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Réans, Armagnac, 32 Gers, France
Our objective is to promote friendship between women of all nationalities living in Gascony, SW France, to share our interests and to offer help when needed. The Club started in 2008, with twenty English ladies living in Gascony, using a foreign language and experiencing a new life. Since then, several different groups have been added and our membership has grown into the hundreds, with new ladies moving to the area and ladies who have lived here a while, who have discovered us, who want to make new acquaintances and discover new areas of interest. Today we have eleven nationalities, and our speaking/working language is English. The LLC meets on the second Tuesday of each month, excluding July and August.Every member receives an email each month, giving the name of the restaurant, the chosen, menu and a booking form. In 2014, we became a non-profit making Association, known as Ladies Lunch Club de l’Armagnac. Our annual subscription fee of 10 € is payable in January each year. Each member of the Club may participate in some or all of our various groups

Monday, 17 September 2018

October Lunch







Dear Ladies


I need to send this invitation out now for the October lunch.  I apologize that it is sent out before the September lunch, but this is necessary to give you time to respond and because we have to give restaurant numbers 10 days before the lunch.   We have had a very good, high quality meal at the Continental before and hope that you find the menu that we have selected interesting and of a similar standard.   
Details of the lunch
The lunch will take place at 12:00 on Tuesday 9th October at Le Continental in Condom We hope that you can join us at this venue, which in the north of the Gers.  Please can you complete the form in your email to register your interest (or to let us know if you are unable to attend).
Please book early to ensure that we reserve sufficient place for everyone.  It is unlikely that there will be a cap on numbers for this venue.  The deadline for bookings is Monday 24th September.  As usual, I will send the list of attendees before the closing date. 
The cost of the meal is €20, which includes wine and coffee.  Because this is at the top of our range, we will also include a raffle ticket to make this an all inclusive price.  We look forward to welcoming you from 12:00.
The chef of the restartant « Les Jardins de la Baise » proposes the following menu :
La Salade d’Artichauts Marinée et Queues d’Ecrevisses (Marine Artichoke salad with crayfish tails)
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Le Pavé de Truite Landais, Suce Beurre Blanc (pave of Landais trout with white, butter sauce)
Or
Le Cochon Fermier, Sauce Pruneaux d’Agen (Farm pork with prune sauce)
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La Craquant Crème Brulée aux Fruits Rouges
Vins et café inclus
The LLC Committee looks forward to welcoming you to the luncheon and hope that we see some new and old faces.
Details of booking
  • The deadline for booking is Monday 25th September.  We don’t believe there will be a cap on the numbers.  Please book early using the booking form to express your choice of main course. 
  • If you miss this deadline, I will see if the restaurant can accommodate a few extra people.
  • Please reply using email lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com if you are having any problems with the form or feel that it may not have worked.  You should    see a notification at the end of the process.  If you do email, please let me know your choice of main course.
  • Please feel free to also use this form to send your apologies (and let us know if you have a problem with this venue / location)
  • The cost is €20 which includes wine, coffee and a raffle ticket, to make this an all inclusive price
  • I will send a list of attendees a week before the final deadline.
  • Please bring your cheque for €20 made payable to Ladies Lunch Club de l’Armaganc” or cash in an envelope with your name on it.  Your help with this is much appreciated as it helps to speed up the booking in process.
  • Important note.  You will be charged if you cancel on or after Sunday 7th October.








LLC Walk 4 - Valence-sur-Baise










Dear Walkers

Our next walk will take place on Friday 5th October starting at 10.30 am We will meet up and start the walk at the Abbaye de Flaran (near Valence-sur-Baise).  It is a moderately easy circular walk of nearly12 kms and is a slightly modified version of the official walk to make it a bit shorter!





The walk will take us through ancient woodlands and to the ancient lock of Graziac and then we continue up towards the village of Herret (village fleuri) with its aerodrome.  There are fabulous views of the Gers countryside on the ridge just outside the village.  We then continue back towards the Abbey with more far-reaching views of Valence with its towers and distant chateaux.

Please note that we do have to cross the busy D930 Condom/Valence main road twice and the walk is 70% tracks and 30% small roads.

Nearer the time, there will be a reminder email and maps and directions will be provided in both English and French. 



Re-walk of Blaziert circular 10kms - easy with challenges

There will be a re-walk of the circular Blaziert walk on Thursday 11th October starting at 10.30 am for those that would like to do it again or for the first time!

We can have a picnic afterwards for those that are able to stay.

If you would like to join either of these walks, please email 


Looking forward to seeing everyone.








Thursday, 23 August 2018

September lunch











Bonjour Ladies,

We hope that you are having an excellent summer and enjoyed one of our special summer programme events:  The BBQ, Picnic and walks have all been very successful and well received by all who attended.  Thank you for your support, we hope that our summer programme will be repeated next year.  

