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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

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Happy New Year 2018

We wish all our members of the Ladies Lunch Club de l'Armagnac 
and their family and friends a wonderful vital and 
Happy New Year 2018   




LLC member filmclub in Fleurance

A new filmclub in Fleurance:

If any LLC members would like to be informed about upcoming films, they can send me an email at susan.brissaud@wanadoo.fr 

and I will put them on the mailing list. 


The cinema in Fleurance in about to launch a regular rendez vous featuring recent films in English (with French subtitles).

 
The first film is going to be the star studded version of Agatha Christie's famous Poiret mystery, "Murder on the Orient Express". 

Some of our most wonderful English actors (Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Derek Jacobi) are performing in it alongside a clutch of Hollywood film stars (Michele Pfeiffer, Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz). The BBC proclaims that "First class steam travel has never seemed more glamorous. Its worth buying a ticket just to savour the alpine scenery, gleaming art deco fittings, foot tapping jazz and mouth watering catering," while the Guardian says "It's classic Branagh: sweeping landscapes, thundering score, capital A acting."
Showing at the Grand Angle Fleurance on Thursday 18th January at 5.30 pm.


The following Thursday 25th, also at 5.30pm, there will be a chance to see the "icily brilliant" (Guardian) Christopher Plummer playing John Paul Getty in "All the Money in the World", a thrillerised account of the true story of the kidnapping of Getty's grandson, Paul, and the chaos that was unleased when Getty, despite being a billionaire, refused to pay the ransom. The Guardian and the Telegraph have given it four stars!

The cinema is also showing "The Battle of the Sexes" on Monday 8th January at 8.30 pm. This is a thrilling film about the famous tennis match of 1973 between Billie Jean King and the "male chauvinstic pig" (in his own words) Bobby Riggs. It's also about Billie Jean King's love life. 




Again, the Guardian and the Telegraph have both awarded four stars to the film, which is directed by the duo that produced Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathon Dayton and Valerie Faris).
I think this initiative is a wonderful opportunity for us to get to see some of the latest film releases in vo. 

If any members would like to be informed about upcoming films, they can send me an email at susan.brissaud@wanadoo.fr and I will put them on the mailing list. 
Following the first two screenings, the cinema is going to try to get films as they come out, so if there are any films members of the Ladies Lunch Club (and their friends and husbands!) particularly want to see, they can let me know and I'll pass the word on (under consideration for the moment are Phantom Thread and Film Stars don't die in Manchester and perhaps Darkest Hour, the acclaimed new film about Churchill).


The cinema is also hoping that the public, both French and English, will hang around afterwards and chat to each other and that it will become a friendly social event, possibly with an apéritif after the film from time to time. They are very open to feedback, so any suggestions you may have are more than welcome. 
Many thanks in advance for your help in spreading the word. 

Best wishes for 2018,Susan Brissaud

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Sign up for LLC Annual General Meeting and January 2018 Lunch with Ladies Lunch Club de l’Armagnac

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING and JANUARY LUNCH
Tuesday 9th January 2018
Salle de Fetes – 32800 Réans

Dear Ladies,
Our 2018 Annual General Meeting will take place in the Salle de Fetes at 32800 Réans, on 
Tuesday the 9th of January
Coffee will be offered from 10.45 am and the Meeting will start promptly at 11.00 a.m.

An Agenda for the Meeting have been sent in email to members and so were the  Minutes of the 2017 AGM. Copies of the minutes will be circulated on the day.  
We will ask for your approval on the day by a show of hands of those present.



Election of new Committee:
Carol Scott will be standing down as President and in her place, Margaretha Liddell-Grainger has been nominated as President and Janet Jones as Secretary. 
Riet Smulders will remain as Treasurer.  

In accordance with the Constitution of the Club, a decision will be taken by a simple majority vote of the members present.  The new Committee will then have the power to co-opt one or more additional members, as necessary.
A.O.B.  (Any Other Business):  Under this heading, we welcome your suggestions and ideas on how we can continue to offer all our Members a choice of interesting activities and any other points you would like to raise.  
If you are unable to attend but have something to offer please e-mail the Committee at the above address.

The Meeting will be followed by our normal Lunch which will be prepared and served by Michelle Chavenon and Dagmar Bunnemann, two of our Members.  
The cost of the lunch is 18 euro, which includes the wine and coffee.  
A Booking Form was attached to member email. If you have difficulties in submitting the form please send an email giving your choices to lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com.

