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  • Space Oddity show CANCELLED

    David Brighton's Space Oddity show – the world's number one homage to the late David Bowie, and due to come to Paderborn on November 3 – has been cancelled.

    The promotors say "with a heavy heart" that the show at the Paderhalle will not go ahead because of poor ticket sales.

    For further information, please visit: www.owl-konzerte.de 

  • Space Oddity show CANCELLED

    Space Oddity, Davis Brighton's tribute to David bowieDavid Brighton's Space Oddity show - the number one homage to the lateDavid Bowie, and due to come to Paderborn on November 3 - has been cancelled.

    Promoters say that "with a heavy heart" the event at the Paderhalle will not go ahead because of poor ticket sales.

    For more information, visit: www.owl-konzerte.de

  • Unique race on November 1

    Baderbach Schätzlauf on November 1 in StieghorstOn Tuesday, November 1, the SuS Phönix Bielefeld 09 e.V. sports club will hold its 4th Baderbach-Schätzlauf is taking place on a 2000-metre-long-course through the park in Stieghorst.
    The race is unique, because winning is not as easy as normal. Every athlete has to estimate his or her time he/she might need to cover the track before starting.
    Then the time has to be hit correctly or as close as possible to being hit. Every contestant has to be under the estimated time without using an electronic device. Every athlete starts on their own, at two minute intervals. The track can be covered by walking, nordic walking, trekking, running or race-walking.
    The first start takes place at 10:30am in the park near the tram station Stieghorst-Zentrum. Registration can be done online until October 28 via www.sus-phoenix-bielefeld09.de/events for 3 euros, paid on  November 1. Later admissions after that date will only be available on race day - November 1, from 8:30am to 9:30am at the Gesundheitszentrum Stieghorst, Schneidemühler Straße 10, in Bielefeld. Entry will be 4 euros then. Cake, coffee and tea buffet is available. 
    The first three winners will get a trophy as well as a running certificate and a material price. Running certificates go to all finishers, material prizes also to those, who are the youngest, oldest one und to the athlete with farthest journey.
    The Stieghorst club invites all readers of the newspaper to come and have a good day.
  • The fun of the fair

    Infinity: The highest mobile looping carousel in the world at 65m, includes three 360-degree swinging gondolas.  With a top speed of 120 km/h, the acceleration forces of up to 5G acting on the passengers are similar to the entry of a spacecraft in earth’s atmosphere. Infinity can be found at the Soest Allerheiligenkirmes in the parking lot on Great Pond.The highlight of this year’s Allerheiligenkirmes in Soest is undoubtedly the exhilarating Infinity –  the highest transportable looping ride in the world. 

    Every November some one million punters flock to Soest for Europe’s biggest inner-city funfair, where there’s something for everyone.

    For five days, November 2-6, the centre of the medieval town of Soest (45-minute drive west of Paderborn) is sealed off and some 42 amusement rides and 400 stalls are set up in the pedestrian areas, covering some 50,000 square metres.

  • Guardian of the gate

    An FV606 Saracen Armoured Personnel Carrier, used by medical regiments as an armoured ambulance, has been painstakingly restored and now stands in Dempsey Barracks as 1 Armoured Medical Regiment’s gate guardian.

    Maj A’Lee unveiled the Saracen, which was in service between 1954 and 1985, and highlighted how it represents the first time the medical regiment has had the chance to mark their position at the Barracks with a guardian since their relocation from Hohne Garrison. From left: SSgt Dave Smith, Maj Joseph A’Lee and Capt David Hart with the newly restored FV606 Saracen Armoured Personnel Carrier

  • The squeal deal

    Pig fan: WO2 Roger Johnson When a BFG couple wanted Pumba the pig to join them in their Army home, following a posting to Bielefeld, it seemed to be a case of fat chance.

    But Roger and Jane Johnson did not muck about – indeed they were ‘pig-headedly’ determined to bring over their 20 stone pot-bellied pet from the UK and house it in their married quarter. 

