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One of the great benefits of our OUS branch is that it gives its members a chance to meet, and then keep up with, many whom we might never otherwise have encountered – and to do so in a friendly and enjoyable manner. At the last AGM it was suggested that individual members might wish to organize informal events in their neighbourhoods : for those living close by, of course, but also for any others who might wish to attend.
It is with this objective in mind that Jeremy James proposes meeting for lunch in the village of Laroque-Timbaut (Lot-et-Garonne), on Friday 26th May.
Further details have been sent to members.
Last Friday we had the joy of hearing a top orchestra – the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse – at the magnificent Halle aux Grains in Toulouse; with Sibelius and Richard Strauss, two of my favourites, as well. If you haven’t been to an event there, do make an effort to do so = it’s a great venue and the acoustics are surprisingly good for a building which wasn’t purpose built. There’s a designer-type hotel literally next door, Les Bains Douches, on the site of the old Toulouse public baths I believe; it’s a bit bizarre but it has some secure parking and there are plenty of good restaurants close by (and the Irish pub if you like Guinness and boisterous patrons).
Pip writes: I bought this on Kindle thinking it would be a complement to the excellent The Bonjour Effect, I’m sure some of our more intellectual members would enjoy it, but for me it was too history-based, philosophy-heavy and dull.
Marion writes: At “L’Abricotier” in Saint Macaire, we enjoyed an excellent three course lunch, really home-cooked too, for 23€. Very pleasant surroundings : and a quietly stylish service. The lower dining-room opens onto a pretty garden, and there is a large outside terrace for summer eating under the shade of mulberry trees. The owners-chef have been there for 30 years. Address : 3, Rue François Bergoeing (not a spelling mistake !), 33490 Saint Macaire (just off the main Langon – Cadillac road). It’s a good idea to book : 0556768363. Private car park.
The committee for 2017 is:
- Chairman: John Baylis
- Secretary: Marion Tempé
- Treasurer: Pip Kirby
- Members : Nigel Griffin, Gaynor Sutton, Greg Hawes
- Webmaster: John Perry
A special welcome to new members Nigel, Gaynor and Greg.
Josephine and Tom Malcolm wrote to us:
We are delighted to inform clubs and associations that we are now conducting guided visits in English at the Chateau de la Mercerie.
Response from visitors so far is very enthusiastic about this Chateau which is being rescued by the hard work of the local community and a team of volunteers.
There are two guided visits every Tuesday afternoon from April to October, and larger groups are welcome by arrangement seven days a week all year round.
This Chateau is one of the few attractions in Nouvelle Aquitaine to offer guided visits in English.
Please see the leaflet for more details, and do not hesitate to contact us if you require further information.