Whats on in Poitou-Charentes, December 2017


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Well to start with at the beginning of the month there are major cosmic events and we will all feel energised and be full of beans! There is yet another super moon and other stuff to give your vibes a boost.  So to quote from the web site.

‘There is some solar storm activity that is affecting our world as we enter a stream of powerful solar wind. This can bring some very powerful and intense energy to our world and will continue over the next 2-3 days. You may have already been feeling it over the last few days; heightened emotions on either end of the spectrum….’ 

Personally I have little faith in it but it is little faith, I am not completely dismissing it.

OK back to earth and on to what is happening in the Poitou-Charentes bit of the earth.

EXPOSITION : CANIS LUPUS L’Alpha 1 rue Coulomb 16000 ANGOULEME. It has been on for some time and ends early January 2018, check web site for opening times. (more) 

Are there Grey Wolves living wild in France? YES, are they in Poitou-Charentes? read my blog about Grey Wolves

CONCERT : SOUL TIME SYSTEM Espace Henri Matisse 196 avenue du Général De Gaulle 16800 SOYAUX 8th December (more)

PINEAU ROUSSILLE : PORTES OUVERTES Pineau Roussille 21 rue de Libourdeau 16730 LINARS  9th and 10th December and its Free (more)

MARIONNETTES : GEPETTO Salle des fêtes 1 rue des écoles 16600 MORNAC 10th December (more)

Spectacle Irish Celtic Generations à Montmorillon le 10 décembre 2017 (more)

CONCERT MUSIQUE  ET ORGUE Eglise Saint-Maxime Rue de la Fontaine de Pommeau 16500 CONFOLENS 10th December (more)

CONCERT DE NOËL Eglise 16700 RUFFEC Also on 10th December so what will it be Ruffec or Confolens? (more)

Concert Choeurs Armee Russe Etoile Rouge à Chatellerault le 12 décembre 2017 (more)

Spectacle Augustin, Pirate des Indes à Chasseneuil du Poitou le 16 décembre 2017 (more)

FÊTE DE LA LUMIÈRE ET MARCHÉ DE NOËL Le Bourg16220 ECURAS 15th to 17th Dec (more)





MARCHÉ FERMIER DE NOËL Chambre d’agriculture 66 impasse Niepce16000 ANGOULEME. 22nd and 23rd December, Final chance to get your Christmas goodies! (more)

Boutique éphémère d’artisans durables.  31 GRAND’RUE79700 MAULÉON 23rd December (more)

Exposition Photo – Jazz bat la campagne, Parthenay  31st December (more)

So there you have a few events that are on this month. As always I suggest you check out the web sites of the individual departments where there is usually more things listed. Having said that I could not find anything in the site for Charente-Maritime. You can click on the link and see for yourself. I presume there will be things happening in places like Royan and La Rochelle this month but I searched other sites and could not find anything. I spent a long time trying and all I found was a reference to a Festival of Light in Royan and skating in Royan but I could not find dates or venues.  If anyone can help I will add stuff in but for now there are no links to anything in Charente-Maritime.


What’s on in Poitou-Charentes; November 2017

I have a confession to make which is that by this stage of the year I normally give up on doing this aspect of my Poitou-Charentes blog. However having looked at the statistics for it this morning I have found that people are still looking at the page about what is on. In fact it is the second most popular page. The one that always tops the list is the page about Why the English refer to the French as Frogs. I have added the link to that page in case you are interested. It is if I say so myself a well researched article.

I have picked out a few interesting (to me) things that are ‘on’ this month, but as always in France there is a lot going on.  Mostly they are now what I would call minor events as summer is the time for the big spectaculars. As always I would recommend going to the web sites of the individual departments and try and  work you way through them to see exactly what is on. Here is my selection.

EXPOSITION PHOTOGRAPHIQUE “DE-CI, DE-LÀ”Espace découverteLes Remparts – Place de la Salle Verte16100 COGNAC 1st November to 31st December (more)


VOITURES ANCIENNES Place du Château16200 JARNAC 12th November (more)

FESTIVAL D’AUTOMNE 15 NOVEMBRE 2017 AU 30 DÉCEMBRE 2017La Rochelle (more)

Literatures Europeennes; Cognac: 16th to 19th November (more)

SORTIE ORNITHOLOGIQUE Maison des lacs16310 MASSIGNAC 18th November  (more)

CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL Place de la Mairie 16310 MONTEMBOEUF 18th November(more)

Exposition Patrick Pichon Melle  19th November (more) 

Exposition de Michel Andre dit Croctoo, Niort 24th November. (more)

Marans; Charente-Maritime.


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Marans is one of more northerly towns in the Charente-Maritime very close to the boundary with the Vendée, The River Sevre-Niortaise runs through the centre of the town on its way to La Rochelle and the Atlantic-Ocean.
This was once an important port with a large trade in Wheat and Dairy products, today the port  has no commercial importance save that of a marina for pleasure craft.

