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2016 AGM - Thursday 10 November at 10:30

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Burns Night: Saturday 30th January 7.30 for 8pm

burnsnightThe BBC will again be celebrating the work of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns in the traditional way. This year we are returning to the ‘vaulted wooden hall’ in Martingas that is the house of one of our members.

The formula, however, remains the same with a traditional menu of smoked salmon, haggis, neeps, tatties and trifles with wine and whisky at the inclusive price of 20€ per head.

Entertainment will include the pipes, some Burns’ recitation and the traditional ‘Address to the Haggis’.  Space limitations for a sit down dinner mean that only 28 people can be accommodated.

This event was overbooked last year so if you would like to join us please contact John or complete the online booking form as soon as possible.

Comments from previous years

“It was a sell out! The full capacity of 28 members booked. Guests commenced the evening with a rather potent Scottish Sparkle, skilfully prepared and ladled out by John. There was a healthy display of tartan evident, together with knobbly knees displayed by the kilt wearing Scotsmen!”

“We were treated to animated singing led by Kit of ‘Comin’ thro’ the rye’ accompanied – as has become the custom at our Celtic events – by Jack, duly dressed in fine regalia. He then lead the magnificent procession, with several circuits, piping in the Haggis. The strident bagpipes were momentarily silenced when the key pipe came adrift, causing some amusement, but not detracting from the spectacle of Eileen proudly bearing the Haggis! Chris then treated us to an ‘Address to the Haggis’ before brutally stabbing it!”

”   …….. then to the serious part – eating the haggis and it was agreed by many to be the best ever ! It was of course accompanied by the traditional, neeps and tatties (mashed potatoes). Less obvious was that the excellent whisky, served to all, was to be partially poured on the haggis (like gravy).”

” ……….. a toast to the ‘Lassies’ to which Eileen responded in song ! Then to the plentiful and rich Trifles ……”

” ….. and we concluded with coffee and excellent Shortbread. The pipes were exercised his again to accompany us singing ‘Flower of Scotland’, and finally ‘Auld Lang Syne’ (perhaps Robbie Burns’ most famous rendering)”

TEE - THE ENGLISH EVENING - Tuesday 3rd November

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First meeting of the Drama Group is confirmed for 1st September at 10:30



The first meeting of the Drama Group is confirmed for Tuesday, 1st September at Cathy’s house starting at 10:30.  Full details are here

Winter Fuel Allowance paid to British Nationals resident in France & EU - Closes on Friday 4 September 2015

“House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee Benefit Delivery Inquiry” – The deadline for submissions is Friday 4 September 2015

benefits square icon for web-largerThe Work and Pensions Committee is holding an inquiry into the timeliness and accuracy of benefit delivery by the Department of Work and Pensions.
The official website for the inquiry here points out that potential problems that can arise when benefits are delayed or underpaid, including people having to resort to food banks for emergency food rations.
The Committee invites written submissions on:
  • The extent to which the DWP delivers benefit and Universal Credit payments correctly and promptly
  • The impact of errors and delays and how such effects are mitigated
  • How the Department’s performance in this area might be monitored and improved.
Quote from a committee member -“Vulnerable people are often left in a position where they have no money to heat their homes or feed themselves for several days or weeks. […] I welcome the opportunity to explore these and many other issues that have been raised with me through the inquiry.”
* Winter Fuel Allowance
The scope of this inquiry includes the concerns that British citizens have about the planned withdrawal from September 2015 of the Winter Fuel Payment (WFP) from residents in France in contravention of the EU principle of equal treatment in cross-border social security matters. Cases of hardship may arise as a result.
Should you know anyone where of any financial difficulties which will be caused to them, or to an acquaintance by the withdrawal of Winter Fuel Payment, or who have experienced other state benefit difficulties, we suggest that you or they bring such cases to the attention of the Select Committee.
Submissions, preferable based on personal experience, should be made through the inquiry page of the website here
The deadline for submissions is Friday 4 September 2015.