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EXTRA NEWSLETTER - February 2018

Hi Everyone,

After the disappointment of yesterday’s cancelled meeting I thought I would update you on a few planned events. Some members were disappointed they could not get books, so we are offering you two opportunities to do that, details below.

13th February 2018 - Car Boot Book Exchange - Super U - Loudeac 
Pamela will be in the Super U car park (Covered Area) in Loudeac on Tuesday 13th February at 1430-1530hrs. Please let us know if you will be coming by emailing chairman@rblbrittany.fr

16th February 2018 - Chinese New Year Lunch and Car Boot Book Exchange 
The Chinese New Year lunch will be on the 16th February at 1200hrs. Lantern Rouge, Pontivy. Pamela will bring some books and set up a ‘Car Boot Book Exchange’ after the meal (About 1400hrs) Normal book prices apply. Please book through me by emailing chairman@rblbrittany.fr

Welfare Appeal
In 2017 Welfare put out an appeal to help a Veteran by donating food items, the response was fantastic and our Veteran was overwhelmed with the kindness shown to him.
I would like to make the appeal again for any spare store cupboard food items this would be gratefully received and I can collect any items at the Chinese Lunch or the Car Boot Book Exchange in Loudeac.
Thank you all for your continued support, Pamela.

Valentines Day gifts for Ladies
Kate has some items of costume jewellery and poppy broaches which may answer the age old question ‘What should I get the love of my life for Valentines Day’ Contact Kate for more info at poppyappeal@rblbrittany.fr

Kindest Regards to you all, keep warm, keep safe and look out for each other.

Hugs and Handshakes

Basha

David Bashford
Chairman

Important Notice - February 6th 2018

Hi everyone,

We’ve made the early decision to cancel today’s meeting because of settled snow and expected blizzard.

We currently have 3 inches of settled snow and are expecting a heavy fall at midday with blizzard conditions later in the day.

The next meeting will be 6th March 2018.

Sorry to disappoint you all but your safety must prevail.

Kindest Regards

Basha

David Bashford

Chairman

NEWSLETTER - February 2018

Good Afternoon My Friends,

Well, the sun is shining upon my little bit of France, I do hope it is with you to. I do believe we are in for a cold spell next week, so dig out the thermals, fleeces and quilts and hunker down.

On a serious note if you are aware of any of our members who will struggle to stay warm, please contact me, I’m sure we can help. No one should be cold, help is at hand.

SOP, any military amongst us will recognise the initials SOP (Standard Operating Procedure), but I heard an interesting version last week where a group of friends always phone each other daily to ensure they are all OK, They refer to it as an SOP call…Still On Perch. Quite sensible I thought……looking out for one another.

Our first social is this Tuesday, the 6th February at Au Relais de l’Oust 1200 for 1230hrs start. We will have a quiz and the normal array of tables. There will be an enhanced raffle with some great prizes including a Port, stilton and cracker hamper, Pictured below. Hope to see you there.

Membership Cards

Our long suffering Treasurer and Membership Secretary, Peter, having continually hastened, badgered and generally got under the skin of the Membership Department at HQ has been assured that all glitches have been resolved and they should be with us very soon, so thank you Peter for your endeavours. Having held the post for a couple of years I know it is extreamly frustrating dealing with a middle man and not with Novacroft directly.

Welfare Appeal

In 2017 welfare put out an appeal to help a Veteran by donating food items, the response was fantastic and our Veteran was overwhelmed with the kindness shown to him.
I would like to make the appeal again for any spare store cupboard food items this would be gratefully received and I can collect any items at the February Social.
Thank you for your support. Pamela

Troc and Puces 15th April 2018 - Salle Drosera Plumeliau

The Troc and Puces to be held on Sunday 15th April 2018 is an extremely important event for our Branch and Ann Thomson, Carol and Dave Allen have been beavering away in the background in preparation, however we do need your help for this event to be a success, If you are able to spare us the whole day, half day or a few hours it would be very much appreciated. We particularly need help in setting up and taking down/clearing/cleaning. Timing to be confirmed once we know when the hall will be available.

Cakes: To keep costs down we are asking if you would be prepared to donate a Cake/cakes/scones/muffins/homemade bread etc. Please would you advise one of the organisers if you can do this.

Diary Dates:

6th February 2018 - 1230hrs - Monthly Social

Au Relais de l’Oust

There will be a traditional quiz this month plus an enhanced raffle, Poppy Appeal merchandise, books and Welfare table.

16th February 2018 1200hrs - Chinese New Year - Lanterne Rouge, Pontivy

'The year of the dog' begins on the 16th February 2018 and we have been lucky enough to have reserved 30 places at our favourite Chinese restaurant.

There are in fact 5 dog years; Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold and Water, this year is the turn of the Earthdog. Famous Earthdogs include Madonna and Michael Jackson.

The Chinese Zodiac contains 12 signs and the Dog is the 11th position in the cycle, this year it runs from 16th February 2018 until 4th February 2019.

Lucky numbers are; 3,4 and 9. Lucky Colours are; Red, Green and Purple. Lucky Flowers are; Rose and Cynbidium Orchids.

To book your place email me at: chairman@rblbrittany.fr

6th March 2018 - 1230hrs - Monthly Social

Au Relais de l’Oust

There will be a Bingo Session this month plus the raffle, Poppy Appeal merchandise, books and Welfare table.

2nd April 2018 - 1230hrs - Monthly Social

Au Relais de l’Oust

There will be some form of quiz this month plus the raffle, Poppy Appeal merchandise, books and Welfare table.

