Arts and Crafts Market

Come and join us as part of Lane End’s ‘Christmas in The Village’ weekend activities.

Local artisans and producers together with our French visitors from St Pierre d’Oléron will be selling a wide range of quality goods at Lane End Village Hall on

Saturday 6th December from 10am-3pm.

This is an opportunity to find a special gift or two for Christmas.

The Lane Twinning Café and oyster bar will be open to provide suitable refreshment! Free entry and easy parking at the village car park, HP14 3ES

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Lane End Primary School visit Ile d’Oleron

The Twinning Association of St Pierre Ile d’Oleron invited the Lane End Twinning Association and a team from Lane End Primary School to join them in this World Cup year for St Pierre FC’s annual football competition, which included schools and junior football clubs in the region.

The newly formed mixed football team from Lane End Primary School travelled to the village’s twin town, St Pierre Ile d’Oleron. The Lane End Primary School football team was only started this year and the boys and girls are aged eight to 11. Many of them had never been abroad before but they travelled approximately 650 miles to represent England in a superb stadium with 25 French and German teams.

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Headteacher Debbie Williams said: “This is the first team we have had for some years. Taking part in an international competition in France was a huge opportunity. The children were fantastic from the moment they left. They demonstrated their skills and they showed incredible determination and tenacity. They held their heads up high. Not only did they learn about teamwork, they also developed their communication skills by making new friends with the French teams which was lovely to see. It was a fantastic experience for all of us”.

The competition at the weekend began with a a special game on the Friday between Lane End Primary and St Pierre FC U11. This was followed by a knockout tournament on the Saturday with other teams that had played together for a long time and were all 10 and 11-years-old. Lane End played four French teams in the earlier stages and came 14th out of the 26 teams, winning a category cup and banner. They were one of the few teams to score a goal against St Pierre FC who were the eventual champions.

While staying on the island the pupils, parents and staff were given a tour of the island to see the lighthouse, oyster farming and the huge fish market.

Phil Mann, chairman of the Lane End Twinning Association, said: “Ever since Lane End established links with St Pierre, it has been the association’s wish to facilitate a trip for Lane End Primary School to the island. The success of this event is beyond our wildest dreams”.

The trip was made possible by generous support from Buckinghamshire County and Lane End Parish councils, the school, parents and village businesses. This included The Grouse and Ale, who provided a picnic for the party on the journey. Lane End Twinning Association is very grateful for these financial contributions without which this fantastic cultural link between Lane End and St Pierre would not have been possible.

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The Twinning Weekend – 1 December

We had a wonderful weekend with our 6 French guests.

They arrived safely at The Grouse & Ale, via Stansted on Thursday evening and were greeted by several of us before settling in with their host families.

Friday saw them off to Windsor for the day before spending the evening at The Chequers in Wheeler End.

Saturday was Craft Day in the Village Hall.  A busy day with 15 stall holders selling their wares.  The French stall sold out in record time.   Phil Mann ran his Oyster bar and the café did brisk business throughout the day!  Our guests spent the evening with their respective families.

Sunday morning gave us the opportunity to discuss future ideas with a couple of our guests, including the expansion and development of this website.  Our aim is make this a truly Twinned Website – bi-lingual and updated regularly by both communities.

In the evening we held a Dinner for 35  in the Grouse & Ale, who did us proud as usual.

Monday, our guests went to London for the day and then several chose to take up the offer of an Asian meal at The Royal Oak in Stokenchurch.

Our guests departed on Tuesday morning.

Thank you to all the host families and for all those who joined in the fun weekend.

Linden

Christmas Fair!

We will be holding our second Arts and Crafts Christmas market on Saturday 1st December.

We have at least 10 stall holders with some from France and Holland. There will also be jewelery, cards, Christmas wreaths, wine, and a wide range of other high quality arts and crafts products from local producers.

The Cafe will be open for the day so please do come along and join the fun.

Your chance to do some Christmas shopping, have some refreshment and meet us.

Welcome to the Blog!

Yes we now have a new website for our Twinning Association.

The blog part of the website is here for news and events from either side of the channel!

If you have something to announce and would like it to appear on the blog then please comment below.

The more posts the better in my view, as the website then becomes dynamic and informative.

You can also subscribe to the blog by completing the subscribe box.  Then every time a new post appears you will receive an email letting you know.

Best wishes

Linden Porter
Chairman