British Embassy Events

 

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

Letter from British Embassy

British Embassy Poster

Draft 2019 Programme

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.

 

 

2018 AGM

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.

 

JEREMY  JAMES

Marion Tempé writes:

1939 – 2018

We  are sad to have to announce the recent death of Jeremy James, founder of the OUS SW France Branch, and former chairman.

Son of a mining engineer, William Jeremy Layard James was born in what was then Southern Rhodesia, and spent his early years in South Africa. After attending Blundell’s School, he went up to Oriel in 1958 to read Greats.

A short spell with IBM was followed by an administrative career in several of the colleges forming part of London University.  On retirement, he and his wife Sara moved to the village of Dondas in Lot-et-Garonne.  They both became active participants in village life, as in that of the local British community.  His love of music led him, over the years, to acquire an extraordinary quantity of recordings and documents related to his favourite conductor, Carlo Maria Giulini, but his Oxford associates will remember him also as a keen connoisseur of organs and organ music. To some of us he confided his pride in his Huguenot ancestry and his glee whenever he found traces of it in local archives.

In 2007, and after what must have required a lot of ground work, he wrote to a large number of Oxford graduates living in south-west France, proposing that we could set up a branch of the Oxford University Society, as it was then known. On a chilly day in October, several of us met him and Sara in Moissac, where he presented his project in detail. His enthusiasm, dedication and obvious determination to overcome obstacles,  convinced any of us who had doubts about its viability that an OUS branch in south-west France was indeed possible. It soon took off with around 70 members.

He remained chairman until 2010, but continued to take an active part in the life of the branch, arranging lunches in the Lot-et-Garonne, and maintaining links with the OUBC which have enabled us for the past three years to enjoy meeting the crews during their winter training sessions in Le Temple-sur-Lot. Organizing this event gave him particular pleasure; sadly, illness caused him to miss the most recent one at the beginning of January.

He took the fortunes of the branch very much to heart, and he would certainly wish it to continue in the tradition of friendship and conviviality which he inspired from the start.

Donations may be made in his memory to « Cancer Support France Lot-et-Garonne » by cheque made payable to:

Cancer Support France Lot et Garonne
and sent to:
Cindy Sheppard, President CSF
L’Ancien Magasin
30-31 Rue du Bourg
Montastruc
47380
Lot et Garonne
France.

Our Tenth Anniversary Lunch

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Marion writes and will be sending further details to members:
The Annual General Meeting of the Branch, which will be held on Tuesday 12th September 2017 in the verdant surroundings of the Villeneuve-sur-Lot Golf and Country Club. Treasurer and keen golfer Pip Kirby has kindly made all the arrangements.
A shady terrace overlooking the course is available for guests.
As this is the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Branch, it is hoped that the meeting will be well attended !
An important technical note!
Your webmaster writes:
The old web address http:ousswfrance.co.uk will cease as of the end of August and will no longer be redirected to this site, which is now at: https://ousswfrance.com.

Our new web site – now live!

This site has been created to take over from ousswfrance.co.uk based on the WordPress template provided by the alumni office, to which thanks.

Content from that site has been migrated  and the new site ‘goes live’ today, 1st May 2017. The old site is automatically redirected to this one until it is retired in August 2017.

If you are a member you will be invited to follow this site and so receive automatic email updates. You can also do this by entering your email address in the ‘Follow’ slot in the sidebar.

The rather elegant header images are courtesy of Pip Kirby.