Some information on the two communities
The story of how the twinning originated.
A summary of the visits made
Specialist visits made by sporting and community groups
Tangible signs of the twinning.
Welcome to the website which celebrates the twinning of our two towns - Briec de l'Odet (the 'Pays Glazik') in Brittany and Rhuthun in Wales.
Here you will find some information about the two towns, how they came to be twinned, and of the many visits which have taken place in each direction. And as we want more and more people to join in and enjoy the many benefits of the twinning, you can find out how to get involved yourself!
For those of you who have already enjoyed the company of our guests or hosts, we are always pleased to receive any photographs or notes which we could add to the site.
Twinning’s big birthday
This year the Rhuthun Twinning Association will be celebrating 25 years since the twinning with Briec in Brittany started and it is hard to believe that so much time has passed since we signed the Twinning Charter at Ruthin Castle and the Briec Mairie (Town Hall). On the 10th anniversary Briec renamed a town square Ruthin Square (Plasenn Rhuthun) and we planted Llysfasi black poplar trees in Briec and in each village. On the 15th anniversary the Briec Roundabout in Rhuthun was named. Over the years other gifts have been exchanged and some can be seen at Ruthin Library where a twinning exhibition will be held in June
Following the signing of the charter the Rhuthun & District Twinning Association was formed with an executive committee and the Mayor of Rhuthun as President. The area of the Association consists of the communities of Rhuthun, Efenechtyd, Llanfair and Llanynys. The area of the Briec Association consists of the communities of Briec, Edern, Landrevarzec, Landudal and Langolen (note the similar names!)
Since 1993 the executive committee has met regularly to arrange visits to and from Briec, with various fund raising events organised to meet the cost of entertaining our friends from Brittany every two years. In the intervening years we have received a tremendous welcome from our Briec friends. The essence of twinning is that people stay with people, in their homes, and not in hotels. Many personal friendships have developed over the years.
The Twinning Association organised the first Rhuthun Festival (Gŵyl Rhuthun) in 1994 since when the Festival Committee arranged an annual festival since 1996.
As well as the bi-annual group visits of citizens many organisations have made the journey from Rhuthun to Briec and vice versa. Côr Rhuthun have visited Briec twice playing to packed audiences at the Briec Artemuse Concert Hall, St Peter’s Church in Briec, Quimper Cathedral and Pleyben Church. Other groups that have visited Briec include the farming community, the Rhuthun Majorettes and Rhuthun Junior Football Team. In turn the Bagad Briec and Gwen ha Du Dancers from Landrevarzec have taken part in several Rhuthun Festivals.
The Rhuthun Twinning Association is open to everyone. Apart from an annual donation from Rhuthun Town Council it raises money to entertain our Briec friends by holding various activities, including a 100 Club, cheese and wine evenings, boules nights, safari suppers, whist drives, quizzes, etc. When we visit Briec every two years all visitors pay their fares but on arrival we receive accommodation, meals and a programme of events.
To celebrate this special birthday a party of 40 including 20 from the Bagad Brieg musical group will be coming from Briec from 29 June and staying here in Rhuthun until 2 July. On the Saturday the Bagad will march from the Town Hall to St Peter’s Square where they will take part in Rhuthun Festival’s Top Town.
The Rhuthun group meet on the second Thursday of each month (except August) at Tabernacl, Well Street, 7.30 p.m.
New members always welcome.
If you would like to join contact Menna Jones, Membership Officer, 7 Tanycastell, Rhuthun (Tel: 704350 e-mail [email protected]
or e-mail Secretary : [email protected]
Speak French? Learning French?
Fluent French is not essential.
In fact you don't need French at all!!!
Further information : 01824 704558
Vernon Hughes Twinning Secretary Honoured
Rhuthun's Good Citizen award goes to Vernon Hughes for 21 years of service to the society.
Well done Vernon!
2017: Vernon Hughes, Secretary has retired after 23 years of service and Brian Hughes, Treasurer, has retired after 18 years of service.
Thanks to both for their service.
Programme June 2018
5.30am Bretons to arrive at Llanfwrog. The mayor to welcome the Bretons.
Pick up by hosts
12.30 Lamb cawl and bloomer at Wetherspoons.
2.00pm Historical Tours to be led by Roger Edwards and Vernon Hughes
3.00pm Hosts pick up Bretons on the square. Exhibition in the Library.
7.00pm Rhuthun Rugby Club. Geraint Woolford and Eleri Woolford to entertain.
9.00 am Bagad bring costumes and instruments to Awelon.
10.00am Visit Patchwork Foods.
11.30am Buffet at Awelon.
1.30pm Bagad to march and perform on the square until 2pm.
3.30pm Bagad Clock Stage performing at 4.00pm
8.30pm Dinner at Caffi R. Dafydd Iwan and band
Sunday 1st July
10am Visit to St Dwynwen’s Well and Basingwerk Abbey, Holywell
1.30pm Lunch with hosts.
5.30pm Pig Roast at Rhuthun Castle.
6.00pm Rhuthun Youth Band
Monday 2nd July
1.00pm Bretons depart.