Now In 2009, it was the turn of Bures St Mary, Bures Hamlet and Mount Bures to host Europa Bures.
We know that there are many Bures in France one in Italy several in Switzerland one in Belgium a few in Germany and one, with suitable spelling, in Russia We have also located one in Bulgaria,Denmark, Spain, Sweden and The Netherlands
Over the weekend, we welcomed approximately 130 Guests from:-
Accommodation was provided locally by residents and the Hill Lodge Hotel in Sudbury.
Programme of Events:-
Saturday:- The visitors left early in coaches and minibuses for a tour of our Constable country taking in Lavenham, Long Melford and Mount Bures where they were provided with well earned refreshments. They visited the Church and the Mount before returning to the Community Centre ready for the Carnival
The day was brought to
a close with a magnificent meal served in the Marquee with the formal
presentations from the nine mayors or civic leaders from the different
villages. All the representatives were pleased to thank the English organisers,
but mostly they identified the dedicated work of lan Gibbs the man who
has worked tirelessly for the last nine months to make this Europa Bures
event such a success.
Fortunately a less hectic day for all, with all our guests invited to
the morning service at St Mary`s Church.
Afterwards there were guided
tours of Bures Hamlet and St Mary, finishing with a traditional English
lunch at either The Eight Bells or The Swan.
Finally in the evening, it was once again back to the Marquee where supper was provided for the guests, hosts and the helpers who had worked so hard to make this event a success.
We said farewell to our visitors and wished them a safe journey home as
they left Bures, hopefully taking good memories away with them of their
time in rural England. No doubt friendships will be maintained until the
next Europa meeting in two years time.
David Lee & Gill Jackson, Bures
Hamlet & Bures St Mary Parish Councils: On behalf of the
Parish Council's of Bures Hamlet, Bures St. Mary and Mount Bures I would
like to publicly thank Ian Gibbs for his planning and organisation of
the splendid Europa Bures Weekend. The whole event was enjoyed by hosts
and guests alike and the memories will live with us for a very long time.
Thank you Ian
Switzerland - From the Mayor of Bure: A week after our return from England we have been able to reflect on the magnitude of what was accomplished by your committee for the Europa Bures weekend. Our stay was marvellous and each participant will maintain special lasting memories. I write in the name of the Swiss Bure delegation to express this warm message of friendship and thanks to you, the organising committee and to all the people who made us so welcome and took us into their homes.
I also want to warmly thank the Church, the different organisations in the three villages and the Parish Councils of Bures St Mary, Bures Hamlet and Mount Bures who all contributed to such a memorable weekend.
France - From the Mayor of Bures-Morainvilliers: I want to thank you for the wonderful weekend. Everyone of our delegation was delighted with this event. Bures in England is a very agreeable location. The organisation was perfect and our hosts really lovely. I hope it will be the beginning of exchanges between our village and the other villages that are involved with Europa Bures.
Italy - From Gian Carlo Paiola, organiser of the contingent from Bure: After our happy return to Italy, I wish to again express our sincere thanks for the fantastic welcome we received and for all the wonderful events organised for the 6th Europa Bures gathering. Interpreting the feelings of all the Italian delegation, I wish to assure you that these beautiful days will rest engraved in our memories for a long time to come. In thanking all those involved in organising the weekend for everything that was done, and in the hope that we will meet again soon, I greet you and all the people of Bures UK and all our European friends who we met at this very beautiful gathering.
Slovenia From Miha Gorenc the guide
from Zbure :
Belgium - From Joel Deom of Bure (the founder of Europa Bures): I write to thank you for the welcome and the very well organised programme for our stay in Bures England. Not a day goes by without hearing of people talking about their stay in England with memories of one or other of the events that took place over the weekend of the 6th Europa Bures gathering. The best moment in the eyes of my colleagues was the afternoon at Bevills, each taking it as a communion between the different Bures, the Slovenians were missing but we all equally appreciated their good humour and bonhomie. It was a veritable success. Please thank again all those involved in organising the weekend. We are left with many photographs, films and lots of memories and souvenirs. We are now starting to organise 2013 in the hope that we can lay on a weekend as good as the one in England.
France - From Michel Marchal Mayor of Bures 54: I write to congratulate all those involved in the organisation of the recent Bures gathering. It was very well organised and we greatly appreciated the warm welcome from all the English. These are days that we do not want to forget. Thank you to you all and well done.