titlepage Le Jumelage Nouveau
In this issue
  • Editorial
  • Chairman's message
  • French facts
  • Play for Elham
  • Pétanque & BBQ
  • Forthcoming events
  • Putting Beaujolais back on the map
  • French recipe
  • French town's UFO landing pad
  • Editorial

    I have received a suggestion that this newsletter should be produced with "double column" format in the style of the broadsheet newspapers, so here it is (but only the hard copy)! (Your comments please)

    I hope you have all had time to look at the updated EVTA website, the photographs which were taken by Sue Winter, Joy Rule and Geoff MacDonald are superb and as always Robin has done a great job displaying them. It certainly makes the area look very inviting for future visits.

    The forthcoming events, which were decided at the last committee meeting, look interesting and it is great news to hear that Sue Winter has rejoined the committee.

    Sue and Joy returned from their visit to BNM with recipes and songs (in French of course) which will appear in this and future newsletters.

    You will, no doubt, be relieved to find this newsletter is shorter than the last one. I hope you find it interesting and, as always, your comments and contributions are very welcome.



    Chairman's message

    This "season of mellow fruitfulness" prompts the committee to prepare events for the winter and spring. We are reintroducing the popular Fête des Rois or Epiphany Party in January with a new twist of a prize for the best French outfit or dress and the tastiest dressing or vinaigrette.

    With the Christmas lunch in December and lunch at a French château in March, the AGM will be in April and the Spring Walk in May. Please note the forthcoming events for dates and more details of these events. Booking forms will be hand delivered or posted before each event to book your place. I am absolutely delighted to welcome Sue Winter back on the committee and look forward to working with her. Photos of our June visit to BNM by Sue, Joy Rule and Geoff and Sheila Macdonald have been posted to our website, do take a few minutes to look at these and the other information there.

    If you have any suggestions for future events I would love to hear from you. I hope you will like what we have planned and that you will be able to join us.

    Au revoir, Joey.

    To Autumn by John Keats

    French Facts

    Play for Elham

    One of our first visitors to the Twinning stand at the "Play for Elham" fête, on 17th July, was Derek Boughton who joined in the fun and played the French game we had organized. It was an excellent day, the weather was kind and lots of money was raised for "Play for Elham" which aims to build a new children's playground. We had lots of visitors to our stand and felt that we had succeeded in raising EVTA's profile.

    Andree Sladden


    Pétanque & BBQ

    Probably due to holidays and other commitments, fewer people than expected turned up for the Pétanque and Barbeque on Sunday 18th July. However, the weather was good and everyone was quite relaxed, drinking copious amounts of wine and eating the odd burger or sausage. Somebody even managed a game of Pétanque!


    Forthcoming Events

    French Film - "Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis"Thursday 24th Sept at Derringstone Hill House Garden Studio. 7·30 for 8pm. £5 members, £7 for non-members
    Christmas LunchSaturday 11th December
    Fête des RoisSaturday 22nd January
    French Coach TripSaturday 5th March
    AGMWednesday 14th April
    Spring WalkEarly May


    Putting Beaujolais back on the map

    "The British wine trade is currently all agog about the quality of the 2009 Beaujolais, eulogizing its drinkability and the fact that serious wines are now made here, with the dreaded beaujolais nouveau but a memory. It's time to take Beaujolais seriously again", they chorus.

    Domaine Henry Fessy, producer of wines from all of the 10 Beaujolais crus, namely Brouilly, Chénas, Chiroubles, Côte de Brouilly, Fleurie, Juliénas, Morgon, Moulin à Vent, Régnié and Saint Armour, also makes the more basic Beaujolais-Villages and a really tasty and quite rare Beaujolais blanc.

    "2009 was a marvelous vintage and a good way to put beaujolais back on the map," says winemaker Laurent Chevalier. "Forget all about Beaujolais nouveau. That was then and this is now. It was a great marketing tool in the seventies and a golden river for producers to pick in September, sell in October and drink in November But as a region we've outgrown it, concentrating instead on making the best we can at the top end".

    This top end - the aforementioned 10 crus - often gets dismissed as being rather lightweight and not in the same league as the great wines of Burgundy and the Rhône. They are certainly not so expensive, with a top Fleury around half the price of a top Beaune or a half-decent Hermitage, but that is no reason to take them lightly.

    Tasting all the 2009 range, the wines are hugely appealing with luscious juicy red and black fruit, soft tannins and gentle acidity. Although all are from the same grape (100% gamay), they do differ. The Fleurie is round and generous, the Juliénne more tannic and complex and the Chiroubles elegant and fine. We're often told that Beaujolais can be drunk young when it is vibrant and refreshing but these wines age very well.

    Today, burgundy is too pricey and beaujolasis too cheap; fine Beaujolais is an ideal credit crunch wine. Instead of spending £30 on a bottle of crus classé claret, top burgundy or rhône you could spend the same on three bottles of Juliénas, say, and enjoy its rhône-like youth or let it mature into something slightly burgundian.

    "There are indeed elements of both Burgundy and the Rhône in the wines of Beaujolais," Chevalier says, "But we make gamay here, with around 90% of the world's plantings, and we value our independence. We see ourselves as a proud little Gaulois village holding out against outsiders thanks to our magic potion."

    The magical properties cannot be vouched for, but on this evidence the potion's an extremely drinkable one.

    Extracted from an article by Jonathan Ray published in the Telegraph on 26th June 2010. "Gamay is a purple-colored grape variety used to make red wines, most notably grown in Beaujolais and in the Loire Valley around Tours. Its full name is Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc. It is a very old cultivar, mentioned as long ago as the 15th century. It has been often cultivated because it makes for abundant production; however it can produce wines of distinction when planted on acidic soils, which help to soften the grape's naturally high acidity." (from Wikipedia)


    A French recipe

    This is an authentic French recipe brought back from BNM by Sue Winter and Joy Rule:

    1. Prendre une douzaine de cuisses par personne
    2. Les essuyer, les rouler dans la farine
    3. Les faire sauter 6mn dans du beurre bien chaud et en les retournant
    4. Saler, poivrer
    5. Disposer les cuisses cuites sur un plat de service
    6. Parsemer d'ail et de persil haché
    7. Napper les cuisses du beurre de caisson auquel on peut ajouter un jus de citron
    8. Décorer de rondelles de citron et de persil
    9. Servir très chaud.
    Bon appétit!


    French town's UFO strip welcomes first visitor!

    A small town in France that built the country's only council-funded UFO landing pad has received its first craft after a 34 year wait!  Arès, near Bordeaux, SW France has decided to try and attract Martians to its triangular "OVNIPORT" (OVNI = Objet Volant Non-Identifié) with its very own fake Martian craft. Made by a local artist, the man-made UFO "landed" on the strip on 7th September and, it is hoped, will entice any hesitant extraterrestrials in search of a runway. A plaque reads "Reserved for Voyagers of the Universe" The operation has been dubbed "Allo Arès, ici UFO." Arès built the pad in 1975 after a local airport electrician and UFO nut complained to local authorities that "France had no alien craft strips."
    The local mayor liked the idea and decreed that extraterrestrial visitors would be exempt from airport tax and could take part in any local boules or mud-skating competitions. Mud-skaters are attached to the feet and used to stay on the surface of mudflats while looking for cockles-a local pastime in the seaside town, situated next to the Acachon basin. More than anything the strip was a ploy to attract tourists, up to 20,000 of whom visit every year.


    Editor: Pauline Davis, 24 Hog Green, Elham, Canterbury CT4 6TU.   Tel: 01303 840367   e-mail: paulinedavis42[at]yahoo.co.uk

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