Visitors from Belarus

Wednesday 17th Sep 2014

Visitors from Belarus

Little Friends From Belarus Visit Again

This is the 2nd year that we have entertained the children. 11 girls and 8 boys their 2 interpreters and 3 drivers met us, Peter Irving President, Gordon Downing Stuart and Lilian Barton in the village of Clapham on Tuesday 16 th September at 10.30am. The smiles on their faces and the hugs we were promptly given told us how happy they were to be with us. It was a fine, dry day so we were able to walk the pleasant, scenic track to the Ingleborough Cave. We were met at the cave entrance by Cave Manager Bob Jarman, who welcomed us all and who was to be our guide. The children enjoyed an ice cream before experiencing the mysteries of the underground cave. Everyone was fitted with a hard hat and then off we went. We entered a strange world with stalagmites and stalactites and were surrounded by weird and wonderful shapes. Occasionally Bob switched all the lighting off and we were in total darkness. The children loved it and the oohs and aahs resonated around us and bounced off the walls. Emerging out of the cave we all expressed our thanks to Bob who did a great job guiding us safely through.
We retraced our steps back down the track and 19 hungry little ones very pleased to tuck into sausage, mash and peas at the Bunk Barn. A few couldn't manage chocolate cake afterwards. Eventually we travelled to Kirkby Lonsdale to the Lunesdale Hall where the Children were entertained by Mark a great magician. There was lots of laughter during his hour long show and the children were more than happy to be Mark's "helpers".
It was soon time for afternoon tea, the presentation of backpacks filled with goodies, lots of thank you's and hugs and finally goodbyes.
It was a really good day made possible by the generosity of many people. We thank everyone who contributed to make, what we hope was, a very memorable day for a group of super little children whom we hope to welcome for another visit next year.


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