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7 young people from Voiron, 17-18 years old, participated in an international youth meeting at Vlotho (Kreis Herford) from 19th to 26th February 2017, accompanied by the Comité de Jumelage de Voiron. The general issue discussed by young people from France, Germany, Italy and Poland was the integration into a democratic Europe, aiming at an horizon 2030. The working languages during the small discussion groups were English and German, also during the various leisure activities and the evening parties organized alternatively by each country. During the final synthesis on the future of Europe, the member of the Bundestag (the German parliament) elected by the Kreis Herford, Stefan Schwartze, was present.
Our 7 youths from Voiron came back very happy, with new european friends and new knowledge. They realized very well how important it is to master foreign languages to be able to communicate with our neighbours.
The charters for the twinning between Voiron and the Kreis Herford were signed on 25th August 1966 at Voiron and on 12th November 1966 at Herford.
The fiftieth anniversary was celebrated on 10th November 2016 during the evening party of the twinned cities, attended by Jürgen Müller, Landrat of the Kreis Herford, Ralf Heemeier, director of the Kreis, Julien Polat, mayor of Voiron, Dolorès Zambon, town-councillor in charge of twinnings, delegations with town-councillors of the Kreis Herford and Bassano del Grappa as well as many members of various associations concerned by the twinnings. At this occasion, a flyer was edited, with an overview of the twinning's history : Plaquette50ansJumelageP2-3V4
Members of Amitié Voiron-Herford met their friends at Kreis Herford, from 8th to 17th July 2016. The welcome was as hearty as at the previous meetings. Interesting excursions were organized as well as very pleasurable dinners. For more details, see http://voiron-herford.over-blog.com/voyage-des-voironnais-a-herford-8-au-17-juillet-2016.html
A group of 45 students and 6 adults from the Kreis Herford participated in the 2016 Biennale of Voiron "Girafe parade", under the direction of our friend Christoph Mörstedt, saxophonist. They were kindly logded by families inVoiron, from 24th to 27th May 2016.
After a busy Wednesday rehearsal, on Thursday, they could take the fresh Chartreuse air at the Cirque de Saint Même (thanks to the driver Stefan who managed to drive the huge bus through the narrow street of Saint Même le Bas!). On Friday, they offered three concerts and spectacles at schools in Voiron and participated in the big "Girafe parade".
Gisela Niemeier passed away end of December 2015. She was always a dynamic partner for the partnership between the Kreis Herford and Voiron. She was active to help organizing the first visit in 1984 of young women from Voiron willing to improve their German at Herford and she was always involved in the exchanges between our towns. All those who knew her will remember her with her energy and her gentleness - we will miss her!