EVENTS TO 31 MAY 2019


Thursday 21 February Guided Tour of Gouarec

Local historian Pierre le Dour will give a guided tour of Gouarec. On the map since the 10th century, the town later became a de Rohan stronghold. Though a market town, it was attached to Plouguernével until the parish church was built in the early nineteenth century. Discover some of its typical 17th century façades in schist and learn about some of its famous inhabitants.

Meet at GOUAREC Train Station opposite the Garage Martin at 2.30pm.
Members 2€, Guests 5€.


Tuesday 26 and Thursday 28 February
How Three Wars Changed France

In the 75-year period between 1870 and 1945, France and Germany faced each other on the battlefield three times. Retired history professor Jane Crisler will explore the aftermath of these wars: how France was transformed politically and culturally by punishing warfare, and how the Fifth Republic ultimately joined its former adversary as a leader of modern Europe. Tea and coffee will be served in the interval.

Limited numbers, please reserve and pay in advance.
Salle Polyvalente, 22570 GOUAREC at 2.30pm.
Members 5€, Guests 8€.


Tuesday 5 March A Walk with Geoffrey Cox

A steep but short walk up to the heights of Breuil Rocks, great views from the summit. Around 4km, one hour, walk. It also has Stations of the Cross, cared for by local parishes.

Park and meet by the Chapelle de la Madeleine at 2pm. You will find this on the road from Cléguerec to the covered alley 'Bot er Mohet' signposted from Cléguerec. Please wear suitable footwear. Participants are asked to sign a liability disclaimer.
Members 2€, Guests 4€.


Tuesday 5 March Mardi Gras 'Elegant Dinner Party'

Watch this space... we are planning an 'elegant dinner-party' for Mardi Gras. As soon as we have full details, we will let you know.


Wednesday 13 March Applying for French Nationality

Maggie will explain how to apply for French Nationality. She will describe the formalities and requirements, and share her personal experience of going through the application process.

Please reserve. AIKB, Pavillon de Rohan, 3 rue du Sénéchal, 22570 GOUAREC. 10.30am Free for members.


Friday 22 March Quiz Evening

Jon Chambers will host a traditional Quiz Night for those of you who like to pit your wits against fellow 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€ Please reserve.


Tuesday 26 March
Explore the Submarine Flore-S645 and Interactive Museum

Built by the Germans during the Second World War, the submarine base brought Lorient into the heart of the Battle for the Atlantic. "The largest military fortress in Europe", it was used until 1997 by the French Navy as a submarine base. For the last 30 years, it has been the home of the German submarine Flore-S645. It is situated in the former submarine base in Lorient.

Please reserve. Limited numbers.
Meet at 2pm. Le sous-marin Flore-S645, Rue Roland Morillot, 56100 LORIENT. GPS: 47°43'50"N 3°22'25"O.
10€ per person for a guided tour in English.


Tuesday 2 April A Walk with Geoffrey Cox

A walk through the woods from SÉGLIEN, adjacent to the Mairie and toilets.

Please wear suitable footwear. Participants are asked to sign a liability disclaimer. Members 2€, Guests 4€.


Thursday 4 April Talk on Fishing Rights

Are you an angler or do you have family, friends or guests who would like to tickle fish around here? Jean-Paul Trachez, a local official, will give you all the information you need to be able to do so. We'll learn about the type of permit required and where to get it. Rules and regulations differ for rivers, lakes and the canal, all of which are controlled by the "garde de pêche", so getting information beforehand is important. Information will also be provided about future workshops organised by "la Plélauffienne" that can help you perfect your skills.

Salle Polyvalente, 22570 GOUAREC 2pm.
Members 3€, Guests 5€


Friday 12 April 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, fellow 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.
 


Wednesday 17 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 only.
Salle Polyvalente, 22570 GOUAREC 10.30am
Members 2€.


Monday 22 April Easter Fayre

Our annual 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.

Please reserve your stall, for 10€, as soon as possible.
Salle du Bel Air, 22570 GOUAREC 11am 5pm.


Thursday 25 April Discover the Bay de Saint Brieuc

Here is a chance to discover tghe rich diversity of this Nature Reserve. We'll learn about the bird life, mud flats and plants that make this reserve so special. For a guided tour lasting around two hours, you'll need good walking shoes or gum boots and suitable clothing.

RDV 2pm at La Maison de la Baie, Rue de l'Etoile, 22120 HILLION.
10€ per person Please reserve as numbers are limited.


Tuesday 30 April and Thursday 2 May History of French Style

Do you know the difference between a chair in the style of Louis XIII and one crafted under Louis XV? Can you distinguish medieval gothic architecture from neo-gothic? What is the distinct style of French classical architecture and decoration? What is "Empire" style? Where does Rococo fit in? Where can we see "Art Nouveau"? Retired history professor, Jane Crisler, will present examples of French style in architecture and decoration to inform your travels to historic sites and cities. Tea and coffee will be served in the interval.

Salle Polyvalente, 22570 GOUAREC 2pm.
Members 5€, Guests 8€.
Limited numbers please reserve and pay in advance.


Monday 6 May Tax Workshop

Maggie will show first-time declarers how to comp0lete the variuos required income declaration forms. This is only relevant to first-time declarers, as in 2019 everybody else is required to do an income declaration on-line.

Please reserve. AIKB, Pavillon de Rohan, 3 rue du Sénéchal, 22570 GOUAREC 10.30am.


Tuesday 7 May A Walk with Pete and Joe Nutley

This is the occasion to discover the beautiful countryside around the Buddhist Monastery in PLOURAY. An easy walk lasting about one and a half hours. We suggest you bring a flask so we can relax with a drink on our return.

Meet at 2pm at the entrance car park To access, take the D1 from PLOURAY direction Guémené. At Kerguzul turn right at the Centre Bouddhique sign (sharp left before Plouray if you are coming from Guémené). Please wear suitable footwear. Participants are asked to sign a liability disclaimer. Members 2€, Guests 4€.


Thursday 16 May Garden at Treuscoat, Scaër

This well-established garden is the home of acid soil-loving plants with more than 1000 different kinds of rhododendrons (over 15 new hybrids have been created by the owners themselves). You will also find 120 different sorts of camellias, hydrangeas, vibernums, magnolias, cornus and many rare species. The garden embraces the beautiful countryside and respects its natural environment.

Jardin de Treuscoat, 29390 SCAËR 2pm.
Members 7€, Guests 10€.