AIKB EVENTS: OCTOBER 2018 - JANUARY 2019


Thursday 11 October
Visit three Historic Private Houses in and around Quintin

We have the privilege of discovering three private historical houses in and around Quintin with l’association Tours & Detours. Le manoir de La Noë-Sèche (15th-18th century) at le Foeil, once a chapter house for the Knights of Order of Malta and which includes a “salle d’armes” and an oratory; the manoir château de Crenan built over the same period in le Foeil with its dove cote and pillar of justice; and the 18th century Town House of Digaultray des Landes family.

Meet at the Tourist Office, 6 place 1830, 22800 Quintin at 2pm. We will need around three hours to visit the three sites. 8€ per Member, Guests 10€. Please reserve. Limited numbers. La Noë Sèche : longitude -2.9184089 ; latitude 48.4172849 ; Château de Crenan : longitude -2.88591724 ; latitude 48.4207545


Friday 12 October - Paëlla and Sangria

Belinda proposes a night out with a Spanish touch. You will be greeted by a glass of sangria, followed by a three-course meal with Paëlla as the main course. Spanish music will accompany the meal, bien sûr! Those of you who enjoyed the curry evening will remember N'ostri the friendly local associative bar in Laniscat.

Entrance, three-course meal and a glass of sangria: 15€ per person. (Gluten-free and vegetarian options if notified at time of reservation.) Pay bar for all other drinks. Please reserve and pay in advance due to limited numbers.

N'ostri, 2 rue du Bon Repos, Laniscat, 22570 Bon Repos sur Blavet from 7.30 pm.


Wednesday 17 October - Conference: Pension Top-Up

ASPA (allocation de solidarité aux personnes âgées) - financial help for elderly people over 65 or disabled people over 60-62 depending on year of birth. If you are aged 65, (or 60-62 if registered disabled), and your income is low, ASPA, is a benefit which ensures a minimum income. Apart from age, the amount received depends on income and household situation. Maggie will present this benefit and the application procedure. The talk will be of interest to people over 65, or 60-62 if registered disabled, or who have elderly relatives living with them.

AIKB, 3 rue du Sénéchal, 22570 Gouarec. 10.30am - 12noon. Please reserve in advance.


Tuesday 23 and Thursday 25 October
French History 3: The Revolution

The 25-year drama of the French Revolution was a watershed in Western history. We'll plunge into the series of events that began with an idealistic call for a constitutional monarchy, saw the beheading of a king, a Reign of Terror and culminated in the Napoleonic Empire. These and other aspects of French history that affect life today will be explored by retired history professor Jane Crisler in a lecture-discussion. Notes and reading list, coffee or tea break with biscuits provided. Registration limited; please reserve and pay in advance.

Salle Polyvalente, 22570 Gouarec. 2.30pm. 5€ Members, Guests 8€.


Friday 26 October – Quiz Night

Our quizmaster for the night is AIKB member Andrew Chamberlain. Questions include various categories of general knowledge. 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€. Please book in advance.


Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 November - A Commemoration

A concert to commemorate the centenary of the end of WWI. La Chorale de St Mayeux (with some members of La Fanfare de Corlay), together with AIKB’s La Troupe Arlequin, present a concert of music, poetry and readings from the First World War. Tea and cakes available in the interval.
Entry fee 2€ and a voluntary contribution on leaving, all profits will go to charity.

Saturday 3 November at the Salle Municipale, 22320 Saint-Mayeux, at 3pm.


Tuesday 6 November - A walk in the Sarré valley
This is Geoff Cox’s last walk for 2018! The walk partly in the valley of the River Sarré, includes possible sightings of kingfishers, and a couple of short steeper sections. We will allow up to 1.5 hours for the walk.

Park and meet at 2pm at Seglien Church, adjacent to the toilets! Participants are asked to sign a liability disclaimer. Members 2€, Guests 4€.


Wednesday 7 November - 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. For members only. No charge. Please reserve, as places are limited.

AIKB, 3 rue du Sénéchal, 22570 Gouarec. 10.30am to noon.


