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CONTENTS Welcome to the Summer edition Welcome to my second edition, I sincerely hope you enjoyed my debut copy Spring 2019. I have tried to include a broader selection of articles, reflecting topical issues such as climate change and mental health awareness. In addition, some quirky Did you know’s? and a follow up from the article on Georges Bégué commemorating the 75th D-Day landings. Make the most of the long summer days picnicking in the vineyards with marinade recipes from Tasting the Lot combined with a delicious Strawberry cake recipe courtesy of Le Caillau, or pick up a pie from Maxine, British Bakery. Gardening tips from the Lauzerte garden club as well as the Open Garden scheme and a chance to join the membership. I’m pleased to welcome back Antic Disposition with Macbeth, their 15th year performing Shakespeare in magnificent open air locations across the region. Look out for the competition to win tickets. And finally, Festival season is here! Look out on our Facebook page to win tickets to the Cahors Blues Festival and Guitar Festival in Puy l’Évêque all in July.

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Atelier Charmant

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Who’d be a teenager?

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Antic Disposition- Macbeth

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Jardins des Gorges de l’Aveyron Did you know ?

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Victoria Sponge Cake with Strawberry swiss meringue buttercream

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Grèves étudiantes pour le climat

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Quercy Cat Chat on territory Sunflowers

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Stefaan Eyckmans Open Studio

J’ai le plaisir de vous présenter ma deuxieme edition. J’espère sincèrement que vous avez apprécié la première parution. J’ai essayé d’inclure une sélection d’articles plus diversifiés, traitant de sujets d’actualité tels que le changement climatique et la psychologie. De plus, des anecdotes et la suite de l’article sur Georges Bégué commémorant le 75ème anniversaire du débarquement en Normandie. Profitez des longues journées d’été pour pique-niquer avec des recettes de marinade de Tasting the Lot avec une délicieuse recette de gâteau aux fraises faite par Le Caillau, ou achetez une tarte réalisée par Maxine, British Bakery. Des conseils de jardinage du club de jardinage de Lauzerte et le programme Open Garden. Je suis heureuse de vous annoncer le retour de Antic Disposition avec Macbeth, leur 15ème édition, interprétant des pièces de Shakespeare dans de magnifiques lieux en plein air de la région. Participez au concours pour gagner des billets. Et enfin, la saison des festivals est arrivée ! Suivez notre page Facebook pour gagner des billets pour le Cahors Blues Festival et le Festival des Guitares à Puy l’Évêque. www.localmagazinesfrance.com Email: localsfrance@gmail.com

Sing a Song of Sixpence

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Club de Jardinage Lauzerte

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Cricket in South West France

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Scything

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The South West France’s River Invaders

Bergerac Wine tours SOE Commemoration

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Le 900e Anniversaire de la Cathédrale de Cahors p.70 Les journées du Père Quepas

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Montflanquin

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Open Gardens/ Jardins Ouverts

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Marinades and delicious salads

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Incentives for a new business

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Sing a Song of Sixpence by Mike Alexander In old French, the word entremets was used to describe a plate served between courses. It was a dish that had its heyday in the sixteenth century when royalty, and associated hangers on, were desperate to impress one another and alleviate some of the boredom that blighted their labour free days. At one stage, the entremets became more and more elaborate, sometimes depicting castles and other well known buildings, and chefs were often given a free hand at creating amusing and awe inspiring dishes.

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ne of the more innovative servings was a pie that was sealed on top and contained live blackbirds. When placed before guests and cut open, the birds spilled out leaving the courtiers astonished at their host’s inventiveness and ingenuity. It is believed that this laid the foundation for the well known nursery rhyme Sing a Song of Sixpence. Of course the excitement could not end with mere blackbirds and there are records of rabbits, frogs and other unfortunate creatures being trapped in pies until released in front of their wealthy audiences. King Charles and Queen Henrietta Maria probably managed to outdo other contenders when they cut open a pie to reveal a renowned dwarf by the name of Jeffrey Hudson. It became a difficult act to outdo, and after that the entremets was reduced to a more uninteresting layered cake. For Jeffrey, his role as a pie filling was just the precursor to an intriguing life. He became a court entertainer, then a soldier and was twice captured by pirates. At one stage he killed a full sized man in a duel. He died in 1680 and was buried in a pauper cemetery. Blackbirds (Terdus merula) are one of the more common and widespread of the European garden birds. The French call them merles, and if you ask around amongst some of the more elderly locals, you are almost bound to find one who has eaten them at some stage or other. In fact the French even have a saying “faute de grives, on mange des merles.” Loosely translated, this means if we cannot eat starling then we will eat blackbird. It is used in the same way as we would use “half a loaf is better than no bread.” Older country folk assure me that starlings had more flavour than blackbirds. If you think that eating blackbirds is a thing of the past, then you need to think again. My father in law was recently at a barbeque where blackbirds were one of the delicacies on offer and they remain a popular dish in some parts of Sicily and Corsica.

I imagine that with so little meat on one of these birds, it can hardly be worth the effort of trapping or shooting them, which is a relief for those of us who are bird lovers. They are one of the few birds who have benefited from man’s large scale urbanisation of the countryside, and they can be found in gardens and parks across France. It is estimated, that today, there are over forty million breeding pairs across Europe and they are ten times more common in built up areas than in rural ones. The male is jet black with a bright orange beak and an orange ring around the eye. The orange beak becomes more pronounced during the breeding season. The female is a dull brown colour. Both birds have a wide singing repertoire and they are fond of stealing lines from other bird’s songs and incorporating them into their own, plagiarism rules being very poorly enforced in the bird community. If you have any living in your garden you should be grateful as they are experts at finding and eating snails and slugs that can be such a nuisance.

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Who’d be a teenager?

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’ve just got off the phone with a friend who is looking for advice about how to help her 17 year old grandson. He has been visiting from the UK and she and her husband are concerned that he may be depressed. He showed no interest in the people and activities he used to enjoy on his previous visits and spent most of the day in bed on his tablet. They are right to be worried. The alarming statistics that have come to light thanks to the younger royals taking a personal interest in mental health issues show that 1 in 5 adolescents suffer from some form of mental illness. That’s 20 percent. The challenge for those of us who may have a teenager in our lives who is developing a mental health problem is that many of the symptoms of mental disorders are not so different from ‘normal’ adolescent thinking and behaviour. It is not at all unusual for teenagers to be sullen, withdrawn, to experiment with drugs and alcohol, to be obsessed with their appearance, even to think about suicide and the meaning of life. Adolescence is a time of huge emotional and physical changes and this can explain why a teenager is often impulsive or secretive or just in a bad mood. The teenage brain is still a work in progress. The prefrontal cortex - the part of the brain that governs reasoning and self-control - is still developing. In fact the brain does not arrive at its fully adult form until we reach our mid-20s. Adolescence is a time of rebellion and is often a bumpy ride for all concerned. Teenagers can experience feeling under pressure from all sides: the media tells them they should look a certain way, parents want them to get good grades, activities such as sport or playing a musical instrument often lose their ability to de-stress and become part of the pressure to perform well. It is easy to understand the need to escape. As the teen brain is still growing young people can struggle with controlling their impulses and are likely to make poor choice re risky behaviours and sex. 21st century teens are spending excessive amounts of time on their computers or smartphones and this inevitably limits the time they spend having face-toface relationships or getting exercise. Pressures from social media make it almost impossible for them not to compare their lives unfavourably to the lives of others. The teenage brain is particularly susceptible to conspiracy theories and these abound on the internet. There are even websites that offer help at how to be

bulimic or to self-harm without alerting the parents. On top of all that young people today often struggle when coping with failure or negative feedback because their parents have praised them indiscriminately and have unhelpfully shielded them from the reality of life’s up and downs. So how do we tell if a teenager really needs help or is just being a normal teenager? There are no hard and fast ways to assess this but I usually recommend that worried parents or grandparents try to take a wider view. It’s a good idea to check with the school to see if the young person is having difficulties teachers and, especially, with their peer group. Often kids behave one way around their nearest and dearest and are completely different with their friends. Don’t be afraid to ask teenagers about their feelings and general outlook on life. Do this often. And listen without giving advice. Let them know that it is fine to feel down and confused or unconfident. If you’re still worried then have a word with the school or the GP. They are the experts and can often provide counselling or medication. For our part patience and love and time are often the best medicine. Anne Kearns is a retired psychotherapist and author who enjoys helping people to unblock their creativity. She is based in Le Vigan and can be contacted at ap.kearns@gmail.com.

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MACBETH comes to Quercy

‘By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes…’ It’s been fifteen years since award-winning theatre company Antic Disposition brought their first show to Périgord and Quercy. This year, they return with a spine-chilling, brand new production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Bonaguil, which will no doubt make extraordinary settings for this heady brew of greed, murder and dark magic. Tickets for Macbeth are already selling at a record pace, so please do book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets are free for children sixteen and under, making the show a perfect night of entertainment for the whole family. We hope you’ll join us for an unforgettable evening of theatre under the stars. COMPETITION TIME!

