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!
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.