Three Clubs Weekend
Fri Jun 2nd 2017 at 18.00 - 18.00, Sun Jun 4th 2017
Three Clubs Weekend
Stupendous! Old friendships rekindled, new friends made, and a grand time had by all, characterised by the sound of conversation and laughter. 78 guests took over the Swan Hotel, Wells, from Friday evening to Sunday morning. A park and ride system from Rumwell Hall to Wells ensured that there were no parking problems. The Swan was very central, with an uninterrupted view of the front of the Cathedral from its doors, with a suitably sized function room to accommodate the two evening Dinner sittings. Two well planned table seating arrangements, meant that there were good opportunities to get to know ones neighbours.
Saturday dawned bright and clear, and most people took advantage of a Murder Mystery City Tour Clue Sheet to walk the streets and discover Wells. Some fell by the wayside, lured by the Market, Coffee Shops and Medieval Herb Garden, but winners emerged in the form of the team led by Annick Delepine, Redon’s President.
The afternoon visit to the Bishops Palace and Gardens was a delight, and our tour guide was a fount of knowledge. Who knew before that the water which flows on either side of the High Street, ends up on the Levels, and is controlled by a man who regularly turns a wheel in a stone hut in the Bishops Garden?
The more formal Dinner that evening was preceded by short presentations from Annick; our President Paul, (who spoke longer in French), and then Nykvarn’s President, Oystein Johannessen, [in English with a French translation by Gillie Purves]. Paul also welcomed our incoming District Governor, Stewart Cursley.
A delicious meal with wine was concluded by entertainment by The Singers, from Bristol Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Society, with songs from the Shows.
Sunday morning became damp, but did not detract too much from the return home via Cheddar Gorge, and the wonderful Somerset countryside in its Spring greens. Cars were recovered from Rumwell Hall, guests reunited with their house hosts, and all made their way to Crowcombe Court to enjoy an indoor Barbecue in its colourfully decorated rooms. There were 84 present, as some TV members were able to come just for the day. Meal over, there was just time for a group photo on the steps before commencing the International Boules and Croquet Matches. England won the Boules, the French won the Croquet, and the Swedish drank the bottle of wine that had been set aside as a prize.
Farewells were said, with promises to meet up again soon, with everyone agreeing that they had had a wonderful time.