Wendover Twinning hosts guests from Liffré

  |  Published: Jun 3rd 2014

Over the Late May Bank Holiday weekend Wendover Twinners were very pleased to be able to host a party of visitors from Liffré: 21 adults and one 4 year old, who arrived and left in the rain but were lucky in the intervening two days.

They were welcomed and introduced to their hosts in the pavilion of Wendover Cricket Club and lunched and spent the afternoon with them before an informal sausage and mash supper in St Anne’s Hall, where the highlight of the evening was table magic performed by Paul Megram, better known as Colonel Custard.

The  next  day we all enjoyed an excellent brunch in Beales Hotel in Hatfield, brunch being a novelty to our visitors as it’s almost unheard of in France. From there we went on to Hatfield House where we first visited the house and were then lucky enough to be able to wander round the gardens in sunshine before a deluge and hailstones drove us to the tea room.

Their last  day was spent on the field at Wendover Celebrates helping the members of Wendover Twinning Association with our  fund-raising raffle and our two  stalls where the public could try their hand at  palets breton, a pavement game played only in Brittany. This had proved to be very popular two years ago and the French brought us over their own palets boards and lent a helping hand, showing the would-be players how to hold the palets correctly. They loved the whole event and it was a good opportunity for them to see how an English fête differs from a Breton kermesse.

They left on Bank Holiday Monday, in the pouring rain,  for an afternoon ferry to France and we know from all the comments and subsequent emails and phone calls that they loved every minute of their weekend, and the hosts enjoyed it too. If you would like to be involved – and remember, we’re going there next year – do contact a committee member for more details: Barbara 01296 624708, Glynis 01296 625565 or Dawn 01296 625718.

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