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Balge is a municipality in the district of Nienburg, in Lower Saxony, Germany, located on the Weser river. The community belongs to the Marklohe ("Collective Community") which consists of seven municipalities including Balge.

Balge
Church in Balge
Church in Balge
Coat of arms of Balge
Coat of arms
Location of Balge within Nienburg/Weser district
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Balge is located in Germany
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Balge is located in Lower Saxony
Balge
Balge
Coordinates: 52°43′10″N 09°11′11″E / 52.71944°N 9.18639°E / 52.71944; 9.18639Coordinates: 52°43′10″N 09°11′11″E / 52.71944°N 9.18639°E / 52.71944; 9.18639
CountryGermany
StateLower Saxony
DistrictNienburg/Weser
Municipal assoc.Marklohe
Subdivisions10
Government
 • MayorBarbara König-Meyer (SPD)
Area
 • Total33.07 km2 (12.77 sq mi)
Elevation
23 m (75 ft)
Population
 (2017-12-31)[1]
 • Total1,734
 • Density52/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
31609
Dialling codes04257, 05021 oder 05022
Vehicle registrationNI

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HistoryEdit

On March 1, 1974 the community of Balge, Blenhorst, Bötenberg, Buchhorst, Holzbalge, Mehlbergen and Sebbenhausen were merged to form a new municipality called Blenhorst. The name was officially changed to Balge on January 23, 1976.[2]

PoliticsEdit

The local council of governance consists of eleven women counsellors. Including:

  • 6 SPD seats
  • 5 seats for members at large from the Balge voting community (as of the election of September 11, 2011).

Barbara King-Meyer (SPD) is honorary mayor from the community of Balge[3]

Culture and Sites of InterestEdit

SitesEdit

  • In Blenhorst there is a sawmill and flour mill that has been in operation since 1769.
  • In Bötenberg there is a watermill, the Benther Mill, that was first registered as a grain mill in 1553. It is no longer in operation, but was a grain mill and sawmill.[4][5]
  • The village church in Balge with its striking tower was built circa 1300 in Romanesque style.

SportsEdit

The sports club in Balge (SV Sebbenhausen / Balge),[6] sponsors several gun clubs, and two marching bands from individual districts.

Economy and InfrastructureEdit

EducationEdit

  • Kindergarten in Balge[7]
  • Because of strong evidence of projected decrease in school population, (sometimes only five students per year) the closure of the primary school site in Balge was decided in early 2008.

Noteworthy PersonEdit

Heinrich Löhmann - (1933 Siebbenhausen). Farmer and author of "Kindheit Auf dem Dorf, Jungend in wechselvoller Zeit"[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Landesamt für Statistik Niedersachsen, Tabelle 12411: Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes, Stand 31. Dezember 2017
  2. ^ Statistisches Bundesamt, ed. (1983), Historisches Gemeindeverzeichnis für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Namens-, Grenz- und Schlüsselnummernänderungen bei Gemeinden, Kreisen und Regierungsbezirken vom 27. 5. 1970 bis 31. 12. 1982 (in German), Stuttgart und Mainz: W. Kohlhammer GmbH, pp. 199 und 200, ISBN 3-17-003263-1
  3. ^ Konstituierende Sitzung des Rates der Gemeinde Balge
  4. ^ Wormuth, Ruediger (2013). Muehlen in Niedersachsen und Bremen, Die Mittelweserregion, Landkreise Diepholz und Nienburg/Weser. Petersberg: Pappband. pp. 167, 168. ISBN 978-3-86568-885-9.
  5. ^ Mühle - Hof Benther Mühle
  6. ^ Website of the SV Sebbenhausen/Balge e.V. 1972
  7. ^ Website of Kindergartens in Balge
  8. ^ "Kindheit auf dem Dorf. Großdruck: Jugend in wechselvoller Zeit 1933-1950". Kindheit auf dem Dorf. Großdruck: Jugend in wechsel voller Zeit 1933-1950.