Between Friday 18th to Sunday 20th October 2019, 9 Lions and some of their better halves met up with our old friends from our twin club in Voreifel near Cologne in Germany for another twinning weekend in Ghent.
The weekend started by catching the ferry from Dover to Calais and then driving to Ghent (however, one couple chose to travel all the way by train) where we stayed at the Hotel Gravensteen which was located in the heart of Ghent’s old town.
These twinning trips offer sightseeing, eating and drinking opportunities, but more importantly they serve to continue to help the fostering of good relations between ourselves and our twin club in Voreifel. Even though the weather tried to put a damper on things the weekend was still very enjoyable.
On the Friday evening we all met up at the Novotel where our German friends were staying. The Saturday morning saw us take a guided boat trip around the canals of Ghent where we learnt about the history of the beautiful historic city. Then in the evening we met up again at the Brasserie Pakhuis, where the atmosphere was absolutely buzzing and what a meal as well!
One of our members organises an annual quiz walk at a different location each year. These walks have become a very popular social event for the members and they are always well supported.
This year’s walk on 15 Sept 2019 was around the Lawford, Manningtree and Mistley area of the Tendring district of north east Essex. Once again we were blessed with good weather as members and their partners were formed into teams of four and got their thinking caps on to solve the cryptic clues.
Setting off from St. Mary the Virgin Church in Lawford, the quizzers headed off down towards Manningtree Rail Station whilst trying to solve the cryptic clues set by our dastardly quiz master. From the station they headed into Manningtree to visit all the places of interest. Still the questions kept coming thick and fast as they then continued along a lovely stretch of the Riven Stour before stopping for lunch at the Mistley Thorn Hotel and Restaurant close to Mistley Quayside.
Fully refreshed and replenished the quizzers returned by an ingenious route comprising a mixture of footpaths and street walking to return to Lawford by a different route.
A good time was had by all and the quiz was a close run thing with only one point separating the winners from the runners-up.
One of our more popular social events to look forward to is our annual BBQ that is held at The Burstead Golf Club, the venue where we hold our regular Business and Fellowship meetings.
With the help of the Golf Club professional and one of our own members a crazy golf putting competition precedes the BBQ itself. Not only is this a bit of light hearted fun, but it also serves to give everyone an appetite for the food once it is served.
After a very substantial spread of food all carefully prepared by the Golf Club staff, a light hearted general knowledge quiz follows.
All in all, a very enjoyable evening enjoyed by the members and their wives and partners.