Curry Lunch at Les Unelles – 24 January

Places were quickly filled for this popular event, with a good turnout on the day, despite the freezing temperatures.
Members were greeted by the enticing smell of curry as we approached Les Unelles and we were further welcomed with a glass of Kir Normande on entering the vaulted basement. There was plenty of time to chat and catch up with each other before taking our seats for the much-anticipated curry lunch.

The lunch was served by a pop-up restaurant company. This is a concept, which was new to many of us, whereby a host (in this case the Association) provides a venue and the pop-up chef then takes the strain out of entertaining by cooking the food on site, providing the ingredients, table settings and even doing the washing up afterwards! It seems to be a perfect solution for group meals such as this. There was an impressive three course menu – Bhajis to start, fol-lowed by meat and vegetable curries with accompaniments, finishing with a choice of sorbets for dessert, followed by tea or coffee. It’s difficult to cater for all tastes when serving food such as curry. The chef cleverly got around the po-tential issues by providing an explanatory label for each dish and making the dishes mild to medium hot, providing addi-tional condiments and spices for those who prefer a hotter curry. There was ample food – no one left the table hungry!

As always at an Anglophone event, the conversation flowed and an enjoyable time was had by all. Special thanks must go to those members who helped out, serving so many of us smoothly and with great charm.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT AUBERGE DE L’ABBAYE D’ HAMBYE

The 6th of December had a rather grey and uninspiring start as we headed off for the annual Association Christmas lunch. However, spirits were quickly raised as members gathered at the very warm and comfortable Auberge de l’Abbaye d’Hambye. Nestling on the banks of the river Sienne, in a wooded setting that serves as a backdrop to the romantic remains of the 12th century Hambye Abbey, you find the Auberge and restaurant located in an elegant stone building. The restaurant is perfect for such an important event in the associations calendar, it is elegant, light, airy and with ample space to comfortably seat the 45 members and guests who attended the lunch.

After a very warm welcome from our President, we took our seats for an aperitif before being served an excellent meal that was very much appreciated by all. The ambiance, food and extremely good service provided by the restaurant team certainly led to a very enjoyable time and this was clearly evident from the level of laughter and general merriment. The happy festive nature of the gathering continued after the meal as the raffle and sale of the table decorations was conducted. A total of 297 euros was raised for the Associations nominated charity Les Sauveteurs en Mer (SNSM.) The very well supported Christmas lunch provided the perfect opportunity for the announcement of the winner of the Associations’ recent photo competition and to give a detailed explanation of the ethos and aims of the competition. Unfortunately the winner was unable to be present but a framed photo of the deserving winner’s picture was displayed.
This was the second time that the association held its Christmas lunch at the Auberge de l’Abbaye and yet again it was a fantastic success and another truly memorable event organised by the committee.

Last walk of the year at St German sur Ay

The final walk of 2019 took place on November 18 on the dunes at St. German sur Ay, enjoyed by twelve people and a number of dogs, after which we all retired (not the dogs), for lunch at the hotel Le Normandy at Lessay. We benefited from very nice weather, blue skies and an absence of clouds, which was a great relief after the long period of overcast skies and rain which we have all endured. This walk was a last minute replacement for the planned walk between Lessay and Périers, which was flooded and impassable in a number of locations. A lot of thanks must go to Louise and Dave for rearranging this replacement walk at very short notice. The revised walk was fantastic and
should be recommended to all, with views over the sea and towards Jersey.

Craft Club

Come and try our craft group who meet each month in the comfort of their own homes. The purpose of the group is to swap ideas, work on their current project and help one another with pooled expertise.

This is a self-help group with a most impressive collection of crafts represented from jewellery and card making, to lace, embroidery, knitting, crochet and any other needle craft you can think of.

We welcome those who may want to share their craft expertise with us, or those who may want to learn a new craft. There is no tutor as such but the group are happy to pass on their skills and will show you how to start and help you as you learn.

For further information please email us.

 

Book Club

2013 saw the launch of The Anglophone Association Book Club.
We meet every month or so and discuss a book chosen at the previous meeting.

For further information please email us.

Some of the books we have read and discussed (most recent at the top):

The Coastliners by Joanne Harris

2084  by Boualem Sansal

The Children Act  by Ian McEwan

Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris.

