Thirty-six people made the trip by road and air. Members of the Dolau Mixtures formed the core of the “twinning choir” ably supported by singers from other local choral groups. On their arrival in Bad Rappenau the visitors were welcomed by their hosts at the Kurhaus.
The following day, Friday, the historic university town of Heidelberg was visited by train. The choir was impressed by the beauty and cleanliness of this lovely old city and the smooth rail service. They were able to relax in the sunshine enjoying the local customs. On their return the choir performed at the pretty little church in nearby Heinsheim.
On a sunny Saturday a party from Llandrindod’s other twin town,Contrexéville, arrived to take part that evening in the jubilee concert at the town hall in Grombach, where the chairman of the Twinning Association, Jeff Thomas, delivered an address on behalf of Llandrindod’s mayor, Trish Hill.
Choirs from Germany and Wales and a young band from Contrexéville took part in the Sunday morning ecumenical service at the catholic church in Grombach. The Welsh Twinning Choir sang three anthems and all musicians came together to perform Revelation Song. After lunch in the town hall the three groups enjoyed a convivial afternoon before going in various directions for evening meals with their hosts.
The unseasonably warm autumn weather continued the next day when a visit was made to the walled medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauberwhere the group was shown the sights by Herr Villimek, the headteacher of the high school in Bad Rappenau. An interesting and enjoyable day was rounded off by an evening meal and wine tasting in Geddlesbach where the group were joined the mayor of Bad Rappenau, Herr Blättgen. Rob Shelton of Llandrindod Twinning and Herr Blättgen both spoke movingly of the efforts made and successes gained in furthering exchanges, particularly with young people involved. To mark the occasion Rob Shelton presented Herr Blättgen with a stained glass panel of Hygeia, made in New Radnor by “Ten Green Bottles”.
The last day of the visit was spent enjoying the spa centre pools and relaxing with our hosts before making the long journey back to Wales in the afternoon.