Gubbio Charter Signing Weekend - Friday 5th April – Sunday 7th April 2013

After a great deal of planning, preparation and hard work by many people, the Charter Signing weekend went ahead exactly according to plan.

On Friday evening, we met our guests, gave them a little time in their accommodation, then spent the evening in Huntingdon, reacquainting ourselves with old friends and making new ones.

On Saturday morning, the Charter signing in Godmanchester included a tour of Island Hall, a display of historical documents from the museum in the Queen Elizabeth School, the cutting of a cake (with all three crests on it), meeting GMC Councillors and the actual Charter being signed.

The party then moved to Huntingdon Town Hall, decorated outside with English and Italian flags, whilst the inside of the Hall was smartly laid out for a light lunch. Before the lunch, Councillors processed into the Hall for the official signing of their copy of the Charter. This was followed by a good meal and an opportunity to continue chatting to our fellow Twinners.

On Saturday evening, yet again Wood Green came up trumps with an excellent meal served by very efficient staff, followed by a somewhat overlong period of speeches and gift presentations (an area we need to work on). Sadly, the fun Ceilidh dancing section was all too brief, especially as our guests seemed to enjoy it enormously, even the youngsters!! It was particularly pleasing to have so many of our own Twinners present to join in the fun.

On Sunday, a coach of 51 merry folk headed for Ely, where the lovely weather made the day. The day included a tour of Cromwell House Museum, Ely Cathedral, a wander around for a brief free time and a delicious cream tea at The Almonry. This was followed, after a brief rest on our return, by a fun evening at Huntingdon Town Hall, including an excellent buffet supper and some (slightly less excellent!!) entertainment by the HGTA Choir!! This evening gave us a chance to say a proper farewell to our new and old friends before their departure early the next morning.

On Monday, the Italian teachers delayed their departure by spending a couple of hours at the Regional College.

The weekend was successful for a number of reasons. Firstly, both Huntingdon and Godmanchester towns presented themselves impressively and yet so differently, highlighting the essential characteristics of each town. They shared the burden of activities well between them and have given our Italian friends a taste of the area, as well as English hospitality. Secondly, the WEATHER came good.

The host families are to be congratulated and thanked sincerely for their contribution to the success of the weekend. Many of our guests (Italians and others) on the last evening said how overwhelmed they were by the warmth and friendliness of the way in which they were welcomed into people’s homes.

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