Report on French Visit to Cowes

Posted by Admin on Thursday, 18th August 2011, 19:09

After greeting our 13 French guests at the Hover terminal, Ryde, each host family spent the rest of Friday renewing friendships in the time-honoured fashion with good food and good wine.

The following morning, we held the formal reception at the Woodvale Hotel where gifts and speeches were exchanged between the French leader, Sophie Moitie, the Cowes town mayor, Councillor Rebecca McGregory, and Barrie Clarke, the chairman of the Association.
The fine weather continued during the afternoon for free time with each host showing their guests the delights of our Island.
That  evening we all gathered at the New Holmwood Hotel for an excellent  celebratory dinner.
Our guests especially enjoyed the fine views of the Solent including a group of yachts with full sail completing their day of racing.

Sunday again blessed us with a fine day for our coach visit to Exbury Gardens.
We were greeted with a short talk on the history of the gardens followed by a train ride through their magical meadows and woods.
After lunch we were free to explore the rest of the estate.
That evening a buffet with “Horse Racing” was enjoyed by all at St Mary’s Church Hall, Cowes.

Monday came round all too quickly and fond goodbyes were exchanged once more at the Hover terminal.

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Photos courtesy Barry Bates:

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Councillor Rebecca McGregor receiving a gift from the French group leader, Sophie Moitie.

Photo 1

(Awaiting Barry Bates)

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A member, Numan Smith, presenting his painting of Northwood House to Sophie Moitie.

Photo 2

(Awaiting Barry Bates)

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A Group Photograph at the Departure of our French Guests at the Hover Terminal, Ryde.

Photo 3

(Awaiting Barry Bates)

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