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Return visit to England from 14th to 17th October 2016
Unfortunately this celebration was also a farewell to this part of the country. The Parish of Aldenham cancelled the twinning with Lautertal to the end of 2016 as a consequence of lack of interest in the twinning committee, RAIFA, which has practically folded up, and generally in twinning.
The agenda accounted for no official participation of any council members.
Most of the German guests arrived by plane and were picked up at Heathrow. The evening was leisurly spent at a local pub.
The evening was spent at the Aldenham Golf Club where we dined and wined and given the opportunity of enjoying steak and mushroom pie.
As a gift from the German guests Uwe Füchtenkordt presented Clive Glover with several bottles of local quality Riesling wine:
Then we were entertained by a couple of students from a local music school:
Of course speeches had to be held on such an occasion. Paul Marley, the honorary chairman of RAIFA and one of the driving forces in the twinning between the Parish of Aldenham and Lautertal, made an especially emotional farewell speech. Also Benoît Dujardin from Louveciennes (a small town just outside Paris that is/was twinned with Radlett) made a very memoriable and relevant speech on the importance of twinning within Europe (click to see copy). Then we heard a very dynamic speech in Englisch, French and German from John Walton who is an artist and spent time in Paris/Louveciennes giving art classes.
Finally we had the chance of taking one last official group photo with RAIFA and representatives of the two (still) twinned towns:
Bye, bye Radlett. Bye, bye Parish of Aldenham!