Anglophone Curry Lunch – Wednesday March 21st
We may not have physically taken the journey to the Indian subcontinent and E.M Forsters days of the Raj, but a taste of India definitely came to rural France on March 21st.
Continue reading “A Passage To India?”
Ten of us met for lunch at La Taverne du Parvis, in Coutances, before the racing.
After a lovely lunch and pleasant conversation, nine of us headed off to Les Unelles for an afternoon at the races. Continue reading “Lunch and DVD horse racing – Saturday 25th February”
We recently had an article about our association published in the Normandy Advertiser
(regional newspaper for Normandy – in English)
If you didn’t see it, you can see a copy of it in the pdf file below:
L’Association Anglophone de Coutances has produced a free booklet to assist English-speaking residents and newcomers to France in their dealings with the French healthcare system. Continue reading “HELP – Medical Assistance”
Christmas started at the Anglophone lunch on December 9th! After a welcome drink and the purchasing of squares of France, and the surrounding sea, in pursuit of hidden
treasure… Continue reading “Christmas Lunch at 16ème Ouest”
Each year the Anglophone Association supports a charity which is voted on at the AGM. Our chosen Charity for 2015-16 is le Centre Francois Baclesse
It is a cancer treatment centre in Caen. Its mission is to ensure care, research and teaching exclusively in the cancerology field benefiting all Lower Normandy.
If you would like to find out more about them, you can check out their Website: http://www.baclesse.fr Telephone: 02 31 45 50 50
Throughout the year we raise money at events through raffles and other fun fundraising games for our members and, at the end of the year, this money is donated to our supported charity.
Previous Charities we have supported:
2014-2015 – Association Solidarité Coutances Rwanda and St Lo Memorial Hospital
Association Solidarité Coutances Rwanda
This charity is based in Coutances and supports deprived villages in Rwanda. The charity is run locally and the money they raise goes straight to the people who need it with no middle men. They raise money to supply schools, teachers and all the books and pens and other facilities needed to enable the schools to run.
St Lo Memorial Hospital
The Franco-American hospital has a new project to raise €2 million Euros by 2016 to modernise the hospital’s cardiological and neurological facilities.
2013-2014 – Les Petits Freres des Pauvres
An International non profit organisation created in 1946 to aid people over 50 years of age. They provide practical and emotional support for those alone, handicapped or poor. Volunteers make home visits, meet with the elderly in nursing or retirement homes, and they staff telephone call-in lines to relieve loneliness.
2012-2013 – Cancer Support France Basse Normandie is an association affiliated to Cancer Support France, a group of regional associations, created to help English speaking people, wherever their origin, who are affected by Cancer.
For further information about CSF you can visit their website: www.csfbassenormandie.com/
This year the Anglophone Association took a stall at this annual Christmas fair to promote our Association.
We were there all day with a tombola stall… Continue reading “Marché de Noël – Salle de fêtes, Quettreville sur Sienne”
It must have been the combination of Chinese food, chocolates and mild weather that encouraged so many to attend our November outing in Granville. Continue reading “A Chinese and Chocolate Treat”
Villedieu les Poeles – 27th October 2011
A select group of us gathered outside the impressive iron gates of the bell foundry in Villedieu les Poeles. Our English speaking guide was a charming and informative young man who managed to make the tour both interesting and humourous. The level of skill and craftsmanship involved in the art of creating a bell is truly impressive. The foundry is one of only 2 in France, and had only just recently shipped a bell weighing an immense 2.6 tonnes to Beirut cathedral. Most of their work involves bells of somewhat lesser dimensions though! It certainly is well worth a visit for those of you who have not yet been.
We then meandered through one of the lovely, picturesque back streets of the town and up to the Copper Workshop (Atelier du Cuivre), one of the oldest workshops in Villedieu still in existence. We were met by our guide, Sarah (one of the proprietors) who guided us through the various stages of making a pan, showing us the traditional methods and the more modern techniques used side by side, from the formation of the basic shape of the pan, lining the inside, adding the handle, through to the final finishing and polishing
As well as creating pots and pans, they will make any sculpture requested in copper, or pewter and they also restore and repair old copper pots and pans – no matter what their condition!
Sarah was very enthusiastic about her subject and convinced us all of the virtues of copper and as we left, I think we were all considering saving up to buy a set of copper pots and pans!
All in all, a very enjoyable afternoon.
Did you know there is a local Library of English books which you can borrow?
Continue reading “INFO – Library of English books”