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Guests from Bray-sur-Seine visit Hemsbach
The Hemsbach Partnerschaft Society welcomes guests from France


One third of the party from Bray are young people.

The bus from Bray-sur-Seine arrived punctually in Hemsbach. Due to the road works in Hildastrasse a short unplanned tour was made through the old town and then the group of 72 visitors from Bray reached the Town Hall. They were greeted by the Mayor of Hemsbach, Volker Pauli, the committee of the Twinning Society, hosts and friends with refreshments and snacks. Many had come several times before but for others it was the first visit to the town on the Bergstrasse. In his welcoming speech Mayor Pauli exclaimed how pleased he was that the guests had arrived safely and on time in Hemsbach and that he was able to fulfil his promise of 20 years - the Town Hall is finally renovated. After the welcome the hosts took their new or old friends back home as Walter Toewe and his committee had a busy programme planned for the next 3 days. Mayor Pauli and Eric Mugot, vice Mayor of Bray and Chairman of the Comite de Jumelage, were unanimous in their praise that one third of the group were schoolchildren.

A special programme had been arranged accordingly for the youth. There was no time for boredom as all the French pupils found a new short-term family with children of similar ages. On Sunday the youth did their own thing at the Wiesensee lake with water, grass and volley ball. The first few dare devils braced the water, others sat on the grass and got to know each other, while others played volley ball. Beforehand everyone had had lunch together in the garden of the Garden Friends Club - roast piglet and bread, accompanied by various fresh salads. During the dessert a group of alp horn players played melodies on their 4 ½ meter long instruments - some well-known and others less known but all tunes were specific to alp horns, as their leader Jürgen Seidel explained. During the coffee break Gisela Walther and her grandson Markus entertained the guests with their accordion music.

On Whit Monday, however, there was a distinct division of the age groups. The older generation visitors were given a guided tour of the Town Hall, followed by a get-together in the adjacent beer garden, while the younger generation enjoyed a sports morning. More than 50 young girls and boys met in the indoor super cart centre at the Wiesensee and tested their skills in the 5 ½ PS go-carts. After a short instruction they were divided into groups and raced over the 500 meter cement speedway. “Asuper experience” as the young drivers ascertained again and again. The Twinning Society was able to engage three young people to look after the schoolchildren - Tilman Wolf, a Hemsbach student, Alena Hahn a 13th year pupil from the Grammar School and Marie Cahuzac from Toulouse. Marie and Alena met two years previously during a meeting of German/French youth and since then spend their holidays together. Marie is undergoing practical training at the German-French Institute in Ludwigsburg.

The racing leader on the speedway was supported by Renate Beikert, a teacher at the
Hemsbach Grammar School, who passed on the knowledge about the driving rules and the technical details about the go-carts in French.

In the afternoon the time had come to bid farewells. More photos were taken, addresses exchanged, good wishes for a safe journey expressed and the visitors thanked their hosts. The next meeting with the friends is planned for June next year in Bray.

Text : B.Nakoinz Translation: The Stephans, Pictures: B.Nakoinz, G.Maibauer