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January 2018

Review of 2017 - our 25th Anniversary Year

The year just ended contained a number of highlights. Visits from Rinteln included the Ernestinum Big Band in May and the Rinteln Male Voice Choir in September.
Ernestinum Big Band Rinteln Male Voice Choir Pied Piper

In August a group of 22 individuals from Kendal visited Rinteln to mark the 25th Anniversary and to attend the Altstadtfest. The visit was very enjoyable and successful – despite heavy rainfall to rival Cumbria’s! Activities included attending the opening of the Altstadtfest at the Ratskeller, a visit and tour of the Lebenshilfe, a buffet reception at the Tennis club, and a guided tour of the Schnapps factory. The links with Kendal College continue to prosper with students from Rinteln coming over for periods in May and September. The WOSP twinning with the Lebenshilfe is thriving with a visit in September and to the Rinteln Christmas Market.

We were also delighted to bring over the Pied Piper of Hamelin for the Torchlight weekend.




Mike Middleton
Mike Middleton

We were saddened to hear of Mike‘s death on 21st October, having finally lost his fight against cancer. His funeral was held on 4th November at the Jakobi church in Rinteln. The Mayor of Rinteln, Thomas Priemer, gave the address including the following: “I am very proud to have known Mike. I remember very well the day at the start of this year when he sat in my office giving an interview to a newspaper editor. He recounted little anecdotes about the British and the Germans and talked modestly about the partnership between our towns. The editor was fascinated by him. He always spoke with a sense of humour, with great ease and a friendly manner. To listen to Mike did you good but you could always trust his judgement. The people of Rinteln have a lot to thank him for.

“He committed himself to the task of bringing the citizens of our two towns closer together by fostering mutual interest in each other and mutual friendships. He was our engine which was always running quietly almost inaudibly in the background but which could summon up enormous power when the momentum was in danger of slowing down.”

Mike was instrumental in setting up the twinning between Kendal and Rinteln, and has been an ever present feature of any visit, tirelessly working to ensure everything went smoothly and making visitors from Kendal feel welcome. He will be greatly missed.


Annual General Meeting

The AGM took place on November 7th at Netherfield Cricket Club.

Several WOSP service users gave a presentation on their activities. It had been a most successful year, with visits to Rinteln and the Lebenshilfe. Highlights included WOSP’s visit to the Christmas Market last December (travelling by boat and train) and also in September this year to attend the Lebenshilfe concert (travel by air). The group enjoyed several days out, including to Hamelin, the Steam fair and steam train ride, and a live music night. WOSP also enjoyed a visit from the Ernestinum Band when they played at the Day centre as part of the May visit to Kendal.

The Chair gave a report on the years activities, and the Treasurer presented the accounts. Officers were elected as follows:

  • Chair: Philip Ball
  • Vice Chair: Rachael Hogg
  • Treasurer: Stuart Bell
  • Minutes Secretary: P Gardner
  • Events Co-ordinator: Liz Cooke
  • Hosting/Accommodation: Ron Wood
  • Membership Secretary: Frances Corrie