    Their efforts were far from ham-fisted, though, as eventually they got all the relevant authorities to grant permission.

    Now the loveable swine is regularly seen being taken for walks around the Army estate, and the couple are happy for Pumba to hog all the attention.

    Roger, a WO2 with HQ BFG Health Services, said: “She has bags of personality. She loves to go out for a walk but doesn’t go far, just to the field at the end of the road."

  • Roll up, roll up!

    Calling all dancers! West End star brings dance show to BFG. Book your place in the  masterclass now!Jennifer Ellison will be bringing her Dance Mums UK Tour to BFG as she visits Paderborn on October 27, from 12pm.

    The famous television personality will be teaching a masterclass of modern jazz and lyrical dance next week, followed by a demonstration of choreography from the television show and a question, answer and photo session. The session will be aimed at all children over the age of three.

  • The games people play

    Stadtmuseum Gütersloh director Rolf Westheider, left, holding a model aircraft carrier with exhibition curator and miltary paraphernalia collector Frank Föste from BielefeldA Bielefeld man with an in-depth understanding of military paraphernalia is planning his next exhibition – titled War Games Throughout the Ages.

    Anglophile Frank Föste is the curator of the exhibition, which opens today, October 13, at the Stadtmuseum in Gütersloh and runs until December 4; later the exhibition will be on display in other museums.

  • Masters of the kitchen

    Army chefs have all the right ingredients to be master chefsChefs from 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade have spent the last week toiling in the kitchens in Sennelager with the sole aim of perfecting their signature dish for Exercise Joint Caterer to be held later this month in Shrivenham.

    For the 11-strong team this has meant long hours cooking and refining their chosen dishes to ensure maximum marks are achieved for flavour, presentation, kitchen skills and techniques.

  • Want to go see them plaid?

     

    Win tickets to see Celtic-rock band Runrig in Bielefeld on October 28Sixth Sense has three pairs of tickets to see Runrig in Bielefeld’s Stadthalle on October 28 at 8pm, courtesy of Stratmann-Konzerte.

    All you have to do to enter the draw is send your name, address and daytime telephone number to: carol@sixth-sense-newspaper.de by October 18.

    Winners will be notified by email and must pick up their tickets from the box office on the night of the concert (bring valid ID).

  • Let's Dance

     

    BFG’s budding young superstars are dancing their way to Disneyland Paris for the UItimate Dance Championships next year.

    Thanks to Andréa Hannon and Athina Crabb, BFG Dance Academy are set to take part in the prestigious championships. Preparation is under way and hopes are high as they train every Saturday to take part in three solos, three duets and two group events.  

    Determined not to stop there, the BFG Dance Academy are reaching for the sky as they anxiously await the outcome of their submitted audition tape to perform in the Disneyland Paris street parade.

  • Amputee John's bionic tonic

    John Williams with his bionic leg enjoying some sightseeingFormer Army sergeant and amputee John Williams is walking tall after regaining full mobility for the first time in almost 30 years – thanks to a bionic limb.

    The ex-signaller, who lost a leg in a military training accident in Herford in 1987, depended on crutches and a wheelchair to get around. Now the high-tech prosthesis, costing €35,000, helps him to walk normally.

    The seven kilogramme technological marvel was paid for by Veterans UK – but Germany resident John, 57, says it was limbless veterans charity Blesma who made sure he got it.

    And he is so grateful for its support that he wants to devote the rest of his life to helping the Service charity.

  • Powder to the people

    30 degrees, blazing sunshine and not a cloud in the sky: the perfect day for a ski and snowboard competition.

    Graeme McIlmurray puts in a good  performance to gain a medal at the Championships
    EX SnowSummer BFG was successfully held at one of the biggest Snow Domes in Europe, in Bispingen, and saw Military teams from across BFG and the United Kingdom compete as individuals.

