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6th March 2019 - 26th March 2019


Hello Everyone
Hark!  As the clocks go forward do I hear a deep grumbling sound coming from those who bemoan the mysterious loss of an hour of sleep.  To them I say come on – set your alarm for 6.30am, leap out of bed, pull on your thick jumper and step outside into the half-light.  Be the first to hear the birds and see the sunrise.  Lighter, longer evenings offer a more gentle way of tickling the senses when we can carry our aperitif outside and take in the scent of the Spring flowers and the trill of a blackbird.  We don’t ask much of our picture postcard part of France, only that it continues to astound and surprise us.  

Cherry Blossom

This month’s Drop-Ins:

Wednesday 3rd April – Céret – 10.30-12
Pablo’s Bar in the Place Pablo Picasso. Come and join us for coffee and conversation. There are books and DVDs.

Monday 15 April – Laroque – 10.30-12
First of all many apologies to those of you who turned up at the Café last month.  I’m afraid we weren’t given any advance warning that they would be closed so we couldn’t let you know.  Circumstances beyond our control I’m afraid.
This month, business as usual.  Come along and have a browse, buy a coffee and take two books.  We have a large turnover of books and we encourage you to bring as many paperbacks as you can.


  • No hardback books (unless they are brand new and up to date and can be used as a tombola prize or sold at a Vide Grenier)
  • No CDs
  • No paperbacks which are in poor condition or extremely old!

Wednesday 17th April – Ile sur Têt – 10-12
Frankie Ward will be at Lizzie’s this month.  She used to be a speech therapist and she is going to give a talk entitled « I ain’t going to teach you to talk proper ».  Should be interesting and fun.  Coffee and cake as usual. .


Wednesday 10 April CSF Open Meeting Hotel Le Mas des Arcades Perpignan

Not long now before we assemble for our annual Open Meeting.  Quite a few of you have already signed up but please, if you haven’t and are teetering on the edge, here are the details again to help you decide. *

Our Open Meeting is a chance to meet up with people who are involved with CSF and who use this occasion as a good excuse to come and have a chat and get acquainted with all things national and local. It’s informal and friends and family are welcome to join us.

We will start with coffee at 9.45 and the meeting will start at 10.15. After a brief update on all the CSF news, there’s a talk from our guest speakers Alain and Monique Perrault who have worked for a long time for La Ligue contre le cancer. This is the 100th year that La Ligue has been in existence. Monique and Alain will talk about its history, what La Ligue does and about the research they carry out.

We have a *three-course lunch which is €22.  You can pay by cheque or cash.  Make your cheque payable to Table du Mas and just hand it to me at coffee time. 
*May I ask you to please let me know by the Sunday 7 April, if you could like to come.

Saturday 13 April Spring Fayre Argens-Minervois – Aude 10 – 4pm

Forgive me if I don’t go into great detail about this Spring event in the far-off land of Argens-Minervois. It’s not on our patch but have a look at the poster attached and you’ll see that there’s mention of a fish & chip lunch which apparently is not to be missed! There’ll be stalls and games and music and fun to be had so take family and friends, have a day out and go and explore before our roads start to feel the Easter rush.

CSF Spring Fayre

Sunday 12 May Vide Grenier St Cyprien
CSF will be at the Vide Grenier again this year. We’ll have books and DVDs of course, and you can certainly add to these, but we also need other things we can sell. Anything which is in good condition. Bring them on the day or to one of our Drop Ins or let me know if you need anything picking up.

Some of you have very kindly offered to help on the stalls and I’m putting together a small rota. We have had a good response but we could do with one or two extra pairs of hands just to give people a lunch or coffee break.

Wednesday 15 May – Sunday 19 May CSF NATIONAL CYCLE FOR LIFE 2019

In May 2019 our cycle ride will take place over 5 days in the Languedoc-Roussillion.

csf cycle for life

I know there’s a lot of information here but this is an important event in the CSF calendar.  It covers a large part of the south of France and events like this help enormously to reinforce our presence and validate the work we do.

Our cycle ride will take place over 5 days in the Languedoc-Roussillion.  Participants will cycle through some of the most diverse landscapes, cycling from Mazamet in the Montagne Noire to Bedarieux (Haut Langudeoc national Park) and then from Beziers to Perpignan.  The route distances will be between 40km and 50km per day and are suitable for novice cyclists and families.    If you are interested in riding then please drop Sasha a line at admin@cancersupportfrance.org or visit https://csfcycleforlife.org    This is an excellent website which tells you exactly where all the stages take place.  
Whether at the first two stages or here in the P.O., it would be great if people could come and cheer the riders or lend a hand, particularly on the final 2 days, 18th & 19th May, in Perpignan.  
Yes, this last part of the ride is on our home turf, so we are making a HUGE PLEA for help and support and for cakes and quiches.  If you can’t ride or help, or even if you are away on the day, perhaps you could provide a cake or a quiche?  (Arrangements can be made to collect them from you.)
Below you will see the points at which we need people – they are marked in red
Please contact Penny (sud-penny@cancersupportfrance.org) if you would like to help at any of the following points:
On Saturday 18 May, the cyclists will be riding the stage between Gruissan and Le Barcares.  CSF members have lent us their home in Port-Leucate for the afternoon tea/beer stop. 
The last morning, Sunday 19 May, the stage is in the Pyrénées-Orientales, between Le Barcares and Perpignan.  Can anyone help with a small amount of marshalling and/or cheering and supporting along the route. 
Around noon we will need to be cheering people home in Perpignan.  The finishing line will be near the Palais de Congres at lunchtime.  Here there’ll be the celebratory buffet with cakes and quiches and drinks all round

Friday 24 May CSF Sponsored Skydive Ariège 11am

In 2017 a CSF member lost a dear friend to cancer.  This year as she reaches her 70th birthday, she is performing a skydive in his memory to raise funds for Cancer Support France (Sud).  This all happens at L’Aérodrome de Pamiers, Les Pujols, at 11am.  Sponsorship is easy.  All you have to do is contact Pam at pam.mercer@live.com

Thursday 5 September CSF SUD WALK FOR LIFE Prats de Farga Maureillas
Last year our Walk for Life event went very well.
This year there will again be two sponsored walks although they will be different from last year.

Also lots of activities, including pétanque, stalls with cakes, books, bric-a-brac and CSF products. There will be a licensed bar, tea & coffee. Also a barbecue where you can cook your lunch so bring a picnic and we can all sit and eat together. A good day out for all the family. There will be more details very soon.

Diana Eastaff

Are you interested in finding out more about what CSF does?  If so please email Penny (sud-president@cancersupportfrance.org)

Please pass this on to anyone you know who may be interested in any of these events and for further information please contact me by e-mail on deastaff@yahoo.co.uk or by phone 04 68 82 90 49.

And check out our website at csf-suddefrance.webs.com for all our future events

In 2017 a CSF member lost a dear friend to cancer. This year, as she reaches her 70th birthday, she is performing a Skydive in his memory, to raise funds for Cancer Support France (CSF).


The event will take place on Friday 24th May at 11am, at l’Aérodrome de Pamiers – Les Pujols, in the Ariège. Everyone is welcome to come and watch, but, in any event, a donation to CSF would be very welcome.

Please make cheques payable to CSF Sud de France, and send to
Brian Thomas, CSF Treasurer,
198 Chemin de la Gravette,
11620, Villemoustaussou.

Please mark the envelope with the word “skydive”

If you require more information, contact pam.mercer@live.com


6th March 2019
26th March 2019
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