These are the Activities that are organised by the Leiden-Oxford-Link
and the Friends of Oxford
or in which they have been  involved.



   Agenda 2017

        Remembranceweekend Oxford
        Mosaic Leiden Square
                                            Janneke Ottevanger
                                            John Chipperfield
        Bike-Event 2017
                                   Aat Smits
                                   John Chipperfield
                                   Bram Danen

        Oxford to Leiden- Bike ride
       Mayvisit 2017
       Speech Roelof Hol at Diner

   Agenda 2016:

       November visit Oxford by Roelof Hol
       Vist to Torun by Roelof Hol
       Klick on the move
       BplusC International Dancefestival
       Second Jubileeweekend July 2016
       First Jubileeweekend July 2016
       Leidcycle 2016
       Mayvisit 2016    



Remembranceweekend Oxford 

November 2017

Mosaic Leiden Square


Mozaïek op Leiden Square in Oxford

Maanden van voorbereiding gingen vooraf aan de officiële onthulling van een mozaïek

ter herinnering aan 70 jaar Stedenband Leiden-Oxford op zaterdag 11 november 2017.

Burgemeester Lenferink en Lord Mayor Mevrouw Fooks hielden een toespraak op

Leiden Square in het gloednieuwe winkelcentrum Westgate, waarna het mozaïek aan

iedereen getoond werd. 

Het werk is ontworpen door drie jonge kunstenaars: twee uit Oxford en één uit Leiden, Emma van Noort.
Het werk is ontworpen door drie jonge kunstenaars: twee uit Oxford en één uit Leiden, Emma van Noort.

Er was héél veel belangstelling voor het  feestje, dat van 12 tot 15 uur duurde. Er klonk veel muziek: uit Oxford speelde de Cutting Edge Big Band en uit Leiden de stage band van K & G. Tussen deze twee  optredens  dansten jongeren (verschillende leeftijdsgroepen) 

van de Messy Jam groep de sterren van de hemel. De welbekende Don Rouse, deputy president van de Oxford-Leiden   Link, die, samen met Hans Ladan en Eric Filemon, ervoor gezorgd had, dat K & G optrad,  hield ook een toespraak. Ondanks de kou trok het spektakel duizenden toeschouwers. 

The Cutting Edge Band from Oxford at

the opening of Leiden Square

The Burgomaster of Leiden, Henri Lenferink, 

and the Lord Mayor of Oxford, Jean Fooks,

unveil the Oxford-Leiden mosaic in Leiden Square, Oxford

Een uur vóór de optredens was er paniek: de stroomvoorziening werkte niet. Een

 verbinding met één van de restaurants op het plein bracht uitkomst, zodat het programma

 toch gerealiseerd kon worden.

 In zijn speech benadrukte Burgemeester Lenferink dat er nu een nieuw tijdperk in de

 betrekkingen tussen de twee steden was aangebroken. En de Lord Mayor sprak de hoop

 uit, dat de samenwerking en vriendschap tussen Oxford en Leiden, en ook de rest van

 Europa, voortgezet zal worden.    

 Janneke Ottevanger

Leiden Square opening and mosaic unveiling

Thousands of people joined our celebrations to mark the official opening of Leiden Square in the 

Westgate Centre and the unveiling of the Oxford-Leiden mosaic.

 Months of planning came to a head on Saturday, 11th November when the Lord Mayor of Oxford, 

Jean Fooks, and the Burgomaster of Leiden, Henri Lenferink, performed the honours. 

With Bonn Square in the north and Leiden Square in the south, Oxford’s two long-standing twin city 

links are now both prominently and permanently recognised in the city centre. 

After the mosaic had been unveiled, we enjoyed a feast of music from the 

Cutting Edge Big Band from Oxford and the K&G stage band from Leiden, 

interspersed with dancing from the celebrated Oxford dance troupe, Messy Jam.

The three-hour programme of music and dancing outside the John Lewis store, 

with our deputy president Don Rouse as MC, was watched by thousands 

of people who thronged the square or watched from the balconies on the upper floors.

 Despite all the intensive planning, however, not everything went to plan. 

As the big day dawned at around 8am, we suddenly realised that we had no power in the square.

 It may have been down to teething problems with the new shopping centre, or perhaps 

the Dutch electrical equipment wasn’t compatible with the Westgate circuits. 

Whatever it was, with true Oxford-Leiden grit, we managed to improvise, 

one solution being to run a lead from a plug inside one of the nearby restaurants!