Antic Disposition’s annual Shakespeare productions are firmly established as one of the most popular cultural events in the summer calendar. Macbeth follows the company’s recent productions of The Comedy of Errors in 2016, Richard III in 2017, and last year’s riotous, Jacques Tati-inspired Much Ado About Nothing. First performed around 1606, Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s best-known and most popular plays. The story is familiar: Inspired by the supernatural promises of three witches, a powerful nobleman and his ambitious wife carve a bloody path to the throne of Scotland. But as the true horror of their crimes begins to be revealed, both the realm and its rulers are plunged into madness. The production will be performed in English in twelve stunning open-air locations around the region: the picturesque town squares of Lauzerte, Monflanquin, Beauville and Monpazier; beside the stone ruins of the castle in Eymet; under the ancient wooden halle in Belvès; against the backdrop of spectacular vistas high above the Dordogne in Domme and Château de Beynac; and in the intimate surroundings of Puy l’Evêque’s open-air theatre and the grounds of the historic Château de la Jaubertie. We are also delighted to be visiting for the first time the two incredibly atmospheric châteaux of Montastruc and

Win one of 4 pairs of front-row tickets to any Antic Disposition performance of Macbeth during their tour of Périgord & Quercy this summer. Send your answer to this email address thequercylocal@gmail.com Q. What is the last vision that the witches show Macbeth? A Macduff’s head B A procession of Eight Kings C A stain on his hand D A procession of bloody corpses Answers by the noon on the July 10th and 4 winners will be drawn randomly from the correct entries.

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LOCAL, SOCIAL AND ORGANIC VEGBOX SCHEME The Jardins des Gorges de l’Aveyron is an organic vegetable garden where we produce veg boxes each week whilst helping people who are out of work to define their future professional project. We are members of the Réseau Cocagne network of gardens. On our 2.5 hectare site we produce organic field and tunnel vegetables all year round and supply 230 boxes each week. We deliver locally to pick up points in Saint Antonin, Caylus, Montricoux, Nègrepelisse and Septfonds, then on to Montauban, Albi, Gaillac and Toulouse. Members may also fetch their box each week at the gardens themselves. We deliver large and small boxes (9e50 and 12e50 respectively) containing fresh organic vegetables produced in our gardens on a weekly basis. Deliveries may be cancelled by email 2 days before the planned delivery. We also produce organic eggs (2e50 for 6). Annual membership to our association is 28e. Membership also provides access to our local organic meat delivery scheme. 2019 is our 20th birthday and on the 21st of September we will be organizing a festive open-day to celebrate. Interested parties are most welcome! Jardins des Gorges de l’Aveyron, Mexos, 82140 Féneyrols 05 63 30 94 37 cocagne82@gmail.com

British Bakery 20 years making food professionally including a cafe in Brighton and the Lot et Garonne has brought us to SW France selling handmade cakes, Awesome Brownies and sweet and savoury pastries. Making celebration cakes, wedding cakes and for any occasion is my passion however savoury pastry seems to be where we are currently lead. I was living in France near Miramont de Guyenne for years and returned back to the UK. Living in Cornwall. I concentrated on making bold decorative cakes and cupcakes even to prestigious events such as Eden Projects Housing Charity attended by HRH Prince Charles. Life changes forced a move to Sussex and making savoury pies and Chocolate Brownies. However my heart was in France and after a few hiccups moved back and now we are now trading at St Cyprien Dordogne 24220 market every Sunday, and Saturday mornings at Montaigu de Quercy 82150 market, selling Awesome Chocolate Brownies (incredibly to many traders for breakfast), and Savoury Pies. We also sell Scotch eggs, Sausage rolls and Pork pies. The most popular especially with the French customers is Butternut/Potimarron, Chevre spinach and red onion, one of the three vegetarian pies! Keeping to classic British recipes with a twist, our homemade own recipe buttery pastry and hot water crust for pork pies is welcomed around so much ready made pastry today. Everything is made from scratch. Our Steak and Guinness with rich gravy, steak and kidney or chicken pies with rich creamy white wine and paisley sauce sells out most Sundays. Apart from orders that we can deliver at set meeting points for those who cannot make the markets, this summer will see us rolling out our Pie and Mash events comprising of a pie of choice, bubble and squeak, gravy and a side at night markets or to parties by arrangement. Maybe a bit too British for some in France but with Thai curry, Moroccan, Asian cuisines all vying for trade why not serve some fresh British fare. The French customers too are regular customers, so that is a great recommendation.

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Victoria Sponge Cake Serves 10

with strawberry Swiss meringue buttercream

Method

Ingredients For the sponge: • 225g butter at room temperature • 225g caster sugar • 225g self raising flour • 4 large eggs • 1 tsp baking powder For the filling: • Strawberry jam For the strawberry Swiss meringue buttercream: • 200g fresh strawberries • 2 tbsp caster sugar • 1 tbsp lemon juice • 2 egg whites • 150g caster sugar • 200g very soft butter To decorate: • Fresh strawberries halved You will need: • 2 x 20cm sandwich tins buttered and lined with greaseproof paper

For the cake: Preheat the oven to 180oC (160oC fan) /340oF. Add all the cake ingredients into a free standing mixer or large bowl and beat together until smooth, without over beating. Divide the mixture carefully into the prepared sandwich tins and smooth over. Bake for 25 minutes until cooked through, checking after 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack when cool enough to handle.

To make the orange buttercream: Place the fresh strawberries, 2 tbsp of caster sugar and lemon juice into a pan with two tablespoons of cold water. Gently heat the strawberries until they break down into a soft puree. Take off the heat and press the strawberries through a sieve to take out any lumps. Cover and keep to use in the buttercream. For the Swiss meringue, place the egg whites and caster sugar in the bowl of a mixer, then place over a pan of boiling water to carefully dissolve the sugar. Stir occasionally with a hand whisk until you can feel no more of the sugar grains when rubbed between your fingers. Take off the heat and place in the stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Whisk on medium-high speed until the eggs are glossy and have cooled to room temperature. Slow down the mixer and start adding the soft butter bit by bit, waiting until each chunk is well incorporated before adding the next. The mixture can split, but keep whisking and it will reform into a glossy, light buttercream. Next add in the cooled strawberry puree and briefly whisk until you have a delicious strawberry, pink, fluffy icing.

Put together the cake: Place the bottom layer of the sponge on a cake stand. Spread on some strawberry jam, and just under half of the strawberry buttercream. Place on the top layer and spread the rest of the buttercream on top and round the sides.

To decorate: Place the halved strawberries on top of the cake, adding in any strawberry flowers or other leaves that are available to decorate. To make a taller cake to serve 15 people (as shown in the photo), make one extra layer of sponge cake by increasing all the ingredients by a half.

Le Caillau: Nestled in the heart of the Cahors vineyards you’ll find Le Caillau, a family run Restaurant, Café and Pottery Painting Atelier. In 2011, Caroline and Chas Sharp opened the doors of Le Caillau, a renovated 300 year old winery. Our aim is simple - to produce great quality, simple and tasty food. In our restaurant kitchen our small team creates dishes based on vegetables from our own kitchen garden and local seasonal produce, (with some more exotic ingredients thrown in for variety and a different flavour from traditional Quercy cuisine). Our Café and Pottery Painting Atelier is perfect for an afternoon getaway, whether you’re after a coffee and slice of homemade cake (lemon drizzle and coffee and walnut are some of our customers’ favourites), or you’re feeling artistic and decide to get creative by painting some pottery. Restaurant opening hours: Monday: 12pm - 2pm, Tuesday: Closed (open 12pm - 2pm in July and August), Wednesday: 12pm - 2pm and 7pm - 11pm, Thursday: 12pm - 2pm and 7pm - 11pm, Friday: 12pm - 2pm and 7pm - 11pm, Saturday: 12pm - 2pm and 7pm - 11pm, Sunday: 12pm - 2pm

Café and Pottery Painting Atelier opening hours in July & August: (by appointment only outside of the summer months) Monday: 12pm - 2pm, Tuesday: Closed (open 12pm - 2pm in July and August), Wednesday: 12pm - 2pm and 7pm - 11pm Thursday: 12pm - 2pm and 7pm - 11pm, Friday: 12pm - 2pm and 7pm - 11pm, Saturday: 12pm - 2pm and 7pm - 11pm, Sunday: 12pm - 2pm Le Caillau, 46700 Vire sur Lot. Telephone: 05 65 23 78 04 www.lecaillau.com lecaillau twitter.com/lecaillau lecaillau Published March, June, September and December each year. The Quercy & Périgord Local • June - August 2019 Summer


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Grèves étudiantes pour le climat : Vous en avez sûrement entendu parler, ces derniers temps les jeunes du monde entier sortent dans la rue pour exprimer leurs inquiétudes vis-à-vis du réchauffement climatique. Mais qu’est-ce vraiment que ce changement climatique ? Pourquoi cette soudaine prise de conscience écologique ?

