The programme has now been arranged and is as follows:-

  • Saturday 11th. The visitors will arrive at the Elham Valley Vineyard at approximately 1.30 pm (assuming no delays). All hosts and any EVTA members who wish to attend the reception should be at the vineyard at 1.30pm.

    The visitors will then go home with their hosts to prepare for the dinner at the Elham Village Hall.

    Dinner will be at 7.30 for 8pm. There will be a welcome drink followed by a three course meal, a live band will play music from the 60's and 70's, there will be room for dancing for those who wish to do so, and also a few games. The cost will be £15 per head, to include wine (2 bottles per table of eight) and coffee. The menu and booking form are here - please print, complete and return to Geoff.

    We do have a couple of volunteers to help set up the village hall on the Saturday, from 4pm, but would really welcome a few more - many hands make light work! Please let us know if you can help at all.

  • Sunday 12th. The visitors, hosts and any other EVTA members who wish to join them will be meeting at the entrance to Chatham Dockyard at 11am. There are a wide variety of attractions available, including three historic warships, the Victorian Ropery, the Railway Workshop, the Royal Dockyard Museum, and the River Cruise on the paddle steamer Kingsway Castle (this at an additional cost and must be booked as soon as you arrive as it is very popular). There is also Robot: "Robot, a collection of Robots, Cyborgs and Androids is an eclectic range of themed ephemera for robot and sci-fi lovers of all ages" at No 1 Smithery, The Gallery.

    Other amenities in the area include the Dickens Centre and, of course, Rochester is nearby with the Cathedral etc. There are places to lunch or you may wish to take a picnic. The entry prices are £11 per head, £9.50 for concessions (OAPs) and £8 for children up to the age of 15. These are group rates so it is important to enter the dockyard together. Our French guests will be paid for out of EVTA funds. To obtain group rates, tickets must be pre-paid; if you wish to join this fascinating trip, please print and complete the booking form here and ensure you enclose your cheque.

    IMPORTANT: If you are hosting and need additional transport to take your guests to Chatham, please let Geoff Macdonald know as soon as possible (01227 830066) so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Also, if you are hosting young children, please ensure you have the correct car seats.

    On Sunday evening the French visitors will dine with their hosts.

  • On Monday there is an optional visit available to Goodnestone Gardens, to be led by Sue Winter. The gardens should be an absolute picture, and lunch can be taken at Gibson's if required. (Gibson's is the new café and farm shop previously known as Little Crockshard Farm Shop). Again, as the gardens are being opened especially for us, please indicate on the attached form if you would like to join the group.

    Arrangements have been made for the children to attend Elham School if they wish.

    At 2.30 the French visitors will depart from Barham Village Hall for Gatwick.

    All in all, a very nice weekend. Let us hope the weather is kind to us.

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