About Us

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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

Friday, 29 November 2013

Ladies Lunch Club Annual General Meeting February 2014

An important subject for the LLC in 2014

We appreciate that this time of the year is very busy for everyone but ask you to give the LLC five minutes of your time so that we can prepare for the AGM in February 2014.



Patricia Colan started the club in 2008 and it has grown from strength to strength with now over 100 members, 40 to 50 attending the lunches each month. 
We unfortunately lost the valuable help of Dawn Johnson, our Chairwoman, when she moved back to the UK and although we are succeeding in keeping everything going we would like some help. 


We would appreciate occasional help and ask everyone to let us know what they are willing to assist with, but also we need some additional committee members to lighten the load.  We meet just once a month so nothing to arduous and we work together as a team to share the responsibilities.



Sue Sullivan, 




Jane Cooper





 and Pippa Brown 


are happy to stand for 2014, Jane to continue as Secretary and Pippa as Treasurer. 


Ginster Michel has done excellent work setting up the blog and Facebook page and continues to administer it and has agreed to stand for the committee to continue with this.  She has been nominated by Jane Cooper and seconded by Sue Sullivan.  

Sue Treeby, 



although having completed a three year term has generously agreed to continue if we do not have any other members joining the committee.

So we are looking for nominations! Please don'’t be shy. 
If you wish to discuss it, any of the current committee would be most happy to talk to you.  


Secondly, many of you have suggested that the name of the club should embrace the multi-national essence of the group.  Some have suggested we should refer to ourselves as women rather than ladies or perhaps the name should reflect the country we live in, femmes rather than ladies.  We are therefore asking for ideas for the name of the club.  If you wish it to remain the same, let us know, if you have a great new idea for a name, similarly let us know.

Sue Sullivan and Jane Cooper (secretary) are happy to continue as we are and Ginster has very kindly agreed to handle the IT; the Facebook page and the Blog. 
But we will have places to fill.  

It was hard to find people to stand this year and it will be a problem in January unless people stand up and volunteer.
  


Any member of the LLC is welcome to volonteer to be elected.
Please contact any member of the committee at your next Luncheon or directly at LLC secretary by mail:
lunchclubgascogne(at)gmail.com



Wednesday, 27 November 2013

LLC Christmas 2013 Luncheon at Cafe Zic in Marciac Tuesday 10th December 2013

We are back at the festive season again.  How fast the years go!  Everyone enjoyed the Christmas Party 

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at CaféZik in Marciac, last year -  so we are returning to the same venue for a hopefully even better time.  

Le Café Zik - Marciac, France
The party will commence at 12.30 on Tuesday 10th December 2013 


The Menu

Apéritif de bienvenue , gressins maison
Bisque de crabe vert
Entrées :
veloute d'asperges
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Pressé de crabes, aubergines grillées, chantilly aux herbes
Plat:
Ballotine de pintade, gratin forézien, sauce aux champignons et légumes du marché
( Végétarien : Poisson selon le marché, risotto et légumes )
Desserts :
Bûchette de noël au chocolat blanc , servi avec glace et sauce ( élaboré par Perle)
Vin blanc sec et rouge compris
Café compris accompagné de mignardises compris

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We are asking that those ladies and their partners wanting to attend the Christmas Party book now and pay at the lunch this coming Tuesday or send us a cheque made out to Café Zik to confirm the booking.  

Cheques that are posted need to be sent to 
Pippa Brown, Domaine de la Tyre, 65700, Castelnau Riviere Basse.  
Please make sure you include your husband/partners name on the form if they are intending joining us.

The cost of the lunch is €28 Euro for partners and only €20 Euro for members.  


Proceeds from the monthly raffles are being used to subsidise the members.  
Unfortunately at this stage we cannot include any guests other than husbands/ partners as space is limited and the number of club members has steadily risen this year.  
If we do have any spaces left we will be pleased to welcome friends and guests.



We look forward to seeing you there.
Your LLC committee
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The November Luncheon in the Casino of Barboton-les-Thermes was an enjoyable get together again, here some proof of the good time everybody of us had:













Looking forward to having an enjoyable Luncheon together in December with you Ladies.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

December 2013 Garden group meeting a bit different - 2013 Christmas Table Decorations

This is the December 2013 garden group event but all club members are welcome to attend:  

Christmas Table Decorations Setting Christmas Table Decorations for the Great Decorations on Christmas Day

Please let Barbera or Marloes know if you are attending for 2013 Christmas Table Decorations:

Barbera Roeloffzen will give the 
Christmas Table Decorations workshop


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on Friday 6th of December 10 till 4 o'clock 
at the Marloes’ atelier.

You will need plenty of evergreen foliage from the garden, holly, ivy etc and a decorative pot or bowl.

Some green oasis florists foam, enough to fill the pot. 
Some ribbons and any other materials you want to use to decorate your arrangement.


The workshop is € 4 for heating, cleaning and coffee/tea and please, bring your own lunch with you.

You are welcome to use some of the materials Barbera has, she will make a minimal charge.

We hope it will be another wonderful day with everyone working and learning together.
Do you remember last year's table pieces at the restaurant Cafe Zik?
We will make some more this year at Marloes’ Atelier. Follow the link for directions:
http://ateliergounessepanjas.blogspot.fr/p/blog-page.html


If you want to join the workshop, please send an email: barberaroeloffzen(at)yahoo.com

Friday, 8 November 2013

Review on 1st Arts& Crafts Exhibition of LLC

The Ladies Lunch Club held their first 

over the 1st - 3rd November 2013 at the most delightful venue of 
Chateau de Millet close to Eauze.  
The Deche family were our hosts and generously gave their wine for the Private View which was a most successful evening.















From a membership of about 100 ladies it is impressive to have such a variety of talent, and I'm sure that there is a lot more and we were only just 'scratching the surface'.

Thanks must go to Magda Looij, Ginster, Jane Cooper and Carole Clarke who put in so much hard work to make the Exhibition run so smoothly and look so interesting.  
We showed knitwear, patchwork and boutis, bags, scarves and jewelry, beading, sculpture, paintings, ceramics, stained glass and cards!  
Many pieces sold, workshops planned for the future and lots of new contacts made.

I'm hoping that this will be the first of many more such events to come.  
Thankyou to everyone who helped, exhibited and supported us.

Pamela Savage.

Exhibition Organiser.

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Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Bookclub : November 2013 book choice

The book suggested for the November meeting 

on 19th is:


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So as not to bombard you with book choices, I will email again in a week or so Jane’s selection of books for the December meeting.

Thanks for the delicious cake Brenda and for ‘holding’ next month’s cake!

Jane is selecting books for our December read which will fall on the 19th so perhaps we should think of a little celebratory meeting!

The October book: 
was enjoyed by all members of the club who were present at the meeting today (and one who wasn’t!). 
We found the strong characters quite interesting, each one with a different background and agenda. 
The reader follows Harold on his cathartic walk to visit his old dying colleague from Devon to Berwick on Tweed and his wife’s struggle to come to terms with his actions, their son’s problems and their marriage.  We found it a thought provoking, sensitive and entertaining read, sometimes reducing us to tears.
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