Tenth Anniversary Visit

To celebrate ten years of twinning between Llandrinod and Bad Rappenau, groups from France and Germany flew to Britain in late August to attend the Llandrindod Wells Victorian Festival and visit local places of interest with their host families.

Guests from Bad Rappenau arrival in Llandrindod Wells

On their journeys to Wales from Birmingham and Manchester airports our guests toured historic Stratford Upon Avon and Chester. Arriving at a cool and wet Llandrindod Wells they were welcomed by those Twinning Association supporters who were to entertain them over the next few days.

Both the German and French visitors were treated to an informative and entertaining town walk by Dai Hawkins on Friday morning before lunching at the Conservative Club courtesy of Don Hughes-Jones. After an afternoon of sight seeing everyone met at the Severn Arms Hotel for an evening meal.

Queen Victoria meeting German and French guests

The following day, Saturday, several guestsand hosts took advantage of the early morning sunshine to inspect the classic vehicles assembled at County Hall car park before setting off to visit places in the surrounding countryside. That evening Sheila Bufton hosted a barbecue. In spite of heavy rainfall a good time was had by all.

On Sunday evening the Twinning Association invited all guests and hosts to a meal at the golf club after which everybody assembled to watch the torchlight procession and magnificent firework display over the lake. The highlight of a chilly Bank Holiday Monday was an action-packed afternoon at Llandrinod trotting races at Penybont. During the interval a delicious Welsh cream tea was provided by Jenny Davies. The fun continued in the evening with a ceilidh at Dolau Community Hall organised by Rob and Barbara Shelton. The dancing, called by Ann Hill, proved to be a popular and novel experience for our guests who departed the following day grateful that, in spite of it being the coolest and wettest August for several years, the sun had shone and the rain had abated whenever outdoor activities were planned. “In Deutschland sagt man wenn Engel reisen, lacht der Himmel.”

Farewell Party August 2011