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l faut d’abord savoir que le réchauffement climatique est un phénomène global, c’est-à-dire qu’il se mesure à l’échelle de la planète et non d’un pays. Il est ainsi normal d’avoir des hivers plus froids et des étés plus chauds selon les endroits du globe, puisque c’est la moyenne des températures au niveau planétaire qui augmente. Aussi est-il préférable de parler de dérèglement climatique, puisque tous les points du globe ne subissent pas les mêmes conséquences qu’engendre ce réchauffement global. On peut ainsi constater que la montée du niveau des océans (par la fonte des glaciers et par la dilatation de l’eau de mer sous la chaleur) s’effectue principalement dans l’océan Pacifique (Asie du sud-est), principal foyer de la population mondiale. Des migrations climatiques sont donc à prévoir. Ce réchauffement est-il d’origine anthropique ? Oui, incontestablement. S’il est vrai que la terre est soumise à des ères de glaciation et de réchauffement successives, elles n’ont jamais engendré de changements aussi radicaux par le passé et se sont toutes étalées sur plusieurs millions d’années. Ainsi,

si la période interglaciaire dans laquelle nous sommes (l’Holocène) réchauffe la terre, c’est bien l’activité humaine qui engendre une telle modification des températures. Or c’est là le problème, puisque le réchauffement naturel de la terre laisse normalement le temps aux espèces de s’adapter à ce changement, ce qui n’est pas le cas aujourd’hui. Les extinctions d’espèces sont aujourd’hui 100 à 1000 fois supérieures au taux moyen naturel constaté dans l’histoire récente de l’évolution de la biodiversité. La “soudaine” prise de conscience écologique des jeunes générations n’en est donc pas une, il s’agit avant tout de préserver l’humanité des risques qu’elle produit elle-même. Si consommer des produits locaux est déjà un premier pas vers une réduction des gaz à effet de serre produits par les transports, la revendication principale de ces manifestations consiste à forcer grands groupes industriels (100 sont ainsi responsables de 70% des émissions mondiales de gaz à effet de serre) et les politiques qui fixent les règles de leur fonctionnement, d’enfin s’engager pleinement, pour que consommateurs et industriels réagissent enfin de concert contre le dérèglement climatique. L.M.

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Anglican Chaplaincy of Midi-Pyrénées & Aude Update from the Cahors Congregation

For detailed information visit our website: www.churchinmidipa.org All services are held at 10.00am – Centre Paroissial, 75 av J Lurçat, Terre Rouge, 46000 Cahors Religiously we’re in Ordinary Time – the period between the Great 50 days of Easter and All Saints, so I hope you will be interested in the Chaplaincy of Midi Pyrenees and Aude.

and Marriage and at the end of life with a Service of Thanksgiving or a Funeral.

Our ministry covers an area from the Aveyron to the Aude and from the Lot into Tarn and Garonne, including the Tarn, Haute Garonne and Ariège. We are an Anglican Chaplaincy and part of the Church of England Diocese in Europe. There has been an Anglican presence in this part of France since the early 1960’s. In the last five decades this has developed into the present day Chaplaincy with seven worship centres and a ministry team led by the Chaplain, Reverend Daniel Langdon- Griffiths

We also have to fundraise to pay for our Chaplain – we are financially self-sufficient – no grants from the UK or anything like that! We do this by covenanting (virements in France, which have generous tax benefits) and fundraising events. We also give monies to nominated charities which each worship centre chooses every 3 years. This year the Cahors Church selected two charities to support for the next 3 years. The charities chosen were Aide et Espoir in Lauzerte – this local charity helps refugees in camps on the Greek islands, in Syria they send containers of donation sand in Iraq they work to get visas for Yazidi people. The second charity is Sisabelo Saka which means “my refuge or fortress” from the Lozi translation of Psalm 46. This is a school for the blind in Lusaka, Zambia. The vision is to provide an education for young children who are not accepted by the state system. Mulambwa Gondwe is a Zambian teacher who feels called to devote her life to offering them an opportunity which otherwise they wouldn’t have.

We are a scattered community and people drive long distances to attend church on a Sunday morning. Our worship styles reflect the diversity of those who come, as not all are Anglicans by any means. Holy Communion is celebrated regularly throughout the Chaplaincy using Common Worship but often with a variety of hymns and music reflecting our different church backgrounds. We also celebrate life in all its wonder and fullness through Baptism

“For it is in giving that we receive ...” Saint Francis of Assisi

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A free evening of rock and roll music from the 1950s and 60s is on offer at this year’s fête de village in Touffailles Thursday July 18 - Sunday July 21 The fête offers a full programme – traditional activities mixed with new attractions. The marquee will be playing host to the rock and roll group Sweet Fifties from Toulouse on the Saturday evening, July 20 (for more, see https://sweetfifties.wixsite.com/ sweet-fifties). The group will create a classic 1950s and 60s ambiance and there will be plenty of seating and a large dance floor to rock the evening away. Available from the barbecue will be hamburgers, hot dogs and fries to complete that American feel and the buvette will be open as usual (returning this year will be Ratz artisan beer as well as all the usual offerings). The evening of music will be preceded by an afternoon of family games at the marquee from around 3pm to 8pm. Organised by the ludothèque Jeux & Compagnie from Montcuq, this activity is free and open to all (English and French spoken). On offer will be a range of traditional and modern family board games, traditional wooden games and more,

with all age ranges catered for (including adults!). Experts will be on hand from Jeux & Compagnie to recommend games, explain rules and even play alongside you. Once again this year, the Sunday will see the traditional evening meal (menu to be confirmed – look out for the posters nearer the time). We will have the apéritif, followed by the meal and a free fireworks display. Other highlights this year include the Sunday morning fishing competition for children aged 16 and under at the lake in Touffailles (from 9:30am & competitors must have their own equipment), followed at 12pm by a free apéritif at the marquee for Touffailles residents. There will also be a traditional belote competition on Thursday evening and an evening pétanque tournament (doubles, strictly amical!) on the Friday from 8:30pm. For more information on any of the activities or to reserve for the Sunday evening meal, call 06 50 95 03 11 (English and French spoken). Président, Comité des Fêtes de Touffailles

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t is one of the images most synonymous with the South West of France – le tournesol. The flower, blooming as it does in June and July (depending how far south you are), marks the height of the summer months when the region is alive with activities, fêtes and tourism. Many of us may also look upon the sunflower as heralding the end of summer, as the bright yellow blooms dry and turn black in the fields awaiting harvest. Helianthus annuus (from Helios, the Greek for sun) are generally sown in the month of April or May after the risk of frost has passed. They grow quickly, with the shoots visible after just a few days. They are harvested in late August and September once they have fully dried and the heads have bowed. During harvest, the heads are removed and dried further. To make sunflower oil, the shelled seeds are crushed. Each kernel contains around 45 per cent oil. The crop is popular here because it requires space and it is ideal for rotation with cereals (sunflowers have deeper root systems and use a different part of the fertilisation). The flowers themselves can grow as tall as 12 feet. However, the sunflowers you will likely see here will be dwarf or hybrid varieties with short stems and larger heads – for obvious reasons. Each head consists of as many as 2,000 individual seeds and there now exists varieties specifically for oil production, such as those with higher percentages of oleic acid and larger seeds. The flower originates from the Native Americans, who used to make flour from the kernels. Sunflowers were first brought to Europe in the 16th century, and many of the main sunflower-producing nations can now be found here. France began significant sunflower production in the late 1970s. In 2017, France produced 1.62 million tonnes of sunflower seed (ninth in the world) while in 2014 it produced 633,000 tonnes of sunflower oil (fifth in the world), according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation. This compares to a worldwide production of 50 million tonnes (seed, 2017) and 16 million tonnes (oil, 2014). The top three producers are Ukraine, Russia and Argentina. Other major producers include Bulgaria, Romania, Spain, Turkey and China. Occitanie and Nouvelle-Aquitaine are by far the heaviest

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TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR FINANCES IN AN UNCERTAIN WORLD By George Shepherd, Blevins Franks

They say the only certainties in life are death and taxes; at times like these, this has never seemed more true! As the UK enters unchartered waters with Brexit, there is much we do not know about what the future will bring. However, there are some things you can be sure of and that you can control to your benefit, whatever happens around us.

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It is not just Brexit that can disrupt investment and currency markets today. At any given time, external influences and events can unexpectedly shift the direction of markets. Diversification is the key to minimising risk. A portfolio made up of a mixture of asset types – including cash, equities and bonds – from different countries, regions and market sectors is best placed to ride out turbulence. This approach reduces exposure to under-performance in any single area and enables the opportunity to produce positive returns over time. Conversely, if you mainly hold UK assets, your returns will be more vulnerable to the fortunes of sterling and the British economy during these uncertain times. Of course, you need to make sure your investments offer the right balance of risk and return for your peace of mind. An experienced financial professional can use the appropriate tools to create a clear and objective risk profile for you.

