The first twinning link in Rhondda Cynon Taf was established by Cor Meibion Pontypridd. In 1966 the choir formed a link with the Oberensingen Male Choir in Nürtingen .
It was as a result of this successful partnership that Pontypridd Urban District Council decided to have a formal Twinning link at a civic level and to join in partnership with Nürtingen. In July 1968 an Agreement was signed by John Cheesman J.P. mayor of Pontypridd and Karl Gonser mayor of Nürtingen.
Since then there have been many successful exchange visits between school-pupils, musical and sporting organisations.
Twinning associations were set up in 1989 by Taf-Ely Borough Council and in 1993 by Cynon Valley Borough Council to deal with all twinning links.
In 1993 Cynon Valley Borough Council formed a twinning link with Ravensburg in Southern Germany and with Montelimar in the South of France. At the same time, Rhondda Borough Council formed a twinning link with Wolfenbuttel in the northern part of Germany.
In 2006 the Cabinet International Links Committee was established to re-energise these links.
Our Twin Towns
Twinning with Ravensburg started in 1993 with a visit by Cynon Valley Youth Orchestra to Ravensburg. This prosperous town, situated 20kms north of the Lake of Constance, is best known for its famous Ravensburger jigsaw puzzles. Over the years, several educational and music links have been established. Recent new links have been made with the Young Firefighters both in Ravensburg and Nurtingen and the Jugendsinfonieorchester Musikschule Ravensburg.
The "French Connection" with Montelimar commenced in 1993 and a very strong link has since been established between Mountain Ash Choral Society and the Arpege Chorale. The French town which is famous for its production of Nougat is located two hours drive south of Lyon and is surrounded by lavender fields and vineyards.
20 kms south of Stuttgart, twinning with Nurtingen began as far back as 1968 through an initial connection with Cor Meibion Pontypridd . Several education and music links have also been made with this town. In 2011, a team from Rhondda Cynon Taf travelled to Nurtingen to take part in a series of "European Youth Days" and Twinning Games.
The links between the former Rhondda Borough Council and Wolfenbuttel were started in 1993 with exchange visits between Boys' Clubs and Rhondda Swimming Club. Wolfenbuttel is famous for its production of Jaegermeister liquer and was also the base for the British Army of the Rhine until 1993. The town's Herzog August Library has the largest collection of antique books in the world.