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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

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Book Club for May 2018

Dear All


The May Book club is at 2:30 at Pam Savage's house.

The book for May is:


The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
by Maggie O'Farrell

The June book will be a book of your choice on France. If you are interested in Books why not come an join us (even if you have not read this on the book). 
Please leave a comment if you want to attend or  want more information or contact

About The May Book:
Edinburgh in the 1930s. The Lennox family is having trouble with its youngest daughter. Esme is outspoken, unconventional, and repeatedly embarrasses them in polite society. Something will have to be done.
Years later, a young woman named Iris Lockhart receives a letter informing her that she has a great-aunt in a psychiatric unit who is about to be released.
Iris has never heard of Esme Lennox and the one person who should know more, her grandmother Kitty, seems unable to answer Iris's questions. What could Esme have done to warrant a lifetime in an institution? And how is it possible for a person to be so completely erased from a family's history?
Hope you all enjoy it!

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

LLC Lunch May 18






Dear Ladies

We are delighted to welcome you to the next LLC lunch on


Tuesday 15th May at 

Le Commerce, Estang

which is a favourite venue for us.  This lunch will be on the THIRD Tuesday because of bank holidays.


Our hosts, Laetitia and Patrick Topin, look forward to welcoming us to the lunch and Patrick has created the following seasonal menu for us.  They hope that we all have a very enjoyable meal and we hope that the sun will be shining.



Bruschetta d'Asperges et Serrano

Asparagus and Serrano Ham Bruschetta


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Mignon du Porc en Croute
Pork fillet in pastry

Ou / Or

Pavé de Saumon, Spaghettis de Courgettes
Pavé of Salmon with courgette spaghetti

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Tiramisu Fraises / Strawberry Tiramisu

The cost is 18 Euro, which includes wine but does not include tea or coffee







The deadline for bookings is Thursday 3rd May.  Please can you submit your reservation form as soon as possible together with your choice of main course. Please book early so that we can ensure that there is a place for everyone.  At this stage we don't anticipate having to restrict numbers.
Please send me an email on



If you are having problems with the form or fee that it has not worked (you should get a notification at the end of the process), 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 welcoming 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 on 15th May.
Other news :
June Meeting :  Tuesday 12th June at La Falene Bleue, Lannepax.  A great outdoors venue for the summer.  Numbers will be restricted to 50.
Club activities – The Committee are actively planning for our Summer event.
Talking shop - 1st May at the home of Barbera Roeloffzen - please contact Berbera directly on berberaroeloffzen@yahoo.com if you would like to join the meeting.  Or contact the LLC email address (below) if you would like further information.
Knitting club - Assistance needed this week. - We need someone to pick up some wool from Lynette Marchent at Montreal on Wednesday or Eauze on Thursday of this week (25th / 26th) - or from her house (before Friday) if you live near to her.  Please can you contact Lynette on +44 795 891 1161 or fourfeetten@aol.com  if you can help.
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 / my email address is lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com

Please contact me if you wish to renew when you next come to France.  We can accommodate this as long as we know your plan. Thank you to everyone who has already renewed your membership for 2018.
What’s on in May  -  We have received notification of the following from our members (which will be posted on Facebook and put on the blog)
  • Book of the month "The Vanishing Act of Esne Lennox".  Please contact me or Jo Boutcher if you want more information on the book club

  • English Theatre CompanyRosencrantz & Guildenstern are dead” by Tom Stoppard.  6pm 4th & 5th May at Lectoure and 11th & 12th May at Maubourguet. Tickets are still available
If you have more cultural / village activities to add please let me know and we will post them for you.
Best wishes


Friday, 13 April 2018

Book Club Good Reads April 2018


These two books are the latest recommended 'good reads' from the LLC Book Club.



Runaway

At the centre of Runaway are three stories connected into one marvellously rich, long narrative, about Juliet - who escapes from teaching at a girls' school into a wild and passionate love match; then returns to the home of her parents, whose life and curious marriage she finally begins to examine; while in the third part of her story, her vanished child turns up caught in the grip of a religious cult. The whole picture emerges only when all the pieces of the jigsaw are finally in place. The runaway of the disturbing title story is Carla, a congenital 'bolter', who has neighbourly fantasies that take on a frightening afterlife...Elsewhere, a stagestruck girl finds life is more Shakespearean than even she imagines; while Tessa, a young country woman with strange powers cannot foresee what will happen if she makes off with a plausible charmer. Munro's stories unravel layers of the past, and different versions of the truth: her characters learn that if you look too closely at anything - the past, the truth - it may crumble. Runaway is about the power and betrayals, and twists, of love, about lost children, lost chances. There is pain and desolation beneath the surface, like a needle in the heart, which makes them powerful and compelling. Munro is a magician with words, but also with layers of life and emotion.






The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

Edinburgh in the 1930s. The Lennox family is having trouble with its youngest daughter. Esme is outspoken, unconventional, and repeatedly embarrasses them in polite society. Something will have to be done.
Years later, a young woman named Iris Lockhart receives a letter informing her that she has a great-aunt in a psychiatric unit who is about to be released.
Iris has never heard of Esme Lennox and the one person who should know more, her grandmother Kitty, seems unable to answer Iris's questions. What could Esme have done to warrant a lifetime in an institution? And how is it possible for a person to be so completely erased from a family's history?

Enjoy!!

For more information, please contact lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com




Monday, 9 April 2018

English Theatre - May 2018





The English Theatre Company are delighted to invite you to a performance of


Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
by Tom Stoppard

Tom Stoppard’s timeless comedy is a fabulously inventive tale about two bewildered characters who are childhood friends of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. The play focuses on their misadventures as they drift in and out of Shakespeare’s play. They are a blend of Laurel and Hardy and Morecambe and Wise who sometimes forget who they are. Rosencrantz is amiable, simple-minded and takes things at face value. Guildenstern is a thinker, a brainy clever-clogs who worries about consequences. Together they get up to all kinds of antics without ever really knowing what’s going on around them.



Friday 4th May and
Saturday 5th May at 6pm

La Salle de la Comédie, 63 Rue Nationale, 32700, Lectoure


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Friday 11th May and
Saturday 12th May at 6pm

Théâtre Les 7 Chandelles, Pl. de la Libération, 65700, Maubourguet



Tickets are €10 (€5 for under 12s)


Email reservations to: 


or call  on 05 62 67 12 99

Follow the progress of this production by reading the blog on:

http://www.englishtheatrecompany32.fr/blog

 

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Garden Visit April 2018


Dear Gardeners



Please note that we have had to move forward our next garden outing due to the fact that they are closed until the 23rd April and we apologise for any inconvenience.






We are visiting the Château de Fréchou http://www.chateaudufrechou.com situated in Lot et Garonne in a small village between Nérac and Condom.

This is a small, privately owned historic property with beautiful gardens and authentic interior.


This outing will take place on - 

Thursday 26th April

We will send further information and directions nearer the time.


There will be a small charge for the guided visit, price depending on numbers.







The Garden outing for next month will take place on Thursday 10th May when we visit the Iriseraie de Papon at Laplume, meeting at 14h.


For more information, please contact us by email at lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com






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