The hard core has become small

The hard core has become small

There are countless examples of how demographic change is affecting the everyday lives of people in the villages of the district. One of them is the death of clubs. In zeitlofs, too, the ravages of time are gnawing away at the associations. What should have been a nice occasion for celebration is unfortunately overshadowed by melancholy. On the 130th anniversary of the singing club, which was an important part of village life, the club now consists of only a few villagers. Ten active men and women are exactly, but this is too little.
Herbert hartmann, treasurer of the association and a member for 50 years, is one of the remaining members. His father sang in the association, and so he also joined at the age of 16. The association means a lot to him. That’s why, in addition to his work in his own business, he is also actively involved in the preservation of the association.

Four voices no longer works

just under ten years ago, the membership structure still looked good. 27 members shows the picture from the year 2005, which hangs on the picture wall in the rehearsal room. Hartmann and chairman joachim goebel look wistfully at the pictures from the past. They enumerate: many members have passed away, quit for health reasons, or moved away. The rest "the hard core hartmann and goebel call the remaining, can no longer sing together, because the choir sings in four voices, and three men per voice are minimum. "The origin was a pure men’s choir, then also women sang along, and today we have a choir community with rupboden", says hartmann. For 25 years the singing associations rupboden and zeitlofs are now a choir community. Then they are about twice as many. And they rehearse weekly. In summer in zeitlofs and in winter in rupboden. "After the rehearsals we cultivate the sociability and go to a pub, because in zeitlofs itself there is none more", means goebel.

Further consolidation?

Goebel has been chairman for a year. His predecessor – werner spahn – was at the helm of the association for 32 years and had to stop for health reasons. "We are also missing the conductor, because he is ill", say the men. Sometimes adam reusch helps out as a substitute. But there was no solution. The next step would perhaps be a merger with robbach, hartmann and goebel speculate, but that would of course have to meet with approval from all sides.
Still to the on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the singing society, the then chairman was presented with the zelter plaque – an award for choral societies that have rendered outstanding services to the cultivation of choral music over many years. An honor for the club. But how is it to go on? Is the cultural heritage of the singing club sinking forever?? The new generation is missing, the age average with the remaining lies with approximately 70 years, hartmann estimates. "We are condemned to die", he says resignedly.

Guest choirs

to the current anniversary is to be celebrated however first of all – with the friendly singing associations from hessen and bavaria as well as the grumbuhler musikanten, and on saturday, 4., and sunday, 5. June in zeitlofs in the altengronauer road 1. On saturday, the guest choirs will start singing at 7 p.M. On sunday, there will be an early mass in the holy trinity church, followed by the grumbuhler playing for an early pint and lunch. Afterwards there will be musical entertainment with the guest choirs starting at 2 p.M. By the way: 100 years ago, the membership fee was ten pfennigs per month. Today it is 15 euro per year. Also such small aspects belong to the memory.

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