Thursday, 15 March 2018


The first garden group outing of 2018 got off to a great start. The weather was glorious and we had a good turnout with 27 members attending.

Alain Dumont and Christian Lorbat were our hosts in Averon Bergelle. Alain is an expert orchid grower and is very knowledgeable on the subject, growing a large variety of orchids from seed in his greenhouse. The afternoon started with a talk by Alain on his passion for these beautiful plants which began while he was still living in an apartment in Brussels. The rapidly increasing orchid collection eventually threatened to take over the apartment and Alain and Christian decided to make the move to the Gers !

We then had a tour of the greenhouse in small groups and Alain answered questions and gave a lot of a tips on how to grow and care for orchids. Specifically on how to get them to reflower, which we all have problems with. He plans to sell his orchids at the markets very soon. So look out for him at your local market. 

Alain and Christian produced tea and cakes afterwards which we consumed sitting on their terrace, overlooking the garden,with splendid views of the Pyrenees. A successful event that was enjoyed by everyone.

If you do want to come to any future events - please email Janet Jones at

Monday, 26 February 2018


Dear Ladies

Please find below your invitation to the next lunch on Tuesday 13th March at Auberge La Baquere, Preneron.  This restaurant is well known to the LLC and has always been a popular venue.

The chef and host, Thibault Lagoutte,  welcomes us to his table and hopes that we have a good meal. 

Thibault has offered us the following menu: 

Cocktail de bienvenue et canapés
Velouté de cresson au raifort et œuf poche
Thick watercress soup with poached egg
Filet  d’églefin, sauce marinière au vin blanc
Fillet of fresh haddock with  seafood and white wine sauce
Parmentier de canard aux champignons sauvages
Duck with wild mushroom and potato topping
Entrement au chocolat de Pérou et noisettes
Chocolate and hazelnut desert
Vins et café
The cost is 18 euros, which includes wine and coffee and a welcome cocktail.

The deadline for bookings is Monday 5th March, so please can you submit your booking form as soon as possible together with your choice of main course.  Please send an email If you are having problems with the form or feel that it has not worked and we will manually add you with the list (please include your choice of main course).  we will send out a list of responses before the deadline. 

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

LLC membership renewal 2018- reminder

Dear LLC Members

It has come to our attention that some members have yet to renew their 2018 membership to Ladies Lunch Club de l'Armagnac.  We hope that you have enjoyed your participation and built many new friends through the LLC and therefore that you wish to renew.

The deadline for 2018 subscription is readily approaching. 

Please contact me (The Secretary LLC) at and let me know if you need any of the following:

  • The 2018 membership form,
  • The address to send your cheque for 10 €
  • Or the details of the next lunch (if you wish to pay in person)
  • Any other information

Full details about the membership renewal were sent to you in the email inviting you to the February lunch and will be sent with the March lunch invitation.   Please look out for these.
If you do not wish to renew your membership please also let me know, so that we can keep the mailing list up to date.
Many thanks for attending to this as quickly as possible!

Hope to see you all very soon!

Janet Jones
LLC Secretary

The LLC Choir The Gersabelles news

The Gersabelles are a world famous choir of the Ladies Lunchclub de l'Armagnac in the Gers 
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We would like some more Ladies, who like to sing to come and join us. All ladies who like to sing are welcome.  No special range or experience required. 

We rehearse every Wednesday morning in the Cinema of Nogaro from 10.30 to 12.

Please come and give it a try. You will discover how much fun it is.

Kat Planckaert - The new choir leader for LLC
For more information please contact:
Ladieslunchclub secretary at

Garden Club March Meeting 2018

The Garden Club  will be meeting on Thursday 8th March at Averon-Bergelle, near Manciet.  We shall be meeting with M Alain Dumont to view his large collection of orchids. 

We will meet at the church at 14:00 in Averon-Bergelle.  We can park in the church car park. 

Please wear sensible shoes as the ground will be very wet.

Pat Wright - Leader of the Gardening Club

For more information about any of the above or our next meeting and venue, please contact:

LLC secretary:
or you join the blog here:follow by email (click on this link if you want regular info) or ourfacebook page (see widget on the blog)
Ladies Lunch Club de l'Armagnac.

come to the Ladies Lunch on every 2d Tuesday each month or you join the blog here:follow by email 
(click on this link if you want regular info)

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Attention!!!!! CHANGE OF VENUE for LLC lunch on Tuesday 13th of February 2018 in Nogaro

Attention!!!!! Please!!
Tuesday 13th of February 2018 in Nogaro 
HI Ladies, 

The Commerce Hotel Nogaro have told us that they have, for reasons beyond our control, changed our venue from the Hotel to the Brasserie (Café du Commerce opposite of Le Progres). 


Place Jeanne d'Arc, 32110 Nogaro 
T. +33 (0)5 62 09 03 14

We look forward to seeing you between 12 and 12:15 on Tuesday. 13th February 2018.