MENU 18 Euro 

Punch Planteur/ Planter's Punch
Verrines à la Courgette/ Courgette Verrines
Chips de légumes/ Vegetable Crisps
+++
 Cocktail sans alcool/ Non-alcoholic Cocktail
+++
 Velouté de Champignons, Chantilly au Piment d’Espelette et Croûtons
Cream of Mushroom Soup with Espelette Red Peppers and Croutons
+++
Méli-mélo de Poissons en Papillotes
Fish Meli-Melo en Papillotes (Paper Packets)

Ou/or

Emincé de Filet mignon sauté au Miel et aux Epices
Filet Mignon Flavoured with Honey and Spices
Brocolis, Riz thaï/ Brocolli, Thai Rice
+++
Verrines de Panna cota, Mousse au chocolat et Délice de fruits rouges
Pannacotta, Chocolate Mousse and Red Fruit Delight Verrines
+++ 
Vin blanc, vin rouge/ White and Red Wine
Café à la fin du repas/ Coffee
                       
DEADLINE FOR BOOKING IS THE 
3rd OF JANUARY 2018



Membership Renewal Forms will be handed out to those who haven't received it with the member email. 
Please bring €10 (cash or cheque made payable to Ladies Lunch Club de l’Armagnac) membership fee or send membership forms and cheques to the LLC Secretary by post.

The deadline for subscriptions is the end of February (unless you have made a prior arrangement.) 
If you have any problems, please contact the Secretary, lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com. 
To ease organisation of signing in and up:
Please bring your membership form and 10 Euros in a one envelope with your name on it.
Please bring the money for the lunch in a separate envelope with your name on it.   
Please do not forget your name tag. 


We look forward to seeing you on the 9th January, 2018.

Best Wishes for a merry christmas 
and a happy New Year to you all, 
the LLC committee

Friday, 8 December 2017

LLC bookclub meeting December 14th 2017

Our last book club meeting of the year 2017 

The Festive One, is next Thursday 14 December.
Special Christmas time of 3.30pm

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Please bring your favourite Christmas reading, if you have one, and a little plate of snacks/sweet or savoury, or a bottle of fizz.

I have Jo’s selection of books for the January 2018 meeting which I have printed below.  Have a look at them and we can then choose the book on Thursday.
Jackie

I have actually opted for 4 books; two by women and two by men.  Books written by incredibly intrepid travellers, both through life and through adventure. Tales of Derring-do and “gung-honess” (is there such a word?). I have enjoyed them immensely – hope the bookclub also enjoys.
 Jo B x They are:

Jupiter's Travels -Ted Simon's astonishing 4 year motorbike journey around the world 
The book that inspired Ewan McGregor's Long Way Round 

Jupiter's TravelsIn the late 1970s Ted Simon set off on a Triumph and rode 63,000 miles over four years through fifty-four countries in a journey that took him around the world. Through breakdowns, prison, war, revolutions, disasters and a Californian commune, he travelled into the depths of fear and reached the heights of euphoria. 
He met astonishing people and was treated as a spy, a welcome stranger and even a god. For Simon the trip became a journey into his own soul, and for many others - including bikers Charley Boorman and Ewan McGrergor - it provides an inspiration they will never forget. 
Brought up in England by a German mother and a Romanian father, Ted Simon found himself impelled by an insatiable desire to explore the world. It led him to abandon an early scientific career in favour of journalism, and he has worked for several newspapers and magazines on Fleet Street and elsewhere. Ted Simon is also the author of Riding Home and The Gypsy in Me.


A fascinating story about one man's perilous journey across the Atlantic in a tiny open dinghy, to prove his theories that castaways could survive on only fish (from whose insides a certain amount of fresh water is procured), plankton, rainwater and a small amount of seawater. Dr Bombard was influenced by the Kon-Tiki expedition of 1947, but unlike that famous voyage, Bombard's trip is now largely forgotten, though it caused a sensation at the time in 1952.

