The visit began Wednesday afternoon
with a champagne reception and buffet at Packington Hall, by
kind permission of the Earl of Aylesford.
The hall, with its pastoral surroundings,
gave our guests a glimpse of English countryside at its finest
and the French tricolour fluttering at the masthead added a finishing
In the Pompeii Room, Coleshills
Deputy Mayor, Bill Richards, speaking in French, said how pleased
he was to welcome the Chasselands here and how much he had enjoyed
family holidays in their country. He also pointed out that the
mixed weather we were having lately was due to the announcement
of a hose-pipe ban, since when it had hardly stopped raining.
The stay at Packington concluded with a
visit to the Church of Saint James where the organist, Margaret
Herdman, entertained us with music by the composer G.F.Handel,
who once played the instrument himself.