 The Cutting Edge band was due to start playing after the two minutes’ silence for Armistice Day at 11am, 

but the problem had still not been sorted out when the Lord Mayor and Burgomaster  arrived 

at midday to unveil the mosaic. But soon afterwards, everything sparked to life, and the music and 

dancing carried on without further hitch, to the delight of the performers and the large audience of shoppers, 

and to the relief of our members who were putting on the show! The Burgomaster told everyone 

at the unveiling that he was delighted with the mosaic and square, 

hailing them a “new era” of partnership between our two cities.

 He added
“It is such a high-quality public space. You have succeeded in bringing new quality to an ancient city.”

 The Lord Mayor said: 

“We very much hope the collaboration and friendship between our two cities, 

and indeed the rest of Europe, may continue.” 

The circular mosaic brings together a symbol for each city – blue arcs representing

the horns of Oxford’s ox, and a cross representing the cross keys in Leiden’s coat of arms.

It was created by three of our young artists, Lauren Baldwin and Tamsin Corrigan from Oxford and 

Emma van Noort from Leiden, who were all at the ceremony to see their work unveiled.


Our thanks to everyone who played a part in making the day such a success.


John Chipperfield

Bike-Event 2017

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Oxford Cycle Event 

14 juni t/m 18 juni

A report of Aat Smit


Aat Smits

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Bike Event 2017


By John Chipperfield



Left to right, Eva van Ingen, Sarie Beames (front), Hafida van Ingen, Phil Grunewald (winner), 

Phil’s son Max, Jasper van Ingen, Theresia (Resel) van Ingen

A magnificent trophy was presented in memory of Carel van Ingen during 

Oxford Bike Week and five members of Carel’s family travelled to Oxford to hand it over. 

It was a fitting tribute to Carel, who had supported our Link so well as Leiden City Council’s 

international officer and after his retirement, as a member of the Leiden committee. 

He died just before Christmas.

The trophy, in the shape of a cyclist, was commissioned in Leiden and was presented 

to Oxford cyclist Phil Grunewald, the winner of a timed hill climb at Shotover,

It was one of a series of events in the annual Oxford Bike Week, which this year had 

an international flavour with cyclists from Leiden, Bonn and Leiden’s Polish twin town of Torun.

 We were delighted to see so many of the van Ingen family present at the hill climb and

the presentation. Carel’s widow, Theresia (Resel), was joined by her son and daughter in law, 

Jasper and Hafida, daughter Eva and grand-daughter Sarie Beames. 

They chose the hard way to reach Shotover, joining other cyclists at Beeline Cycles 

in Cowley Road and cycling all the way. They may have regretted the decision, 

as they tackled the long, potholed climb to the top of Shotover Hill! 

They made it (a little exhausted) – at least the homeward journey was downhill!

 The competitive hill climb (on a different hill) was keenly contested and the fastest, 

Phil Grunewald, accompanied by his son Max, who also took part, 

was delighted to become the first recipient of the Carel van Ingen Trophy.

 Bike Week had begun with a ‘getting to know you’ drink and dinner at the 

Rusty Bicycle pub in Magdalen Road. Other events included cycle tours of Oxford,

a forum to discuss cycling initiatives and visits to the hydro project at 

Osney Lock and Trax, the charity which helps disadvantaged youngsters 

develop their skills. 

The programme also included a tour of Christ Church and punting on the river as well

as plenty of time to discuss cycling in various pubs. 

We also took the opportunity to present all the participants with copies of the yellow book,

compiled by Carel, tracing the first 60 years of our Link’s history.

 In the Cape of Good Hope pub after the hill climb, Leiden and Torun cyclists wrote 

messages to each other on the blank pages at the front of the books

– a clear sign that friendships had been made.

Picture captions Six Leiden cyclists

Back row (left to right): Sari Verdijk, Mieke van Immerseel, Daniël Amesz

Front row (left to right): Tinke Weenink, Ines Noordermeer, and Sophie de Jong



The Carel van Ingen hill climb in progress

Carel’s family at the presentation of the trophy

By John Chipperfield

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Verslag Fietsevent 2017 

Auteur: Bram Danen



Naar aanleiding van een discussie over de revitalisatie van de stedenband Leiden-Oxford 

is het fietsevent tot stand gekomen. Dit event, wat voor het eerst gehouden werd in 2016 in Leiden, 

heeft naast het revitaliseren van de stedenband tot doel om de uitwisselingen te verjongen. 

Fietsen wordt zowel in Leiden als Oxford veel door jongeren (studenten e.d.) gedaan. 

Dit is dan ook het middel bij uitstek om jongeren bij de stedenbanden te betrekken. 

