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.
On the Place de l'Europe at Voiron, a plaque is a tribute to the European Union and shows the towns twinned with Voiron. This plaque is a gift from the stonecutter company Prévieux and was engraved as courtesy by Mr Roger Pilot. It was inaugurated in October 2004. Since then, Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia have joined the European Union and Droitwich Spa was twinned with Voiron.
To take these changes into account, the plaque was completed and the updated version was inaugurated on 10th November 2015 by the mayor of Voiron, Julien Polat, 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).
Following the terrorist attacks at Paris and Saint Denis Friday 13th November 2015, representatives of Bassano del Grappa, Droitwich Spa and Herford expressed their sympathy towards the Comité de Jumelage de Voiron (Twinning Committee of Voiron).
Citizens of Herford and Löhne observed a moment of silence in front of their townhalls - see the press articles attached.
During a month from 19 September, Bassano Fotografia organizes a large exhibition on various viewpoints on Bassano and surroundings. Jadikan, a specialist of "lightpainting", exposes his pictures and presents them at Palazzo Buonaguro on 23rd September. The Voiron Twinning Committee is happy to have contributed to this exhibition.
This year’s polar temperatures and continuous rain did not prevent us from duly participating in the Bassano Fiera Franca. And even better than that, since on top of our strong delegation of farmers from the Voiron surroundings, we were able to have several painters from “Les Amis des Arts” come and show their work.
Our farmer friends decently held the Voiron stand, what with cheese and walnuts products for sale, although we thought for long that we couldn’t make it, this year’s harvest having started so late that they had to work until 4 o’clock in the morning at washing, drying and bagging…They drove back bravely on Sunday night, so that they were back at work on Monday morning.
The paintings show was organized in a beautifully restored room were the paintings were nicely shown to advantage. The several dozen comments left on the authors visitors’ books were of praise and denote a reasonable success for a first try, bad weather and insufficient advance advertising being taken into account. We shall do better next time around!