Reading Abbey is twinned with the club of Macon, France and supports Rotary International projects.
The Rotary Club of Reading Abbey has been twinned with the
club of Macon since 1988. Originally
Rene Gruzzard of the Macon club looked for a club associated with an abbey in
Reading because of the historical links between Reading and Cluny.
The abbey in Reading was founded by Henry I in 1121. As part
of his endowments, he gave the abbey his lands within Reading, along with land
at Cholsey. Following its royal foundation, the abbey was established by a
party of monks from Cluny Abbey in Burgundy, together with monks from the
Cluniac priory of St Pancras at Lewes in Sussex.
Since 1988, close links have been forged between the two
clubs punctuated by regular meetings in France as well in Britain. Over the
years the two clubs have met around 15 times and many long-term personal
friendships have been established. In April 2014, the Mâconnais Rotarians
visited Windsor castle its famous emblem of England, St George's Chapel and the
famous Eton College.
In May of 2016, 15 Reading Abbey club members and partners
visited the Rotary club of Macon, France. President Eric Braillon and the club
members made us feel very welcome and we all enjoyed two wonderful days
together during which time we visited the area of La Confulence in Lyon, Roche
de Soultre and of course two vineyards! We had a truly wonderful time and our
thanks go to everyone, but in particular to Michel Robin for organising our
visit so well.
Visit the Rotary Club of Macon website here.
Find out about the 2016 trip to Macon here