Celebrating thirty years

No, it’s not how long I’ve been married, the number of years that Optima has existed or, unfortunately, my age! It’s the thirtieth anniversary of the twinning between Newark and Emmendingen, a town in the Baden-Württemberg region of Germany. I’m a committee member of Newark Twinning Association and will be heading off to Emmendingen on Friday 19th September to take part in the celebrations.

Hochburg Castle, Emmendingen

Hochburg Castle, Emmendingen

Newark Twinning will be joined by members of the Newark Amateur Operatic Society, who will be performing parts of their up-coming production of ‘The King and I’ both in the Emmendingen’s main square and at a celebration evening bringing together guests from Newark and their host families.

One of the official parts of the weekend will be the rededication of the red phone box which was donated to the people of Emmendigen by Newark company X2 Telecom. The company helped to restore the new phone box after the original was damaged by a falling tree during storms in 2013.

One of the criteria for choosing to twin Emmendingen and Newark was that both lay claim to castle ruins. The medieval ruins are well worth a visit, situated as it is in the nature park of the Black Forest. Although there probably won’t be much time for walking or bike riding along the forest tracks, we are looking forward to our visit. Our friends in Emmendingen are excellent hosts and we look forward to welcoming them to Newark again soon.


For more information about Newark Twinning click here

For more information about the town of Emmendingen click here