Many people think that twinning is just for Councils and Councillors but this is not so. Councils are involved, but twinning is for the people of the twin towns. Ross-on-Wye is twinned with Condé-sur-Noireau and Betzdorf. The people of Ross have been having fun together with people from France and Germany, through twinning, for thirty years. There are also links with Namutumba in Uganda and a formal twinning link has now been agreed.
Betzdorf is a town on the River Sieg, in the Westerwald, an upland area similar to the Forest of Dean. Industries in the past were based on the Iron Mines but today forestry is important, as well as farming and light industries. Betzdorf is the home of Wolf Tools and it is where all their garden equipment is manufactured. In May, 54 Betzdorf visitors had a wonderful weekend in Ross. They tried their hands at cricket and found that batting and bowling is not easy. It was, however, excellent exercise for the laughing muscles. They enjoyed dancing at the Chase Hotel and the gardens and grottoes at Dewstow, near Caerwent. The folk of our German twin town are wonderful. Why not join in and meet some of them. Fun is guaranteed. Contact the secretary for more information. Click here to read more.
Condé is a small town in Normandy, similar in size, agriculture and industry to Ross. The region is well known for its cider, Calvados and cheeses. The verdant, rolling countryside is reminiscent of Herefordshire. We are an enthusiastic group of around fifty families, couples and singles, each twinned with a French household in an ongoing friendship. Every two years we go by coach and cars to France for a weekend. Every other year, the French come here. These weekends are full and happy, with lots of eating, drinking, enjoyable visits and general sharing of cultures. Between visits we hold social events. The association is over 30 years old now and some members have been twinned with their partners all that time, which makes it all the more special. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact the secretary. For more information click here.
Various organisations in Ross including the John Kyrle High School have visited and helped with projects in Namutumba. In June 2009 Deborah Wesonga, head of Kisiki College, visited Ross and met with the Mayor. Discussion is taking place on ways taking the formal twinning link forward. To find out more about Namutumba click here.