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Neals Yard Organic Product Sampling

I will be back in the cafe on Saturday 25th May with some award-winning samples, the latest catalogue for you to browse while you have a coffee and a slice of cake. This month I am focussing on Neal’s Yard commitment to protect and support Bees in association with #SavetheBees and Friends of the Earth. I will have lots more information dotted around the Cafe on Saturday.

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Coffee Morning Saturday 13th April

Coffee Morning  Saturday 13th April 10 am until 12.30 pm

Come along and have a nice chat with Christine and Kim and a number of volunteers who will be waiting to serve you a selection of delicious cakes and of course the traditional English scones with jam or cream Yumm…

We look forward to seeing you.. 😀

Christine and Kim

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New Year New Bureau and New Conseil

Firstly I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year from myself and the “admin team”!  Yes, I know we have had a week of January already.

I hope those who were not present at the AGE (Extraordinary General Meeting) at the end of November are aware that I have now taken over as President of the Library Association.   In November, Steve Chicken wrote expressing thanks to John Essom for his sterling work last year and I would like now to add thanks to Steve as well as to John.  Unfortunately Steve felt unable to continue as Co-President for personal reasons and that left us in a situation necessitating the AGE.  At the same time our Treasurer Corinne Sutton wished to resign and Sally Hill who has run the cafe so effectively had also expressed her wish to stand down at the end of the year as did our Events Co-ordinator Jan Pitwell!

For those who dont know me, I arrived in the region almost exactly 6 years ago in January 2013.  I found Rodney and the library such a helpful and welcoming place, especially in my early days as a newcomer.  I now live in a hamlet near Azerables and have restored (not personally) my house.

So we have a new treasurer now in Ray Metcalfe, and a new cafe organiser, Kim Tunnicliffe, and Francesco Zangrandi has joined Conseil.  We are looking forward to 2019 with enthusiasm ( and perhaps a little trepidation as we find out what we have let ourselves in for!!). However, we still have Jane Perryman as our very efficiant and hard working secretary, Christine Seaman who runs the library side so well to support us.  I hope you will soon see us all in person as well as on the website which thanks to the hard work and many hours put in by Andrew Perryman is an amazing resource which is undergoing constant development.

We will have our AG (AGM) in March/April, and hope to present further information on the financial situation and plans to manage this ongoing, look at membership and the impact of increased fees, and ideas for future activities and library functions within the La Souterraine and regional community both expatriot and french.

My thanks on behalf of you all to those who have worked so hard to keep the library on its feet and start to move it forward.  I hope we can continue this and I look forward to your support and that of the Conseil in doing this.

I hope to meet more of you as I visit the Groups in action, and in the library itself.  A number of members have commented that the cafe isn’t what is was in terms of being a busy chatty place to come on a Saturday.
Can we try to improve this?  Come along and have a piece of cake and a coffee and a chat.  One thought is to extend opening on a Saturday to give people longer before or after shopping.  Any thoughts?  That of course depends on our trusty band of volunteers who we must also thank for the effort and their time that  they put in to the cafe and library opening hours. They would also welcome new volunteers to join them.  Then we should also thank our Group Leaders who run our very popular groups with enthusiasm and great success.

SO DONT FORGET TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP!  THE NEW ONLINE METHOD  IS VERY SIMPLE AND DOES NOT REQUIRE PAYPAL MEMBERSHIP AS YOU USE YOUR CREDIT/DEBIT CARD. IT TOOK ME ABOUT 5 MINUTES TO DO THIS!

 

Please Note..  A single renewal updates all associated household accounts held with the library.

And again, I wish you all Bonne Sante, et Bonne Annee.


Library President

Damian Trafford

Library Seasonal Closure

To give our volunteers a much needed break,

the library and cafe will be closed from Monday the 27th August to Saturday the 1st September inclusive.

During this period there will be no group activities in the library.

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Coffee to the Sound of Music

 

We know how to live it up at the library!

A chance to enjoy your refreshments and listen to our Library Singing Group

Saturday 30th June from 10.30

You won’t get this anywhere else!

Come and spend a little time with us

All donations greatly received

The Singing Group will also be performing at La Fete de la Musique in La Souterraine

at the Jardin Public

Thursday the 21st June

19h30

 

Star Chocolate Cake

Have You Heard?

The word is getting around, another fabulous cake is available tomorrow in the café.

Only 1.50€ a slice.

Come and have a coffee and get a slice before it’s gone!

Opening hours this weekend:

Fri 09H30 – 12H30
Sat 09H30 – 12H30

Mini Fun Quiz

Saturday 17th March 11 am

Fun quiz in the library cafe.
50cents to take part. (All part of our fundraiser)
Come one, come all.
It’s not hard, just fun!

Membership Renewal

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]s we have now entered 2018, we at the English Library would like wish you a happy and healthy new year.  2017 has seen many changes at the library and we would like to thank you for your continued support throughout the year.

Many exciting events are planned for 2018 along with all the regular group meetings which we trust you will continue to support.  If you have any suggestions for an event or a new group you would like to see, please drop us an email and we’ll happily look into it.

