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Harpenden has enjoyed the link with Alzey in Germany since 1963.
Alzey is a small, bustling and picturesque market town 30 miles from Mainz, in the centre of the winemaking region of Rheinhessen. The highlight of the year is their Wine Festival in September, when the whole town is given over to dancing, singing, eating and tasting the local wine. Alzey is easily accessible by road or rail. There has been a constant flow of residents travelling between the two towns every year – school exchanges and youth camps, private family parties, sports clubs, artistic and cultural groups, especially choirs and orchestras, the Rotary Club and the Lions Club.
The ‘Friends of Alzey’ was formed in 1979 to bring members of the public into closer and continuing involvement with this partnership. The 40th anniversary of the twinning was celebrated in 2003 with an exchange of gifts between the Towns.
In August 2013 Alzey celebrated 50 years of Town Twinning with Harpenden. The Friends of Alzey visited the town and joined in the special celebrations. They enjoyed meeting up with their friends in Germany and attending special events over the weekend and visiting places of interest. The Town Mayor and an officer formally visited Alzey and attended a 3 day programme on Climate Protection as well as attending the official evening celebration on the Saturday, which included presentations.
Speech by the Town Mayor at the Official Dinner and Celebrations - Saturday 24 August 2013
2014: Harpenden’s Friends of Alzey played host to 32 of their German counterparts at the end of August 2014. The German visitors came to Harpenden for a long weekend of activities that included a visit to the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, excursions with their host families and a walk along the Wheathampstead Heritage Trail. The visit began with a reception hosted by Town Mayor Mary Maynard at Park Hall.
“We had a great time with our German guests”, said John Lough, Chairman of the Friends of Alzey. We were delighted to see old friends and make new ones. These personal contacts are the essence of twinning.”
2015: The Friends of Alzey held a number of social events:
Events in 2016 included a Dinner on 19 March 2016 and the highlight of the year, a visit by the Friends of Harpenden from 14 July to 18 July. The Mayor of Alzey and the Wine Queen attended with a number of other visitors and were hosted by the Town Mayor at a welcome reception. They also visited Hatfield House and the Mill Green Museum, and took a walk on Dunstable Downs.
The Friends continue to encourage and maintain their good links and strong friendship with each other. The Friends of Alzey have a website: www.friendsofalzey.com and can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Harpenden commenced its twinning with Cosne-sur-Loire at an official twinning ceremony in October 1982 when a delegation from Cosne, led by their Mayor and Member of Parliament, signed the Twinning Charter.
This small French town (population 14,000) is the busy centre of an attractive wine growing district near Sancerre in the middle ofFrance. It stands on the River Loire, about 180km south ofParis, on the main railway line to the south and just off the N7 motorway. Like Harpenden, Cosne has few industries, but it does have over 300 shops, a cinema and 41 café-restaurants. It also supports a very large and lively market twice a week. Sport features largely at Cosne, especially football, rugby, tennis and judo. There is also a magnificent swimming pool. A beautiful campsite lies beside the Loire and there are chateaux to be visited in the neighbourhood.
Several private parties have visited in both directions, staying in private homes, although there are several hotels in Cosne. The ‘Friends of Cosne’ brings together socially all those interested in Harpenden’s French link and organises hospitality for visitors from Cosne.
There was a visit from the Cosne Sur Loire Friends in 2011 and the Harpenden Friends visited Cosne in June 2013, celebrating their 30th Anniversary of Twinning (2012).
2014: The AGM took place on the 19 March and a quiz evening was held on the 31 May. An outing was planned for the summer with a barbeque for the Fetes Nationales in July. A soiree was held in November.
Social Events included:
Social Events included an AGM in March, Quiz Night in May and two coffee mornings.
The AGM will be held again in March this year. A Quiz will be held in May and an Autumn Soiree in October. A visit is being undertaken to Cosne 23-26 June.
The Friends of Cosne have recently launched their website: www.friendsofcosne.com
The Friends of Alzey and the Friends of Cosne welcome new members.
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