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Dec 3. 15:30 - 17:30 Salle Jean Gabin, 112 rue Gambetta 17200 ROYAN.
Projection of BBC documentary "The Most Courageous Raid of WWII"

Dec 5. 12:00 Palais des Congres - Galerie de la Seudre ROYAN.
Opening of the exhibition Frankton.

Dec 7. 10:30 Corniche du Chay ROYAN.
Commemoration at the Frankton Memorial.

Dec 8. 09:30 Hanger 14 Place Frankton Bordeaux.

Dec 8. 11:30 Chateau Barton et Guestier, Blanquefort Bordeaux

Dec 9. 11:00 Le Verdon sur Mer, Point de Grave
Ceremony, Frankton Memorial

Dec 9. 15:00 Memorial by the Estuary,Saint Vivien du Medoc
Ceremony then Vin d'Honneur at the Marie 16:00 - 16:30.

Dec 10. 11:00 Monument to HMS Tuna, Vendays-Montalivet

Dec 12. Frankton Memorial, Portes Neuves, Braude et St Louis



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Below you will find links to two PDF documents relating to the







2nd British Embassy Newsletter


Voisinsvoices Vol2 P1

Voisinsvoices Vol2 P2



The United Kingdom’s Exit from the European Union

Safeguarding the Position of EU Citizens Living in the UK and

UK Nationals Living in the EU.

 An extract from the paper;


6. The Government undertakes to treat EU citizens in the UK according to the principles below, in the expectation that the EU will offer reciprocal treatment for UK nationals resident in its member states:
•• until the UK’s exit, while the UK remains a member of the EU, EU citizens resident here will continue to enjoy the rights they have under EU Treaties. We will comply in full with our legal obligations, including in respect of administrative procedures for providing documentation for those exercising Treaty rights;

•• after we leave the EU, we will create new rights in UK law for qualifying EU citizens resident here before our exit. Those rights will be enforceable in the UK legal system and will provide legal guarantees for these EU citizens. Furthermore, we are also ready to make commitments in the Withdrawal Agreement which will have the status of international law. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) will not have jurisdiction in the UK;

•• these rights will apply to all EU citizens equally and we will not treat citizens of one member state differently to those of another;

•• qualifying EU citizens will have to apply for their residence status. The administrative procedures which they will need to comply with in order to obtain these new rights will be modernised and kept as smooth and simple as possible;

•• the application process will be a separate legal scheme, in UK law, rather than the current one for certifying the exercise of rights under EU law. Accordingly we will tailor the eligibility criteria so that, for example, we will no longer require evidence that economically inactive EU citizens have previously held “comprehensive sickness insurance” in order to be considered continuously resident;

•• all qualifying EU citizens will be given adequate time to apply for their new residence status after our exit. There will be no cliff-edge at the point of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU;

••we guarantee that qualifying individuals will be granted “settled status” in UK law (indefinite leave to remain pursuant to the Immigration Act 1971). This means they will be free to reside in any capacity and undertake any lawful activity, to access public funds and services and to apply for British citizenship;

•• to qualify, the EU citizen must have been resident in the UK before a specified date and must have completed a period of five years’ continuous residence in the UK before they apply for settled status, at which point they must still be resident;

•• those EU citizens who arrived and became resident before the specified date but who have not accrued five years’ continuous residence at the time of the UK’s exit will be able to apply for temporary status in order to remain resident in the UK until they have accumulated five years, after which they will be eligible to apply for settled status;

•• those EU citizens who arrived after the specified date will be allowed to remain in the UK for at least a temporary period and may become eligible to settle permanently, depending on their circumstances – but this group should have no expectation of guaranteed settled status;

•• family dependants who join a qualifying EU citizen in the UK before the UK’s exit will be able to apply for settled status after five years (including where the five years falls after our exit), irrespective of the specified date. Those joining after our exit will be subject to the same rules as those joining British citizens or alternatively to the postexit immigration arrangements for EU citizens who arrive after the specified date; the specified date will be no earlier than the 29 March 2017, the date the formal Article 50 process for exiting the EU was triggered, and no later than the date of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. We expect to discuss the specified date with our European partners as part of delivering a reciprocal deal; and we will apply rules to exclude those who are serious or persistent criminals and those whom we consider a threat to the UK.

7. In relation to benefits, pensions, healthcare, economic and other rights, in the expectation that these rights will be reciprocated by EU member states, the Government intends that:

•• EU citizens with settled status will continue to have access to UK benefits on the same basis as a comparable UK national under domestic law;

•• EU citizens arriving before the specified date who do not have five years’ residence at the time of the UK’s exit but who remain legally in the UK on a pathway to settled status will continue to be able to access the same benefits that they can access now – (broadly, equal access for workers/the self-employed and limited access for those not working). If these individuals go on to acquire settled status, they will then be able to access benefits on the same terms as comparable UK residents;

•• existing rules on the rights of EU citizens and UK nationals to export UK benefits to the EU will be protected for those who are exporting such UK benefits on the      specified date, including child benefit, subject to on-going entitlement to the benefit;

•• the UK will continue to export and uprate the UK State Pension within the EU;

