River Weser with town of Hameln behind

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Torbay-Hameln Churches is an independent group involving those who participate in visits to and from Hameln (Germany)the town of 'The Pied Piper' (der Rattenfänger)
(In association with Christians Together in Paignton)


23 May - 01 June 2008

Visit to friends in Hameln - the town of the 'Pied Piper' (der Rattenfänger)

During the successful Autumn 2006 visit by friends from the Evangelical Lutheran Münster St Bonifatius of Hameln an invitation was given for a group representing the churches of Torbay to visit Hameln during the Spring Bank Holiday week 2008 (23 May to 01 June).  The invitation was accepted and a party representing the Churches of Paignton and their friends travelled to Hameln to be welcomed as guests in the homes of members of the Evangelical Lutheran Münster St Bonifatius of Hameln congregation and other church congregations in and around Hameln.

From the beginning it has been the purpose of such visits to encourage church families and individuals and friends of our two communities to have fellowship together and to form a lasting bond of friendship between us - many of us had previously experienced the warmth of German hospitality.  A programme of events (click to view the Programme) was organised in consultation with our German friends and we shared with them outings to places of interest as well as enjoying social events together.  We also had the opportunity to watch the 'Pied Piper' play performed in the town by local townsfolk on the Sunday morning after worship.

During the Farewell Party hosted by our Hameln friends we were able to give an invitation for them to make a return visit to Paignton sometime in 2010 which we very much look forward to.

Click to go to view pictures of the 2008 visit to Hameln or click to go to the Hameln Münster website to read about our visit.

Contact us about our links with Hameln

Read more about the town of Hameln

Hear the sound of the 'Pied Piper'!

Listen to Alexander Kuhlo on the Münster Organ play "Fantasie in F minor, K.608" (Allegro Maestoso) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Programme

Day

Date

Time

Programme

Friday

23 May

 

Various ‘Pick-up’ points

Saturday

24 May

17:30
19:30

Arrive Hameln
Partnership Evening in the Rattenfängerhalle
[40 years St Maur (F) and 35 years Torbay (GB)]

Sunday

25 May

10:00
11:45

 

Ecumenical, tri-lingual service in the Marktkirche
Pied Piper Play at Hochzeitshaus terrace
Rest of the day free - Individual programmes

Monday

 

26 May

10:30
 

11.30
12.15
13.00
Afternoon

Guided Tour of the old town of Hameln with an English speaking guide and the Pied Piper beginning at the Bürgergarten, ending at the Münster.
Tour of the Münster and Crypt
Reception at the
Hochzeitshaus
Visit the Haus der Kirche
Individuals or groups to explore the area

Tuesday 

27 May

08:30

All day coach excursion to Goslar and the Rammelsberg Mine (UNESCO World Heritage Site) – English speaking Guides

Wednesday

28 May

Morning
12:30
17:00
19:00

Shopping/sightseeing
Coach to Bodenwerder - Münchhausen tour, tea break.
Return to Hameln by boat on the River Weser
Arrive Hameln

Thursday

 

29 May

08:30

All day coach excursion to visit the Grenzlandmuseum (Eichsfeld Border Museum) and Duderstadt – English Speaking Guide at the Border Museum

Friday

30 May

 

 

 

 19:00

FREE DAY - individuals or small groups with or without hosts to visit places of interest
Or maybe to Hannover by train, tour of the city and Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen
Or maybe to Hildesheim by train, tour of the city, churches and/or museum

Farewell Evening (Guests and Hosts)

Saturday

31 May

Morning/
Afternoon
16:00
17:00
18:00
19:00
20:00

Free time in the town

Take luggage to coach
Climb the Münster Lantern Tower
Something to eat!
Service in the Münster Crypt
Departure from parking area, entrance to 'Tiefgarage' Rattenfängerhalle/Stockhof

Sunday

01 Jun

Approx. 15:00

Arrive  home – ‘Setting-down’ points as pick-up


Pictures of our 2008 Visit

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Coach prepares to leave PaigntonCoach prepares to leave PaigntonCoach prepares to leave Paignton

COACH PREPARES TO LEAVE PAIGNTON

Arrival in HamelnArrival in HamelnArrival in Hameln

Arrival in HamelnArrival in HamelnArrival in Hameln

Arrival in HamelnArrival in Hameln

ARRIVAL IN HAMELN

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School Concert Band - Twinning Celebrations at the RattenfängerhalleMembers of our Group at the Twinning Celebrations at the RattenfängerhalleMembers of our Group at the Twinning Celebrations at the Rattenfängerhalle

