Welcome to "Friends of Bönningstedt Plauschgruppe"
(Originally "Friends of Bönningstedt", then "Seaford Twinning Association")
Twin Towns: Bönningstedt, Schleswig Holstein, Germany and Seaford, East Sussex, England
Friendship Links: Crivitz, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany and Crivitz, Wisconsin, USA
Initially called "The Friends of Bönningstedt" a friendly group was formed with monthly social gatherings e.g. quiz night, bingo, traditional pub skittles, visiting Bönningstedt every other year, and welcoming visitors from their twin town in the intervening years. They also had friendship links with Bönnningstedt's other twin, Crivitz in Mecklenburg Vorpommern in the former East Germany. Also there are now links with Crivitz' other twin in USA, Crivitz in Wisconsin.
The group was renamed "Seaford Twinning Association" in 2008 but reverted to its original title when the Association was disolved in 2017 due to lack of volunteers willing to serve on the committee.
The group was eventually terminated in December 2017 leaving only the Plauschgruppe which continues under the original title for old times' sake.
This is now a German Conversation Group (known as the Plauschgruppe). Anyone who is interested in speaking German: of any age, to any standard, of any regional variation; meeting mainly in pubs and cafes about once a month; is welcome to attend. Watch out for notices on this site, posters, press announcements, or contact Peter on 01323 897360, or Liz on 01323 896315.
It is the hope of many of the former members that an active Twinning Link; evidenced by road signs, the name of the Bönningstedt Promenade, and the existing Twinning Charter displayed in the Council Chamber; might be resuscitated by enthusiasts at a future date.
The town crests for the two towns (shown above) are described as follows:-
Seaford's crest shows the Royal Lions, the Seaford Shag (either a cormorant or an eagle) and the medieval Cinq Ports Ship
Bönningstedt's crest shows the traditional ice pick used to cut ice from rivers in winter for preserving meat or to sell in nearby Hanseatic Ports such as Hamburg.