The Manningtree & District/Frankenberg Partnership Association
Unfortunately, due to the Corona crisis all planned events had to be cancelled from 23 March 2020. Sadly this included the very special exchange visit to Frankenberg which was to have taken place in October 2020 to celebrate our 50th anniversary.
However, there WAS celebration in the form of a beautiful book of memories which is witness to "50 Years of Partnership & Friendship". It has been warmly received by our members. Anyone who had links with the Partnership in the past is invited to contact the secretary for a copy of the book - while stocks last.
Because of Coronavirus the launch of the book here in Manningtree could be celebrated only by a very small team - suitably socially distanced of course!
In October the Book of Memories Arrived in Germany
Copies of the book were distributed to all partnership members in Frankenberg, including many singers of the Kantorei choir.
A delegation received copies of the book outside the Rathaus in Frankenberg on behalf of the town and partnership members.
From left to right: Petra Schönhardt, Gerda Albrecht, Heinz Müller, Rüdiger Heß (Mayor), Sandra Frost and Erhard Wagner (Partnership Chair)
To find out a little more about the Book of Memories, just go to the first "About" page.
A Surprise Visitor in May 2020
Bernd, the Frankenberg coach driver who had visited Manningtree countless times over many years, chose this year - of pandemic! to holiday in England - by motorbike! He travelled all the way down to Cornwall, but when it was time to return home he could not resist the temptation to look up some old friends in Manningtree before heading for the ferry in Harwich. He was lucky to find two of his former hosts in. They of course were most surprised to find this leather clad figure with a big motorbike appear outside their homes. But recognition and delight at the reunion swiftly followed the surprise!
In Manningtree he arrived just in time for afternoon tea in the garden and he was delighted to be presented with a copy of the book of memories. He was proud to be the bearer of the first copy to make its way to Frankenberg - ahead of a much larger consignment later in the year!
A little later he made his way to Bradfield where - miraculously - he was in time for dinner in the garden.
Bernd was delighted with the way his last day turned out, visiting old friends and remembering good times. "If it weren't for the Partnership there is no way I could ever have met so many English people. For me, Manningtree is England and I really feel at home here. Actually, I think this last day of my holiday turned out to be the best!"