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. Here are the dates for the next sessions ;
Wednesday 12th September
Wednesday 26th September
Wednesday 10th October
Wednesday 24th October
Wednesday 7th November
Wednesday 21st November
Wednesday 5th December
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.
STUD FARM VISIT TO HARAS DU LOGIS (THURSDAY 28TH JUNE 2018)
This time we have the fantastic opportunity to visit a prestigious private stud farm owned and ran by Julian Ince. It has been home to a. number of champion horses. The interest in this event has been superb; so we hope to organise another event for those members who were unable to attend. On this visit we hope to see the champions of the past and those of tomorrow (with the birth of the new foals). Julian has been very generous with his time in allowing us a rare opportunity to see how a working stud operates.
SUMMER BBQ SATURDAY AUGUST 11TH
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 it is being hosted by our members; details of which will be confirmed direct to all concerned. As before this is a BYO event; BBQ’s will be set up in advance; please ensure to bring your own cutlery, plates and glasses.
GOLF TUITION WEDNESDAY 20TH JUNE 2018
This event was organised by Eliane at the Golf course just outside of Trun see their website www.legolfdubief.com. Our host was Pierre Debiais the owner and proprietor a very warm and friendly host who speaks English fluently. He was more than happy to host our tuition afternoon and was very encouraging to those of us who were beginners. A really beautiful course, expertly designed; a truly relaxed and friendly atmosphere for players of all levels.
soap factory visit 1st week in october (NOW POSTPONED UNTIL 2019).
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
The menu was superb as was the company and the evening. The menu included :- Selection of canapes included olives and stuffed baby bell peppers, nuts etc.; followed by the buffet d’entree which was a variety of different salads, dips and mini herbed pittas. The plat was a vegetable tagine, couscous, falafels or koftas, mint raitha and pitta bread. Dessert was cold fruit soup, date and orange slices, kadaif. We raised 180 euros directly from this event which was supplemented with another members donation to Handichiens; a donation of 200 euros has been sent to them.
In September we decided to stay close to home and explore a pretty and historical town; local for some of our members. About a dozen members met up and armed with information from the tourist office followed the sign-posted route around the town. The architecture is fascinating and because of a freak weather condition at the time of the bombardment during WW11 numerous ancient historical buildings and monuments thankfully survived.
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)