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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, 23 August 2018

September lunch











Bonjour Ladies,

We hope that you are having an excellent summer and enjoyed one of our special summer programme events:  The BBQ, Picnic and walks have all been very successful and well received by all who attended.  Thank you for your support, we hope that our summer programme will be repeated next year.  

Invitation to the next lunch

In order to continue with the theme of summer, we have arranged for the next lunch to be at the

 Auberge La Baquere (Preneron)
 on Tuesday 18th September



 Please note that this is a week later than normal.  We have selected this venue to try and capture the last rays of summer, as they have a very large covered terrace and should be able to accommodate us outdoors and also you were very positive about the last meal at this location.  We hope that you can join us for a late summer lunch and the sun will continue to shine for us.

Please can you complete the form below to register your interest or to register your apologies. 

September registration form




Please book early avoid disappointment and then we can ensure there is a place for everyone, and by 31st August at the latest.  As usual, I will send the list of attendees next week.

The cost of the meal €18, which is really good value for the quality of food, attention and service that we receive.  We look forward to seeing you at this lunch and welcoming you from 12:00.

Our host and chef, Thibault Lagoutte has proposed the following menu , which we hope that you will find interesting as it offers some different menu choices.  Thibault looks forward to welcoming us to his venue.

Menu a 18€

Cocktail de bienvenue et canapés
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Tartare de légumes croquantes aux herbes du jardin et citron vert 
(crunchy vegetables with herbs of the garden and limes)
--
Dos de cabillaud rôti, artichauts et tomates confites 
(roast cod, artichokes and tomato confit)
Ou
Souris d’agneau braisée, risotto de lentilles et épeautre 
(Braised lamb shank with risotto of lentils and spelt)
--
Soupe de fruits rouges au Floc de Gascogne 
(red fruit soup)
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Vins et café inclus

The LLC Committee look forward to welcoming you to luncheon in the last of the summer sun with your friends.

Details of booking
  • The deadline for booking is Friday 29th August, but the numbers may need to be capped at 50.  Therefore, please book early, using the booking form to express your choice of main course.
  • If you miss this deadline, I will have some flexibility until Monday 3rd September provided a cap has not been reached
  • Please book early
  • Please send me an email by responding to this or email lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com if you are having problems with this form or feel that it has not worked (you should receive a notification when it has been sent).  If you need help, I will manually add you to the list.
  • The cost is 18€ including a welcome cocktail, wine and coffee
  • I will send a list of attendees next week, before the final deadline.
  • Please bring your cheque for 18€, made payable to “Ladies Lunch Club  de l’Armagnac” or cash in an envelope marked with your name.  Your assistance in this is much appreciated as it helps to speed up the booking in process
  • Important note : You will be charged if you cancel after Saturday 15th September. 

LLC Dates for your diaries

  • Next lunch Tuesday 9th October at the Hotel le Commerce in Condom.   We have an interesting menu and this is a chance to move to the North of the Gers.
  • Friday 7th September 10km walk around the pretty hill top village of Blaziert.  Meet at 10:00.  Contact Denise Parker if you are interested in this walk or joining the group or email lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com
  • Wednesday 12th September repeat of last month’s successful walk to Sabazan.  An easy 7 km circular walk to this pretty village which dominates the valley of the Midour, with views of the Pyrenees.  Contact Denise Parker if you are interested in this walk or joining the group or email lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com
  • Talking shop, the book club and gardening activities will be sent in the next email.

Members notice board
Vide Maison 25th / 26th August and 1st/2nd September (10:00 to 18:00).   One of our members, Brenda Hollingsworth is moving to a smaller house.  She will be selling furniture, paintings, brocante, china, glass, etc.  At Couderle, Castillon Debats, 32190.  Tel 0562 58 00 57.  Please also contact her if you are interested in a set of Encyclopedia Britannica year



Vagabond Theatre Company production, Playhouse Creatures,  on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September at the Salle de la Comedie in Lectoure, starting at 1800.

Written in 1993 by April di Angelis, it tells the story of the first actresses (famously including Nell Gwynn) who were allowed to perform on stage after the Restoration. Having real females in the roles, instead of boys, caused a sensation and attracted predatory interest from the Harvey Weinsteins of the day in the shape of the aristocracy. Bawdy, irreverent and funny, this play has been performed worldwide for 25 years and now finds itself very topical, given the recent scandals in Hollywood and elsewhere. No need to pay in advance but reservations essential, just drop a line to floyd.lucy@googlemail.com. (A resume of the play is available in French and can be emailed in advance.)




Fleurence Cinema club.  Cinema followed by social interaction and discussion.  For more information please contact :  susan.brissaud@wanadoo.fr

Thursday 30th August at 5.30 pm: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Films are in English, with French subtitles.

The cinema has air-conditioning!

For more information or to join the mailing list, please send an email to susan.brissaud@wanadoo.fr

If  you have any other events that you would like to share with our members please let me know.  


Best wishes




Saturday, 18 August 2018

LLC Walk 3 - Blaziert






Dear Walkers

Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who came on the Sabazan walk which I think we all greatly enjoyed.  The weather was good, views fantastic and the company entertaining!!  It will be a hard one to beat but I hope that I have found another good one that we can all enjoy - although slightly more challenging.









