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Tripartite Visits

A tripartite visit takes place every year, usually in May, when one town hosts the other two towns for a three day visit.  They invite thirty people from each visiting town to be the guests of the Association members staying in their own homes.  We travel out on Thursday and return the following Monday.  Our Mayor and Mayoress with senior Councillors and an Officer of the council who are the guests of the host town Council form a Civil Delegation.

Traditionally the weekend includes a formal Gala Dinner with two days of guided tours to places of interest.  The third day is free for hosts to show guests their town and the surrounding areas whilst Sunday evening rounds off the visit with a farewell party.

At the Gala Dinner each year the "Pax Optima Rerum" Cup is  presented to the Town which will host the next year's tripartite meeting. This cup was presented by the European Union in 1993 to mark thirty years of partnership by the three towns and for the contribution to further friendship between the people of Europe.

Past visits have been:-

Autun 2015

Just after midnight on the morning of Thursday, 28th May 2015, a coach with twenty two members set off for Autun.  They arrived at the Town Hall just after 4.00 pm having enjoyed travelling through picturesque towns and countryside of “Le Morvan”, the country park near Autun.  With their new or long standing friends they were taken to their hosts’ homes.

On Friday, an early start for the coach trip to Dijon for a guided tour of the City with its Cathedral and famous Mustard Shop.  It was amazing just how many different flavoured types of mustard one can buy!  Lunch followed before an afternoon free to explore and shop in the City.

Saturday was a day of free time with the families when our hosts took us to various places, many in Le Morvan.  The traditional gala evening opened with a live tableau from the show “The Quest for Peace” by a dance troupe before the usual speeches by the Mayors and Oberburgermeister when gifts were exchanged and the Pax Optima Rerum Cup was passed to the Stevenage Mayor for safe keeping until our next meeting in 2016.  A wonderful dinner was then served followed by dancing.

Sunday was relaxed with guided tours of the Saint-Lazare Cathedral and the Rolin Museum for those who wanted them followed by lunch with the hosts.  Many of these were barbecues arranged with our hosts’ friends to meet us.  That evening a farewell buffet supper was enjoyed with a jazz band playing.

Monday morning at 8.00 am, after heartfelt good wishes had been exchanged with our friends, old and new, the coaches left on their way back to Ingelheim and Stevenage.

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Ingelheim 2014

Friday started with a coach trip to Bad Kreuznach, with a walking tour. Followed by lunch and then free time to do some shopping or more sightseeing.

Saturday was free of organised events to let the hosts arrange activities for their guests. These ranged from a visit to the Fire station, Bismarck Tower with the tigers.

 In the evening the Gala Dinner was held at the Sports Hall in Ober-Ingelheim  with entertainment and dancing.  Herr Ralf Klaus, Oberburgermeister of Ingelheim presented the ''Pax Optima Rerum'' Cup to the Mayor of Autun Rémy Rebeyrotte who will host the tripartite meeting in 2015.

 Sunday morning we boarded MS Ehrenfels for a trip up the Rhine to St Goar passing the Loreley, lunch was served on board. The final evening a BBQ was held outside the Sports Hall in Ober-Ingelheim with music provided by a singer guitarist Rainer Schindler “The Flower Power” with help from a member from Stevenage.  Everyone enjoyed the evening, joining in the dancing and the singing.

 Finally, on Monday morning it was a sad but fond farewell to our hosts and friends from Ingelheim and Autun.

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