EVENTS | OCTOBER TO END OF JANUARY



Friday 25 October – Quiz Night
Jon Chambers will host a traditional Quiz Night for those of you who like to pit your wits against fellow AIKB members and guests to answer questions. 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.


Monday 28 October
Getting into and staying in 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.

Salle Polyvalente Gouarec 11h, 2€ AIKB members, 5€ guests. Please reserve on info@aikb.fr


Tuesday 5 November – Walk 
Marilyn le Moign proposes a walk of 8km plus, through the woods and back via the canal. A bit of a climb to start but easy going by the canal. Discover the fountain Koreg, the remains of the Moulin de Liscuis and the Saint Hervé. Allow up to 2½ hours to finish.

Park opposite the Gare de Gouarec, 22570 Gouarec. 2.30pm Members 2€, Guests 4€. Please wear suitable footwear. Participants are asked to sign a liability disclaimer.


Tuesday 12 November
History of the Linen Trade in Brittany
Brittany’s long coastline has been the base for maritime commerce for millennia. Less well known is the history and impact of the extensive linen industry that flourished inland from the 1600s to the 1800s. Retired history professor Jane Crisler will trace the evolution of this pre-industrial manufacture that enriched the region and left its traces in grand homes and many local names. Tea and coffee will be served in the interval.

Salle Polyvalente, 22570 Gouarec. 2.30pm. 5€ per person, guests 8€. Limited numbers please reserve and pay in advance.


Monday 25 November – Talk on energy grants
Maggie will present the various grants available to help homeowners install energy saving material and equipment into their homes. This will include the 1€ insulation scheme that many people have heard about and the things to watch out for.

Salle Polyvalente, 22570 Gouarec. 11h. 2€ members, 5€ guests. Please reserve on info@aikb.fr



Thursday 28 November
Visit to the Buddhism Temple in Plouray
The Plouray Centre (Druk Toupten Tcheukor Ling in Tibetan) – The Dragon’s (Drukpa’s) garden where the Dharma wheel turns – is a Dharma Centre dedicated to the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism of Drukpa’s oral tradition. His holiness Gyalwang Drukpa, head of the lineage, is its spiritual authority; this is the European headquarters whereas the main monastery of the lineage is located in Darjeeling, India. His Holiness regularly comes to the Plouray Centre to teach and lead retreats. For the rest of the year, its representative in Europe, the Venerable Tenzin Ngawang Drubpon Pagsam Yongdu, resides there. We will have a guided tour including a visit to the Stupa, the Temple, the meditation garden and the Prayer Wheel.

Meet at the car park at the entrance at 2.30pm. To get there, take the D1 from Plouray, direction Guémené. At Kerguzul, turn right at the “Centre Bouddhique” sign. Cost: 2€ members; 5€ guests.


Friday 29 November – 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 des Associations, 56160 Ploërdut. 7pm. 4€. Please book in advance.


Sunday 1 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.
Reservation for stalls
(10€ paid in advance) must be made as soon as possible.

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.



Check Wednesday 4 December
Keen on card games? Give Belote a try!
You’ll have noticed people playing cards in local cafés on an afternoon. The traditional popular card game is called Belote.  Solène, owner of the “Taverne des Duc” in Gouarec opposite Les Halles, is going to find some local experts to teach us. She’ll provide rules and score sheets. The idea is that, at each table, there will be an experienced player showing/playing with learners.

“Taverne des Ducs”, 22570 Gouarec. 2.30pm. Members 2€, guests 5€. Please sign up; limited numbers. Refreshments can be purchased at the bar.


Monday 9 December – Brexit update talk
At the time of writing AIKB, like everyone else, is still not sure what sort of Brexit it will turn out to be. By December it should have happened and so we should know, one way or another how it will affect the British population in France. Maggie will talk about how this will affect British residents in the changeover period based on French government information.

Salle Polyvalente, 22570 Gouarec. 11h. Members 2€, guests 5€. Please reserve on info@aikb.fr


CHRISTMAS BREAK
The AIKB office will close on
Friday 20th December 2019

The office will re-open on
Tuesday 7th January 2020


Tuesday 14 January
Learn the basic steps of popular Breton Dances
If you like dancing, this is for you. Josiane le Goazigo proposes teaching the basic steps for some of the most popular dances you’ll find in local Fez Noz.

Salle Polyvalente, 22570 Gouarec. 5pm. Members 2€, guests 5€. Limited numbers, please reserve.


Monday 20 January – Galette des Rois 
The “Galette des Rois” is the traditional cake eaten in celebration of Epiphany which contains a lucky charm. Join us for a free glass of bubbly and a chance to be King or Queen for the evening! Pay bar available for further drinks. Let us know numbers so we don’t run out of booze!

18 Grande Rue, 56160 Ploërdut. 3pm. In the room above our former office. Free event for paid up members.


Tuesday 28 January
Resistance Museum, Saint-Connan
The museum in Saint-Connan situated in a beautiful setting overlooking a lake was once an important base for the French Resistance. On July 27 1944, the Germans mounted a fierce attack, surviving freedom fighters went to help to liberate Guingamp. The museum’s exhibition takes us through our local history, occupied rural France, French resistance fighters, how they operated and the liberation of central Brittany after D day. The guided tour will be in English.

Meet at the Musée de la Résistance, l’Etang Neuf, 22480 Saint-Connan at 2.30pm. 8€ per person.


Friday 31 January – 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 des Associations, 56160 Ploërdut. 7pm. 4€ per person. Please book in advance.