  • PRB Bonfire Night for Army only

    Bonfire Night in Princess Royal Barracks, Gütersloh, is NOT open to the general public as it has been in years past. The event on November 6 is for Army personnel and dependants only. Unfortunately, no German civilians will be able to attend. There will be no crash gates open at all this year and admittance will only be with a valid car pass.
  • Millies milestones

    The crew of HMS Illustrious accepted the ‘Hero Abroad Award’ in 2014Do you know of an individual or unit who has performed with distinction? The Sun Military Awards, the Millies, is your opportunity to give them the credit they deserve. 

    The awards will be an opportunity to highlight the very best from all of our Services, both regular and Reserve including charities or organisations that deserve special recognition.

  • Slippery slope to success

    Bispingen Alpine Centre in Germany was recently the venue for Exercise Snow Summer, the British Forces Germany indoor ski and snowboarding freestyle championships.

    LCpl Sam Westlake showing off his tricksAs Chief of Race, Col John Connelly, commented: “This is a fantastic location to start the season from and provides the riders with a chance to show their potential with a view to going forward to the UK championships and, later on, the Alpine championships.

    For the competitors the facilities at one of the best indoor centres in Europe provided many difficult features to challenge them as they progressed down the slopes, with something for all the riders, regardless of experience, to tackle.

  • Simon sets sail

    Commander BFG, Brigadier Ian Bell, presented Cpl Simon Horsefield with a commendation at the British Möhnesee Sail Training Centre (BMSTC).

    Cpl Horsfield has been recognised for his hard work and unstinting support at the training centre over the last 12 years while formally posted to 5th Battalion The Rifles.

    Brigadier Bell presenting Cpl Horsefield with his commendationWithin the centre he has held the positions of Principal and Chief Instructor Dinghy, Power and Windsurfing. Delivering courses and taster sessions to Service and civilian personnel and their dependants, Cpl Horsefield has developed students from beginner level towards RYA Instructor awards.

  • British Army show England how it is done

    The second International Defence Rugby Competition is being held in the UK throughout this month, running alongside the Rugby World Cup hosted by England with the British Army looking to defend their title.

    The British Army charge through the French defenceThe Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force have each hosted a four-team pool in service locations across the UK, before teams progress through to the knock-out stages and a final in London which will attract a large and passionate rugby audience two days before the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham.

    The International Defence Rugby Competition 2015 has sought and received formal recognition and support from the England 2015 Rugby World Cup committee.

  • Reel dedication

    Jimmy Vartoukian, 93, received at British Empire medalTHE longest serving cinema manager at SSVC Forces Cinemas has been awarded a British Empire Medal for his 'unrelenting dedication' to the British Army.

    Jimmy Vartoukian, 93, retired from the Globe Cinema at Gibraltar Barracks near Camberley, one week after receiving the honour.

    "It makes me feel really proud," said Jimmy. "I've done the service and I know I worked hard for the Army, so I'm very happy." Although he formally retired from SSVC in 2004, he has continued to manage the Globe Cinema at Gibraltar Barracks.

  • Give ’em credit

    Credit for all branches of the ServicesService Personnel can now access safe and affordable finance after a new credit union service launched in October.

    By paying a regular amount from their salary directly into the credit union, personnel will be able to avoid the struggle for credit approval and the siren call of the payday lenders.

    The Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, who made the announcement on October 15, said: "The Government's commitment to the Covenant remains unshakeable. Today we go even further by launching a credit union for our Armed Forces personnel."

  • Read all about it

    Pages of history - copies of 1980s and 1990s Sixth Sense collected by the late Michael Nolte whose sister Friederike thought they should be returned to the publisherDozens of early editions of Sixth Sense have been discovered in a house in Münster that once belonged to a German astronomer.

    The papers, dating from the early 1980s to the early 1990s, were collected by Michael Nolte, who died suddenly at the age of 52 recently.

    The physicist and astronomer was a long-term subscriber to Sixth Sense when he lived in Osnabrück, and later in Münster, buying the paper primarily to read the television guide.

  • Here to stay

    Former NAAFI workers and now business partners Anke Sellars and Neil Rowark are offering a real home from home at the Anna hotel and restaurant in Bergen, which they took over in AugustTwo former NAAFI catering workers have turned entrepreneurs and invested their redundancy money in a hospitality business in Bergen.

