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7th - 11th July 2014


Twelve ladies from Bad Godesberg arrived in Maidenhead on Monday 7 July for a five day visit to our Maidenhead Group. That evening we had an informal supper party at the home of one of our members for our guests and their hosts at which old friendships were renewed and new ones forged.

On Tuesday morning we gathered to hear an excellent presentation from our guests on "Berlin before and after the Wall", delivered in fluent English. This was followed by a warm welcome given by the Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Mr Richard Kellaway, and the Mayoress, before a buffet lunch was served. After lunch the Mayor kindly hosted a visit to the Mayor’s Parlour in the Town Hall, to view robes and regalia. The afternoon was free and then our guests and their hosts were entertained to dinner parties in the homes of other members of our Group. The evening was especially successful as it was also the date of a stunning German victory over Brazil in the World Cup so spirits were high!


























On Wednesday we went by coach to Oxford where a guide took us on a walking tour of the centre of Oxford, visiting Brasenose College and learning about other famous buildings such as the Bodleian Library, the Sheldonian Theatre and other well known colleges. After a fish and chip lunch in a well known traditional pub, we took a boat trip on the river Thames, or Isis as it is known in Oxford, to Iffley lock. Here we walked through the village to see the stunning Norman church (dating from 12th C) and its stained glass window by John Piper.

Thursday saw us at Nuffield Place, a National Trust property and former home of William Morris Lord Nuffield, a key founder of the British motor industry. Here we made the connection between the Oxford of Lord Nuffield (his car factory was just outside Oxford) and his modest country home. After a picnic lunch, our visitors had a stroll by the river Thames in Henley in warm sunshine, before going home to prepare for our farewell dinner. This took place at the Chequers Inn, a country house hotel, in Wooburn Common. Enjoying refreshments in the sunset in the garden, there was much chatter, laughter and photographs, and many expressions of understanding and mutual friendship.


























That is of course the point of our organisation!

Mary Stock, September 2014


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