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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

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Happy Easter 2018





Wishing everyone a very 

Happy Easter from

the Ladies Lunch Club d'Armagnac





For more information, please email






Wednesday, 28 March 2018

What's On





WHAT'S ON FOR DEC 2018

CINEMA (VO)




Lectoure -     Tue 11/12 - Bohemian Rapsody 21.00
                                
Marciac -       
                 

Nogaro -      

Vic Fezensac -
          
Eauze -    

Condom -     Fri 7/12 - Samouni Road 20.30
                   Sun 9/12 - Bohemian Rapsody 17.00   

Fleurance -   Thu 6/12 - Crazy Rich Asians 17.30
     

Mirande -       
                 
                 
Fleurance - There is a cinema club who meet every Thursday at 17.30.  Please contact susan.brissaud@wanadoo.fr for more information.                              
                  
                  


LLC LUNCH - SPECIAL FOR XMAS








Tuesday 11th December 

at

Le Piggeoneau
Riscle












THEATRE -   

LLC SocialProgramme
  

Book Club - December book is "Attention All Shipping" by Charles Connolly

Talking Shop

Walking Activities

Friday 28th December - Caupenne d'Armagnac - near Manciet - 12kms moderate circular walk.  More info TBA

Friday 4th January 2019 - TBA


Wednesday 9th January 2019 - There is an option of TWO re-walks at Bazian and you are very welcome to do both or either. We will meet at the Monument des Morts outside the cemetery. 


5a - A modified circular easy walk of 5 kms starting at 11.00 am and

5b - A modified moderate walk of 11.5 kms staring at 12.30.



Bazian is an ancient medieval village with its 'porte' and chateau situated on the D174 which is located off the D34 Vic Fenzensac to Montesquiou road.  The walks have outstanding panoramic views of the valleys of the Guirou and l'Auzoue and we will pass an abundance of old mills.  The terrain is hilly and the amount of tracks v road walking is an estimation of 60/40 but the only main road is the D174 to the village which is about 0.5 km of walking.






Gardening Group - The next meeting is making festive Xmas decorations on Thursday 6th December  14.30h at Jane's house in Labatut-Riviere.  


             
MISC -  


     
Future Dates for your diary

Tues 15th January 2019 - le Ferme de Flaran, Valence-sur-Baise

Tues 12th February 2019 - LLC AGM at Reans - starts at 10.30 am
            
For more information or to email your 
'What's On' updates for your village,

please contact






         



Sunday, 25 March 2018

April LLC Lunch 10th April 2018


Dear Ladies
We are delighted to welcome you to the next

LLC lunch on Tuesday 10th April at 






Chateau de Caumale, Escalans

which is just in the Landes.  This mediaeval-style 12th century Chateau is a new venue for us but one that has already been enjoyed by members of the Committee.


Our hostess and LLC member, Genevieve (Vivi) Fabre looks forward to welcoming us to her home and table and hopes that we will have a very enjoyable meal and take the opportunity to take a tour of the Château after lunch.  


Welcome cocktail
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Croustillant epinards au fromage de chèvre et huile de truffe
Croustillant of spinach and goat’s cheese with truffle oil 
Poulet grillé, sauce aux morilles
Grilled chicken with Morel sauce
ou / or
Saumon Louisiane au vin blanc et lait de coco
Louisiana salmon with white wine and coconut milk sauce
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Assiette de desserts

Tarte aux pommes
Caumale
Apple tart
Fondant au chocolat avec crème anglaise
Chocolate fondant with crème anglaise 


The cost is 18 Euro, which includes a welcome drink, wine and coffee.  This is great value. 




Geneviève also offers a guided tour of the Chateau  and will use any donations raised to support renovation.   Please can you indicate on the booking form if you would like to participate in a guided tour after the lunch.  This will allow us to assess interest and logistics.  Please go to the website for more information www.chateaudecaumale.fr.


The deadline for booking is Monday 2nd April, so please can you submit your reservation form as soon as possible together with your choice of main course.

Please send me an email on lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com if you are having problems with the form or feel that it has not worked (you should get a notification at the end of the process).  If you are having problems, I will manually add you to the list (please also let me know your choices).  I will send out a list of responses before the deadline.

We look forward to welcome you from 12:00.  Please bring either your cheque for €18, made payable to “Ladies Lunch Club de l’Armagnac”, or cash in an envelope marked with your name.  Your assistance with this is much appreciated as it helps to speed up the booking-in process. 
Please note that you will be charged if you cancel within 72 hours of the lunch. 
The LLC Committee look forward to welcoming you to a lively and convivial luncheon at this interesting and very historic venue on 10th April.