    Anke Sellars and Neil Rowark, who worked for NAAFI for a combined 28 years, have teamed up to take over the Anna hotel and restaurant close to the British Army camp.

    The business partners reopened the establishment in August and haven’t had time to look back as they’ve been so busy.

  • Oerbke and out

    Members of the Defence Fire and Rescue Service Fallingbostel lower the Union Flag as they bid farewell after more than six decades in the areaIt was the end of an era for the Defence Fire and Rescue Service Fallingbostel as they bade farewell to their base in Oerbke after 66 years of presence in the area.

    Local dignitaries and a host of special guests joined members of the DFRS both past and present for a special ceremony which took place in the Scheibenhof in September.

    In an opening speech, DFRS Watch Manager Hartmut Staschinski expressed his appreciation to all who attended the event, especially his former colleagues – among them Hans Martin Voss who was a member of the service when it was first set up.

  • Bags of fun

    The Red Hot Chilli Pipers put on a fantastic show for crowdsThe Red Hot Chilli Pipers  – an ensemble consisting of pipers, guitarists, keyboards and drummers formed in Scotland in 2002 – will be appearing at venues in Germany this autumn.

    The group sprang to fame when they entered and won the BBC talent show, When Will I Be Famous? and have been gaining popularity ever since.

  • Painting highlights the Army’s bond with Scotland

    Artist David Rowlands with his painting, Service, commissioned by the Army in Scotland and gifted to The Scottish ParliamentThe Army's historic relationship with Scotland has been marked by a painting unveiled at the Scottish Parliament on October 7.

    The unique artwork also marked the Scottish contribution and sacrifice in the First World War and was presented on the centenary of the Battle of Loos. Every Scottish regiment was involved in the battle in northern France, and the losses were felt across almost every town and village.

    The painting depicts scenes covering the hundred years from the outbreak of the First World War up to this year's Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

    It includes images from the Second World War and more recent tours in Afghanistan.

  • With a little help from my friends

    Kate Yule and Buster completed the 6km walk, raising money for charity GAINBFG artist Kate Yule, determined to raise money for charity GAIN, recently completed a sponsored walk to raise awareness of Guillian-Barre syndrome.

    Only a year ago, Kate could only walk a couple of steps with the support of a frame having been struck down with a rare disorder that affects mobility.

    Despite this, on October 10 Kate managed to complete her target of 6km, a proud achievement for the 40-year-old who could hardly hold cutlery and could only just brush her teeth when she first contracted her illness.

  • Bremen Freimarkt

    FM-1Bremen locals might have a reputation as reserved north Germans rather than party animals, but the annual Bremen Freimarkt dispels that myth. 

    More than four million people enjoy the funfair entertainment and music, with dancing in the streets, excitement in the air and merriment in the beer tents and inns around Bremen’s beautiful old quarter.

    This fine tradition, which this year takes place from October 16 – November 1, dates back almost 1,000 years. Ever since 1035, Bremen citizens, who were then proud seafarers and merchants, have celebrated the privilege of being allowed an independent market, a Freimarkt.

  • Germany roadshows cancelled

    AFF logoThe Army Families Federation (AFF) Germany roadshows planned for October 21 (Gütersloh) and October 22 (Paderborn) have been cancelled.

    This is due in part to the non-availability of Commanders BFG, 20X and Westfalen Garrison, as well as to the non-availability of several Subject Matter Experts who would normally attend to answer the questions that may be raised.

    New dates for the roadshows will be announced in the coming months.

     

  • Water contamination in PRB, Gütersloh – UPDATE

    ALL CLEAR!

    Testing of the fresh water supply at Princess Royal Barracks, Gütersloh has confirmed that the water is again safe for human consumption.

    There is no longer a need to boil water before use.

  • Battle for Ice Maiden

    In October 2017, an all-female British Army team will attempt to cross the Antarctic landmass under its own steam.

