A group twenty five pupils and their teachers from the Realschȕle, Bad Rappenau – Llandindod Wells’s twin town in Germany – were welcomed by mayor Gary Price and mayoress Kathleen Hewson on their arrival at the Elan Valley Lodge for a four-day stay. The school party was accompanied by 23 adults who stayed at the homes of local supporters of the Llandrindod Wells and Area Twinning Association.
A full programme of events had been organised by the Llandrindod Wells and Area Twinning Association that enabled the German students to meet and make friends with young people in the area. Ms. Carol Morgans, Headteacher of Llandindod High School, invited the German students to spend a day in the High School where they were given a short introduction to Welsh, the architecture and history of Llandrindod and took part in a special eisteddfod with the local school pupils. Sabine Kaiser, one of the teachers accompanying the German pupils, said how pleased she was at the way the pupils from both schools had interacted through the medium of English. For many of the pupils it was their first visit to Britain and they were able to make a large number of new friends and links with pupils at the High School. After their day in the school the German students were joined by thirty Llandrindod pupils for an evening of bowls organised by Llandrindod Wells Bowling Club which was thoroughly enjoyed by all who took part.
In addition to their day at the High School the pupils spent another day visiting Aberystwyth and Nant yr Arian where they watched the kite feeding and were guided on a walk by Joan Annetts. After this day out the group returned to Rhayader where the children met members of Rhayader Youth Group for an evening barbecue, whilst the adults enjoyed an evening meal and the World Cup Final.
On their last day a trip was made to the Big Pit Mining Museum where the young visitors were went underground in the coal mine to return to daylight for a picnic lunch provided by supporters of the Twinning Association. Their day of adventure culminated in a raft building activity organised by Roy Davies in the Claerwen valley.
A separate programme of events was organised for the adult visitors from Bad Rappenau with visits to St Fagans National Museum of Wales and Cardiff Bay. The adults were also introduced to flat green bowling by members of Llandrindod Wells Bowling Club and were entertained at a farewell party kindly organised by Sheila Bufton on behalf of the Twinning Association.
Before their journey home the mayor, Gary Price, thanked the group for making the long journey to Wales and hoped that they had enjoyed their stay. It was noted that Llandrindod Wells and Area Twinning Association wants to make twinning accessible to all sectors of the community and any local group wishing to make an exchange visit should contact the Association through its website: https://llandrindodtwinning.wordpress.com/ or phone the Secretary on 01597 851931