Welcome to the Dorchester - Lübbecke Society
The Society was founded in 1988 and aims to assist and promote cooperation between the towns of Dorchester in the south of England and Lübbecke in Northern Germany.
With a joint membership of around 50 people we organise exchanges and cultural events both in the UK and in Germany. Our site features lots of information about the 2 towns and the society and we would love to hear from you if you would like to know more about how you can join in.
All You Need Is Love, Mike Chapman
The sculpture was commissioned by Lübbecke town council and Mike spent a week there sculpting "The Hug" in situ. It now stands in the town centre and symbolises the close friendship between the two towns.
Dorchester is the county town of Dorset, England. A historic market town, Dorchester lies on the banks of the River Frome, in the Frome Valley, just south of the Dorset Downs and north of the South Dorset Ridgeway that separates the area from Weymouth, 8 miles (13 km) south. Dorchester was the home and inspiration of the author Thomas Hardy, whose novel The Mayor of Casterbridge was based on the town.
Lübbecke is a town in northeast North Rhine-Westphalia in north Germany. This former county town lies on the northern slopes of the Wiehen Hills (Wiehengebirge) and has around 26,000 inhabitants. The town is in the Eastwestphalian district of Minden-Lübbecke (in the Regierungsbezirk of Detmold). Lübbecke was first mentioned in the records in 775 as hlidbeki and was given town rights in 1279.