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Elstree and Borehamwood Christian Council visits Offenburg in Germany
Intrepid travellers are on their way to Germany to strengthen links with Borehamwood’s twin town.
Members of the Elstree and Borehamwood Christian Council are in Offenburg this weekend to see old friends and tighten the bonds of friendship.
The delegation of ten, who come mainly from St Michael’s Church, but also from St Paul’s Lutheran Church and St Teresa’s Catholic Church, is led by the vicar of St Michael's Reverend Richard Leslie.
He said: “The highlight of this visit is going to see a friend baptised in an Evangelical church, as well as meeting old friends from churches around the area.
“We have been heading out to Offenburg every few years since 1998.
“After falling away, the link has been strengthened in recent years and we have encouraged other community groups, such as the Rotary Club, musicians and school groups to form their own connections.
“The visits enable us to make and keep friends and learn about life in a town which is very different to Borehamwood.
“In the current climate it is very important that we learn more about Europe and strengthen our ties with it.”
He said the purpose of the visit was also to encourage younger people in both countries to take up the baton.
He said: “Some of us are getting on a bit, and won’t be around much longer. We want to make sure the bonds we have forged between Borehamwood and Offenburg continue into the next generation.”
Marjorie Wilson, 77, is one of the parishioners on the trip.
She said: “This is my first time in Germany and I don’t speak German.
“I’m really looking forward to the trip. I met a couple of the Germans when they came to visit and helped entertain them, it will be nice to see them again, and I’m sure they will look after us well.”