Town Twinning

Llanfairfechan is twinned with Pleumeleuc, a town in Brittany, north-west France.

BACKGROUND

Llanfairfechan Town Twinning Association was formed in 2009 following a visit to Pleumeleuc, a town of comparable size in Brittany,by the Chairman, and a return visit by a Committee from Pleumeleuc later in that year.

Agreement was obtained by the two Respective Town Councils and the Associations were set up with a Constitution agreed by Brussels. The Town Mayors became the Honorary Presidents of the Association for their Term of Office.

AIMS OF TOWN TWINNING

The Aims of |Town Twinning are to link two towns through a formal agreement in order to encourage cooperation and mutual understanding between their citizens and foster a sense of ownership of the European Union and develop awareness of the European identity. In this case Twinning involves three different cultures,English French and Welsh with the Celtic Culture as a common element.

The activities are to ensure as full an experience as possible involving all groups in the Community regardless of age, gender, social standing and ability. To develop long standing links between schools, sport and culture which can be sustained into the future.

EXCHANGES

In March 2010, 20 pupils and Staff from Ysgol Pant Y Rhedyn visited the drama Festival in Pleumeleuc and performed traditional Welsh Dances and Folk Songs. The Group also included 20 residents of Llanfairfechan and some members of the Llanfairfechan Town Twinning Association. The Official Signing of the Declaration of Friendship took place in the Mairie, their Town Hall.

In June 2011 50 residents of Pleumeleuc, Pleumeleucois as they are known, visited Llanfairfechan and the Official Signing of the Declaration of Friendship took place in our Town Hall.

In 2012 the visit to Pleumeleuc involved two Football Teams and a Tournament was set up between the two towns and many of the residents accompanying the Group stayed with residents of Pleumeleuc in their families who had stayed with them in Llanfairfechan the previous year.

2013 saw 50 Pleumeleucois visit Llanfairfechan and toured the North Wales countryside during their stay.
2014 44 residents of Llanfairfechan visited Pleumeleuc with a group of 18 Girl Guides and their Leaders and many new friendships were formed.

In May 2015 we anticipate a group of 50 Pleumeleucois, with 12 children who are keen to attend local schools, and to continue their friendship and cement the successful exchange between the two towns.
This year the Town Twinning Association are holding 12 fund raising events and everyone is welcome to join in or become a member of the Association and take part in a genuine European experience for yourselves.

CEFNDIR

Ffurfiwyd Cymdeithas Gefeillio Llanfairfechan yn 2009 yn dilyn ymweliad y Cadeirydd â thref Pleumeleuc ac wedyn ymweliad yn ôl gan bwyllgor gefeillio Pleumeleuc.Mae’r ddwy dref yn debyg iawn o ran maint. Cafwyd cytundeb rhwng y ddau gyngor dref, ac fe ffurfiwyd y Gymdeithas gyda Chyfansoddiad a gytunwyd gan Brussels,

Gwnaethpwyd y ddau Faer yn lywyddion anrhydeddus o’r Gymdeithas yn ystod eu tymor yn y Swydd.

AMCANION GEFEILLIO

Amcanion gefeillio yw cysylltu dwy dref tebyg drwy drefniant ffurfiol er mwyn cefnogi cyd weithrediad a deallusrwydd ar y cyd rhwng ei dinasyddion a magu y syniad o berchnogaeth ar yr undeb Ewropeaidd. Yn yr achos yma mae Gefeillio yn cynnwys tair diwylliant gwahanol sef Cymraeg,Ffrangeg a Saesneg gyda’r diwylliant Geltaidd yn gyffredin iddynt.Mae’r gweithgareddau yn sicrhau profiadau llawn gan gynnwys holl grwpiau’r gymuned heb wahaniaethu rhwng oed, cenedl safbwynt cymdeithasol na gallu. Hefyd mae’r amcanion yn cynnal cysylltiadau pwysig rhwng ysgolion, chwareon,a diwylliant, ac fe ellir cynnal rhain i’r dyfoldol

YMWELIADAU

Mis Mawrth 2012 aeth 20 disgybl a rhai o Staff Ysgol Pant Y Rhedyn i gymryd rhan yng ngwyl ddrama Pleumeleuc Perfformiwyd dawnsio gwerin a chaneon traddodiadol Cymreig. Ynghyd a’r uchod aethy tua 20 o drigolion Llanfairfechan a rhai aelodau o’r gymdeithas gefeillio. Fe arwyddwyd y datganiad Cyfeillgarwch yn Swyddogol yn Neuadd tref Pleumeleuc. Yn mehefin 2011 daeth 50 o drigolion Pleumeleuc i Llanfairfechan ac unwaith eto fe arwyddwyd y datganiad Cyfeillgarwch yn Neuadd Y Dref Llanfairfechan.