15th April - Troc and Puces - 1000 - 1700hrs - Salle Drosera, Plumeliau

Details above, book through: troc@rblbrittany.fr

20th April 2018 - 1200hrs - Fish and Chips - Pont Samoel, Silfiac

Most of us now know what quality food Patrick and Kathy constantly serve. We have booked 30 places for the 20th April. 

If you do not want fish and chips a limited menu is available, including a vegetarian option. (Advanced notice reqd)

I would recommend the traditional home made Cornish Pasty. Kathy, being Cornish knows what a real pasty looks like, it’s huge (Doggy bag provided) Again, please let me know if you would like the pasty.

Please book through me, including any dietary requirements: chairman@rblbrittany.fr

My kindest regards to you all and please ‘look out’ for each other, particularly in this cold period.

Basha

David Bashford

Chairman

NEWSLETTER - January 2018 

A Very Happy New Year to you all and I hope you are steering clear of the dreaded flu bug thats doing the rounds.

Our hardworking Treasurer and Membership Secretary, Peter Beauchamp continues in his battle to resolve the membership renewals fiasco and hopefully we will receive confirmation from HQ London of your membership renewal soon. It would be good to know that as your Chairman, I am actually a member! Pamela will be extra excited to get her membership card as she didn’t receive one at all last year!

The two Christmas meals at Pont Samoel were well received by all 80 participants and the extra journey time was well justified. 

The first of the 2018 Poppy Appeal fundraisers will take place on the 28th January, in Kate’s own words:

On Sunday, January the 28th we will be holding a Burns Lunch at our house, La Lande de Bolore in aid of the Poppy Appeal, so we will ask for donations of 20 euros for members of the RBL and 22 euros for non-members.

Sadly, we may not have anyone to address the haggis in the traditional way, but the menu is as follows ( please let me know if you are vegetarian etc)

Aperitif to start, followed by coq a leekie soup, then a simple fish course, and afterwards the traditional Haggis, tatties and neeps. Then we will have cheese, followed by desert. Wine and coffee are included and we will have a nip of whisky to toast the haggis, of course.

Places are strictly limited, so if you wish to come, do please book ASAP. Best Wishes, Kate

Catherine Curtis (Mme)
Poppy Appeal Organiser.

Troc and Puces 15th April 2018 - Salle Drosera Plumeliau

The Troc and Puces to be held on Sunday 15th April 2018 is an extremely important event for our Branch and Ann Thomson, Carol and Dave Allen have been beavering away in the background in preparation, however we do need your help for this event to be a success, If you are able to spare us the whole day, half day or a few hours it would be very much appreciated. We particularly need help in setting up and taking down/clearing/cleaning. Timing to be confirmed once we know when the hall will be available.

We have had some offers of help and I will list below jobs to be filled, jobs already filled and volunteers required:

Organiser: Ann Thomson at: troc@rblbrittany.fr

Catering co-ordinator: Carol and Dave Allen

Kitchen - Cooking: Carol and Dave Allen, Mavis Weaving (TBC)

Front of House: Sandra Belsten + 1 volunteer

Food Orders: Dave Belsten, Neil Griffiths

Drinks: Christian + 1 volunteer

Front Door: Kevin(TBC) + 1 volunteer

Treasurer/Floats: Peter Beauchamp

Cakes: To keep costs down we are asking if you would be prepared to donate a Cake/cakes/scones/muffins/homemade bread etc. Please would you advise one of the organisers if you can do this.

Diary Dates:

28th January 2018 - Burns Lunch

Details above.

Contact Kate at poppyappeal@rblbrittany.fr

6th February 2018 - 1230hrs - Monthly Social

Au Relais de l’Oust

There will be a traditional quiz this month plus the raffle, Poppy Appeal merchandise, books and Welfare table.

16th February 2018 1200hrs - Chinese New Year - Lanterne Rouge, Pontivy

'The year of the dog' begins on the 16th February 2018 and we have been lucky enough to have reserved 30 places at our favourite Chinese restaurant.

There are in fact 5 dog years; Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold and Water, this year is the turn of the Earthdog. Famous Earthdogs include Madonna and Michael Jackson.

The Chinese Zodiac contains 12 signs and the Dog is the 11th position in the cycle, this year it runs from 16th February 2018 until 4th February 2019.

Lucky numbers are; 3,4 and 9. Lucky Colours are; Red, Green and Purple. Lucky Flowers are; Rose and Cynbidium Orchids.

To book your place email me at: chairman@rblbrittany.fr

6th March 2018 - 1230hrs - Monthly Social

Au Relais de l’Oust

There will be a Bingo Session this month plus the raffle, Poppy Appeal merchandise, books and Welfare table.

3rd April 2018 - 1230hrs - Monthly Social

Au Relais de l’Oust

There will be some form of quiz this month plus the raffle, Poppy Appeal merchandise, books and Welfare table.

15th April - Troc and Puces - 1000 - 1700hrs - Salle Drosera, Plumeliau

Details above, book through: troc@rblbrittany.fr

20th April 2018 - 1200hrs - Fish and Chips - Pont Samoel, Silfiac

Most of us now know what quality food Patrick and Kathy constantly serve. We have booked 30 places for the 20th April. 

If you do not want fish and chips a full menu is available, including a vegetarian option. (Advanced notice reqd)

I would recommend the traditional home made Cornish Pasty. Kathy, being Cornish knows what a real pasty looks like, it’s huge (Doggy bag provided)

Please book through me, including any dietary requirements: chairman@rblbrittany.fr

My kindest regards to you all and please be extra careful on these wet, icy slippery roads.

Basha

David Bashford

Chairman

 

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