Taxation of pensions A similar threat hangs over UK pensions. Today, UK pensions can potentially be accessed by Britons abroad without paying any UK tax (under the double tax agreements). Brexit will not change this, but the government may take steps to recoup more taxes from expatriate pensions. The 25% ‘overseas transfer charge’ introduced in 2017 may indicate things to come. Currently, EU residents are only affected if transferring UK pension funds to Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes (QROPS) outside the EU/EEA, but the scope may increase after Brexit. Once you no longer live in Britain, you may find fewer advantages to keeping UK pensions where they are, but it is essential to take regulated, personalised pensions advice to establish the most suitable approach for your personal circumstances and goals. If you are considering transferring,

Estate planning While we cannot avoid death, with good estate planning we can control who receives our legacy and when. Even after Brexit, you can override local ‘forced heirship rules’ by applying the law of your nationality to your estate instead through the EU regulation, ‘Brussels IV’. While this would ensure your legacy is distributed according to your written wishes, beware this can have tax implications. If you are seen as UK-domiciled – as many expatriates are – your estate is liable to UK inheritance tax as well as local succession taxes in your country of residence (where applicable) and wherever you own assets. It is possible to restructure your wealth to reduce tax liabilities at the same time as ensuring your chosen heirs receive your gift at the right time, so explore your options. With careful tax, pensions, investments and estate planning, you can steer your financial future in the right direction. Cross-border financial planning is complex and needs to be designed around your specific circumstances and wishes, so take specialist advice for the best results. Tax rates, scope and reliefs may change. Any statements concerning taxation are based upon our understanding of current taxation laws and practices which are subject to change. Tax information has been summarised; an individual is advised to seek personalised advice.

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Club programme for the remainder of 2019: Jun 11: Jul ** Aug Sep 10: Sep ** Oct 08: Oct ** Nov 12: Nov 17: Nov ** Dec 10:

Summer BBQ Visit to a Bamboo Garden & Water Garden with Picnic No club activities planned for this busy summer month “Ikebana Flower Arranging” by Bernadette Taupin Visit to Jardins de Martel + nursery “Preparing for Winter” Propagation workshop + Plant Swap “The Christopher Columbus Legacy” by Mal Casson Journée de l’Arbre, Lauzerte Making a Small Bug Hotel workshop Club Christmas Lunch

** Dates to be confirmed

Our two events in March, both presented by club members, were informative and a lot of fun. Members’ participation was the name of the game! Firstly, Yvonne Innes, an award-winning garden designer, led us through the intricacies of planting design. The aim is simply for everyone to feel good when they walk into their garden – and it’s all about planning. The following considerations will help you to achieve this: Providing conditions necessary for plant health such as light, moisture, minerals and nutrients. Thinking about what you are asking the particular planting to do: soften a building, framing a view, attracting wildlife, provide shade, etc. Understanding what might stop you from getting what you want – exposure, animals, existing structures, budget and aspect. Understanding Design Principles such as: Simplicity, harmony + contrast, scale + proportion, balance of height + mass, focal points, repetition, unity within the garden and with the landscape beyond. Thinking about what overall style you want: Informal, Formal, Urban, English Country, Mediterranean, Prairie, Wild, Low Maintenance etc Considerations of the best plants for the purpose – rockery, annual, biennial, herbaceous, climbers, trees, shrubs, bulbs etc. Getting started – primary and secondary planting. Planting combinations – choosing plants that compliment each other and enjoy the same conditions.

The above lists are by no means exhaustive. When considering plant combinations, for example, it’s important to balance evergreens and deciduous, and to give consideration to the colour, height, form and texture of chosen plants. A garden in winter does not need to look bare. And, finally, don’t forget to bring your house into the equation – colour and form of plants in relation to the house are so important. The photo below shows a simple design that achieves a balance between different shapes and colours. Our friendly bi-lingual gardening club holds meetings throughout the year: in the winter months at 2pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the Salle des Fetes, Lauzerte. In the summer, you’ll also find us out and about visiting the glorious gardens, nurseries (and restaurants) that surround us. If you feel you’d like to do the same, why don’t you pop along to one of our meetings? There is no obligation to become a member on your first visit, but you will receive a warm welcome and a cup of tea! Just contact our club secretary, Pam Westcott, who will be delighted to hear from you.

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Bernard’ BOUYSSOU’s estate which use to belong to his grand father, became a stop over for sailors who cross the Lot as he had the great idea to built a private boat landing.

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Cricket in South West France

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id you know that according to historical archives the French invented cricket and, in the words of Michael Caine, ‘...not a lotta people know that...’ The French National Archives state that ‘criquet’ was already being played in the North of France by 1478, and by the mid-1700s several clubs were established in the northern regions. A visit by the MCC planned in 1789 was cancelled at the last minute because of a Revolution in progress! France even won the silver medal at the Olympic Games in Paris in 1900, the only Olympics that has included cricket, (although many of the players were expatriates). Cricket has become a sport largely associated with the UK and its Commonwealth members. Today it remains the case that most of the players in France are immigrants from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, Australia and the West Indies, although there are some passionate French involved. In total there are 105 cricket playing countries which are members of the International Cricket Council (ICC). The game here is overseen by Association France Cricket, which represents France on the International Cricket Council. The type of cricket played at local levels fall into three main categories: 1. Competitions organised by France Cricket, these clubs are mainly in the Paris area. 2. Clubs playing local friendly matches against each other, touring teams from other countries and locally organised tournaments.

3. Clubs in Nouvelle Aquitaine and Occitainie. These formed their own regional association in 1992 , the“Association des Clubs de Cricket du Sud Ouest”, known as “ACCSO”. France Cricket still oversees their activities but allows them to organise their own competitions. Currently 8 clubs are members of this association, see map above. To many people cricket is a complicated game... but in an effort to explain the game in simple terms, here goes! • Cricket is a team sport played by two competing sides, usually formed of 11 players each. However, even if it’s just you and your mate in the park, you can still indulge in a game! You can play cricket anywhere – in the park, your garden, the street,

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the beach, a car park. The opportunities are endless! • If you play club cricket, you will usually play at a cricket ground. A cricket ground is a large expanse of flat grass, quite often circular or oval in shape and surrounded by a boundary marker. • The pitch is situated in the middle of the field. • A coin toss decides the order in which the teams bat and field. The two team captains contest the toss with the winning captain choosing whether to bat or field first. • The two teams take turns batting and fielding. • Players on the batting side bat in pairs, with one player situated at each end of the wicket. • The wicket can refer to either the 22 yards between the stumps, the stumps themselves (with bails included), or a batsman’s dismissal from the game. • Stumps are comprised of three upright wooden posts placed side by side in the ground, with two smaller sticks(called bails) laid horizontally on top of the posts to form the wicket. • Players on the batting side score runs by running between the wickets or by hitting the ball beyond the field boundary marker. • An over consists of six balls (deliveries) by a bowler from the fielding team. • One-day matches are formed of limited overs. As the name suggests, teams bat for a predetermined number of overs. Teams bat until they’ve either completed their overs or ten of their batsmen have been dismissed by the fielding side. • The team with the highest number of runs at the end wins! There are a number of clubs in “ACCSO” with Eymet Cricket Club at the regions centre. Eymet Cricket Club was one of the first cricket clubs to exist in the French provinces. Club Eymetois de Cricket was founded in 1983 by a group of ‘expats’ who were seriously missing their favourite sport. For the first season they played on coconut matting laid on the town’s football pitch, but the following year the Mayor kindly offered use of our present ground at Stade de Bretou, Eymet – complete with stand and all necessary facilities.

Last year saw the Club achieve the League and T20 Cup double. The Club now finds itself in a transition period with a few of the old guard deciding that playing is no longer an option – so we are actively looking for more playing members. An important part of our membership is our Asian contingent; young players who have now been with the Club a number of years, and who bring to the team an athleticism that is perhaps lacking in some of the more mature members! As well as playing the games, we have a strong social side with events being held during the winter months and to coincide with the visits of our touring teams to Eymet. Our current President, Andrew Cardle, is keen to bring the social activities of the Club to the fore front and to that end a new Social Committee, headed by Eileen Draper, is hard at work to organise events that everyone can take part in and enjoy. So far this year the Club has run 3 themed quiz evenings, which were very well attended .The main fundraising event of the Club’s social calendar is hosting a visit from the Leeds University Big Band on the 19th April at St Colomb de Lauzun. This annual event is so popular, the evening has already sold out. The club is always looking for playing members – whether you are new to the area or have been here for a while, whatever level you play or used to play, please get in touch. If you just want to come along and watch, or support our social events, whatever the reason we guarantee you will be warmly welcomed by Eymet CC. Keep in touch with us for information on matches and events by following us on Facebook or via the website. Full details of upcoming games and events at Eymet via Facebook and the web site:Facebook: www.facebook.com/eymetcc/ Web site: www.pitchero.com/clubs/clubeymetoisdecricket/ Details of cricket in South West France region:ACCSO website http://www.cricket-sw-france.org/

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SCYTHING

Recently the scythe has been making a big comeback in Britain, and now it is having a renaissance in France too. A small resurgence in northern France is now followed by a chance to learn this ancient skill with courses offered by Sean Rawnsley, near Saint Antonin Noble Val.

