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Réans, Armagnac, 32 Gers, France
Our objective is to promote friendship between women of all nationalities living in Gascony, SW France, to share our interests and to offer help when needed. The Club started in 2008, with twenty English ladies living in Gascony, using a foreign language and experiencing a new life. Since then, several different groups have been added and our membership has grown into the hundreds, with new ladies moving to the area and ladies who have lived here a while, who have discovered us, who want to make new acquaintances and discover new areas of interest. Today we have eleven nationalities, and our speaking/working language is English. The LLC meets on the second Tuesday of each month, excluding July and August.Every member receives an email each month, giving the name of the restaurant, the chosen, menu and a booking form. In 2014, we became a non-profit making Association, known as Ladies Lunch Club de l’Armagnac. Our annual subscription fee of 10 € is payable in January each year. Each member of the Club may participate in some or all of our various groups

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

LLC Lunch June 2018




Dear Ladies

We are delighted to welcome you to next LLC lunch on 
Tuesday 12th June

at La Falene Bleue in Lannepax.  This is a lovely venue in the summer with a large covered terrace and has recently been taken over by a young couple who are rapidly building their reputation with their style of food, ambience and quality service.  
Our hosts, Fabien and Helene, look forward to welcoming us to the lunch and offer the following menu.  They hope that we all have a very enjoyable experience and we hope that the sun will be shining.


Tartare de saumon

ou / or

Salade de cruidites

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Risotto cabillaud (cod) chorizo


Ou / Or

Balotine de volaille (chicken) aux champignons

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Crème brulee vanilla Tonka



The cost is 19 Euro, which includes wine, tea or coffee.

The deadline for bookings is MONDAY 4th June  but numbers will be capped at 50; so book early to avoid disappointment. When we reach this number any additional names will be added to a waiting list. 

Please can you submit your reservation form as soon as possible together with your choice of starter and main course. Please book early so that we can ensure that there is a place for everyone. 
 
Please send me an email by responding to this email on:

If you are having problems with the form or feel that it has not worked (you should get a notification at the end of the process).  I will manually add you to the list (please also let me know your choices).  I will send out a list of responses before the deadline.
We look forward to welcoming you from 12:00.  
Please bring either your cheque for €19, made payable to “Ladies Lunch Club de l’Armagnac”, or cash in an envelope marked with your name.  Your assistance with this is much appreciated as it helps to speed up the booking-in process. 
Please note that you will be charged if you cancel within 72 hours of the lunch. 
The LLC Committee look forward to welcoming you to a lively and convivial luncheon on 12th June. 




Sunday, 13 May 2018

Open Garden Scheme 2018




Dear Gardeners and Everyone

Just a little reminder about these two lovely private gardens open to visit on

Sunday 20th May under the
Open Gardens scheme. 

The entrance fee goes to a very worthwhile charity à Chacun son Everest.



Hopefully the weather will have improved a bit by then !

Best wishes, Pat and Caroline
                         
****** 


Message from Ann and James Jowitt

Dear All


 Please help spread the word about the


Open Gardens Day on Sunday 20th May

when Jennifer and Alan Story will be opening their garden at Lasbadies in tandem with Ann and James Jowitt near St Puy.

With the late Spring these two very different gardens should look amazing. The entry fee of 5€ for both gardens will go to the French charity, Chacun son Everest, which helps children recovering from cancer.  
Open from 10.30 - 17.00

 If you're going to the St Puy May Fair on that date, this is only a short drive from Taillefer, the home of Ann and James Jowitt. Here you will discover a beautiful garden, a romantic English garden full of roses, colour coordinated borders and a dry garden surrounding a folly. From there it is 20 minutes drive north to Lasbadies, the garden of Jennifer and Alan Story. Here you can explore different garden rooms with herbaceous borders, a wisteria walk, a water feature, sculptures and parterre. In addition there will be a plant and book stall. Enjoy the views and relax in the garden with tea, coffee and homemade cakes.

For more information on both gardens and directions visit the Open Gardens website opengardens.eu.

I'm attaching a flyer. Hope to see you on the 20th May!








Monday, 7 May 2018

Garden Visit May 18






Dear Gardeners

For our next outing on

Thursday 10th May 2018

we will be visiting the Iriseraie de Papon in Laplume which is located on the D931 between Condom and Agen.

Spread over 3 hectares with approximately 4000 different varieties of Iris collected over the last 25 years - this should be a colourful visit !




