Oh no, it’s November!

There is a poem by Thomas Hood about November, which lists all the things that are missing at this time of the year, and which can make it feel a rather miserable month. One of the lines is ‘No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease’.
That may be true for some, but not for the members of Syston Twinning. There was no chance for the Twinners to celebrate Guy Fawkes’s Night on Monday 5th November, but on Saturday 10th Ricky and Sharon Francis certainly made up for the delay by inviting people to their house and garden for a memorable evening.
No warmth! The combined warmth of a bonfire, a chiminea, and a patio heater certainly gave off enough heat to keep everyone in the garden and under the gazebo until the early hours.
No cheerfulness! The laughter and high spirits of old and young alike disproved this. Add in a terrific firework display, and there was definitely a lot to cheer about.
No healthful ease! The free flowing drinks, and a range of very tasty and healthy food was guaranteed to put everyone at their ease.
To make it an even more special occasion, Daniel Ligny, the President of Deville Les Rouen Twinning flew over to join in with the celebrations.
He also came to represent the French half of the Twinning partnership at the Armistice parade through Syston on Sunday 11th November, where he and Fiona Henry, Syston Twinning’s Chairperson, lay floral tributes to those who gave their lives for peace.
Wouldn’t it be a great thing if the international understandings between ordinary people through town Twinnings could someday mean no wars!