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After living near St Antonin for 25 years Sean was given a surprise present for his 60th birthday: a gleaming Austrian scythe. Within months he was a total convert. Having attended the British Scything Association course in Somerset, and regularly using it on his 1.5 hectare piece of land here in France, Sean is keen to spread the word. Compared to the noisy, polluting brush-cutter or débroussailleuse, a scythe is silent, ecological, inexpensive, and stroke for stroke far more efficient. Once proficient, a scyther can cut grass in all seasons and weathers, quickly and neatly. Scything is ideally suited to steep slopes inaccessible to machine mowers, perfect in orchards to cut around trees and in awkward corners of the garden where you need to be selective in what you cut. The motion of scything is calming and extremely good for the posture and back muscles. In SW France there is a growing movement in permaculture, organic farming and gardening, to which the scythe is perfectly suited. Sean Rawnsley offers introductory day courses, once each month this summer, followed by weekend residential courses next year. They are held in French and English and include learning to set up the scythe to your morphology, sharpening, safety and how to cut grass of different kinds depending on the season. Courses are open to anyone aged 15 upwards and include a scyther’s lunch and the chance to buy blades, snaths and sharpening equipment. All newcomers will have equipment provided for the day. So if you want to say goodbye to the noisy and dangerous brush-cutter and learn an ancient skill, it is 70€ for the whole day including lunch. Contact Sean Rawnsley contact@catalo.eu www.catalo.eu Courses (Saturdays): 15 June, 20 July & 10 August 2019 Cost: 60€ inc. lunch.

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The South West France’s River Invaders

Weighty,Whiskery & Wild The occasional (sometimes lethal) flooding aside, the wide and meandering rivers of this corner of France are best known for decorating the landscape and for the bathing or canoeing opportunities they provide in the summer.

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istorically people living along these waterways prospered. The trading routes the rivers created allowed industry and agriculture to develop. They also allowed the people to move; meaning the arrival of new ideas and skills but also possible dangers. The rivers Dordogne, Lot, Garonne and Tarn have over the centuries done just this, but that has meant contending with various large and foreign invaders. If you are reading this whilst on holiday in the region – the term ‘invader’ does not (hopefully) mean you! Some of these river-invaders have been rather weighty, almost all of them whiskery and it would seem all with a propensity to be rather wild. Firstly Vikings – yes, the Vikings were literally everywhere! Very little is documented about the region’s great Nordic presence during the 8th and 9th centuries. French history generally recorded things well. But this epoch, when France was laid-low to what were Scandinavian aggressors, innovators, (and to be frank) ‘rulers’, goes fairly un-mentioned.

Why? Well, the Vikings did not themselves help secure their own place in the annals of history. They were hugely successful as naval architects, carpenters, fishermen, whalers, traders and as fearless invaders. But they simply did not write things down, so there are no real records. Furthermore, their strength lay in wooden construction (think wooden longboats) and so nothing tangible survived. Also, over the centuries French historians have discounted the part played by what they considered to be ‘pagan’ and perhaps more worryingly yet more ‘Germanic’ whiskery interlopers. The region having been overrun with Germanic Visigoths prior to this. These French historians preferred instead to concentrate on and record France’s Latin, (more learned they believed) Mediterranean roots. Dictionaries rarely cite Scandinavian origins to French vocabulary, but these links do exist, as do (arguably) links to regional place names. Normandy was perhaps the most widely known French region to be dominated by the Vikings. The name Normandy and thereby ‘Norman’, derives

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from the Scandinavian for ‘Men from the North’. The Viking Rollo (846 – 930 AD) was also the first Duke of Normandy. He was said to have been so huge that no horse could carry him, so he became known as Walking Rolv. The Vikings were genetically disposed to be red-haired (and whiskered), blue eyed and tall and this one seems to have been a prime ‘weighty’ example. The Vikings did, however, come further South than Normandy. Their interests continued round into the Mediterranean. They overran Seville and made their way to Italy. Their interest in trade led them to seek quicker routes to the Mediterranean and that meant coming overland from Bordeaux. Bordeaux was a major Viking stronghold/sea port (for many generations) and Gascony holds evidence of their occupation. No longer in the form of existing buildings but earth formations and of course the region’s wealth of skill for timber construction is perhaps a lasting legacy. The Vikings rowed their longboats up the South West’s rivers. Defenses that still appear along the banks were, at some point, constructed or enhanced because of Viking incursions. Notably, on the River Dordogne the Abbey at Brantôme was destroyed by Vikings. Their longboats also made their way to Toulouse, plundering the Garonne Valley; at Moissac they ransacked its Abbey. They also held Auch and to add some perspective and to prove their incredible progress – they also held Paris, nowhere was safe. These were ruthless and efficient invaders. These ‘victories’ were not always by force. These invaders were negotiators as well as aggressors. Sometimes they were given access to a city to avoid the destruction of valuable goods, deals were done! So, their arrival could be survived if indeed ‘maintain the peace’ could profit the great Nordic investment campaign. You would expect there to still be genetic evidence to their time in the region. Well, there is! There are blue-eyed Gascons, including a specific group known as the Agots of Gascony, who were institutionally, legally and socially outcast until about the time of WW1. Their origins are believed to be Nordic, descendants of those left after the long period of Scandinavian rule. These people still have typical Viking features (maybe less the whiskers). As expert sea fishermen and whalers (there where many Whales in the Bay of Biscay until about the 16th century) the Vikings would probably have been quite at home with our next whiskery invader – the catfish. Those same magnificent rivers that allowed the Vikings to row inland and plunder the region, are home to a modern-day invader. Not moving with great oars but now lurking silently (almost) below the glistening

surface of the water. Please don’t let this put you off your summer sports! The wels catfish (silurus glanis) is a large species of catfish native to mainly eastern Europe. It was introduced to France in the 1970s and has thrived in the many large, slow-moving rivers of the South West. It has no scales, a large broad, flat head and wide mouth and of course its famous whiskers – hence the term catfish! These whiskery fish can live for fifty years. These invaders are generally bottom feeders (so swimmers and canoeists don’t worry) confining themselves to a diet of worms, insects and small fish. However, some of the larger examples have been recorded taking mice and ducks. Then there are the notorious catfish of Albi that wildly launch themselves out of the Tarn to catch (and eat) pigeons - quite a sight to behold! These weighty, whiskery creatures can achieve between 2 and 3 meters in length and so hunting them has become popular with ‘wild’ fishermen from around the world. The Rivers Tarn, Garonne, Lot and Dordogne are all well-known catfish habitats. Their growth is dependent on great living conditions so clearly, they love it here. A recent catch from the River Tarn measured 2.7m (130 kg). Not to be outdone, fish as large as 5m have ‘apparently’ been recorded in Russia. I am not sure we do not need to wish for anything quite that big! Did you know? The catfish swims in a similar style to a crocodile and can swim backwards. The female fish lays 30,000 eggs per kilo of her body weight and it is the male fish that guards the eggs until they hatch; ensuring that they do not dry out if water levels fall – by splashing his tail. So, whilst in the summer season progresses and the local rivers offer cooling relief. It is worth remembering that these waters have a wild, weighty and whiskery past and that little has changed! By A. Atkinson Note: If you are interested in finding out more about the Viking period in French history – please look up the writings/research of Joel Supéry.

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bergerac wine tours Wine Tourism Reaches New Heights in France Wine lovers from all over the world are visiting the South West France to learn how wine is made and experience the whole wine making process.

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ine enthusiasts are visiting the stunningly beautiful Dordogne and Bergerac wine region for short and long term holidays to experience the area and the Bergerac Wine Tours. Last year was an amazing year for Bergerac Wine Tours, not only did they receive record numbers for their tours where wine lovers had the extraordinary opportunity to explore the workings of a real vineyard with an expert tour guide, they also received some of the best reviews in their history. ~ TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. ~ Luxury Travel Guide - Best Tour Operator in Europe - 2017 and Service Excellence Award 2019. This year Bergerac Wine Tours are hoping to beat the record numbers from last year and make history again. The tour gives an excellent opportunity to experience and enjoy the Bergerac wine tradition, which started over 2000 years ago. With the wine industry being one of the oldest industries in France, wine connoisseurs will be able to see how many of the award winning wine labels are made, while tasting them to understand why they have been bestowed with awards. Holidaymakers are no longer just coming to France to experience the great weather and the amazing beaches, they are also coming far and wide to experience and learn more about the winemaking process, food & wine pairing and the vineyards of the region. Thanks to the huge interest in winemaking in France, the tourist offices has seen a huge tourism boost, which includes people holidaying in France to enrol on the Bergerac Wine Tour. Alexander C. Hill from Bergerac Wine Tours said: “Last year was an amazing year where we saw record numbers book their place on our unique wine tasting tour. We are delighted to have a 5 star TripAdvisor reviews and certificate of excellence four years running. (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Reviewg662771-d4234510-Reviews-Bergerac_Wine_ToursEymet_Dordogne_Aquitaine.html) It shows the hard work we, and the vineyard owners put in for the tour, is worthwhile.”

