The Henley and Falaise Twinning Association is delighted to announce their plans for this year’s weekend visit to Falaise on 13-16 May 2016.
Situated some 20km south of the Channel port of Caen, Falaise (population some 9000) lies at the intersection of the varied landscapes of Normandy, with the Caen plain to the North, the picturesque Pays d’Auge and its half-timbered manor houses and cider orchards to the east, and the scenic Suisse Normande to the west.
This ancient town, the birthplace in 1027 of William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy and King of England, has a rich history. Evidence of its heritage lies in its imposing 12th century castle, its four magnificent churches, one of which dates from the 11th century, in its ancient mansion houses and in its 13th century town wall.
The Association was formed in 1973 to promote and foster contact and friendship between the two towns. This it seeks to do primarily through social, recreational and cultural activities involving individuals, families and organisations.
Exchange visits are arranged each year, families in Henley and Falaise acting as hosts in alternate years and the Association acts as liaison between corresponding clubs and societies in the two localities. A programme of optional activities in Henley is also provided, which includes an annual garden party, petanque competitions, a French conversation group and an annual dinner.
The last Falaise visit took place in May 2014 in partnership with the Henley Symphony Orchestra who performed in two very enjoyable concerts.
This year, the highlight of the visit will be a day’s excursion to the magical Monet gardens in Giverny. Interest in Monet’s Giverny paintings are at an all-time high in the UK, with the National Gallery’s exhibition Monet: the Water Garden at Giverny having just ended and the Royal Academy’s exhibition Painting the Modern Garden; Monet to Matisse due to take place February to April.
Transport will be by coach and ferry and the cost of the visit is £125 pp which includes all travel and accommodation (with our French hosts) . Those preferring to use hotel accommodation can do so at their own cost.
Anyone interested, both members and non-members, in joining the visit should contact Peter Stone at: email@example.com or 01491 412330