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July 2009 - Issue 5
Bergerac set to be new City of Lights
Victims sue bank in €2m swindle
By Peter Carlton BERGERAC is grabbing back the initiative from the likes of tourist havens such as Sarlat and Périgueux by spending €1million to put the town’s heritage into the spotlight – literally. The plan is to brighten up the quays on the Dordogne river by installing the latest in modern architectural lighting – making it Périgord’s City of Lights. It is a triple boost because it will emphasise the beauty of the old town, encourage more visitors and townspeople to spend more time in the
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Deputy Mayor Fabien Ruet area – and also save energy as the old, inefficient lamps will be replaced by modern LED alternatives which use 40% less electricity Work will not start on the new scheme until after the summer so as not to affect this year’s tourist season. Deputy Mayor Fabien Ruet, responsible for heritage and town planning, said: “The idea is to create a garland of illumination on both sides of the river Dordogne. “We need to develop an attraction to persuade visitors to explore the majestic Î page 6
TWO YEARS’ JAIL: Warren Templeton outside Bordeaux court
VICTIMS of Sarlat swindler Warren Templeton are suing French bank Société Générale claiming it did not act to stop the conman’s €2million fraud. Now, as Templeton starts the bulk of a two-year jail term, retired American businessman Jerry Shively and others such as retired Briton William Sarginson are going to court to try to get their money back. Mr Shively lost €700,000 and Mr Sarginson £110,000. Templeton’s scam relied on being able to pay investors’ cheques into his own account – even though the victims had made them out expressly to Société Générale to avoid any possibility of fraud.
As The Advertiser goes to press the court in Bordeaux is starting the first hearings against the bank. The bank itself is launching an action against the conman. Templeton, who as Graham Briggs had already served two jail terms in the UK for fraud, had discovered that if he simply counter-signed the back of the cheque he could pay it into his own account – no questions asked. So, instead of the money going to Swan Capital, a subsidiary of Société Générale, that Templeton claimed to work with, it was going straight into funding his €40,000 a month lifestyle. Î page 4
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Champion of Franco-British links dies, aged 41, during rugby match THE DIRECTOR of Périgord Développement, Marc Mercier, has died, aged 41, while playing rugby. Friends and colleagues have paid homage to Mr Mercier, the victim of a fatal heart attack towards the end of a friendly veterans match at the Charles-Pestré stadium, Vergt. Mr Mercier founded Périgord Développement, an agency funded by partners including local authorities and the Dordogne Chamber of Commerce and Industry to encourage firms to set up in the department, in 2004. A father of children aged five and seven, Mr Mercier also set up the Dordogne branch of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Daniel Fenaux, Dordogne Council’s economic development director, said: “He was a guy who lived life to the full and was involved in a multitude of things. “We are horrified by the suddenness of his death. “He was working with a great many investors, French and foreign, with intentions of setting up here and he did it with talent and efficiency and put in a lot of time. “Perigord has lost a cou-
TALENT: Marc Mercier founded Périgord Développement
Perigord has lost a courageous and intelligent man Daniel Fenaux Dordogne Council’s economic development director
rageous and intelligent man.” Catherine le Yaouanc, general manager of the FrancoBritish Chamber of Commerce - a Paris-based organisation with several regional arms - said they had no Dordogne branch until Mr Mercier set one up three years ago. “He approached us because he was very much a Franco-British ally and he knew th at the British really develop through networks.
We decided we should create a Dordogne delegation to assist the British established there and attract new British companies. “He really helped and now we have about 70 members, both French and British, networking and developing their interests and business activities. He knew the AngloSaxon world very well and was married to a Scottish woman so he was bicultural as well as bilingual and interested in getting French and British people together. We will all miss him very much.” Périgord Développement project manager Alexandra Thevenet said: “He was a truly wonderful man, who touched many lives around him. There are no words to express the sense of loss we all feel.” The president of UAV Rugby, Michel Gaurel, where Mr Mercier played friendly matches and coached youngsters, said: “His death came at the end of a rugby festival day and it was a tragedy. “We are all very sad. He gave freely of his time and worked hard to educate young people. “He thought about the future, not the past. He created agreement around him and was passionate about rugby.”
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War hero helped stop massacre at Nontron
Zoo celebrates anniversary with some little birthdays of its own
HONOUR: Herb Brill in 2005
Protest at Thiviers over gasifier PROTESTERS marched in Thiviers to voice opposition to plans for a gasifier at a recycling plant . AES in Saint Paul La Roche says the gasifier – which uses wood, sawdust or charcoal and other materials – will produce electricity to run the plant. AES director Olivier Seignarbieux said gasifiers were a green technology invented in the 1800s. However protesters fear a large increase in trucks carrying wood to the plant.
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themselves. However, the biggest attraction this summer is likely to be newest arrival: a baby white faced saki monkey. The birth is exciting for zoo director, Emmanuel Mouton, for whom it is a dream come true: “Ever since I was a child and read English zoologist Gerald Durrell’s wonderful books, I have longed to run my own zoo and have particularly wanted to look after endangered species. Two wallabies have also been born but the monkey is very important.” Mr Mouton had administrative battles to get the zoo opened, especially after the escape of two animals, (a wolverine is still at large - as reported in May’s Advertiser). Now he is hoping that British visitors will be more attracted to the zoo’s charms. Opening times are from 9.00 to nightfall.
Farmer’s widow, 79, says protests are needed to end life of poverty DAIRY farmers have been protesting for several weeks over low prices paid for their milk and high prices for the consumer in supermarkets. Superstores and distribution centres have been blockaded but that is just one farming protest – older farmers are also protesting about their pension rights but they have not been as violent as the direct action of the dairy farmers. What is life like for a farmer’s wife? JEANNINE CASTAGNER is 79 years old and has lived all her life on a typical Dordogne farm. I'VE WORKED the farm since I was ten when my father was taken as a prisoner of war in 1943. I had to stop school and help my stepmother - my mother died when I was four. I had to watch the cows, look after my brother, take care of the hens, rabbits and sheep. I liked school and would have preferred to have been there but that was the way it was. There was no use complaining. We just got on with it. The war was terrible. Many people were in the Resistance including my future husband. My brother-in-law was later shot in St Emilion and 13 others were killed in the area. When my father came home I did get a bit more schooling. I passed my school certificate and I would have liked to have become a teacher. By the time I was 18, I was married and came to live here at Le Pontet just outside Ste. Sabine-Born not far from Beaumont.
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AN American airman who fought with the Resistance in the Second World War and saved Nontron from a massacre has died at his US home. Herbert Brill received the Legion d’Honneur for fighting in the battle for Angoulême in August 1944 and at Javerlhac. He was a navigator on a Flying Fortress when it had to force-land near Montendre, Charente-Maritime. Mr Brill was hidden by villagers and joined the Resistance as they signalled in arms drops and attacked trains. On July 24, 1945, he helped stop an attack on Nontron by the same troops and militia who had weeks before razed Oradour-sur-Glane, killing 642 of its 740 inhabitants. After the war he bought a house in Nontron and returned each July 24 from California to visit the memorial to the dead. He also worked in Angoulême Museum of the Resistance.
THE Dordogne’s only zoo is looking forward to a busy summer season and attracting thousands of visitors as it marks its first anniversary. All animals at the Réserve Zoologique de Calviac, 10km south of Sarlat, are from species in danger of extinction. It is dedicated to small mammals and contains 20 species from four geographical zones: Europe, Madagascar, South America and Australasia. The largest is a tapir, which only grows to about 3ft high, but they include squirrel monkeys, minks and the maned wolf along with the very photogenic lemurs. Spacious enclosures in the three hectares of hilly woodland make up the animals’ living quarters and it is possible to walk through some of the animal enclosures
SUPERMARKET TARGET: Protesting dairy farmers spread muck and burn tyres at the Hyper U in Mayenne This has been home ever since. In the 70s in winter we had no hot water. I’d get up at six o’clock and put on the maize to cook in the big pot over the fire for the “gavage” (force-feeding geese for the foie gras). While it cooked I’d breakfast on coffee and bread. Then I’d get the children ready for school, milk the cows, feed the pigs, muck them out and look after the poultry. Then it was mid-day. No convenience foods of course. Everything we ate came from the farm. If it was a chicken, I would
have killed and prepared it. It was much better than the stuff we eat now from the supermarket. It was tough, no question about that. We had no money. Once my husband was milking and a cow kicked him in the face. He lost an eye and his nose was broken. We had no medical insurance and had to get a loan to pay the hospital fees. There was never a day off. The cows had to be milked twice a day – including Sundays and Christmas Day, even on my daughter's wedding day.
But it was a good life, with pleasure in the work and I liked the animals. As for our campaign for better pension rights, it is so unfair that we live in poverty yet we have worked so very hard all our lives. I am a widow and live on €654 a month. After insurance, heating, electricity, water and phone I've €10 a day to live on. Read more on Jeannine Castagner’s life and experiences in The Advertiser August edition.