The Obsession by Nora Roberts

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

The Story of a new name by Elena Ferrante

My Brilliant friend  by Elena Ferrante

The Elegance of the Hedgehog  by Muriel Barber

About Grace by Anthony Doerr.

Children of the Master by Andrew Marr 

Paradise and Pigs by John Rigbey.

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra  by Vaseem Khan.

The Secret Keeper  by Kate Morton

My Traitor by Sorj Chalandon

Gone Girl  by Gillian Flynn   .. Read a review

The Architect’s Apprentice  by Elif Shafak

The Storyteller  by Jodi Picoult      .. Read a review

Half A Yellow Sun  by Ngozi Adichie

Salt on our Skin (les Vaisseaux de Coeur)  by Benoite Groult     .. Read a review

Rush Home Road  by Lori Lansens

Sashenka  by Simon Montefiore

To Kill A Mocking Bird   by Harper Lee

L’Auberge  by Julia Stagg

The Memory of Love  by Aminatta Forna

A Patchwork Planet  by Ann Tyler

Dear Life  by Alice Munro

The Mayor Of Casterbridge  by Thomas Hardy

A Week In December  by Sebastian Faulkes

The Book Thief   by Markus Zusac

Between Shades of Gray  by Rupa Sepetys

The Accidental Husband  by Jane Green

The List of My Desires  by Gregoire Delacourt

Six Suspects  by Vikas Swarup

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window and Disappeared
by Jonas Jonasson

The Third Reich by Roberto Bolano

Children of Men by PD James

Woman With A Birthmark by Hakan Nesser

Testtitel by Testautor

 

 

Luncheon Club

We have started a small luncheon club for members.
The aim is to take it in turns to meet in each other’s houses for a home cooked meal about once every month to 6 weeks.

One group has already been meeting for over a year. Due to the nature of the club, numbers per group are limited as the group meets in members homes. However, it is possible to set up a second or third group.

For further information please email us.

French Conversation Group

We have recently formed two French conversation groups; one to cater for beginners and a second for those that have some knowledge of French already.
We have a group of members (English and French) who will be willing to help facilitate the groups. We plan to have specific themes or subjects as the focus each time to stimulate the flow of conversation. The main aim is to have relaxed informal groups where people feel happy to speak.

For further information please email us.

Dance Group

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.

Walking Group

The Anglophone walking group meets once a month from February to June and from September to November.   We walk for about 5km – taking around an hour and a half.  All members are welcome – we have some regulars but also people who dip in and out as it suits them.

We try to arrange walks all over the patch covered by the association, and put together a mixture of seaside and country walks.  There’s nothing too strenuous – although there might be the odd hill – and stout footwear is recommended.

Afterwards we will go to a local auberge or restaurant for lunch, and always choose somewhere with a good value menu.  We’ve found a few gems! You can even just join us for lunch if you like. All we ask is that people book for lunch a few days before so that we can make arrangements with the restaurant.

For further information please email us.

Subterranean Homesick Blues

It was Friday the 15th, but it felt like Friday the 13th as the rain became heavier and we drove down little country lanes looking for “la Igloo“, the restaurant where we were meeting for lunch, before going to our visit to Souterroscope Ardoisières. The water running down the road from the restaurant car park resembled a small river. However, once in-side and divested of waterproofs and umbrellas we were greeted by the owner and his wife and shown to the prepared table. The food was very good and, enjoyed with good company, cheered us up no end.

At Souterroscope Ardoisières, the weather continued to do its worst to dampen our spirits. We donned hard hats and set off, in small groups at 10 min-ute intervals. Every 100 metres, there were stopping points where, in better weather, you would stop to listen to informa-tion about the site and how, over millennia, it had become what it is now. Needless to say, after the first we abandoned the educational spiel to get down to the entrance to the tunnels, where we could get out of the rain.
The tunnel led to caverns, where the miners, starting at the top, had extracted the slate. As one level was removed, they carried on down forming vast caverns. These had been lit and water spouts installed to make a quite dramatic visualisation.

At other caverns, the story of the slate mining was shown in old black and white film, projected on to screens. This gave you the feeling of looking back in time to the same place in a different era.
The last cavern was devoted to exhibits of minerals and semi-precious stones found in the earth (not necessarily on this site).
Back outside, the rain was still falling. All in all, an enjoyable trip.

“You don’t need a weather man to know which way the rain falls”