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.
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.
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.
Normally held in a local restaurant of our choice
Agenda for Spring, Summer 2019
GARDENER’S QUESTION TIME Pepiniere de Saint-Amour La Voie Verte Livarot
The event is being hosted at a local Garden Centre on the 21st March at 14:30 hours. Hanz Bomal is a local gardener and works and runs the centre and will be our host for the afternoon. During this session he will focus on plants and shrubs that succeed in the Normandy gardens; from his experience what works well and what struggles against sometimes testing weather conditions. Come along and meet him and take the opportunity after the session to look around the centre. It is situated near to the main crossroads in Livarot and sells a wide of variety of plants, shrubs and trees as well as associated gardening tools and equip
MONTMOREL MONUMENT DATE TO BE CONFIRMED
Situated between Argentan and Vimoutiers on the site where the war in Normandy came to its final shattering conclusion and where 1000,00 German troops massed in the Falaise-Chambis pocket. It is a small museum with an exceptional view over the valley of la Dives; but offers insight into the battle that defined the end of the war; the tour is available in French and English. Average time of visit 1-1/2 hours. There is are now several walks around the battle site which we are investigating further. It will prove to be a fascinating tour of an event that shaped and defined the history of Europe.
BERNAY WALK DATE TO BE CONFIRMED. Last year a group of us visited the pretty town of Bernay and followed the Kings Head route which is a well sign-posted tour around the town. Bernay has a busy and vibrant high street and is full of fascinating buildings with some amazing architectural features. Our group was amazed by the architecture (most of which survived the second world ward bombardment because of low lying cloud) however because of our interest as such we never completed the route. This year we want to revisit and this time we hope to be joined by a local French group who are studying the English language.
Once again our members have been invited to attend a summer event with Anita and Han. It is a lovely way to spend a few hours together during the summer, cooking,eating, drinking and chatting together; what could be nicer? Hosted by our members in their lovely house, we virtually have the run of their wonderfully expansive garden.
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
PIERRE HUET CIDER FACTORY TOUR AND TASTE 3RD APRIL 2019
As suggested by a member we have organised this event to take advantage of this prestigious cider farm whose produce is exported worldwide. A tour of the factory has been arranged at a cost of 3 euros per head followed by a tasting. Aside from cider they produce a wide variety of products such pommeau, calvados and poires; other local products are also available at their farm shop, The visit is scheduled for 14:30 hours where we will meet up with our guide Anne for the afternoon.
FROMAGERIE DURAND AND MUSUEM VISIT JUNE
The only family run Camembert factory left in Normandy this visit will prove to be very interesting as not long ago it was envisaged that this enterprise would not survive the extreme financial pressures and changes within the industry. However we a renewed enthusiasm it has gone against the trend. As the Camembert Museum is close by it is envisaged to visit both the farm and museum within the same afternoon. It is likely to be easy walking and access so is open to all. There is an entry fee for the farm and we will advise you shortly of the date and tariffs.
We want to keep the details of this visit close as it is the element of suprise which is key to the success of this tour. We will meet at our Presidents house where will leave our cars and team up. Whilst this is a free event it does involve others (outside the AAN) giving their time freely so we will need to ensure a specified number group in order to make the most of the time. stated that there would need to be a minimum number of people required for the visit as whilst it is a free event never the less it required other people to be involved. It is likely to be a Wednesday or Thursday afternoon.
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)