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Visit to Colney Heath 29th May - 1st June 2009

At 6pm our visitors arrived by coach at the car park next to the school. There were hugs and kisses all round and very quickly the French families were united with their English hosts and taken away to their homes for the evening.
At 10.45 a.m. Saturday morning most of the French visitors and nearly all our members met at North Mimms Mansion off Tollgate Road. North Mimms Mansion had graciously agreed to give us a tour of their house and grounds. The tour together with coffee and biscuits took nearly two hours. Photography was only allowed in the grounds where the photos below were taken. Arriving at North Mimms Mansion
View of rear of North Mimms Mansion Folly in the corner of the grounds Dave approaching the gazebo
Inside the gazebo Inside the gazebo View of the formal gardens at the front of North Mimms Mansion
All too quickly the tour was over and there was just time for a group photo before everyone went there separate ways for lunch. Leaving North Mimms Mansion
In the afternoon James Spanner, our vicar, had kindly agreed to open St Marks church so that our visitors could see its large extension and extensive modernisation while having afternoon tea and listening to French organ music. View of St Marks' altar View of the updated balcony
Saturday evening we all met at Porters Park Golf Club for a dinner and dance. The evening started with the customary speech of welcome given by Patsy, chair of CBTA, in both English and French and the reply given by Alfred, chairman of ABAI.
Patsy giving her speech View of audience View of audience
Nearly ninety attended the dinner/dance including Margery, our nonagenarian oldest member. Margery
An excellent meal of Goats Cheese, Carvery, Summer Pudding and Cheese and Biscuits was enjoyed by all.
View of dining room View of dining room Table photo
Table photo Table photo Table photo
John being greedy! Table photo Table photo
Table photo Table photo Table photo
After the meal there was music, dancing and a raffle.
The band Dancing Dancing
On Sunday many of us went to the Steam Fair in St Albans whilst others visited other attractions or had a quiet day at home.
All too soon it was Monday morning and time for our visitors to board their coach and start the long journey home but not before one last group photo. Group photo
Our thanks go to Ian, Alan and Ed for the above photos. Click on the links below for slide shows of the photos.

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