Bad Rappenau Twinning has recently hosted guests from Llandrindod Wells along with our friends from Contrexéville (France) at a celebration commemorating 15 years of official Twinning. Friendships between people of Bad Rappenau and Llandrindod Wells go back 25 years, to 1992 when Llandrindod Wells signed a Twinning agreement with Contrexéville.

The recent celebrations in Bad Rappenau again displayed wonderful hospitality from our German friends and offered the twenty-two strong delegation from Llandrindod Wells a chance to enjoy some new attractions around the area. The six day trip included a visit to the amazing Auto-Technic Museum, Spa pool Rappsodie, a forest walk, the magnificent Ludwigsburg Palace and gardens, bowling, hosted dinners and two days of celebrations at Grombach with wonderful food and local music.

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Visitors from Llandrindod Wells photographed at Ludwigsburg Palace with their hosts during the recent twinning exchange to Bad Rappenau, Germany

Jon Williams, Mayor of Llandrindod Wells, accompanied by his family, spoke eloquently about the wonderful years of friendship between all three communities. He likened the twinning relationship to his son’s birth and said ‘just like a child growing up, we have experienced new things, learned from one another, and enjoyed visits between our twinned towns’.

In response Heribert Blattgen, Mayor of Bad Rappenau, spoke about some of the highlights in recent years including exchanges between Wilhelm-Hauff-Real School and Llandrindod High school, youth exchange visits supported by the European Union Erasmusplus scheme, youth choirs, youth football teams and scout group exchanges. He believed that the exchange of young people is most important for the future of Twinning and wished for the same harmony in the years ahead.

Two weeks after hosting the celebrations in Bad Rappenau, Mayor Heribert Blattgen visited Llandrindod Wells with his wife and a small delegation of six people from Bad Rappenau Council and Twinning Association. They enjoyed a sight-seeing tour of the area including a visit to Holy Trinity Church where local young people were performing in the Llandrindod Wells Eisteddfod. This experience of traditional Welsh culture and the involvement of young families impressed the German visitors as to the standards achieved by the young performers.

The Twinning Association is keen to welcome new participants, particularly families and young people who would like to experience travel and friendship with families in France and Germany. In 2017 a trip to France is being planned over the French National Holiday on 14 July and a visit to Germany for the Oktoberfest weekend 13 – 16 October 2017 is also to be enjoyed. Anybody interested in these visits or any aspect of Twinning should contact the Secretary Peter Davies via – email Llandodtwinning@yahoo.com – or visit the website www.llandrindodtwinning.wordpress.com