Bohars May 2014 – part 1 – Marché de St Renan

This is the first of several posts showing what we got up to on our long-weekend visit to Bohars over the May 2014 Bank Holiday.

We visited the market at St Renan – narrow streets packed with stalls selling every kind of fresh fruit and veg and much more.

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Select your own live crab (crabe) or lobster (homard)…

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If you don’t want a whole loaf they will happily cut you a half…

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A corner of the town square…

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Stawberries (fraises) lined up with military precision…

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You wouldn’t be in France without the chance to buy some cheese.  The one with seaweed (fromage aux algues) is particularly nice…

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And finally some colourful spices (épices)…

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So now you know just a little of what we saw in the market, and maybe learned a few words of French at the same time.

In the News

The recent visit  to our twin-town Bohars was featured in the regional newspaper Le Télégramme.

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You can read the original article on their website.

Here’s my translation (apologies in advance for any errors):

The Bohars-Tarporley twinning committee celebrated its 30th anniversary this weekend. David Dunning, the English president, crossed the Channel with 11 other English twinners. Raymond Le Goueff, the current Boharsien twinning  president,  gave them a “30th Anniversary Special” Breton hat, and the mayor presented a gift box during a buffet dinner* on Saturday night attended by 80 people.
On Sunday, 37 people headed to Guerledan in the Côtes-d’Armor for a lunch cruise on the lake, under a bright sun, before a visit to this part of inland Brittany. Twenty young people from  Tarporley cross the Channel every year to continue this friendship of 30 years.  The English return by boat today.
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( * I reckon “un apéro dînatoire” means a dinner with drinks but not at the table – anyway  it was a buffet.   I was there.  And drinks, music, dancing and fireworks – more of that later. )

A Growing Relationship – Pear Trees!

The trees planted brought from Tarporley and planted in a new orchard in Bohars last November are growing and flowering.  In a poetic mood one could say like the relationship between the two villages…

Here are some photos from Joel Gourmel showing them in April 2014..

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Appropriately the pears are the variety ‘Concorde’.  We’ll be keeping track of their progress over the next couple of years until they produce their first fruit.

 

Quiz Night – March 29th

Our annual quiz evening, open to everyone.

Come along for a fun and not-too-challenging quiz evening organised by the Twinning Association.  Teams of 6 to 8 people.  Saturday 29th March 2014 in the Scout Hut at 7:00 for 7:30pm.  Tickets are only £5.00 per person, available from members or from Swaffields.

A limited number of tickets will also be available on the door.

Don’t worry, no knowledge of French is needed for the quiz!

Pear Trees to Bohars

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2013 was the 30th Anniversary of the Tarporley/Bohars twinning agreement, and to commemorate it in Bohars their Community Management Team donated a piece of land in the middle of the village to commemorate the anniversary.

The land will be used for planting fruit trees and the crop will be for the whole village to pick and keep. The Bohars Twinning Group asked whether there could be a selection of pear trees from Tarporley planted in the orchard in honour of our joint venture.

The Tarporley Parish Council was pleased to support the idea and kindly sponsored the cost of the trees.  As November is regarded as the ideal planting time David Dunning, Chairman of the Tarporley Twinning Association, and long-time member Tom Kenny agreed to purchase the pear trees, take them across to France and plant them. A short trip starting on Friday 29th November for 2 nights took place and the trees were planted on Saturday morning – followed by a celebratory toast to the event!

 

30th Anniversary Visit From Bohars

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In May 2013 Tarporley hosted a 30th Anniversary visit by around 30 of our friends from Bohars.  There was a reception with live music provided by the Tarporley silver band, trips to Llangollen and the Horseshoe Falls, as well as dinner and dancing at Willington Hall, and of course  visits to Chester and local pubs.

A commemorative plaque was presented and is now on show in the centre of Tarporley village.