Na de succesvolle pilot in Leiden nam Oxford de organisatie dit jaar op zich. 

Het fietsevent vond plaats tussen 14 en 18 juni. 

Naast de Leidse delegatie waren er ook afgevaardigden uit Torun en Bonn.

Het programma

Het programma bestond uit fietstochten en bezoeken aan verschillende aan fietsen 

en duurzaamheid gerelateerde projecten. Een aantal interessante projecten waren:


     Broken Spoke: startup die Oxonians leert om hun eigen fietsen te repareren. 

     De fietswrakken die de gemeente heeft verzameld worden daarvoor gebruikt.

Osney Lock Hydro Plant: burgerinitiatief op het gebied van duurzaamheid

     De waterkrachtcentrale levert energie aan 200 huishoudens. Combinatie met zonnepanelen

     om gedurende de zomer voor de lagere waterstand in de rivier te compenseren. 

     Levert ondertussen netstroom.

·        Sociale werkplaats: jongeren uit probleemgezinnen en/of met strafblad leren een vak bij een garage. 

     Ze repareren o.a. fietswrakken (net als bij Broken Spoke geleverd door de gemeente).

Over het algemeen genomen kan worden geconcludeerd dat er veel kleinschalige initiatieven zijn in 

Oxford om het fietsen te promoten. 

Er wordt veel vanuit de samenleving zelf georganiseerd, ook juist vaak vanuit de 

private sector (bijvoorbeeld Broken Spoke). 

Naast de fietstocht was er een symposium over fietsbeleid. Chris de Vor verzorgde de input namens de gemeente Leiden. Het belangrijkste dilemma voor Oxford is het gebrek aan politieke steun voor grootschalige projecten. Chris adviseerde hen om daarom juist in te zetten op kleinschalige veranderingen door aanpassing van de fietsinfrastructuur te koppelen aan grotere infrastructuurprojecten. Door een aantal succesvolle voorbeelden aan te kunnen halen wordt het bij toekomstige projecten eenvoudiger om politieke steun te krijgen.

Tot slot was er nog een wedstrijd ter ere van Carel van Ingen. Hiervoor bleek veel animo te zijn bij wielrenners uit Oxford. Het wedstrijdelement had duidelijk een mobiliserend effect. Het is daarom het overwegen waard om van de Carel van Ingen Trofee een jaarlijks terugkerend event te maken.

Bij alle activiteiten waren de onderstaande studenten betrokken:


 Het vervolg: Torun 2018 en daarna

In 2018 zal Torun het fietsevent organiseren. De delegatie uit Torun is erg enthousiast 

over dit vooruitzicht. De Stichting Leiden-Torun zal hen in de organisatie ondersteunen.

Het inzetten van de studenten was een succes. AEGEE Leiden zou graag betrokkenheid houden

bij de stedenband met Oxford. De eerste mogelijkheid hiervoor is de inzet van jeugdvertegenwoordigers. 

Vrijwilligers van AEGEE kunnen een rol spelen in het programma. 

Wellicht dat we ook één of twee studenten naar Oxford kunnen sturen als vertegenwoordiger van Leiden.

Op de langere termijn is het wenselijk dat AEGEE banden ontwikkelt met één van de colleges. 

Dit zou de uitwisselingen een meer structureel karakter (en onafhankelijk) geven. Louise Upton, 

Raadslid en professor neurowetenschappen, kan hier wellicht een rol spelen. Zij ging naar New College. 

Mogelijk heeft zij daar ingangen waarvan AEGEE gebruik kan maken.

De uitwisseling tussen Oxford en KLSRV Njord is blijkbaar een aantal jaar geleden gestopt. 

Om de studentenparticipatie te versterken kan Leiden trachten deze uitwisseling weer op gang te brengen. 

Vanuit het Comité Oxford-Leiden is hier interesse in.

Ten behoeve van de strategische doelen van de gemeente Leiden is het wellicht ook wenselijk om 

een uitwisseling tussen ambtenaren tot stand te brengen. Oxford heeft veel aan onze kennis op het 

gebied van fietsinfrastructuur. Leiden kan op haar beurt een ambtenaar naar Oxford sturen om 

kennis op te doen op een voor ons strategisch belangrijk vlak. Dit hoeft niet beperkt te zijn tot 

fietsbeleid, maar kan ook slaan op domeinen als duurzaamheid e.d.



