Sunday, 19 January 2020

Three hours long but worth watching when you can

Une vie cachée, a hidden life , shown in version originale which was English
Won the Palme D’Or this year.
A true story presented by Terence Malick, the cinematography  was wonderful. A slow paced film with wonderful views of the Austrian alps.
Has a very sad ending but a film worth making the effort to see. Sadly tonight was the last night at the Querlys.

Friday, 17 January 2020

Vide Grenier at Verfeil sur Seye

The bar des sports now open in Varen

With a new owner Laure, the wife of the local plumber and electrician Jerome Rodriques the Bar Des Sports in Varen opened this week.
It starts serving food tonight and then next week
I will update on opening hours when I know exactly
The tel number for bookings is 0563021024

In Varen tomorrow morning

Jo Hickson is in Varen Sat. Morning, old mairie

Bit late but Happy New Year everyone! I’m at the Frip in Varen on Saturday morning 10-12 with some cakes and jams and marmalade. Plus a new batch of beeswax wraps!! 
Excellent to use as an alternative to cling film and reusable. Made with beeswax from our local honey farm at Puylaroque and 2€ is donated to Mains Tendues (Val’s charity) from every pack of 3 wraps sold! 

Mini apple crumble tarts
Apple crumble tarts 
Lemon meringue tarts 
Almond thins (biscuits)
Mini Victoria Sandwich cakes 
orange and cranberry Florentine’s 
Mini variety jam packs

Monday, 13 January 2020

A meeting for animal lovers in St.Antonin

A meeting open to all local animal lovers, of all ages.

  This project is supported by the association Oasis.

                           Together we can do more!

For everyone who already does a lot of positive action for animal welfare and for those who would like to do more. 

The aim is to share, inform, organise and inspire. And then to put into action whatever is possible. 

You may want to share what you, or your association already does and explain what extra help is needed.

You may want to share projects or ideas.

You may just want to be able to do more.

Place: The meeting is in the Salle Chorale next to the Post Office in Saint Antonin.

Date: Sunday the 19th of January, at 14h00 or again at 15h00 or 16h00. We’ll be there all afternoon. Come when you can or contact Rachel if you can’t come but would like to be informed about actions decided.   05 63 24 07 34

some possibilities would be supporting existing associations, helping/walking abandoned animals, transport share for demonstrations, vegan tasting for the public, interaction in schools, in our villages …. etc

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Festival des lanternes at Gaillac

Du 1er Décembre 2019 au 31 Janvier 2020.
Grand événement du Sud-Ouest, le Festival des Lanternes de Gaillac dans le Tarn a conquis plus de 370 000 visiteurs en 2018.
Pour cette 3eme édition dans un parc 100% renouvelé, venez vivre un majestueux voyage à la découvertes des 5 provinces chinoises : coutumes, traditions et coup de projecteur au patrimoine mondial.

Val saysyou have till the end of January to go

Friday, 10 January 2020

Thank you for your replies

Martin Pittaway thanks you for your replies. He now has adopted a young cat, so thank you.

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Cancer Support in France

Dear Cancer Support France Members, Friends and Volunteers!

"Meilleurs Voeux" pour cette nouvelle annee 2020!!   We hope everyone is looking forward to this New Year - it's going to be busy with lots of activities and we will keep you all informed along the way of dates for your diaries!!

We are happy to announce that the Christmas Fayre in Monesties Village raised 135 Euros from the sales of Christmas cards, mince pies, cakes and other CSF merchandise!  A big thankyou to everyone for your wonderful contributions.  It was very much appreciated.

We will be holding out regular Monthly Drop In Coffee Morning Support Groups in Gaillac and Saint Antonin Noble Val on the following dates:-

Wednesday 8th January, 10.00 - 11.30am
Drop-In Coffee Morning at Cafe des Sports Brasserie, Gaillac.

Drop-In Coffee Morning at Le Gazpacho Bar Brasserie, Saint Antonin Noble Val.

We really hope you will be able to join us on some of these dates - it's such a lovely opportunity to get together for a drink and a chat.  Come and meet some of our other volunteers.  Active listeners will be available.  

For anyone interested, the CSF Sud de France Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 29th January 2020 from 09.45am at.-

It is being held at the same venue that has been used for the past few years and is very conveniently situated near the Carcassonne Ouest Autoroute Exit.

