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"Virtual spot to cheer!"

Just like our societies, Barnsley’s Frumptarn Guggen Band members cannot meet at the moment due to Covid-19 restrictions, but that has not stopped them “getting together” to provide their many fans around the world with a spot of cheer in these difficult times. We present the ‘Virtual Frumptarn Guggen Band’ for your enjoyment.

Together with the band, the officers send all best wishes and hope you are all well and stay safe, better days are ahead,
we are told, and we will meet again!

"Happy St. George's Day everyone"

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Like many early saints, the exact details of the life of St. George remain a mystery.
The most famous story is St. George and The Dragon which is said to originate from the 13th-century legend The Golden Legend where St. George rides into Silene (modern-day Libya) to free the city from a dragon who is eating humans. This story was later translated and published in England in the 15th century. The legend has been adapted countlessly over the years and is still enjoyed today, more than half a century on.
In the well-known version from Jacobus da Varagine's Legenda aurea (The Golden Legend, 1260s), the narrative episode of Saint George and the Dragon took place somewhere he called Silene, in Libya. Silene was plagued by a venom-spewing dragon dwelling in a nearby pond, poisoning the countryside. To prevent it from affecting the city itself, the people offered it two sheep daily, then a man and a sheep, and finally their children and youths, chosen by lottery. One time the lot fell on the king's daughter. The king offered all his gold and silver to have his daughter spared, the people refused. The daughter was sent out to the lake, dressed as a bride, to be fed to the dragon.

st george Saint George by chance arrived at the spot. The princess tried to send him away, but he vowed to remain. The dragon emerged from the pond while they were conversing. Saint George made the Sign of the Cross and charged on horseback, seriously wounding it with his lance. He then called to the princess to throw him her girdle and he put it around the dragon's neck. When she did so, the dragon followed the girl like a meek beast on a leash.
The princess and Saint George led the dragon back to the city of Silene, where it terrified the populace. Saint George offered to kill the dragon if they consented to become Christians and be baptised. Fifteen thousand men including the king of Silene converted to Christianity. George then killed the dragon, beheading it with his sword and the body was carted out of the city on four ox-carts. The king built a church to the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint George on the site where the dragon died and a spring flowed from its altar with water that cured all disease. Only the Latin version involves the saint striking the dragon with the spear, before killing it with the sword.
The Golden Legend narrative is the main source of the story of Saint George and the Dragon as received in Western Europe, and is therefore relevant for Saint George as patron saint of England. The princess remains unnamed in the Golden Legend version, and the name Sabra is supplied by Elizabethan era writer Richard Johnson in his Seven Champions of Christendom(1596). In the work, she is recast as a princess of Egypt. This work takes great liberties with the material and makes St. George marry Sabra and have English children, one of whom becomes Guy of Warwick. Well, there you are - all explained!
Happy St George’s Day everyone.

Message from Dr. Lukas Amadeus Schachner.

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Dear friends in Antibes, Barnsley, Bethlehem, Faenza and Székesfehérvár,
Over the last few weeks we saw the worldwide spread of the Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. These times of global crisis are exceptional, and for this reason all of us feel a special connection to our fellow citizens. The news and pictures, especially from Italy, are particularly shocking. Germany and our Ostalb region are also in the process of reducing public life to an absolute minimum. For us as citizens and associations this means an almost complete standstill of social life. Two weeks ago we had our latest cinema evening with Made in Dagenham  but now Verein Städtepartnerschaft will put on no further events for the foreseeable future. Our trip to Antibes, due to take place after Easter, had to be postponed indefinitely. Therefore it is all the more important during this time to communicate by telephone and electronically, to be at each other's side visibly and audibly. This is also very much the message of this letter. On behalf of the whole committee I want to assure you of our absolute solidarity and sympathy in these difficult days.

At the same time I would like to inform you about the outcome of our annual general meeting on 4. March, where the officers for our association were newly elected.
Please find below the names of the committee members for 2020-2022 and their respective duties:

Chairperson                                                Lukas Amadeus Schachner
Vice Chair                                                  Robert Abzieher
Vice Chair                                                  Christoph Bertenrath

Secretary                                                    Clemens Weller
Treasurer                                                    Helmut Nägeli
Antibes                                                        Rebekka Fauth
Barnsley                                                      Christoph Bertenrath
Bethlehem                                                   Lukas Amadeus Schachner
Faenza                                                        Lukas Amadeus Schachner
Székesfehérvár                                           Uschi Stöhr
Committee Member                                    David Sopp

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Our email addresses:

What is new is that in the future I will be primarily responsible for fostering and developing the relationship with Faenza while Christoph will look after Barnsley. However, our perception of our roles is such that we will support each other in all matters. We are a great team! This means that Robert's heart will continue to beat for Faenza and mine for Barnsley in particular, albeit from the second row. I would be very happy if we could intensify our contacts soon, especially since mutual support is important these days, and I hope we can all come together in 2021 to celebrate a very special anniversary year. And, of course, we want to do everything in our power to collectively rejuvenate and further develop our twinning associations.

Below sources of information on the respective local situation:
Schwäbisch Gmünd: gmuend/
Barnsley: newspaper-online
Bethlehem: Faenza:
Székesfehérvár: bzw. (English)

By the way: Our website is always up to date, despite Covid-19!

With many best regards on behalf of the Committee

Lukas Amadeus Schachner

Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition now online.

The Mall Galleries, London have closed due to the current Covid19 outbreak. This means that the Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition won’t go ahead as planned. However, they have just put the exhibition up to view online and it’s really wonderful. See Richard Kitson’s work featured along with the best!

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Follow the link below,

then click on the tab as shown here to view - Richard’s painting is featured on these pages.

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BSGTTS members' Mayoral invitation.

Mayors parlour

BSGTTS members pose for a photograph after a relaxed discussion and enjoyable afternoon tea in the Mayor's parlour by special invitation from Barnsley Mayor Cllr. Pauline Markham and Consort.

Kitson selected for Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition

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Big Congratulations to Richard Kitson whose portrait painting 'Two young painters' has been selected for the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London. The exhibition runs from the 7th-22nd May.

37th International Guggen Music Festival - colourful and imaginative costumes and ‘mad music.’

guggen rockersOn February 15th and 16th Schwäbisch Gmünd, like every year was overtaken by ‘mad music.’ 
20 Guggen bands consisting around 800 musicians arrive from Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany and descend on the oldest Staufer town, now also referred to as the “Mecca” of Guggen music.

The 37th International Guggen Music Festival, the festival of weird tones, starts on Saturday.
At 11am a parade starts with the fool's tree at Bockstorplatz. Two Guggen bands lead the Narrenbaum to the market square where the tree is set up by the masked group "Rudos" with the help of the Wetzgau fire department.
The weekend is also an opportunity to welcome back and hear Guggen groups that have not been guests in Schwäbisch Gmünd for a long time.

With the early arrival of many supporters, there are always very colourful and imaginative costumes worn by the supporters themselves to admire around the town centre bars on the Friday night.

You have to be very careful though, it can be somewhat scary ......... can anyone recognise what must definitely be
‘the oldest rocker in town’ spotted in Gmünd last Friday? Told you it was ‘mad.’

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