Bram Danen

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Oxford to LeidenBike ride

Mayvisit 2017

Bezoek Oxford delegatie in mei

Zoals te doen gebruikelijk kwam ook dit jaar weer een groep vrienden uit 

Oxford naar Leiden rond onze Dodenherdenking. Behalve de officiële delegatie 

van de Lord Mayor en de Lady Mayoress kwamen ook 13 vrienden uit Oxford over. 

De groep arriveerde op 2 mei en werd ontvangen in La Place bij Zoeterwoude.



Er was deze keer geen gemeenschappelijk programma anders dan de officiële momenten. 

De beide voorzitters en Emma van Noord, één van de deelnemers aan het 

gemeenschappelijke kunstenaarsverband, KLICK, 

overlegden over de wijze waarop KLICK een kunstwerk 

kan ontwerpen voor de opening van het Leiden Square in Oxford in november 2017. 

Op 4 mei was de zg Joint Meeting in het stadhuis met aansluitend een 

gemeenschappelijke lunch van beide besturen, aangeboden door het Leidse stadsbestuur. 

Tijdens de joint meeting brachten beide voorzitters hun rapportage uit over het laatste half jaar. 

Die middag waren vertegenwoordigers aanwezig bij de herdenking bij de 

Haagse Schouw 



en des avonds woonden de gasten de herdenkingsdienst in de Pieterskerk 

en de aansluitende ceremonie bij. 


Na de bijeenkomst vond bij bestuurslid Menno Fitski thuis

de social evening plaats. 

De beide voorzitters namen toen deel aan het door de burgemeester aangeboden diner in De Gapende Eter. 

Op vrijdag 5 mei stond Roelof Hol met de  Lord Mayor en de Lady Mayoress op uitnodiging 

van de voorzitter van de ondernemersvereniging van de Doezastraat, Nelly Brands, bij de Wilhelminabrug. 

Daar stapten zij in één van de voertuigen van de optocht van Keep them rolling om het laatste stuk 

van de tocht naar het rapenburg mee te rijden. Een bijzondere ervaring 

om in een jeep uit WO2 leiden binnen te rijden. 


Het gezelschap liep mee met de Band of Liberation vanaf Barrera (Soldaat van Oranje) naar de Doezastraat om, 

samen met wethouder Paul Dirkse, de lopers van de Liberation Run te verwelkomen. 

Daarna maakten zij een wandeling over de vrijmarkt in de Doezastraat en de Herenstraat. 

Na een korte lunch bij Giuseppe in de Herenstraat kregen de Lord Mayor en de 

Lady Mayoress een korte stadswandeling onder leiding van de voorzitter van de 

Leidse stedenband, afgesloten met een rondvaart van Rederij Rembrandt. 

Die avond vond het gebruikelijke diner van de beide stedenband besturen plaats 

bij De Lepelaar aan de Apollolaan. Zo’n 40 personen namen hieraan deel, 

evenals de wethouder Paul Dirkse. Op 6 mei vertrokken de gasten uit Oxford.


R.C. Hol

Speech Roelof Hol 

Speech Chairman Citylink Leiden-Oxford at the diner at 5th of May 2017


Lord Mayor of Oxford, councillor Mohammed Altaf-Khan and Lady Mayoress Jamila Akhter-Altaf,
our alderman of Leiden, Paul Dirkse, Friends of Leiden-Oxford.


The subject of my speech is, understandable, about the inevitable outcome of the referendum in 2016, 

      the British call for the execution of art. 50 of the European Treaty of 1992, instituted in Maastricht by the way.


Mind the gap

Last Saturday I attended a meeting in a Leiden bookstore where Titia Ketelaar, who was correspondent 

or the NRC since 2010 and has just returned to The Hague, presented her book Mind the Gap. 

Het Engelse eilandgevoel en de vele tegenstellingen in één land. 

Her research directed itself on how on earth the English voted for Brexit, the English character 

and how the country is now faring. It is a book worth while reading, so if you have time, start learning

Dutch. And for those who already read Dutch, buy the book and learn a bit more about the English

character of our long-time neighbours and friends. Now that the 27 other countries of the European 

Union have decided on their approach towards the coming process of divorce, but also on the process 

after the divorce has been concluded. It will take a considerable amount of time, 

but we should focus on the future. There is no going back.

Mind the gap, 

the friendly, female voice in the London Underground that warns us to take care when leaving the 

train since the gap is not everywhere of the same size, but it is always  there, a mere symbol of the Channel, 

the North sea. Even the one physical connection between the continent and the British Island, 

the Channel tunnel, was not a strong argument for 52% of the British people to vote for remaining 

in the European Union. Because we shall not forget that 48% voted for remaining. Many comments 

on Brexit keep reminding us of the sharp distinction among the British people themselves: 

North vs. South, city vs. rural areas, poor and rich, Scotland vs. Great-Britain etc... 

