Manningtree & District/Frankenberg
Partnership Association (MDFPA) is a community membership organisation, celebrating our local community and heritage as well as our link with Europe through partnership with Frankenberg, a beautiful, historic town in Germany.
This photo, taken at a summer lunch in 2023, shows members and one of the German language prize winners enjoying sunshine, jazz, lovely food and a good natter.
For events in 2024, keep on reading!
But first of all, here is the most
Frankenberg has invited the people of Manningtree to visit their beautiful town in 2024
from 30th May to 2nd June.
Leaving on 29th May on the Night Ferry from Harwich with overnight cabin.
30 May: Coach from Hook of Holland to Frankenberg with a 2-hour-stop for a first taste of Germany. Arrival in Frankenberg & meeting your hosts
Then two days of visits, enertainment and time with hosts
2 June: Coach to Hook of Holland, board the Night Ferry to Harwich
3 June: Early morning arrival in Harwich.
There are now only 2 places left.
If YOU are interested in snapping up one or both of these, please call 07891963006 as soon as possible.
Friday 15th March at 7 pm
at the Oak Room, AcornVillage
Speaker Event with Cheese and Wine
Helen Brown will be talking about the Kindertransport rescue operation and its local connection with Harwich where there is now a wonderful memorial to the events of the past.
For members the talk will be followed by a short AGM.
This event turned out to be very popular and now there are only 3 places left. So, if you would like to attend, please call or text the secretary on 07891963005
as soon as possible.
We will keep a waiting list in case there are any cancellation.
And a quick look back at recent events
There was the AGM in February23 when a new committee was elected.
Their first decision was to invite East Bergholt High School to join Manningtree High School to participate in the Partnership's award scheme for students who had made excellent progress in their study of the German language.
Then followed the first social event, a SUMMER LUNCH held in a member's beautiful garden. See photo above. Retro Jazz entertained the guests while they enjoyed a ploughman's lunch followed by an impressive selection of home-made desserts, thanks to the generosity of members!
And it was a special pleasure to welcome two families of prize winners to the lunch. They were very enthusiastic about the Partnership and we hope to keep in touch!
In early December the Partnership had a stall with German Christmas biscuits and decorations at the Manningtree Christmas Market. We met lots of people and gave out information about Manningtree's Partnership with Frankenberg. It was a lovely (very cold!) day and we hope to be there again next year!
Partnership members came together in January 24 for our traditional welcome to the New Year in January, celebrating with Glühwein, Lebkuchen, Stollen & and much more.
If you are not yet a member of the Partnership, now is an excellent time to join, just in time for a trip to Frankenberg in Germany.
Please use the contact form
call us on 07891 963005
What we do when there is no visit to or from Frankenberg
We arrange occasional social gatherings for members and friends.
A New Year Get-Together has become a lovely tradition, when a glass of "Glühwein", accompanied by some German Christmas goodies has been a wonderfully sociable way to start recent New Years.
Then there are the simple German-style suppers accompanied by musical entertainment which are as popular as our
"Kaffee und Kuchen" afternoons.
A member's garden usually is the venue for a Summer Sunshine Event.
Apart from social activities the Association presents an annual prize and commendations to students of Manningtree High School and of
East Bergholt High School who have made exceptional progress in their German language studies.
And do have a look at the Anniversary Garden, opposite the Fire Station, a joint project with Manningtree Town Council to celebrate 50 years of Partnership between the communities of Manningtree and Frankenberg and their surrounding areas.
Regular visits link the people of our towns. This photo shows Manningtree members saying "good bye" to our visitors from Frankenberg after a highly enjoyable visit in June 2022.
Now we look forward to our next visit from Manningtree to Frankenberg.
See "exciting news" above.
Every exchange visit has a celebration dinner and an exchange of gifts! In 2022 our guests from Frankenberg took home a painting of Manningtree and left us two deckchairs with designs by the artist Philipp Soldan, a famous son of Frankenberg.
A local social get-together
The Partnership arranges regular local social gatherings for its members [Covid-permitting].
On this occasion members were enjoying genuine German cakes and live music!