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 in January 22, commemorates the occasion of a plaque being placed at the Anniversary Wildlife Garden in Quay Street, Manningtree, celebrating 50 years of Partnership.
Most importantly for this year, Manningtree hosted a Partnership visit from Frankenberg - at long last, having been postponed twice because of Covid!
It was a truly wonderful weekend when people of the two partner towns who had been strangers parted after two days as friends.
In 2023 so far
A "Winter Warmer" social in January got the new year off to a good sgtart.
February was AGM month!
Beforfe members could relax over cheese & wine there was work to do.
Some long-serving committee members and our hard-working chairman resigned because they felt that for them it was time to move on. However, members came up trumps and a new committee of seven was elected.
They have met once and are full of ideas and plans. So, watch this space for more news and a date for our next social event.
This is beginning to look very much like a re-launch, so, there has never been a better time to
JOIN THE PARTNERSHIP
To join, 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, and some have become traditions.
Getting together early in January is one such tradition, when a glass of "Glühwein", accompanied by some traditional German Christmas goodies has been a wonderful 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. But we have also enjoyed traditional English afternoon teas in a garden on sunny summer afternoons.
Apart from social activities the Association also presents an annual prize to a Manningtree High School student who has made exceptional progress in their German language studies.
Regular visits link the people of our towns. This photo stems from the most recent visit in June 2022. Local Partnership members say good bye to our visitors from Frankenberg after a highly enjoyable visit.
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!
Contact Manningtree & District/Frankenberg Partnership Association
For more information about membership (only £10 pp pa)
please contact Dagmar Grafton