Alex from Bergerac Wine Tours who has promised a unmissable tour this year for wine lovers, which includes alfresco homemade lunch and transport from May until October, explained there were many reasons to book a place on the tour which includes:

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1. Guests can experience and explore the beautiful vineyards of the South of France Wine Region. 2. Visiting local food farms is also part the daily tour, where people are taken to a prunes farm, goats farm where they can taste a variety of cheeses, and also a chocolate factory, making the tour an enjoyable day for the whole family. 3. Taste award winning wines. People who come on the tour will be able to taste award-winning wine. 4. Amazing Food. A homemade lunch is provided, giving people a day where they enjoy amazing wine with fresh local produce. 5. Have the luxury of transport. (pick up and a drop off are included) Bergerac Wine Tours website gives full details about the tour as well as providing details of quality accommodation holidaymakers can stay at during their stay in the South West France. For more information on the tour, please visit http://www.bergeracwinetours.com About Bergerac Wine Tours Bergerac Wine Tours is a company run by a wine enthusiasts with extensive knowledge of the Bergerac wine region and the Dordogne terroir. Media Contact: Bergerac Wine Tours (Alexander C. Hill) Tel: +33(0)783733300 Email: info@bergeracwinetours.com Location: Eymet, Aquitaine, France Website: http://www.bergeracwinetours.com Published March, June, September and December each year. The Quercy & Périgord Local • June - August 2019 Summer


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eorges Bégué (featured in the last edition of The Quercy & Perigord Local) was the first WW2 secret agent from a brand new WW2 secret service to arrive in occupied France by parachute – and HRH The Princess Royal was recently in central France for a commemorative ceremony close to where he’d landed. The Special Operations Executive (SOE) was the deliberately innocuous name of that secret service which had been instigated in 1940 by Winston Churchill, and on the night of May 5th-6th 1941 an RAF aircraft dropped Bégué by parachute close enough to Valençay (Indre) that he could reach this small town on foot. He’d been tasked with locating a patriotic local politician who’d contacted ‘London’ asking for help with organising resistance against his country’s German occupiers. The Allies would infiltrate many hundreds more agents and special forces personnel into France, and also other occupied countries; courageous men and women of many nationalities who’d volunteered for operations behind enemy lines which would enable resistance to be supported and coordinated by way of weapons, ammunition, explosives and other supplies being delivered by parachute or small aircraft, to eagerly awaiting resisters. More would survive their missions than had been expected, but the risk of betrayal, capture, torture and execution was common to all - and fifty years after Georges Bégué had landed near Valençay, this small town was chosen as the location for a national monument in memory of the 104 men and women from SOE’s French Section who were killed during their missions or while in captivity. In May 1991, on the fiftieth anniversary of his arrival by parachute, the memorial was inaugurated in the presence of The Queen Mother, with many of the surviving agents and descendants present. An annual ceremony has taken place each May ever since, and this year, HRH The Princess Royal - as Patron of The Special Forces Club – was the guest of honour in recognition of the imminent D-Day 75 anniversary.

Special guests included Britain’s ambassador to France, Edward Llewelyn, local and regional French dignitaries and present-day military representatives of both countries, resistance associations and the Royal British Legion who joined the descendants of the wartime agents, historians and friends who gather each year to remember those who had not survived their clandestine wartime missions. The memorial ceremony was followed by a reception at Valençay’s spectacular chateau, during which HRH devoted a great deal of time speaking to individual guests. It was clear she particularly enjoyed hearing the anecdotes of Debbey Clitheroe, Magda Thomas and Rohini Bajaj - being three of the finalists in BBC Two’s recent immersive history series about SOE. During the filming of SECRET AGENT SELECTION: WW2 they’d experienced first-hand the challenges of agent recruitment and training; and even though the series was filmed some time ago, they and other participants became so interested in SOE history that they regularly attend educational and commemorative events. SECRET AGENT SELECTION: WW2 is available on DVD; and also on Netflix under the title Churchill’s Secret Agents: The New Recruits.

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LE 900E ANNIVERSAIRE DE LA

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ans sa programmation culturelle riche, la ville de Cahors accueille en cette année un événement d’exception rendant hommage à l’un de ses plus beaux édifices : la Cathédrale SaintEtienne, classée en 1998 au patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO au titre des chemins de Saint-Jacques de Compostelle en France. La bâtisse fête en 2019 ses 900 ans. Cahors saisit alors l’occasion de la célébrer et de la faire redécouvrir à tous. Culture, patrimoine, histoire et partage sont les maîtres mots de cet événement qui se déroulera jusqu’au 8 décembre. 900 ans, un si bel âge pour fêter un anniversaire ! La présence des églises ou cathédrales dans nos cités peut parfois nous sembler usuelle du fait de leur ancrage dans notre culture. Cependant, on oublie très souvent que ces grandes bâtisses sont, en tout premier lieu, un héritage patrimonial, résultant d’un long travail de construction et restauration grâce à des savoir-faire, encore aujourd’hui, inégalables. Le projet du 900e anniversaire de la Cathédrale de Cahors est né de la collaboration entre le diocèse de Cahors, l’état et la ville de Cahors.

Tous animés par l’envie commune de redonner vie à la Cathédrale, ils s’allient en créant ensemble l’association des 900 ans de la Cathédrale de Cahors. Le but est alors simple : fédérer tout un territoire pour le rassembler autour de son patrimoine. De nombreuses présentations du 900e ainsi qu’un grand appel à projet ont lieu en novembre 2018 pour appeler les associations, commerçants ou encore institutions à créer / décliner des projets dans le cadre des festivités de la Cathédrale. C’est ainsi que la programmation, se déroulant du 5 mars au 8 décembre 2019, s’est vue enrichie de plus de 60 manifestations : trail, repas de fête, marchés, concerts ou encore expositions proposeront un nouveau point de vue sur la Cathédrale. Un réel engouement nait du projet et de cet esprit de cohésion. La véritable idée du 900e est là : rassembler les gens, peu importe leurs origines ou croyances. La Cathédrale est le bâtiment de tous, chacun peut la découvrir comme il le souhaite. Ainsi, manifestations spirituelles, culturelles ou encore patrimoniales se déclineront tout au long de l’année pour rendre hommage à la vieille dame de Cahors et remettre à

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la vue de tous ses trésors, la Sainte Coiffe notamment. Cette relique, étant en réalité un bonnet de lin, aurait été porté par le Christ lors de sa mise au tombeau. De par son histoire et sa symbolique, cette relique ne manquera pas d’attirer de nombreux pèlerins et curieux tout au long de l’année et même au-delà. Au-delà de l’aspect culturel et local, ces célébrations et cette relique représentent une opportunité pour la ville de Cahors : celle de rayonner à travers le monde mais aussi celle de faire la fête tous ensemble ! Au programme de cette année festive, de nombreux événements mais aussi et surtout un cycle de 9 manifestations, de juin à septembre, retraçant chacune un siècle d’histoire de la Cathédrale ! Du temps des bâtisseurs à aujourd’hui, la Cathédrale a vécu de nombreuses choses et a croisé d’illustres personnages. Ces 9 événements permettront à petits et grands de prendre part, eux aussi, à l’histoire ! Suivez le guide ! LES TEMPS FORTS DU 900e : • SAMEDI 8 ET DIMANCHE 9 JUIN LE TEMPS DES BÂTISSEURS – XIIe SIÈCLE • JEUDI 20 JUIN CAHORS, CARREFOUR DE L’EUROPE - XIIIe SIÈCLE • JEUDI 4 JUILLET UN PAPE À CAHORS : JEAN XXII - XIVe SIÈCLE • JEUDI 18 JUILLET CAHORS ET LA GUERRE DE CENT ANS – XVe SIÈCLE • SAMEDI 27 JUILLET ANNIVERSAIRE OFFICIEL DE LA CATHÉDRALE • JEUDI 1ER AOUT SOUVENIR DE CLÉMENT MAROT - XVIe SIÈCLE • MERCREDI 14 AOUT ÉPOQUE DE LA SCULPTURE SUR BOIS XVIIe/XVIIIe SIÈCLES • JEUDI 29 AOUT PARADE NAPOLÉONNIENNE - XIXe SIÈCLE • SAMEDI 14 SEPTEMBRE CAHORS EN CHANSON – XXe siècle • J EUDI 26, VENDREDI 27 ET SAMEDI 28 SEPTEMBRE CAHORS EN LUMIÈRE - XXIe siècle • DIMANCHE 8 DECEMBRE CLÔTURE DU 900e

