Images from our September Magazine
Visist to Château La Coste
All events listed are open to all AAGP Members. There is also a large range of regular events and activities to choose from including: French Conversation, Computer Club, Wine Club, Children’s Group, Regional Art and Cultural activities, Restaurant reviews and many more great activities, tips and ideas to help you get the best out of life in Provence! For contact information for any of these events please refer to the AAGP Newsletter or the Members’ section of the website.
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Last year we found this venue an ideal one for our AGM. It is easy to find and park and we hope to have a good support fo r what is an ideal opportunity to find out more about theA AGP and also to offer any ideas on how we can improve the way our group is run. Or to offer your services for any of the small groups which keep the AAGP working so well.
So if you are new to the group please make time to come along, meet up with other members, have an apéro and some nibbles before we start the meeting promptly at 18.45. Please let me know as soon as possible in order to make sure we have enough seats for everyone
The article on La Bastide Rose by Philip Breedon on page 26 of the September magazine inspired the Arts Committee to say “this is a visit for us”.
As we go to press, we don’t know which committee member/s will be organising this visit to see the sculptures, but if you contact Gillian, I will be able to give you full information. In the meantime re-read Philip’s article to whet your appetite.
15:00 - 16:30hrs
Please let Marietta know if you are going
This month we will be discussing Cider With Rosie, a novel by Laurie Lee. It is a wonderfully vivid memoir of childhood in a remote Cotswold village, a village before electricity or cars, a timeless place on the verge of change. Growing up amongst the fields and woods and characters of the place, Laurie Lee depicts a world that is both immediate and real and belongs to a nowdistant past. A Daily Mail critic reported: “It has got a marvellous morning freshness. There is hardly a sentence in it that does not set the sense of touch and smell, as well as sight and hearing, tingling.”
The book will be presented by Alwyn.
Please let Alwyn and myself know by October 5th if you will be coming and what you will be bringing to the potluck lunch which follows the discussion.
Venue: To be announced by email around 25 September
I hope to see you at lunch for an enchanting afternoon in a beautiful setting. Good food, wonderful friends and engaging conversation are assured!
Please email me by 5 October if you are able to come.
It’s that time of year again. Time to get your brains working and prepare for the annual quiz. Time to find out if you’ve learnt anything in the last year, or have you in fact gone downhill? As usual we shall have teams of six and each team should be ideally, but not necessarily, a mixture of different nationalities (non-members welcome, so bring your friends). If you want to enter your own team of six then do so, but we always have teams looking for additional members, so we can accommodate everyone, somewhere. The quiz itself will carry on in the original format, with teams marking each other’s answers; this still seems to be the best method. This year I’m preparing to have plenty of current affairs questions plus the usual teasing photographs.W e will start the quiz around 19:00 hrs with the intention to finihs at a civilised hour. As is normal, there’ll be prizes for the first three , the inevitable wooden spoons for the last placed and maybe your photo in the Magazine.
The cost of the evening is again 25€ per person, which will include a main course and dessert, wine à volonté from the start of the quiz, coffee and of course the prizes. V egetarian meals are available, also soft drinks for those who prefer not to drink alcohol. Please call me to put your names, or teams on the list. Further details will be given when reserving.
10:30hrs (Rain date Saturday October 17th)
See Children’s News Page for details and don’t forget to take advantage of the Swap/Exchange Table ; bring anything you like and take something away ; things left over will go to Emmaus or the Secours Catholique.
For our October selection we bring you INTERMEZZO, one of the best love stories ever filmed.
A concert violinist, played by Leslie Howard, becomes charmed with his daughter’s talented piano teacher, played by Ingrid Bergman in her Hollywood debut. When he invites her on tour with him, they make beautiful music away from the concert hall as well.
In this 1939 David O. Selznick produced film, the music also stars.
Come & be enchanted by the young Bergman & the romantic Leslie Howard.Pizza, popcorn & beautiful music.
14:00 - 16:00hrs
The book is Private Altars by Katherine Mosby
Métro Préfecture 4€ towards refreshments.
Please let Lydia know if you are attending
Book for Nov. Pursuit of Love Nancy Mitford & for Dec. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
10:00 - 11:15hrs
This is an open forum for anyone to come along with their computer issues or questions, so come along and we shall do our best to help you.
We shall meet on the car park in the south quarters of Marseille. We shall start our hike from close by taking a footpath, which will lead us to the Fontaine de Voire and up to the Col de la Lèbe (300 metres altitude approx.) where we can enjoy a panoramic view over Marseille to the north and over the Calanques to the south. We shall then descend to the coast and have a picnic lunch on a beach, where bathing conditions may (hopefully) prevail. On this beach there is a rudimentary restaurant where we can have coffee etc. We will then take another path through the Forêt de Malvallon to the Col de la Selle (250 metres altitude) and then back to the car park. Bring plenty of food and water, wearing proper gear for hiking on steep slopes and loose rocks. Total hiking time will be about 5 hours in all.