Invitation to the next lunch

In order to continue with the theme of summer, we have arranged for the next lunch to be at the

 Auberge La Baquere (Preneron)
 on Tuesday 18th September



 Please note that this is a week later than normal.  We have selected this venue to try and capture the last rays of summer, as they have a very large covered terrace and should be able to accommodate us outdoors and also you were very positive about the last meal at this location.  We hope that you can join us for a late summer lunch and the sun will continue to shine for us.

Please can you complete the form below to register your interest or to register your apologies. 

September registration form




Please book early avoid disappointment and then we can ensure there is a place for everyone, and by 31st August at the latest.  As usual, I will send the list of attendees next week.

The cost of the meal €18, which is really good value for the quality of food, attention and service that we receive.  We look forward to seeing you at this lunch and welcoming you from 12:00.

Our host and chef, Thibault Lagoutte has proposed the following menu , which we hope that you will find interesting as it offers some different menu choices.  Thibault looks forward to welcoming us to his venue.

Menu a 18€

Cocktail de bienvenue et canapés
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Tartare de légumes croquantes aux herbes du jardin et citron vert 
(crunchy vegetables with herbs of the garden and limes)
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Dos de cabillaud rôti, artichauts et tomates confites 
(roast cod, artichokes and tomato confit)
Ou
Souris d’agneau braisée, risotto de lentilles et épeautre 
(Braised lamb shank with risotto of lentils and spelt)
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Soupe de fruits rouges au Floc de Gascogne 
(red fruit soup)
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Vins et café inclus

The LLC Committee look forward to welcoming you to luncheon in the last of the summer sun with your friends.

Details of booking
  • The deadline for booking is Friday 29th August, but the numbers may need to be capped at 50.  Therefore, please book early, using the booking form to express your choice of main course.
  • If you miss this deadline, I will have some flexibility until Monday 3rd September provided a cap has not been reached
  • Please book early
  • Please send me an email by responding to this or email lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com if you are having problems with this form or feel that it has not worked (you should receive a notification when it has been sent).  If you need help, I will manually add you to the list.
  • The cost is 18€ including a welcome cocktail, wine and coffee
  • I will send a list of attendees next week, before the final deadline.
  • Please bring your cheque for 18€, made payable to “Ladies Lunch Club  de l’Armagnac” or cash in an envelope marked with your name.  Your assistance in this is much appreciated as it helps to speed up the booking in process
  • Important note : You will be charged if you cancel after Saturday 15th September. 

LLC Dates for your diaries

  • Next lunch Tuesday 9th October at the Hotel le Commerce in Condom.   We have an interesting menu and this is a chance to move to the North of the Gers.
  • Friday 7th September 10km walk around the pretty hill top village of Blaziert.  Meet at 10:00.  Contact Denise Parker if you are interested in this walk or joining the group or email lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com
  • Wednesday 12th September repeat of last month’s successful walk to Sabazan.  An easy 7 km circular walk to this pretty village which dominates the valley of the Midour, with views of the Pyrenees.  Contact Denise Parker if you are interested in this walk or joining the group or email lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com
  • Talking shop, the book club and gardening activities will be sent in the next email.

Members notice board
Vide Maison 25th / 26th August and 1st/2nd September (10:00 to 18:00).   One of our members, Brenda Hollingsworth is moving to a smaller house.  She will be selling furniture, paintings, brocante, china, glass, etc.  At Couderle, Castillon Debats, 32190.  Tel 0562 58 00 57.  Please also contact her if you are interested in a set of Encyclopedia Britannica year



Vagabond Theatre Company production, Playhouse Creatures,  on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September at the Salle de la Comedie in Lectoure, starting at 1800.

Written in 1993 by April di Angelis, it tells the story of the first actresses (famously including Nell Gwynn) who were allowed to perform on stage after the Restoration. Having real females in the roles, instead of boys, caused a sensation and attracted predatory interest from the Harvey Weinsteins of the day in the shape of the aristocracy. Bawdy, irreverent and funny, this play has been performed worldwide for 25 years and now finds itself very topical, given the recent scandals in Hollywood and elsewhere. No need to pay in advance but reservations essential, just drop a line to floyd.lucy@googlemail.com. (A resume of the play is available in French and can be emailed in advance.)




Fleurence Cinema club.  Cinema followed by social interaction and discussion.  For more information please contact :  susan.brissaud@wanadoo.fr

Thursday 30th August at 5.30 pm: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Films are in English, with French subtitles.

The cinema has air-conditioning!

For more information or to join the mailing list, please send an email to susan.brissaud@wanadoo.fr

If  you have any other events that you would like to share with our members please let me know.  


Best wishes




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