We shall need to be at Ashford International Station to greet our visitors from Beaujolais as they arrive. They will need conveying to Etchinghill Golf Club for approx. 7.30pm.
This is a reception for our guests to meet members and be introduced to their hosts for the weekend. Everyone wishing to greet the visitors will be welcome and there will be a free glass of wine to help the conversations flow. This is an opportunity to explain the visits we have arranged for them on the Saturday and for them to decide what they would like to do and see the next day. We will be distributing welcome packs to help our guests get a good picture of the area, its history and the wide choice of interesting visits that can be made.
After drinks and general chat our French guests will be taken home for the evening with their hosts. If the hosts plan to take them out somewhere for the evening then a chance to "wash and brush up" would no doubt be welcome.
Saturday 22nd April - daytime
As we anticipate as many as 35 visitors we have decided to offer a choice of things for them to do. None are compulsory, and if they or their hosts have other ideas they are free to go their own way. However, in order to make the most of their stay we felt the following trips would prove popular:
- A visit to Dover Castle
- obviously this is a fairly full day out and might be particularly interesting for the children. Diana Forrest and Pat Smith have kindly agreed to lead this group who will meet up around 11.00am.
- A trip to Canterbury
- this could include a tour of the City walls and a look at some of the historic buildings, Chaucers' Tales, the Roman pavement or the museum, and/or a visit to the Cathedral or shopping and lunch. Andrée and Ian Sladden will lead this group who will rendezvous at the Elham Valley Vineyard at 11.00am.
- Tour of the Kent Coast
- this will obviously be a car trip, organised by Brian and Jo Shepherdson, and will, no doubt, take in some sea views as well as some interesting East Kent
We should give our guests time to relax and charge their batteries before they head for our evening event.
Saturday Evening - Dinner and Barn Dance
This event will be held in the Elham Village Hall and setting up and decorating will be from 5.00 p.m. If you have time to lend a hand this will be most welcome.
7.00 - 7.30 p.m. Arrival of guests and their hosts, EVTA members and friends
7.30 p.m. A superb dinner prepared by professional caterers will be served and the menu will be:
|Starter||Hot Smoked Salmon|
|Main Course||Steak and Kidney Pie|
|Sweet||Bread and Butter Pudding or cheese & biscuits|
|followed by coffee if required.|
Guests are invited to bring their own wine and drinks Additional wine will be available for sale for those who "run out"!
There will be a speech of welcome by our Chairman followed by dancing to a live band with a caller who will call in French (as well as English!). This evening will be the climax of the weekend and should be most enjoyable for our French guests and good fun for us. The cost will be £15.00 per head and £5.00 for children of primary school age.
Sunday 23rd April - morning.
If we've managed to wear out our guests sufficiently on Saturday we should let them relax with their hosts and enjoy a traditional English Sunday lunch, perhaps with a stroll around your village to open up the appetite. However, if the hosts are worn out too, they may prefer to get together with others and take them to their local pub. At the time of going to press we are not sure what time they will return to France - there are trains at 1.30 and 5.30 p.m., but hosts will need to deliver their guests back to Ashford Station, or get someone else to take them.
In order to join in the events and give us some idea of numbers, please contact Andrée Sladden at Cherry Cottage, New Road, Elham, CT4 6TQ (01303 840336) and tell her which event(s) you would like to take part in (Etchinghill Reception, Saturday morning visit (which one?), the Dinner & Barn Dance) and how many people will be in your party.