Downham Market Twinning Club

Visit from Civray August 2017

Here we are, it’s Sunday morning and we are waiting for the Harrods coach to arrive to collect our French friends and transport them to Stansted Airport for their journey home, another visit has come and gone. It’s all rather sad really.

This was the first time the visitors from Civray had travelled by air from Poitiers. They arrived on Monday evening for what was a shorter than normal visit, Monday to Sunday instead of Sunday to Monday. As ever a glass or two of wine was imbibed and old friendships renewed, and new ones made of course. The French returned to their host’s homes for a meal and some conversation.

On Tuesday, they travelled by Harrods coach to Newmarket. First stop was the National Stud for a 90-minute tour. Lunch was taken in the Town, followed by a visit to the National Horse Racing Museum. The visitors returned to Downham Market at around 18.00 hours. We had invited a collection of French visitors and English friends to dinner, 17 in all!

The big trip of the week was on Wednesday to Woburn to visit the House and the Safari Park. Lunch was also supplied. The weather was not good but our guests still seemed to enjoy the trip.

A trip to Ely was on the agenda on Thursday morning with a City walk complete with a French speaking guide. Mr Hugh’s Oils at Fincham was the next stop. A late lunch took place at Chairman Steve Reynolds garden at Pentney, followed by a local walk. In the evening music was provided inside by Ed Taylor and friends.  

There was a Reception held by the Town Council at the Town Hall on Friday morning, drinks and nibbles. Speeches were made by Deputy Town Mayor Councillor Mrs Yvonne Thompson, welcoming our guests and by Ms France Bernard, the French Club President in reply. We went to lunch at Dents at Hilgay, followed by a sieste. In the evening, we all headed to Timbers at Fincham for the formal Dinner in their Marquee. Dancing was to Adlib, a band the club has used before.

Saturday was free for hosts and guests to do as they liked. We went shopping in King’s Lynn, followed by lunch and a barbecue in the evening. All too soon the visit was at an end, hopefully in two years’ time the visit will be a little longer. It had been a wonderful time again.