During the session on July 13, 2021 of the municipal council of Alsbach-Hähnlein a decision was made in favour of the official town twinning between Alsbach-Hähnlein and Sulmona. Beside Diósd and Crinitz at Eastern Europe and Germany respectively, this is a community in the South of Europe.
Already at the end of 2018 letters had been exchanged on the intent of town twinning and cooperation of both communities. We appreciate it very much that the intensive contacts to Sulmona in existence since 2012 shall now be elevated to the official step of town twinning – this also before the background of the numerous inhabitants of Italian descent in our country. [M1] Pending a corresponding resolution of the local bodies at Sulmona this can be confirmed.
Due to the present infection situation, the start-up meeting of the project at Alsbach-Hähnlein unfortunately had to be postponed. A new date has not yet been fixed.
We made it! Our project "Solidarity - key to solving problems and supporting the evolution of Europe" was the only German project to receive the award in the sector “Citizens for Europe”.
Only by social interaction (solidarity) building teams will Europe have a future, and we must succeed in having the young generation thrilled by this thought. Issues will be discussed, experience exchanged with representatives of communities from eight further countries (Italy, Poland, Greece, Spain, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Albania): How to solve social issues locally showing solidarity? How to involve citizens in the support of the future development of Europe?The start-up presentation is expected to take place at Alsbach-Hähnlein from September 17 to 20, 2020. Representatives from the communities involved will be invited to join the event. The programme is to follow shortly.
On occasion of the Christmas Market a delegation from Sulmona – due to illness unfortunately less numerous - were our guests at Alsbach-Hähnlein partnership association. Members of our association kindly provided again private accommodation and meals so that the association did not have to bear any costs.
Our Italian friends were very interested in the Christmas markets, which they have not yet known like that. Visiting markets at Zwingenberg, Alsbach-Hähnlein, Jugenheim and Darmstadt gave an impression on how we make pre-Christmas spirit come alive. This was completed by attending Santa Claus Jazz by a band called „en Haufe Leit“ (lots of people) at “Octagonal House” Jazz Club at Darmstadt.
A further item of the programme was a visit to the Exhibition of the political sketches by Mr. Heitzinger (a famous German cartoonist) at local history museum at Hähnlein. The cultural consultant of the city of Sulmona, Mrs Manuela Cozzi, noted with great pleasure that the goat is the symbolic animal of Hähnlein. She runs a biological farm at the Abruzzi where there are 1,350 sheep, 300 goats and 51 sheep dogs and offers a number of courses and hands-on trainings: Collaborativo Agritouristica
Former mayor Rausch,
Love for goats:
Visit from Capestang at Alsbach Fair in 2019
In 2019, two kind ladies from Capestang took part in the fair at Alsbach and informed themselves during further days about our community and its surroundings. They were positively impressed by the friendly welcome of the members of our partnership association and of the official representatives of the community. („Merci encore pour votre accueil"). They very much liked the atmosphere at the fair ("Beaucoup de bons souvenirs dans la tête..."). Moreover, excursions to Rhine River, to Weinheim and Heppenheim were part of the programme. As usual, members of our association provided accommodation for the guests from our partnership communities.
After barrel tapping – from left Nicole Dangmann, Michele Ghiazza (both from Capestang), Hans Herrmann (PVAH)
The parliament of the city of Sulmona has decided to become twin town of Alsbach-Hähnlein. To this purpose, letters of intent were exchanged between the two communities. Now it is the turn of Alsbach-Hähnlein’s community parliament to make a decision on town twinning with Sulmona. Beside the town twinning with Diósd this would raise contacts to Sulmona to an official level (since a joint European project in 2012 there have been more than 20 mutual visits). Thus, it would be possible to strengthen the European Idea in a very tangible way at the same time recognizing the commitment of the members to the partnership association during the last years. Moreover, receiving subsidies (e.g. by the EC) also depends on the official town twinning. Further information on Sulmona