Visit to Chartwell on VE Day – Vive l’Entente Cordiale!

One of our garden Volunteers Alastair has written a blog about a tour for some French school children he did here at Chartwell recently. Tres bon, Monsieur!

Keep calm and carry on blogging

Wednesday 8th May – VE Day commemorating Victory in Europe and the end of WWII in this part of the world, how appropriate that the Jules Collet primary school in Montivilliers, Normandy, should choose to visit Chartwell on that day! Accompanied by their teachers Véronique Vittecoq and Martine Hamel, the 18 pupils from the school first visited the house, where they showed a keen interest in everything, though the uniform room was a favourite exhibit.

I met the youngsters outside the Exhibition Room and played them a clip of Winston Churchill’s radio broadcast to the French nation in 1941. It seemed fitting that Churchill said in his heavily accented French that “once again I am walking with you today” You can hear the broadcast yourself by clicking on the link:

So accompanied by the spirit of Churchill, I led the youngsters on a trek up into the woodlands…

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