Paula McLain – Circling the Sun 
Beryl wrote a book about her trans-Atlantic flight called “West with the Night?” which was heralded by Hemingway, is available online.
Circling the SunAs a young girl, Beryl Markham was brought to Kenya from Britain by parents dreaming of a new life. For her mother the dream quickly turned sour, and she returned home; Beryl was brought up by her father, who switched between indulgence and heavy-handed authority, allowing her first to run wild on their farm then incarcerating her in the classroom. 
The scourge of governesses and a serial absconder from boarding school, by the age of 16 Beryl had been catapulted into a disastrous marriage - but it was in facing up to this reality that she took charge of her own destiny. 
Scandalizing high society with her errant behaviour, she left her husband and became the first woman ever to hold a professional racehorse trainer's licence. After falling in with the notoriously hedonistic and gin-soaked Happy Valley set, Beryl soon became embroiled in a complex love triangle with the writer Karen Blixen and big-game hunter Denys Finch Hatton (immortalized in Blixen's memoir Out of Africa). 
It was this unhappy affair which set tragedy in motion while awakening Beryl to her truest self and to her fate: to fly.


Just a Little Run Around the World: 5 Years, 3 Packs of Wolves and 53 Pairs of ShoesAfter her husband died of cancer, 57-year-old Rosie set off to run around the world, raising money in memory of the man she loved. Followed by wolves, knocked down by a bus, confronted by bears, chased by a naked man with a gun and stranded with severe frostbite, Rosie's breathtaking 20,000-mile solo journey is as gripping as it is inspiring. Rosie's solo run around the world started out of sorrow and heartache and a wish to turn something around. 
Heartbroken when she lost her husband to cancer, Rosie set off from Wales with nothing but a small backpack of food and equipment, and funded by the rent from her little cottage. So began her epic 5-year journey that would take her 20,000 miles around the world, crossing Europe, Russia, Asia, Alaska, North America, Greenland, Iceland, and back into the UK. 
On a good day she'd run 30 miles, on a bad day she'd only manage 500 yards, digging herself out of the snow at -62 degrees C, moving her cart inches at a time. Every inch, every mile, was a triumph, a celebration of life, and 53 pairs of shoes later Rosie arrived home to jubilant crowds in Tenby, Wales.


Remember, Book Club is always on the 3rd Thursday of the month. All meetings, unless notified, are at Pam’s at 2.30.

For more information about any of the above or our next meeting and venue, please contact:
LLC secretary: lunchclubgascogne(at)gmail.com
or you join the blog here:

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Garden group meeting for Christmas table decoration December 2017

The LLC Garden group will be meeting on 


Thursday, 7th December at 2 pm 


at Jane Cooper's at Labatut Rivière


to  make Table Decorations for Christmas. 


this is only a random
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Please bring your own container and plenty of greenery, spray, baubles etc. 

We hope for a good gathering, being the last meeting of the year.

For more information and contact please see our garden club page


Meetings are on the first Thursday of the month.


Ladieslunchclub secretary: lunchclubgascogne(at)gmail.com
or you join the blog here:
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Monday, 27 November 2017

Sign up for December 2017 Christmas Lunch with Ladies Lunch Club de l’Armagnac

Dear Lady Members, 
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to attend our December Ladies Lunch on 



Tuesday 12th  of December
 at 12h/starting 12.30h
  


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Place du Pesquèrot
32370 Manciet
They have offered us the front restaurant but still there is a restriction of seats of 44 as the maximum number the restaurant can take, therefore priority will be given to members. 

Should you wish to bring a guest would you please advise us separately, and if any places remain on the waiting list after the closing date we will contact you.  

Deadline for final reservation is 
5th of December 2017.



Menu 20 Euro 


Apéritif de Bienvenue
Welcoming Aperitif

Terrine de Foie Gras au Figues
Terrine of Foie Gras with Figs

Magret de Canard cuit en son jus avec un Gratin de Légumes
Duck Breast baked in its own juices with a Vegetable Gratin

ou/or

Filet de Cabillaud au Beurre Blanc 
Cod Fillet with White Butter Sauce

Bûche de Noël et Glace Vanille
Traditional Yule Log with Vanilla Ice cream

Café/Thé
Coffee/Tea

Arrosé par un Vin Rosé ou du Vin Rouge
With Rosé or Red Wine



Please make your reservation and submit your booking form (which was sent to you by email)  as soon as possible with your choice of main course.
As usual, we will be sending out a list of those who have booked just before that date. 
If you have any problems with the Booking Form please email Margaretha at <lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com>

We would very much appreciate it if you could bring along your cheque made payable to Ladies Lunch Club de l'Armagnac for 20 euros (or cash) in an envelope with your name clearly marked.
This speeds up the checking in process. 
Booking in will start at 12 o’clock, Lunch 12.30h. 

Please note that you may be charged if you cancel within 72 hours of the lunch.