We will meet there at 14.30


The address is:


Papon de bas
LAPLUME (47310)

As you come through the village of Laplume from Condom, when you pass the end of village sign it's the next turning on the right.

We look forward to seeing you then.

For more information, please email






Thursday, 26 April 2018

Book Club for May 2018

Dear All


The May Book club is at 2:30 at Pam Savage's house.

The book for May is:


The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
by Maggie O'Farrell

The June book will be a book of your choice on France. If you are interested in Books why not come an join us (even if you have not read this on the book). 
Please leave a comment if you want to attend or  want more information or contact

About The May Book:
Edinburgh in the 1930s. The Lennox family is having trouble with its youngest daughter. Esme is outspoken, unconventional, and repeatedly embarrasses them in polite society. Something will have to be done.
Years later, a young woman named Iris Lockhart receives a letter informing her that she has a great-aunt in a psychiatric unit who is about to be released.
Iris has never heard of Esme Lennox and the one person who should know more, her grandmother Kitty, seems unable to answer Iris's questions. What could Esme have done to warrant a lifetime in an institution? And how is it possible for a person to be so completely erased from a family's history?
Hope you all enjoy it!

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

LLC Lunch May 18






Dear Ladies

We are delighted to welcome you to the next LLC lunch on


Tuesday 15th May at 

Le Commerce, Estang

which is a favourite venue for us.  This lunch will be on the THIRD Tuesday because of bank holidays.


Our hosts, Laetitia and Patrick Topin, look forward to welcoming us to the lunch and Patrick has created the following seasonal menu for us.  They hope that we all have a very enjoyable meal and we hope that the sun will be shining.



Bruschetta d'Asperges et Serrano

Asparagus and Serrano Ham Bruschetta


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Mignon du Porc en Croute
Pork fillet in pastry

Ou / Or

Pavé de Saumon, Spaghettis de Courgettes
Pavé of Salmon with courgette spaghetti

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Tiramisu Fraises / Strawberry Tiramisu

The cost is 18 Euro, which includes wine but does not include tea or coffee







The deadline for bookings is Thursday 3rd May.  Please can you submit your reservation form as soon as possible together with your choice of main course. Please book early so that we can ensure that there is a place for everyone.  At this stage we don't anticipate having to restrict numbers.
Please send me an email on



If you are having problems with the form or fee that it has not worked (you should get a notification at the end of the process), I will manually add you to the list (please also let me know your choices).  I will send out a list of responses before the deadline.

We look forward to welcoming you from 12:00.  Please bring either your cheque for €18, made payable to “Ladies Lunch Club de l’Armagnac” or cash in an envelope marked with your name.  Your assistance with this is much appreciated as it helps to speed up the booking-in process. 


Please note that you will be charged if you cancel within 72 hours of the lunch.

The LLC Committee look forward to welcoming you to a lively and convivial luncheon on 15th May.
Other news :
June Meeting :  Tuesday 12th June at La Falene Bleue, Lannepax.  A great outdoors venue for the summer.  Numbers will be restricted to 50.
Club activities – The Committee are actively planning for our Summer event.
Talking shop - 1st May at the home of Barbera Roeloffzen - please contact Berbera directly on berberaroeloffzen@yahoo.com if you would like to join the meeting.  Or contact the LLC email address (below) if you would like further information.
Knitting club - Assistance needed this week. - We need someone to pick up some wool from Lynette Marchent at Montreal on Wednesday or Eauze on Thursday of this week (25th / 26th) - or from her house (before Friday) if you live near to her.  Please can you contact Lynette on +44 795 891 1161 or fourfeetten@aol.com  if you can help.
Membership renewal closes at the end of April. 

If you wish to renew and have not already done so, please send me an email and let me know your intentions or contact me if you need a renewal form / my email address is lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com

Please contact me if you wish to renew when you next come to France.  We can accommodate this as long as we know your plan. Thank you to everyone who has already renewed your membership for 2018.
What’s on in May  -  We have received notification of the following from our members (which will be posted on Facebook and put on the blog)
  • Book of the month "The Vanishing Act of Esne Lennox".  Please contact me or Jo Boutcher if you want more information on the book club

  • English Theatre CompanyRosencrantz & Guildenstern are dead” by Tom Stoppard.  6pm 4th & 5th May at Lectoure and 11th & 12th May at Maubourguet. Tickets are still available
If you have more cultural / village activities to add please let me know and we will post them for you.
Best wishes


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