Bracknell Twinning Association

27/06/2016
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Schloss Morsbroich – Morsbroich Palace, Leverkusen

Bracknell Twinning Association works with the Freundeskreis in Leverkusen to arrange regular visits to their partner towns and in particular to facilitate exchanges between local interest groups, schools and sports clubs and for work experience.

Bracknell originally twinned in 1973 with Opladen in Germany, a town of a similar size to itself.  During a local government re-organisation the Opladen local authority was absorbed by Leverkusen, a town of about 160,000 people and the home of the famous Bayer Chemical Works. Leverkusen continued the partnership and is also twinned with several other towns across the world. Leverkusen is just north of Cologne and has a good train service to this city. You can read more about Leverkusen in the “Welcome to Leverkusen” guide. (Link below)

Bracknell Twinning Association works with the Freundeskreis in Leverkusen to arrange regular visits to their partner towns and in particular to facilitate exchanges between local interest groups, schools and sports clubs and for work experience. In recent years the bond of friendship between citizens of the twin towns has been re-kindled with an increasing number of exchanges and joint activities.

Regular updates about exchanges and joint activities are posted on the Council’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Bracknelltowncouncil

The Bracknell Twinning Association is run by a committee elected each year at its Annual General Meeting. All its meetings are held in the Bracknell Town Council Chamber, usually on Monday evenings at about monthly intervals. Any local resident interested in twinning is welcome to make contact and attend the meetings. Various sports and cultural exchanges take place on a regular basis and the committee is always pleased to facilitate other exchanges for clubs or individuals.

The Association would be pleased to hear from anyone who may be able to offer accommodation to visitors from Leverkusen.
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Bracknell – A New Era

12/10/2017

A new era in Bracknell’s history began on 7th September 2017 with the official opening of the new Lexicon Centre. Visitors from Bracknell’s twin city, Leverkusen, in North Rhein – Westphalia will recognise some of the images in our photo-shoot from their visit in June this year.

Children from primary schools throughout Bracknell Forest took part in the opening celebrations.

Mary Temperton

The Mayor of Bracknell Forest opened the Lexicon – Bracknell Town centre’s new shopping area 07/09/17
Mary Temperton, Chair of twinning, is here celebrating too.

Regular Bracknell visitors to Leverkusen will recall the renewal process and eventual opening of their € 207.4 Million “Rathaus-Galerie” complex in 2010.

More than 150 local children, from primary and junior schools across the borough counted down to Bracknell’s historic event, which was marked with a fanfare of green, gold and silver streamers and leaf shaped confetti, cascading across the new town centre’s walkways and squares – writes Mary Temperton.

Our June visitors from Leverkusen will recognise some of the sites.
The whole theme is ‘Green Bracknell’ and the designs in brass have been commissioned from a Bracknell artist and are set into the pavement.

There is a good variety of shops from those that sell expensive goods to those providing families with lower economies.

The shopping area is superb- open at each end, like an old fashioned street but without cars.

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Another Successful Exchange between friends

01/09/2017

Salisbury Cathedral

On June 8th, 2017 besides being the day of the UK General election, guests from our twin town of Leverkusen came to stay with us in Bracknell.

They had a very full 5 days . On Friday, they met both the Town and Borough Mayors and saw the new  Town Centre developments viewed from the top of Ocean House. They visited the Brooklands Museum and then we had a welcoming party at Braybrooke community hall. Saturday included a visit to Stone Henge and then Salisbury. Sunday was a trip to the Isle of Wight, Osborne House then a  fish and chip supper at Cowes. Monday we visited Windsor castle, Saville gardens and then all went to an Indian restaurant for a farewell supper. A big thank you to all the hosts who made this possible.

Next June, 2018, we will be returning to stay with them in Leverkusen.

Comments from Leverkusen guests :

1. Marlene Bohn: I’m very lucky ,having been in England for the first time and it was so beautiful to be with our nice group and the people of Bracknell !
My host family Penny and Peter were very friendly and I felt like beeing in a hotel but without any costs. It was very cosy to live there. All things we did were beautiful and I liked it.

2. Anne-Marie Puisais: High spirits, all were very helpful, super driver, good organistion, wonderful excursions. Not enough time in the family.

3. Ilse Mundt: Bracknell 2017 : A wonderful program together with a harmonious little group and our competent driver Andreas.
Highlights : Concorde, Stonehenge, Salisbury, Osborne House, Windsor Castle, Leisure time on the Isle of Wight with fish and chips for dinner. A nice cup of tea with scones, clotted cream and jam in the restaurant of the wonderful Saville gardens.

Last but not least a big “thank you” to our wonderful hosts.

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