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About us

The twinning began in 1978 when the German municipality of Weilerswist twinned with the French commune of Carqueiranne and the Partnerschaftsgesellschaft Weilerswist e.V. (PG-Weilerswist) twinning association was formed. In 1989 we expanded by twinning with the English town of Whitnash. We are convinced that peaceful coexistence and borderless cooperation among the peoples of a united and conflict-free Europe are important to every one of us.

With this is mind, the twinning works to promote the concept of intercultural understanding through our programme of visits, exchanges and joint activities between Weilerswist and its sister towns. In doing so, we help to forge personal relationships, to bring people closer to different cultures and ways of life, and to develop a mutual understanding for that which at first seems foreign. And, of course, we learn and practise languages.

Coming activities in 2021

 

Unfortunately, due to the corona, there is no fixed plan for 2021.

Unfortunately, we won't be able to meet our English and French friends again until 2022. But we hope for the best - especially that everyone stays healthy!

We want to use every chance to get one or the other off the ground ...

date open

Spanish guitar music & tapas

Autumn 2021

possibly red wine hike

date open

General meeting


Weilerswist 2021: What has happened so far

Flood Disaster

Weilerswister was not spared either

Die Swist am Ortsausgang nach Brühl
Die Swist am Ortsausgang nach Brühl

The immense masses of water in the Erft and Swist rivers have flooded houses and roads; in the villages of Metternich and Vernich, but also in the core town of Weilerswist, residents had to be evacuated. Roads and bridges have been washed out or broken in many cases and some of them are still impassable. Some members of the partnership have also been affected by flooded cellars or worse.

Fortunately, no one in Weilerswist drowned or lost their lives in the floods. Nevertheless, many citizens lost all their belongings and their homes and had to be accommodated in emergency shelters.

For several days, our fellow citizens were without electricity, internet and, in many cases, without mobile phones and thus without any means of communication. Ancient radios had to be made functional with battery power; otherwise, the latest information was only exchanged verbally on the street among neighbours. Fortunately, the drinking water supply has remained largely intact.

Rescue and disaster relief workers have rushed in from all over the state of NRW and other federal states and have significantly relieved our local fire brigade and the Red Cross.

In the meantime, the clean-up work is progressing. Citizens have emptied their houses and cleared their destroyed household goods for removal to the street. Mountains of rubbish are stored temporarily and have to be removed.

Happiness and misfortune are very close together here and everywhere in the region. Some people are deprived of their livelihood, others who live only a few hundred metres away are hardly affected by the disaster.

Many people have come to pitch in and help with the clean-up. Donations in kind for the initial need have been received in large quantities and are no longer necessary. In the meantime, the main problem for those affected is the replacement of food, clothing, household goods and furniture or even living space. The municipality of Weilerswist has help available for these cases, which can be found on the Internet at
       https://weilerswist.de/lebeninweilerswist/menschen/hochwasser-2021.php

The municipality of Weilerswist has also set up a donation account into which amounts of money can be deposited for the flood victims:
       Gemeinde Weilerswist
       Kreissparkasse Euskirchen
       IBAN DE22 3825 0110 0001 5000 16
       Intended purpose "Hochwasseropfer Weilerswist".

Little by little, life is coming back to our region. It will take years to restore everything, but with great effort and perseverance we will succeed.

We wish all those who have lost their belongings in this flood disaster courage, confidence and a speedy return to a more carefree everyday life!

From our twin town Whitnash we received the following letter on the flooding from the chairman Alistair Macfarlane:

 

Good morning Janice and thank you for your email updating us on the serious problems you are all facing in Weilerswist and the surrounding areas. As has been demonstrated, it is a disaster area and I hope the federal government can assist in restoring damaged homes and the local infrastructure. On a personal note, it is those that have lost personal treasures and belongings which can never be replaced. My heart goes out you all and am praying that life returns to near normal in the not too distant future. I know you have a wonderful community spirit and this will help towards achieving this end.

...

So stay safe and well and I wish you and all your family as well as our friends in Weilerswist our very best wishes for the future. Love and blessings

 

Alistair

We mourn Artur Brenig

 

Long-time former board member has died

 
After a long illness, Arthur Brenig died at home with his family at the end of May. From 2003 to 2015 he was active on the board of the PG and was responsible for public relations.

Artur Brenig always put people in a good mood in his cheerful way. He liked to use his computer skills for the partnership company. At that time, that was pretty much uncharted territory for many on the Executive Board. Above all, he took a lot of photos early on with a digital camera and archived the club's photos very conscientiously - the current public relations officers still draw from this today.

