Our guests from France officially arrived in Clanfield on Saturday May 4th 2013,
although many had arrived at their hosts’ homes a few days earlier.
The evening of the Saturday was celebrated in the Clanfield Memorial Hall with a
well catered 3 course meal followed by enthusiastic dancing to the music of Phil
Owen. On the Sunday, the group very much enjoyed a visit to the house and gardens
at Hinton Ampner and luckily the weather kept fine for us. This was followed by
an excellent roast lunch at The Angel Hotel and restaurant. The rest of the day
was left for families to host their guests.
Our French friends left Clanfield lunchtime on the Monday for the journey via Dover
to Calais ferry after coffee provided by ”mine host” at the local “Rising Sun” pub.
Saturday 28th April 2012 saw the Clanfield Twinners visiting our hosts in Val d’Oison.
The weekend started with a typically delicious meal at the hall at St Pierre des
Fleurs. A coach trip was arranged for the Sunday taking us to the pretty village
of Lyons La Foret where Ravel was born. We were treated to an excellent lunch there
before travelling on to the ancient village of Gerberoy with its half-timbered houses
and traces of medieval castle, and where the siege and battle of Gerberoy was fought
between William the Conqueror and his son Robert Curthose in the winter of 1078-79.
The evening was spent with our hosts. On the Monday, we ate lunch at the hall again
in St Pierre des Fleurs before departing for our various journeys back to Clanfield
- another enjoyable weekend , brilliantly hosted by our French friends.