Zoom sur Cahors et la guerre de cent ans : Dans ces divers événement, un mettra particulièrement à l’honneur le lien étroit entre français et britanniques. Même si la Manche les sépare, les peuples des deux terres ont une histoire commune riche. Il paraissait donc évident pour les organisateurs du 900e qu’à l’occasion de l’événement autour du XVe siècle, cette amitié serait la vedette de l’événement. Le 18 juillet, le public sera invité à prendre part à de véritables

reconstitutions de la guerre de Cent Ans, à découvrir l’art du combat et de vivre à cette époque où les français combattaient les britanniques ! Et oui, au XVe siècle, français et anglais ne faisaient pas bon ménage. Cependant, pour ne pas rester sur de vieilles rancunes et pour célébrer l’entente qui existe de nos jours entre les deux pays, une grande soirée de réconciliation aura lieu le soir même et invitera les convives à venir redécouvrir les deux mets d’exception emblématiques de ces pays : bières et vins seront à l’honneur ! Venez nombreux porter haut vos couleurs ! Retrouvez toutes les manifestations du 900e et/ ou rejoignez le projet en contactant l’organisation : www.leneufcentieme.fr / Facebook :@leneufcentieme / coordination@leneufcentieme.fr / 05 65 53 20 65 ! Nous recherchons actuellement de nombreux bénévoles, n’hésitez pas à prendre part à l’aventure ! It’s the 900th birthday of the Cahors Cathedral and the people of Cahors have rolled out a program to honor and celebrate its long history. The Cathedral Saint Etienne which was pronounced a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1998, as part of the historic pilgrimage walk Saint Jacques de Compostela de Santiago. Cahors is running events from the 5th of March to the 8th of December to celebrate its rich history and includes festival, concerts, nocturnal markets and fêtes. The 900 year celebratory project is a collaboration between the diocese of Cahors, the State and of course the town itself, which is the capital of the Lot department. Much time, money and dedication has been spent on the Cathedral and other historic buildings in Cahors over recent years and the town is proud to show off its most historic landmark by celebrating this enormous milestone. Its main aim is to bring together people from all backgrounds including Pilgrims to admire the old lady of Cahors and all its treasures inside, as well as the beautiful stone work and stained glass windows. A particular treasure, la Sainte Coiffe, a linen bonnet, which was allegedly placed on Jesus’ head as he lay in the tomb and is incased in an ornate bronze display. The Town of Cahors is also celebrating the historic links between the French and British nations. Their main objective is to follow our paralleled history during war time and peace over the last 900 years. A fine opportunity to reconcile, commemorate and celebrate our two histories on the 18th of July where the public will be invited to share our two passions Wine and Beer! See French text for contact details.

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Osons la pierre l’humour et le savoir-faire de couleurs, parachutes lampions et canapés. C’est aussi une initiation à la taille de la pierre pour les enfants chaque matin et après-midi, une buvette et une restauration sur place. La radio AJT couvrira l’évènement, relayée par d’autres radios locales (Antenne d’oc Radio 4...).

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Montaigu de Quercy, c’est devenu un rendez vous annuel incontournable : « Les journées du Père Quépas » manifestation GRATUITE qui OSE la pierre, du lundi 5 au samedi 10 Août sur la place Mercadiel (place du marché). L’Association des Joyeux Tailleurs du Quercy (les A.J.T.) est à nouveau fière de proposer à un public toujours plus nombreux (plus de 8000 visiteurs l’année passée) pour cette 10 ème édition, un programme* artistique et culturel des plus festifs avec toujours pour objectif de développer les échanges, L’HUMOUR et la convivialité. Cette année aussi, les AJT du Quercy mettent tout en œuvre pour rendre accessible au plus grand nombre le SAVOIR-FAIRE des tailleurs de pierre, des musiciens et des circassiens. GRATUITEMENT, tout au long de la semaine, et dès le matin, le public pourra apprécier le travail en direct des tailleurs de pierre, ferronniers, sculpteurs, architectes, plasticiens, charpentiers... à l’œuvre d’une pièce monumentale qui sera dévoilée le samedi 10 août. A partir de l’apéro (18h) des concerts et spectacles prennent le relais sur la place, parée pour l’occasion

This year marks the 10th anniversary of « Les journées du Père Quépas ». A weeklong festival celebrating stone. The brain child of an association of stone masons “ L’Association des Joyeux Tailleurs du Quercy » in Montaigu de Quercy 82150. The week long festival offers an insight to the creative marvelous skills of this Age old trade including sculpturing courses for all. Free entry(tokens needed for the bar and food). The artisans decide on a theme and essentially take the whole week to design and sculpture a fantastical piece from a large rectangle Quercy stone. Live music, food and drinks throughout each evening. This festival has become a regular and popular event with people traveling throughout Europe and beyond. http://ajt-du-q.fr 350000 vues depuis l’année dernière associationajt@gmail.com père quépas

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Montflanquin Lot et Garonne

Monflanquin est une bastide fondée en 1256 par Alfonse de Poitier (le frère de Saint Louis) par la signature d’une « Charte de Coutumes » de 37 articles aujourd’hui conservée à Londres.

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ar la signature de ce document le seigneur accorde des libertés et avantages fiscaux qui feront le succès de la bastide et attireront une population nombreuse ! Les premières traces de peuplement remontent à l’an 250 quand Saint Martial converti les populations et fit construire une première église au pied de « Mounflanqui ». Sa position dominante naturelle à 187 mètres d’altitude a certainement participé à l’attrait de Monflanquin depuis l’aube des temps Vous pourrez le vérifier depuis le point de vue. Admirez la vallée de la Lède et avec un peu de chance, par temps clair, vous apercevrez le château de Biron à la limite de la Dordogne et du Lot et Garonne. En entrant dans l’église Saint André c’est un bout d’histoire que vous toucherez. Cette église aux fondations du XIIIeme siècle fit partie des fortifications de la bastide puis fut partagée en deux, les catholiques et les protestants ne parvenant pas à s’entendre sur son usage, avant que son chevet et ses voutes ne

s’effondrent donnant lieu à des travaux au XIXeme et XXeme siècle. Vous ne pouvez pas, non plus, passer à coté de la Maison du Prince Noir. Selon la légende, le Prince de Galles et Sénéchal d’Aquitaine Edward de Woodstock à l’armure noire y aurait séjourné durant la Guerre de Cent Ans …C’est surtout une des plus belles maisons de la fameuse place des Arcades qui accueille le marché traditionnel tous les jeudis matins depuis 1256 ! Une halle dominait autrefois la place. Semblable à celle de Villeréal (autre village classé récemment parmi « Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ») elle accueillait à l’étage la salle de réunion des Consuls de la Jurade qui administraient la bastide avec le « Bayle ». Après son effondrement en 1753 elle ne fut pas reconstruite et les mesures à grain furent déplacées sous les arcades. De cette place partent les rues principales appelées « charretières » et perpendiculaires à celles-ci les rues « traversières »qui définissent le plan orthogonal des

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Gardening tips by Cameron Field I would like to introduce Open Gardens/ Jardins Ouverts to you, the readers of Quercy and Perigord Local. The idea

1) I shred all of my pruning’s that don’t compost and are not diseased. Each spring I spread this on the garden beds and under the shrubs. The advantages are fivefold; retention of moisture; soil conditioning; weed suppression; creates an insect environment and protects against sun scorch. 2) After my spring bulbs have flowered I give them a foliar feed of nettle tea. This gives the bulbs a boost as they form next year’s flower. Later I give a granular feed for their root systems. 3) I dead head roses and perennials after flowering.

Astuces du jardin français : 1) Je déchiquette toute ma taille sauf ce qui ne se composte pas et avec maladie. Je répands chaque printemps sur les lits de jardin et sous les arbustes. Il y a 5 avantages de cette action ; rétention de l’humidité ; une meilleure condition du sol ; suppression des herbes ; bon environnement pour les insectes ; une protection du soleil fort. 2) Après que mes bulbes de printemps aient fleuri, je leurs donnent un engrais foliaire des orties en liquide, celui donne aux bulbes une force pour la floraison de l’année suivante. Plus tard je leur donne un aliment en granule pour le système racinaire. 3) Je coupe la tête des roses et les vivaces après la floraison

OGJO is a French registered association with charitable status. Inspired by the National Gardens « Yellow Book scheme” in the UK (created in1927), the French association was founded in 2013 by a British man, Mr. Mick Moat. A keen gardener himself, he felt that the British model of opening gardens to raise money for charity could work in France too. The French people love gardening and greatly admire us Brits for our flare and gardening instinct. They adore the cottage style of gardening and are keen to emulate this in their own gardens.

How it works Since France is quite vast, the OGJO scheme works through a network of co-ordinators across France who recruit gardeners to open their garden to the public. Visitors buy a membership card in order to visit the gardens. The membership cards are either annual 10e or a day pass (5e). The yearly membership allows the holder to visit all gardens that are registered on the web site www.opengardens.eu during that year on the opening dates. Monies collected by the sales of membership cards are passed directly on to only French charities. Last year at the Fetes de Plantes in Chantilly (which is the Chelsea Flower Show equivalent in France), 25,500e was presented to various charities. The main recipients “A Chacun son Everest”, a charity which exists to support terminally ill children, received a cheque for 15,000e which was presented by his Highness the Aga Khan. This year we have over 200 gardens opening their doors for us in 39 departments across France.

New President In November 2018 sadly, Mick Moat, decided to stand down from the association. After a vote at the February AGM, we now have a lady President- Mrs. Karen Roper. Whilst acknowledging that the objective of the association is to raise money for charitable causes, Karen feels that the wider benefits of our activities are also very important. ‘As an association

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we are delighted to be able to contribute to and encourage an aspect of social well-being as well as the obvious environmental and economic improvements to society.’

How do I get involved?

