THE first of what is hoped to be many host families in the Schwerte twinning programme has come forward after last week’s appeal in the Observer.
A generous resident approached organisers at Concordia Hall on Sunday to say she wanted to offer her services for next year’s exchange programme.
The Hastings and Schwerte Friendship Association needs dozens more families to become hosts to help accommodate the large number of Germans who wish to visit every year.
Last weekend a group of 35 German people stayed in Hastings. The teenagers stayed at the presbytery of St Thomas of Canterbury Church in St Leonards while the adults stayed with host families. But the demand from residents in Schwerte has outstripped supply in Hastings.
The weekend itinerary saw the party visit the Blue Reef Aquarium on Saturday followed by a trip to Bewl Water. A tug of war competition was held with the Germans just edging the contest 3-2. On Sunday the visitors took part in a celebratory mass at St Thomas’ before enjoying a special lunch at Concordia Hall.
Mayor Alan Roberts presented Dora Franz, from Schwerte, and Reg Wood, from Hastings, with special certificates at the Waterside Restaurant at Bewl Water. The citation on the framed certificates read: “Presented in appreciation for your work over many years in connection with the Hastings and Schwerte Friendship Association. And in doing so recognised the thanks of many.”
The association is already busy planning the return trip to Germany during the first bank holiday weekend in May. If you would like to become a host call Reg Wood on 01424 447173 or email email@example.com.