Our visit was timed to coincide with a weekend of celebrations & festivities: Libourne’s music festival and the 50th anniversary of their twinning with Schwandorf in Germany.
We were accompanied by:
15 representatives of our corporate members Somerset Morris generously hosted by one family, sleeping in the house, tents and a caravan!
2 members of Keynsham Youth Council.
These special events saw us at a formal reception at Château de la Rivière CD4.jpg for representatives of Libourne’s 3 twin towns.
Another reception in the Town Hall, providing a market stall with samples of typically British produce.
Attending musical events, watching our dancers perform and visit to a local lake, where we were treated to a splendid BBQ.
Visits to Libourne Primary Schools
Bringing our communities closer together involves all ages, and one of the highlights for a number of the visitors from Keynsham was our visits to some Libourne Primary Schools, organised by the Libourne Twinning Committee.
Together with our hosts, we spent a few hours at the schools. The school Anne and I attended was the one which Josie, one of our hosts, had attended as a child over 50 years ago! The children, with an age range of 6 to 10, were hugely excited to have some English people to chat to in their playground – they gathered round us in large groups, jumping up and down, and many of them wanted to try out the English words they had learnt in school. They even wanted us to join in singing some Beatles songs which they had been practising in class. We stayed for lunch – they had decorated the tables with Union Jacks and the walls with English words – “hello”, “welcome”, “how are you”. We ate fish and chips, chatted some more, and then it was time to go, the children all waving as we left. One amusingly said “J’aime les anglais pour le moment” (I like the English, for the time being!). Hopefully though, the friendships between our two communities will continue and grow as they grow up, and will not just be “pour le moment”! [Pete and Anne May]
There were days out at:
Beynac, where we toured the chateau
Teich bird sanctuary in Bay of Arcachon with binoculars at the ready!
In ‘free time’, hosts took their guests to nearby towns, jazz clubs, walks, gardens, swimming parties. A memorable trip!