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WARREN TEMPLETON was utterly convincing in his role as a prosperous and respectable resident of the Dordogne. Financial business was never even mentioned the first time he met his future victims. That was enough to persuade retired US businessman Jerry Shively, 84, a former director of two multinational companies, that he could trust the suave Englishman and, eventually, do business. Business started off small and Templeton was careful to deliver progress reports on his “investments.” Templeton was offering attractive growth rates of 15% through Swan Capital and eventually Mr Shively started placing business with him. Templeton used letterheaded paper from Swan Capital’s Dordogne agent and forged the director's signature. Mr Shively said his final cheque to Templeton was for €400,000, bringing the total to €700,000. Each cheque was made out to Société Générale bank, Swan’s parent company, but Templeton was paying it straight into his own account to fund the €40,000 lifestyle he was enjoying in the Dordogne. He used the money to fund amongst other things his chateau at Coux-et-Bigarroque, five Aston Martins and a Jaguar XK120. He also had a luxury yacht that he kept moored at Marbella. The court was told that between 2001 and 2004 Templeton stole €2million from the people involved
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COUX-ET-BIGARROQUE: Templeton’s Dordogne chateau lies unkempt and uncleaned after it was sold off in the court case. However, only a handful of victims were involved in the trial. Few have admitted to police that they had been conned. It is thought that some did not want to be in the taxman's spotlight and others are believed to have kept silent as they did not want their involvement as victims publically known. Many in Sarlat think he may have got away with five times as much. In
all, 42 people are thought to have been conned. The scale of the offence can be seen by the actions of the French tax authorities who sold off his chateau and belongings to pay back taxes. Templeton is said to have complained that the €1.7m raised in the vente aux enchères was only a quarter of the chateau’s real value. His victims are angry that Société Générale allowed the cheques to go into Templeton’s personal accounts.
Mr Shively, a former director of Johnson & Johnson and advertising giant McCann Erickson, said he had often had money sent over from the US. Each time he had to justify its provenance to his bank – and he could not understand why Templeton did not face the same procedure. William Sarginson, 87, said he was getting ready for the first hearing of his lawsuit against Société Générale in a bid to get back some of the
£110,000 he had lost. He said Templeton had been very helpful to him at first: “We spoke about investing. He handled a couple of transactions – nothing exceptional – then he suggested investing in Swan. “He told me it was a subsidiary of Société Générale. I gave him two cheques made out to the bank. “He paid them into his private account. It was for £110,000.” The financial blow has been crushing for Mr Sarginson, who is severely ill: “I don’t think I can survive. I only have enough money for months rather than years. I’m 87.” One couple have been forced to sell their home and now live in a caravan. Victims Susan and Darryl Colley still cannot see why the bank did not challenge the cheques, which were always for large, round-figure sums. The bank said in a statement to The Advertiser: “Société Générale takes note of G. Templeton’s conviction by the Bordeaux correctional tribunal; as the bank’s counsel has indicated, Société Générale is itself a victim of G. Templeton’s fraudulent activity and has accordingly filed a civil complaint. “Regarding the pending civil complaints launched against Société Générale and other financial institutions by the victims of G. Templeton’s fraudulent activity, Société Générale specifies that these had been suspended pending the outcome of the criminal case and will shortly be subject to new developments following G. Templeton’s conviction.”
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Housing market still needs tricks to bring in buyers HOUSE sellers have to be a bit more inventive in the middle of today’s slow housing market to get a sale. With properties sticking for longer on the market, some old sales tricks – and some new ones – are going around. One estate agent in Bergerac managed to get a sale and a lot of publicity throughout France by dropping the price of a
Houses will only sell if they are for sale at a price someone is willing to pay – it is obvious Dordogne FNAIM President Charles Gillooley
house by €1,000 a day until it was sold. In Périgueux an agent is offering free Marrakech holidays for every compromis de vente signed. Elsewhere, individual buyers are trying to find someone to agree a swap so they can cut down on costs or, perhaps, start a new business. Take former wine shop owner Glen Bird who moved to France two years ago and, as a former builder, built his own house. The Périgordian-style house between Sarlat and Montignac has a tower, pool and guest house but Glen would like to do something different: like open a BandB/hotel or chambre d'hôtes somewhere not too far away. He feels a house swap could be a good way to do it. He has done house swaps and part-exchanges before – and knows money can be
saved on all the different legal and agents fees involved. However, Charles Gillooley, the president of FNAIM in the Dordogne, says houses will only change hands if the price is right for both sides. “Houses will only sell if they are for sale at a price someone is willing to pay. It is obvious.” Citing the Périgueux and Bergerac cases, he said the agents managed to get publicity for their properties but at the end of the day the properties were selling for what they were worth – no more. In the price-drops-every-day case in Bergerac – the house sold for €177,000, down from the original €195,000 price. Mr Gillooley said that was its market value. More to the point, there had been no rush of copycat sales. As yet, there is no sign of any boost in the housing market – apart from the normal summer lift as it is the Dordogne’s main marketing season. However, he sees two interesting trends: owners starting to cut the value of their houses and agents adding value to house sales. The first has seen Dordogne prices drop by up to 30% – whereas it is five to 15% down across France – and that sets a realistic baseline for sales. The second measure comes from an agency offering an across-the-board insurance deal guaranteeing a buyer will not lose if they have to sell up. Aimed at those who are unsure about their futures or their jobs, the Buy Serene plan will repay up to €35,000 if the buyer is then forced to sell. However, estate agents may be having to play a greater part in the money side of the deal – such as giving up some of their commission. All deals still require a buyer and even the desirable house has yet to find one.
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By Lucy Stubbs BEWARE if you are asked round for “something to eat” in the tiny northern Dordogne village of Hautefaye – its other name is the Village of the Cannibals. A new book called Mangezle si vous voulez by Jean Teulé (it translates as “eat him if you want to” tells the tale of a visitor who was savagely beaten, roasted alive and then eaten by an angry mob. Reports even claimed his fat was kept by the women in the village and used to make tartines for their children. Rebel The victim Alain de Moneys was a popular young nobleman who travelled to Hautefaye in 1870 to attend the village fair. Someone shouted “vive la resistance” and the crowd at the fair, who were not fans of the Napoleon III republic, turned on Mr de Moneys. Accusing him of being a rebel and a Prussian spy, the 600-strong crowd vented all their anger and frustration on Mr de Moneys. It has been called an act of collective madness, but the
attack was savage. Mr de Moneys was tortured for some time before being burned alive and the command to “eat him if you want to” apparently came from the mayor. That’s a fact the present mayor, Francis-Michel Donnary, disputes: “There's no proof that he said that. “The story has become grossly exaggerated.” While Mr Donnary does not dispute the villagers did eat Mr de Moneys he points out that Mr Teulé’s book is a fictionalised account: “I think people would like to believe it’s all true but it's not.” He suggests a more accurate account is found in the rather more high-brow book, The Village of the Cannibals, written by the eminent historian Alain Corbin, professor of history at the Sorbonne. Mr Donnary says there has been a slight increase in vistors since Mr Teulé's book came out but he also stressed that there was no memorial marking the site as some reports had claimed. Mr Teulé said the tale of the cannibal village caught his imagination and proved that people under pressure can sometimes behave bizarrely.
Cannibal village will not live off its name QUAI SALVETTE: The lights plan could bring visitors and locals back to the old town and open new commercial areas
Bergerac is new City of Lights Î From
frontage on the banks of the river.” Bergerac does not currently compete with Sarlat or Périgueux – both of which are officially designated “Ville d’art et d’histoire” – but the new lights will make the most of the city’s heritage by spotlighting architectural details and drawing attention to their subtleties. Mr Ruet thinks that this could help Bergerac achieve the coveted Ville d’art et d’histoire status. With Bergerac as the Périgord’s City of Lights it would encourage tourists and locals to use the town centre for leisure activities after dark – and open up a new zone for commercial activities. There is also a safety issue, with the police complaining that the existing outof-date lighting in the city centre makes their work dangerous. Mr Ruet says both residents and shopkeepers support the Plan Lumière.
“Local townspeople want to see how the work turns out. Business people want to see some dynamism injected into the centre. Heritage groups are also inspired by the project so it’s something which is unifying the town." However, Mrs Victoria Petit, owner of a popular Salon de Thé in the old town, feels there are many more important priorities than lighting up the quays: “It’s really expensive to park in the city centre. They could start by making it free if they want to attract people into the town.” It would be wrong though to think in terms simply of the town centre, Mr Ruet said: “With a renovated railway station and frequent trains to Bordeaux, the international airport and the A89 autoroute nearby, Bergerac is the natural gateway to the Périgord. “The Plan Lumière is just one plank in our strategy of diversification and economic development.”
