Hedge End Rotary Club and the French Connection

Return visit of Nantes Dobree Rotary Club to Hampshire.

Hedge End Rotary Club and the French Connection

The entente cordiale was in full swing in Hedge End when our friends from the Rotary Club of Nantes Dobree came to visit us over the long weekend of 17th to 20th June.

Hedge End Breakfast Rotary Club has a long standing friendship with the Nantes Rotarians and we have enjoyed their hospitality on several occasions over the past ten years. The two clubs also took part in a joint project to provide solar powered refrigerators for medical supplies in Mali some years ago.

After much kissing on both cheeks at the airport, members gathered for a welcome meal at each of our hosts homes where there was even an opportunity for us all to sample English wine.

On the Saturday we all went for a walking tour of Winchester where our French colleagues were very interested in our shared history (not always so cordiale). The Cathedral and the Water Mill were highlights of the visit and for some there was also a side trip to the Hospital of Saint Cross. The Ferry restaurant at The Elephant Boatyard in Bursledon was our Saturday evening venue and this proved especially interesting to some of our guests as Nantes is on the Loire and many of them enjoy sailing.

A Barbecue at the historic Titchfield Barn was our Sunday event. We learned that the barn was built to store the supplies in readiness for the battle of Agincourt, so we didn't emphasise that aspect too much. We were fortunate that the weather allowed us the chance for some games competitions before the barbecue and as well as the obvious one of petanque there was croquet and English bowls (though not as we know it). After an excellent meal there was brief formal occasion when Elizabeth Carter was installed as our new President by our immediate past President, Malcolm Freemantle.

On Monday morning we gathered at the airport to wish our visitors bon voyage and to round off a very successful and memorable weekend. If you would like to know more about Hedge End Rotary Club please contact David Baynes on 01489 690126. 


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