To remind you, in Oxford more than 70% of the votes were for remaining in the EU. 

My personal conclusion is that there are more gaps to “make do and mend” than only between 

Great-Britain and the European Union. And bridging those internal gaps also will take much effort of the 

English people themselves.

Last year my Jaguar club had it’s biennially trip to “ye Old England”. We travelled through those counties 

and landscapes that attract so many people form abroad: the cottages of the Cotswolds, university cities 

of Cambridge where I visited Peter house College where I stayed in the 70ties just after UK had decided

to get into the EU,  Oxford and of course the heritage race track of Goodwood. In a small village in the 

Cotswold I got into a discussion with some local people, first of course on vintage Jaguars, secondly 

on Brexit. Their main issue was in fact not a European thing, but the fact that so many of their cottages 

were bought by rich Londoners and their children could not afford the housing prices and had to leave. 

Those ‘rich temporary dwellers’ as someone called them have global interests, are ‘into the EU, 

and we do want our village back. Food 4 thought.

And despite the whole Brexit issue, Leiden maintains its strong ties of friendship with Oxford.

As our burgomaster said on several occasions: “whatever the outcome, we should continue the 

link with Oxford”.And by that credo the Leiden-Oxford committee will act: ‘make do and mend’. 

Just one example: the Bike Event in Oxford in June is a multi-city event. Not only Leiden and its 

Polish twin town Torun are participating, but Oxford also invited their twin towns to join the project that 

started in 2016 in Leiden with three cities. We will also commemorate our late board member, 

Carel van Ingen, by organising a hill climb trial for bikes. More important is that this project connects 

young people to the link activities. And that is an urgent issue in the twinning program. 

If we do not put all our efforts in bringing twinning to the next generations, the twinning might fade 

away. Now that WW2 is becoming more and more something from a far away past we will have to 

look into ways that, besides the strong ties on remembering, provide younger generations 

with perspectives for the future. Because if we fail to do so, the common ground on twinning fades 

into the background. That is why both the committees already put much effort in the exchange 

of ideas between young artists from both cities, united in the KLICK movement. 

Their working together on joint projects gives hope for the future of the twinning program. 

And the same attitude we find with the Leiden Mesh festival organisers where dances form several 

cities create together in a few days a performance on stage. Mind the gap in optima forma.

And to that future, my friends, I would raise my glass to the twinning program of Leiden-Oxford.


Roelof Hol/May 2017

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 Report Visit Oxford 

November 2016

The 70th anniversary was closed during my visit
of 10 t / m November 13, 2016.
From Leiden  

Fot the report  please click here

Report Visit Torun 

October 18-22 2016


If you want to see this report please click here

Klick on the Move

The Old School at Church Square Peter organized the young artists of KLICK, 

a collaboration of artists from Oxford and Leiden, from 26-31 July, 

an exhibition entitled "Sense of Place".

Klick members finalize their artworks
(Photo Leiden newspaper article by Laura Heerlien)

The municipality of Leiden supported this exhibition with a financial contribution. From

28 October - 13 November, they again hold an exhibition in Oxford. 

We hope the enthusiasm of the artists to create a common work 

of art that should symbolize the 70 years of twinning with Oxford, whether in the Singel Park. 

The first contacts were established with the Singel Park. CLICK gave in the last joint meeting of two 

committees a presentation with their thoughts on this. The road to realization will take some action, but it is a start.

CLICK consists of Emma van Noort (nominated for an art prize Leiden), Georgia Louise Harris,
Hannah Jacques and  
Matthee de Bruin, all from Leiden. The Oxonian contribution consists of
Emma MayouAndrews, Lauren Baldwin, Samuel Harriman and Thamsin Corrigan.
Our poet, Wouter Ydema did the poem's contribution
Emma Mayoux-Andrews at the exhibition in Leiden. To be continued.

BplusC International 

Dance and Theatre Festival

On July 23, the final implementation of the international theater festival BplusC took place in the 

Leyden Volkshuis at the Apothekersdijk. Readers of the Leiden newspaper may have read a 

short article with a photograph. 

The execution took advantage of both the street and all kinds of spaces in the Volkshuis

Ita de Hes was again the tireless and very enthusiastic

 instigator off it alll.

About 50 young people from Germany (Bonn is a sister city of Oxford), Poland (Torun) 

and Leiden (and environs) had put in a special program together in another one week and practiced.

