We are now able to give you more details of our forthcoming trip to Laon.

As you know, we are a smaller group of just 28 this year (no choir) and the cost of travelling by coach would have been prohibitably high so we’ve decided to hire two minibuses. These will be driven by Andrey and Belida Wasylciw who are both qualified and experienced minibus drivers as they run their own taxi company.

We will leave Winchester no later than 4pm on Thursday 24th May from the South Park and Ride Car Park where we will be able to leave our cars free of charge over the weekend, as we did two years ago. Please be there no later than 3:45 pm as we want to get away at 4:00 sharp. We will travel to Folkestone to take the Shuttle to Calais, where we will spend the night in a hotel. On Friday morning after an included breakfast we will leave at about 10am and will travel to Laon, stopping at Arras where we hope to spend about three hours. We will have time to visit La Grande Place (where we spent just five minutes last time) and other places of interest. We will have plenty of time for lunch. After lunch we will continue to Laon to arrive by 5pm.

We will return on the morning of Monday 28th May, leaving at about 8am as usual, going via the local Leclerc supermarket but then straight to Calais where we will take an afternoon Shuttle. We should arrive back in Winchester early in the evening.

As previously advised, the cost per single person including hotel accommodation with single room occupancy is £165

The cost per couple including hotel accommodation with shared room occupancy is £260

No single people have agreed to share a room.

You should by now have paid £60 deposit per person but we are still awaiting this from two people. Two people have already paid in full. We now need you to pay the balance of £140 per couple or £105 per single person no later than Monday 7th May, or the full amount if you haven’t yet paid your deposit.

Cheques (payable to Winchester-Laon Twinning Association) should be sent to Elspeth. Alternatively, you may pay by direct transfer to the Association’s Bank Account. Please let Elspeth know by email if you pay by this method.

We are required by Eurotunnel to provide Advanced Passenger Information no later than 24 hours in advance. To avoid any unnecessary delay in Folkestone, please let us have the following information, also by 7th May:

First Name(s) Surname Gender Date of Birth Nationality Document Type (usually Passport) Document (Passport) Number Issuing State Expiry Date

We have no details of what is planned for the weekend other than a day’s visit to Compiègne where we will visit the Palace and the Park, and will probably have lunch.

I am aware that several of you don’t yet know the names or contact details of your host families and we are currently chasing the Laon committee who will, hopefully, provide this information very soon.

Please don’t hesitate to ask us if you need more information.


On Monday 19th March at 24 members and guests enjoyed a 3-course meal at Brasserie Blanc, Jewry Street, Winchester. A very successful evening which we hope to repeat later in the year.