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 Ruthin 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 Ruthin & District Twinning Association was formed with an executive committee and the Mayor of Ruthin 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 Ruthin Majorettes and Ruthin Junior Football Team. In turn the Bagad Briec and Gwen ha Du Dancers from Landrevarzec have taken part in several Ruthin Festivals.
The Rhuthun Twinning Association is open to everyone. Apart from an annual donation from Ruthin 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 Ruthin 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 Ruthin Festival’s Top Town. This means that we will be looking for about 25 families to offer bed and breakfast, one lunch and one evening meal for one or two people. The remaining meals will be provided by the Association.
The Breton Party will be arriving on Friday 29th June and departing on Monday 2nd July.
The party will consist of 20 Bagad (band) members. The rest of the party about 20 other Twinning visitors.
Saturday performance from the Bagad on Top Dre. Bagad to march up to St. Peter's Square.
If you can offer accommodation please contact Christiane Hubble, Cae Newydd Mawr, St Meugan, Rhuthun LL15 1 RD. Tel: Rhuthun 01824 703349 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information : 01824 704558
or e-mail Secretary : email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Date of Next Meeting: Thursday 8th March 7.30pm at Eglwys y Tabernacl Rhuthun.
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