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Virtual concert – save the date!

After the success of the Odenwald Association’s last two virtual concerts, the Open Evening and the Burns Supper, we are organising another one, this time to coincide with the Falkirk Tryst Festival.   Entitled “Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome”, the event will take place on Tuesday 27th July 2021 at 7pm. This is a joint venture with…

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Welcome to our website

Welcome to our new website highlighting Falkirk’s Twinning Partnerships. Falkirk District Twinning Association works to promote links with Créteil in France. The Odenwald Association promotes the Odenwald region of Germany. You’ll find out more about our activities here. You’ll also find contact details and membership information on our Contact page. Please note that we are…

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Virtual open evening

The first meeting of the new session of the Odenwald Association always takes the form of an Open Evening, when we invite everyone interested in twinning and/or the Odenwald to come along, and we hope to gain some new members.  This year, 2020, we decided to hold it online as there were still restrictions in…

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German Consul visits Association

The Odenwald Association was very pleased to welcome Mrs. Barbara Quick, the German Consul for Scotland and the North of England, to the group’s meeting on Tuesday, 10th March. Mrs. Quick, who took over the post in July 2019, gave us a very interesting talk about her career to date, and the work of the…

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Burns Night in Beerfelden

The annual Schottland Vereinigung celebration of Robert Burns took place in the Alte Turnhalle, Beerfelden on February 1, 2020. About 150 people attended and the evening was opened by the Clan Pipers Frankfurt, joined by Neil Clark (Falkirk) and Lothar Eckmayer (Bad König). Rüdiger Holschuh welcomed everyone and the very heavy haggis was brought in…

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Archive: Odenwald minutes

Minutes from previous meetings of the Odenwald Association are published below. If you have any queries, please contact the Association. Minute of Meeting of Odenwald Association held on 12th November, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. in Municipal Buildings, Falkirk Present: Gray Allan (Chair), Walter Simms (Vice-Chair), Anne Simms (Secretary), Charlie Tibbles (Treasurer), Andy and Myra Christie,…

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Gallery: Spielmannszug FF visit Falkirk

The Odenwald Association was very pleased to welcome the award-winning Spielmannszug FF flute and percussion orchestra from Fränkisch-Crumbach to Falkirk in May 2019.   As well as the fabulous concert they gave in Falkirk Trinity Church, they visited Edinburgh, Doune, Loch Lomond, and Stirling, were shown round Falkirk by Chair Gray Allan and Fiona Aird,…

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Gallery: Town Hall concert

On Saturday May 25th 2019, the Odenwald Association held a fundraising concert in Grangemouth Town Hall.  This was planned as an opportunity for a dress-rehearsal before going to Schottische Nacht in Erbach, a chance for friends and family to see the performance, as well as to raise some money to cover the costs of the…

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Twinning partners meet in Créteil

A Seminar for librarians from several of Créteil’s Twinning partners was held in the Médiathèque in Créteil from 21-24 November 2018. Library Services was represented by veteran librarian Gray Allan. Gray wrote the following short report on the event and his experiences during the visit. I was delighted to have the opportunity to visit France…

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Gallery: 2018 visit to Odenwald

Anne Simms (with a little help from Myra Christie) reports on a successful trip to Falkirk’s twinned area in Germany. Five members of the OA, Andy and Myra Christie, Walter and myself, and Terry Hunter, flew to Frankfurt and were picked up from the airport by Detlef Kuhn, Deputy Chair of the Schottland Vereinigung. We…

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Odenwald’s Roman roots

The Odenwald area of Germany was once a Roman frontier – just like Falkirk district back in Scotland. You can visit a number of Roman sites around the Odenwald area, including a replica watch-tower, just outside the town of Erbach. Watch-towers like this would be part of the frontier system built by the Romans. You…

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Gallery: A class evening in Créteil

Members of the English class in Créteil enjoyed food and fun on the last meeting before their Summer break.  The evening was organised by their Teacher Catherine. Here are some pictures. Click on any image to see a larger version. From the happy smiling faces, it looked like it was an evening enjoyed by all. …

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Conference for twinning groups

The Odenwald Association hosted a conference for local twinning groups in the Municipal Buildings, Falkirk on Wednesday, 22nd August, 2018. Representatives from six groups (including the OA) came together to discuss challenges and share strategies to improve recruitment, funding, and promotion.   It was interesting to find out how each group operates, and very encouraging…

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Gallery: Warm welcome in Falkirk

Members of Falkirk District Twinning Association (FDTA) were delighted to welcome six students and their Teacher from The English Class from our twin town of Créteil, near Paris.  They were given a warm welcome to Falkirk by Cllr Laura Murtagh at Municipal Buildings, Falkirk. In Falkirk to meet twinning members, improve their language skills and…

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Les Étudiants d’Anglais to visit Falkirk

A group of adult students who are learning English at the Bureau de Jumelages in Créteil will visit Falkirk District in April 2018. Accompanied by their English teacher Catherine Bettoni, they will arrive in Falkirk on Friday 20th April for their 3 day visit and will take part in a programme of visits and activities organised…

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Honour for Magda Vorchin

Our friend and twinning colleague Magda Vorchin was awarded the ‘Médaille de la Ville’ by Le Maire de Créteil, Laurent Cathala, at a ceremony two weeks ago in Créteil. The prestigious award was given in recognition of her work in the community of Mont-Mesly, a district in Créteil, and also in her role over the…

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