The Mayor of Llandrindod Wells, Councillor Jeff Green, has recently visited the twin town of Bad Rappenau, Germany, with a group of sixteen delegates, including his young family. This was Councillor Green’s first visit to Bad Rappenau and he was immediately struck by the warm welcome the group received from their hosts on their arrival in the town. Shortly after their arrival the Welsh twinners were joined in Bad Rappenau by a party of ten people from the sister twin town Contrexéville, France.
A busy schedule of activities had been arranged by the Bad Rappenau host committee starting with an informative tour of the Bad Rappenau Salt Mine Museum showing how the wealth of the town was originally created by extracting salt from the extensive deposits below the area of the town. Today Bad Rappenau is a thriving spa and health resort and the visitors were able to enjoy the modern spa facilities fed from salt springs in the town. The visitors were also able to enjoy time shopping at the enchanting Christmas market in the nearby mediaeval town of Bad Wimpen.
The Welsh party included Keith and Sheila Bufton who are two long-standing members of the Twinning Association. The Bad Rapppenau Committee were aware that Keith and Sheila would be celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary whilst in Germany and had organised a special ecumenical service of thanksgiving in the evangelical church in Babstadt. After the service over eighty guests joined Keith and Sheila to continue the celebrations at a party in the local church hall.
After spending a quiet Sunday morning with their hosts the group gathered in Bad Rappenau Castle for “Advent Coffee”. This was followed by an evening meal of goulash soup and maultaschen, a Swabian specialty food. On the final full day in Germany the groups split up with some visiting Heilbronn Christmas market and others the ancient city of Heidelberg.
The trip reinforced the links between Llandrindod and it’s twin towns. During the visit the mayor Councillor Jeff Green had a constructive meeting with his German counterpart when they were able to discuss wide range of topics including how business and youth links between the towns might be developed.