    Some of the Army’s toughest women compete for a place on the gruelling Antarctic expedition Ice Maiden in 2017The team will walk 1700km in temperatures down to -80C and wind speeds of over 60mph.

    At in excess of 200, Ex Ice Maiden had the highest number of applicants for any recent Army expedition.

  • Anglo-German bonds burning bright

    From left to right, Alan Patterson, interim Service Liaison Officer Paderborn – successor of Ian Grant; the Bürgermeister of Paderborn, Michael Dreier; Elmar Brok, CDU – Member of the European Parliament in Brussels; the Mayor of  Bolton, Carole Swarbrick; Susan Speller, HM British Consul-General in Germany; Jaleh Hayes, Mayoress of Bolton; John Greaves, Treasurer of the Anglo-German Club Paderborn; Heinz Köhler, the German Chairman of the Anglo-German Club Paderborn; Manfred Müller, Landrat Kreis PaderbornTo further friendship and understanding between two communities in Paderborn, a small group of individuals in 1965 developed the idea of forming a society for the British and German communities. 

    The society was initially named The Society of Friends, and aimed to provide an insight into both British and German traditions.  

  • Leaving for good

    Leaving for Good – The Withdrawal of British Forces from BergenAn Exhibition of photographs documenting the drawdown of the British Army in Germany has opened in Bergen.

  • Thanks Chrissie Kelly

    Herr Kähler formally presented Chrissie with a Commendation from Stadt Herford After more than 20 years at the helm, Chrissie Kelly has retired from her post as the SLO assistant in Herford.

    In order to pass on his own gratitude and to say thank you on behalf of Stadt Herford, Mayor Tim Kähler invited Chrissie and her husband Kevin to his office in Herford Town Hall.

  • Nominees announced for 2015 Army Sports Awards

    The Army Sports Control Board has announced the nominees for this year’s Army Sports Awards to be held on Wednesday, November 25, at The Guildhall in London.

    The event recognises the achievements of the finest sportsmen and women in the Army in a glittering ceremony. This year nominees are from a variety of sports across the British Army.

  • Stroke of success

    This year’s two-day Club Championship competition, which took place at the British Army Golf Club in Sennelager, turned out to be a real test for most of the 103 competitors.

    Winners at the Club Championship: lady Club Champion Jane Wills, men Club Champion Maj Mick Burgess and ladies Overall Net Prize winner Anne GülleThe Championship was kindly sponsored by Grant & Green Tax Free Car Sales.

    The first day’s scores showed a good mix of scoring and showed how hard the course was, with some very difficult but interesting pin positions. A notable score was from Maj Mick Burgess who scored a Gross 70, and LCpl Ben Dawson scoring Net 63 on day one.

  • Bavaria beckons for Adventurous training

    Overcoming challenge is nothing new for Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) soldiers and this attitude of drive and determination was certainly exemplified by soldiers from the Personnel Recovery Unit (PRU) in Sennelager who recently travelled to Bavaria to undertake an Adventurous Training package.

    Giving a cheer cycling in the Bavarian mountainsOver five days the seven soldiers participated in mountain biking and kayaking, activities many of the soldiers had never attempted previously, before taking the opportunity to visit the famous Nebelhorn mountain where everyone scaled the peak to take in the breathtaking views.

    As with all adventurous training the activities the soldiers took part in were designed to take them out of their comfort zone in a controlled and supervised environment, reintroducing them to many skills that form the backbone of the army including physical and moral courage, teamwork and fitness but far more importantly for the WIS it gave them the opportunity to try something completely different and provided them with an alternative focus in a relaxed atmosphere.

  • New Employment Model – October 2015

    Flexible working options available to Service personnel 

    The New Employment Model (NEM) is a wide ranging review of the terms and conditions of Service (TACOS) for Service personnel – both regular and Reserve. 

    NEM aims to produce a modern offer that supports operational capability and also better supports lifestyle choice by reducing the impact of Service life on individuals and their families.

    Policy design of the NEM offer has advanced across four discrete work strands: value and reward, future accommodation, terms of service, and training and education.

