The link between Brighouse and Lüdenscheid was founded as long ago as 1950 by the Brighouse Children's Theatre which exchanged visits with a similar group in Lüdenscheid. Sporadic exchanges over the next few years led to the formation in 1962 of the Twin-Link Societies (The Brighouse - Lüdenscheid Society in Brighouse and the Lüdenscheid - Brighouse Gesellschaft in Lüdenscheid).
The link was strengthened by the civic twinning charter which was signed in 1960. Since then, Brighouse has become part of Calderdale, and Lüdenscheid the capital town of the Markischer Kreis. The civic charter between Calderdale and Lüdenscheid was signed in 1983. Enthusiasm by civic dignitaries for the working of the link over recent years has been responsible for the present warm civic relationship.
Brighouse Lüdenscheid Society has the aim to develop friendship, understanding and cultural awareness between people in Brighouse and Lüdenscheid. Annual visits to and from our host families in Lüdenscheid are supported by quarterly meetings and fundraising social events.
The societies take part in exchanges in alternate years. We try to include social, cultural and vaguely sporty events.
This year Brighouse hosted German visitors. The week began with a welcome ‘Race Meeting’ with pie and pea supper. There was a tour of Halifax Minster, followed by worship; a trip to historic Beamish, followed by a fish and chip supper; a Civic welcome at the Smith Library and a visit to a local brewery. Our farewell event was held at Lightcliffe Golf Club with musical entertainment and a carvery buffet. We try to ensure plenty of free time so visitors and hosts can pursue their own interests.
In September 2013 some members of the society were guests of the city of Ludenscheid at their Stadtfest.
During the last visit to Germany we visited Essen, the European Capital of culture, a science museum and a coffee roastery. There was a lake and forest walk, a German Kegelbahn (ten-pin bowling) tournament, and some social gatherings.
Why not get involved?
New members of all ages are more than welcome. Though a bonus, it isn’t necessary to be able to speak German.