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The unusual futuristic Church spire of Marans, the Covered Market hall, the ancient moulin de Beauregard and the ruins of of the Eglise St. Etienne, together with the walks along the harbour side makes Marans a pleasant stop off on your journey.This is the covered market.

Having said that on the day we visited in early September it was very quiet, many shops and restaurants were closed and only a few people were about. The busiest part was the main through road which had an almost constant passage of heavy lorries moving through.

There were a couple of boat hire places open but no queues to get on the boats like I have encountered in places like Coulon during mid summer. I suppose it was the beginning of the ‘end of the season’. Evidently in days gone by there was a flourishing dairy industry, based on cattle which were well fed on the surrounding Marrais Poitevin pastures.

This is what the information board said.

Finally a few more photos that I took whilst there…note the lack of people. Anyway very pleasant and well worth a look, maybe in the summer.

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Barthélémy Fabbro   A citizen of Marans, Mr. Barthélémy Fabbro, provided for the construction of a bell tower in 1988 thanks to a donation. He deplored to see the church in which he had made his first communion,  remain without steeple. At the age of 93, he decided to offer this new constuction to the city and he chose the style. A company of the commune specialized in the construction of masts and they formulated the new bell-tower, paying homage to the know-how of the Marrans people……

To see comments and photos of other towns and villages in what was Poitou-Charentes  click Towns and villages.

What’s on in Poitou-Charentes; October 2017


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There is still a lot going on in the Poitou-Charentes region this month. This is just a selection, I would suggest you also visit the tourist sites for each region where they list far more. However I am disappointed to see that on the regions websites they have listings for the Claudio Zavatta circus, and the  Grand Cirque St-Petersbourg . It seems that these events are still popular in France. My objection is their use of wild animals like Lions and Tigers.  What sort of life is it being transported from place to place and then having to preform. This is a link to a Utube clip showing the lions being ‘cared for’ in a cage. You make up your own mind.

Between the two towers Jazz Festival: La Rochelle: 30th September to 7th October (more)

Cirque Claudio Zavatta; Niort  1st October (more).

Well I would advise against this if they sill are using wild animals, tigers and lions etc I would direct you to a blog I wrote some years ago.  Maybe its just clowns and high wire stuff but if its wild animals then give it a miss.

Semaine Bleue et “américaine”: Niort,  2nd to 6th October (more)

RALLYE DUNES ET MARAIS,du 06/10/2017 au 08/10/2017,ST PALAIS SUR MER (more)

CINEMA: NÉS EN CHINE Rue d’Aquitaine16190 MONTMOREAU 8th October (more)

Angie Palmer in concert Luzay 14th October (more)

Spectacle Kamel le Magicien à Poitiers le 15 octobre 2017 (more)


Concert Oumou Sangare à Poitiers le 20 octobre 2017 (more)

I do not know what this is all about, but the poster for it is quite eye catching….maybe click on the link and you may find out more and it might be of interest… better than French TV no doubt.


Concert Hommage a Stephane Grappelli à Chasseneuil du Poitou le 20 octobre 2017 (more)

Spectacle Le Grand Cirque St-Petersbourg Légende à Chatellerault le 20 octobre 2017 (more)

And it is on again in Poitiers. Spectacle Le Grand Cirque St-Petersbourg Légende à Poitiers  21st to 23rd  October 2017(more)



I would suggest you do not visit these events. They give the wrong message to children about respect for wild animals.


Festival international du Film Ornithologique; Meningoute: 27th Oct to 1st Nov. (more)

Projection du film “Marie baigne dans le beurre”; Luzay 27th October (more) 

Hmm, well if my translation of the title of the film is correct…. then the mind boggles.

Rallye International de Charente 2017 photos


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We set ourselves up in the little hamlet of Le Temple which is just north of Cellefruin and waited for the arrival of the cars. In fact we waited quite a long time and there was absolutely no one about, then an English couple turned up and explained that maybe the participants had stopped for mid morning coffee in Champagne Mouton.

Anyway eventually some Gendarmes came  through and a few fancy cars that were not actually in the rallye and the first car through was this very nice little French Triump Vitesse.

Here are some of the early arrivals, I have photos of most of the cars, I am somewhat biased so not everything got snapped.

Now we have some slide shows and if you see your car and would like a high definition copy of the photo then a nice request will no doubt be successful. The first photo is of a gate I was standing next to and over it is draped a dead and dried out grass snake!

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Here are some more , they are more or less in chronological order, although the computer reorganised some of them for me. I have also mainly shown photos of cars that were displaying the Rallye de Charente plate, ie official participants.

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This is the next batch

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And these were the back markers.