  • New Employment Model

    Flexible working options available to Service personnel 

    The New Employment Model (NEM) is a wide ranging review of the terms and conditions of Service (TACOS) for Service personnel – both regular and Reserve. 

    NEM aims to produce a modern offer that supports operational capability and also better supports lifestyle choice by reducing the impact of Service life on individuals and their families.

    Policy design of the NEM offer has advanced across four discrete work strands: value and reward, future accommodation, terms of service, and training and education.

  • Marathon's sole survivor

    Eliud Kipchoge triumphs in Berlin 

    Eliud Kipchoge failed in his bid to set a third straight world record at the Berlin marathon on Sunday after winning in a time of 2:04:01.

    Kenya’s Kipchoge had targeted compatriot Dennis Kimetto’s world record of 2:02:57 set in the capital last year, which in turn had bettered Wilson Kipsang’s previous record of 2:03:23 from 2013.

    Eliud Kipchoge nears the finish of the Berlin Marathon on September 27 having run most of the race with his insoles partly out of his shoesIt was not to be for Kipchoge, this year’s London marathon winner, who was hampered by a problem with his shoes early on, but still went on to run the world’s fastest marathon time this year and a personal best.

    “At some point, the soles came out of my shoes, but I had no time to sort it out and it made things hard as it gave me some pain,” explained Kipchoge.

    “It wasn’t pleasant on impact with the ground during the race.

  • Germany News in Brief - October 1, 2015

    Walls come tumbling down

    BERLIN – The capital’s long-delayed BER international airport has been hit by yet another hold-up, as authorities announced on Monday that 600 walls in the terminal need to be rebuilt.

    The walls do not conform with fire safety regulations, Karsten Mühlenfeld, director of BER airport, told a meeting of the Brandenburg parliament, Tagesspiegel reported.

    Mühlenfeld said that the discovery was made after airport authorities set a provisional opening date for the building for the second half of 2017, indicating that Berliners will have to keep waiting for the first flights to leave their new airport.

  • Welcome to Girlguiding in Bielefeld

    RAINBOWS

    RainbowsFor girls aged 5-7 years old. Meets: Mondays, 4.30pm – 5.30pm at the Scout Hut, Block 41, Catterick Barracks.

    Rainbows follow a programme called the Rainbow Jigsaw, through which they learn, look, laugh, love.

    Rainbows is all about developing self-confidence, building friendships, learning new things and having fun. Girls get their hands dirty with arts and crafts, trying out cooking and playing games; Rainbows is all about learning by doing.

    BROWNIES

    BrowniesFor girls aged 7-10 years old. Meets: Tuesdays, 6pm – 7.30pm at the Scout Hut, Block 41, Catterick Barracks.

    Brownies learn new hobbies, play music, explore other cultures and get adventurous outdoors. Girls can also extend their knowledge and abilities by working towards Brownie interest badges covering many different hobbies and activities from science investigator to circus skills. 

    The Brownie Adventure is divided into three areas: you, community, world.

    GUIDES

    GuidesFor girls aged 10-14 years old. Meets: Wednesdays, 6pm – 7.30pm at the Scout Hut, Block 41, Catterick Barracks.

    Guides work together in small groups or ‘patrols’ and, with the support of an adult Leader, choose and run some of the activities themselves using Go For It! resource packs.

    The Guide programme is divided into five areas: discovery of new experiences and challenges; healthy lifestyles; global awareness; skills and relationships; celebrating diversity.

    If your daughter is interested in joining any of these groups, contact: Jo Goddard: jojohngoddard@hotmail.co.uk, or visit our website to register: www.girlguiding.org.uk/interested

  • Childminding

    What is a Registered Childminder?

    A childminder:

    Cares for children in his/her own home

    Plans engaging activities to help children progress with their learning

    Is inspected by British Forces Early Years (BFEYS)

    Assesses children’s learning through observations and ‘next steps’ using the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

    Is self employed, running their own business within their home and creating policies, procedures and contracts with parents

    Attends network meetings with other childminders to share ideas and advice

    Can offer flexible working hours

    Is covered by liability insurance

    Parents are recommended to use childminders who are registered with BFEYS. Childminders who are not registered are not regularly inspected and therefore may not have the adequate training, knowledge and procedures in place to keep your children safe and to help their learning grow. 

