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. No charge.
Public Presentation July 6 at 6pm in Plélauff.

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 recital.

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 French system

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 Boules”

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€, guests 5€.

Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 August
AIKB Photography Club Annual Photographic Competition

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 | 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 way.

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 of Gouarec

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 buccaneers.
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 Ploërdut

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.