A group fifty four pupils and their teachers from the Wilhelm-Hauff-Realschȕle, Bad Rappenau – Llandrindod Wells’s twin town in Germany – have recently completed a five day stay in Mid Wales. This was the largest group of pupils from Bad Rappenau to have visited Llandrindod Wells and comprised two classes of pupils aged from 13 to 15 years – one class staying at Elan Valley Lodge and the other at Highland Moors Hotel.
The group arrived just before the start of Llandrindod Wells Carnival and was invited to follow the band as part of the procession through the town. Jeff Green, Mayor of Llandrindod Wells, welcomed the group after the procession on arrival at the Bandstand and hoped that the youth of Llandrindod Wells would take up an invitation to visit Bad Rappenau in future years. A full programme of events had been organised by the Llandrindod Wells and Area Twinning Association starting with a day’s visit to Aberystwyth and Ynyslas. The following day the young visitors enjoyed a visit to St Fagans National History Museum and Cardiff where they were able to learn about the Welsh culture and also enjoy shopping.
The other two days comprised a number of activities in the Llandrindod Wells area when the youngsters tried their hand at target golf and indoor bowling. Thanks were given to Llandrindod Wells Golf Club and the Radnorshire Indoor Bowls Centre for making the German pupils welcome and giving them expert tuition. A day of outdoor activities was also enjoyed in Elan Valley where the young German students undertook raft building organised by Roy Davies in the Claerwen valley that enabled them to practice leadership skills.
A highlight of the visit was a barbecue party organised by Llandrindod Wells Scouts that enabled the German students to meet and make friends with young people in the area. A wide variety of competitive activities had been expertly organised by the Scout leaders. After the activities everyone enjoyed a barbecue together when the German students were able to practice their English with their new friends. Gerda Philips, one of the teachers accompanying the German pupils, said how pleased she was at the way the young people had interacted through the medium of English. Jeff Green, Mayor of Llandrindod, attended the barbecue and made presentations to competition winners.
Before their journey home the mayor, Jeff Green, 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 by phoning the Secretary on 01597 851931