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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 GLC 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 and was re-named in 2019 to Gascogne Ladies Club. 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, 30 June 2018

Garden Visit July 2018

Dear Gardeners

Our next outing takes place on

 Thursday 5th July

We are delighted that Mme Martine Neeser Philippi has agreed to open her lovely garden in Estang to the LLC garden group. This garden was open for the Rendezvous aux Jardins 2017.

We will meet there at 14h30.  The address is:

Jardin Frontignan
17 route de Frontignan
32240 Estang

Directions:  At the village of Estang, take the D30 in the directon of Monguilham.

Best wishes

Pat and Caroline

Friday, 15 June 2018

LLC Lunch July 2018

Dear Ladies

We are delighted to invite you to a very special summer

BBQ Lunch on Wednesday 4th July 

at Chateau de Buros

This is a favourite venue and they have offered us a fantastic menu, which will be enhanced by a performance by our own choir, the Gesabelles, as well as a LLC sponsored Sangria aperitif.  We hope that will be able to spend a leisurely and convivial afternoon together in the shade of the Chateau grounds.  We also have the option of being inside should the weather not co-operate. 

Our hosts, Angélique and Marijn de Wit, have created a fantastic menu, with a mixture of BBQ foods (meat, fish and vegetables), sauces, salads as well as a choice of deserts.  The BBQ is open to partners and guests.  Please use the form in your email to make the reservation for yourself and your guests.
The Summer BBQ 

Booking-in commences from 12:00.  (please see below for the cost)
LLC Sponsored welcome reception: Apéritif Sangria avec des grignotages (nibbles).  To commence at 12:30

 From the Barbecue:
Bavette de bœuf (beef) / pilons de poulet (chicken drumsticks) / Araignée de porc marinée a la provençal (pork provencal)  / brochette de poulet (chicken kebab)
Papillote de saumon à la coriandre, gingembre et citronnelle
Brochette de légumes (vegetable kebabs) avec champignon, poivron, courgette et aubergine
Choice of three sauces:  Sauce Barbecue, Sauce crème ail et persil (garlic and parsley), sauce Tzaziki
Salads : Pomme de terre en papillote (potato parcels), Salade pommes de terre croquantes (crunchy potato salad), salade tomates mozzarella, salade taboulé.
Banana préparée sure le barbecue avec sauce armagnac et raisins
Salade de fruits du verger marines al la verveine (salad with fruits of the orchard marinated in verbena)
Mousse de fruits exotiques

Featuring a special performance by the Gesabelles.
Reserve your place now.  The cost is €20 for members and €25 for each guest.  Wine is not included in this price. 

The BBQ is open to partners and guests.  Please book early as numbers will be capped at 90, when the cap is reached additional names will be added to the waiting list.  You are welcome to bring house guests with you, if someone is visiting.  In the event that we are over subscribed with a lot of guests we may need to ask you to restrict guest in order to ensure that all members (plus 1 guest) can attend.  We hope that it won’t be necessary to implement this. Please bring your cheque for €20 (members) and €25 (each quest) made payable to “Ladies Lunch Club de l’Armagnac” or cash in an envelope marked with your name and the number of guests.  

Deadline for booking:   The deadline for booking is Friday 22nd June (or sooner if the cap is reached).  Numbers will be accepted after this date (by email) if we still have place.  I will advise on the status when I send out the reminder email and list of responders.  Please note, that we will need to charge for any cancellations received after 12:00 on Monday 2nd July (within 72 hours of the lunch).

Book now to avoid disappointment: Please can you submit your reservation as soon as possible, early booking will ensure that you have a place and avoid disappointment.  If you have problems with the form, think that it has not worked or prefer to send an email, please respond to this email indicating how many guests you would like to register.  In this case, I will manually enter your wishes.  I will send out the reminder email and list of responses next week.  

The LLC Committee look forward to welcoming you to this event and we are all keeping our fingers crossed fro a rain-free lunch with you, the Gesabelles, your partners and guests 

Keep the date free: Extra Special Summer Picnic on Tuesday 21st August at Chateau de Bascous (near to Eauze).  This will be an “auberge espagnol”, in which you bring something for 6-8 people (eg a savoury salad, quiche, etc  or a dessert.  This will be free and will be open to as many guests as you would like to bring.  LLC will be sponsoring the venue, wine and some food.  We will have a local biological beer producer who will be giving a degustation. 
Other LLC events
Gardening outing – Thursday 5th July Je Jardin Frontignan at Estang.  Nothing in August
Book Club – we are reading Crisis by Frank Gardner.  Meet on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 14; 30
Talking shop – we meet on the first Tuesday of every month (Tuesday 3rd July) at 10:30
If you are interested in any of these, please respond on face book or reply to this email and I will put you in touch with the right person

Fetes and other events 

Sunday 17th June – Wendy Thomas Vide Maison at 10:30 – based on her move back to the UK.  A Garens 32370 Espas
Sunday 17th June – Reans “Art & Nature” 10:00 to 18:00.  Boulodrome.
 Fleurence Cinema club - Thursday afternoon at 5:30.  Please contact susan.brissaud@wanadoo.fr for more information.
21st June - The Party staring Kirstin Scott Thomas, Emily Mortimer and Timothy Spail followed by a social event. 

Please email lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com and let me know if you have any other events that you would like added to the next email.
Best wishes

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