A group of thirty five guests from Contrexéville, France and Bad Rappenau, Germany, two towns which share twinning agreements with Llandrindod Wells, has recently completed a four day stay in Mid Wales. The party was welcomed by Llandrindod’s Mayor, Councillor Elaine Worgan, at a reception at Llandrindod Wells Golf Club. The guests were accommodated in the homes of supporters of Llandrindod Twinning during their stay and were able to enjoy a full programme of events which had been organised by the three twinning associations.
The main event was a Three-way Conference for the Twinning Committees from the three towns when each Committee gave a presentation on how they organise and promote twinning activities in their communities. All were pleased at the recent successful youth exchange visits that had enabled young people from all three towns to meet and take part in a week of activities together. Plans to further these links were discussed and the Bad Rappenau Committee confirmed that it would host a three-way youth exchange at the end of July to consolidate the links already made.
A number of excursions were also organised for the guests on their visit to Wales. On the first day energetic members of the party made a circular walk from Llandrindod Lake to Shaky Bridge via the bluebell carpeted Happy Valley and in the afternoon visited Elan Valley before enjoying an evening meal and Ceilidh with their hosts at the Rock Park. The second day included a day out at the Royal Welsh Spring Festival returning to Llandrindod for an evening of skittles and buffet supper enjoyed at the Royal British Legion Club.
On their last day the visitors were taken on a day out in Tenby where they were had an exciting boat trip to view seals and nesting seabirds around Caldey Island. On their return to Llandrindod the twinners stopped at the Plough, Llandeilo for an evening meal and the following day met for a farewell “brunch” at Llandrindod Golf Club. Babette Simonin, Chairman of Contrexéville and Sibylle Hummel, Chairman of Bad Rappenau, thanked the host families for their generous hospitality during the visit and both felt the joint visit had been a great success.
Before their journey home the Mayor, Councillor Elaine Worgan, thanked the visiting groups for making the long journey to Wales and wished them a safe journey home. She pointed out that at the end of July a group of 22 young footballers and adults from Llandrindod Wells Football Club will be visiting Bad Rappenau to take part in a football tournament. At the same time a three way youth exchange visit has been organised in Bad Rappenau when 36 young people from Llandrindod, Contrexéville and Bad Rappenau will meet to take part in a week’s activities together.
Rob Shelton, Chairman of Llandrindod Twinning pointed out that in order to fund these visits the Twinning Association relies on voluntary contributions and support. From 8 – 11 August 2015 a band of approximately 50 musicians from Bad Rappenau will be visiting Llandrindod and the Association is keen to hear from people in the Llandrindod Wells area who are able to offer accommodation in their homes to host members of the band for the three nights of the visit. Anybody willing to help and offer accommodation is asked to contact the Twinning Association through links on its website https://llandrindodtwinning.wordpress.com/ or by phoning the Secretary on 01597 851931