EVENTS TO END OF MAY 2020



Monday 17 February – Visit to a Recycling Depot
What becomes of our yellow sacks (les sacs jaunes) once they have been collected? In this part of the world everything is sorted manually and taken to specialized plants. A guided tour of the depot where our recycling is sorted manually will encourage us to make more effort and see what a difference we can make to the planet day by day.

Meet at Centre de tri, ZA de Gopéren (route Rostrenen to Carhaix) at 2.00pm. Members 3€, Guests 5€. Please reserve. Because of the use of magnets for sorting metal, this visit is unsuitable for users of pacemakers.



Friday 28 February – Quiz Night – Gouarec
Jon Chambers will host a traditional Quiz Night for those of you who like to pit your wits against AIKB members and guests. 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, 22570 Gouarec. 7pm. 4€ per person. Please reserve.



Tuesday 3 March – A Walk with Geoffrey Cox
A shorter walk, around one and half hours, with no really steep climbs, a mix of old railway track, lanes and canal side return.

Meet and start opposite the bar at Bon Repos, adjacent to the road bridge. 2.30pm. Please reserve.
Please wear suitable footwear. Participants are asked to sign a liability disclaimer. Members 3€, Guests 5€.



Monday 9 March – Conference
Getting into the French System
Maggie will talk about approaches to integration into life in Brittany and will go through the most important steps that you need to take to get things in place administratively. This will be useful to members who have just arrived, to those who have been here a while but are not sure 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 on info@aikb.fr

Salle Polyvalente, 22570 Gouarec. 11am to noon. Members 3€, guests 5€. 



Tuesday 17 March – Presentation
Paul Gauguin and Tahiti
Caroline Boyle-Turner is an American art historian with a PhD from Columbia University in New York. Her first book was on Paul Sérusier but she was always intrigued by Paul Gauguin and his constant search for the "exotic". Caroline lives in Pont-Aven, where she founded and ran an international art school while still researching and writing about the Pont-Aven School of artists. In 1999 she had the opportunity to travel to Tahiti and the Marquesas, Gauguin’s home for nine years. She has been going there every year since, fascinated by the Polynesian traditions which influenced his art. Her 9th book, “Paul Gauguin and the Marquesas: Paradise Found?” was published in 2016. Recently, she was involved in the production of the BBC & National Gallery London documentary Paul Gauguin: A Dangerous Life shown on the BBC last November. This began her involvement in the current controversial question of whether, or not, Gauguin should be condemned as a predatory white colonialist in his depiction of and interaction with Polynesian women. But should we ignore the beauty of his Polynesian works and his efforts to protect the indigenous culture in the face of these accusations?

Salle Polyvalente, 22570 Gouarec. 2pm. Please reserve. Members 6€, Guests 10€.



Friday 27 March – Quiz Night – Ploërdut
Want to pit your wits against AIKB members and guests to answer questions in various categories of general knowledge? Join Quizmaster for the Night, AIKB member 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 reserve.



Tuesday 7 April – A Walk with Geoffrey Cox
A pleasant walk taking about two hours through lanes, woods and tracks, a couple of short steep climbs, the rest is easy going. Possibly a glimpse of bluebells! Possibly bar open at the finish!

Park and meet at the Church, 56160 Séglien. 2.30pm. Members 3€, Guests 5€. Please reserve.
Please wear suitable footwear. Participants are asked to sign a liability disclaimer.



Monday 13 April – Easter Fayre 
Our traditional Easter Fayre is always a success. There will be an excellent variety of interesting items for sale, including; books, crafts, and plants, plus the AIKB Café and Bar serving lunchtime snacks, cakes and beverages,
and a Grand Raffle!

Please reserve your stall, price 10€, as soon as possible.
Salle de Bel Air, 22570 Gouarec. 11am – 5pm.



Wednesday 15 April
Visits to Plougonver and Bulat Pestivien
Plougonver houses an artisan-family biscuit factory making Jacques Ménou’s delicious specialties. The building has been transformed over the years into a museum, with all the foregone trades of: butcher, baker, candle stick maker, smithy, milliner, hairdresser … all beautifully reconstructed. A step back in time.

Meet at the Biscuiterie Ménou, 16 rue de la Gare, 22810 Plougonver 2.30pm.

