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French Youth Visit April 2001

From 20 April until 23 April a group of young French teenagers were the guests of Cookham families in a joint project organised by the Cookham Youth Project and Cookham Twinning. Friends were made, new experiences were encountered and a good time was had by all.

Saturday morning was the scene of a Treasure Hunt organised by Peter Turner. Teams were organised with a mixture of French and English participants. It introduced the French (and the English) to parts of Cookham they had never noticed. Julia Bartlett one of the Youth leaders puzzles over the instructions. "It seems a bit more complicated than we thought."

Meanwhile at the Wesley Hall lunch is being prepared. Sue Teesdale and Kathy Rickman battle with a French baguette.

Lunch includes waitress service. Chris Doyle ensures that everyone is ready for the afternoon Sports Challenge Cup.
Roger Piercey ensures that everyone understands the complexities of volley ball.
A pause from table tennis, the Maidenhead Advertiser has arrived.
We are the Champions (France that is) St Benoit 6 - Cookham 4.
On to the Bowling. We needed six lanes for 36 people.
It's on to the Social Club for a pizza supper followed by gooey puddings.
And the winner is... France. Bruce from the Cookham Nomads presents the cup to the winning team. The cup, along with a cheque for 250, had been donated by the Nomads for the event. In the true sporting tradition of the Cookham Dean Nomads.
Sunday morning, 9.30am, and it is off to Legoland at Windsor. The French had particularly asked to go there.

All too soon it is time to say Au Revoir. I wonder what the M25 is like at 8.30am on a Monday morning?

Perhaps we will all meet again in St Benoit during August Bank holiday when Twinning is arranging a trip out there.

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