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Rotary club’s Gallic delight

ROTARIANS from Bognor Regis have renewed their friendships with their counterparts in France.


The 17 members of the town’s Rotary club and their wives enjoyed their latest meeting with their French-based contact club at Challans/St Jean de Monts.


This year’s get-together was the turn of the English club to travel to Challans in western France.


Club spokesman Peter Stemp said: “After Friday night dinners in Rotarian houses on Saturday, we were taken to visit a chocolate factory with tasting, of course, and also to an equestrian centre.


“Sunday was filled with much socialising at a local village hall with the highlight being a paella cooked on a barbecue by one of their members who was a chef.


“It was not too difficult for him but we did total over 60.”


The entertaining, if tiring, weekend was followed by a few days of extra holiday in France by most of the members of the Rotary club.


Challans is a commune in the Vendee department in the Pays de la Loire region in western France.


It has about 18,000 residents and is 40kms from La Roche-sur-Yon, the capital of the department.


Bognor Regis Rotary Club will be present at the Felpham Village Conservation Society’s summer fête on July 8 and the Drive Through Time motor gala in West Park on July 15.
its members recently took part in a joint cycle ride to help to beat polio in the world and staged a prostate cancer testing day in Bognor Regis.

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