Friday, 25 June 2021

Rotary Club of Henley Bridge

MEMBERS had an enjoyable weekend entertaining a party of 19 from our twin Rotary club in

MEMBERS had an enjoyable weekend entertaining a party of 19 from our twin Rotary club in Bad Oldesloe, Germany.

The clubs meet each year, alternating between Henley and Bad Oldesloe.

This year the Henley Rotarians decided to make it a celebration of the 16 years since the official twinning took place in Henley town hall, although the two clubs have been cordially linked since 1991.

A weekend of activities was planned to be full of typical English variety: horse racing, an English palace, a bacon and eggs breakfast and an apple tree. The Germans had mentioned last year that a visit to a race meeting would be nice but this proved impossible, so Badgemore Golf Club was transformed and, after a buffet supper, the guests were introduced to the thrills of a filmed race night.

There was a frenzy of betting and loud shouts of encouragement and, whether they were winners or losers, our guests thoroughly enjoyed the experience. On the Saturday there was a visit to see the splendour of Blenheim Palace.

The German and English speaking guides provided by Blenheim helped to bring the palace alive and the visitors were greatly impressed. Lunch was served in the splendid Indian Room.

In the evening a celebration dinner was held in the Ruinart room at Hotel du Vin. Fittingly, the presidents of both clubs 16 years ago, Brian Heath and Guenter Suellau, were present as they had signed the twinning document which was on display.

On the Sunday morning after a full English breakfast a visit was made to St Katherine’s Parmoor, the Sue Ryder fellowship and prayer house near Frieth.

There the guests were shown the new site for the Holsteiner cox apple tree which the German club gave to Henley Bridge a few years ago. It was recently moved from the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed.

A toast in German apple brandy was enjoyed before the guests were taken to Heathrow for their flight home.

The friendship between the clubs was greatly strengthened by the visit and the Henley club was invited to visit Bad Oldesloe next September.

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