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Occupied City

Occupied City

"Occupied City" film screening draws big audience More than 90 people joined us the The Little Theatre cinema on Sunday afternoon, 25th February, for our sponsorship of a special screening of “Occupied City”, a lengthy meditation on the occupation of Amsterdam during...

Going Dutch this Christmas

Going Dutch this Christmas

GOING DUTCH THIS CHRISTMAS Bath’s Christmas Market will develop a Dutch flavour this weekend (2nd to 4th December), as goods from Holland go on sale on a special stall set up by the city’s Bath-Alkmaar Twinning Association. Following a successful inaugural stall last...

Officials from Alkmaar Council visit Bath

Officials from Alkmaar Council visit Bath

Officials from Alkmaar Council visited Bath   In late November 2022, three officials from Alkmaar Council visited Bath to meet their counterparts in Bath and North East Somerset Council working in the field of sustainability.  The teams exchanged information,...

Celebrating Alkmaar Ontzet

Celebrating Alkmaar Ontzet

A Special Alkmaar Cafe to celebrate Alkmaar Ontzet At our October Alkmaar Cafe we made a special effort to celebrate Ontzet 450 (although we are a little early).  The Mayor herself paid us a visit  and we were also joined by special guests, Anthony and Elizabeth from...

Unveiling of the Jewish Names Monument in Alkmaar

Unveiling of the Jewish Names Monument in Alkmaar

On the 10th of September 2023, mayor Anja Schouten and councillor John van der Rhee, unveiled the Jewish Names Monument at Alkmaar railway station. The monument is in memory of the 173 Jewish people of Alkmaar who were murdered during the Second World War. The Names...

Designer of the plaque travels to Bath

Designer of the plaque travels to Bath

After Chris Freijser seen a photo of the unveiling of the plaque in Bath, which took place in May 2023, he travelled to Bath and made this photo. He is the designer of the commemoritive plaque in both Alkmaar and Bath and was proud to see his work ‘eternalized’ in...

The unveiling of a new commemorative stone

The unveiling of a new commemorative stone

Visitors from Bath’s Dutch twin city of Alkmaar joined the Mayor of Bath and members of the Bath-Alkmaar Twinning Association to unveil a new commemorative stone in the city centre, marking 75 years of the link between the two communities. The engraved stone, a...

The boy who fell of his bicycle

The boy who fell of his bicycle

We were sad to hear that one of the last remaining Dutch children who came to Bath in 1945 has passed away.  Albert van de Kamer has a particular place in the story of our link, due to an unfortunate accident he had very soon after arriving.  Riding a British bicycle...

BATA Christmas market stall

BATA Christmas market stall

The last day of our Bath Christmas Market Stall.  We are situated in a chalet backing on to the Guildhall, overlooking the Orange Grove/Alkmaar Garden.  Do come and find us on the stall: we will still be there today (8/12), selling authentic Dutch Christmas goods,...

BATH RADIO INTERVIEW WITH ALETTA STEVENS

BATH RADIO INTERVIEW WITH ALETTA STEVENS

Our twinning association was put in the spotlight recently when our committee member, Aletta Stevens, author of ‘The Remarkable Journey of Mr Prins’, was interviewed on Bath Radio. In their weekly, one-hour Bath Arts slot, she talked with Mike Stevenson, or Mike on...

Books from Bath enrich the Alkmaar library collection

Books from Bath enrich the Alkmaar library collection

Dutch press release (English translation below) Boeken uit Bath verrijken collectie bibliotheek Op 11 oktober heeft Erna Winters, directeur ABC Huis (fusie Artiance en Bibliotheek Kennemerwaard) boeken uit Bath ontvangen van Dick Jan Braaij, voorzitter Alkmaars...

Minerva Rowing Club Host Alkmaar Rowers

Minerva Rowing Club Host Alkmaar Rowers

Fifteen Alkmaar Rowing Club members visited Bath in late September 2022 to race, socialise and spend time exploring our city. Prior to various lockdowns caused by the pandemic during 2020 and 2021, this trip happened annually, with Minerva Rowing Club travelling to...

The AUC and members of Alkmaar op de kaart visiting Bath

The AUC and members of Alkmaar op de kaart visiting Bath

Last week we welcomed some special visitors from Alkmaar: our counterparts in the Alkmaar Twinning organisation, the AUC, together with members of the committee of 'Alkmaarders op de Kaart', who create wonderful illustrated guided tour maps of their city, highlighting...

Museum of  Truus’ children in Alkmaar

Museum of Truus’ children in Alkmaar

Pop-up Museum Truus Wijsmuller-Meijer An exhibition about the life of Truus Wijsmuller-Meijer has opened in the former Oilily building on Waagplein in Alkmaar. Here the special story is told about this woman who was born and raised in Alkmaar, who saved the lives of...

Return of the Barrel Organ to Alkmaar

Return of the Barrel Organ to Alkmaar

The Bath-Alkmaar barrel organ (yes, as we repeatedly say, it's really a barrel piano) is on its return home to Alkmaar. It was unexpectedly rather poignant. Richard and Tom Dean, from Dean Organ Builders, who helped us two years ago unpack the instrument, and then...

75th Anniversary of our link with Alkmaar

75th Anniversary of our link with Alkmaar

We finally celebrated the 75th Anniversary of our link with Alkmaar, albeit two years late! 75 YEARS OF ANGLO-DUTCH FRIENDSHIP CELEBRATED Eight decades of international friendship between the cities of Bath and Alkmaar in the Netherlands were celebrated in the...

75 Years Bath Alkmaar

75 Years Bath Alkmaar

City link Bath Alkmaar The city link between Alkmaar and the English city of Bath celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. To mark this anniversary, a meeting will take place in Theater de Vest in Alkmaar, on Friday afternoon the 28th of May, from 14:00 to 16:00....

Alkmaar 70 Newsletter 4

Alkmaar 70 Newsletter 4

Three months to go to Alkmaar 70 Week! Details of the programme are below – and already many other activities are underway as we move through our special Anniversary year.

Alkmaar 70 Newsletter 3

Alkmaar 70 Newsletter 3

Momentum is picking up as we go into 2017!  Below is an update on the activities of the first few weeks of our special celebration year, and plans for the next few months. Update on our launch appeal for “lost” Alkmaar children Back in September we launched Alkmaar 70...