EVENTS TO 30 SEPTEMBER...
Tuesday 25 June – The gardens
Walking through 16 gardens, each
with a different atmosphere, will allow you to discover some exceptional
trees, forgotten breeds of vegetables, and sensational flowers. The gardens
of Kerfouler, created by a Dutch couple, have taken inspiration from many
countries, in styles both modern, artistic, classic, natural, romantic,
exuberant, sober, and with a sense of humour.
Meet at 2pm at Les Jardins
de Kerfouler, 7 Kerfouler, 22260 Plouëc-du-Trieux.
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Members 8€, Guests 10€.
28 June - 14 July – Print Exhibition
The association « Empreintes
d’Artiste » will be organising exhibitions in and around Gouarec
and Plélauff. Passionate about prints and books illustrated by artists,
Serge Gicquel is organising an exhibition of well-known artists at the
Pavillon de Rohan (AIKB).
It will be open to the public
from 28 June till 14 July (closed on Monday 8 July) from 2pm till 7pm.
Public Presentation July 6
at 6pm in Plélauff.
Tuesday 2 July – An outing for
Joël Le Guen worked as a volunteer
to revive the local railway in central Brittany. Between 1978 and 1979
a steam train ran between Mur de Bretagne and Caurel, unfortunately it
didn’t get enough support from the local authorities and the English owner,
Vries Ellerton took his engines and tracks back to the UK.
As soon as M. Labetoulle acquired
the railway in Gouarec he asked Joël for help. In turn Joël asked
AIKB to organise a conference where he recruited many volunteers.
Now Joël has stepped back but
his passion is intact. In his garden he has laid tracks (7”1/4), and, although
he has sold his steam engine 020T, his Berkshire 778 is still visible,
although it isn’t currently in use. He can still run his “little green
job” an electric tracted locomotive and share endless rail stories. His
wife Annick, has invited us for tea to conclude this friendly outing.
Meet at 2.30pm at 3 Kerguestenen,
56240 Plouay. Joël is going to put a British Flag on his mast, so
there will be no problem seeing where he lives. Please let us know if you
are coming. Contribution 2€ for AIKB.
Friday 5 and Saturday 6 July
– A Murder is Announced
AIKB's drama group La Troupe Arlequin
present an Agatha Christie play in English. It's a "who dunnit", full of
intrigue and suspense. An advert in a local newspaper announces that a
murder will happen at 6.30pm on Friday 13th, but who would have known that
during a convivial cocktail party shots would be fired....... It's up to
one of their guests, Miss Marple, to expose the miscreants in this play
full of plots and twists.
Salle de Théâtre,
Collège Notre Dame, 4 rue St Gilles, 22570 Gouarec. Curtain up at
7.30pm, doors open 7pm, bar and refreshments available. Tickets on sale
at AIKB, adults €5, under 16’s €3.
Tuesday 9 July – Luxury Picnic
chez les Kellett’s
Paul and Jacky Kellett have been
kind enough to open their beautiful garden for our Annual Luxury Picnic.
Set in beautiful surroundings, they have been working hard to create gardens
and grounds by reclaiming the landscape. It is very much an ongoing project,
as exciting as it is arduous. Not only will you have a delicious lunch,
but, also the opportunity to explore the woods, to join us for a Garden
Quiz and if we are lucky Jacky will end the afternoon with a short piano
We will provide our traditional luxury
picnic with vegetarian options, including wine and coffee. €20 per
person, reservation only, with payment in advance. Please bring your own
picnic table and chairs if possible. Numbers are limited. Dogs not admitted.
12.30pm at Ty Page Coz, 22110
Glomel. From the big roundabout at Intermarché in Rostrenen. Take
the N164 direction Carhaix. After about 3 miles take a left turn (D3) towards
Glomel. After a couple of hundred meters take the first turn left on to
a lane, then immediately a right fork towards Ty Page Coz. The house is
on your left with a gravel drive. Parking spaces will be indicated.
Wednesday 17 July – Conference
Getting into and staying in the
Maggie will talk about the most important
steps that you need to take to get things in place administratively. This
will be useful to people who have just arrived in Brittany, to those who
have been here a while but are not sure that they have understood the system
or done everything necessary, and also to people who are considering moving
to France on a permanent basis. In these unpredictable times, it is important
to get your affairs in order and keep up with the changes. Maggie will
talk about the health and tax systems, residency permits, looking for work,
registering as a small business and cover other subjects of general interest.
You can send in questions, by email, in advance.