The speaker will be Dr Martin Christleib, from the Department of Oncology at Oxford University.  The subject of his talk will be on clinical trials of new treatments and how to measure their effectiveness.

Following the AGM everyone is invited to stay for lunch.  The cost of the lunch will be 20 Euros.  Please reserve in advance.  Details of the menu can be found on the website.  Your choices need to be made by Monday 20th January.

Car sharing can be arranged from Albi.

And to you dear Melissa,
CSF Tarn and Tarn et Garonne would like to express sincere condolences to you and your family on your sad loss.  Our thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.

With warmest wishesl.

Sheila Barcroft
for CSF Tarn, Tarn et Garonne Regions

"Our Mission" to support English speaking people living in France who are affected by Cancer.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Martin can rehome a cat

Hi Val.

can you help with an announcement please.

If anyone around the Gaillac area knows of or is wishing to home a kitten or a cat, we would be very interested to hear from them.

Our dog, Lucky (a rescue dog from Toulouse), made friends with a wild cat living in our rear garden.  Sadly the cat passed away on New Years Day and our little dog hasn’t been the same since.

He wanders around the garden looking for his friend: and of course without success. He’s sad and miserable even off his food.

So we are looking to home a unwanted cat or kitten.

I can be contacted by email.

Many thanks

Martin Pittaway.

Are you eligible to vote ?

Elections Municipales et Régionales 


As probably most of us have heard of, in 2020 we will have elections for both the local councils and the representatives in the regions (Communité de Communes) on the 15th and 20th of March.

If you want to participate and want to vote, you have to be sure that you are on the election list of your town.

The rules: First of all you have to be 18 years of age or more. You must be French or a member of the European Union (UK at this moment included, but depending on Brexit results) living in France. You must have voting rights. And you must be on the list for the local elections in the town where you live. 

Once you are on the list you also may vote for the European Elections (you have to indicate that you want to vote for this also), but you may only vote in one country.

To get on the election list you have to subscribe. But for EU members there are additional rules. You can subscribe in:

  • The town where your house is
  • The town where you live for at least 6 months
  • The town where you pay local taxes (taxe foncière, taxe d’habitation, cotisation d’entreprise) for at least 2 years
  • The town where you have a company as a (co-)owner for at least 2 years and pay local taxes for

When you subscribe you must indicate if you only subscribe for the local elections, only for the European elections, or both.

The subscription can be done on the website of the Service Public via the link

You have to send in a copy of your Passport or ID or Titre de Séjours. Plus, a justificatif de domicile, not older than 3 months. 

You can do everything online, but you also can go to the Mairie of your town to subscribe. On the website you also can find the forms to fill in when you want to do everything per mail.


The subscription needs to be done before the 7th of February 2020. Did you subscribe before? Then it is good to check at the Mairie if you are still on the list. Because of the changes in the recent past some people are not on the list anymore.


It is good to participate in the local elections and to let hear your opinion. It is good to be represented.


Hans Buijserd

Friday, 3 January 2020

Book swap at St. Antonin

The next book swap will be on Monday 6 th January  at 10.30
The Gazpacho. St. Antonin

Thursday, 2 January 2020

A new start doing what she does so well

New Year – new Start

After having worked for 20 years with Agence L’Union in Saint Antonin I had to reorientate myself after the office closed last year. Since I enjoy working in the property market, meeting people and making the process of buying and selling houses as smooth as possible for them, I will be continuing with this line of work, using my good knowledge of the local market to help my future clients. 

will be working as an independent agent with Laforêt in Caussade. Laforêt has 700 offices in France and I will have a strong and well established company with a large base of potential buyers behind me. Our motto is Clarity – Conviviality – Efficiency meaning that it is important for vendors and buyers to have all necessary information to make clear decisions, that we are serious in our approach to work without taking ourselves too seriously and that customer satisfaction is very important to us.

I am based in Saint Antonin and will be covering the area of approximately25km around it. So if you have a property for sale or know of someone who might not be getting the service or viewings they need, please contact me for any help or advice.

Angelika Schmenkel
(Fluent in French, English, German)
06 30 40 98 58 or

Val says , many of us over the years have got to know Angelica, many of us bought a house from her whilst she was with Agence L’Union. I am sure we all wish her well, I certainly do.

Good luck Angelica