We have been sent the following from the British Community Committee of France, of which we are a member:
The secretary has sent out details of the AGM to members. If perchance you have not seen them, please contact him here.
As a member of the BCC, we are requested to distribute the BCC diary:
We have received the following diary information from the British Community Council. Its author, Claire le Monnier writes: ‘As a result of subjects brought up at the Brexit Briefings, I have elaborated a list of Useful Links, which I hope will answer some questions for some people. Please therefore forward the BCC Diary, into which the list is integrated, to others who you may know are asking questions about some of the subjects listed above and feel free to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any subjects you would like to see covered.’
We have received the following from the BCC with attachments from the Embassy which draws attention to this website: http://gov.uk/living-in-france:
I attach a letter addressed to the British Community Committee of France from Pam Deegan, Director Consular Services at the British Embassy.
As the letter explains, the Embassy and Consular Services are holding various outreach events around France to inform and keep up to date UK nationals living in France on their resident rights and how these might change when (if!) the UK leaves the EU.
As requested by Pam Deegan, we are circularising the letter to our member associations and would ask you to kindly forward it to your association’s own members. In addition, if you are able to, you might like to print the attached British Embassy Poster (if possible on A3 paper) and distribute copies around your local community where UK nationals might see it, such as your local mairie, doctors, vets, etc.
If you or your local mairie or any other local organisation would like hard copies of the posters to be sent by post, then please contact Pam Deegan at her email address at the top of her letter.
Howard Norman, Chairman, BCC
Your committee met in November to formulate ideas for next year’s events. We would greatly appreciate your feedback.
This is especially the case if you would like to participate in the OUBC, Bayonne or Toulouse visits (these latter two will involve an overnight stay for most members). If so could you please indicate your interest in the forms below in order to help us gauge the level of interest.
As always, suggestions from members are welcome for further events. As always also, we welcome family members and friends at our events and, of course, any volunteers to help organise an event.
31 December or early January – Lunch with the OUBC crews at le Temple-sur-Lot (47). This has become a popular annual event. Details to be confirmed.
12 March, 12:30 – Lunch with the committee at the Restaurant La Bastide St. Louis, Prayssas (47).
April or May – a Château visit for wine tasting followed by lunch. Candidates for this are:
- Sauternes: Château Guiraud (33) with lunch at restaurant La Chapelle at the chateau
- Bordeaux red and white: Château Bauduc (33) with lunch at Créon.
We much enjoyed our visit to the Tonnellerie Sylvain, near Libourne (33) a few years back and this could be added to one of these visits. It would also be possible to do both château visits, with one taking place in October.
May – A visit to St. Emilion for wine and lunch.
June – an overnight excursion to either Bayonne or Toulouse. The less popular could be held over for 2020.
For Toulouse, this could include museum visits and a concert or another event of interest in la ville rose.
Bayonne (64) has many attractions including its museum, Basque culture (language, games – a visit to a match of “pelote basque” could be arranged) and food (jambon, pintxos, excellent restaurants and maybe a visit to a chocolate factory, as Bayonne is renowned for its chocolate). There is also the art nouveau spa of Cambo-les-Bains nearby.
September 6 – AGM in Albi (81).
For the AGM itself, we hope to have a guest speaker as well, to entertain us over lunch. We visited Albi some years ago, but the floods then prevented us taking a river trip. Members may in any case like to visit or re-visit the truly magnificent cathedral and the Toulouse-Lautrec museum.
The restaurant Le Caillou near Vire-sur-Lot was this year’s venue for our AGM. Discussion centred on the substantial continuing interest among members and the forward programme for 2019. An agreeable lunch followed for the 13 members attending and 12 partners and friends: apologies were received from a further 17 members. Our thanks to Greg Hawes and Nigel Griffin for their organisation.