Bedford Bamberg Association


July 2019

Message from Edward

Hello Everyone

I look forward to seeing you at the Summer Supper on Saturday 13th July if you are able to attend. While the cost is only £10, this is one of the events that enables us to raise funds so please do try to come if you are free. The drive can take several cars but once full, you can park outside the church across the road (facing down the hill). I will close the gates just after 5 pm. Let us hope for good weather.

For those joining the group visit to Bamberg in September, I will start to collect payment to cover the cost of the transfers and two trips including coach travel, tips, entrances and guided tours. I have calculated:

You can give me a cheque at the Summer Supper (no cash please) or send a cheque to my home address. Cheques are payable to me and not the BBA as I will be buying the Euros online and paying all costs direct. They will not be presented until August. Alternatively you can pay my bank account by direct transfer under advice.

Please email if you have any queries.



June 2019

Message from Rosemary

Hello everyone,

Our Summer Supper is fast approaching – Saturday July 13th, starting from 5pm at Edward & Jo’s house, The Walled Garden, Church Lane, Pavenham MK43 7PU.  There is good parking availability at the house but as always it would be good to car-share as much as possible.  The cost is just £10 as in previous years, which includes drinks and a tasty supper provided by the Committee.  It is ESSENTIAL that you let Margarete know please by Saturday July 6th if you are coming, to enable us to cater. ( 01234 764295.

Also Margarete and I are planning to visit the National Army Museum in Chelsea to see the ‘Goodbye Germany’ Exhibition examining the effects of more than 70 years of the British Army’s presence in Germany, which has now come to an end.  We will travel by train to London – do please contact me if you are interested in joining us on Saturday July 6th.

Best wishes


February 2019

Message from Edward

Hello Members

While our planned evening on 5 April was about twinning and not to discuss the merits or otherwise of Brexit, we have decided that it would be best to postpone to a future date until the current political situation hopefully settles down. We would have now needed to start advertising the evening and I do not believe that it would have received favourable publicity given all that is going on. We will let you know as soon as a revised date has been scheduled, assuming Brexit actually happens.

Our next event is the AGM on Friday 22 March from 7 pm at St Marks in Brickhill, Wren Room, when we will outline events planned for the forthcoming year, including the visit to Bamberg in September with 29 so far indicating they will be joining the group. There will of course be an opportunity for members to be updated on our financial position and have a say on any issues they wish. Our Treasurer Graham will also be collecting membership subscriptions held at a very reasonable £10 per member to be paid by cheque or cash. Coffee/tea with cakes will follow. We look forward to a good attendance and meeting new members especially.

The Minutes of the AGM can be found here.

Most of you will recall that last year we held our Annual Dinner as well as the Bamberg Visit Farewell Dinner at VesuviO in the Sharnbrook Hotel, both events being most enjoyable. So we plan to hold the Annual Dinner there again on Sunday 28 April from 5.30 pm with serving to commence 6 pm. A price of £20 for 3 courses plus coffee/tea has been agreed and I am sure you will agree this represents excellent value. Please see menu.

I will need to pay a deposit of £100 next week from my own funds and so I would ask that those wishing to attend please confirm by email at and pay me £5 per head, either by a direct remittance to my bank account (please contact me for details) or cash at the AGM. I will then pay any excess deposit onto VesuviO so you pay £15 plus the cost of drinks on the evening. You can either let me have your menu choices when confirming or at the latest by Thursday 11 April.

If you have any queries, please email me.

Best wishes.



January 2019

Message from Edward Regarding Trip to Bamberg, September 2019

Hello Everyone

I hope all of you had a great Christmas and I wish you the best for 2019.

Further to my communication in November most of which is attached below in amended form as a reminder, I am grateful to those who have confirmed by email to booking flights. I have decided that it makes sense for everyone to make their own way to Gatwick by train or own transport. Jo and I will probably stay overnight at a Gatwick hotel to avoid any travel delays. Anyone is welcome to join us in doing this and I will hopefully find a reasonable price nearer the date.

As I am away some of the next 2 months for some Winter sun, I need to start arranging the visit at the Bamberg end with Ursula as it is often necessary to book coaches and tours well in advance, as well as to sort the transfer to and from Bamberg. Furthermore hosts have to be arranged. That is going to be difficult without some idea of final numbers.

Therefore I would ask all members yet to respond to advise if they intend joining the visit this year or wish to be excluded, or remain undecided for whatever reason. Those going apart from the new travellers, have you contacted your hosts to confirm that you can stay with them? That would be very helpful and avoid me having to chase you individually. We have enjoyed a wonderful time each year we have visited and this year should be no different. The costs are always kept to a reasonable level.

Finally Rosemary will shortly be sending out dates for BBA events this year and I look forward to seeing you at these. However please try to keep free the evening of Friday 5 April for our "The Importance of Twinning Post-Brexit" event as I am hoping for your support.

Best wishes.



November 2018

Message from Edward Regarding Trip to Bamberg, September 2019

I have been searching the flight options for next year. While Ryanair fly to Nuremberg which is an hour away from Bamberg, the flight times both ways are difficult involving an early morning departure going and very late arrival back at Stansted on the return.


So I have decided to fly from Gatwick to Munich with Easyjet as the cost currently is cheaper and more importantly the times are better, even if there are longer transfer times. Furthermore we have the option of travelling by train if we cannot get the numbers for a coach and indeed that may be preferable. So the details are:


Monday 2 Sept. Gatwick to Munich Flight U2 8983 13.25 - 16.20


Monday 9 Sept. Munich to Gatwick Flight U2 8984 16.50 - 17.50


I have booked the flights for Jo and I at a total cost of £158 which includes one hold case up to 23 kg so very reasonable. So if you are planning to fly, I would suggest you book promptly before the price goes up. Can you please then confirm to me and also advise how you would prefer to travel to Gatwick. Also can those going by car to Bamberg also let me know.


This should be a great week as I have the following trips in mind apart from what we do in Bamberg itself:

As you know, I will do my best to keep costs as low as possible.


Many of you will have hosts already arranged, but if not, we will do our best to do this for you on the basis that you will hopefully host them the following year. We have never failed to find hosts for anyone. If you wish to stay in a hotel, one of the hosts, Vanessa, is a manager in one in the centre so a stay there could be arranged. Please do not delay booking your flight as accommodation can be sorted out subsequently.


Please email me if you have any queries but I look forward to hearing from you asap. Hope to see you all at our St Nikolaus evening on Saturday 1 December.


Best wishes.



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