An audience of about 70 people enjoyed the performance.

 Unfortunately, there were no participants from Oxford. It was for the organization already quite a 

challenge to get those foreign participants  under roof and the Oxonians there was no room in the  Leiden Inn. 

 An additional problem was that the Pegasus Theatre in Oxford, the partner of BplusC is in reorganization, 

and has just been having appointed a new director, so communication was a bit difficult.
 But the shelter problem is symptomatic: the young artists from Leiden and Oxford, united in Klick, 

have the same problem, but can relatively easily together 'on the bench'. Larger groups remain a problem, 

partly because there are no cheap overnight accommodation in Leiden, especially not in the high season. 

The tradition that participants stay together partly by changes in living conditions, which have become worn thin.. 

Suggestions for improvements herein are gladly received by the management of the partnership.

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Report Second Jubilee 

Weekend 8-10 July 2016

On Friday, July 8 I returned from London where I had done research at The National Archives. 

From Kew to central station Oxford went fine, from the station by bus to Kidlington where I stayed with 

John Chipperfield took almost an hour! Luckily I was just in time for the trip to Hill End, a kind of hostel 

about 7 km outside of Oxford where the two bands of K & G (K & G 3;  Young K & G) were accommodated. 

There were allready some members of the Oxford Committee  preparing for a barbecue for about 70 people. 

Hill End has the atmosphere of youth hostels in the 60s: simple accommodations, facilities, especially in 

separate buildings outside, and in this case a lot of grass and hills and sheep. Malcolm Ryder, 

Bill & Gill Pinkerton and Don Deany were active performers of the BBQ. 
After we had driven the sheep from the BBQ area, they could start to prepare.
Tradition is that Don
Deany always snippers the onions.

Therefore his nickname
the Onion Man.

The truck with the tools arrived on time, so things could be unloaded.
The bus arrived at about the time and everyone was still in the late eveningsun enjoying burgers, sausages,
salads and fruit. Alcohol is prohibited in Hill End! The bus brought an extra guest. Our former chairman,
Eric Philemon come along. Due to personal circumstances could Hans Ladan, who had prepared
performances unfortunately, not be present together with the Oxford Committee.

The ambitious program, a total of three performances per band for Saturday was reviewed.
Later also members of the Brass Band Oxford of the Oxford University joined the companions.

Young K & G was first on Saturday morning for an event to Witney on the Carnival Parade, 

K & G 3 went to Botley for action.

The Committee went to Oxford to prepare for the performence of K & G 3 on Bonn Square. 

For lunch and dressing was rented the vicorage of the Baptists Church in Bonn Square . 

Lunch was provided by a charity organization that engages in such activities to raise funds. 

Due to the increased red tape got some members of the Oxford Committee awarded 

a yellow vest to operate as steward: even your president was deployed, as guarding the rectory entrance. 

Public interest was high when K & G 3 went to play, especially since Queen Street was closed because 

of construction traffic. The band played the necessary numbers from their repertoire that they would 

play in the evening in the town hall. 

Later in the afternoon, Jong K & G also came to Bonn Square. Their marching through Queen Street 

caused some problems with the urban organization because a few hundred meters no 

march- (sic) authorization was granted. 

The audience visibly enjoyed the weather and fortunately also good, dry anyway.

The anniversary concert took place at 19:00 in the Town Hall. K & G Youth Marching Band,
K & G 3 Stage Band, together with Oxford University Brass Band and the Strawberry Fayre Majorettes
gave several performances for an audience of about 60 people. The Oxford University Brass Band had the
week before been in Leiden in The Burcht. The bands played easily catchy music that was clearly appreciated.
Don Rouse, the instigator of the visit of K & G acted as master of ceremonies.

A special role was played by Eric Philemon that as mayor Pieter van der Werff his contribution delivered in the
form of a song from the youth chorale and the famous "I am Pieter van der Werff": the audience sang along loudly.
Around 21:30 ended the concert.

It is tradition in England that anniversaries are celebrated every 10 years, the five-year anniversary gets much less attention.
Allthough the appeal to the audience to be mostly members of the Twinning Committee of Leiden in 10 years there
will yet again have fewer members than now. But suppose may
be that this committee has achieved a
dignified and beautiful program for the 70th anniversary of Leiden-Oxford.

