Rotary goes Dutch with its overseas twin

Club president Sylvia Ravenhall (pictured right) presented the guests with a framed canvas print of' Lancaster in the Clud', which was specially-commissioned for the anniversary. EMN-150529-164536001
Club president Sylvia Ravenhall (pictured right) presented the guests with a framed canvas print of' Lancaster in the Clud', which was specially-commissioned for the anniversary. EMN-150529-164536001

The Rotary Club of Horncastle last month played host to its Dutch twin- the Rotary Club of Den Helder, Julianadorp.

The two clubs have been twins for ten years, making exchange visits every 18 months.

The Dutch recently supplied hundreds of tulip bulbs which were planted in Hammerton Gardens in South Street. The clubs also provided a new £2,000 outdoor safety floor for St Lawrence School.

Last month’s visit by the Dutch Rotarians coincided with the 70th anniversary of Operation Manna, which led Horncastle Rotary to stage an Operation Manna/ Dambusters Tribute Night, which raised £600 for the Club’s Charity Account.

During their visit, the guests visited St. Lawrence School to see the plaque commemorating their gift. They also toured the school and saw its facilities, as well as visiting Lincoln Castle to see the Magna Carta and the Dutch floral Display there commemorating Operation Manna.

To help their Charity Fund, Horncastle Rotary also staged a Race Night/ Supper evening, which raised nearly £200. Club president Sylvia Ravenhall (pictured right) presented the guests with a framed canvas print of ‘Lancaster in the Cloud’, which was specially-commissioned for the anniversary.

Peter Foster, the organizer of the Dambusters Tribute night, would like to thank the Horncastle Air Training Corps and the Lincolnshire

Lancaster Association for their help on the night.