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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Twinning Quiz Night

18/01/2018

Our next Quiz to raise money for Bracknell Twinning Association will be on Friday February 9th 2018, 7.30 p.m. at Braybrooke Community Hall, Makepiece Road, Bracknell. RG12 2HF. Tickets are £7.00 each – includes a baked potato with tuna, cheese, beans fillings. Please bring your own drinks and glasses.

This is now a popular annual event and as ever, is likely to be a very enjoyable evening.
We make new friends, try hard not to be too competitive and would be delighted to see new faces. If you would like to find out more about our long standing friendships with citizens of our twin city Leverkusen and of our planned 2018 visit there, then please join us on Friday February 9th.

If you are coming, please let Mary Temperton know (telephone 01344 426191, or email temperton.mary@gmail.com ).

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.

Click here to view all the images…

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