Please feel free to share our contact details with any neighbours both French and English, or with any lapsed members as we’d love to welcome all into the Library.

The library will re-open on Thursday 4th January at 2pm and will close as usual at 4.30pm.

Membership remains at 12€ per household for 2018.

New membership cards will be issued when you visit the library to renew, this year we are also offering an additional membership card for a second person in the household if required.

Once again we would like to reach out to you to support your library…are you able to offer just 3 hours a month by volunteering in the library or the café?
The library cannot operate without the help of our volunteers, so please consider this plea and either email us or mention when renewing and we will contact you for your availability.

Jane Perryman – Secretary and Membership Secretary

La Montagne Interview

 La Montagne interviews La Souterraine’s English Library

L’English library est une bibliothèque-café qui vise une meilleure intégration des Britanniques

La Montagne a rendu visite aux Britanniques qui gèrent bénévolement la bibliothèque anglaise. Celle-ci regroupe 280 adhérents, et aimerait accueillir davantage de Français pour que les Anglais puissent améliorer leur français.

Ce samedi matin, c’est Sally qui nous accueille avec un joyeux « Good morning » en bas de l’escalier. Après avoir été hébergée juste à côté de la porte Saint-Jean, l’English library a déménagé à côté de la seconde porte médiévale, celle du Puycharraud, dans un bel écrin de vieilles pierres. Dans cette bibliothèque, tout le monde sourit. Jan, installée derrière son bureau, gère aujourd’hui le prêt des livres tandis que John s’occupe de servir une tasse de thé à Jean et Glyn dans le café attenant.

Nouveau groupe de discussion franco-anglais

L’atmosphère, très cosy, donne envie de retirer son manteau. De rester un moment. Jean vient à la bibliothèque depuis cinq ans. Pour rencontrer des amis, échanger sur l’actualité et partager les bons tuyaux. « On est en train de se donner les bonnes adresses, les numéros des artisans. Les amis nous aident à comprendre comment fonctionnent les taxes aussi ! » Il s’agit d’une aide précieuse pour ceux qui viennnent de s’installer en France, nous explique John Essom, co-président. Car la bibliothèque ne se veut pas seulement un lieu de passage, c’est un endroit où il fait bon s’asseoir et prendre le temps. Prendre le temps de se cultiver. De se divertir. Et de se rencontrer. « Dès l’origine, en 2009, le fondateur Rodney Sabine, dont le portrait est accroché juste derrière, a ouvert l’English library pour que les Anglais qui venaient de s’installer dans la région puissent rencontrer les locaux et améliorer leur français », raconte John.

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]out a commencé par des cours de français. Et depuis peu, l’association a lancé un groupe de discussion franco-anglais. « En allant en vacances chez des amis dans le Midi, je me suis rendu compte que ça fonctionnait très bien, remarque John. Quoi de mieux pour s’améliorer que de bavarder avec un français ? »

Seulement voilà, pour l’instant les membres français ne sont pas légion. Alors John n’hésite pas à inviter tous ceux qui le souhaitent à pousser la porte de ce mini-royaume où gravitent ces sujets de sa Majesté. D’ailleurs, ceux qui sont le plus effrayés, enchaîne Alison, ce sont les Anglais « qui ont souvent peur de s’exprimer en français, de commettre des erreurs. C’est plus facile ici, au café, de faire le premier pas, d’oser se lancer. Ce serait plaisant qu’il y ait plus de Français, y compris des jeunes qui auraient envie de se perfectionner dans la langue de Shakespeare en vue d’examens ! »

La culture pour ciment

Côté café, Brian et Lindsay, de Saint-Dizier-Leyrenne, viennent de s’inscrire pour le groupe de conversation en français et ils font donc l’effort de répondre dans la langue de Molière : « C’est une très belle place ouverte à tous, Français comme Anglais. » Mais au-delà des groupes de discussions, ils découvrent que l’association propose aussi des ateliers d’art, de photo, de marche et de jardinage. Il y a même une troupe de théâtre, Castaways Drama, qui a pris son envol en créant sa propre association. Petit à petit, l’English library construit une passerelle entre Français et Anglais, avec pour ciment la culture. « Of course ! »

Virginie Mayet

Café Art Displays

2019

  • January – February: Madame Nicole Delgoulet
  • March – April:  Art Group Exhibition
  • May – June:   Painting workshop from St Dizier Leyrenne
  • July – September:  Mme Josette Rosier
  • October – November:  Library Camera Club Photo Exhibition
  • December – January 2020: Association Creusographie

We welcome artists to the library and are happy to exhibit their works in the coffee shop for a period of two or three months.

To complete our year and to start the new year , in December and January we are showing a varied selection of the works of a very well known group of local photographers from the Association Creusographie. 

The association is present at almost every event in La Creuse all year round, their photos being highly regarded.

My name is Alan Whitten, if you are interested in displaying your artwork or if you require any further information on the Café art display, please contact me via the message centre or by the the contact form below.

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