Our agenda for the year is made up of social events to incorporate members interest’s, local and small simple friendly get together’s (vital for swapping information and making new friends) as well as more structured and organised occasions; Some are organised directly by the AAN, others by the members and some by friends of the association. Here are some of the events we have organised in the past. Below you will also see the proposed agenda for 2018.
Quiz Night (an AAN event)
Held in a small local hall, with drinks and nibbles.
A low key, fun and not too serious event (usually held in the winter after Christmas)
International Day ( a non AAN event)
Also known as the fete de peoples this year the small town of Vimoutiers played host to people from 16 different countries.
The day provides the opportunity to meet people from different countries and backgrounds. Sharing food and talking to each other across the table is a great place to start to make friends. The AAN support this event by providing “thé anglaise” in the afternoon. Some of our members make and donate cakes and then help during the day itself.
Visit to a historic site and or place of interest
We are an energetic group and have visited the national stud with a local guide some local gardens and manor houses, factories, museums and are happy to consider any members request.
Afternoon tea at a members houSE
Simple get together but often a chance to look around our friends gardens and to swap information and support.
Hosted by a AAN member, a great al fresco meal
Jardin de Brocante(A NON AAN EVENT)
A local event popular with the association members; a small open air garden market with plants and bric a brac that tend to be garden related.
In the past hosted at a members house and garden; friendly easy environment in which to have a meal
Normally held in a local restaurant of our choice
Agenda for Spring, Summer and Winter 2018
We hold regular conversational groups offering you an opportunity to practice your French (with a native French speaker). The group meets twice a month and the session starts at 7pm till 9pm at the Soleil D’or Vimoutiers. A discussion subject will be given and the language alternates every thirty minutes giving everyone (French and English) the opportunity to take part. Contact us for further information.
POTTERY WORKSHOP VISIT AND GOAT FARM – MARCH 15TH 2018
We have established a good relationship with a local potter, who produces wonderful uniques pieces. We are able to watch her work whilst she demonstrates how she creates them, she is a French lady but is a fluent English speaker so her sessions are very lively. Afterwards we are visiting an organically run local goat farm.
ANOTHER STUD FARM VISIT (date to be confirmed subject to interest)
We want to provide something for everyone and we are considering another visit to a stud this time to a slightly smaller farm; they are known for breeding top class horses and we hope to meet with their new arrivals. We think that the owners will be able to provide a guided tour, but we have yet to confirm the entrance fee which may be dependant on the size of the group.
Once again we hope to organise this extremely popular event; as it is such a nice way to spend a lazy summer afternoon with friends. This time we hope to provide a twist and to do it a little differently than before. Details will be confirmed shortly.
GOLF TUITION MONDAY 4TH JUNE
Once again we have organised an afternoon event at the golf course in Trun. The coaching session will be in English. It is very relaxed and good fun (as well as a great way to keep fit). Course fee is 10 euros plus 2 euros for each bucket of 30 balls.
soap factory visit ( date to be confirmed).
We have an opportunity to visit a local soap factory and find out how this everyday essential item is made. There is a fascinating local history behind this organisation and we think that the visit will prove to be fascinating; as well as an opportunity to try and buy.
VEGETARIAN MEAL SATURDAY 30TH JUNE BOISSEY
We are in for a real treat as this year Shirley and Mick Kirk are hosing a vegetarian meal for us; the aim is to have fun while raising money for our charity Handichiens. Open to members it is based on a first come first served as numbers are limited, so be sure to let our secretary know of your intentions to attend. The menu is likely to be :- Selection of canapes to include olives and stuffed baby bell peppers, nuts etc.; followed by the buffet d’entree which will have between 5 to 7 different salads, dips and mini herbed pittas. The plat will be a vegetable tagine, couscous, falafels or koftas, mint raitha and pitta bread.Dessert will include a cold fruit soup, date and orange slices, kadaif.
Christmas Lunch Date to be advised
We hope to find somewhere that everyone will like and that is central so that most of our members can make a “reasonable journey”. Last year we had a superb meal at La Saint Pierre and hope to repeat it but perhaps at a new venue? but would welcome members views (time passes very quickly)