Please reserve. Salle Polyvalente,
22570 Gouarec. 11am. Members 2€, Guests 5€.
Tuesday 6 August
Come and learn how to play “Breton
Gérard Guyon is an adept of
Breton Boules. The rules and techniques are not the same as the pétanque
played in the Midi. He proposes teaching the rules and the rudiments of
the Breton game, which is played in most villages on a regular basis.
2pm at the “Terrain de Boules”
at the bottom of the Foirail, 22570 Gouarec. Please reserve. Members 2€,
Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 August
AIKB Photography Club Annual
Every year the photography club organizes
a photographic competition, which is open to all. The theme this year is
“Floating on Water” and the entries will be judged by the public over the
weekend of 17th and 18th August. After judging, all the photo entries will
stay on show in an exhibition. In this age of smartphones, we are all photographers,
so do have a go! Entrants may submit up to 2 prints at a cost of €5
or 3 to 4 prints at a cost of €10, with a maximum of 4 prints per
person. Entries will be accepted from 2nd July until 14th August inclusive
and should be submitted to AIKB.
For full details and an entry
form, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org | AIKB, 3 rue du Sénéchal,
22570 Gouarec. Exhibition during opening hours until 6th September.
Sunday 18 August – AIKB Kermesse
This popular annual event gives AIKB
members a chance to meet each other and local residents. There is a lot
to do for all the family. Browse around our many stalls, which include
bric-a-brac and local artisans. There will be games and face-painting for
the children and a bar for the grownups! Come and meet our clubs: Art,
Photo and la Troupe Arlequin our theatre group. Stop in for a chat at the
“Spotlight on Brittany” radio booth to find out what is going on. Relax
at the AIKB café, a great choice of food will be on offer. And…don’t
forget to buy your raffle tickets! Please contact Maggie to reserve and
pay for your stall for 5€.
Le Foirail, 22570 Gouarec.
The grounds are in the centre of Gouarec near the Blavet, follow the signs.
11am – 5pm. Free entry and parking.
Sunday 1 September
A picnic walk with Geoffrey Cox
around Guérlédan lake
Why not join Geoffrey Cox for a walk
by the lac de Guérlédan and bring your own picnic starting
at the Merlin Bar, Anse de Sourdan, (toilets)? The walk would follow the
southern side of the lake de Guerlédan towards the barrage where
there are picnic tables and back again. The walk takes about 1h30 each
Meet and park 10h30 at the
Anse de Sourdan, 56480, Saint-Aignan. Members 2€, Guests 4€.
Please wear suitable footwear. Participants are asked to sign a liability
disclaimer. If you would like simply to picnic with us you can join directly
the picnic site near the Barrage around 12 to 12h15.
Tuesday 17 September
A follow up of the Guided Tour
In February Local historian Pierre
le Dour gave AIKB members a guided tour of Gouarec. It was very popular
and he had so much to tell that it needs completing with all the things
he didn’t have time for. Gouarec has been on the map since the 10th century.
The town later became a de Rohan stronghold. Though a market town, it was
attached to Plouguernevel until the parish church was built in the early
nineteenth century. Complete your discovery including the quartier Saint
Gilles, admire its typical 17th century façades in schist and learn
about some of its famous inhabitants.
Meet at the Train Station opposite
the Garage Martin at 2.30pm. Members 2€, Guests 5€.
Thursday 26 September – An afternoon
on a Great Sailing Ship in the Bay of Saint Malo
The Renard is a pirate ship 30 meters
in length. This legendry sailing ship is a replica of the last pirate ship
owned by the famous privateer from Saint Malo, Robert Surcouf (1773-1827).
This vessel is an emblem of the history of Saint Malo and the life of the
We will spend four hours under sail
exploring the Bay of Saint Malo.
Embarcation: Cale de la Bourse,
Saint Malo 35400 at 1.45pm at the latest where a small zodiac will take
us to the Renard for boarding. Please wear warm and waterproof clothing
and flat sport footwear. Because there is great demand, we need to confirm
our reservation by the end of June and request that you please contact
us as soon as possible as there is a limited number of places. Tickets
must paid on reservation. 50€ per person.
Friday 27 September – Quiz in
Want to pit your wits against fellow
AIKB members and guests to answer questions in various categories of general
knowledge? Join Quizmaster for the Night, Andrew Chamberlain, for our traditional
Quiz. Tables for teams of four will be made up on the night, so come along
even if you are solo. Light buffet and pay bar.
Salle Polyvalente, 56160 Ploërdut.
7pm. 4€ per person. Please book in advance.