Twin town enthusiasts find it’s good to talk

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The Plauschgruppe (German Conversation) enthusiasts in Seaford Twinning Association will have one of their occasional lunchtime meets on Thursday, December 11.

They have chosen to meet at The Gallery, the new face of the Sailing Club café on the promenade near The Buckle car park and Bishopstone Station.

They meet for informal chat over coffee or food and anyone with an interest in talking in German is welcome to join them between 12noon and 2pm. Non-members are asked to contribute £2 towards expenses, or join for the year for £10.

The Twinning Association have been busy in the last month. Members held a quiz and fish-and-chips evening at the Council Chamber with Chairman Peter White asking the questions.

They held their first-ever Oktoberfest, a little late in the year, last weekend and 24 members enjoyed German food, wine, beer and dancing.

Members contributed some dishes, whilst Seaford-based German caterers ‘Selcher’, run by the Müller family, provided the professional flair!

On Monday a small group of hardy travellers visited the German Christmas Market in Canterbury, and returned laden with presents.

Tomorrow (Saturday), as part of Seaford’s Christmas Magic, members of the Twinning Association will be serving their traditional Stollen cake at a stall in the town, with a complimentary glass of warming Glühwein for the over-18s to wash it down with.

Planned for the New Year is another conversation event at a pub in late January (details to follow) and a Beetle Drive at 7.30pm on Saturday, January 17, at St. Peter’s Hall.

All these events are open to the public. Ring Liz Riley on 01323 896315 to book for the Beetle Drive – £4 for non-members, plus bring a plate of food to share.

Seaford was twinned with Bonningstedt in 1984. It’s a farming town and dormitory town of Hamburg in Schleswig Holstein.

Thirty years of friendship between the two towns was celebrated in June.

New members are welcomed by Seaford Twinning Association. They do not have to live in the town, neither do they have to be able to speak German or to host visitors, but they must support the ideals of international co-operation and twinning, and enjoy the company of others.

Elsewhere, the East Blatchington Christmas Lecture in the Chapel Rooms of St Peter’s Church, Seaford, on Tuesday, December 16, will take the form of a special illustrated talk on the paintings of the Nativity through the ages.

It will be given by Kay Blackburn, who is well-known for her art talks, and begins at 2.30pm. This is a ticket only occasion, although open to all. The tickets are priced at £5 including tea and mince pies, and all proceeds will go towards the renovations to the church tower. To reserve a place, please ring Kay on 01323 893172.