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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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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Bracknell Regeneration 2016

14/03/2017

Bracknell town centre is being transformed into an exciting, vibrant destination for the people of Bracknell Forest and the wider Thames Valley area by Bracknell Regeneration Partnership (BRP) with Bracknell Forest Council.

The regenerated town centre, called The Lexicon Bracknell, will create a new social and cultural heart for the area, by bringing a high-quality mix of shops, restaurants and entertainment within vibrant public spaces to the town centre.

Mace, a British construction company, has been appointed as the main contractor for the £240m (281m€) redevelopment and started construction work in late March 2015.

Foundation work, often called piling, started in late April and steel work started in June 2015. Shops, restaurants and a 12-screen cinema will open in Spring 2017.

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