the performances of songs from the shows by the Newark Amateur Operatic Society, who sang songs from “Me and My Girl”, “The King and I” and “Les Miserables".
Chairman of the Newark Twinning Association, Rita Crowe, commented “It was a full programme. Our thanks go to all those in Emmendingen who organised the weekend and to the host families.”