Another major element is to divert heavy lorries away from the town with the construction of a third bridge across the Dordogne, to the west of the city. He said: “Heavy goods vehicles will be banned from the town centre but we have to channel traffic from the autoroute along a new ring road using both sides of the Dordogne. It’s a long-term project with spectacular implications.” Mr Ruet makes no concessions to critics who suggest a global economic crisis is not the time to increase the municipal budget and spend it on “illuminations.” “The Plan Lumière is a prudent investment. The €1m it is costing will be offset by the savings we make in energy, so it’s also part of our commitment to sustainable development. “Anyway, we had to do something about the state of the existing lighting network. Termites have eaten away the majority of the protective sheathing. It was our duty to react, as a precautionary measure.”
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Beating the recession is a piece of cake for bakers ACROSS France there are more than 2.4 million people unemployed and, with an increasing number of jobs being cut, businesses are hit hard. The construction industry and estate agents in the Dordogne are badly affected and more people are claiming unemployment. The number of companies going into administration in Bergerac has already exceeded last year’s total. So, given the current economic climate, who would think to start up a business during a recession? Three businesses opened recently in the Dordogne and have had surprising results.
It wasn’t easy but we’re doing well
The signs are good so far – but it was hard to get finance ROULLA and Reno Reynos opened Pains Spéciaux Reynos in Le Bugue at Easter. Originally from Greece and having spent many years living in England, Roulla and Reno had been selling their Greek and British breads and cakes at the local market for more than two years. So what made them decide to open a shop now? “I've got more than 25 years of baking experience and used to run a shop,” said Mr Reynos. “When we lived in England we had a delicatessen and sold everything from bread to olives and
HARD WORK: Roulla and Reno say opening the shop has let them expand their range of products cheese. On our market stall we couldn't sell that range of products. “Our customers kept asking us if we knew where you could get hold of things like proper feta or halloumi cheese. “Now we have the shop we can sell all those specialty products as well as continuing to sell all our baked goods.” Mr Reynos did admit it had been
hard to get the finance in the current economic climate. He said: “It's been a case of begging and borrowing. “We've put our last pennies into the business so it really has to work.” Since opening, Mr Reynos said they had been very busy: “The signs are really good so far. “But I don't think we would have considered it if we hadn't got the
existing clientèle from our market stalls; now they all come to the shop and we've got even more to offer them. “It's very hard to keep prices of imported goods low because of the cost of transportation but we do our best to keep our prices competitive; for example, our tea bags are a euro cheaper than in the supermarket!”
AUDREY MURPHY opened Equilibrium, a beauty salon in Thiviers in March. Irish-born Ms Murphy and her Germanborn partner Sidney had previously run a health spa in Malta and after they moved to France she applied for jobs in hotels and beauty salons without success. Eventually she heard a salon owner in Thiviers wanted someone to replace her while she was on maternity leave. Ms Murphy said: “I’d heard she was thinking of selling up so I used that time to get to know the clients. I was very lucky to be able to do some research. I don’t know if I would have taken on a new business from scratch at the moment.” Once she had decided to buy the property she needed to register the business and gain financial backing. “It wasn’t easy,” she said. “At first the banks didn’t want to know; for four months we found ourselves being pushed from one office to another.” Finally they secured a loan and Ms Murphy said: “It’s going well. Everyone is reporting trade is down but I've hung onto the existing clientèle and word is spreading amongst the British community. “I also have Dutch and German customers who’ve been attracted because I speak German. I’m happy with how things are going, I haven’t been at all disappointed.”
We deliver what you want SIMON GOODENOUGH and his friend Mark Faulkner were considering various business ideas when they came up with Sterling Shopping. Essentially a courier company, Sterling Shopping will buy or collect goods in the UK and bring them over to the Dordogne. Mr Goodenough said: "We came up with the idea after talking to our British friends in the Dordogne; many are pensioners who have seen their buying power in France drop by a third in the last year. “Because we have a base in the UK as well as homes in Bergerac, we can accept sterling as well as euros.” The business has only been going for three months but it is already proving a big hit. “We
started out with two vehicles and have just ordered two more. “We’re really pleased; if you can make it in a recession it bodes well for the future” said Mr Goodenough. We’ll transport anything as long as it’s legal and can fit in a van.” Some of the more unusual items already transported have been a half-ton car lift, loft insulation and several Harley-Davidson motorcycles. “Groceries and paint are the most frequently requested items though,” he said. They have a number of regular drop-off points – such as the Star Inn in Périgueux and Bergerac Airport – and they are on the lookout for more. See www.sterlingshopping.co.uk for more information.
DRIVING FORCES: The team of Simon and Dawn Goodenough, Alyson and Mark Faulkner
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Nature park was almost lost
Letter to the Editor
Tourist offices must try harder FURTHER to your interesting ‘Point of View’ on the lack of action by the various Dordogne Tourist Offices I am compelled to agree. As a tourism marketing specialist who has worked extensively around the world. I have analysed various markets in depth. France is widely considered to be the most visited country in the world yet it is not due to their marketing. In fact, France has one of the most lethargic tourism marketing attitudes. There is no doubt that complacency has crept in since being in the heart of Europe perhaps they feel it unnecessary to market widely and this includes the Dordogne. During three years working in Australia, not once did I see any mention of the Dordogne and very little about France. One can debate that distance plays a role but conversely look at the successful marketing campaign around
the Sydney Olympics which placed Australia firmly on the map as tourism destination despite its distance from most of the world. Similarly, New Zealand doesn’t let distance stand its way. In Europe, the British and Irish Tourist Offices successfully get their message out to the world whilst Switzerland, one of the smaller countries, has always made sure it is visible as a destination both during winter and summer. The Dordogne makes an error with its highly limited marketing targeted around the summer months. The attraction of events such as the truffle markets, could be used as a powerful marketing tool to increase winter figures for example. It is a unique opportunity and one that should be better exploited. FRANCES BEASLEY, By email What’s your view? Send your letters to email@example.com
THE regional nature reserve at Peyssac, near Razac-sur-l’Isle, has been described as a lost paradise – yet it was nearly lost forever having been effectively abandoned and left to overrun. It was saved by a teacher named Dubernard who between 1920 and 1950 bought it up in small lots. After donating it to a European nature group it was then declared a voluntary nature reserve before being accepted under the national scheme of regional nature reserves. It is now in the control of the Urban and Rural League and it has already put in place a programme of school visits to see the many different ecosystems contained in the 85hectare park. Peyssac has a wide diversity of environments as the soils, the amount of sun exposure and the varying levels of humidity all play a part in the range of flora and fauna present. Bernard Boutot of the Cercle Départemental d’Etude du Milieu in Coulounieix-Chamiers said there were 23 different species of orchids on the site. One is the bee orchid which only grows on dry, limestone soils and which, despite, its name is usually self-pollinated. It is thought bees helped the evolution of the bee orchid by landing on it and transferring pollen. The park is also home to the greater horseshoe bat. BEE ORCHID: Uncanny Do you know an interesting fact about the Dordogne? markings on the flower Share it with readers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Advertiser Point of View WITH France in recession and Britain in political and economic turmoil, it’s easy to be glum but here in the Dordogne, I’ve found some reasons to be cheerful. Firstly, despite rising unemployment and the economic downturn, I’ve discovered three new businesses which are thriving (see page 7). I’ve also spoken to auto-entrepreneurs who say their lives have been transformed; this simplified business structure has taken the risk out of trying new ideas. Then I met Kabile. You might imagine that jacking in the day job to pursue your dream full-time might not be a very wise move right now but that’s exactly what the guitar duo did.
Arriving in the Dordogne with little more than a guitar and their talent between them, they have already found plenty of work gigging in the area and things are looking rosy. What unites these businesses from beauticians to musicians is their imagination, drive and determination. People don’t stop spending in an economic downturn but they do put more thought into what they buy; businesses that survive are those who offer something special. This is key to the continued success of Les Guitares Vertes whose Celtic festival takes place this month; sensitive to the fact that people are on limited budgets, the organisers have tried to keep prices
low but have relentlessly sought sponsorship so as to avoid compromising on quality. Talking of music leads me to my second reason for being cheerful; because there’s plenty of music around this summer. Kabile were told that the Dordogne was musically up and coming – which was welcome news to them. The range of musical events on offer this summer ranges from the Celtic festival to FAVA’s opera festival and that seems to bear this out. So, while neither the weather nor the value of the euro can be guaranteed, it looks as if good quality entertainment is assured – enjoy the events on offer and keep looking on the bright side. L.S.
News from Bergerac Airport Dordogne Périgord BERGERAC Airport Dordogne Périgord is now ready to welcome up to 400,000 passengers a year. This follows a substantial modernisation plan which resulted in the opening of the new terminal in May. Renovation work to bring the airport up to international aviation and security standards began with the arrival of the first international flights to London in 2002. This resulted in a 252% passenger increase in the space of a year (17,000 in 2001, 60,000 in 2002). Four years later, passenger turnover reached 292,000. The infrastructure has had to be adapted. The runway has been lengthened to 2,205 metres and reinforced to handle large aircraft. A fire-prevention and first-aid station with 18 security agents has been built. The new terminal has eight check-in desks (able to cope with three flights simultaneously) a 370-seat departure lounge, new arrival hall, open check-in area. The Dordogne Chamber of Commerce, the airport's managing body, expects to exceed the 400,000 passenger mark by 2011.