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Report First Jubilee 

Weekend 1-5 July 2016

Thursday June 30
After a flight of 40 minutes we landed at Luton- airport. Jo and Brian were already waiting to enter the terminal.
Brian is very fond of tourist routes so that we instead of after 50 miles,  
after99 miles  finally

arrived in Kidlington. According to him, we were not in a traffic jam on the highway.
Jo went straight to make sandwiches and we had  a cozy evening.
In the evening  eaten
deliciouspeas from there own gardenwith rice, eggplant with cheese and grilled duck.
After diner between rainshowers a walk and after that t dessert, strawberries(
also from the garden) with icecream .

Friday, July 1
In the morning there was nothing to do. At 13.00 I went with Jo on the bus to Oxford.


There was a reception in the Town Hall, which unfortunately was somewhat disappointing. 

After consuming a cup of coffee or tea, there were a few short speeches. After that we went into the chamber of the Lord Mayor and looked at pictures of Lord Mayor's of many previous years.
 Then there was a nice church service that was done together with a female pastor coming from the Netherlands. 
She lived for 38 years in England.

At 17.30 we were back home. Brian then brought us all fourFish and Chips .
After dinner we went for a drink to John Chipperfield, where Roelof also staying.

Saturday, July 2    

I'm with Jo drove to Kidlington  to buy some fat quarters (quilt fabric).
In the afternoon by bus to Oxford, fortunately it was dry.
Ingrid Moerman gave a lecture at the Town Hall on Alice in Wonderland.

Afterwards this Menso and Eveline  went with us back with the bus to the home of Jo and Brian, 

Jo was to Malcolm's home to get everything ready for the Mad Hatter's Tea Party.
We had to drive at 17.00 also to Malcolm, where the party was held in the garden
Several people were dressed up and had many a hat.

There were all kinds of snacks, from rolls in heart shape, stuffed tomatoes, small pieces of pizza 

to a magnificent cake that had made Gill. Several layers with far-decorative creations that were 

related to the Leiden / Oxford link.

Unfortunately, there was an occasional heavy rain, so we crept into the party tent all together, 

which was on a very wet muddy lawn. The bottom of Gill's white pants were completely in mud.
After we had cleared everything with many hands, we went home.

John and Roelof came in the evening and we were still  get a drink and pleasant chat.
Sunday, July 3
At 11.00 pm we went again to Oxford by bus, to the Town Hall and from there we walked to the

"Head of the River" in about 20 minutes, it would leave the boat 🚤om 12.30.

We were all exactly on time. The Lord Mayor had brought his wife and three of the five children and a security guard.

We have two and a half hours trip on the Thames, afterthat we all together (36 people) hat something to 

drink at a crowded, sunny terrace. This was offered to us by John Chipperfield, he and Marilyn were

this year 40 years at the link.

At 18.00 pm we were back home again and Jo hat a delicious meal cooked.
Broad beans and potatoes from their own garden and chicken from the supermarket haha.
In the evening Val and Bill Butcher passed and not much later, John and Roelof. We hat a nice chat together..
Monday, July 4
9am Jo sat at the computer to print out the tabletickets, which I then neatly cut, meanwhile, 

Brian and Daan have made us a nice breakfast.
11.00 Janet, Don, Eveline and Menso stood at the door and we drove all together by bus to Summertown, 

we switched to another bus to get to  "Brooke's Restaurant" . This bus took us through the hospital area,

where all hospitals in Oxford stand together, it looks like a "village hospital." 

At 12.30 began the delicious lunch, where we were with 46 people. 

15:30 We said goodbye to everyone and went back to the bus,

It was only on the wayback  30 minutes driving but it took us 1 hour and 15 minutes, 

then we switched again in Summertown  on the bus to Kidlington,  where we arrived at 18:00

Brian was at 19:00 still willing to drive to Botley with me (in traffic) to go for our oldest granddaughter

to a sports shop to buy shorts.
At 20:00 we were back where Jo again had prepared a delicious meal.
After diner Brian and Daan have looked at very ancient maps of Leiden and memories collected from 

what formerly was all in Leiden.

Tuesday, July 5
After a full English breakfast, we packed our bags again and drove at 12.30 direction Luton, 

we have again done about 2 hours. The plane departed on time at 16:30 and after an hour we were 

back at the airport.
Our suitcase was there after 5 minutes have been waiting.
Jan and Trudy Klingeler also were waiting and no trafficjam so we were home after half an hour.
These were six very tiring days, but so very cozy, where we were. 

A lot of people talked and ate and drank too much !!!!
Very often we have been sitting in the bus, but even that was interesting, because Brian and Jo knew almost from every 

building something to say. Especially when you sat on top of the bus and then as a real tourist on the front seats.


