Bring-a-plate Lunch and Quiz – February 20th 2015

Your starter for 10!

Which weapon appears on Mozambique’s flag?
Which two British women made the Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list in 2013?
Which 4 UK cities have underground transport systems?

These were just some of the questions testing our grey matter at the bring-a-plate and quiz event held at Les Unelles in Coutances on 20th February (answers below).  21 members attended and each brought a plate of food to share for lunch. And what a delicious spread it was. Tuna tart, onion bhajis, mini quiches, salads, cheese, tiramisu, lemon drizzle cake and coconut cake were just some of the dishes we tucked into.

Once lunch had been consumed and tea/coffee had been served, the afternoon’s entertainment began. Quiz master Kerry and adjudicator Janet quizzed us on a variety of subjects in what turned out to be a very close call. Three teams tied in second place but were pipped to the post by one point by the winning team of Anne, David and Stevie. The consolation prize went to Michael, Shirley, Stan and Sheila.

A very enjoyable and entertaining event. Special thanks to Kerry and Janet for compiling the quiz.

 

How well did YOU do?
Answers:
AK47 (rifle) ; JK Rowling and Queen Elizabeth II; Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Coffee Afternoon February 2015

Our February coffee afternoon was hosted by Karen.

 

The weather on Sunday afternoon was pleasant enough to tempt 12 members out for the afternoon and they were treated to home-made crumpets toasted on the open fire.

 

 

A pleasant afternoon was had by all as they chatted away and caught up with friends over a cup of tea or coffee.

 

 

Country Dancing

Why not join us to learn country dancing? We have set up a dance group that meets once a month near Gratot.

The evening encompasses English Country Dancing, Scottish Country Dancing and a touch of Morris Dancing thrown in as well.

Don’t know your left from your right? Think your two left feet will be the only ones there? Think you won’t be any good at it?

Well don’t worry, you won’t be alone with any of the above excuses! and you will be fine!

A sense of fun and a willingness to have a good laugh is all we ask.  It is also good exercise and, if you are still not tempted, we stop half way through for a drink and some home-made cakes or chocolates!!

We meet in the church hall of the English Church in Gratot once a month. Members and non-members are welcome, men and women, you don’t need to have a partner to come along.

There is a small charge per session of 3€ per person (members) and 4€ for non-members.

Comfortable shoes are recommended – trainers are acceptable (and please make sure, whatever you wear, they will stay on your feet as we do flick our feet a lot!).

For further information please email us through our contact page.

Curry Lunch – January 2015

This year’s events kicked off hot and spicy at the ever popular curry lunch hosted by Janet and John. Several members of the committee and John had created the very tasty meat and vegetable curries and rice whilst Karen, Janet and Kenza supplied a non-curry main dish and the delicious desserts.

All the dishes were well received with people having second and third helpings – there was very little left over!

As ever, Janet and John were perfect hosts and a big thank you goes to them for letting us have a taste of India in the lovely environment of their house.

Coffee morning – January 13th 2015

New member Valerie welcomed members to her home to start our new year with the first coffee morning. Valerie spoilt us with an array of tasty treats, including lovely homemade cheese scones, and an abundant supply of coffee and tea. A very enjoyable morning. A big thank you to Valerie.

Christmas Lunch – December 5th 2014

This year’s Christmas lunch was held in le Jules Gommès, a popular restaurant overlooking the sea in Regneville-sur-mer.

31 members booked for the event (although a couple had succumbed to the flu epidemic on the day).

On arrival we all relaxed with a welcome drink and nibbles in the bar. Raffle tickets were being snapped up,  friends were greeting each other and a happy atmosphere was created. It was the perfect start and put us in the Christmas spirit. We then moved into the private dining room to enjoy lunch, interspersed with some fun games.

Once we were all seated Stevie welcomed us all with a speech which was then answered by Jean-Christian – one of our members.

Crackers were then pulled and the first course was served.

In between courses we had ourtradition game of “Heads and Tails”. The main course was then served after which the raffle winners were announced along with the winner of the Guess-the-Photo competition.

Dave then took the gavel to hold the auction for the table flower arrangements (made by member Annette) and a handmade bag donated by member Danielle. The money raised by the raffle and the auction will be donated to our sponsored charities for this year.

The dessert and coffee followed and, finally, we all wended our separate ways home.

Bonfire night – November 2014

A Cracking Night

The weather was a rather damp squib for Stevie and Kerry’s Bonfire Night event as it had rained on and off throughout the day. However, that didn’t deter 17 members who were welcomed into their lovely warm and toasty home for the evening.

Mulled wine and a non alcoholic version warmed us all up before we sat down to eat. Stevie and Janet served up a delicious sausage and vegetable casserole which was followed by apple crumble and custard. In between the showers we ventured outside for a firework display organised by Kerry. The crowd ooh-ed and aah-ed in the time-honoured tradition.

The evening was rounded off with tea and coffee and a surprise early Birthday cake for Kerry. A lovely evening and well worth braving the elements in the company of good friends.

Visit to La Faïencerie d’Art and Lunch – 17th September 2014

Seventeen members including two prospective members met at the pottery which is on the outskirts of Saint-Pair-sur-Mer for a guided tour and commentary in French. The pottery has been in business for 61 years producing a wide range of pottery, ceramics and porcelain.

We split into two groups to learn about the different methods production methods. The mix of raw ingredients and the temperatures the pieces are fired at, produce different results and finishes. Production is either by hand (on a potters wheel), using moulds or by machine (for items such as a dinner service where each item must be identical). Once a piece is created, there are then different methods for firing, glazing and decorating it. 90% of the products are hand painted and therefore many can be personalised. An item can take two to three months from start to finish because the process is so labour intensive. It was a real eye opener to see how much work goes into each piece!

Following the tour we had time to browse in the shop (there’s also a ‘seconds’ shop). After our purchases had been made we headed off up the coast road to Granville for lunch at Le Borsalino which looks out onto the harbour. As it was a beautifully sunny day, many of us had a leisurely stroll around the harbour area before lunch.

A comprehensive à la carte and ‘formule’ menu awaited us providing plenty of choice. As you’d expect from a seaside town, there is a good selection of seafood on the menu but also a wide variety of other dishes. The staff were very helpful and we spent a pleasant couple of hours eating, drinking and chatting whilst sitting outside and enjoying the sunshine.

Many thanks to Pat for the suggestion and to Karen for making the arrangements for what was a fascinating and enjoyable day.