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A weekend visit from our twin Club Louviers Le Neubourg

The Rotary Club of Banstead is twinned with Louviers Le Neubourg. typically we visit them one year and the next year they visit us Over the weekend of 9-11 June 2017, 11 Louviers Le Neubourg Rotarians and partners travelled to Surrey to meet with their Rotarian friends from their twin club of Banstead. The clubs have been twinned for almost 50 years and it was an occasion to renew old friendships and, for new members, to make new ones. Everyone met up at Banstead Downs Golf Club for lavish cakes and tea/ coffee. It was obvious from the start that food would play a big part in the weekend! The Louviers club's Vice President Patrick lead the French group and Rotarian John Draper had organised the weekend’s hospitality which began that same evening at two large dinner parties with the host families.

We had a fascinating visit next day to the town of Arundel. We went to have lunch at the Bay Tree Restaurant in Arundel, followed by a guided tour of the Castle (home of the Duke of Norfolk), and stroll in the newly restored gardens. We finished with a return drive to our homes through the beautiful Surrey countryside and Downs. We enjoyed a grand reception and dinner on Saturday evening at The Bell Pub in Outwood. So after many miles and meals we found ourselves back for Sunday lunch at Banstead Downs Golf Club on our final day to discuss joint projects, including speeches and toasts made by Presidents Jane and Patrick. We will make our return trip to Louviers Le Neubourg in 2018!

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