Other news :
May Meeting :  Please note that due to public holidays the next meeting will be on the 3rd Tuesday of the month ie the 15th May at Estang.
Club activities – Please see Margaretha’s blog for an update on some of the plans and proposals (if you have not already seen this)  April Blog

Membership renewal closes at the end of April - If you wish to renew and have not already done so, please send me an email and let me know your intentions or contact me if you need a renewal form at lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com.  Thank you to everyone who has already renewed your membership for 2018.

What’s on in April -  We have received notification of the following from our members (which will be posted on Facebook and put on the blog)

  • Cinema Club - Thursday afternoon in Fleurance at 5:30 (every other week).  Enjoy an English spoken film and then spend time discussing the film and chatting over a glass of wine.  For more information contact Susan.Brissaud@wanadoo.fr
    • 29th March The Mercy 5:30.
    • 12th April – The Shape of Water
    • 26th April - Lady Bird
    • Upcoming films : The Death of Stalin, The sense of an ending.
  • LLC Lunch 10th April
  • Demu - Troc / Vide Jardin 15th April.  Bring and buy for gardeners.  Reserve a 2m exhibiting table for €1 to sell plants and cuttings or go along to buy.  More info on Facebook or on request (by email)
  • English Theatre CompanyRosencrantz & Guildenstern are dead” by Tom Stoppard.  6pm 4th & 5th May at Lectoure and 11th & 12th May at Maubourguet.  More information to follow
  • Tuesday 15th May – LLC lunch – Estang

If you have more cultural / village activities to add please let me know and we will post them for you.
Best wishes

Janet
LLC Secretary

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

LATEST POST FROM MARGARETHA

Dear Ladies

Another month has passed and we are standing on the threshold of spring. Or rather, I sincerely hope that the weather is on the point of improving as I have just about had it with all this rain. At home, our black, grey and coloured horses have now all turned a uniform sludge-brown, the colour of the mud they take such pleasure in rolling in, several times a day.



Last month, I spent a fair part of the month in South Africa, visiting my father whom I had not seen for two years. He is turning 80 next year, so the time I have to spend with him is running out. Admittedly, I really should not be complaining about the weather, as it was mid-summer in South-Africa in February, but I did get back here in time for the snow and the very, very cold week that preceded it.





As soon as I got back, the committee met to formulate a policy regarding our online presence: our Facebook page, our Facebook group, our website and blog. We took on board that you would rather not see too many adverts on your timeline, so we decided that the Facebook group, a members-only zone, will feature no commercial adverts whatsoever. All commercial adverts will now appear on our Facebook page only.  

Janet, our secretary, will oversee these changes and she will be helped by Denise, who will look after our online presence and by Kathy who will be in charge of collecting useful information. We are hoping to make the activities of the various subgroups more accessible to all members of the club, whether they are members of the individual subgroups or not. We will, therefore, be meeting with the leaders of the subgroups in the not too distant future.


We also talked about clarifying and simplifying the unique identity of the LLC, by choosing specific colours for the club, having a new logo for the club created professionally and by designing new visiting cards and name badges featuring our new colours and logo. Any input from members would be very welcome

We have spoken to new members (and to several longterm members too) to confirm the need for a more streamlined approach to integrating new members into the club and to introduce them to the club's activities. I would be the first to admit that it can be intimidating to walk into a room full of women I have never me. We thought it would be useful to have someone in charge welcoming new members as they arrive and introducing them to other members who may have similar interests or live nearby to them. This person will also discuss the various subgroups with new members and help them access the subgroups they may be interested in joining. I have discussed this task with Ann Purnell and I am very grateful to report that she is happy to take on this responsibility. 

As always there was a whole bunch of official matters to discuss at the committee meeting, involving an ever-more-astonishing amount of red tape - I definitely do not intend to bore you with that. Suffice to say everything on that front is going more or less according to plan, even though it does seem to take forever.

Ladies, we are running a bit low on prizes for the raffle and we would hugely appreciate if you could send anything suitable our way. We use the money we make to pay for extras to make this year's Summer Supper extra special, so it is all for a good cause. By the way, the Summer Supper this year will most likely be on Saturday the 7th of July, although this still has to be confirmed.

I wish you all a splendid spring season and as usual, we welcome any comments or questions that you may have. Please address these to Janet, on lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com


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