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TWINNING WEEKEND 27-30 MAY 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

54 visitors from Winchester spent the late May bank holiday weekend as guests of host families in our partner city in Picardy which is situated 50km from Reims and 130km from Paris.

The Winchester Twinning Association has developed strong ties with its opposite number in Laon, through annual exchange visits which take place in each city in alternate years. On this occasion the Twinners were accompanied by 25 singers and musicians from the Madding Crowd Group who gave a joint concert with a Laon choir – and most impressively, introduced themselves and their pieces in perfect French.

An action packed weekend included an interesting visit to the Mining History Centre near Douai, where the group experienced an underground tour of a former coal mine, now a tourist attraction, followed by an excellent lunch and a pause in Arras on the return journey. On the Sunday, Winchester visitors were entertained by their hosts, some taking a guided tour of the old city, and everyone enjoying a French Sunday lunch, either home cooked or in a restaurant. The evening concert was followed by a buffet supper with a welcome in fluent English by the Mayor of Laon who is also the area's Sénateur (equivalent to a Member of Parliament).

Laon is a lovely city, France's largest listed historical site, with a beautiful early Gothic cathedral, many other mediaeval buildings and ramparts and is well worth a visit, it sits on a plateau overlooking the plains of Champagne and Picardy. Champagne of the liquid variety was a prominent feature of the weekend!

The welcome, hospitality and friendship could not have been warmer and everyone enjoyed the experience and had a marvellous time. Language was no problem, with even people who spoke little of each others' language managing to communicate.

The Twinning Association holds a number of social evenings for members in Winchester, usually with a French flavour, and produces a quarterly newsletter. New members are always welcome and it is not essential to speak French. Anyone interested in joining should please contact the Secretary, Phil Waterton, at phil@waterton.org.uk

Beryl Dixon


 

 

 


SUMMER POOL PARTY AND BRING & SHARE LUNCH, ON A SUNDAY IN AUGUST (DATE TBC)

Sandra Savage has kindly invited Twinning members and their families and friends to a Bring & Share lunch at her house in Chandlers Ford on a Sunday in August, starting at 11.30 am for aperitifs.  Those of you that have been before will know that Sandra has a lovely, very large, garden, with a heated swimming pool, so bring your costumes!  More details to follow.
 


 

SPONSORED BY

WINCHESTER EXECUTIVE TRAVEL

A local business specialising in port and airport transfers using Mercedes cars and VW 8 seater MPVs

5% discount to members of Winchester-Laon Twinning Association

07795 254 193

www.winchesterexecutivetravel.com

 

 


 
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