From Plougonver, a 15 minute drive takes us on to 22160 Bulat Pestivien. Here, one of our French members, will give us a guided tour, in English, of the magnificent church of Bulat Pestivien, famous for its pilgrimage, and a unique occasion to see the Silver Virgin (1747). Originally a modest church, it was enlarged in the 16th century. Work included a massive church tower, an astonishing three-story sacristy with a loggia for the local aristocracy, an “apostles” porch and a large table for offerings. Bulat Pestivien church has the second tallest bell tower in Brittany, described as "granite lace". For a panoramic view from the tower platform … this requires climbing 140 steps!

Please reserve. Members 5€, Guests 8€.



Tuesday 21 April – Presentation
Bhopal, seen from the ground
In 2011 Peter Tamplin and his wife Linda volunteered to spend two months in the Sambhavna Clinic at Bhopal, India, where survivors of the 1984 Union Carbide factory explosion are still being treated for free. The incident remains the world’s worst industrial accident but the victims are still waiting for justice. During the presentation you will find out how the accident happened, what happened in the aftermath and how life in Bhopal continues to inspire.

Salle Polyvalente, 22570 Gouarec. 2.30pm. Members 5€, Guests 8€. Please reserve and pay in advance.



Friday 24 April – Quiz Night – Gouarec
Jon Chambers will host a traditional Quiz Night for those of you who like to pit your wits against AIKB members and guests. 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, 22570 Gouarec. 7pm. 4€ per person. Please reserve.



Monday 27 April – Tax Talk
Maggie will present the French income declaration system and discuss new changes, such as Prélèvement à la Source, making your first declaration and declaring income on-line.
Please reserve.

Members 3€, guests 5€. Salle Polyvalente, 22570 Gouarec. 11am.



Monday 4 May – Tax Workshop
Maggie will show first-time declarers how to complete the various required income declaration forms. This is only relevant to first-time declarers, new having arrived in 2019.

AIKB, 3 rue du Sénéchal, 22570 Gouarec. 10.30am – noon. Members only. No charge. Please reserve.



Tuesday 5 May
A walk along La Grande Tranchée with Marilyn
A walk of about 9km, two-and-a-half hours, along the historic Grande Tranchée, where the canal links the river Blavet with the river Aulne. It is an easy going walk that can be shortened for those who wish.

Meet at 2.30pm at parking – Pont ar Len (on the Rostrenen to Glomel road near the canal).  Please wear suitable footwear. Participants are asked to sign a liability disclaimer. Members 3€, Guests 5€.



Thursday 7 May – Fetez l’Europe
AIKB is a Relais Europe, a service run by the Conseil Départemental 22 aimed at promoting Europe and European projects. Despite recent political decisions, AIKB remains strongly committed to continue these activities. During the month of May Europe is celebrated throughout the EU. AIKB is organizing with the Museum Milmarin, Ploubazlanec, the projection of the film “Wait and Sea”. This film is about the fishing industry in UK and French waters. The general public will be invited to attend.

We will be sending out more details nearer the time.



Thursday 14 May
A day discovering the history of Pontivy
The city of Pontivy has a long and varied history, beginning with its founding in the 7th century by a British monk named “Yvy” (Yves) who settled in Brittany and built a bridge (“pont”) across the Blavet, thus creating a place called “Pontivy,” or “the bridge of Yves.“ The Rohan family built its chateau there in the 15th century. Later the city’s name was changed again under Napoleon I and Napoleon III as they made it their base of operations in Brittany. We will spend a day learning about this history in greater detail. Join us in the morning for a tour of the “ancienne ville,” beginning with the chateau (specially opened for us) and ending with the Basilique Notre Dame de Joie. After a lunch break, we’ll continue to the “ville napoléonienne,” a planned urban development of the 19th century.

Meet in front of the chateau at 10am. 15€ per person (lunch is not included).



Thursday 21 May – Jardin au Bout de la Lande
Hidden in the heart of the Montagnes Noires (the Black Mountains) is a mysterious perfumed colourful garden that twists and winds back and forth with unexpected contrasts to surprise the visitor. Started in 1995, the garden covers 2 hectares with an impressive collection of camelias, magnolias, rhododendrons, azaleas, hydrangeas, old roses and much more. It is the work of Dominique and Jean Luc Riou, passionate gardeners who will be there to guide us.

Meet at the Jardin au Bout de la Lande, 21 Touldous, 22340 Plévin. 2.30pm. Members 7€, Guests 10€.



Friday 29 May – Quiz Night – Ploërdut
Want to pit your wits against AIKB members and guests to answer questions in various categories of general knowledge? Join Quizmaster for the Night, AIKB member 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.