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Informal 50th exhibition Official Council Visit HSK orchestra Business Studies students
September visit to HSK for 50th anniversary celebrations
An advanced party enjoying the hospitality of former head of the HSK Partnerschaft, Erhard Shaeffer, and his wife Johanna.
Several private "pilgrimages" and visits to old friends were also enjoyed prior to the more formal procedings.
Murdoch Kennedy in West Lothian Platz, Arnsberg ; two old men in Grevenstein ; Off to work - road Engineer and great friend of Linlithgow Reed Band, Carsten Freitag
50th anniversary exhibitionA special exhibition in the Sauerland Museum was created to display works of art from 1972 that were gifted to the then Kries Arnsberg by pupils from our schools in West Lothian. These works of art are paintings, jewellery and pottery items. The quality of some of the works is quite exceptional. If you or anyone you know created any of these paintings and jewellery, we would love to hear from you. [see Contacts]
The 50th anniversary exhibition poster was designed by students of the Berufskolleg am Eichholz, shown here with Sebastian Schuettler, Chairman of the German Partnerschaft Committee.
The opening was well attended,
A children's choir performed songs, complete with actions, in both German and English,
A welcome was given by the Head of the Sauerland Museum, Doctor Oliver Schmidt ,
The formal welcome speech was made by the Chairman of the German Partnerschaft Committee, Sebastian Schuettler,
The formal opening speech was made by the current Landrat, Karl Schneider,
Also in the picture (left to right) Edgar
Liddle, [former Treasurer (WL)], Rudie Bruschke, [former
Secretary (HSK)], Murdoch Kennedy, [Committee member (WL)]
The Landrat in 1972 who signed the partnership declaration on behalf of what was then Kreis Arnsberg, Ferdi Tillmann, still going strong after 50 years, made a heart-felt speech about the strength and longevity of the partnership,
In the background is Barbara Markus, stalwart
of the German Partnerschaft Committee.
Gordon Connolly replied in German on behalf of the Scottish Twinning Committee.
The group then split into 2, one to view the exhibition inside the newly-refurbished museum, the other to partake in the substantial buffet provided. [of course they swapped places later!!]
Celebrating the 50 years of partnership also meant members of our West Lothian Twinning Association visited Arnsberg in September. And an Official Delegation paid a visit to Meschede to meet with the Council there. A full programme covered the two days and also the exchange of gifts between our two Councils.
The official delegation from West
Left to right : Liz Liddell (Chairman, WL Twining Association), Denis Liddell, Alice Mitchell (Economic Development Manager, WLC), Provost Cathy Muldoon, Councillor Kirsteen Sullivan (Depute leader WLC), Sebastian Schuettler (Chairman, HSK Partnerschaft Committee), Councillor Carl John (West Lothian).
The two Provosts : Karl Schneider (Landrat, HSK), Cathy Muldoon (Provost, West Lothian).Top
October visit of HSK Youth Orchestra to St. Michael's Parish Church, Linlithgow
Deputy head of the HSK Musikschule, Marcos Kopf, and the members of the HSK Youth Orchestra in St. Michael's Parish Church, Linlithgow, during rehearsals for the concert. [Apologies that the image is blurred.] They were joined by a substantial number of players from the Linlithgow String Orchestra.
concert, the German guests were
taken for 'Pasta or Pizza' in
Linlithgow courtesy of the West
Lothian Twinning Association.
Wearing the red jacket in the front row is the hero of the whole trip - the bus driver from Meschede!
August 2022, two
groups of Business
Studies students, each
under the leadership
of their lecturer Neil
Davie, made study
visits to West
Tours of the Schuh’s J4 distribution centre were arranged where the groups were given an excellent tour of the warehouse as well as a presentation on the background of the company. Schuh also kindly provided refreshments.
A great example of a local company starting small and doing really well.