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5th April 2020 Easter Event - Easter Cafe, Crafts & Stalls POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

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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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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.

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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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