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EditorialIt is time to update all our members following a very successful trip to Beussent to meet up with old friends from the Vallée de la Course on 16th April. They were delighted with the day and are planning to bring a party over later in the year. The twinners from the Beaujolais have also been across and we have received some very positive feedback from them. Both events were very successful and were well supported, and we hope future events will receive the same level of support. Please see 'Forthcoming Events'.
20th Anniversary Celebration Lunch in the Vallée de la CourseIt came as a very pleasant surprise when we received an invitation from our erstwhile twins in the Vallée de la Course (for newer members, in Nord Pas de Calais, running north from Montreuil sur Mer) to join them for a celebratory lunch to mark the 20th anniversary of our twinning with them which began formally in April 1996 (how time flies!)
Always ready for an invitation for a taste of France, both literally and metaphorically, no fewer than 27 members and former members headed off across the Channel on the bright Spring morning of Saturday, 16th April and converged on the familiar restaurant "Le Lignier" in the centre of the small village of Beussent, in the heart of the valley which bears so many similarities to our own.
There we were greeted by a blazing log fire and a warm welcome, but with fewer familiar faces than we had hoped to see. Our convivial host, Jean Claude, in his welcoming speech passed on the apologies of many of them, mainly for health reasons (they are getting older too, just like us!)
After further short speeches from Andree and myself, and the presentation of a commemorative plate to Jean Claude and a bouquet to Claudie, the serious business of enjoying a meal together ensued. Once again, French cuisine lived up to its enviable reputation!
A couple of hours later, it was time to say our farewells and head back home; for some of us this involved the traditional visit to a French supermarket but a few had elected to continue their short break with an extra night or two in France.
As we left, there was talk of welcoming the French for a return visit in the autumn, and the committee has sent an invitation suggesting September 17th as a possible date, so keep that clear in your diaries, folks!
Visit to Elham by BeaujolaisOur French visitors arrived 2 hours late on the Friday evening due to an unfortunate incident in France, by the time they arrived and were collected by their hosts it was too late to do much except enjoy a drink and retire! On Saturday morning hosts and guests met for a tour of Canterbury led by Andree and with Ann Leva acting as an interpreter. On completion everyone went their different ways until the evening where 31 hosts, guests and members enjoyed an excellent dinner at the Abbot's Fireside. Here the food was excellent, wine flowed and judging by the volume of noise everyone was getting on famously! We received some excellent feedback for this event.
On Sunday morning hosts and guests met for a walk along the Dover cliffs; luckily the weather was kind. Lunch at the Black Robin followed, and again the food was of a very high standard. Hopefully the reputation of English cuisine has soared! The rest of the day was spent with hosts, some joining forces which gave more of a party flavour to the weekend.
On Monday all guests remained with their hosts. A party of 11 went to Wye and then had lunch at The Tickled Trout. Later everyone gathered at Ashford International station to head home. They all said how much they had enjoyed their weekend and several confirmed this by e-mail upon their return
Friday, 22nd JulyAn evening guided tour of Elham, Derek Boughton to lead, meeting at The King's Arms at 7pm. The tour will take approximately one hour and we will return to the pub around 8pm for a fish & chip supper. The cost will be £8·00 per person, to be paid directly to the pub. We will need to let Rose have the numbers so if you intend to join this event, please email:
Pauline Davis on paulinedavis42[at]yahoo.co.uk
or Geoff Macdonald on macdonald[at]pilgrimscottage.co.uk
by Friday,15th July
Thursday 1st SeptemberA lunch at Broome Park followed by an historical tour. Lunch will be 12·00 for 12·30 pm with the tour starting at 2pm. The cost will be £15 for a two course meal, £20·00 for 3 courses; these prices do not include the cost of the tour which is another £3·50.
Please let Pauline know if you would like to come.
Return lunch visit by Vallee de la CourseJean Claude has confirmed that Saturday, 17th September will be a convenient day for meeting in Elham Valley for lunch. Numbers will be confirmed at a later date. At present the venue has not been chosen, but please do enter the date in your diaries as it should be a fun occasion - one not to be missed!
Christmas Lunch 2016This really is just a date for your diaries at present. As we had such a superb lunch last year at The Black Robin we have booked there again for Saturday 10th December.
Editor: Pauline Davis, 24 Hog Green, Elham, Canterbury CT4 6TU. Tel: 01303 840367 e-mail: paulinedavis42[at]yahoo.co.uk