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
Voiron was present at the Festival on 18th and 19th June 2016. The farmers Christelle and Luc Tirard-Gatel and Gilles Convert were accompanied by Marc Allibert, president of the Voiron English Club and Pierre Micol. The organizers of the festival offered a free stand were local products from Voiron could be sold. It was a pleasure to meet again customers from last year's festival !
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!