Cymdeithas Cyfeillio Rhuthun Brieg  -   Ruthin Briec Twinning Society

Rhuthun 2006 - 2008

2006

was Briec's turn to visit us and a party of 42 people from Briec, old friends and new, arrived in Ruthin in the early hours of 25 May after a hastily rearranged journey, the ferry originally booked having suffered storm damage a couple of days previously. Upon arrival, the guests were welcomed at Awelon by the Twinning Association chairman, David Smith, before departure to their host families in preparation for an early start next day.

 

 

The first day's outing was to Porthmadog, passing Llyn Celyn, where the significance of the drowning of Treweryn was explained. After a pleasant lunch by the coast, the Bretons enjoyed a visit to the Ffestiniog railway, returning by coach from Blaenau Ffestiniog.

 

 

 

Friday was spent in Llandudno, where the weather was kind despite a strong breeze. Our guests explored the town, its pier and shops before a superb lunch, provided with enthusiasm by a French chef at the Dunoon hotel. The wine was good too! In the afternoon, the unique Great Orme tramway took us to the summit, where despite the ever-stronger wind the views both inland and seaward were appreciated by all.

 

In the evening, we all set off for Ysceifiog village hall, where we were welcomed, fed and entertained by Clerical Error, the Morris Dancing group who had previously visited Briec, to much acclaim, for their festiavl. this was their way of repaying the warm welcome they had received in Brittany. Some of the entertainment turned out to be rather more than we might have expected..

 

On Saturday morning the 25 first-time visitors were given a guided tour of the town by Vernon. This included a visit to Nantclwyd y Dre, the historic house wqhere the restoration programme was explained, and the Gaol, where the monthly country market was taking place in the courtyard. The enterprising Briecois had brought their own produce and held their own stall. The Chairman of Denbighshire County Council entertained the party to lunch at the Gaol and civic gifts were exchanged. The afternoon was spent with families, making various visits, several enjoying a challenging walk in the Clwydian Hills, including Moel Menlli.

 

Saturday was rounded off by an excellent meal at the Clwyd Gate restaurant, followed by singing together in four languages!

 

After a very happy stay - described by some of the visitors as 'the best yet - it's always good but this year you have taken it to a new level' , an excellent Sunday lunch was provided be members of the Association in Cae Cymro, Clawddnewydd, before departure and the long coach journey to Plymouth and thence to Roscoff. And so ended another successful visit.

 

 

 

2008

 

 

It's May 2008 and once again Ruthin is buzzing with the visit of 42 friends from the Pays Glazik. Regular visitors who have become good friends over the years were joined by several first-timers - and on the Ruthin side too this was the first taste of twinning and hosting for some.

 

Our visitors arrive - for the first time they are received at the new Llanfwrog Community Centre. A warm reunion for some, a first-time meeting for others. The formal welcome was made by the Mayor of Ruthin, Cllr. Pat Astbury. This was followed by a convivial dinner for hosts and guests at the Llanfwrog Centre.

 

The next day - Thursday - the Breton party visited Anglesey - the highlights, apart from crossing the bridges, being visits to Beaumaris and to Llynnon Mill - the last working wind flour mill in Wales - and its neighbouring Bronze Age settlement reconstruction. Despite some difficult roads, Driver Joelle was still smiling.

 

In the evening Cor Rhuthun a'r Cylch entertained our visitors in Pwllglas. The quality of the music astounded the Bretons (though we in Ruthin know h0w good they are) - but the warmth of the welcome, the fun and the informality were equally enjoyed

 

 

In the evening Cor Rhuthun a'r Cylch entertained our visitors in Pwllglas. The quality of the music astounded the Bretons (though we in Ruthin know h0w good they are) - but the warmth of the welcome, the fun and the informality were equally enjoyed

 

On Friday we broke new ground - for the first time our visitors were treated to a trip in .... England!... though of course Liverpool has many cultural and other ties with Wales (and the Scousers drink our water). Arrival in the city had to be by 'Ferry 'cross the Mersey' to the impressive City Hall, where no less a person than the Lord Mayor laid on a civic welcome. A guided tour of the city was followed by a visit to the two contrasting cathedrals.

In the evening there was an opportunity to relax and enjoy a quiet (?) evening at home with hosts, and on Saturday too visitors and hosts arranged their own excursions all over North Wales. Many opted for an optional guided historical tour of Ruthin by Vernon, including a visit to the newly restored Nantclwyd y Dre (which you can learn more about by Clicking Here . Others followed Bill Evans to the top of Moel Famau for some altitude and fresh air in the afternoon.

 

On Saturday evening we were all reunited for a dinner to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the link between our two communities. The excellent meal was provided in the new dining hall at Ysgol Brynhyfryd, by their kitchen staff. Afterwards we moved to Theatr John Ambrose, next door, for a convivial evening of song, dance and laughter.

 

There was, too, a more formal side, with brief addresses from the two Mayors and the two chairmen, and an exchange of tokens of friendship between the two towns. The 'Alouette' and the 'Cuckoo' which are now firmly established in our annual celebration of song, are now immortalised in paint, by one of our visitors, Catherine.

 

 

Finally, on Sunday we had to say goodbye, and our guests made their farewells in the grandiose surroundings of Ruthin Castle

 

As always, it was another wonderful few days of talking, laughing, dancing, singing and learning, with some fascinating visits - another small but significant step towards the understanding between different nationalities, cultures and languages.

 

"À la prochaine.....!!"

 

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