This is located in the centre of Nogaro 6 Place Jeanne D'Arc - you turn right at the T-junction at the top of the high street).
The Brasserie have assured us that they will make sure that we have a good lunch and the Committee are doing all possible to ensure that this change in venue will not detract from our lunch. We will be following up with you during, and after, the lunch to get feedback on this venue (food, location, staff, etc). This important is important in future planning,
This venue is new to us, although some ladies meet there before they go to the cinema at Nogaro, and we hope that you will have a great experience with your friends and colleagues.
We look forward to seeing you between 12 and 12:15 on Tuesday.
Best wishes Janet Jones, secretary LLC

Since the deadline for signing up is finished the email went only to those who has inscribed, however
for more details about the menu please see our blog post:

Sign up for LLC February 13th, 2018 lunch

Friday, 9 February 2018

Welcome message of the new LLC president

Thank you again for your confidence in me and for electing me as your new president. 

As I said at the AGM 2018, I intend to focus on the original objectives of the LLC d'Armagnac;

  • To promote and facilitate friendship between ladies of all nationalities. 

The questionnaire that we sent out last year provided us with many useful insights in how to do this. An important point that came to light from the questionnaire is that members, especially new members, sometimes feel uncomfortable when attending lunch meetings. This is because they do not already know any of the other members. 

We (myself and the new committee consisting of Treasurer Riet Smulders and Secretary Janet Jones) have decided to allocate the task of welcoming and integrating new members to a designated LLC member at the lunches.
The intention is that we all work together to welcome new members 
and help them to get to know each other, make new friends and integrate into the subgroups. We hope that you will help this new LLC member in this activity, which may involve organising local coffee mornings for new members.

We realise that communication is essential to really promote friendship, therefore, we would like to ask you all to think about ways of making communication between members of the LLC easier. 
This can be by sharing a new activity, a club, a local or cultural event or by sharing the activities you have enjoyed in the subgroups.  This information can be useful to new as well as longer-standing members - if it is of interest to you it may be of interest to someone else.  
If you have anything to share please send an email to

In order to facilitate friendship and communication, we would also like to be more supportive of the subgroups, especially if they need financial support. For example, last year, we supported the singing group with the various expenses they have like the printing of concert posters. The committee will meet with the leaders of the subgroups in March, to find out how we can best support them. 
Please start to think about your group’s needs so that your leaders can discuss these with us when we meet.
In addition to the above, we will continue to develop the website and integrate the blog into the website ( This is a key communication tool that we would like to make even more beneficial to you.  There is currently a map accessible on the website that shows where the members of the LLC live. Knowing where our members live helps us decide which restaurants to choose for our monthly lunches. 

There has been much discussion about adding  contact details to this map.  We have had very mixed reactions to this suggestion. If we do go down this route we shall need to think about data protection. With more than 100 members, we would need to have implicit consent to publish details on the website, have an opt-out mechanism, have an assigned data protection administrator and also be likely to incur legal fees to set this up.  
Therefore, at this stage, we are thinking of alternative ways to identify members who live close to each other.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please send them to us at 

We look forward to hearing from you. 
The president
Margaretha Liddell-Grainger

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Sign up for LLC February 13th, 2018 lunch

Dear Ladies and Members,  

Please find below your invitation to the next lunch on 

Tuesday 13th February 2018 

2 Place des cordeliers 32110 Nogaro
Tél : 05 62 09 00 95 - 06 71 74 55 98

This venue has been selected for its convenient geographic location and positive feedback from previous lunches.  After many constructive discussions with the chef, the menu proposed by M. Sorbet, the Chef of the Commerce is:

Salade de Betterave et  Chèvre frais
Beetroot with fresh goat's cheese

Ballottine de volaille en farce
Stuffed chicken ballottine

ou / or
Cassolette aux fruits de mer
Sea food casserole

Crêpes et beignets de carnival
Carnival of pancakes and fritters

The cost is 17 euros, which includes wine.

The deadline for bookings is Monday 5 February

Please submit your booking form (attached to your email) as soon as possible with your choice of main course.We will send out a list of responses just before that date.  
If you have any problems with booking please email me on 

Please can you bring along either your cheque for 17€, made payable to "Ladies Lunch Club de l'Agmagnac" or 17€ cash in envelope marked with your name.  
This helps to speed up the checking in process.  Please note that you may be charged if you cancel within 72 hours of the lunch.

​Check-in will commence at 12 o'clock and I look forward to seeing you on the 13th February.

Following the AGM,  the minutes of the AGM were sent to all member by email, please can you send me any comments. 

Thank you to everyone who has already renewed their membership for 2018, we already have 54 confirmed members.

In case you have not already renewed your membership,​​  please find attached a Membership Renewal form.  
You can either bring this form to the next lunch, together with 10 € (cash or cheque made payable to Ladies Lunch Club de l'Armagnac).  Alternatively, you can send your membership forms and cheques to me by post: require postal address from ladies lunch club by email: 

The deadline for subscriptions is the end of February (unless you have made a prior arrangement).  
If you have any problems please contact me on 

We look forward to seeing you and / or receiving your membership renewal
Best wishes
Janet Jones
Secretary LLC.

Monday, 22 January 2018

LLC garden group: The next meeting will be on Thursday, 8th March 2018

Please Note: LLC garden group: The next meeting will be on Thursday, 8th March, 2018
see M. Dumont Orchids, near Manciet

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Happy New Year 2018

We wish all our members of the Ladies Lunch Club de l'Armagnac 
and their family and friends a wonderful vital and 
Happy New Year 2018   

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