Saturday 17 November - "Brocante des Crafters" : 11am-5pm

If stitchers, carders, knitters, textile artists want to sort out their stashes of un-used materials to sell on, we will be holding a "Brocante des Crafters". Tables will cost 6€, or half a table 3€, with hanging space included.

If you are NOT selling, come along to buy fabrics, trimmings, wool, threads, paper etc for those winter projects you have planned.

Contact: Jenny or Gailjenbolt_uk@yahoo.co.uk )
or ( gail_trew@yahoo.co.uk )


Tuesday 20 and Thursday 22 November
French History 4 - The Unexpected History of the 19th and 20th Centuries

Who were the heroes of post-Revolutionary France? How did everyday people live? We'll explore developments in the corners of history: from art to science, industry and labour, and the lives of women and children in the last two centuries. These and other aspects of French history that affect life today will be explored by retired history professor Jane Crisler in a lecture-discussion. Notes and reading list, coffee or tea break with biscuits provided.

Registration limited; please reserve and pay in advance. Salle Polyvalente, 22570 Gouarec. 2.30pm. Members 5€, Guests 8€.


Friday 23 November - Quiz Night

Jon Chambers will be hosting a traditional Quiz Night. You can test your wits in good company. 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€. Please reserve.


Thursday 29 November - Conference
- Steps to take in the case of a Bereavement

What measures need to be taken in France? It is always better to be prepared for the inevitable while the going is good! AIKB board member Janet King will present this talk. She has invited a funeral director and a notaire. If you would like to attend and have a particular question for the speakers, send it in and we will forward it to the appropriate person so that they have ample time to prepare their response.

Please reserve by Friday 16 November. Salle Polyvalente, 22570 Gouarec. 2.30pm. Members 2€, Guests 5€.


Sunday 2 December - Christmas Fayre

One of the most popular events on the AIKB winter calendar is our traditional Christmas Fayre. There is something for everyone! We make it easy and fun to choose that perfect gift from an array of interesting quality stalls. You can relax in our AIKB Café and enjoy home-made mince pies, cakes and other treats. Have a drink at the bar - have a go at the raffle. Tickets will be on sale for Robin Hood, the January Pantomime. Reservations for stalls (10€, paid in advance) must be made asap as stalls are allocated as bookings arrive.

For further information call Maggie on 02 96 24 87 90 or email info@aikb.fr, Salle Bel Air, 22570 Gouarec. 11am - 5pm. Free Entry.


Thursday 6 December - A statement in hair dressing…

If you believe that hair styles reveal personality, this exhibition is about frivolity, competition between blondes and brunettes, straight hair or curly locks… From Papous to Amerindians, hair can become trophies with multiple and magical powers.

Meet at 2.30pm, Abbaye de Daoulas, 21 rue de l’Eglise, 29460 Daoulas. 7€ per person. Car sharing possible.


Please note that our office will be closed from
Thursday 20 December 2018 till Tuesday 8 January 2019


Thursday 17 January
- A talk about Mental Health and Cancer Support France

The Reverend Joy Dale is a retired social worker with 37 years experience supporting people with a range of disabilities and conditions including dementia. Before leaving England she was a Dementia Champion for Alzheimers association and a Dementia enabler for Lichfield Diocese. She is going to explore a number of aspects of dementia; including raising awareness of the different types of dementia and the impact these have on individuals and their carers. She will also focus on communication and support strategies.

Salle Polyvalente, 22570 Gouarec. 2.30pm. Members 2€ Guests 5€.


Friday 25, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 January - ROBIN HOOD

La Troupe Arlequin is proud to present their annual pantomime (oh yes we are!). Will the cunning Sheriff of Nottingham (boo) outwit our hero Robin Hood? Will Robin win the hand of the fair Maid Marion? You might think you know this story but there are a few twists along the way!  Bar and refreshments available. Tickets 5€ Adult, 3€ Child. Reservations through AIKB must be paid for in advance please, although any tickets not sold in advance will then be available on the door.

Friday 25 January at 7.30 pm
Saturday 26 January at 2.30pm
Sunday 27 January at 2.30pm

Doors open 45 mins in advance
Collège Notre Dame, 4 rue Saint Gilles, 22570 Gouarec.