50 Years of Twinning – Bees, U-Bahn and Birthday Cake

Saturday (7th June, 2014) was a day of celebration in Oberursel, with 40 guests visiting from the twin town of Epinay-sur-Seine to mark the 50th anniversary of the town twinning.

The day began in the Adenauerallee next to the “Annika fountain” and the cedar tree with a “honey breakfast” and the inauguration of a butineur urbain  – a civic bee hive.

Manfred Belz from the local bee keepers’ club gave a short talk on the importance of the bees in the environment, and on the different types of honey that they produce at different times of the year.

The project is being supported by the grammar school in Oberursel, and will eventually be moved to their grounds.  Financial assistance is being provided by a charity associated with Frankfurt Airport.

Oberursel’s Mayor Hans-Georg Brum, accompanied by Epinay’s Deputy Mayor Patrice Konieczny, said that the twinning still young and active after 50 years, and that sustainability was a key issue for it.  A similar bee-hive was installed last month in Epinay-sur-Seine, and this is seen as a “airlift” connection between the two towns. [Read more…]

50 Years of Twinning – Today in Oberursel

Today (Saturday, 7th June, 2014) sees events taking place in Oberursel to mark the 50th anniversary of the town twinning with Epinay-sur-Seine in France.

The day will begin at 10am with a “honey breakfast” in the Adenauerallee, followed by the inauguration of a “Butineur” – a bee-hive, also in the Adenaueralle, which has a glass front to it to allow passers-by to see the bees at work.  A similar bee-hive was installed last month in Epinay-sur-Seine, and this is seen as a “airlift” connection between the two towns.

At 12.15 a U-Bahn train will make its way out of the refuge siding and enter Oberursel’s station, where it will be officially named “Epinay-sur-Seine – 50 Jahre Partnerschaft mit Oberursel (Taunus)”.

In the afternoon events move to the Epinay-Platz where at 4pm a birthday cake will be jointly cut by Oberursel’s Mayor Hans-Georg Brum and Epinay’s Deputy Mayor Patrice Konieczny. [Read more…]

Michel Liebmann

Michel Liebmann from Oberursel’s twin town in France, Épinay-sur-Seine, died on 8th March, 2013, aged 82.  For the past 50 years he had been an staunch advocate of the twinning between the towns.

He first visited Oberursel during the “Heimatfest” in 1964 as a civil servant in the delegation from Épinay, and it was in sports that he particularly enriched the twinning, specifically in football and Pétanque.  It is said that he also always there for his German friends, was an excellent host and well-liked.  For many years he took part in the fountain festival (“Brunnenfest”) as chairman of the Pétanque club “La Boule Spinassienne”, where he was to be found at the Oberursel Boule-Club’s stand.

He also had connections to the Pétanque Club in Oberursel.  It is as a result of his initiative that for over 20 years regular tournaments have taken place between the German and Epinay clubs. [Read more…]

Brunnenfest: Visitors from Épinay-sur-Seine

Visitors from the Twin Town of Épinay-sur-Seine at the Marienbrunnen

Visitors from the Twin Town of Épinay-sur-Seine at the Marienbrunnen with the Brunnenkönigin (Fountain Queen) Vanessa I., her Brunnenmeister (assistant) Harry Hecker, Mayor of Oberursel Hans-Georg Brum and chairman of the town council Dr. Christoph Müllerleile.

 

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