Dear Walkers

The walk that I have chosen is at Blaziert which is between Condom and Lectoure (10k east of Condom just off the D7).  Blaziert is a very pretty hill-top village with '4 Fleuri' rating and has excellent surrounding views of the Gers countryside.  The walk is a 10 km circular walk graded as easy but slightly more challenging with a couple of steepish inclines.  It has its unique 'cadran solaire' with its large sundial on the meridian line.  The walk is varied and we will pass through ancient woodlands, lakes and vineyards and also pass beneath Chateau de Mons with its fine history.

We will meet at

 10.00 am on Friday 7th September



 and the walk should take about 3-3.5 hours max (depending on how fast we all walk!) 





Maps and directions will be provided in both English and French.

I very much look forward to seeing you all again.

Best wishes
Denise

Thursday, 9 August 2018

LLC Picnic August 2018




Dear Ladies



Invitation to summer picnic on Tuesday 21 August at Château de Bascous (near to Eauze).  This is a sharing event that is free and open to LLC members, partners and guests.  

Thank you for responding to my last email and letting me know whether you are coming or not.  It is great to see that you are supportive of this event, even if you are not able to attend because of holidays.  This has allowed the Committee to plan for the event.  We are very much looking forward to it. 

We realise that this is a time of year that you need to be flexible therefore, you can continue to book in yourself alone, with your partners and / or guests up until the day of the Picnic.  We hope to see you there.   Please continue to book / let us know if you cant attend.  
SUMMARY OF KEY DETAILS:
  • You can come alone (many ladies are) or with partners or guests.  Please bring enough food for your party and a plate to share with others on your table.
  • We will have tables and chairs.  Therefore, you can join a group of LLC members or you can form a table of your own.  There will be enough tables and flexibility to accommodate whatever you want to do - you can even bring rugs and sit on the floor in true picnic-style if you want
  • There is shade (should it be hot) and there will be a tent (should it be bad weather). This is a venue that is used for weddings so they are used to different weather settings.
  • There will be a beer degustation by a new group of bio-beer producers.  LLC will be sponsoring some free beer and bottles will be available to purchase.  LCC will also provide some soft drinks / still water and wine.  You are welcome to bring your own wine if you want something special
  • Please bring your own cutlery, crockery and a glass. 
  • This event is FREE and is not restricted in numbers (as long as we know the numbers in advance)
  • The picnic will start at 12:00 for 12:30. 
  • All welcome!!  Come and join this new opportunity and give it a try.
Dates for your diaries
  • Friday 10 August Walk at Sabazan (7kms) at 10.00.  It is looking like the weather is cooler.  This is an easy circular walk around Subazan, near Aignan.  This is a pretty village with its half moat which dominates the valley of the Midour.  Our walk will offer excellent views towards the Pyrenees, we will pass the 15th century church of St John the Baptist and some of the vineyards of St Mont.  If you want to attend or are interested in learning more please replay to this email
  • 16th August – the book club will meet for an informal afternoon of poetry readings, with nibbles and drinks.  The book list for September will follow shortly.  If you are interested in joining this group please reply to this email.
  • Next lunch Tuesday 18 September at Auberge La Baquere.  We have selected this venue because they have a large, covered outside area and we are hoping that we will be able to extend our summer programme with our final meeting outside.  Please note the change of date.
  • The October meeting Tuesday, 9th October and will be at the Hotel Le Commercial at Condom.  They have offered us a very interesting menu and we wanted to ensure that we move around the region.

Members notice board

Vide Maison - One of our members,  Brenda Hollingsworth, is moving to a smaller home in France and therefore will be holding a vide Maison on Sat / Sun 25th / 26th August AND 1st / 2nd September.  She will be selling furniture, paintings, brocante, china, glass etc. At Couderle, Castukuib Debats, 32190 (between Aignan and Vic Fezensac).  Tel 0562 58 00 57.  She is also giving away a set of Encyclopedia Britanica Year leather books from 1954 to 2010.  These will be FREE to anyone interested in giving them a good home. 
Vagabond Theatre Company production, Playhouse Creatures,  on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September at the Salle de la Comedie in Lectoure, starting at 1800.
Written in 1993 by April di Angelis, it tells the story of the first actresses (famously including Nell Gwynn) who were allowed to perform on stage after the Restoration. Having real females in the roles, instead of boys, caused a sensation and attracted predatory interest from the Harvey Weinsteins of the day in the shape of the aristocracy. Bawdy, irreverent and funny, this play has been performed worldwide for 25 years and now finds itself very topical, given the recent scandals in Hollywood and elsewhere. No need to pay in advance but reservations essential, just drop a line to floyd.lucy@googlemail.com. (A resume of the play is available in French and can be emailed in advance.)

Fleurence Cinema club.  Cinema followed by social interaction and discussion.  For more information please contact :  susan.brissaud@wanadoo.fr
Thursday 16th August at 5:30 pm Dunkirk, directed by Christopher Nolan.  These continue every two weeks.
If you have any other events that you would like to share with our members please let me know.

Best wishes
Janet
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