TWINNING VISIT 2017
A full programme of activities for the 21 visitors from our twin town, Pont-Audemer was organised for the weekend of May 25 to 28.
The visitors were greeted on Thursday by our Mayor and Mayoress, Councillor Tim Ward and his wife Jane. They welcomed the visitors to The Gateway, where the visitors met members of the Town Council and also their hosts from the Ringwood Twinning Association . They were treated to an excellent buffet and we are very grateful to Waitrose, Sainsbury, Pattersons (the butchers) and BH24 (the bakery) for their contributions to the event.
The Mayor presented an excellent book
of photographs of the New Forest and in
return received some stunning art work
from the Mayor of Pont-Audemer. Our
visitors then spent the rest of the
evening with their host families.
On Friday they enjoyed a cup of coffee in The Meeting House and inspected the display of photographs of Pont-Audemer which had been on display there for the previous two weeks. Most of these photographs were taken by Trevor Pogson on a visit there with the Ringwood Camera Club or by Barbara Nye on one of her visits there with the Twinning Association.
They were then able to listen to a short talk
on the New Forest by Anthony Climpson
OBE who is the CEO of the Go New Forest
organisation which has now taken on
responsibility for Tourism in this area.
Carol Seymour, the Business Manager from Go New Forest worked hard to produce souvenir packs for the visitors and we are grateful to her, Ringwood Brewery, Minstead Trust and Ceratopia….for their contributions.
After coffee in the Meeting House, the
East Dorset Austin 7 club, led by their
Chairman Ian Mason-Smith, showed us
the way to Kingston Lacy where the
visitors toured the building and grounds
of this 17th century National Trust property. As the weather was perfect, many of the visitors were able to enjoy a picnic in the beautiful grounds.
In the evening we all gathered together for a meal in The Elm Tree who kindly donated the use of their Barn and skittle alley for our guests. The visitors enjoyed a traditional meal of Sausage and Mash followed by Apple Crumble and Custard.
PROGRAMME FOR THE 2017 VISIT BY PONT-AUDEMER
Thursday May 25th
1400 Pont-Audemer visitors arrive in Newhaven by car ferry
1700 Arrive in Ringwood Car Park and meet hosts
1730 Buffet meal at The Gateway
1930 Depart for host's home
Friday May 26th
0930 Visit Meeting House and view photographic display of
1030 Depart for Kingston Lacy, a National trust property
1300 Picnic or café lunch at the venue
1700 Return to Ringwood
1900 Meet for a group meal at The Elm Tree
Saturday May 27th
All day with families......visiting a New Forest or other attraction in the area. Meals with hosts.
Sunday May 28th
Visitors departed for Newhaven or Dover from Ringwood Car Park
A really great event with so many memories.........21 very happy Pont-Audemer residents returned home on Sunday with many good impressions of Ringwood and The New Forest....apart from the traffic jams , of course, but it was a Bank Holiday and it didn't rain.