Yn 2012 aeth 2 dim pel droed i Pleumeleuc ac fe ffurfiwyd twrnament rhwng y dwy dref. Buom yn aros yng nghartrfei teuluoedd Pleumeleuc.

Yn 2013 croesawyd 50 o drigolion Pleumeleuc i aros yma ac fe gawsom hwyl yn ymweld â gwahanol rhannau o ogledd Cymru

2014 aeth 44 o drigolion Llanfairfechan drosodd i Lydaw gyda 18 o Girl guides a’u hanweinwyr, ac fe wnaethpwyd nifer gyfeillion newydd.

Yn 2015 gobeithiwn groesawi 50 o Pleumeleuc yn cynnwys 12 o blant sy’n awyddus i ymweld a ysgolion lleol ac i ail gydio a chadarnhau y cyfeillgarwch a ffurfiwyd y llynedd.

Eleni mae’r Gymdeithas gefeillio yn cynnal nifer o weithgareddau i godi arian at yr ymweliad ac mae croeso i bawb ymuno â ni neu ymaelodi yn y Gymdeithas, a blasu y profiad Ewropeaidd.

Ray Jones, Chairman, Llanfairfechan Town Twinning Association.
(01248) 680883 07803 034992
e-Mail: raymond.jones555@btinternet.com

Officers of the Town Twinning Association

The following were elected as officers of the Association for 2010-2011 at the AGM. (The current Mayor is automatically President of the Association).

Chairman: Cllr. Ray Jones
Vice-Chairman: Cllr. Carole Edwards
Treasurer: Cllr. Chris Jones
Secretary: Nick Rushbrooke
Media Officer: Graham Kidd
Events Organisers: Cllr. Carole Edwards.

Membership of the Organising Committee is open to all, and is invited.

Sponsors

Sponsors for the Town Twinning process have been:

  • Abacab
  • Gaia Technologies
  • Cartrefi Cymru
  • Community Chest
  • Conwy County Borough Council

The Town Twinning Association would like to express its sincere thanks to all the sponsors for their generous assistance with the project.

ABOUT PLEUMELEUC

Pleumeleuc is a town of some 2,700 inhabitants, situated about 15 miles from the Breton Capital, Rennes. Map

The name Pleumeleuc dates from 1122 and is derived from Plwyf Maelog, the Parish of Maelog. The town centre developed in the 19th Century and St. Peter’s Church originated in the 13th Century.

Its two schools, St. Melaine and Le Petit Prince have about 360 pupils. The town has a thriving community and there are many Clubs and Associations such as The Rambling Club, Amateur Dramatics and Culture Group, Music and Dance Club as well as Angling, Tennis, Pigeon Union, Archery, Football and Cycling to name but a few.

Gateway to Broceliande

Pleumeleuc is situated in the Département Ille-et-Vilaine, in the heart of Pays de Brocéliande, some 15 miles to the North West of Rennes, the capital city of Brittany.

Eight villages (Pleumeleuc, Breteil, Montfort sur Meu, Talensac, St. Gonlay, Iffendic, La Nouaye and Bédée) make up the Borough of Montfort.

History of Pleumeleuc

The name “Pleumeleuc” has developed through the years, and has previously taken the forms of: Plomeloc (c. 1122), Plumeloc (c. 1158), Plomelouc (c. 1185), Plémelleuc (c. 1376) and Plumeluc (c. 1516).

The name “Pleumeleuc” was first documented in 1122, although there are plenty of reasons to suspect that it was created some time prior to that, as it conforms to a parish-naming model initiated following the Breton invasion of Armoric in the 6th. and 7th. centuries. It is dserived from the words “Plou” (or “parish”) and “Meloc” (from the name Meleuc, or Meloir) and was the name bestowed upon the Benedictine monks of St. Melaine.

The village centre itself was only developed as recently as the 19th. century. The main activity during the middle ages up until the 18th. century was textile production (notably hemp).

The parish was also attached to the major thoroughfare (as it is today, via the RN12) for travellers heading from Paris to the port of Brest.

St. Peter’s Church

St. Peter’s church – built from schist, sedimentary rock and granite, dates back mainly to the 15th. century, with some of the foundations originating as far back as the 1200s. Several extensions were added onto the chapel in the centuries that followed.

The chapels on the west facade were built by the first half of the 16th. century. The tower was built by Leroux in 1839, whilst the bell tower was restored in 1869.

Media Reporting

  • The twinning of Llanfairfechan with Pleumeleuc is being reported in local media in both north Wales and Brittany. Follow the link to read some of the Breton Media Reports that have appeared to date.
  • Report of the football tournament between Llanfairfechan’s and Pleumeleuc’s young teams, as published in the North Wales Weekly News, 19 April 2012.

 

Links

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