Posted: August 2015
The 52nd year of our German youth exchange with the Daun sports club ended with the traditional supper, concert and recap slide show. The mayor, Cllr. Allison Harrison was present throughout the evening.
After thanking the mayor, host parents, church members and past leaders for their help and support, Aylesbury's leader Steve Kemp had two special thanks. One was to Richard, our superb German coach driver for whom this trip would be his last after 20 years. "I have so many friends here, I will come back on holiday", he said. The other special thanks was to the youngsters. "You're a great bunch of kids," said Steve, "and it's been a privilege to be your leader."
Echoing those thanks and sentiments, Gorden Nickel, the German leader and himself a youth exchange member 30 years ago, invited us to continue the exchange next year in Daun. So the fun, friendships and successful formula of the UK's longest running youth exchange is set to continue. "We've had a super programme again this year", said co-leader Viv Kemp, as can be seen from this schedule:
Saturday 25th July — arrive
Sunday 26th July — Sports Day and BBQ at Bierton
Monday 27th July — Meet the Aylesbury Town Mayor, bowling at Rogue Bowling followed by Games and Pizza evening at the church
Tuesday 28th July — Visit to town of Windsor and tour of castle
Wednesday 29th July — Trip to Thorpe Park theme park
Thursday 30th July — Experience the Country at Newton Longville (Activities: Segway, Axe Throwing and Laser Clays)
Friday 31st July — Shopping in Milton Keynes followed by Pirate Golf at Abbey Hill Golf Club
Saturday 1st August and Sunday 2nd August- spent with host families
Monday 3rd August — Visit London — Science Museum, London Aquarium and Theatre Trip to see Les Miserables
Tuesday 4th August — 6.30 pm Farewell Dinner followed by Concert
Wednesday 5th August — Germans depart
After the evening, it was the usual 7am departure the next morning for our German friends with the inevitable tears, great memories and, alas, post-exchange blues for this "great bunch of kids". #dontbedownaboutdaunbitte.
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