Here at Llandeilo Town Twinning Assocation, we aim to promote social, cultural, and educational  links between the communities of Llandeilo and Le Conquet in Brittany, France.  We've been doing it since 1980, making us the oldest twinning assocation in the county.

We're a voluntary association, with no paid staff.  We like to think we're a friendly bunch, so if after looking though the site you'd like to join us, please get in touch.  There's a bit more information on the "About us" page.

Our twin town, Le Conquet, is in Brittany, in the north west of France.  Its a lovely fishing port, famous for its crab.  There's a lot more to it than just crab though, so have a look at the page about it on this site.

 

We're back!

 

After a long break due to the COVID-19 restrictions, Llandeilo Town Twinning Association has restarted social activities with a Picnic in the Park on 22nd August.  We hope to have further social events soon, and to restart meetings and French lessons in due course.  We are all looking forward to our flagship 3 Parks Challenge in 2022 (see the webpage here) having missed the last 2 years. 

 

If you've wondered about getting in contact to learn more about us and what we do, now would be a great time!

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Welcome to the

Llandeilo Town Twinning Association

Twinned with Le Conquet, Brittany, France

We hope you enjoy looking around our new website. 

We're in the process of building the site up, so have a browse but don't forget to come back soon to see any changes.

This site is designed to be viewed on a desktop or laptop, so apologies if it doesn't work on your tablet or phone!

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Who We Are

The Oldest Twinning Assocation in Carmarthenshire

Here at Llandeilo Town Twinning Assocation, we aim to promote social, cultural, and educational  links between the communities of Llandeilo and Le Conquet in Brittany, France.  We've been doing it since 1980, making us the oldest twinning assocation in the county.

We're a voluntary association, with no paid staff.  We like to think we're a friendly bunch, so if after looking though the site you'd like to join us, please get in touch.  There's a bit more information on the "About us" page.

Our twin town, Le Conquet, is in Brittany, in the north west of France.  Its a lovely fishing port, famous for its crab.  There's a lot more to it than just crab though, so have a look at the page about it on this site.

What we do

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Connecting two towns

We're all about fostering friendship and understanding between the residents of Llandeilo and Le Conquet. The main way we do this is with exchange visits; every year, taking turns, we visit each others community for a few days, staying with local families and getting out and about to appreciate each others culture, language, cuisine and location.  There's a dinner and usually at least one other big social event, plus local visits.

Many of our members have been staying with the same families for years, and have built up close friendships.

Helping children to learn

Bursary scheme

One of the things we're really proud of is our bursary scheme.  This provides financial assistance to students who will benefit from visiting Le Conquet.  We've only got limited funds, so there are some rules and we can't say yes to everyone, but a proportion of our fund raising goes into the bursary fund, and we occasionally get donations.  If you'd like to make a donation directly to the

A visit by schoolchildren from Le Conquet in 2016

bursary fund, please get in contact with us!  We also host French children coming over from Le Conquet to help with their education.

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Supporting the community

Funding good causes

If we have any spare cash, we support local charities and good causes.  Most recently it has been Wales Air Ambulance.

Fundraising

It all costs money....

Organising trips for our French guests, supporting students and local good causes means we need an income.  We pay for our own travel to France, and for any visits and events in this country.  To raise the money we need, we organise occasional socials, raffles, and quiz nights.

Undoubtedly our best event is the annual Three Parks Challenge, which has been held 5 times, and is now part of the local running clubs' calendar.  Why not come along in 2022 and participate - there's a walking event for those who don't look good in Lycra too.  There's a page on the website if you want to know more.

In 2019, we even had one of our visitors from France compete (pictured) - and win a trophy!

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During the Covid-19 lockdown, Llandeilo Town Twinning Association got involved in an initiative set up by sporting associations within the town. As many individuals were unable to get out and about, the cricket club and football club decided to fund Sunday lunches that were delivered around Llandeilo. The lunches were prepared by the Hen Vic pub, which was only able to offer a takeaway service due to the restrictions. As time went on, other associations were invited to join in to continue the good work. The Association funded the lunches for one week in July 2020, with members delivering them to the recipients' front doors. The photo shows Catharine Bleasdale, the current Chair of the Association, delivering a meal to an older member of the community.

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Learning French

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It's not like school at all......

A few of our members are very good French speakers, but most of us need a bit of practice, so we run French lessons to help us when we meet up with our French friends.  The emphasis is on communicating, not grammar, so it's not like school.  We normally meet in someone's house or a local pub, so there's usually a cuppa to be enjoyed to help things along.

You don't have to be a member to  join us, so if this sounds like your "tasse de thé", why not get in touch?

Surviving lockdowns.....

It's been a bit quiet.....

Like everyone else, our activities were hit hard by Covid-19, leading to us missing a trip to France and their return trip to see us, plus having to cancel the 3 Parks Challenge and social activities since early 2020.  However, even though we were not with our friends in Le Conquet to celebrate our 40th anniversary in 2020, we did manage to organise a memorial plaque and a video message to go with it.  Click on the image to the right to see the video, and look on the Gallery to see it safely arrived.

We also attracted some new members, who joined us for our Picnic in the Park in August.  Why not come along and join in the fun too?

 
 

If you would like to know more about either of our twin towns, or twinning between Wales and Brittany,

try some of the following sites:

Le Conquet Twinning website

Wikipedia article on Le Conquet

Le Conquet Official website (French language)

Le Conquet visitors website

Trip Advisor on Le Conquet

Wikipedia article on Llandeilo

Llandeilo Town Council website

Visit Llandeilo website

Llandeilo Past and Present

Llandeilo Show website

A list of other Welsh towns twinned with Brittany

Please note, Llandeilo Town Twinning Association is not responsible for the content on any of the above sites. 

Our only affiliation is with Comite de Jumelage du Conquet, as our twinning partner.