Seaford Twinning Association
             (Previously "Friends of Bönningstedt"
 Twin Towns: Bönningstedt, Schleswig Holstein, Germany & Seaford, East Sussex, England
     Friendship Links: Crivitz, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany and Crivitz, Wisconsin, USA 
Seaford, historic former Cinque Port; and once a Rotten Borough returning two M.P.s. to Parliament, including three men who became Prime Minister; twinned in 1984 with Bönningstedt.
Bönningstedt is a farming town, and dormitory town for Hamburg, in Kreis Pinneburg, a Kreis which is itself twinned with East Sussex. Pinneburg is in Schleswig Holstein, between Hamburg and Denmark.
Click here for the History of the Friends of Bönningstedt (pdf document requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

The Twinning
The twinning was a result of Bönningstedt's quest to find a twin within East Sussex. Prime movers were the then Burgermeister Werner Bornholdt, and Heinz Oertel. From Seaford the enthusiasm came from the town's Silver Band; and the efforts of the late John Dyer, of Andy Anderson, and Peter White the Town Crier who became the "Stadtausrufer" of Bönningstedt in 1982.

The Friends
Initially called "The Friends of Bönningstedt" a friendly group was formed with monthly social gatherings e.g. quiz night, bingo, traditional pub skittles, visit Bönningstedt every other year, and welcome visitors from their twin town in the intervening years. They also have friendship links with Bönnningstedt's other twins, Crivitz in Mecklenburg Vorpommern in the former East Germany. Also there are now links with Crivitz' other twin in USA, Crivitz in Wisconsin.
New members are welcomed. They do not have to live in Seaford, neither do they have to be able to speak German or to host visitors, but they must support the ideals of international co-operation and twinning, and enjoy the company of others!

To find out more about us, contact our Membership Secretary. She will be happy to receive your £10.00 cheque for annual membership, payable to Seaford Twinning Association (or STA).

Click here to download a Membership Form

We also host the Seaford German Conversation Group. 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 posters, Press announcements, or contact Peter on 01323 897360, or Liz on 01323 896315
Membership Secretary - Liz Riley    Tel: 01323 896315
1 Bainbridge Close, Seaford BN25 1TL

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 to use to preserve meat or sell in nearby Hanseatic Ports such as Hamburg.