•• the UK will continue to aggregate periods of relevant insurance, work or residence within the EU accrued before exit to help meet the entitlement conditions for UK contributory benefits and State Pension, even where entitlement to these rights may be exercised after exit;

•• the UK will seek to protect the healthcare arrangements currently set out in EU Social Security Coordination Regulations and domestic UK law for EU citizens who arrive in the UK before the specified date and for UK nationals living in the EU before the specified date;

•• the UK will also seek to protect the ability of individuals who are eligible for a UK European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before the specified date to continue to benefit from free, or reduced cost, needs-arising healthcare while on a temporary stay in the EU. The UK will seek an ongoing arrangement akin to the EHIC scheme as part of negotiations on our future arrangements with the EU;

•• the UK will ensure qualifying EU citizens who arrived in the UK before the specified date will continue to be eligible for Higher Education (HE) and Further Education (FE) institution in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 academic years, will continue to be eligible for student support and home fee status for the duration of their course. We will also ensure that these students have a parallel right to remain in the UK to complete their course; and

•• the UK will seek to ensure that citizens with professional qualifications obtained in the EU27 prior to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will continue to have those qualifications recognised in the UK (and vice versa). student loans and ‘home fee’ status in line with persons with settled status in the UK.3 Such persons will also be eligible to apply for maintenance support on the same basis they do now;

•• to help provide certainty for EU students starting courses as we implement the UK’s exit (including those who are not currently living in the UK), we have already confirmed that current EU students and those starting courses at a university or FE

Criown Copyright acknowledged.



2017 Events Dates – To be Confirmed


Sunday 8th May                                     Victoire 1945 (local French) 

Fri 19th to Sun 21st May                         Annual Conference, Southport, Lancs. 

Saturday 20th May                                 Short Stirling Crash Mémory, Naujac-sur-Mer 

Tuesday 14th June                                 Pub Quiz Night, Camping Parc St Vincent,  Levignac de Guyenne                                                              

Weds 5th to Sun 9th July                         Chemin de la Liberté hike, St Girons, Ariège 

Sunday 13th August                               Book Sale 

Fri 8th to Sun 10th September                 Comète Line, St Jean de Luz 

Sunday 8th October                               Annual.General Meeting                            

Sunday 22nd October                             Poppy Appeal starts (Remembrancetide) 

Sunday 22nd October                             Book Sale                   

Saturday 11th November                        Armistice 1918 (local French)                                                                     

Sunday 12th November                          Remembrance Services,

 Allied Military Cemetery, Talence &, Monteton Church


Fri 8th December. Ceremonies at Blanquefort and Bordeaux.

Sat 9th December. Ceremonies at le Verdon and Saint Vivien.

Sun 10th December.  Montalivet.               


I will post a link to the PDF versuion of the RBL Membership Newsletter Overseas when I receive them. 


An update from Brenda.........

Hi again and a quick note to thank Friends in France Lunch Club for their collection. Unexpected and very welcome. Many thanks to my lunch club friends and sorry I was not able to join you for lunch and chat. Training going OK and gym putting pressure on me now - HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!





Brenda's Chemin de la Liberte page

To help all who have served and are serving for The Royal British Legion because The RBL is a charity that supports ALL

Event: Chemin de la Liberte, 04 Jul 2017 to 10 Jul 2017

To help all who have served and are serving for The Royal British Legion because The RBL is a charity that supports ALL

Event: Chemin de la Liberte, 04 Jul 2017 to 10 Jul 2017

Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

Some years ago I met a rather nice chap called Scott Goodall. Scott lived in the Ariege in the South West of France. He wrote about the Chemin de la Liberte - a cross-Pyrenees escape route that was used, amongst others, by escaping airmen and escaping prisoners of war during WWII. The stories of escape and evasion remember the sacrifices of the guides and the bravery of everyone involved. In a rash moment I promised that I would do this walk and now I am doing it in Scott's memory and because I believe that I can do this - even as a pensioner!!!

All monies raised will go directly to support the work of The Royal British Legion. Why the RBL? This charity supports every one of our service personnel, those who no longer serve, and their families. The charity covers ALL disciplines, all ranks and also works with other military charities. Their help ranges from Drop-In centres where individuals can discuss problems, financial aid, legal representation to ensure fairness, medical help through enterprises such as The Battleback Centre and of course help and support for families. The list goes on...

I have done long treks, and even a sky-dive, before for charity. One thing I have realised that the achievement is not mine - I only help to fund-raise so that people who need our help stand a better chance of having a more meaningful future. Theirs is the achievement. You can help please by making a donation. I will keep you informed of progress and if you want to join in the group please do not hesitate. It really is a case of the more the merrier.

Don't forget to Gift Aid your donation.

Many thanks for reading  and donating.


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7th & 12th DECEMBER 1942.

Details of the commemorations will appear here when they are recived.



Frankton Memorial, Château Magnol.

2:00 p.m. 9 December 2016


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The The above photographs © Richard Holworthy 2016



Frankton Memorial, La Verdon, Point de Grave. 

11:00 a.m. 10 December 2016

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Point aux Oiseaux, St.Vivien-de Médoc

3:30 p.m. 10 December 2016


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