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Goring, May 2009

The Weekend
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Photograph courtesy of Phil R.

This was an occasion for Goring to “go to town” with businesses and residents welcoming and entertaining our visitors. The photograph above shows an example of the welcome displayed by all the shops and pubs.

A broad outline of the weekend is shown below:





French Arrival 8:00 - 09:00 hrs
Getting round the village (Cultural Treasure Hunt/Quiz, Open Gardens, Photographic & History Exhibition)

River Trip from Runnymeade to Windsor
and visit to the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial


Picnic in Village Hall

Lunch on the Boat


Vin d’Honneur, Official Twinning Ceremony with music by the Goring & Streatley Band and speeches in Goring Village Hall

Church Service & Celebration Choral Music


Country Dancing in Benson Hall

Dinner en famille

The French coach Departure was on Monday morning from the Goring Village hall, where light refreshments had been provided to sustain our visitors for the return journey.

On arrival, both guests and hosts were supplied with a detailed pack covering all the events and containing amongst others:

  • Programme for the weekend
  • Quiz questions
  • Cultural & History notes
  • Tickets for the Dance together with menu & seating plan
  • Tickets for the Boat Trip together with a Runnymead leaflet
  • Map of Goring
  • List of hosts & contact details

The Shops and Businesses displayed decorations and welcoming banners in their windows. Some also displayed some “Artefact” as part of the Village Quiz.

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