picture shows our Liederbach friends and
hosts at Highcliffe Castle.
On the 7th of September 2018 Verwood was visited by
its twin town of
Liederbach. The guests arrived on 2 flights from Frankfurt. The first
group of guests arrived on time at about 09:30 but unfortunately the
2nd and later flight was cancelled due to a broken windscreen. The first
group were therefore taken to a pub while waiting for the 2nd group to
arrive which they eventually did. This meant that the whole group did not arrive in Verwood
until about 16:30 over 3 hours later than planned. They were
taken to the Heritage Centre for a delayed lunch and reception where
they met their hosts. They then spent the evening with their guests.
Saturday they were taken to visit the "Milestones Museum" near Basingstoke.
Milestones is Hampshire’s museum of living history where you can explore
the museum’s streets, shops and buildings to discover how people used to
can buy a ration of sweets from the1940s sweet shop, view the unique
collection of vintage vehicles and have a go in the penny arcade! There is a working pub, costumed characters, and
visit takes you back to the age of the Victorians, with cobbled
streets, a replica Victorian school room – complete with chalkboard and
teacher’s desk – and even a working printing press.
After having something to eat while at
Milestones they went on to visit Winchester, with a chance to do some
sightseeing and enjoy the medieval City and do a little bit of shopping.
before returning back to Verwood for a Social evening with their hosts.
Sunday our German friends were taken on a trip through the New Forest
for a visit to Highcliffe Castle. Unfortunately it was not possible for
them to have a guided tour.
first cliff top mansion called High Cliff House was built in 1775
Unfortunately in 1792 the owner suffered a fall down the cliffs and died
and all that remains of this property are the two entry lodges which are
now the Lord Bute Restaurant.
In the following years there were several
owners of the site until 1830 when between 1831 and 1836 Lord Stuart De
Rothesay built Highcliffe Castle that stands today. It finally came
under the ownership of Christchurch Council but In the middle of the
20th Century it suffered two major fires and is currently undergoing
major restoration work.
leaving Highcliffe Castle the group were taken to a 3 course lunch at
the Hermitage Hotel in Bournemouth where there were two very short
speeches and Verwood Twinning Association was presented with a gift
After the meal the group and hosts were
free to have a walk along Bournemouth
Sea front and round the Pier Approach Area.
friends are always grateful for a chance to walk by the sea as
Liederbach is landlocked in the region of Frankfurt. The group
left Bournemouth at 17:00 and after a chance to freshen up all the group
had another group Social evening with their hosts.
On Monday the 10th our friends met at
10:15 in the Car Park by the Heritage Centre for their final goodbyes
and then left for the return flight to Frankfurt.