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History at your service in top cafés THINK of the waiters dressed in black with their long white aprons and you think of the old-styles cafés of France. Very few exist today but many cafés are famous in other ways. Take the Café H Vedry which has been the centre of attraction in place de la Madeleine in Bergerac since 1822. Refurbished in 2003 it has lost its "étain" bar counter but it still carries the style from a bygone era: where the deliveries come by carthorse and all the townspeople stop for a bite to eat. For 50 years it was run by Carlos Buisan until the Barraud family took it over and they have restored it to its premier position as the centre of town life. Périgueux has its ancient Bistrot du Coderc right in the centre of the town in place du Coderc. The bar tabac is opposite the market and in the historic and protected part of the town. It dates from 1850 and was once run by the priest Noë Chabot who had his own sermon for his customers Chrétiens mes frères, Chez le curé, croyez le bien, Vous ne boirez que de bon vin. My
brother Christians, at the curé's bar you know it fine, you will only drink good wine. His Au Vrai Monbazillac - Chez le Curé opened in 1905 but became known throughout France because he and his bar featured on a series of postcards of Périgueux. In the historic bastide town of Monpazier the Hôtel de Londres was opened in 1880 just outside the north gate. It had a reputation for its great welcome and over many years it is reputed to have welcomed many famous people: aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, US vaudeville star and resistance heroine Josephine Baker and composer Igor Stravinsky amongst others. Now the upstairs part of the building is used as a residence but downstairs is the wellregarded Bistrot 2 under chef Gwenaël Gauthier. It has magnificent views of two of the gates of the village which was built in 1284 by the English king Edward I. Inside there are also pictures of the hotel in its heyday with some of the many French celebrities who came to the Dordogne.
Mobile farmers’ markets FARMERS’ markets have become a moveable feast in Eymet with the introduction of a series of markets in different villages of the canton. The Marchés des Producteurs de Pays is organised during the summer and gives a chance to meet producers and taste a range of local specialities – fruit, vegetables, meats, cheese and wine. There’s the added attraction of learning more about the participating villages as each will have walks to local places of interest or an exhibition on the history of the village.
Each market aims to be ‘zero waste’ and visitors are asked to bring their own crockery and cutlery, although tables and chairs are provided allowing for a meal made up of a selection of the products. Recycling and sorting bins are also provided. The July dates are 10 – St Aubin de Cadelech, 19.00-23.00, organised for the 20th anniversary of Les St Aubin d’Europe; 19 – Eymet, 10.00-16.00, organised with the annual Foire à la Brocante; 23 – Sadillac, 19.0023.00; 30 – St Capraise d’Eymet, 19.00-23.00.
My first meal was inedible but it gave me a passion to be a chef THEY make the headlines, they bring people to their restaurants from miles around: they are Michelin chefs. Here, in our series, Ellie Fullalove gets to know the Dordogne’s top chefs and finds where they go to eat
DANGERMAN: Vincent Lucas loves the risk of making spontaneous dishes without tasting or too much thought Vincent Lucas Restaurant Etincelles, Sainte-Sabine Born gentilhommiere-etincelles.com Where did you get your passion for cooking? My mother was a good cook and I liked to join in. My first experience involved roasting fir tree shoots with honey on the barbecue… inedible! I’ve had the desire to create since I was 10. How would you describe your style of cooking? Very spontaneous and instinctive. Dishes are often created at the time, without tasting or even thinking too much. The associations are made in my head and must come out as I think of them. I work with a good dose of risk. What is your signature dish? I don’t have a signature dish as I cook depending on the market. However, I do
have a tendency to mix surf and turf, sweet and salty, with the all important addition of spices and seeds. Why did you choose to work in the Dordogne? The Dordgone has good gastronomic and tourist potential. Some say not much happens, but that couldn't be further from the truth! The Dordogne is well known for its wealth of regional produce. Which is your favourite? People rave about the foie gras and duck, mushrooms and truffles, but I really like sturgeon too. When you are not at work and want to go out for a meal, where would you take a) your partner, b) your friends and where would you go to get c) an inexpensive meal? I don't really know many of the other restaurants at the moment, although I would go to Auberge Le Prieuré de
Moirax with my wife and Le Vieux Logis or the Moulin du Roc with the family. If you were to have a fantasy dinner party, who would you invite? My best customers and maybe some other chefs, such as Olivier Garnier from La Winery at Arsac. Describe your ideal meal… A menu that involves trying things I've never tasted before, whether it be products or flavours. What do you think of British cuisine? I don't really know enough to comment, although when I worked in Oxford, I often ate lovely fresh vegetables and there was some good grilled meat. Do you have a top culinary tip for readers? Stop over-cooking foods, stop buying products that are not in season and never be prejudiced against a product you don't know!
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Photo: Loïc MAZALREY
Why did you want to be an auctioneer? My family love antiques. My parents sold them and I grew up surrounded by them. I’ve always been fascinated by old things, works of art and unusual quirky objects. When I left school, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
THE VITAL MOMENT: Maitre Biraben in action as he brings down the hammer during the auction
Does it take a long time to become an auctioneer? Yes, I had to study for around six years. I took a diploma in law, a diploma in art history and then an exam after which I spent some time studying at the École du Louvre in Paris. I was 27 when I qualified. At the time I was the youngest ever commissaire priseur (auctioneer). The trade is highly regulated and I have to answer to the ministry of justice so there was a lot to learn. When and where did you open your first auction house? In Bergerac, then I started running auc-
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MAITRE Aurèle Biraben was the youngest Frenchman to qualify as an auctioneer. He runs three hôtel des ventes in the Dordogne and lives in Bergerac.
BIDDABLE CROWD: Auctions are run along simila tions in Sarlat. Since 1985, I’ve been running regular sales in Périgueux too. What’s the most unusual item you’ve ever auctioned? We once had the entire contents of an Egyptian tomb. It was amazing to think it had lain untouched for hundreds of years. All the artefacts were very rare, very expensive. We sold them to collectors from all over Europe. Is it true you recently sold a large collection of Beatles memorabilia?
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For now, we haven’t noticed an increase in people selling items. The prices of some items have recently dropped in value because they have become unfashionable; classic Louis XIII furniture and furniture from the 18th century has dropped a little whilst prices of Louis Philippe furniture has plummeted. So what is popular at the moment? Small items; figurines, statuettes, earthenware and glassware. Highly decorated and good quality small furniture items such as bedside tables are also fetching a good price. Paintings are always popular and there’s a lot of interest in tribal art at the moment too. You place a valuation on each item, have you ever been surprised when an item has greatly exceeded its estimated value? Paintings are always a surprise to me; you can never be sure what they will fetch on the day and they often greatly exceed my valuation. The biggest surprise was when I valued a bottle of Bourgogne wine at €3 and it then sold for €3,800. The only explanation I have is that it was a good vintage and a magnum bottle but all the same, it was still a big surprise. Can anyone come to a
sale and what happens? Yes. All auctions are open to the public. I run viewings in the morning; people are free to wander about and look at the items. If they wish, they can return in the afternoon and bid in person but they can also place bids by phone or, when they come to the viewing they can arrange an ordre d’achat (a request to buy) with staff and say how high they are prepared to bid; if they are successful we will contact them immediately after the sale. French auctions run on similar lines to the British model. When I make a sale, I shout ‘un fois, deux fois, adjugé’ then the item is sold to the highest bidder. The buyer pays the price they bid plus a 20% commission. What about selling items? Just bring them along. If they’re contemporary items then we’ll agree a reserve price and I will put them into the next sale. If they’re antiques or valuable items I’ll give the seller a valuation and publicise the item before the sale. Do you have a favourite item that you’ve auctioned? I have lots of favourites; I couldn’t choose just one. I’m a big fan of tribal art, earthenware and paintings. The nature of this job is that you see unusual things all the time; that’s why I enjoy it.