He was 78 years old and left behind his wife Heidrun and a son.
We are glad that Artur was able to say goodbye to his long illness in peace.

The Queen honours the chairman of the twinning group of Whitnash with a Maundy Gift

Alistair Macfarlane receives prestigious honor for his service to the local community

 Alistair Macfarlane, who has lived in Whitnash since 1969, said, “You could have knocked me over with a feather when I was told I had been nominated to receive a Maundy Gift from Her Majesty The Queen.”

 

 

Each year, at the Royal Maundy Service, The Queen recognises and gives thanks for the work done by countless people for the wellbeing of their neighbours; work that has often been taken for granted or hidden.  The service this year was to have taken place in Westminster Abbey on 1 April, and Alistair had been chosen to be one of the recipients of a Maundy Gift.  However, due to current Covid restrictions, the service was unable to go ahead, and the gift was accompanied by a personal letter from The Queen instead.

 

The Maundy Gift comprises a collection of specially minted silver coins.

 

 

Alistair had previously received a Campaign Service Medal for his service in the Royal Air Force in South Arabia during the 1960s.   This Maundy Gift was given in recognition of his service to the local community over many more years.

 

He is a regular volunteer of the local Foodbank and the Seniors’ Lunch, an active member of St Margaret’s Church and the chair of the Whitnash Twinning Association.  He is well known and much liked in the community, and he acts as an informal taxi service for several older people who might otherwise be housebound or unable to get out and about.  His community mindedness has shown itself consistently for many years.

 

Alistair said:

 

Receiving the Maundy Gift is a great honour, and my family and I are absolutely delighted.  I love helping people, and I can’t believe that I’ve received this great honour for doing something that I enjoy so much”

 

 

 

Further information

 

The Royal Maundy is an ancient ceremony, inspired by the Bible.  On the night he was betrayed Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and commanded them to ‘Love one another’. By the thirteenth century, the Royal Family took part in similar ceremonies on Maundy Thursday. Henry IV started a new Maundy Thursday tradition of giving the same number of gifts as his age. For example, when he was forty he gave forty gifts. Charles II started giving out coins and the tradition of giving coins has remained.

 

Recipients of Royal Maundy are elderly men and women, chosen because of the service they have given to their community or the church.  Usually there is a service in a cathedral to hand out the money. At the ceremony, the monarch hands each recipient two small leather string purses. A red purse contains ordinary coins and a white one contains silver Maundy coins, amounting to the same number of pence as the monarch’s age.  Due to Covid restrictions this year the service couldn’t take place and the money was posted to the recipients.

 

Continuing vandalism on the boules court

Again willful destruction and damage

The chairman of the Boule Club reports on the current situation:

 

At last, we had fenced off the area of the barbecue hut with a construction fence in order to prevent entry and contamination.

 

On my Easter walk I noticed that parts of the construction fence were cut out in order to get back into the interior of the barbecue area. A piece of the cut wire was also pressed into the lock on the front door of the club house. If the lock is permanently damaged - after repeated attempts - the damage to the locking system with approx. 30 keys is at least 1000 euros.

 

We, the Boule Club, no longer see ourselves in a position to cope with the damage, noise pollution and constant littering of the boules area. Personal conversations, first in a friendly tone, and later with the request to leave the place immediately, are only useful as long as someone is on the place. It usually takes less than 15 minutes after leaving the square and the youth gatherings continue.

 

My understanding for the young people, also taking into account their current difficult situation, tends more and more towards zero, since it is a matter of willful damage to property and one can no longer dismiss it as a "rascal prank". All in all, the question arises for me: what else can we do? I also wrote to the community last week and asked how they feel about fencing in the entire area.

Christmas letters ...

... from Weilerswist:

