Family symposium 3 September 2022

On Saturday afternoon, September 3, 2022, the Foundation ‘Familie Cnossen-Knossen’ organizes a family symposium in the Laurentiuskerk in Kimswerd. The church dates from the first half of the 11th century and is perhaps the oldest church in Friesland. It is a beautiful church, where a number of special historical stories play out. For our family this church is special because in the beginning of the 16th century a certain Mgr. Wybe was vicarus of this church. Mgr. Wybe was the son of Taka Hemmez, the first known resident of the ‘Armenhuis’ farm in the hamlet of Knossens near Bolsward. Mgr. Wybe had a son called Taeke, who is also mentioned in our second family book (pages 99 and 100).

We call the meeting a family symposium. That may sound a bit unnatural, but according to van Dale, the standard Dutch dictionary, the real meaning is a ‘drinking spree with table conversations and pleasant interaction with a scientific character’ and that covers the load exactly. The scientific character will be interpreted by our family member Drs. Geert Pruiksma (FCO, art historian and director of museum Nienoord near Leek. He will give us a picture of Mgr Wybe and the circumstances in which people lived at that time. There is little to organize about that ‘drinking with pleasant interaction’; that has been entrusted to our family members themselves. Our idea is that we want to organize a more accessible family gathering with a serious element. As a result, the personal contribution will be considerably lower than that for previous meetings. Of course, we will also hold a lottery with attractive prizes.

We have drawn up the following (provisional) programme:

13:00 Welcome with coffee and start selling lottery tickets

13:30 Welcome by the President

13.45 Film about the Hommerts

14:00 – Lecture by Geert Pruiksma – Viewing antiquity room on the gallery (accompanied by guide) – Visit crypt baroness van Heemstra (accompanied by guide) – Cartoon about the life of Greate Pier, the Frisian hero from Kimswerd

15:30 Baptism of the ‘Anna Wpckedr’ (see our Newsletter 2022)

16:00 Opportunity to purchase Cnossen Knossen PR items

16.00 – 17.00 Results lottery and chat while enjoying a drink and/or coffee with a sandwich

The personal contribution is €10 per person, to be paid on the spot. We will provide a pin payment option. We would very much like to know how many people we can count on. Please register by e-mail via stating your name, place of residence and the number of people.

Extra program

Especially for family members who come from abroad or from far in the Netherlands, we will organize a number of extra activities. We know there will be some American guests. On Saturday morning we want to take a walk with a guide through Bolsward, concluded with lunch. The extra program starts at 09:00 at hotel de Wijnberg with a joint breakfast. Perhaps it can still be decided to have a joint dinner. Anyone who wants to is welcome. On Sunday morning we can go to a church service in the (Cnossen) Martinikerk in Bolsward, followed by a joint coffee. The costs for these extra activities are at your own expense. Registration for this program is necessary in connection with making reservations.