A small delegation from Contrexéville, France has recently completed a very successful visit to their twin town Llandrindod Wells where they were able to consolidate links between the two communities. The group comprised members of Contrexéville Town Council and members of the Twinning Association who travelled by coach from their home in the Vosges area of Lorraine.

On the first day the group visited Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre before returning to Llandrindod to enjoy two prize winning choirs sing in a concert at Holy Trinity Church. The Gwalia Singers, a male voice choir from Swansea and Mid Powys Youth Choir enchanted the French visitors with their performances. The packed and appreciative audience particularly enjoyed the freshness and versatility of the Youth Choir with their soloists Holly Richards and Morgan Field under the direction of their conductor Eleanor Madoc-Davies. The MC Geraint Hughes was assisted with French translation by Nicole Mackintosh enabling the French visitors to be included and fully appreciate his humour when introducing the musical items.

Mid Powys Youth Choir who performed in the Concert in Holy Trinity promoted by Llandrindod Wells and Area Twinning Association

Mid Powys Youth Choir who performed in the Concert in Holy Trinity promoted by Llandrindod Wells and Area Twinning Association

On the second day the French group visited Cardiff and enjoyed a day sight-seeing and Christmas shopping. On their return the Twinning Association hosted a meal at Llandrindod Wells Golf Club when friends old and new enjoyed a roast Welsh Black beef dinner.

Skittles competition winners David Mackintosh and Murielle Keiser with booby prize winners Etienne & Cecille Perderizet at the Farewell Party
Skittles competition winners David Mackintosh and Murielle Keiser with booby prize winners Etienne & Cecille Perderizet at the Farewell Party

On their final day the French group visited the Judge’s Lodging, Presteigne where they were enjoyed a French language audio-tour. They were very impressed with the hands-on museum tour and freedom to handle exhibits and access all areas. The group also visited Dunkertons Cider Farm where they were treated to cider tasting and bought samples of Herefordshire cider to take home to France. For their farewell party hosts and guests played skittles and enjoyed a buffet meal at Llandrindod Wells Royal British Legion Club.

Visitors from Contrexéville, France with their hosts in Llandrindod Wells prior to departure following their visit.

Visitors from Contrexéville, France with their hosts in Llandrindod Wells prior to departure following their visit.

Before their journey home the Contréxeville Twinning Association President, Babette Simonin, thanked everyone in Llandrindod for making their stay so enjoyable. She hoped that in 2014 a youth group from Llandrindod Wells will be able to visit Contréxeville. It was noted that in order to fund these visits Llandrindod Wells and Area Twinning Association relies on voluntary contributions and support. The Association would like to hear from young people (14–18 year olds) who would like the opportunity to take part in the proposed visit in 2014 and anyone wishing to make an exchange visit should contact the Association through its website https://llandrindodtwinning.wordpress.com/ or by phoning the Secretary on 01597 851614

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