Visitors from Bad Rappenau including the Mayor, Heribert Blättgen, with their hosts from Llandrindod, May 2009
At the end of May 2009 the Mayor of Bad Rappenau in Southern Germany, visited Llandrindod Wells with a small group in order to develop and strengthen the twinning links between the towns. The party included Dieter Vilimek, the headteacher of the secondary school in Bad Rappenau, who was keen to see links developed between the young people of the two twin towns.
The group was made welcome at Llandrindod High School and given a tour of the school by Carol Morgans the Headteacher. In discussions the group explored options to more fully involve the two schools in shared projects and possible future exchange visits. The group was also made welcome at Coleg Powys where Ian Millward, the Vice-Principal, gave the group a tour of the college and discussed options for students from Coleg Powys to visit Bad Rappenau to develop their vocational studies and gain experience in a new environment.
Visits included walks in the beautiful countryside around Llandrindod and a trip to Aberystwyth via Elan Valley. At the end of the short visit Heribert Blättgen, the Mayor of Bad Rappenau, said “it is always a pleasure to visit old friends and make new contacts in Llandrindod Wells. I hope that the contacts made with the High School and Coleg Powys will enable young people to get together and share cultural experiences between the two communities”.
On Saturday 4 July 2009 an open forum organised by Llandrindod Twinning Association will be held at Powys County Hall starting at 9.00am. Groups wishing to take part in Twinning Exchanges are invited to join this meeting. Please register via the Llandrindod Wells website, whose address is https://llandrindodtwinning.wordpress.com/