Whitnash, a town in central England with about 10,000 inhabitants, is located about 30 km south of Birmingham right next to the city of Leamington-Spa and is about 750 km from Weilerswist.
On Friday, July 5th, it started: 16 members of the partnership flew to Birmingham to visit the twin city of
Whitnash for the 30th anniversary.
The stay began with wonderful sunny weather at the warm welcome by the "twinning members" at the Whitnash Sports & Social Club.
The next day we started early for the "Summerfest" in the castle (what the English call "House" with typical understatement) Waddeston Manor, a spacious property with main and adjoining house, stables and a beautiful park. The festival turned out to be a great family spectacle with music, acrobatics, stalls with arts and crafts, food and drink for every taste. tables and chairs were set up on the castle meadow, where everyone could comfortably eat their brought or purchased food.
For the evening, the Twinning Group had invited to the "Bring & Share" evening with a varied cold buffet, music and dance.
Also on the next sunny day there was again an attractive destination: Shakespeare's birthplace Stratford upon Avon. There we got an interesting insight into the processes behind the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre during a guided tour. Afterwards, everyone could get to know the historic city on their own or visit the Riverside Festival. So that it doesn't get too stressful, the evening was reserved for individual design and meeting with the hosts.
The next day was also at leisure - until the gala dinner in the evening, which took place at the Golf Club of Whitnash. Here, the 30th anniversary of the twinning of Weilerswist and Whitnash was duly celebrated with excellent food and drinks. The Twinning Group presented the Weilerswister with a beautiful Tiffany glass painting specially made according to their own design with a symbolic representation of the two cities.
On the last day, a visit to a bird of prey station was on the program. In addition to a large number of different animals from the bald eagle to the secretarial bird, we were able to participate in a very interesting and very entertaining demonstration, in which, for example, a beautiful snowy owl could be experienced. Afterwards we went even further into the lovely and medieval area of the Cotswolds with a visit to the picturesque town of Bourton on the Water.
Then the time together was already over again: The next day it was goodbye again - after five eventful, unusually sunny for England days with extremely warm hosts. As always, a farewell in which one or the other tear flowed. But with the comforting intention of seeing each other again on the return visit to Weilerswist next year!