Epinay-Platz on 25th March, 2017

This was the Epinay-Platz in Oberursel on Saturday, 25th March, 2017, when a pro-European rally was held on the 50th anniversary of the square being named after Oberursel’s twin town in France.

Carollers at the town hall

Carol singers in German do not go from house to house before Christmas eve, they do it afterwards instead – specifically between 27th December and 6th January.

During this time, the so-called “Sternsinger”, organised by the local church and who are sometimes translated as “star boys”, go from house to house to collect for a particular good cause using the year’s motto and dressed as the Three Kings.

This year the motto is “Segen bringen – Segen sein!  Respekt für dich, für mich, für andere – in Bolivien und weltweit!” (bring a blessing – be a blessing!  Respect for you, for me, for others – in Bolivia and worldwide) and the money raised will go to help children worldwide, in particular in the Bolivia.  With the whole country taking part, it is not unusual to raise over €40 million.

Before they leave they write 20*C+M+B+16 on the door frame, the letters standing for “Christus mansionem benedicat”, or “God protect this house”. [Read more…]

Carollers at the town hall

Carol singers in German do not go from house to house before Christmas eve, they do it afterwards instead – specifically between 27th December and 6th January.

During this time, the so-called “Sternsinger”, organised by the local church and who are sometimes translated as “star boys”, go from house to house to collect for a particular good cause using the year’s motto and dressed as the Three Kings.

This year the motto is “Segen bringen – Segen sein!” (bring a blessing – be a blessing!) and the money raised will go to help children worldwide, in particular in the Philippines.  With the whole country taking part, it is not unusual to raise over €40 million.

Before they leave they write 20*C+M+B+15 on the door frame, the letters standing for “Christus mansionem benedicat”, or “God protect this house”. [Read more…]

Ground-breaking ceremony at Frankfurt International School

The subject of the new sports hall for Frankfurt International School is one that has been on the local political agenda for several years, with the main problem being exactly where to build it.

However last Saturday (30th August, 2014) surely put an end those discussions when the “Ground-breaking ceremony” took place, known in German as the “Spatenstich”, now that the school is building inside their own grounds.

The guests, except maybe for the new arrivals, could see a difference to the grounds as soon as they entered them.  Over the summer holidays, the old sports hall had been torn down.  In its place, next to where the Worldfest is held, is now a fenced off area containing the land where the building once stood.

[Read more…]

The Ehrenmal – Restored at last to comfort, honour, warn and teach

For the past three years, I have been following the restoration work of the memorial to those from Oberursel who died in the First World War: The Ehrenmal. The war memorial, which stands next to the Christuskirche at the crossing of the Oberhöchstadter Straße and the Füllerstraße, was badly in need of restoration when the Hessentag took place in the town, but now, thanks to the donations of not only the town itself but many private families, once again is glittering in the evening sunset. With the mosaic pieces returned to the column and the column itself now stabilised, it was a solumn ceremony that took place on Wednesday, 23rd July, 2014 to commemorate the war dead and officialy re-dedicate the memorial. [Read more…]

Prince Benjamin I. at the town council

Last week Prince Benjamin I. used his time in charge of the town hall to pay the town council a visit and address the councillors at the start of their meeting.

He commented on the fact that, due to cuts, they only have water to drink during the meetings and this stopped them being a merry bunch.  He also suggested charging an entrance fee to the meetings to help raise funds.

Prince Benjamin I. addressing the town council

In the council chamber: Chairman Dr. Christoph Müllerleile (left) with Prince Benjamin I, accompanied by his Lord Steward Harald Pratt and pages Nathalie and Nadine.

More power for the Ausländerbeirat?

When the chairman of Oberursel’s Ausländerbeirat, Dr. Franz Zenker, made his annual speech to the town council at the beginning of February, it was hard to overlook the fact that he wanted his committee to be granted the “Antragsrecht” – the right to put their own motions directly to the council.  In fact, he used the word at least nine times during the speech!

And it would seem that he may get his way, with the SPD, Green party, and CDU all supporting motions to grant the committee that right, although not without some criticism. [Read more…]

Back to school for the classes of ’53

For the children living in Oberursel in 1953 who here six years old, 15th April was the day the remember as starting primary school.

Children living here now may well ask “which one?”, but there only was one primary school – the “Volksschule Mitte”, now called the “Grundschule Mitte” in the Schulstraße, and this served all of the children living between the border with Bommersheim and the Hohemark.

60 years later, and around 30 of those children – now aged 66 – returned to the school to visit their old classroom and to see how the school had changed. [Read more…]

Carollers at the town hall

Carol singers in German do not go from house to house before Christmas eve, they do it afterwards instead – specifically between 27th December and 6th January.

During this time, the so-called “Sternsinger”, organised by the local church and who are sometimes translated as “star boys”, go from house to house to collect for a particular good cause using the year’s motto and dressed as the Three Kings.

This year the motto is “Segen bringen – Segen sein!” (bring a blessing – be a blessing!) and the money raised will go to help children worldwide, in particular in Tanzania.  With the whole country taking part, it is not unusual to raise over €40 million.

Before they leave they write 20*C+M+B+13 on the door frame, the letters standing for “Christus mansionem benedicat”, or “God protect this house”. [Read more…]

Christmas Market in Oberursel 2012

The Christmas Market in Oberursel was opened on Thursday, 29th November, 2012 by Mayor Hans-Georg Brum, accompanied by the Fountain Queen Vanessa I, City Manager Wolfgang Bräutigam, Fountain Master Harry Hecker, Treasurer Thorsten Schorr, Alderman Wilfried Abt and Council Chairman Dr. Christoph Müllerleile.

The market stretches from the Rathaus through the Vorstadt and Strackgasse to the Marktplatz.

(Click on the photos to enlarge)

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