Nigel has sent members details of our next excursion. Please contact us if you have not received these.
Château Malromé, first recorded in the sixteenth century, became in 1847 the joint property of Adolphe de Forcade La Roquette, Vice-President of the Council of State under Napoleon III, and his half-brother, Marshal Armand-Jacques Leroy de Saint-Arnaud, Governor of Paris and Minister for War. The two men were adepts of the fashion for interventionist restoration championed by Eugène Viollet-de-Duc (1814–1879), best known for his work at both Pierrefonds and Carcassonne andon Notre-Dame in Paris.
In 1883, Countess Adèle de Toulouse-Lautrec née Adelaide Fergusson purchased the property from Forcade La Roquette’swidow. Her son, the painter Henri (b.1864), was a frequent visitor, dying at the château in September 1901.
Among later owners of the Château was Doctor Gabriel Seynat, adjoint of the postwar Mayor of Bordeaux, Jacques Chaban Delmas. The house and grounds have been extensively restored.
Our secretary has recently emailed members our proposed events for 2022. He writes: “An outline of possible future events was presented at the 2021 AGM held at Issigeac in September. Most of those had been repeatedly kicked down the road since 2019, courtesy of Covid. It is accordingly a pleasure to announce that we hope this year to stage some of them.”
Here is a brief summary (events are always followed by lunch):
Thursday 14 April, 12:00. Robert Taylor. Professor of Condensed Matter Physics at Queen’s College, will give a short pre-lunch talk entitled ‘Not All Wines Are French’ at the Restaurant l’Atelier, 24560 Issigeac. Subscriptions close on 23rd March.
Late June: Visit to Château Malromé (33490 St-André-des-Bois), home of Toulouse-Lautrec’s mother and the last home of Toulouse-Lautrec himself. He died there and is buried in the local churchyard..
Thursday 18August, 10:30: Morning tour of the biodynamic Château Feely (24240 Saussignac).
Mid-September: AGM in the Gaillac area (81).
Members are requested to pay their subscriptions at their earliest convenience.
Our secretary has been in contact with OUBC. Regrettably, it will not be possible to join them during their January 2022 training session, as they are currently planning to do their training elsewhere. They may return to Le Temple in future years.
Member Christopher Pike has alerted us to these concerts. They are devoted to the Occitan and Catalan mediterranean cultures and take place in rural locations with a rich roman, medieval and southern gothic heritage. Use the link above to see the programme.
OUS Paris invites members to this Zoom talk by Professor Michael Spitzer on June 10th:
You may not consider yourself a “musician” ; Michael SPITZER would like to suggest otherwise. What if music-making were an inherently human component of our life on earth, an overlooked part of our origin story embedded in us whether we recognise it or not ?
We’re delighted to bring Meeting Minds to the world digitally this year – from 7-12 September – and we hope you can join us for a FREE programme of events!
Each day, join us for a wealth of live and recorded content from all around the University including panel discussions, Q&As, virtual tours, musical performances and much more!
Why not also consider connecting and socialising with fellow group volunteers during the event on the main channel on our My Oxford Network platform? (Please note, you will need to register for My Oxford Network beforehand)
The event is completely FREE! All you need to do is register your interest here (you will need your Oxford Alumni Number) to receive more information and links to the full programme.
We will also be organising a series of online forums for group volunteers later in the year and will send out details of these once they are finalised.
As usual, if you have any questions, please email us.
We have received the following message from this network:
” Dear OUS South West France,
We are excited to announce the launch of the Oxford Climate Alumni Network (OxCAN) on September 8 as a part of Meeting Minds Global. OxCAN is a collaborative initiative by the Oxford Climate Society, alumni and academics across University departments, including the Environmental Change Institute and is an official group under the Oxford Alumni Office.
The network aims to connect climate conscious alumni to one another, to the latest climate and sustainability research and to initiatives and students working on climate at Oxford University.
We thought this might be something you and your Oxford alumni would be interested in learning about.