THE RULES OF THE GAME AUCTION houses or maisons de ventes are open to the public and can sell all kinds of goods. Rules should be clearly displayed in the auction house. To sell an item, contact an auction house (see website below for your nearest one), the auctioneer will arrange a time to view the item, either in the auction house or if it is too large to move, the auctioneer will come to your house. Once you have settled on a valuation and reserve price, you sign a réquisition de vente which details the agreed valuation, reserve and proposed date when your item will be auctioned. Sellers pay a fee to the auctioneer called a frais de vente. Buyers can view at pre-sale viewings and any auction houses that maintain online lists or you can contact them for a catalogue/list. Bids can be made in person, by phone or by ordre d’achat. Buyers pay the bid price plus 20% commission, frais d’adjudication, to the auction house. The position of auctioneer is highly regulated; all items come with a tenyear guarantee of authenticity and must be in the state described. The auctioneer is responsible for paying the seller and has insurance to ensure he can always cover payments. Auctioneers must also maintain the anonymity of buyers and sellers. To find out more, or to find an auction house near you, go to www.interencheres.com ON DISPLAY: Small items are the best sellers
Photo: Loïc MAZALREY
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What’s On Listings VISITS of farms, tastings of products, leaving from the tourist office in Beaumont on Tuesday, July 7 at 14.00. Adults €6, children €3. Call 05 53 22 39 12
MEDIEVAL week in Monpazier from July 15 - 19, Cooking and calligraphy workshops, cinema evening, medieval banquet, concert and ball. See www.pays-debergerac.com JULY 11 and 12, medieval camps and jousts at the Château de Laxion, Corgnac sur l’Isle (4km from Thiviers), 10.00 - 18.00. Call 06 73 88 64 08 EVERY Thursday evening in July Marqueyssac gardens will be lit up with 2,000 candles marking out pathways. Also children’s entertainment. See www.marqueyssac.com
NOJALS annual festival with 12km ramble in the morning, meal at 12.00 and games in the afternoon. See www.bergeractourisme.com GUIDED ramble with medieval entertainment and visit of the Château du Bruzac, July 31, meet at 19.00 in front of the mairie in St Pierre de Côle. Reservations necessary. Call 05 53 55 12 50
Music BERGERAC summer music festival from July 23 - August 14. Fifteen shows including the Fine Arts Quartet at the Château Saint-Germain near Monpazier on July 29, 21.00 and Stars of the Royal ballet of Denmark, Château de Biron, July 25, 21.30. See www.festivalbergerac.
Out and about ARCHAEOLOGY expedition to local sites of interest in Monpazier. Thursday, July 2, leaving from 14.30 in front of the Bistrot 2. Transport by individual cars, sign up 48 hours in advance. Call 05 53 22 63 01
BEAT: Maquiz’art artists
tion July 17 - 19, Parc Municipal de Thiviers. Call 05 53 55 12 50
APERO-concert with AfricanBrazilian group Ozabumba at the Rocksane in Bergerac, Friday, July 3. Concert from 19.30, entry free. See www.rocksane.com Concert with D’Jan, Salle des Fêtes, Saint Germain et Mons, Sunday, July 5 from 17.00. Call 05 53 73 27 02 or 06 68 64 24 89 CHORAL concert, chateau de Biron, Friday, July 10 at 21.00. Call 05 53 63 15 23 NADAU in concert, Pezuls, open air, 20.30. €16. Tickets from the Pays Lindois tourist office. Call 05 53 61 08 55 APERO concert with country band Lone Star Radio Show at the Rocksane in Bergerac, Friday, July 10. From 19.30. Free. See www.rocksane.com CLASSICAL concert, Eglise Monbos, July 14 at 17.00. TOULOUSE chamber orchestra, Terrasson La Villedieu on July 23, 21.00 at Eglise Saintsour, place de l’abbaye. €12 - €25.
OUTING in English with the Périgord-Limousin Natural Region Park, July 20, 15.00, meet at Meet the Presbytery Hall, Saint-Pardoux-la-Rivière. Call 05 53 56 79 30 A MARCHE Gourmand on July 3, 10, 24 and 31 from 19.00 at Place du Foirail, Sigoulès. See opposite for markets
blogspot.com or call 05 53 74 30 94
FETE à l’ancienne, July 25, Nantheuil, all day long with fireworks in the evening. Call 05 53 55 12 50
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TASTY: The marché de producteurs de pays run in summer Auberge du Coq, Fleurac and July 30 at the Cafe et Musique theatre, La Rhue, Jumilhac Le Grand. Call 05 53 05 98 71 (for July 21) and 05 53 52 43 02 (for July 30).
Other SOIREE Africaine, Place Barbacane, Bergerac, July 4. Call 05 53 74 66 62 FOIRE aux vins, Sigoules. July 18 and 19. See www.bergeractourisme.com CINEMA festival My Beautiful Festival July 22 - 25, Bergerac (see opposite).
AFRO-Latines musical festival, Eymet, July 9 - 11. (See page 16).
LES tables de Cyrano, gastronomy and music event in Vieux Bergerac, July 11 - 14. See www.bergeractourisme.com
ENGLISH country blues duo Rag Mama Rag on July 21,
OPEN farm day - local farms open the doors to the public
with talks and entertainment, July 28, Thiviers. Call 05 53 55 12 50
LIMEUIL village fair, July 11 14, fireworks on July 12. MARCHE de producteurs de pays, Eymet (July 19, all day) Sadillac (July 10, 23, from 18.00), St Capraise d’Eymet (July 30, from 18.00). Call 05 53 23 74 95
CAR rally in Thiviers - welcomes around 15,000 spectators, July 12 - 14. www.thiviersportauto.com
FIREWORKS, vieux port, Bergerac, July 14 and bal du 14 Juillet, place de la République, Bergerac. Call 05 53 74 66 60
HORSE racing on July 12 at the hippodrome de Marsales. www.pays-desbastides.com
MEAL and fireworks, Biron, 20.00, July 14. www.bergeractourisme.com
POSTER competition on Sunday, July 26 in Villefranche de Lonchat on July 26 on the theme of traditions, wine and regional productions. To take part call 05 53 82 20 24
BAL des pompiers and fireworks, Monpazier in the place centrale, 20.00, fireworks at 23.30, forail au sud. BASTILLE day entertainments, Eymet, Site de Bretou, fireworks at 23.00 and dance. Food available on site. Call 05 53 22 22 10
WICKER basket making fair in Issigeac, July 19, with 60 basket makers from different regions demonstrating the art. Workshops for children. €2, under 12s free. Call 05 53 58 79 62
SARLAT, July 13, fireman’s ball from 21.30 av du Générale de Gaull. July 14, activities from 18.30, fireworks at 23.00 Place du Marché aux Noix. www.sarlat-tourisme.com
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Cinema Saint-Aulaye Le studio 05 53 90 80 73 Sainte-Foy-la-Grande La Brèche 05 57 46 00 43 Sarlat Le Rex 08 92 68 69 24 Terrasson Cinéroc www.ville-terrasson.com 05 53 51 28 61 Thiviers Cinéma Le Clair www.thiviers.fr 05 53 62 47 06 - 08 36 68 00 71 (0.34 cts/min)
Scarecrows draw 4,000
Films in English Sarlat Le Rex: Slumdog Millionaire, from June 24, Rachel getting Married, from July 1 (details for both TBC). Montignac Cinéma Le Vox: Easy Virtue (Un mariage de rêve), June 23 (21.00). Thiviers: Good Morning England, June 27 and June 29 (21.00), Wendy and Lucy, July 5 (18.00), July 6 (21.00). Anges et Démons, (Angels and Demons), July 13, (21.00), Coraline, July 9 (21.00), July 12 (18.00), The Wrestler, July 19 (18.00).
Bergerac Grand écran Cyrano 08 82 68 20 15 Castillonnës (47) Ciné 05 53 36 92 14 La-Roche-Chalais Cinéma Le Club www.leclublrc.com 05 53 91 49 45 Le-Buisson-de-Cadouin Cinéma Lux 05 53 23 75 79 Montignac Cinéma Le Vox 05 53 51 87 24 Montpon-Ménésterol Cinéma Le Lascaux 05 53 82 12 64 Mussidan Cinéma NotreDame 05 53 82 34 98 Prog. 08 92 68 44 18 (0.34 cts/min) Nontron Cinéma Louis Delluc 05 53 56 18 93 Périgueux Cap-Cinéma 08 92 68 01 21 Ribérac Cinéma Max Linder www.riberac.fr/cinema.html 05 53 90 29 08 Saint-Astier Cinéma La Fabrique www.lafabrique.info 05 53 02 41 94
Sarlat theatre festival entertains
FUN: Thousands of people descend on Meyrals in July for the annual scarecrow festival AROUND 4,000 people will descend on Meyrals for the 11th annual scarecrow festival on July 26. Some 100 scarecrows are entered into the competition every year and events take place throughout the day. President of the
scarecrow festival association Daniel Barde said: “Everyone can make a scarecrow, from children to adults, any English tourists passing through are equally welcome to take part - and of course English speaking residents.
There is always a really good atmosphere” The day begins from 10.00 and includes painting competitions, street theatre, and a meal organised at the place de l’église followed by fireworks. See www.epoufest.com
SARLAT Theatre Festival takes place between July 18 and August 5. The aim of the festival is to present classical theatrical works to a wider audience, and also to help more modern and varied works to gain recognition. All of the performances are staged in the open air at la Place de la Liberté, le Jardin des Enfeus, l’Abbaye SainteClaire. Of the 21 shows that form the Festival seven are musical offerings. Highlights of the programme for July include July 18, 17.00: opening show, no admission charges July 19, 21.00, the Ballad of Simone, a musical tribute to the works of Simone de Beauvoir July 22: 9:30 pm Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare starring Patrick Beckers July 26 9:30 pm One on the Canebiere the Marseille operetta Call 05 53 30 25 31.
