Planegg -Planegg is now twinned with a fourth town: representatives from Planegg and English Didcot ratified the official twinning document in the Heide Volm building. The other towns twinned with Planegg are: French Meylan, Klausen in the South-Tyrol and Barenstein in Eastern Germany.A link with Didcot has already existed for two years, and reciprocal visits have already taken place. The English town sent nine representitives, headed by former mayor, town- councillor and member of the twinning-committee. Axel MacDonald. Planegg’s mayor Heinrich Hoffmann said (in English, naturally) that the official friendship with Didcot was something ‘unique'; and Planegg was now definitely ‘coupled’ with them. Meylan, which has been twinned with Didcot for many years, has for a while worked for the English to ‘come on board’. Hoffmann emphasized the importance of cultural exchange within Europe – above all, for youth. Axel MacDonald stressed in his delivery the similarities between the two communities: just as Planegg has the Max-Planck Campus in Martinsreid, so does Didcot have a thriving scientific environment. However (he said) it is not the scientific connection, but the friendship between the inhabitants of the two municipalities which is the most important factor.
Didcot has 22,000 inhabitants and is situated a few kilometres south of Oxford. The town hit the headlines a few years ago when environmentalists mounted a massive protest against its coal-fired power station. Today, Didcot accommodates various biotechnical enterprises. ( From the ‘Planegg Press’)
Future twinning exchanges
Following the cancellation of our trip to Planegg in the autumn, we can now confirm that the replacement dates are March 27 to March 29. It looks as though we will take Lufthansa flights departing Heathrow at 08h50 on 27th and returning at 19h25 from Munich on 29th.
Plans are going ahead for our visit to Meylan from 17-20 September. If you think you might like to come, please get in touch with a member of the committee.
We have not yet considered flights for the trip to Meylan in September but note that a new Eurostar service to Lyon is due to be introduced in 2015.