5th to 7th July 2018
A glorious weekend weather wise with sun throughout. Ideal when you are welcoming some 40 guests.
Thursday's flight to Bristol was slightly delayed, our guests were in Cricklade by 6.30pm. Everyone dispersed to spend the evening with their host families or even to have a go at rounders at the Leisure Centre.
Friday a 9am start and then off to Lacock, with its abbey, museums and quaint streets. Lunch at the Garden Centre or elsewhere depending on one's preference. On the way back to Cricklade we followed France's progress to the semi-finals of the World Cup. Back to Cricklade for the 4.30pm Civic reception at the Town Hall, kindly laid on by the Town Council. Chair of Cricklade Town Council, Cllr Mark Clarke, welcomed the French and exchanged gifts with Jean-Louis Roger, the mayor of Sucé. Evening with families although quite a few of us visited the Jicsaw Thai Restaurant.
Saturday another early start as we set off for the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Cheltenham Station. Travelled in our own reserved carriages through the Cotswolds to Broadway behind a restored steam locomotive. Lunch in Broadway and then back on the train to Cheltenham either directly or via the intermediate stations - Toddington, Winchcombe, Gotherington. Some of us were eagerly following England's triumph in the quarter finals.
Back to Cricklade in time for the Barn Dance with Lamb roast at the Town Hall, which went on to 11pm. Thanks again to Mr Tickles for his excellent management of the evening and to Robert Collis for the excellent food.
Sunday, a day with families, with the option of croquet. Those who took advantage of Swindon Croquet Club's extremely kind offer to show us the rudiments of the game. Many were sceptical at the start - "how hard can that be", but soon found how much it depends on skill and strategy. A lot of fun was had by all. Thanks to Clive Smith for organising it for us.
Monday another early start for our French guests as they set out to Cheddar on the way to Bristol Airport. But not until we had taken a few group shots for the memory.