Members of our Group at the Twinning Celebrations at the RattenfängerhalleMembers of our Group at the Twinning Celebrations at the RattenfängerhalleMembers of our Group at the Twinning Celebrations at the Rattenfängerhalle

Members of our Group at the Twinning Celebrations at the RattenfängerhalleMembers of our Group at the Twinning Celebrations at the Rattenfängerhalle

AT THE TWINNING CELEBRATIONS AT THE RATTENFÄNGERHALLE (Pied Piper Hall)

Gathering for morning worshipGroup from the Music CollegeGroup from the Music College

The congregation prepare to leaveOur gift to the congregation at the MarktkircheView of the interior of the Marktkirche

View of the interior of the MarktkircheView of the interior of the Marktkirche

SUNDAY MORNING TRILINGUAL ECUMENICAL SERVICE IN THE MARKTKIRCHE (Market Church)

The Pied Piper meets some of our young people

ON A GUIDED TOUR OF THE ALT STADT (Old Town)

Münsterbrucke and Münster by dayMünsterbrucke and Münster by night

MÜNSTERBRUCKE (Minster Bridge) AND MÜNSTER BY DAY AND BY NIGHT

RECEPTION BY THE BÜRGERMEISTER (Mayor)

Haus der Kirche (Church House)Haus der Kirche (Church House)Haus der Kirche (Church House)

Haus der Kirche (Church House)View from a window in the Haus der Kirche (Church House)View from a window in the Haus der Kirche (Church House)

VISIT TO THE HAUS DER KIRCHE (Church House)

Young people enjoy a game of bowling

YOUNG PEOPLE ENJOY A GAME OF BOWLING

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Kaiserfalz (Palace) - GoslarStatues of Kaiser's - Kaiserfalz (Palace) - GoslarRemains of Cathedral - Goslar

Bishops Throne - Remains of Cathedral - GoslarRemains of Cathedral - GoslarSome of our Group enjoy a ride in a horse drawn carriage

Some of our Group enjoy a ride in a horse drawn carriageSome of our Group enjoy a ride in a horse drawn carriageGoslar Alt Stadt (Old Town)

Goslar Alt Stadt (Old Town)Goslar Alt Stadt (Old Town)Goslar Alt Stadt (Old Town)

Goslar Alt Stadt (Old Town)The towers of the Kirche - GoslarThe view from the top of the Kirche tower - Goslar

In the town square - GoslarIn the town square - GoslarRelief model of Goslar

PICTURES OF GOSLAR

Rammelsberg Mine - GoslarRammelsberg Mine - Goslar - everyone had to wear hard hats!Rammelsberg Mine (Underground) - Goslar

Rammelsberg Mine - Goslar

RAMMERLBERG MINE - GOSLAR

Statue featuring a Munchäusen Tall StoryStatue featuring a Munchäusen Tall StoryStatue featuring a Munchäusen Tall Story

BODENWERDER (The home town of Baron von Münchhausen)

Young people summer tobogganing at BodenwerderYoung people summer tobogganing at BodenwerderYoung people summer tobogganing at Bodenwerder

Young people summer tobogganing at BodenwerderYoung people summer tobogganing at BodenwerderYoung people summer tobogganing at Bodenwerder

YOUNG PEOPLE SUMMER TOBAGGONING AT BODENWERDER

Enjoying a leisurely return to Hameln on the WeserEnjoying a leisurely return to Hameln on the WeserEnjoying a leisurely return to Hameln on the Weser

ENJOYING AS LEISURELY RETURN TO HAMELN ON THE WESER

Grenzlandmuseum

Duderstadt"Who's pinched the coach?  It was here a minute ago!  Right by this parking sign....."Duderstadt

Host and guest concert in local wine barHost and guest concert in local wine barHost and guest concert in local wine bar

GRENZLANDMUSEUM - DUDERSTADT AND HOST AND GUEST CONCERT IN A LOCAL WINE BAR

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At the farewell partyFrau Pfab (Chairman of Church Council - Hameln)Presentation of gift for Haus der Kirche (Church House)

Presentation of gift for Haus der Kirche (Church House)Young people at the farewell partyAt the farewell party

At the farewell partyAt the farewell partyAt the farewell party

At the farewell partyAt the farewell partyMusic group entertain

FAREWELL PARTY

Eating a meal before departure

A MEAL WITH FRIENDS BEFORE WE LEAVE HAMELN

Altar in the CryptShort Service in the Münster Crypt prior to departure

Short Service in the Münster Crypt prior to departureShort Service in the Münster Crypt prior to departurePastor Wolten at the Service

SHORT SERVICE IN THE MÜNSTER CRYPT PRIOR TO OUR DEPARTURE

Hameln friends say farewell

FAREWELL (Auf Wiedersehn)

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