Since the mid-1950's, together with the Rotary Club of Droitwich, we have had an informal 'twinning' arrangement with the Rotary Club of Emden, in northern Germany.
Emden sits on the estuary of the River Ems on the North Sea coast in Lower Saxony, approximately 250 km west of Hamburg.
With a population of 50,000 Emden is dominated by two main industries: vehicle manufacture and shipbuilding. Volkswagon employs some 10,000 workers, producing its Passat model, and the harbour area is VW's main facility for the export of its home-produced model range. The main shipbuilding concern, based on the River Ems, is Nordseewerke, part of ThyssenKrupp, which concentrates on the production of cruise liners.
The Rotary Club of Emden has some 50 active members, representing all parts of the town's business and professional community.
Our clubs meet up every other year, and Emden last visited us in September 2016, when the highlight of their visit was the trip to Bletchley Park.
Our most recent visit to Emden was from 28th September to 2nd October 2018, when six Rotarians and partners from Reditch & Droitwich visited the town, and enjoyed a packed programme of visits and social activities.
Sadly, due to the risk of travel restrictions being re-imposed, Emdens' September 2020 visit has been postponed until spring 2021.
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Co-Ordinating local collection of redundant tools, for refurbishment and supply to communities in Africa.more
To help pupils access remote learning during lockdown, our club procured and supplied redundant laptops to one of our local high schools.more
Rotarian Peter Williams helps the 'Feckenham in Bloom' team plant 4,000 crocus corms at the entrances to this picturesque village, in the south of the Borough.more
During the pandemic, the Rotary Club of Redditch has continued to support its local communities in various ways.more