Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Week 42 2018


The sun shone in Rauzan last Friday as we browsed the stands.

And we found a bargain or 2!

Whatever you do in the Gironde and Dordogne regions this week have a great time.

Best wishes,

Week 42

Monday 15 October

Tuesday 16 October

Wednesday 17 October

Thursday 18 October

18 - 21 October : 8th Hot Air balloon festival in St Emilion. Find the full programme here.

18 October - 10 November : Exhibition on the Great War - 14-18 at the Bibliotheque in Ste Foy la Grande.

Friday 19 October

19 - 21 October : Vide ta Chambre (empty your bedroom) at the Salle des Fetes in Montpeyroux

Saturday 20 October

20 October 10 - 18h : First of a series of workshops at La Manivelle in Eynesse

20 October : Live music by Stephensen at the Orge & Houblon beer bar in Castillon
20 October : Rhythm'n'Blues, Rockabilly and 70s rock in Eynesse at La Bergerie

20 October 20h : Dinner Dance in Porte Ste Foy at the Salle Municipal

20 October 20h30 : Choirs in Concert in Libourne

20 - 21 October: Celebrate the Harvest in Montussan with a funfair and a Vide grenier.

20 - 21 October : Fete de la Photo in St Seurin sur l'Isle.  Previews of the photos possible daily at the Salle Francoise Mitterand.

Sunday 21 October
21 October : Vide Grenier in Libourne opposite the Gifi.

21 October : Repas Gerbebaude in Ste Magne de Castillon

Coming up...

And finally... 

It's autumn, and here's the perfect apple tart!

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Week 41 2018

The autumn colours on the Dordogne are beautiful and at the end of the day we often have an egret flyby!

Whatever you do in the Dordogne and Gironde regions this week, have a great time.
Best wishes,

Monday 8 October

Tuesday 9 October

Wednesday 10 October

10 October - 10 November : Art exhibition in Branne by Jannine Giraud-Roumage

10 - 31 October : In the run up to Hallowe'en, training for witches and wizards in Castillon.

Thursday 11 October

Friday 12 October

12 October : Find out more about food at the market in Libourne.

12 -13 -14 October : 39th Grande Brocante in Rauzan.  Entrance €2.50

Saturday 13 October

13 October : Vide grenier de l'ecole Montessori et plus encore in St Laurent de Combes

13 October : Ruch of Course.  Walks for all in Ruch

13 October : Salon du Bien etre in Castillon at the Centre Culturel.

13 October : Concert and soiree gourmande in Lugaignac

 13 October 19h30 : Fete des Vendanges in Pomerol.

13 October 20h : Poule au Pot in Blasimon

13 October 20h : Poule au Pot in Pineuilh

13 October 20h : Soiree fest y'solidaire in the Salle des Fetes in Pujols.

13 October 20h45 : Mozaic Jazz Band in Concert in St Laurent des Hommes

Sunday 14 October

14 October : Vide grenier pour la Fete Foraine in Lussac

14 October : Vide Grenier in St Quentin du Baron

14 October : Vide Grenier/Vide ta Chambre in Castillon

14 October : Brocante vide grenier in St Magne de Castillon

14 October 9h : walking and running for Cancer at the Lac des Dagueys in Libourne

Coming up...

And finally...

Continuing our look into 'life after Brexit' thanks to Peter and Brigitte, this is an interesting European Commission Memo and the Agreement so far on the rights of UK nationals in the EU.

Feedback is suggesting that information varies from department to department.  It appears that
Gironde is taking a stand to reject the applications as 'Brexit has not yet happened'.  Does anyone have any other up-to-date information?  Is there anyone out there actually in possession of a Titre de Sejour?

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have anything to add.  All information is welcome.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Week 40 2018


Many thanks to everyone who came and supported me at the Rencontre des Savoir Faire in Sauveterre.  Lots of people had try at throwing a pot on the wheel, no age limits, from 5 years old to 87.