Do a dance with firemen FRENCH national holiday Bastille Day (fête nationale) takes place on July 14 - along with the chance for ladies to dance with firemen. The Bal de pompiers (firemen’s ball) is a July 14 tradition and will take place across the Dordogne (see tourist offices
and above). It is thought the tradition relates to the historic celebrations organised by the government including military parades, with firemen seen as the most popular of the forces and symbolising in some way an ideal link between a state and its people.
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Frears speaks of delight and gratitude ahead of film festival Oscar-nominated film director Stephen Frears tells Ken Seaton about his joy of France’s love for his films and delight at being invited to Bergerac many issues that could be tackled in the same way, given the same freedom - I don't see it happening. That's sad." However, he is pleased his hosts in Bergerac have allowed him to nominate Jacques Audiard to share the limelight with him. Audiard's The Prophet just missed out on the top award at Cannes this year and his The Beat that my Heart Skipped will play alongside Chéri in the Cyrano GrandEcran on July 24. Frears said: "I admire Jacques and his work very much and this will be a wonderful opportunity to meet him." The director of the 1988 Dangerous Liaisons, also with Michelle Pfeiffer, said he had been very grateful for the way that Chéri had been received in France. He added: "I don't usually have a picture of who I want for a role - good writers like Christopher Hampton draw you into the story - but I have a very good casting director and that brings the personality to life. Someone like Michelle was perfect for
CHERI: Stephen Frears’ latest film will show at the event Chéri. She's a powerful figure and a powerful woman." The four-day festival is intended to show English and Frenchlanguage films side-by-side as an extension of the entente cordiale - as a place where British and French get a chance to celebrate their historical ties. Two of the films
national average for France of around 3% of wine growers.” Tours are €4. For details call Ms Feely on 05 53 22 72 71.
Music in Périgord for all tastes AN eclectic mix of musicians is on the line up for the sixth Guitares vertes guitar festival in the Périgord vert this summer. An operatic group, Breton folk guitarist, Irish band and an acoustic guitar duo will be amongst those appearing in the region during July and August. The annual event, initially organised by the former mayor of Jumihac Le Grand along with local town councillor Pascal Astier, has doubled in size every year since it began in 2004. Last year over two thousand people including resi-
dents and tourists attended. The event is funded through a range of private and public sponsors and the organisers have done their best to keep ticket prices low. Variety Each year the Guitares vertes pick a different theme; previous themes have included flamenco and rock and blues. This year, the theme is Celtic music and numerous events are planned. Headlining act is Breton guitarist Soig Siberil who will also hold a free mas-
MONDAY: Les Eyzies de Tayac, Ste Alvère, Tocane St Apre, Villamblard
July 4, vide-greniers, brocantes, Mareuil-sur-Belle, from 6.00. July 4, evening vide-greniers, Saint-Nexans (10 mins from Bergerac), 16.00 - midnight. July 5, vide-greniers, Chenaud, 7.00 - 19.00. July 5, vide grenier brocante, Cubjac, le bourg, from 9.00. July 5, vide-grenier, Périgueux, jardins des Arènes, 7.00 - 20.00. July 12 - 14, vide-greniers, brocante, fête du pain in Mensignac, 7.00 - 18.00. July 12, vide-greniers, brocante, Villetoureix, banks of the Dronne, 8.00 - 18.00. July 14, African art market, Marsac sur L'Isle, 8.00 18.00, Parc de l'Hotel de Ville. July 19, antiquité brocante , Brantôme, opposite the abbey, brocante, Monpazier in the main square. July 19, old books and second-hand comics, Villefranche-du-Périgord, sous le halle, 9.00 - 18.00. July 26, brocante vide-greniers, Loubejac at the place de la mairie and place de l'église, 8.00 - 19.00. July 29, vide-greniers, Saint-Pompont, in the school field, 6.00 - 18.00.
TUESDAY: Le Bugue, Lisle, Mareuil, Neuvic, Salignac Eyvigues, Thenon, Villefranche de Lonchat
FRIDAY: Bergerac, Brantôme, Le Buisson de Cadouin, Le Lardin St Lazare, Ribérac, Sorges, Vergt
DISCOVERY: The guided tours are back by popular demand the Saussignac Producers Union are either organic or in conversion to organic. This sets a stark contrast to the
THURSDAY: Domme, Excideuil, La Coquille, La Force, Lalinde, Monpazier, St Astier, St Pardoux la Rivière, Terrasson la Villedieu, Eymet
Organic wine tours back for summer by popular demand ORGANIC vineyard tours by three winegrowers in Sassignac are taking place this month. Les Sentiers du Vin Bio, a nature and wine walking route, was first created last year and following its popularity more guided walks have been introduced this year. They will take place every Thursday from July 9 to August 27 at 16.00 on reservation with any of the participating estates. On July 23 and August 6, morning walks will take place with tastings at the end of the walk and picnicking possible in the vineyards. Organiser Caroline Feely said: “Approximately half of the winegrowing members of
WEDNESDAY: Bergerac, Gardone, Hautefort, Le Buisson de Cadouin, Montignac, Montpon Ménestérol, Périgueux, Piégut Pluviers, Sarlat, Siorac en Périgord, Trémolat
FOR a film director who has avoided being pigeon-holed it is astonishing that one of Stephen Frears' early works is labelled by the French as the one that restarted their love of the "great British movie." Now, as he sets off for the Dordogne to head the guest list at My Beautiful Festival in Bergerac, the Oscar-nominated director of The Queen and The Grifters said he had been delighted to receive the invitation. Named in tribute to his 1985 film My Beautiful Laundrette - which tackled cultural taboos head-on in the Thatcher years - the festival welcomes Frears for a showing of his latest film Chéri, starring Michelle Pfeiffer. He said: "I'm flattered but to hear that My Beautiful Laundrette brought so many more French people to British film is even more flattering. "It was a very beautiful film and it turned everything around. I don't see anything like that being done just now: I don't see that particular quality. You have to have space and - although there are
Markets and brocantes
ter class for aspiring guitarists. Other events include a free young person's day featuring one or more featured artists, story-telling and sports activities. Operatic group, FAVA (FrancoAmerican vocal academy) will also be staging a number of free concerts and recitals throughout July and August. The Celtic festival runs from July 10 - 19. See www.guitaresvertes.fr. The FAVA summer festival runs from July 5 - August 19. Booking for some shows recommended. See www.favaopera.org
will be shown in the open air, with the opening film (free) at the Château de Tiregan to be Catherine Tate's Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution on July 22 at 22.30. No reservation necessary. For more information call 06 13 87 72 11 from the beginning of July or see mybeautifulfestival.jimdo.com
SATURDAY: Beaumont du Périgord, Belvès, Bergerac, La Roche Chalais, le Bugue, Mussidan, Neuvic, Nontron, Périgueux, Sarlat, St Aulaye, St Pierre de Chignac, Thiviers, Tocane St Apre, Villefranche du Périgord SUNDAY: Daglan, Issigeac, Rouffignac St Cernin, St Cyprien, St Geniès, Tourtoirac
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Braying for a good day out Association organises alternative Fête Nationale fun for the community DORDOGNE residents are being encouraged to join in alternative Fête Nationale celebrations at horse racing grounds Pompadour - involving donkeys. Attractions The annual donkey day was first held at the Pompadour racecourse back in 1997 by association Réunir au Pays who were looking to create something slightly different to the usual Bastille Day celebrations on July 14. In contrast to the area’s reputation for firstclass horse racing, the association decided the event should honour the humble donkey. British couple Neil and Susan Spoonley are on the organising committee and helping to spread the word about the event. Neil Spoonley said: "I don't know of any particular reason why they decided to choose donkeys as the basis for the annual event, other than the community in the village of St Sornin Lavolps was looking for something a bit different to the usual Bastille day celebrations. It seems it was actually the first official donkey day ever created in France. We really enjoy being involved on the committee and it is a great way to feel
DONKEY WORK: The event, and inset committee members Neil and Susan Spoonley part of the community, plus the day makes a great day out for all of the family. Last year there was camel racing and this year’s theme is ponies, with all kinds of events.” Some 4-5,000 people come to Pompadour every year to take part in the event, with stalls, displays and events to show off some 100 donkeys present on the day. Mr Spoonley said: "Last year the
weather was brilliant. There was a great atmosphere and donkeys everywhere. Some were so big they had to bray to make you realise they were not horses. In the afternoon there are all kinds of spectacular displays and in the evening there is a funfair near the chateau, before a spectacular firework display takes place.” The Fête Nationale on July 14 commemorates the
1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, which was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern nation. Traditional celebrations include fireworks and the Bal de pompiers - the fireman’s ball (see What’s On, page 14). For more information on the donkey day which runs from 10.00 - 18.00, see www.reunir-au-pays.com
Festival returns as hard work pays off AN Eymet association forced to cancel its music festival due to lack of funds has succeeded in its battle to get it back on the agenda. The Maquiz’Art association established in 2004 was forced to cancel its annual musical festival last summer at the last minute due to financial difficulties. President Laurent Pasquon said: “It turned out we were not going to have the budget for it so we had no other choice. This year we have worked extremely hard to ensure funding and sponsorship, and had long discussions with various bodies including the Conseil Général to convince them of the value of the festival.” The association organised a winter music festival this year which it said was a great success, and encouraged people of all nationalities to get out and mix in the dark winter months. English Committee member Anouk Legge said: “It was a real melting pot.