    If you are interested in becoming a registered childminder or are a parent in need of a childminder, please contact the childminding coordinator for more information: Clare Weeks, The HIVE, Sennelager. Tel: 01722 115393 or 05254 8045330. Email: childminding.paderborn@sceschools.org

  • PHE in support of World Rabies Day

    World Rabies Day 2015, which was marked on September 28, is the global initiative to raise awareness about the impact of human and animal rabies.

    Rabies is a vaccine-preventable viral disease which occurs in more than 150 countries and territories.

    The World Health Organization estimates rabies causes over 55,000 deaths per year globally, many of these in children, hence the need to highlight global initiatives aimed at preventing and subsequently eliminating the disease.

    Rabies is an acute viral infection that is transmitted to humans mainly by bites, but exposure may also occur through scratches, or contamination of broken skin or mucous membranes with saliva from an infected animal or bat. 

  • Merkel agrees €2bn extra in refugee aid

    Merkel and state leaders agreed last Thursday to increase federal funding for refugee aidAt a summit called in Berlin on September 24, Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to provide an extra €2 billion of federal funds for refugee aid to Germany’s states over the coming year.

    While the federal government agreed to take much of the financial burden of providing for refugees away from the country’s 16 states, Merkel and the state leaders also agreed to sharpen the conditions for granting asylum in Germany.

    Merkel agreed to give the federal states an extra €1 billion in 2015, plus €4 billion to cope with the crisis in 2016 instead of the previously agreed upon €3 billion.

  • Mini in safe storage

    The classic Mini sees the light of day after 40 years behind a wallA 1968-built Mini stood hidden behind a sealed wall for more than four decades before being freed from a building in Höxter.

    The red Austin Mini 1000 Mk II had been purposely walled in by its owner some 42 years ago, because he didn’t know what to do with it.

    When Mini fanatic Manuel Münsterteicher, 24, got wind of the unusually stored car, he asked to buy it. 

    But first he had to retrieve it from its resting place.

    The young architect from Delbrück-Ostenland knocked down a dry wall and pulled the Mini out with a jack and loaded it onto a trailer using a forklift.

    Manuel invested no more than €200 to get the Mini back on the road by doing the repairs himself in his workshop. 

    The former owner had driven the car as a student between 1968 and 1972, putting 90,000 on the clock, before sealing it up on his parents’ property.

  • German wins Spartathlon

    Florian Reus, winner of the Spartathon 2015Runner Florian Reus won the historic 245.3km Spartathlon race on Saturday for the first time, clocking 23:17:31. 

    As the winner of the race he received an olive wreath and a cup of water from the Evrotas River.

    Surprise second was first-time course competitor Briton Dan Lawson in 23:53.32 and third was Denmark’s Kim Hansen, who clocked 23:54.37.

    The first woman across the line and fourth overall was American Katalyn Nagy in 25:07.12, the best time ever for a woman on the course.

  • Celebration of Peace

    On the floor of the abbey courtyard, jam jars and tea lights were used to pick out an image of the dove of peaceLOCAL British and German communities united on Saturday September 26 to celebrate 70 years of peace since the end of the second World War.  

    Around 200 people gathered and the sun made a welcome appearance for the celebrations in Marienfeld.  

    Bürgermeisterin Sabine   Amsbeck-Dopheide, who opened the event, explained that the Allied troops laid the ground for this festival 70 years ago, “for this freedom, a lot of people have died”.

  • Stoptober 2015 – One day at a time

    Sign up to Stoptober with friends, family and colleagues;
    comedians band together for launch

    They’re not kidding: Comedians Al Murray, Rhod Gilbert, Shappi Khorsandi and Bill BaileyResearch shows smokers are 67 per cent more likely to quit if their partner also stops smoking and 36 per cent more likely to quit if a friend stops.