For any further information please call Roderick
Two years after its run at London’s Royal Court Theatre we will read NSFW, Lucy Kirkwood’s scathing comedy about contemporary media.
The reading will start at 2 pm on Monday 19 October 2015. Please email if you wish to attend so that the parts can be distributed.
10:00 - 11:30hrs
Please contact Marietta, to make sure we take a big enough table
25 September – 18 October 1915:
a talk by Andrew Buchanan, Chairman of the Cannes- Provence Branch of the Royal British Legion
A number of you expressed interest earlier in the year when I sent out an email regarding a possible talk by Andrew Buchanan. So I am pleased to announce that Andrew has agreed to talk to us about the Battle of the Loos which ended almost exactly 100 years ago in October 1915.
At the time, the battle was referred to as ‘The Big Push’ as it was a mighty offensive compared with the smaller scale efforts made by the British in the spring of that year. Andrew has a personal interest in the battle as he was recently involved in the burial of one of those from his regiment who was killed during it and whose remains were only discovered recently. The Battle of the Loos followed the Battle of the Marne (which, I understand, all French schoolchildren are told about) and was, in part, designed to take the pressure off the French troops following the Marne success. A good example of French/British co-operation.
Entrance fee: 10€ to include light refreshments following the talk.
If you are interested in this subject and/or the British Legion whose work Andrew will also outline, please contact Steph by Tuesday 13th October 2015.
10:30 - 12:00hrs
The days are getting shorter and those lazy days of summer are just a memory. But there’s no need to regret the season as there are still plenty of fun things to do. You may not be able to join in activities around Aix or Marseille, but no worries, we are coming to you!
Why not join us for a casual get-together at a café in Mallemort?
We’ve had two previous meetings for folks who live in this area and we know you appreciate the chance to stay in touch. So if you live anywhere within driving distance of Mallemort (Salon, St Remy, Lançon, Lamanon, Etang de Berre ….) consider yourselves invited to meet up, enjoy good company and share your ideas about how we can help you stay involved. The café is wheelchair accessible and there is convenient parking in the square opposite.
Please try to let me know if you are planning to come: I’m really looking forward to catching up with as many members as possible.Valerie: Members’ Representative
18:00 - 20:00hrs
Please contact Marietta to confirm.
Looking Ahead: November
Time : To be advised
Venue: To be advised
Anne and I would like to organise a lunch in Marseille for Joan’s friends and other AAGP members who remember her fondly. We were both unable to attend her funeral and I understand that sadly many other people were away too. The idea is to go somewhere near the historic old port of Marseille where Joan lived many years before moving to the Corniche, She was so interesting and knowledgeable about the history of Marseille, especially the Greek/Roman period which of course was mostly around the port! She was also one of the founding members of the AAGP and welcomed many people to Marseille with kindness and wonderful parties!
Please contact Anne for more details or check your November magazine!
Retransmission of Ballet Gala at La Scala in Marignane.
Retransmission of Verdi’s La Traviata at La Scala in Marignane.
La Folle Russe at the Criée in Marseille.
In addition we hope there will be another National Theatre retransmission in November.
We shall be visiting the new collection of paintings belonging to the Prince of Liechtenstein at the Caumont in Aix, including paintings by Cranach, Raphael, Rubens, Van Dyck, Rembrandt and Vigée Le Brun.
Further announcements will be made in the November magazine, but please contact Gillian if you would like advance information.
Looking Ahead: January
Mark your calendars now!
The acclaimed new National Theatre Live production of Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch will be shown on Sunday, January 24 at 2:30. Details regarding reservations will appear closer to the date
Looking Ahead: February
Following our successful evening out with the Art Exhibition last year we would like to test the truth of the tale that there are also a number of talented musicians in the AAGP family.
The Arts Club would now like to proffer an opportunity for AAGP members to relax and enjoy the musical talents of their peers and are planning an evening in February, in the centre of Aix, for everyone to meet in a relaxed (glass-in-hand) setting to share, admire and be impressed.
If you are a musician, of any standard, who would like an opportunity to perform to a friendly audience or to advertise your talents please contact me before the 7th November so I can put you on the list. You will need to provide your own instrument, stand, etc.
Please apply early as we anticipate a similar demand for places as we had for the Arts Exhibition when we had to disappoint late applicants.
As well as all the specials listed above, don’t forget the Regular Activities that offer new skills, fun and friendship all year round. Contact details are in your yellow Members’ List book.
Thursday (fourth): Play Reading Group 14:00hrs
Tuesday: Bridge 14:00hrs
Tuesday (after the board meeting, usually the first): Computer Club 10:00hrs-11:30hrs
Wednesday (second): Ciné Club 10:30hrs
Thursday: Coffee (Croquemitoufle) 10:00hrs-11:30hrs
Friday: French (Aix) 9:45hrs - 11:45hrs
Saturday: Coffee (Croquemitoufle) 10:00hrs-11:30hrs
Sunday (first): Pétanque 10:30hrs