There were British, Dutch French and so on. “It encourages people to mix but our main remit is to bring world class music to the sticks, to a small village in the Dordogne, and the line up for the summer which will be a much bigger festival is fantastic. There will also be an ethnic market and free music in the streets in addition to the concerts.” The summer event, called Afro-Latines, includes Argentinan singer Barbara Luna and African-Brazilian group Motivação. Mr Pasquon added: “Having an English person on the committee has been very important as there is a strong English population here and through Anouk and her husband we have been able to reach those people more easily. Our English public has been very loyal to the festival and we really hope they will support it again this summer. Our main aim is for lots of people to come and enjoy top
Church services in English Church services are held most Sundays and feast days. Below are some of the Aquitaine chaplaincy’s local venues for services. For more information see the chaplaincy website at www.chapaq.org or contact: Chaplain: The Revd Dr Paul Vrolijk Tel: 05 53 23 40 73 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant Chaplain: The Revd Caroline Gordon-Walker Tel: 05 53 29 36 03 Assistant Curate: The Revd Gillian Strachan Tel: 05 53 58 12 58
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BERTRIC BURÉE Venue: Bertric Burée, 24320, on D708 Lead by: Local Wardens: Janis Adams, Peter Robinson Tel: 05 53 91 32 89 (Janis Adams), 05 53 91 45 15 (Peter Robinson)
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Community notice board Gardening club event in Brantôme
History society holds Inca talk
English booklet tells of battle
THE Interesting Gardening Club will be holding a Question Time event in Brantôme at the Jardins d'au dela on July 9 (details to be arranged). For more information call Katie Armitage on 05 53 91 38 40.
AN Aquitaine Historical Society will be meeting on July 8 for a talk entitled The Rise and Fall of the Inca Civilisation. Meet at 17.00 for a 17.30 start in the Salle des Fêtes in Coutures. For more details call 05 53 90 37 75.
THE British Consul in Bordeaux will launch an English version of booklet The History of the Battle of Castillon on July 18. The launch of the booklet, first produced by the Association Historique de Castillon last
year, takes place at the cultural centre in Castillon-laBataille at 10.30 and coincides with this year's first of five weekend re-enactments of the event which took place on July 17 1453 (see www.batailledecastillon.com). The battle was the last and decisive battle in the Hundred Years War. Booklet costs €5.
LIMEUIL HAUT Venue: Eglise Ste Catherine, 24510, Limeuil Lead by: Local Warden: Liz Marsden Tel: 05 53 22 30 66 SORGES Venue: Eglise de Sorges, 24420, between Thiviers and Périgueux Lead by: Local Warden: Elizabeth Oaten Tel: 05 53 05 42 76
ALSO: A monthly event Bergerac Café Church on the fourth Sunday of every month. Run by English Baptist Minister, Reverend Derek Cook with the Eglise Evangelique Libre de Bergerac, at 5 Rue Durou. 11.45. Call 05 53 57 83 30.
For our regular list of community contacts see page 21
Church keeps British tradition alive and well A TRADITIONAL garden party is being held near Riberac by the Chaplaincy of Aquitaine on July 18 at 14.00. Member of the chaplaincy Sue Gamon said: “Garden parties have been held at Buckingham Palace since the 1860s, when Queen Victoria instituted what were known as 'breakfasts' - though they took place in the afternoon. Through the centuries garden parties have taken place in private gardens and many hosted by the local parish priest who saw it as a relaxing way to mix with his parishioners whilst providing the opportunity to raise funds for the upkeep of the church
TEAM WORK: The Maquiz’Art committee stage the event
building and rectory. We keep the tradition going in this small corner of France by hosting a Garden Party in the church grounds at Bertric Buree, near Riberac. It gives us the opportunity to meet with friends - and to make new ones, and to raise funds.” In addition to raising money for the chaplaincy, the event will also be raising money for Cancer Support France and a World Vision project to help children in Armenia. Ms Gamon added: “There will be plenty of games, stalls, homemade jams and cakes and of course the chance to enjoy a cup of tea. Fore more details see www.chapaq.org
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The impact of Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport on the regional economy in 2008 THIS month we talk to Chantal Caro and Kathy Janiec from the Dordogne Economic Chamber about the results of the study that took place in 2008 and that has just been revealed concerning the economic impact of the passenger flow at Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport. Chantal, what does the "Observatory of the Economic Impact of the Flow of Passengers of the Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport" study cover exactly? This study, carried out throughout the year, gives us an understanding of the consumer habits and gives a precise estimation of the economic weight of the passenger flow in the Dordogne and the other bordering departments. Last year, 1,200 questionnaires collected valuable information and showed the very positive impact of the airport on local economy despite the credit crunch. 78% of the passengers questioned come on a short term basis (holidays, family and friend visits, secondary homes…). The remaining 22% live here on a permanent basis. Their final destinations cover a geographical radius of 124 to 155 miles around the airport, therefore concerning not only the Dordogne, but also the Lot, Lot-et-Garonne, Gironde, and Charente. Of the nearly 300,000 passengers that used Bergerac Dordogne Périgord airport last year, 86% were British, 7% Belgian and another 7% Dutch. You therefore confirm that the economic crisis has not yet affected our department and those bordering? The British are those who have paid the highest price as they have seen their daily budget decrease by 10% (for short stay travellers) and their monthly budget has gone down by 16% (for those here on a permanent basis). However, the continual increase in passenger numbers cancels the decrease in spending capacity. To illustrate this with a few figures, last year, travellers spent over 198 million euros on consumer goods, 60 million euros on real estate and enabled the Dordogne and other bordering departments to make a gain of over 6 million euros in tax return. This is not without consequence for the global regional economy! How do you analyse this?
There are several reasons that explain this phenomenon. First of all, the number of lines in service: 10 to GreatBritain, 1 to Belgium and another to the Netherlands. These have certainly been a major decision factor for those intending to live in this region. They also enable friends and family to visit them easily. There has been an increasing demand for extra lines, hence the opening-up of those to Charleroi and Amsterdam. People tend to come here also for the quality of life offered and the fact that the airport is situated in the countryside and a less stressful environment encourages this. The fact that the Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport has been classified 27th out of approximately 100 nationwide in terms of attendance speaks for itself. Kathy, what is the general passenger profile you found for those living here on a permanent basis? The British are mainly situated in the 50 to over 65 age group (70%), many of whom are coming here to retire or start-up a new professional life. They are followed closely by the Dutch (65%). The Belgians are more homogenous in their age brackets as three categories (35-49 years, 50-64 years and
POSITIVE FINDINGS IN AIRPORT STUDY: Chantal Caro, left, and Kathy Janiec from the Dordogne Economic Chamber over 64 years) represent about a third of the population each. Many of these continue to work: 30% of these are British (of which 1 in 4 works in Great Britain), 28% are Belgian (1 in 10 works in Belgium) and 35% are Dutch (working essentially in the region). Also worth pointing out, there are around 600 British owned businesses in the Dordogne, registered
their average global budget, including wine buying, car rental and restaurant budgets have been reduced by an average of 10%. However, in comparison with the Dutch and Belgians, they are still spending more. The French art de vivre probably has a positive influence on their consumer habits! One sector seems to continue doing well during these troubled times: the "agritourism" activities, i.e. all the touristic services and products developed in tandem with agricultural activities. The British and Belgians represent 80% of the "agritourism" customers. In order to face the increasing demand of quality goods and services, 70% of the profes-
sionals have perfected themselves in English and 1 in 3 have added English translations for their products and services.
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either/or at the Chamber of Trade and Crafts, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Chamber of Agriculture, to which must be added, all freelance workers and "auto-entrepreneurs." Despite the crisis, approximately 50 foreigners register per year at the Chamber of Trade and Crafts, mainly in the building, garden and park maintenance and real-estate fields. Have their consumer habits changed?
Despite the crisis, approximately 50 foreigners register per year at the Chamber of Trade and Crafts, mainly in the building, garden and park maintenance and real-estate fields Kathy Janiec from the Dordogne Economic Chamber
Not that much for those who live here permanently. The same cannot be said for those who come here as tourists. For the British, for example,
La Chambre Economique de la Dordogne (Dordogne Economic Chamber) is an associative structure that covers the three Dordogne Chambers: Commerce and Industry, Trade and Crafts, and Agriculture. It was created in 1992 in order to mutualise resources and means between Chambers and to give concrete economic information on the territory to future and existing entrepreneurs, and local authorities. Many decision making facilitation tools are available for entrepreneurs, such as: Q "La note de conjuncture" ("Economic Situation Note"): company managers are ques-
How do you see the future? The passenger flow via the Bergerac Dordogne Périgord airport has decreased by only 7.8% over the past 12 months. In comparison, Limoges and La Rochelle airports, have lost respectively 17% and 23% passenger flow! This can only encourage the Dordogne department to continue its efforts to develop the airport and its environment.