    Smokers across the country are being urged to sign up to Stoptober, the country’s 28-day mass quit attempt from Public Health England (PHE), to receive support and encouragement every step of the way from some of the nation’s top comedians.

    And to stand an even better chance of quitting, they are encouraged to sign up with their friends, family and colleagues, as evidence reveals that this type of ‘social quitting’ can dramatically improve people’s chances of successfully stopping.

  • Top volunteer

    Jake Porter’s valuable service recognised

    On July 17, Jake Porter was awarded a St John Ambulance 25 Years of Volunteering certificate by Maj Gen Richard Stanford, GOC Regional Command, for his voluntary services to the community. 

    Jake Porter receives his certificate from Maj Gen Richard Stanford, GOC Regional CommandThe certificate was awarded to Jake in the presence of colleagues, friends and member of the community in the Arndtstrasse community centre when the GOC visited Paderborn Station to see first-hand the amenities available.

    Senior Chaplain 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade, the Rev Mike Thomason proudly read Jake’s citation as the area manager of St John Ambulance, which highlighted the tremendous amount of time Jake has dedicated St John Ambulance and more.

  • Kick-start to the new season

    RFC Paderborn jump for the ball in the line-outOn August 29 the newly formed RFC Paderborn United took on RFC Dortmund in their first regional League game of the season.

    There was a great turnout of players, British and German alike, wanting to get their name on the team sheet and hoping to make their mark on the pitch. This in itself is a great achievement for a club that is still only a few months old and relatively unknown. 

    After a thorough warm-up and personal mental preparation, the team were ready for kick-off.

  • What's on in the Gütersloh area – 2015

    All the fun of the fair in Gütersloh

    The annual Michaeliskirmes is the highlight of the year in Gütersloh and attracts thousands of fairground fans during the nine-day fest.

    As well as the traditional carousels and entertainment there are other events that you and your children won’t want to miss.

    Today and tomorrow, October 1-2, from 6pm to 7.30pm, children aged between six and 12 years, with their parent/guardian, can join an illuminated guided tour of the town.

    Tickets (free) are available at the Service Centre, Gütersloh Marketing, Berliner Strasse 63, but hurry because places are limited.

    On October 3, sports clubs, social groups and the town’s newly formed German-French Society will be on hand to inform visitors about what they do and present music, dance and sports displays.

    The final event is the torchlight concert on October 5. The two-hour concert features Rumpelstil, and begins at 6pm in Mohns Park.

    Fairground rides are open daily from 2pm.

  • Further phys for fitness fanatics

    Proving they are tough enough: soldiers underwent training in five fitness disciplinesCivilian fitness instructors have been at Bielefeld gym all week giving classes in various activities to both soldiers and civilians.

    Gym manager, Riki Tanner, felt that there was a great demand across the board in BFG for more sporting activities and that is why he sourced the tutors.

    He went through KBT, a training provider, and in conjunction with Everest Fitness Education set up the week of classes. 

    He said: “The course is for existing level 2 instructors and this week will offer them yet another qualification so that they can go back to their units and provide something different. 

    “Not only will it improve their ability but it will also inspire them with more ideas. They have had continual assessment plus feedback so that they can now go away and improve on those points.”

  • Public Holiday: Day of German Unity in Germany, October 3

    Day of German Unity in Germany

    25 years of Germany UnityGerman Unity Day (Tag der Deutschen Einheit) is held annually on October 3 to mark the anniversary of the nation's unification.

    It remembers when the Federal Republic of Germany and the Democratic Republic of Germany united to create one single, federal Germany on October 3, 1990.

    German Unity Day is a public holiday in Germany so post offices, banks and many businesses are closed. Nearly all stores are closed, although a few may be open in some city areas.

    Bakeries, petrol stations and stores at railway stations, airports and near highways are often open. Public transport services may run as usual, at a reduced service or no service depending on where one lives or intends to travel.

    There may be some disruption to traffic around large celebrations.