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
The musical band "Brecht's Hausband" and the orchestra "Galaxy" from Voiron's conservatoire played at the evening party and on 11th November.
The date indicated on the archived charter from Voiron does not correspond to the real date of signature (see Dauphiné Libéré 24th August 1966).
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
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!
Until 31st December 2015, you can visit the exhibition "Christmas, a month of enchantment and traditions in Germany", at the médiathèque of Voiron.
You are invited to the inauguration of the exhibition, preceded by a conference, on Friday 11th December 2015 at 18h30.
Jürgen Witte was made honorary citizen of Voiron by the deputy mayor of Voiron, Mrs Dolores Zambon, at the 10th November 2015 dinner celebrating the twinning partnerships of Voiron, in the presence of the delegations of Bassano del Grappa (headed by Giovanna Ciccotti, Deputy mayor for Culture), of Droitwich Spa (headed by Roy Murphy, deputy mayor) and of the Kreis Herford (headed by Rolf Heemeier, Kreisdirektor).
Mr Jürgen Witte has been an active member of the exchanges between Herford and Voiron for many years. In 1985, he was invited by the then mayor of Voiron, Philippe Vial, to participate in the St Martin's Fair with his gastronomic products. Until 2013, he used to come every year to the Fair with his team and the Herforder sausages and beer, which are still the delight of the people from Voiron and surroundings.