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Alcoholics Anonymous Périgueux. Call Ewen: 05 53 05 76 62 email@example.com www.aafrancesud-ouest.com
Royal Navy Aquitaine Branch Ken Napier: 05 53 01 72 80 firstname.lastname@example.org
Anglican Church of Aquitaine Services in Betric Burée, Chancelade, Limeuil Haut, Ste Nathalène and Sorges, also in 47, 33. Call chaplain Revd Dr Paul Vrolijk on 05 53 23 40 73 email@example.com Association Cuturelle FrancoAnglaise Aquitaine Offering everything from French lessons to a bridge club, monthly social get togethers. President: Ron Tillyer www.acfaa.org Association Culturelle Internationale du Périgord ACIP aims to promote integration into the local community. Marie Lacheze: 05 53 06 96 96 firstname.lastname@example.org Association Française des Solos Help adults find new lease of life after a divorce, bereavement or separation. Monthly meetings in Bergerac area. Simon Ferrey: 05 57 41 35 67 email@example.com www.asso-des-solos.fr Bibliothèque Anglaise Meyrals English library lending books and DVDs. Open Mon 2 to 4 pm and Wed 10 to 12 am in 24220 Meyrals. Em Boiling: 05 53 30 30 23 firstname.lastname@example.org Perigord Lawn Bowls Club Martyn Hayhow: 05 45 96 82 54 email@example.com www.bowlsinfrance.com Cancer Support Dordogne Est / Lot Jenny Kain: 05 53 59 51 94 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cancersupportfrance.info Cancer Support Riberac (Charente South and Dordogne West) Valerie Wareham: 05 53 90 62 03 email@example.com www.cancersupportfrance.info Cancer Support Sud Dordogne Tony Benstead: 05 53 08 20 53 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cancersupportfrance.info Les Chemins de la Guyenne Small friendly walking group near Eymet, walks on Wed and Sat. Averil de la Rue: 05 53 94 38 28
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Variations Musical association for all tastes and styles, all nationalities welcome Villetoreix, nr Riberac. Teresa Rekowska: 05 45 67 24 05 firstname.lastname@example.org
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ST MESMIN This charming house is set in a 0.5 acre woodland garden and comes with a 30m2 barn 28m2 convertible attic and a lovely view.
Buisson-de-Cadouin 4 bedroom farmhouse with stone barn and two tabacco barns on 3185m2. 5km from shops.
Dordogne, Near Duras Description : An old stone house set in 1500m2 of mature gardens, with exceptional views over “Golf de Vigiers”. The property has many original features including stone walls, stone fireplace. REF: 05021
Dordogne, THENON This original wooden house is set in a 0.6 acre enclosed woodland and comes with a 6.8 acres land gite 30m2 outbuilding and a lovely view.
Dordogne, EYMET Old stone house, just renovated by the owner Bedrooms: 2 Habitable Space: 115 m2 Land Size: 531 m2. Moreover, you will discover a very good wine cellar with workshop space. REF: 70653
Lalinde This is a unique property set in a beautiful location overlooking the river Dordogne, properties of this nature rarely come onto the market.Stone built with a magnificent slate roof. REF: IFPC16716
Ribérac, CUMOND Stone and tiled property, situated in a hamlet, in a peaceful setting, with a garden area of 300 sqm. Electric/wood fire heating.
Bugue, Perigord Noir Charming renovated 2 bedrooms stone house located at the edge of a lovely village in the heart of the Périgord Noir. Property comprises: a stone house (110 m ) on 3 levels. REF: SA 663
Dordogne, Near Brantome A quite charming 2 bedroomed formal village house with large reception rooms and great potential to extend into the attic and attached barns. Within compact grounds of about 900m2. REF: 126991
Ribérac, Hamlet On the edge of a small hamlet with stunning views, old house in good order, gas central heating, new septic tank, 2 bedrooms and possibility to divide the bigger one (21,4m ), lovely terrace. REF: V0308
TOCANE-SAINT-APRE Stone farmhouse with 4 bedrooms, kitchen/dining room, lounge, shower room, large barn, various outbuildings and land of 44566m2.
Montpon-Ménestérol, Menesplet Low house, built in thermopierre, with aerothermal floor heating, a solar cumulus, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, cellar, garage of 20 m . REF: 11-05-2009-montpon2
Dordogne, Near Montpon Fabulous old buildings just waiting for someone with creativity and a vision for what could be transformed into a beautiful home.
Thiviers, ANLHIAC Stone and slate property(119 sqm), lies in the countryside with a garden area of 5.9 acres(24 000 sqm) which includes a lake of 4.2 acres(17 000 sqm). Electric heating. REF: AQT78
Dordogne, SAINT-AULAYE St Aulaye, Dordogne. House constructed in 1981. Immaculate and spacious providing comfortable accommodation.4 good bedrooms, large bathroom.
Dordogne, Baneuil This house is set in 0.6 acre garden and comes with a 28m2 garage, a 15m2 wine cellar, a 18m2 convertible workshop, a 13m2 outbuilding (boiler room) and a private driveway. REF: 16852
Brantôme, Dordogne There is 3000m of land which is mainly made up of mature terraces, orchard and vegetable garden. There is a gite and the remains of a traditional barn and a small workshop. REF: IFPC17732
Dordogne, Perigord A three bedroom town house with all services connected, lovely garden and plenty of additional scope. A well situated town house which has been tastefully decorated by its current owners. REF: 126794
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Wartime relics relish peaceful role AS IN the Loire, the châteaux of the Dordogne are a must-see option – but, with allegedly 1,001 to choose from, which ones are the ones you really shouldn’t miss? The most-visited is Castelnaud, which was the HQ of the English during the Hundred Years War. It contains the ultimate in boys’ toys: full working versions of siege machines. These are part of one of the most important museums dedicated to the Middle Ages in France, including a recent acquisition: the armour said to have been worn by the father of Henry IV, Antoine de Bourbon. In summer a blacksmith gives demonstrations and some of the weapons are put to use. Across the river is the Château of Marqueyssac – a reminder of the days when English and French faced each other across the Dordogne. Nowadays, it is renowned for its six kilometres of walkways lined with 150,000 box plants in the most wonderful shapes. Planned in the 17th century and planted with Italian-style walkways in the 19th century, it has now been restored, and a new Box Alley has just opened. Weather permitting, the castle is open on Thursday nights for a special fairytale candlelit event in the park. The Castle of Losse has been furnished with a stunning collection of antique furniture, tapestries and chests – so magnificent it needs a specialist guide for visitors. The castle is virtually unaltered since it was built in the 16th century and has
MUST SEE: Castelnaud has its siege engines but the charms of Commarque were hidden for centuries been furnished in period style and was named as a historic monument in 1928. It has one star in the Michelin Green Guide of the Périgord. The Castle of Beynac is just up the river from Castelnaud and was the French HQ in the Hundred Years War. It is well known to film-goers after appearing in the 1999 Luc Besson film Joan of Arc with Milla Jovovich and although it was built in the 12th century it is the best preserved of the Dordogne châteaux. It houses a magnificent collection of tapestries as well as beautifully painted ceilings. The Château of Commarque had
been overgrown since the start of the 17th century and was only dug out from the undergrowth 10 years ago. It is surrounded by the remains of its medieval village and is unique in France as it has been untouched since the start of the Hundred Years War. Archaeologists are still studying the site with finds going on display. Built around 1270, the Castle of Puymartin was destroyed during the Hundred Years War. It was restored in 1450, with restoration continuing up to the 19th century under the Marquis de Carbonnier de Marzac. He is an ancestor of the present
owners who have held it for more than 500 years. As a result it contains a large number of family heirlooms. American vaudeville star Josephine Baker made the Castle of Les Milandes famous after she bought it in 1947. She planned a global village of adopted children there but had enormous financial problems and left the castle just before she died. The château was built in 1489 by the owners of Castelnaud, depressed by its austerity. It was confiscated during the French revolution, bought in 1870 and restored and enlarged to take the appearance it has today.
OPEN AND SHUT CASTELNAUD The château is open every day of the year COMMARQUE From April 1 to October 30 the château is open every day LOSSE Opens every day between the beginning of May and the end of September MARQUEYSSAC The château is open every day. It is closed on Thursdays in summer to set up for the event on Thursday nights – weather permitting – when the park is lit with candles BEYNAC Château opens every day PUYMARTIN Opens from April to November in mornings and afternoons, but in August does not close at midday
MILANDES The château is open from April to the end of October
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