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2013 from Champtoceaux

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Our Friends from Champtoceaux
visited verwood from the
8th to the 12th of May 2013.

After leaving Champtoceaux at 02:00 a.m. and taking the ferry from Ouistreham to Portsmouth our friends from Champtoceaux arrived in Verwood at 3 p.m. in the afternoon. They were greeted with a typically British welcome of afternoon coffee, tea and cakes at "The Hideaway" by the Mayor of Verwood (Cllr Simon Gibson) and the chairman of the Verwood Twinning Association (Mr Terry Bright) and their hosts. Some guests met up with old friends while others were introduced to their hosts for the first time. Afterwards they were taken to their hosts homes for a well earned rest.

On Thursday morning at 0900 hrs most Guests and some hosts were taken by coach or car from "The Hideaway" for a visit to Milestones Museum at Basingstoke.  This is a brilliant undercover museum which takes you back in time with a wonderful eclectic mix of a bygone age, exploring life for Hampshire people in the past. Enthusiasts could also enjoy their collection of beautifully restored vintage vehicles.

At 1300 hrs the party left Milestones to travel to the  nearby Basingstoke Golf Club for a superb buffet lunch. P1010338.JPG The coach returned via Winchester with some time to explore the town. Winchester is the ancient Capital of Wessex, the County Town of Hampshire. Itís the burial place of many of Englandís Kings, Queens, Saints, and  famous people such as Jane Austen, Izaac Walton and Keats. Here the rule of Common Law was established, the Domesday Book compiled, and  the  Winchester Bible written.  The Group arrived back at "The Hideaway" in Verwood at approximately 17:30 hrs.

Guests stayed with their hosts on Friday the 10th of May. Some made visits to local landmarks or went out for a meal etc. The morning and afternoon of Saturday the 11th of May were also spent "en famille".

On Saturday evening hosts transported their guests and themselves to Crane Valley Golf Club at 1700 hours for a Soiree starting with Pimms or orange juice on arrival when music was provided by the Verwood Concert Brass. The Meal starting at 1800 hours consisted of a starter of Melon Balls, followed by Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding, and then apple crumble and custard - a  very traditional English meal for our French friends who supplied all the wine for the meal; there was also a cash bar available.  Guests of honour were the Mayor of Verwood and his escort. 

 

After dinner the entertainment was provided by Fippenny Piece.

Speeches were made and a gift from Champtoceaux was presented during the interval in which Terry Bright (the current chairman of twinning), confirmed to everybody that he would be resigning at the next AGM and took the opportunity to introduce Clive Grove (the incoming chairman). Other speeches were given by the Mayor of Verwood (Cllr Simon Gibson) and representatives of Champtoceaux and its Canton.

Our friends departed from the Potters' Wheel Car Park at 05:30 hours on the12th of May for the ferry at Portsmouth and eventual safe return  to Champtoceaux at around 20:00 hours in the evening. 

P1010382.JPGOld friendships had been renewed and new ones made and a very enjoyable time was had by all. 

Thanks must go to everybody concerned and to the management of  "The Hideaway" who allowed the Twinning Association to park the French coach on their premises.

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pictures and text by Stuart Clifton.

 

 

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