Bernadette Beduer, Mas de Niquet 46310 Laborie, Saint-Germain-du-Bel-Air Ouverts / Open: dimanche 16 juin 2019 10:00 - 18:00

We would love to hear from The Quercy and Perigord readers who would like to get involved in one of three ways: • Simply by visiting some of the beautiful gardens in our scheme • Opening your garden if you live in Quercy or Perigord. • Being a local coordinator to help inspire others who live in your area. • Please go to www.opengardens.eu for further details. We all know gardening is good for you, what could be better than to share your efforts with others and raise money for those in need too?

The Gardens 2 examples of our gardens opening this year in your area: Sue and John Herring, Mas de Bouyé 46310 Saint-Germain-du-Bel-Air

Notre jardin d’un hectare se présente comme un jardin formel en face de la maison, avec des mixed borders de vivaces et rosiers. A l’arrière de la maison il y a une petite cour “japonais” qui donne à une allée de grands arbres et un potager long de couleurs chaudes, dédie à Christopher Lloyd. Our garden of over a hectare is divided into a formal front garden with herbaceous and rose beds. To the rear of the house is a Japanese influenced courtyard which leads to a mature tree alley, beneath which is a long “hot bed” dedicated to Christopher Lloyd.

C’est un jardin des arbres, des fleurs et des légumes. Autour de la maison il y a plusieurs parterres de rosiers et de plantes vivaces. Nous essayons d’être autosuffisants et pour ça il y a un grand potager. Nous avons aussi une petite collection d’orchidées. We have a garden of trees, flowers and vegetables. Surrounding the house there are a number of rose beds and flower beds. We try to be self-sufficient and so have a large vegetable plot. We also have a collection of orchids.

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Tasting the lot

summer food marinades & delicious salads Finally it is the time of year to plan our summer menus. Food and wine is so much a part of living in the Lot and the South West of France. Wine tasting evenings and food and wine pairings can be booked for parties, social evenings, groups or individuals. We are having a picnic and barbeque for our summer wedding in The Lot. The word picnic comes from many different sources and ….as we are in France, I will stick with the French claim on its word. Though it may have appeared in a 17th-century dictionary as “pique-nique,” the actual usage began as “pique un niche” meaning to “pick a place,” an isolated spot where family and friends could enjoy a

jolly meal together away from the distractions at home. The term morphed into “pique-nique”. After the French Revolution in 1789, royal parks became open to the public for the first time. Picnicking in the parks became a popular activity amongst the newly enfranchised citizens. This summer, some of the vineyards in The Lot are open on June 9th for picnics. Find one local to youhttps://www.vigneron-independant.com

Here are some of my favourite dressings and marinades for you to try. This recipe uses a tea cup as a measure.

Duck & Prune Skewers Ingredients

Method

Makes 4-6 brochettes

Soak the prunes in the Armagnac for at least 30 minutes. Finely chop the rosemary, pink peppercorns and salt. You want to end up with a fine spice rub. Divide the rub in two equal amounts. Sprinkle half of the rub over the pieces of duck. Thread on skewers starting with an orange section, then a piece of duck and then a prune. Finish off with an orange section. Before grilling the brochettes, squeeze a little orange juice over them and sprinkle with the rest of the rub. Grill to your liking, taking care to turn the brochettes frequently. Best served with a red cabbage coleslaw.

18 pruneaux d’Agen 2 tbsp Armagnac 1 large orange, sliced and cut into small triangles 2 sprigs of rosemary 1 tsp salt (preferably fleur de sel) 2 tsp pink peppercorns 2 magrets of about 200-250g each, cut into large sections

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Lavender Honey Duck Breast

Bleu de Causse, walnuts & red cabbage coleslaw

Ingredients 2 x 500g Magret de canard Salt and pepper, to taste 1 tbsp vegetable oil for searing

Ingredients 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 tsp butter 1 teacup of walnuts ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp freshly ground pepper 3 tbsp pure maple syrup 8 cups very thinly sliced red cabbage 2 spring onions, thinly sliced 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese

Marinade: Grated zest of 1 lemon & 1 orange Juice of 1/2 lemon 1 tbsp wild flower or lavender honey 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 tbsp freshly chopped thyme 1/2 tsp black pepper Sauce: 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 2 large shallots, finely chopped, Grated zest of 1/2 orange, 1 tbsp butter, 1 tbsp cassis, 1/4 cup orange juice, 1/4 cup red wine Method Preheat oven to 350°F/176°C. Prepare the marinade: Add all the ingredients into a small bowl and mix well. Rub over both sides of Magrets. Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours. Score skin side of breasts lightly. Season flesh side with salt. Meanwhile, heat vegetable oil over a medium heat in a large over-proof skillet or grill pan. Sear duck breasts, skin side down, for 5 minutes. Transfer pan to oven, bake for approx. 8 minutes. Turn breasts over and bake for a further 5 minutes, to achieve medium. Take pan out from oven, leave the duck to rest on a warmed plate. Drain off excess fat into a jam jar to keep for later.

Vinaigrette: 1 tbsp crumbled blue cheese ¼ teacup extra-virgin olive oil 3 tbsp red-wine vinegar 1 tbsp Dijon mustard ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp freshly ground pepper Method Vinaigrette Whiz 1 tbsp blue cheese, ¼ cup oil, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper until creamy. Salad Place baking sheet near your stove. Heat the oil and butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add walnuts and stir for 2 minutes. Add salt, pepper and drizzle in maple syrup. Cook, stirring, until the nuts have begun to caramelize and are well coated. Transfer to the paper, spooning any remaining syrup over them. Separate the nuts while they’re still warm. Let stand until cool. Place cabbage and spring onions in a large bowl. Toss with the vinaigrette and sprinkle with blue cheese and walnuts.

Sauce In heavy bottom saucepan, over medium heat, heat sugar until it turns amber colour and starts to smoke. Remove from heat immediately. Add apple cider vinegar and stir until smooth. Cover and allow to cool. If caramel sets and crystallizes, reheat over low heat, stirring until sugar has melted. Meanwhile, in duck pan, over medium heat, add shallots and orange zest in butter and saute until soft. Add cassis, orange juice and wine, reducing heat slightly, for about 3 minutes. Pour into caramel mixture and heat through. Add any juices from duck. Slice duck thinly and drizzle with sauce. Serve with potato salad or a huge mixed green salad.

This summer Tasting The Lot is available for food and wine tastings, afternoon teas and wine tutorials in your home or holiday destination in The Lot. Please do contact tastingthelot@gmail.com if you would like any more information. Happy Tastings.

Luci Cox

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Are you aware of the Incentives for a new business? What incentives for my new business? I often hear people complain about the lack of incentives for small businesses in France. And yet there a few advantages that aren’t necessarily well known. ACRE (ex-ACCRE) – this measure is now open to ALL new business owners from 01 Jan 2019 (including AE/Mes). MEs benefit from lower contribution rates for the first 3 years, whereas sole traders and company directors benefit from a total exemption in social charges for the first year of business (CSG, training tax and obligatory pension contributions are still due). As the ME system is considered advantageous as it reduces the needs for accounts and advanced business management, the other measures are not available under this regime ; this is why advance planning and astute business advice can be worthwhile! Business’ created in a ZRR (zone à revitalisation rurale), ZFU (zone franche urbaine) or ZAFR (zone d’aide à finalité régionale) benefit from temporary exemption from income tax (for sole traders) or corporation tax (for companies). You can find whether you are situated in one of these zones by checking the governmental websites. Do note that these zones can change from one year to the next so be sure to check an up-to-date list. In addition to the exemption from income or corporation tax, there is also often an added bonus of exemption from CFE. Please note that the exemption from CFE can be part or total, and that associated taxes (such as CCI taxes) will still be due. This article is meant as a general guideline only and is not exempt from seeking expert advice. Quels avantages pour ma nouvelle entreprise ? J’entends souvent les gens se plaindre du manque d’aide pour les créateurs d’entreprise, mais il existe des dispositifs visant à assister les nouveaux entrepreneurs.

L’ACRE (anciennement ACCRE) est désormais ouverte à tous les créateurs d’entreprises (sous conditions !). Les microentreprises bénéficient de taux allégés pendant 3 ans, tandis que les entrepreneurs et gérants TNS bénéficient d’exonération totale pendant un an (hors CSG, formation professionnelle et retraite complémentaire obligatoire). La microentreprise étant considérée comme un régime avantageux du fait de sa gestion simplifiée, elle ne peut bénéficier des autres dispositifs d’allégement. Or les entreprises implantées en ZRR (zone à revitalisation rurale), ZFU (zone franche urbaine) ou ZAFR (zone à finalité régionale) peuvent bénéficier d’exonération temporaire d’impôt sur les bénéfices (impôt sur les revenus pour les entreprises individuelles ou impôt sur les sociétés pour les sociétés). Cette exonération s’accompagne souvent d’une exonération totale ou partielle de CFE. Le positionnement de votre commune dans l’une de ces zones peut facilement se vérifier sur les différents sites gouvernementaux. Attention toutefois à prendre une liste à jour, les communes pouvant entrer et sortir du dispositif au 1 janvier de l’année considérée. Cet article vise à apporter une information généralisée et ne se substitue pas à des conseils personnalisés.

Notez que pour l’exonération CFE peut être totale ou partielle, et que les taxes CCI/CMA payées avec la CFE restent dues.

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