The aim of the Ringmer Twinning Association is to foster friendship between our community and those in other European countries;
to promote cultural, educational, sporting and community cohesion and social understanding.
Our twinning partners are Geschwenda in
Germany and Belgentier in France.
The village of Belgentier lies in the steep valley of the Fleuve Gapeau (a river running to the sea), just north of Toulon, in the south of France. There are many narrow streets with interesting features and arches, particularly near the village centre. The river flows through the centre where the main road is lined with a few shops and a very colourful post office
In 1660 Louis XIV and his cortege passed through Belgentier en route to Cotignac, where they were to pay homage to the Virgin. They stayed overnight in the Chateau de Peiresc. This event is depicted as a fresco on the wall of the village church, Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption.
Nicolas Claude Fabri de Peiresc, later known just as Peiresc, was probably Belgentier’s most famous inhabitant. Born in 1580, Peiresc was an antiquary, humanist and influential patron of learning who discovered the Orion Nebula. He was acquainted with Galileo and Rubens and his work in optics influenced the work of Newton. The house where Peiresc was born, is now a private residence.
Geschwenda, at present little known in Britain, is situated on the edge of the Thüringer Wald (Thüringer Forest), a high plateau of largely unspoilt forest in the heart of Germany. It lies just east of the old East/West German border and is popular with German tourists, particularly for walking holidays and winter sports.
The cathedral (Mariendom) and St Severi church (Severikirche) tower above the magnificent cathedral square. Germany’s third oldest university was founded here in 1392.
There are a number of lovely towns in the vicinity including Ilmenau, with its university and sporting facilities and Arnstadt where J.S. Bach began his musical career. Also of interest is Weimar, the founding place of the Weimar Republic and also home to many historically important people such as Goethe, Schiller, Rudolph Steiner, J.S. Bach and Franz Liszt to name but a few.
Thüringen is world-famous for its beautiful hand-crafted woodwork, glasswork and gnome manufacture.
Bluebell Walk from Broyle Lane
Photograph by Molly Berry
RINGMER TWINNING ASSOCIATION
Mrs Sharon Gunde
Mr Jim Stock
T: 01273 813390
Mrs Sally Butler