Despite the cold wind, the sun shone on our plant swap and coffee afternoon at Rod and Liz’s.
There were lots of plants available and many different varieties to choose from.
Plenty of good company too with some new and potential new members alongside many long-standing ones and, of course, lovely tea and biscuits provided by our hosts Liz and Rod.
Our AGM was held on Wednesday 17th April at the Mairie in Coutances.
The meeting began at 10.30am with 14 members in attendance. Our President, Stevie, summarised the events from the last year.
Our Treasurer walked us through the accounts and answered questions.
Stevie then presented a cheque for €275 to Jenny Luck from CSF Basse Normandie, our
sponsored charity for 2012. Jenny gave us a short but very interesting talk on the work of CSF Basse Normandie and the type of things the money we raised would help with.
Stevie introduced Mike as the Club’s new Secretary (to replace Tom O’Malley who has returned to the UK) and also announced that Caroline Long has stepped down due to pressures of work. Stevie thanked her for all her hard work during her time on the committee and for those lovely summer walks – which she has promised still to organise for us when work permits.
Jean was nominated as a new committee member and she was seconded and elected.
We then voted on the nominated charities and this year we will be supporting Les Petit Freres des Pauvres.
The raffle was drawn and the meeting closed at 11.30am.
Fifteen people then headed off for lunch at Don Camillo’s nearby.
On a cold but sunny Easter Sunday afternoon eight of us met at Karen’s for this month’s coffee afternoon.
Yvonne brought some deliciously devilish chocolate cakes – all of which quickly disappeared, along with all the other tasty nibbles!
There was a short interlude between the busy and enjoyable chatter, when we all popped out into the garden to search for hidden Easter eggs.
Having found all of them, we came back inside for a short prize-giving (chocolate eggs everywhere!) for the winners.
Another successful coffee event!
Twenty seven of us convened at Janet and John’s on 22nd March for a 4-course fish and chips lunch. The people from the Little Train provided the food which was delicious.
We started with a lovely creamy courgette soup, then fish, chips and mushy peas.
These two courses were followed by cheese and then a jammy sponge with custard to finish with.
There was wine to wash it all down with and the conversation flowed throughout the afternoon.
The Little Train people served and cleared which meant our hosts were also able to enjoy the meal – with no washing up afterwards either!!
An extremely enjoyable lunch and afternoon!
It may have been the day after pancake day but that didn’t stop 15 people from turning up for even more at Karen’s. John, on car parking duty, did a sterling job in fitting so many cars on the drive!
Everyone brought a topping which meant there was a great variety of flavours to choose from including lemon and sugar, honey,
cherries and ice cream, cheese, maple syrup, and fruit compôtes.
Janet and Karen were busy throughout cooking up the pancakes and making more and more pancake mix as people tried the different
The lack of central heating (it went off that morning) didn’t seem to matter and the kitchen was soon warming up with the company and good spirits!
We got through lot of batter and all probably over-ate – but thoroughly
enjoyed ourselves too and, after a glass or two of cider, several people even voluntarily did the washing up!!