Why a twinning ?
The idea of the twinning existed many years before the
creation of this twinning. The motive for twinning is complex. Different
people have different priorities.
Firstly, there needs to be a will to create
relationship between communities, to exchange ideas, opinions and
experiences. For an effective twinning, it is important for the twins to
resemble each other in size and to have some common interests. Each of
these can then give to the other new ideas about life in the twin, ideas
on education, economy, culture, etc.
A twinning can also open the mind and spirit to the
world in general. It is a way to discover another way of life with its
advantages and disadvantages and to accept differences.
Why Plogonnec ?
Llandysul a’r Fro is a strong Welsh speaking
community. The language is very important to the Welsh speakers and
there was a great interest in twinning with another Celtic speaking
community, to share information regarding the language and the culture
and the pressures and problems facing these. This meant that the twin
should be a rural and bilingual community.
Some years before 1982, some members of Merched y Wawr
(a local branch of a national association for women) went to
to investigate the possibility of twinning but did not
find an appropriate partner. In 1983, the idea of twinning was launched
again. Cylch Cinio (Welsh dining club for men) supported this and a
steering committee was established, with Huw Bevan-Jones as chairman and
Philip Ainsworth as secretary, to further explore the idea. Wenna and
Huw Bevan-Jones went to
, contacted Per Denez in Douarnenez, whom they already
knew, and he suggested two communes corresponding to the description
already agreed. Plogonnec was one of those.
The first visit to Plogonnec was not very successful.
The contacts had reservation about twinning in general and there did not
seem to be much interest in the matter. Later, after returning to
, they received a letter from Lukian Kergoat, asking
them again to explore the twinning and proposing the names of Jaklin
Pennaneac’h and Yann-Ber Rivalin, who could be interested. The first
contacts between the two towns were made in 1985 and the idea of a
twinning between them took shape on both sides.
creation of the twinning
4th April 1986
, the town council of Plogonnec gave its agreement for the creation of a
twinning. A first general meeting was organised for the people
interested in the project. A group of a dozen people produced a document
(dossier) describing the commune to present to Llandysul.
In Llandysul, the District Community Council supported
the twinning in principle but stipulated that it should be
self-financing. The Llandysul dossier was send to Plogonnec in April
These dossiers allowed descriptions of each twin to be
presented to the inhabitants and officials of the other.
In Plogonnec, on the 26th of May, the
temporary twinning committee was made official by the election of a
subcommittee, with Jaklin Pennaneac’h as a chairman until 1997. In
Llandysul, the steering committee remained as before.
A first trip to Llandysul was organised from the 10th
12th of July 1987
. About thirty people from Plogonnec took part in what
became a real cultural exchange. They visited the area and discovered
Welsh music groups, but they had not come alone. A billig (to make
crepes) was in the bus with them as well as a “boull-tenn” game and
musicians. Demonstrations of singing, dancing and crepe-making were
impressive. The trip took place in a happy atmosphere and was a good
omen for the future.
A return trip was organized in October. About thirty
Welsh people came to discover Plogonnec and continued the cultural
exchange started in July. Links began to be woven between the two
communities. The twinning started on a good base.
16th of July 1988
the first part of the charter was signed in Llandysul,
in the presence of the maire of Plogonnec and the chairman of the
Community Council of Llandysul, when about forty people from Plogonnec
returned to Llandysul for a long weekend. The second part was signed on
20th of August 1989
in Plogonnec, during an impressive ceremony. 75 Welsh
people took part in the event. The Llandysul-Plogoneg twinning was now official.
Plogonnec commune is an administrative district and
most, but not all, of the participants from Plogonnec are from the
commune. The same applies for Llandysul a’r Fro, although the latter
covers a larger area and is more diffuse.