Leidcycle 2016

From 22nd to June 24th, 2016, the first LeidCycle, a cycling event place: young people from Oxford, 

Torun and Leiden participated in an event that should lead to gaining knowledge and experience on eachothers

"cycling world". The municipality of Leiden had a strong organizational contribution: not only the 

coordination by the International Bureau of the city, but also by the contribution from the ROC Leiden 

and the University of Leiden.


The aim was, in addition to the social component, the exchange of knowledge and experience and thus bringing 

elements for a contribution from Leiden in 2017 during a large annual bike event in Oxford, Low Carbon Week. 

In the meantime, we are also trying to get an exchange of teachers of the ROC for each other. To be continued


 Program Cycle Cycling Event Lead 22-06 t / m 24-06

Tuesday, June 21
Oxford arrival Schiphol
Leiden +/- 20:00
Torun arrival Schiphol
Leiden +/- 23:00

Wednesday, June 22

Say hello with coffee and cake

Presentation of the participants and acquaintance

Meet at Bike Easy, Haagweg 8

Welcome Moment municipality of Leiden (B & W)

Presentation about bicycles in Leiden 

Welcome alderman Leiden.
Explanation theory for fietsexamen.
You get backpacks with food, drinks, a map etc.

 Cycling to the Burght
- Here we go picnicking
Cycling through Leiden and, also, by bicycle parking De Waag
To Mill The Falcon for a tour
Tour of ROC & dine there
Old Dutch games in the Leiden wood forest! (Remember: sack race, nail defecate, koekhappen ..)

Thursday June 23

Collect the bikes at Centraal Station
Your backpack filled with snacks again.

 Heineken tour in Zoeterwoude!

Then cycle back to Leiden Centre  to eat pancakes at the Beestenmarkt.

Bicycles in an underground bicycleshed.

 Cruise with drinks and snacks

Cycling to Katwijk and there watch  sunset and possibly drink         Farewell dinner at Bregje in                                 Breestraat

Friday, June 24

Brunch and you will be asked what was your experience in recent days to conclude.
You get at the end still a surprise to take home

Mayvisit 2016

May 2:
After some waiting our guests arrived at about 18:00 at La Place in Zoeterwoude.

After that everyone was provided from coffee, tea or other drink,  was extensively 

discussed the coming days that are dedicated to the 70th anniversary.



Everyone wanted quick go away to eat with the guests and what to talk, 

because to get up in the morning at 4:00 is not very nice.


Chatting at La Place

3 May: Sailing trip to Katwijk
With Leiden Shipping Company was a cruise organized 

through the Oegstgeester Channel to Katwijk and back through the Old Rhine.



on board?

De Herder

Against the wind it is really a bit cold!

Luckely the harbor was in sight to get warm and have a lunch.. After a very nice lunch(behind windows we went back to the boat. .

Just another look at the see and then back home.

What is writen there?

May 3: Reception at the Town Hall, 

Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester.

The visit of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, 

who was making his debut in 1586 

as the new governor of the Republic, was reenacted


Arrival at the Leiden Cityhall(*).

Mayor Lenferink welcomes the earl(*).

In the read certificate was asked space for the horses and many soldiers(*).

(*) Pictures are made disposable by J.P. Kranenburg of Sleutelstad.nl

The mayor answered the count  with a warm welcome,
Leiden for good reason always had the name to be a haven

for Immigration and / or refugees, then and now.

The reception was by the municipality of Leiden, 

offered to our English guests and the Lord Mayor of Oxford.

The lord Mayor of Oxford and the Mayor of Leiden(*


4 mei: Rememberance at the  Haagsche Schouw and the Pieterskerkplein.

In the afternoon, was de rememeberenceat the Haagsche Schouw 

with The band of Liberation

Poppies laid by the British Legion

Don Deany with the oldest Leidse soldier.

In the evening there was the National Memorial on the PetersChurch Square,

with after that   the Social Evening at the Fitzki family.

City Poet Wouter Ydema        The Lord Mayor of Oxford

The Social Evening bij de familie Fitski.

Would you like to                   But he will not be 
drink something?                      dangerous!

Another one?

May 5: National Liberation.
During the day there was no program for our guests,
so that everyone could do something fun with or without family.
In the evening there was dinner at the Lepelaar.

Welcome with music

                                                    Speech 1                      Speech  2                       Speech 3

The Lord Mayor offered to the leiden City

                                                        and to our Citylink a fantastic shiled of the Oxford arms.

After all this it was Roelof Hol our chairman for Speech 4 

6 mei: Depature English guests

Also the departure of our English Friends was from La Place