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September 2019 Bulletin
I hope you are all enjoying the late summer weather, although it has been somewhat unpredictable over the last few weeks. However, there have been many opportunities to soak up the early evening sunshine, and hopefully there will be more before we have to contemplate turning the heating on.
And so to Leggies…
September’s meeting – “The Local Buzz” Magazine – Setting up a Business in France
Lesley Ashburner, Managing Director of “The Local Buzz” magazine, ably assisted by her daughter Natasha, gave an extremely interesting talk about our newest local English language magazine. Lesley’s talk addressed many aspects: from why and how the magazine was founded; the ethos underpinning it; the identification of the potential readership which led to the departments which it covers; the design principles and the steps involved in its production. At one point we were given a glimpse of a very complicated-looking spreadsheet which covered all the steps in the production of an issue. Fortunately we didn’t have to memorise it! Lesley’s talk reflected the passion and enthusiasm which the “Buzz” team has for the magazine and this part of South-West France. It also covered the challenges faced by the team to ensure that the magazine remains commercially viable yet can be available in its printed form free of charge at various local outlets (a nod to our member Sandy at this point – who ensures that new issues are available at Leggies meetings). A lively Q & A session followed the talk. One point to take away is the presence of the “Buzz” website, which many of us had rarely, if ever, accessed. The website contains supplementary information including a “What’s On” section, a Business Directory, various blogs, as well as an on-line version of the magazine, including back copies.
Visit to find out more.
We extend our thanks again to Lesley and Natasha for a very informative afternoon.
The Forum des Associations – Saturday 7 September
Several members helped to man our stand at the Forum des Associations at the Salle Polyvalente Charles de Cacqueray at Ste-Livrade. We were given a few hours to prepare the stand on the evening of Friday 6 September, with the main event taking place on Saturday 7 September. This is an opportunity for associations based in Ste-Livrade to present themselves to the public and quite a few people stopped at our stand to find out more about us. Some of the more physically active associations treated us to various performances, including Occitane dancing, tap dancing and modern gymnastic dance displays. M. Le Maire also stopped by for a chat with us.
Thanks to those members who helped out, and also to those of you who popped by to visit us during the day.
Extra event in September – Guided tour of the Church and Tour du Roy at Ste-Livrade-sur-Lot
On Monday 16 September a group of us assembled outside the church in Ste-Livrade-sur-Lot – and what a treat was in store!
Michel Daynès – who has attended our AGMs on behalf of the Mairie since we relocated to Ste-Livrade – expertly guided us around the church and the remains of the Benedictine monastery which surround it, before moving on to the Tour du Roy, which houses a model of the town, then showed us the only remaining part of the wall which once surrounded the town and the oldest buildings. He gave us a comprehensive summary of the historical background, starting from Roman times and enthusiastically answered our many questions.
It was an immensely enjoyable, though hot, afternoon and we cannot thank M. Daynès enough for the time and effort he put into the tour – and we are hoping that it will be followed up by more in the area.
Surprising facts we learned: that Sainte Livrade (after whom the town is named) probably didn’t exist as a person connected to the town, but is an amalgamation of various saints (some of that name) which the monks “adopted”; that Sainte-Livrade is not a bastide in the truest sense of the meaning; and that one of our members had a chapel in the grounds of her house – and the statue of Mary which was housed there is now in the church at Ste-Livrade.
Sara’s knowledge of ecclesiastical French was very helpful when it came to translating the information into English!
Visit this article in La Depeche to find out more about our tour guide:
Our October Meeting – a “Craft” meeting led by Barbara Harrodine
Our next meeting is Monday 7 October at 14:30 at our usual meeting place in Ste-Livrade, the Salle Socio Culturel.
Barbara, an accomplished needle-craft person, will show us how to appliqué felt flowers, using 2 or 3 basic embroidery stitches, onto a background fabric – this technique will enable those of us with less knowledge of needlework to create our own pieces, no matter how large or small.
A message has already been sent out regarding attendance for this meeting, as we needed an idea of numbers attending in advance, as Barbara is preparing “kits” for us.
However, extra kits will be available – so it’s not too late to sign up – drop us a line at our Leggies’ email address.
It’s always fun to try out new things – so even if you think you have no aptitude for crafts, have a go. A watercolour “tutorial” at a Leggies meeting a few years ago sparked an interest in painting inside me, and I’ve now started my second set of art classes… I’m not claiming to be very good at it, but I really enjoy the challenge, and the concentration and absorption involved in working on a piece is very therapeutic.
Dates for your diaries
Our November Meeting – a visit to the Rody Chocolaterie at Lougratte – Castillonnès
Our meeting on Wednesday 6 November is a visit to the Rody chocolate museum, which is situated on the N21 between Lougratte and Castillonnès.
In addition to the chocolate museum there is a shop where all sorts of specialist artisan chocolate can be bought (including diabetes-friendly chocolate), and a café where, I’m reliably informed, the cakes are superb. Entrance to the museum is free.
We would like to give the museum an idea of numbers attending in advance of our visit, so we will have sign-up sheets available again at our October meeting, or you can email Leggies to book a place.
Depending on confirmed numbers attending, we may open this up to guests of members.
We have decided, based on extremely good and reliable recommendations, to hold the Leggies’ Christmas lunch at the Patio d’Hauteville at Penne d’Agennais. As we did last year, we will share the event with the Lunch Belles.
Sign-up sheets, to gauge interest, will be available at the next meeting, or you can drop us a line to the Leggies email address. When we have an idea of numbers we will be able to discuss the menu and cost with the restaurant.
From 16 October the Association France Alzheimer Dordogne is starting an English-speaking group which will meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Eymet – the meeting, called “Halte Relais” (“Stop and Pass the Baton”), will be open to those who have been diagnosed with dementia and their carers, and people living in Lot-et-Garonne are welcome to attend.
They are also looking for volunteers – if you are interested in volunteering call 05 53 27 30 34 and say that it’s about the new group in Eymet. The message will be passed on and you should receive a reply within 24 hours. Be prepared to give your message in French!
Whether you are new to the area or not, a guest of a member, someone with a second home in the area, or just passing through our beautiful department of Lot-et-Garonne – we would love to see you at one of our meetings. Please contact for more information.
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And “thank you” on behalf of our committee, to all of you who continue to support and enjoy Leggies. It makes the effort we put in to organise and run the meetings worthwhile.
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