A small group of committee members met on 14 September to present a cheque to the SNSM, the Anglophone chosen charity for 2019/20. The sum of 1500 € represents the result of fund-raising since the 2019 AGM, principally at the Fete Nationale event on 14 July, the Christmas lunch and charity lunch in February.
The weather was beautiful and the views of the sea were fantastic as we met in the ‘vigie’, the lifeguards’ look-out point. The President of SNSM Agon-Coutainville explained that the money would go towards the new lifeboat, that was expected in 2021, and towards the extension of the premises. The new lifeboat will be the first example in France of a new model of boat.
It was then of course time for a vin d’honneur, and we spent an enjoyable half hour exchanging with the SNSM volunteers. They hope to be able to invite us to the launch of the new boat.
(This event was filmed before the introduction of mandatory social distancing. It contained some flash photography.)
Members of the Association met on 29 February with the aim of raising further funds for our chosen charity, Sauveteurs en Mer. The occasion was a lunch prepared by members of the committee and hosted by Louise and Dave.
We met in what felt like a strangely developing situation as the Chinese virus epidemic was gradually becoming a world pandemic. Most of us were learning new ways to greet people without actually shaking hands. It all felt un-usual and something almost comical. Two dozen of us congregated and shared a welcome drink. We noted that a further seven members had bought tickets but sadly were unable to attend on the day, for a variety of reasons.
Louise welcomed us all and invited us to make a further donation to the charity if we so wished. Some photographs of the Association’s visit to the Sauveteurs en Mer station at Le Passous were displayed on a board. Louise and Dave’s home had been transformed into an elegant diner for the day with two long tables in her salon and a third table for the servers in her dining annexe.
Members of the committee were busy preparing in the kitchen and soon our eagerly awaited food was delivered.
The entrée was a beautifully fresh basil, tomato and buffalo mozzarella drizzled with virgin olive oil. The main course was a richly sauced pork casserole with crushed potatoes. In case you are wondering, crushed potatoes are a bit like casually mashed potato with attitude, and pars-ley. The vegetarian option was similarly richly sauced but with aubergines. So good I forgot to take a photograph. And, of course, seconds were served. The dessert was a home-made chocolate and pear torte, served with ice-cream. The meal was finished off with a cup of coffee. All very enjoyable.
We stayed chatting for quite a while, exhibiting precious little social distancing, quite unaware that our social habits were about to be changed fundamentally.
411,90 euros were raised for the charity on this occasion.