Please also note that the AGM 
(Annual General Meeting) 
will take place on January 9th, 2018 in Réans.   
A separate email will be sent out to members. 
We are very much looking forward to seeing you at our last lunch in 2017. 
the Committee



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For more information about any of the above or our next meeting and venue, please contact:
LLC secretary: lunchclubgascogne(at)gmail.com


or (click on this link if you want regular info)
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Ladies Lunch Club de l'Armagnac or

sign in to blog:http://gersoisladiesclub.blogspot.fr/


PS. Our Marché de Noel takes place on the 2nd of December this year at 
11B, Route de Gavarret, Condom. 
If you would like to attend and need directions, 
see our post. 

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

LLC Marché de Noel - Christmas market 2017

Marché de Noel - Christmas Market
organised by 
LadiesLunchclub de l'Armagnac 
takes place on 
2d December 2017 
10.30 - 17h 

address: 11 B Rue Gavarett, 32100 Condom
See you all there


Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Garden group November 8th, 2017 at Palmeraie de Sarthou

Dear Gardeners

For our November outing we will be going to the wonderful, exotic, 


Plan Palmeraie Parc


Jardin Exotique en Gascogne



Because the gardens are closed on Thursdays we have arranged to go on: 

Wednesday 8th November, 
meeting there at 2pm

This garden was named a “Jardin Remarquable” in 2006 and The gardens at the Palmeraie are of great interest to plant lovers and gardeners with many tropical species, palms, banana, bamboo -  flourishing. 
 There is a also a restored Gascon farm house in which one can see how the typical farmer would have lived with his family - complete with animals and a collection of metal sculptures set in the garden. Mostly made from scrap and machine parts these represent real and fantastic animals. 
Then there is the woodland walk round the "prairie" and another surprise of two crashed aircraft in the trees !

There will be a charge of €6.50 per person which includes a guided visit and tea and cake afterwards, this is for 10 people, for less it will be € 7.00. 

directions:
take the D48 road from Aignan to Nogaro, after about 3 k turn right onto D 111 following the sign to Jardin exotique, after about 2 k there is a right turn. (Hidden in the hedge ) to Palmeraie du Sarthou, this leads you direct to the garden, turn right again by the bins.
DIRECTIONS: 
https://www.palmeraiesarthou.com/contact


LINK TO WEBSITE:  https://www.palmeraiesarthou.com

Plan Palmeraie Jardin

We look forward to seeing you there - if you would like to bring a picnic you are welcome to do so - there is an undercover area in case the weather is not on our side !




Meetings are on the first Thursday of the month.


for more information please contact Ladieslunchclub secretary: 
lunchclubgascogne(at)gmail.com
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Sunday, 29 October 2017

Sign up for LLC Luncheon on November 14th, 2017

Hello Ladies,

Our November lunch 2017 will take place on


Tuesday November 14th at 
12.00 noon for 12.30 pm

Tel 05 62 69 85 64 at ​36, Avenue de l'Adour 32400 Riscle, 

and we invite you to make your reservation (on the booking form emailed to members) as soon as possible. 







Menu 18 Euros

Entrée
Carpaccio de Boeuf avec Pesto, Parmesan et des grains de Tournesol 
Beef Carpaccio with Pesto, Parmesan and Sunflower seeds
Ou/or
Salade Grillée aux Courgettes et Mozzarella 
Grilled Salad of Courgettes topped with Mozzarella
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Poulet Suprème au Brie et Chorizo avec ses Pommes de Terre et ses petits Légumes
Chicken Supreme stuffed with Brie and Chorizo and served with Potatoes and Vegetables 

Ou/or

Filet de Carrelet avec une mousseline de Pommes de Terre et des Légumes  
Filet of Sole with mousseline Potatoes and Vegetables
+++
Tartelette Chocolat Chaud

Warm chocolate tartlet
+++
The menu has wine and coffee or tea included.


Deadline for bookings is the 7th of November 
so please submit your booking form (sent to members) as soon as possible with your choice of starter and main course. 
As usual, we will be sending out a list of those who have booked just before that date. 
If you have any problems with the Booking Form please email Margaretha. at lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com

Please bring your cheque (€18)  made out to Ladies Lunch Club de l’Armagnac or cash, 
in an envelope with your name on it. 
Please do not forget your name tags.

We look forward to seeing you for our lunch.


The Committee







For more information about any of the above or our next meeting and venue, please contact:
LLC secretary: lunchclubgascogne(at)gmail.com
or you join the blog here:

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