The Twinning Association here in Weilerswist wishes all our friends in Whitnash and everywhere a peaceful Christmas and all the best for the new Year.
As years draw to an end, it is usually a  time to reflect on the past events and what the year brought us. 
Unfortunately, this year the Corona Virus did not allow us many events to reflect on!
  •  In January before the pandemic started we had a lovely New Year's walk in the woods nearby. 
  • As the visit from our Whitnash friends and hence the German-English evening never happened, we managed, instead, to hold an "English Tea Time" in September. A small event in accordance with the Corona regulations. 
  • And in October we had the annual "Red-Wine Walk" through the vineyards in the Ahr Valley.
  • These events were extremely pleasant as they gave us chance to meet and talk to friends that we otherwise hadn't been able to see.
Unfortunately all our other events - summer festival, trip to France as well as a concert under the motto "Spanish Night" - although completely organised - had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.
It has been a very difficult year - the whole world over. And we believe our problems are not over yet!  We, too, are now back in a national lock-down lasting at least up to the 10th January; but figures are still rising....
We hope that you, our friends in Whitnash are all well and bearing up.
Though from what we hear, things are not looking good in England either with a new mutation of the virus causing havoc in the south and spreading quickly. Then to top it all, Brexit now on the horizon with no deal in sight. Everything pretty dismal! :-(   
It's probably too much to hope that Brexit won't happen, but let's hope, at least, that 2021 sees a u-turn in the course of this pandemic, so that life can get back to something like normal!
Wishing you all the best and hoping that we do get to meet in 2021!
Take care!

 

Photo taken in a private garden in Weilerswist-Lommersum, Dürener Straße, Germany

... from Whitnash:

 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of or friends in Weilerswist!

 

Good morning from Whitnash which is now part of a very different World thanks to Covid 19, here in Whitnash we have done our best in these trying times with most people following the new rules that govern our lives, I presume in your home town the world seems a little different as well.

 

This is my 2nd term as Mayor of Whitnash I am looking forward to a challenging 18 months, yes in these times even the Mayoral term has been extended by 6 months, which will hopefully allow me to either welcome you to Whitnash and/or for me to pop over and see you all in your home town in the better times to come.

 

I am writing this note just after our Remembrance period, many years ago I was given a German/UK pin badge, and during these services of remembrance I wear this badge with pride, I am a great believer in forgiveness and reconciliation and I believe the twinning organisation is an integral part of the friendship not only between our 2 towns but of our 2 nations, during the past few years many twiners & students from Weilerswist have stayed with Cathy and myself and we have enjoyed every minute, very fond memories.

 

 

Christmas is a time for the family and to remember the birth Christ, enjoy your time together and in remembrance of a small baby, a crib a stable and a donkey.

 

Whitnash has missed the twinning visits this year and there is no Birmingham German market for us to enjoy your Beer and Bratwurst Sausage.

 

So keep your Beer cold and your Bratwurst hot and we WILL see you all in 2021.

 

Yours

 

Cllr Adrian Barton

Mayor of Whitnash

Date still open:

Heiße spanische Rhythmen und leckere Tapas

Das Duo Tierra Negra kommt nach Weilerswist - sobald es wieder möglich ist!

 

Erstmalig hatte die Partnerschaftsgesellschaft Weilerswist zu einem kulinarischen Konzert in der Gesamtschule Weilerswist eingeladen.

 

Der Abend sollte mit einem kulinarischen Leckerbissen beginnen:

Zwei verschieden Tapas-Platten von dem ortsansässigen Restaurant „El Rancho“ waren neben spanischen und internationalen Getränken zur Auswahl vorgesehen:

  1. eine große gemischte Tapas-Platte „El Rancho“ inkl. Brotbeilage oder
  2. eine Tapas-Platte mit spanischem Schinken und Käse inkl. Brotbeilage.

Nach dem Essen sollte dann der kulturelle Teil des Abends mit dem Konzert von Tierra Negra stattfinden.

 

 

Verschoben ist nicht aufgehoben!

 

Sobald es wieder möglich ist, soll die Veranstaltung wie geplant stattfinden - daher behalten die bereits gebuchten Plätze ihre Gültigkeit. Natürlich kann jeder auch jederzeit seine Reservierung zurück ziehen und seinen Eintrittspreis zurück erhalten.

 

 

Tierra Negra werden ihr neues Konzertprogramm präsentieren:

 

“Viva la Vida“.

 

Das bekannte Gitarrenduo spielt neue und bekannte Kompositionen voller Leidenschaft und Unbeschwertheit, die „Viva la Vida“ – die Freude und die Lust am Leben – als gemeinsames Motto haben.

 

Seit mehr als dreiundzwanzig Jahren sind die beiden Ausnahmegitarristen Raughi Ebert und Leo Henrichs poetische Wandler in musikalischen Traumwelten. Auf ihren Gitarren erzählen sie mitreißende Tongeschichten voller Emotion, Leidenschaft und Lebensfreude. Das Publikum erlebt zwischen hypnotischen Balladen und einem loderndem Rhythmusgewitter das gesamte klangliche Spektrum von Musik. Live und in höchster künstlerischer Präzision dargebracht – handgemacht und ehrlich, packend und emotional. Einfach unvergesslich!

... and the program 2020?


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