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7VSG – lots of events planned

We’ve just received details of the full programme of events that is planned by the 7 Valleys Social Group. In case you’re not on their mailing list, we’re reproducing their newsletter here:

Line Dancing.
We are pleased to announce the start of our regular Line Dance evenings – the first being on Wednesday 25th April. Our Line Dance teacher Suzi will be in attendance to show you the steps and organise the dances. The cost of participation is 4€ pp to be paid on each night. The evenings will comprise two one hour sessions starting at 7.30pm with a break at 8.30pm. Doors open 7pm. Why not make a night of it and bring your friends too!
All our Line Dance dates until the summer holiday break are:
Wednesday April 25th
Wednesday May 9th
Wednesday May 23rd
Wednesday June 13th
Wednesday June 27th
Did you know? … Line dancing is not only a huge amount of fun, but very good exercise too!

Club summer opening arrangements – Every Wednesday evening through July & August.
For the convenience and enjoyment of our members and their family/guests the club will be open every Wednesday evening during July and August. All the club facilities will be available including games, pool table and bar.
(Special dates within this period are: July 11th BBQ and August 27th BBQ.)

Murder Mystery Night at the 7VSG Club Room — Saturday May 5th (hurry – only a few places left)
A chance for you to figure out ‘who dunnit’ and enjoy a fun filled evening into the bargain. At various times throughout the evening our drama group will be unfolding a Murder Mystery. Someone in the room is the murderer, but who? Only the ‘murderer’ him/herself will know. This event will be strictly limited to 30 places, so do please book and pay for your places early. The meal will be a cold carvery including wine, starter, main course, dessert and coffee. Vegetarian available by prior arrangement. 10€ pp inclusive … Contact Sandra on sanclarke22@yahoo.co.uk

Drama Group.
It’s all systems go for our drama group who are at present rehearsing for an Old Time Music Hall which will be performed in the summer. They are also engaged in preparations for our next Panto which already looks like it will be a lot of fun. It’s not too late for you to join our drama group. People are always needed for on stage, back stage and techies. No previous experience needed.

Local Brocantes.
Thanks to Sandra our website ‘local brocantes’ page is now updated for 2012: http://www.ourfrance.net/brocantes.html

Club information and 7VSG programme for 2012 (plus events and special summer holiday opening times)
http://www.ourfrance.net/2-7vsg1.html

Pantomime tickets are selling fast

The 7VSG drama group has been working very hard for some months to bring their first production “Cinderella the Panto” to northern France (well, Cavron St Martin anyway). As a traditional comedy pantomime “Cinderella the Panto” will be performed in English. However, the storyline will be narrated in French between scenes.

Tickets went on sale last week and the organisers are pleased and encouraged by the number already sold.

There will be two evening performances only:  Friday 20th and Saturday 21st January 2012. Because of the high initial demand for seats and the limited capacity of the auditorium, only around 25 tickets remain available for each performance. So, if you intend to see the show, you should make sure not leave ordering too late. If sales continue at the present rate, tickets will be sold out well before show-time.

To order your tickets email Sandra on: sanclarke22@yahoo.co.uk or use the website contact form: http://www.ourfrance.net/contact.html

Please state which day would be your first preference. Tickets 5€ adult 3€ child.

The 7VSG bar will be open to take interval orders.

For more information please visit: http://www.ourfrance.net/events.html and http://www.ourfrance.net/news.html

7VSG ~ A really good night out!

Sue and I had a very entertaining evening at the 7VSG club in Cavron St Martin.  Organisers Alex and Debbie were in good form and the Autumn Quiz was won by the defending champions “Hardup Hall” but not without a strong challenge from “Team Average” who actually led by one point until falling away on the “True or False” final round of questions.  It seems even 7 “average” heads are no match for 5 outstanding intellects.

Of course, several other teams enjoyed the evening just as much if not more.  Getting the answers wrong can be just as entertaining, and often a lot more fun than getting them right!

The next 7VSG event will be the Halloween Party (see poster).

If you haven’t been to a 7VSG event you should certainly try it out.  You’ll be amazed at the excellent facilities that Alex and Debbie have worked hard to provide, as well as the exceptionally low price of drinks and entertainment.

Restaurant La Planquette, Cavron St Martin: good wholesome French country cooking at a reasonable price

My brother-in-law and his wife have been staying with us for a few days to celebrate her birthday and they very kindly invited us out for dinner. They left it to us to decide on the restaurant. This was a great responsibility, given that my brother-in-law enjoys French food and wine and is a member of the prestigious and exclusive ‘Pink Elephant’ Dining Club in Bristol. There, they specialise in French food and wine from various Regions, bringing in Michelin-starred chefs to cook for them! All rather grand and a lot to live up to!

So, it was with some trepidation that I chose a local restaurant, as they do not like to go far in the evenings, even in search for excellent cooking, and wanted a typical local place. The Restaurant de la Planquette is in nearby Cavron St Martin, a few kilometres outside Fressin. It is situated in a charming spot, along side the river Planquette, from which it takes its name, which is a small tributary of the river Canche. The Restaurant has recently been refurbished, but has preserved its rustic style and décor.

The Caron family who run La Planquette seen here in the restaurant dining room (photo: La Voix Du Nord)

We had a table near the fireplace, in which a roaring log fire greeted us. The location and ambiance were an instant hit, so the first hurdle was duly cleared. We ordered an aperitif, a bottle of 2009 Sauvignon Blanc from the Pays d’Oc, and this was served with a selection of charcuterie and crusty French country bread – again, this went a down a treat!

We all chose the €18 menu, which offered a variety of starters, including my favourite snails. My brother-in-law chose trout served in a cream sauce, which again passed the test for freshness and flavour. For mains, he chose steak, and the rest of us chose magret de canard, both of which melted in our mouths. We washed this down with a 2005 Chateau-bottled Bordeaux, which was very good indeed and served at room temperature – in other words, slightly on the cold side, which brought out its flavours. A plate of local cheeses followed, including maroilles, accompanied by a green salad with a delightful dressing. For desert, we chose home-made pastries and ice cream.

By now, we were all well and truly satisfied and decided to have coffee – and a digestif – at home. The bill came to a remarkable €115 for the four of us, including tax and service, which was very friendly and attentive. My brother-in-law pronounced the choice of restaurant a great success, not only offering good cooking – in the cuisine bourgeoise style – but also excellent value for money. I was quite relieved!

Contact Details:
Restaurant de la Planquette
8 rue Mairie
62410 Cavron St Martin
Tel: 03 21 86 90 64