Town Twinning Association

2018 Visit from Pithiviers

  Our guests arrived in good order at Ivanhoe College at 6.30 pm on Thursday 7th June to be met by their hosts. Then on Friday, we visited the city of Coventry. Firstly we were taken around the New and Old Cathedrals by expert guides who provided interesting information and aspects that the casual visitor would otherwise miss.

Then  we enjoyed a splendid lunch at The Undercroft restaurant, consisting of good traditional British bangers and mash with bread pudding to follow. After lunch we were allowed access into the 14th century guild hall, now a venue for weddings, banquets and receptions. What a hidden gem.

The weekend opened, Saturday morning, with the Civic Reception, this year again organised completely by the Town Council and one of the best we have provided. It was, however, unfortunate that there was no official representative from the Pithiviers Municipality. In the evening the Twinning Dinner was held in Belton at the  Queen’s Head. An excellent meal was followed by  Jim, the ever-popular “singing postman” by now as well-known and appreciated by our French guests as ourselves!

On Monday we took our visitors to Melton Mowbray. The visit included a visit to the  Dickenson & Morris'  famous Pork Pie shop where we had a demonstration of the pie-making process and a tasting. (Those on the front of the audience got  more samples! ) We also visited Melton Cheeseboard for a tasting of English cheeses including of course, our wonderful Stilton.

We had booked lunch at The Crown at Old Dalby. Gallons of Pimms, a magnificent barbeque in the garden and dessert of Chocolate Brownie were rounded off with tea or coffee and then we made a "back lanes" journey back to Ashby but not before we took afternoon tea at the Alpaca Farm at Snarestone.

On Tuesday morning (at a relatively “civilised” hour) we said “farewell” to our friends with a promise to meet, again, next year in Pithiviers.

Click here to see a brief video of the visit: 2018 Visit from Pithiviers


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