Whatever you do this week in the Gironde and Dordogne regions, have a great time.
Best wishes,

Week 40 

Monday 1 October 

Tuesday 2 October

Wednesday 3 October 

Thursday 4 October

4 October : Seniors Faites du Sport at the Lac de Gurson.

 4 - 5 - 6 October : Fripery in Ste Foy la Grande

Friperie is a thrift shop

Friday 5 October

5 October 18:30 : Vernissage for the art exhibition in the Espace Tourism et Vins in Pineuilh.

5 - 6 - 7 : Foire aux Vins at the Caves de Rauzan

Saturday 6 October

6 October 9h30 : Walk against Cancer in Pujols.

6 October : African Dance Courses in Ste Foy la Grande.

6 October : Fiesta at the Stade Mirambeau in Castillon

6 October : Soiree Concert in Coutras.

6 October from 19h : Big Ed and the Red Balls are back playing live in Castillon at the Beer Bar.

6 - 7  October : Castillon supports Octobre Rose - Breast Cancer awareness month.

6 - 7 October : Vide Maison in Les Salles de Castillon - 4 lieu dit Ratagou.

6 - 7 October : Marche de Gout in St Emilion - spread through the village, plenty to taste and discover.

Sunday 7 October

7 October : Vide Grenier Brocante in Libourne

7 October : Vide Grenier in Saint Avit Saint Nazaire

7 October : Vide Grenier in Saint Denis de Pile

7 October 8h30 : Walk against Cancer in Castillon, visit Chateau Ferrasse and Chateau Chainchon

7 October 14h : Dancing at the Salles des Fetes in St Sulplice de Faleyrens.

7 October 16h : Concert at the church in La Sauve-Majeur

Coming up...

And finally...

It really is time to take our heads out of the sand... Brexit is moving closer with a grim inevitability. For most of us Titre de Sejour would appear to be the best (only?) option. My lovely friends have been looking into the best way to move forward with this - see below.

Meanwhile, if there's anybody out there who has successfully negotiated this process, and would be happy to share tips, hints and helpful advice, please don't hesitate to get in touch here.

Here is the check list for the file for retirees with a lot of help from Brigitte and Peter.

1. Formulaire de demande de rendezvous pour demande de deliverance d’un premier Titre de Sejour.

This can be down loaded from internet. Go into prefet de la gironde Click on Demarches administrative and then go down to Titre de Sejour and click on that. Then click on formulaires de rendez-vous et notices explications. Then click on FORMULAIRE B - PREMIER TITRE DE SEJOUR and then click on the format on which you can print it. There are four pages to print and we think each individual should fill in the boxes as even married couple will require card each. 

Are you with us so far?

2. With this formulaire must be a letter stating you wish to apply for a ‘Carte de Sejour ~ Citoyen UE/EEE/Suisse - Sejour permanent ~.’
This should be addressed to Monsieur Le Prefet,
                                               Prefecture de la Gironde,
                                                DASP - Service Etrangers,
                                                 2, esplanade Charles de Gaulle,
                                                  CS 41397
                                                   33077 Bordeaux Cedex

En tant que citoyen europeen ayant eu plus de 5 ans de sejour legal et ininterrompu en France, je souhaite reclamer une de Carte de Sejour “Citoyen UE/EEE/Suisse - Sejour permanent”.

Je suis resident de France depuis xxxxx et j’habite a xxxxx .

Je suis a la retraite avec une pension de vieillesse britannique, et je suis inscrit a la CPAM de Bordeaux pour ma couverture sante.

Vous trouverez ci-joint, les pieces correspondant a ma situation. Je me tiens a votre disposition pour tout renseignement complementaire.

Dans l’attente d’une response favourable, je vous prie de bien vouloir recevoir, Monsieur Le Prefet, l’expression de ma haute consideration.

Name and signature.

This is just a basis for the letter which will change according to your circumstance.

3. Copy of passport.

4. Copies of 5 year’s electric, water or gas bills. 

5. Copies of five years French tax returns.

6. 3 x passport type photos.

7. Attestation of healthcover from CPAM or copy of Carte de Vitale should do it.

Tax returns show address, proof of income and length of residency. Passport and Carte Vitale and 3 x photos should be enough, but that would be too easy.

If you go to web site Service-  and find Europeen en France: carte de sejour Citoyen UE/EEE/Suisse - Sejour permanent, you will get latest list of requirements for  self employed, salaried etc.