29. February 2024

Anglo-German Club Paderborn welcomes new British Chairman and looks forward to the British Weekend in Bad Lippspringe

At the Annual General Meeting of the Anglo-German Club Paderborn, the new Station Commander of the British forces in Sennelager, Lt. Col. David Crimmins, introduced himself to the numerous members as the new British Chairman. He follows Lt. Col. Danny Wild, who is finally retiring after five years of responsibility at Sennelager station and is thus also giving up his position at the club. David Crimmins can look back on a military career spanning over 35 years and was most recently stationed in Belize in Central America.

Traditionally, the Anglo-German Club Paderborn is chaired by a German and a British chairman. The German chairman Angie Reeh warmly welcomed David Crimmins to Paderborn and promised to introduce him and his wife Jo to the city and its social and cultural life and to help both of them settle in as best as possible. The new commander has already noted the PaderBrunch and Libori in his calendar.

The Committee thanked the previous British chairman, Lt Col Danny Wild for his outstanding commitment to the Anglo-German Club. He emphasized how much he enjoyed working for the club and how many wonderful encounters and events between Germans and Brits he was able to experience.

A highlight of the annual programme presented at the meeting is the British Weekend, which will take place for the first time on 17/18 August on the grounds of the State Garden Show (Landesgartenschau) in Bad Lippspringe. Rehana Rühmann, managing director of the State Garden Show, personally invited the members to experience the English way of life with an extensive programme and, if interested, to take part with a stand.

Danny Wild surprised the members by announcing that he would organize a trip to London to the Ceremony of the Keys in the Tower as a thank you. This traditional ceremony of handing over the keys is believed to date back to Tudor times. During these years the Tower was often used as a prison for prisoners of high social status. Many of them were allowed to move around within the Tower and access open spaces such as Tower Green. The key ceremony was intended to ensure that all prisoners were in their places in the evening and could not escape from the fortress overnight. Tickets for the ceremony are highly coveted; the waiting time is often several months in advance.

Photo: (from left) Rehana Rühmann, Landesgartenschau Bad Lippspringe, and the committee of the Anglo-German Club: Volker Greaves, Ina Maiwald, Lt. Col. David Crimmins, Angie Reeh, patron Col. Michael Foster-Brown, Heather Lewis and Petra Fischer (not in the picture Prof. Dr Ilka Mindt). Photo: Jürgen Behlke

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