NOVEMBER 2017

Tuesday 14 November
Triumph of the Republic - French History since 1870
We have chosen to live in a fascinating and beautiful country but how much do we know about why is this the Fifth French Republic? Why is everything controlled from Paris? What is "laïcité"? Is revolution the only way of solving a problem in France? Why all the strikes? Why are we able to benefit from generous social Programs? These and other aspects of French history that affect life today will be explored by retired history professor Jane Crisler in a lecture-discussion.

Salle Polyvalente, 22570 Gouarec at 14h30. 5€ per person including a cup of coffee and biscuit/cake. Please reserve.



Friday 17 November - Quiz Night
Jon Chambers will be hosting a traditional Quiz Night for those of you who like to pit your wits against fellow participants. He has promised to make it easier! Questions, which will include music, will be in French and English. Tables for teams of four will be made up on the night, so come along, even if you are solo. Light buffet and pay bar.

Salle Polyvalente, 22570 Gouarec. 19h00. 4€. Please reserve.



Thursday 23 November - Cité de la Voile
The City of Trail Sailing puts you in the heart of the ocean adventure! You will immerse yourself in the world of sailing and ocean racing through modern and interactive concepts: many manipulations, movies, 4D dynamic cinema space dedicated to Éric Tabarly ... emotions and feelings for all! Guided tour in English.

Meet at 10h30. Cité de la Voile, 12€ per person. La Cité de la Voile Éric Tabarly can be found near the old submarine Base in Lorient, "Lorient La Base", in the centre of town with direct access by road. GPS co-ordinates: 47°43'50"N-3°22'25"O



Wednesday 29 November
Conference - Getting in to the French System
Maggie will talk about approaches to integration into life in Brittany and will go through the most important steps that you need to take to get things in place administratively. This will be useful to members who have just arrived, to those who have been here a while, but are not sure they have understood the system or done everything necessary, and to people who are considering moving to France on a permanent basis.

For members only. No charge. Please reserve, as numbers are limited. AIKB, 3 rue du Sénéchal, 22570 Gouarec. 10h30 to noon.



DECEMBER 2017

Sunday 3 December - Christmas Fayre
One of the most popular events on the AIKB winter calendar is our traditional Christmas Fayre.  There is something for everyone! We make it easy and fun to choose that perfect gift from an array of interesting quality stalls. You can relax in our AIKB Café and enjoy home-made mince pies, cakes and other treats. Have a drink at the bar - have a go at the raffle. Tickets will be on sale for Dick Whittington, the January Pantomime.

Reservation for stalls (10€, paid in advance) must be made by Monday 20 November. For further information call Maggie on 02 96 24 87 90 or email info@aikb.fr - Salle Bel Air, 22570 Gouarec. 11h00 - 17h00. Free Entry.


Tuesday 5 December
An old favourite - A Walk around Bon Repos
Join Geoffrey for a walk that proved so popular last time. It is an easy, shorter walk to finish the season. Going along the canal, through woods and back along the road to finish, distance about 5km in all. The bar is usually open in December. Please wear suitable footwear. Participants are asked to sign a liability disclaimer.

Start at Bon Repos near the toilets at the end of the bridge opposite the bar at 14h00. Members 2€, Guests 4€.

ANOTHER OPTION FOR THE SAME AFTERNOON... 

Tuesday 5 December - Hips and Knees ...any queries?
An orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Erwan Simon, specialist in knee and hip replacements, will talk in English on all the options and different treatments available.

Salle Polyvalente, 22570 Gouarec at 14h30. Members 3€, Guests 5€. Please reserve.


Thursday 14 December
A Guided Tasting Tour of Coreff, the Carhaix  Brewery
Come and join us on a guided tour to learn about the origin of beer, the history and philosophy of Coreff, and the alchemy behind their different ales. There will be a tasting session to whet our appetite.

Meet at Brasserie Coreff, 2 place de la Gare, 29270 Carhaix at 14h30. 3€ per person.



JANUARY 2018

Wednesday 17 January
Conference - Cartes de séjour and French Nationality
Some of you have already obtained a carte de séjour, others are in the process of doing so, and some members are applying for French nationality. Maggie will outline the steps to take and will invite members already in possession of either of these to contribute to or take part in the presentation - so if this includes you, please contact her.

Salle Polyvalente, 22570 Gouarec. 14h30. Members 2€, Guests 5€. Please reserve.



Monday 22 January - Galette des Rois 
The "Galette des Rois" is the traditional cake eaten in celebration of Epiphany which contains a lucky charm. Join us for a free glass of bubbly and a chance to be King or Queen for the evening! 

AIKB, 18 Grande Rue, 56160 Ploërdut. 15h00. Salle Stithians. Free event for paid up members. Please reserve.



Tuesday 23 January - Tractors Galore from Days of Old
A 1,500m2 barn in Ploumagoar is a larger than life Ali Baba's cavern. The Jacob Family have over 2000 farm tools, many of them mechanical, from the early 20th century. There are 60 ancient tractors most of which are still in working condition.

Meet at Place du Bourg, 22970 Ploumagoar. 14h00. Members 2€, Guests 5€.



Friday 26, Saturday 27, Sunday 28 January
La Troupe Arlequin presents 'DICK WHITTINGTON'
A traditional English pantomime (oh yes, it is!) about a poor boy heading to London. The Fairy Bow-bells promises him a fortune if he is honest, and his true love if he is worthy. But is it really that simple? (oh no, it isn't!) The Pantomime Dame, Miss Cecily Suet, is jealous of Dick, the Mayor of London is angry and the rats are causing mayhem! And all of them are plotting to get rid of Dick and his cat. It seems impossible that he obtains what the Fairy has predicted. Collège Notre Dame, 4 rue Saint Gilles, 22570 Gouarec at 19h30 Friday and Saturday and 14h30pm Sunday. Doors open 45 minutes in advance. Bar and refreshments available.

Tickets 5€ adult, 3€ child. Tickets from AIKB from 3rd December.



Wednesday 31 January
Conference - Getting into the French System
Maggie will talk about approaches to integration into life in Brittany and will go through the most important steps that you need to take to get things in place administratively. This will be useful to members who have just arrived, to those who have been here a while, but are not sure they have understood the system or done everything necessary, and to people who are considering moving to France on a permanent basis. For members only. No charge.

Please reserve, as numbers are limited. AIKB, 3 rue du Sénéchal, 22570 Gouarec. 10h30 to noon.