Weinfest 2012

Sommernachtsweinfest auf dem Wetzlarer Schillerplatz, 27-29 July 2012

The team from Colchester comprised Jenny Glayzer, Douglas Hall, Ian McMeekan, Chris & Lois Pertee and Stewart & Val Francis. We all stayed at the excellent Hotel Bürgerhof, whose friendly staff looked after us very well.

We were welcomed with great hospitality and friendliness by our Wetzlar hosts throughout.  On the first evening we were treated to a jolly and sumptuous reception and dinner hosted by the Partnerschaftsdezernent, Karlheinz Krãuter, and the Wetzlar twinning chairman.

The Deutsch-Englische Gesellschaft Wetzlar joined us on Saturday evening in the square where the Weinfest took place. On the final evening we, with our French and Italian friends, were treated to a lovely meal and evening in the home of one of our hosts.             The square is packed.

Val and I were given an expertly conducted tour of Wetzlar by Yvonne Sahm, Vice-President of the Anglo-German Association and an official town guide.

In between all this everyone worked long hours in the stall, selling wine and marmalade – with success.

We had informal talks with our hosts about future twinning arrangements. Both sides are keen to promote these for all our members. Some attractive suggestions were mooted for visits both at home and away, which we look forward to developing.

Stewart Francis

1st August 2012

Preparation of our stall.



Ian in our stall and showing the crowds outside.


Nigel Hildreth was there with a Sixth Form orchestra and they performed as well as other performers.  As a result there was much jollity.

Below – on the stage

Band on the street

And then it got a bit wet!