Visit from Pirmasens RC & Kiev Centre RC - May 2012

Fri 25th May 2012 - Mon 28th May 2012

Once again we had the opportunity to host our old friends from our twin Club from Pirmasens, together with other friends from the Rotary Club of Kiev Centre, with whom we have carried out two projects in the recent past.

Twinning Weekend

The highly successful and enjoyable time we spent with our Rotary friends from Pirmasens and Kiev was crowned by glorious weather, which gave our visitors a warm feeling in every respect.

Our 20 visitors from Germany arrived early Friday afternoon at Birmingham airport in good time for our official Welcome Dinner at the Sunley Conference Centre, where old friends and new soon created a lively atmosphere, helped by the Holcot Players performing "dinner for one" (Miss Sophie).  In responding to Roger's welcome, Wolfgang Renz (President of RC Pirmasens) spoke warmly of our relationship and presented a cheque for 500 Euros to be put towards our 5 Club's "Change of Scene" Project.  Unfortunately our 4 friends from Kiev came on a later flight and were delayed in immigration at Luton which meant that they were too late to join us that evening.

Our day trip to Cambridge gave us all an outstanding experience, from our guided tours in the morning to meanderings in the afternoon, culminating with a sublime choral evensong at Kings College Chapel, which everyone found most impressive and uplifting.  David George's influence enabled us to have great choir stall seats.  Dinner on the way home at The George in Spaldwick gave us an opportunity to welcome our Kiev friends officially and for Roger to present Igor Sergeyev with a Paul Harris Award.  Larisa Borodinova (President) brought greetings from Kiev and reported on the good use of the equipment we had presented to the Children