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October 2014

October 31 2014

After a busy Summer,  the Odenwald Association will  hold its first meeting of the new season on its regular second Tuesday of the month, 14 October,  at 7.00 p.m. in Municipal Buildings, Falkirk.   If you, your group, or oganisation is interested in Twinning or finding out more about  the Odenwald region of Germany you will be most welcome to attend. The evening will start with a short business meeting to discuss the programme for the coming months and arrangements for a Christmas celebration meal.  The evening will be a social event with drinks and nibbles provided. A DVD presentation of activities and attractions in the Odenwald will be used as a background to the evening.

Schottland Vereinigung Visit

August 31 2014

A group of 9 representatives of our sister twinning organisation in the Odenwald, The Schottland Vereinigung arrived on Friday 25 July to be met at Edinburgh airport by Association members who undertook the transfer to Powfoulis Hotel where they were welcomed by members and the programme for the visit discussed. On the following morning, the guests had a most enjoyable visit to Callendar House before being transported to Airth Highland Games and spent an enjoyable afternoon as guests of Airth Highland Games Committee and all that the games had to offer.

Sunday 27 July the group were hosted by members of the Odenwald Association and started their day at Falkirk's newest attraction, the 30 metre high Kelpies, the world's largest equine sculptures. Members then took their guests on visits ranging from The Forth Bridges to Inverary, meeting the individual interests of our visitors.

The group spent the next 5 days on a commercial tour of Royal Deeside, returning to the Powfoulis on Friday 1 August where members were hosted at dinner and heard stories of what had been an enjoyable trip to that historical area.

The following day the group travelled to Fife visiting Falkland, St. Andrews and Anstruther.   There was great excitement for one young member who experienced the seaside for the first time!    This was followed by an evening of Scottish entertainment and dancing with the programme provided entirely by Association members, musicians and singers 'Lads wi' Gear', 'Greg McCara' and  performances by the Jenkins School of Highland Dancing.   The group returned to the Odenwald the following day after spending time in Edinburgh.

The Odenwald Association wishes to thank Falkirk Council for its support of this visit and furthering the twinning partnership with the Odenwald area of Germany.

Bo'ness Victorian Fair

May 31 2014

Although it was a grey, cloudy day, a group of members set up and manned a bottle stall at this year's Bo'ness Victorian Fair, as a fundraising venture.  It was hard work trying to persuade the public to participate as heavy showers of rain had everyone running for shelter over the course of the day.   Still our intrepids persevered and slowly the bottles "from Shampoo to Champagne" as one caller advertised, began to disappear as winning tickets were pulled.  Unlucky punters were invited to dip into a bag of chocs to sweeten the disappointment, so hopefully, everyone went home happy!    

Heartfelt thanks to all those who donated bottles for the stall, to those who worked in the background, folding tickets etc. to those who worked on the day and those who supported the stall.