Visitors from Contrexeville and Bad Rappenau at Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre July 2009

Visitors from Contrexeville and Bad Rappenau at Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre July 2009

A group of 30 guests from Contrexéville in France and Bad Rappenau in Southern Germany has recently visited Llandrindod Wells in order to develop and strengthen the twinning links between the three towns. The party was welcomed by Llandrindod’s Mayor, Councillor Trish Hill, at a reception at the Lakeside Restaurant having travelled together by coach from their home towns.

One highlight of the weekend’s visit was a Twinning Open Forum at Powys County Hall which was sponsored by the Education, Audiovisual Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission. The aim of the Forum, which was opened by Kirsty Williams AM, was to develop existing links and open up opportunities for groups wishing to benefit from exchange visits.  Sixty-five delegates attended including representatives from a number of local groups who wished to take up exchange opportunities. Following constructive debate the Forum closed with addresses from the Deputy Mayor of Contrexéville, Patrick.Carre, the Deputy Mayor of Bad Rappenau, Erwin Wagenbach, and the Mayor of Llandrindod Wells, Councillor Trish Hill.

The Deputy Mayors and twinning delegates were also guests at the Mayor’s Civic Service at Holy Trinity Church. The French and German visitors also took an active part in Llandrindod’s Carnival distributing sweets, sausages and flags to onlookers as they followed the Twinning Association’s float. Other activities enjoyed by the visitors included an introduction to bowls at the Radnor Indoor Bowls Centre and visits to St Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff Bay, Brecon Beacons and Elan Valley. A dinner given in honour of the visit was hosted by Llandrindod Wells and Area Twinning Association at Penybont Community Hall with enjoyable entertainment provided by Carol and Barry Pugh and members of Builth Wells Male Voice Choir who had visited both Contrexéville and Bad Rappenau.

The visit concluded with a farewell breakfast at Llandrindod Golf Club prior to the coach departing on its long journey home. Jeff Thomas, the Chairman of Llandrindod Twinning, said that the visit had strengthened the links between the three towns. He was particularly pleased to see representatives from youth organisations at the Open Forum and looked forward to future exchanges involving the young people from the three towns. Any.group wishing to take part in Twinning Exchanges can find more information on the Llandrindod Twinning website, whose address is https://llandrindodtwinning.wordpress.com

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