Scope day centre plays host to French guests
14 July 2011
Scope's Rees Centre recently played host to members of Bridgend Lions Club and its twin French club, when they made one of their biennial visits to the town. Vimoutiers Lions Club is based in rural Normandy. It’s a region famous for cheese and apples. Camembert and Pont L’Eveque cheeses are made locally using milk from cows farmed by one of the French Lions. Their club President is a producer of award-winning cider.
On these visits it’s traditional that the clubs make a joint donation to a cause nominated by the hosting club. This year, Bridgend Lions chose The Rees Centre in Kenfig Hill.
All of the staff, volunteers and users of the centre gave a wonderfully warm welcome to the Lions. For weeks they had been busy preparing for the visit by making and displaying Welsh and French themed decorations. With freshly baked Bara Brith (speckled bread) and Welsh cakes there was a splendid “Croeso i Scope Cymru”.
The Presidents of both Lions Clubs handed a cheque for £600 to the centre manager, Lynda Francis, who thanked them, saying that it would help in offering more opportunities for disabled people who use the centre.
Afterwards, the French Lions were presented with a commemorative plate as a reminder of their visit to the centre and all of the visitors received mugs, made, and hand painted with Welsh emblems, by the centre’s users.
Finally, on behalf of Scope, the Lions were delighted to be asked to award certificates to the volunteers in appreciation of their valuable contribution to the centre. Included in this were Samantha Carroll and Christopher Runnalls, who have both just completed five years volunteering at the centre. Unfortunately Christopher was unable to be there on the day due to ill health.
It was a wonderful event, displaying the “Entente Cordiale” between the French and Welsh towns and everyone at The Rees Centre was delighted to be part of the celebration.