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I do not have a favourite, I do like Austin Healeys and Triumps are nice also the classic French cars look great but I have selected this photo as my featured ‘image’ because the driver looks so happy.


Also it was nice that so many drivers waved, piped their horn, flashed their lights and even slowed down so I could get  good shots…. thankyou.

Angouleme, Tour de Remparts weekend


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Went to Angouleme for lunch today, its the weekend of the Tour de Remparts and the Rallye de Charente, so lots of lovely cars. We had a quick look round but it was getting near to lunch time and there were quite a lot of people about so food was more of a priority than cars.


The booking hall was open to book a seat for Sundays racing round the town, I have never seen it, but I will one day.

We chose a restaurant with seats by the road so I could enjoy food and cars at the same time. It was the Resto des Halles, opposite les Halles as you might expect. The food was excellent and it was sunny and there were quite a few cars passing by.




All around it was cloudy and a massive storm was brewing to the north, we just  got back to our car as it started to rain and leaving Angouleme it was hammering down…. not so good for the open top cars.

Here are some of the cars we saw whilst eating my Moule picante. ( had spicy sausage with it and almost burnt onions… very tasty.) This is a Triump TR6 we had one of them years ago, ours was  chocolate and cream colour.

This is a Porsche 911 , we had two of them but not this model. We had the one before and the one after.

Lotus 7, never had one of them. This one was driven by a very old lady, well 75 plus and why not said Anita.

There were quite a few Jaguars about, we never had this model but we did have two XJS’s. I did catch  site of a nice XJS convertible but it was some way off and lots of other traffic about. No doubt see it tomorrow when we will be photographing the cars on the Rallye.

This one (actually there were two of them) roared past, I do not know what it is but suspect it is one for the racing on Sunday.

This BMW was also quite noisy, we have recently come to be BMW owners, first was a 3 series then a 5 series and now we have a 420 coupe, very nice and as near to a Porsche as I will get for the foreseeable future after the last one let me down big time.

Maybe this next car  would be a possibility in the future, they hold their value quite well, but insurance is a bit high and repairs/servicing can be a tad expensive.

Mission de France


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In the area around Civray there are lots of crosses, often in rather remote but visible places, and often they have an inscription which just says ‘Mission 1953’ or some other year.  Have you ever wondered what it is all about…. yes, something religious and obviously something evangelical, but why in the early 50’s and why in such remote places?

Well I did a bit of research and there is not that much that I could find but its seems that it is all down to a Cardinal Suhard.  He was the Roman Catholic cardinal of Paris, in the 1940’s.  untitled It seems that the Cardinal had the view that certain sections of the French population were not as God fearing as he would have liked them to have been. Especially in some of the rural areas and maybe also in some more industrialised areas as well, ie where times were hard. It is perhaps not surprising that after the first world war and the depression, the faith of some of the less fortunate in society had become somewhat diluted. And of course times were only going to get worse as the second world war kicked in.

Cardinal Suhard said in 1941  ( this is a translation from the original French, so sometimes it sounds a little strange , but I think you will get the gist of it)

“Il y a un mur qui sépare l’Eglise de la masse. Ce mur, il fa.ut l’abattre à tout prix pour rendre au Christ les foules There is a wall separating the Church from the masses, and this wall must be felled at all costs to restore to Christ the crowds, who have lost it.
This observation becomes a requirement for Cardinal Emmanuel Suhard, Archbishop of Paris. Under his impulsion,  The Assembly of Cardinals and Archbishops of France decided on 14 July 1941 to install in Lisieux a Seminary of the Mission of France, near the Carmel of St. Teresa of the Child Jesus. 
Entrusted to Father Louis Augros, the seminary opens its doors on October 5, 1942. Soon, the candidates flock and the seminar becomes a place for meetings and debates. At the end of their studies, the priests are sent as a team. Communities are formed in dechristianized rural areas, then in the suburbs  Workers in large cities. Some priests have a professional activity that can lead to engagement social commitment (trade union).
29 May: a canonical status is given for three years on trial. It is little implemented.
The solidarities woven in this new or unknown world worry some and frighten. The development of  the Mission calls for decisions. The superior is dismissed. the seminar must leave Lisieux,
Moved to Limoges, and was closed the following year. That same year, Rome banned internships and work of the priest-workers. They must leave factories and workshops on 1 March 1954.
August 15: Under the impulse of Cardinal Achille Liènart, the Pope granted the Mission of France an original status.
October: the seminary opens its doors in Pontigny, with a superior distinct from the Vicar general.
There are 50 teams, including three in the Maghreb.
The Mission of France takes a public position for the respect of the rights of the Algerian Independence. It is the starting point for the presence of teams in other countries: Côte d’Ivoire in 1960, Argentina in 1962.


So it wold seem that it had a short life span from 1941 until around 1958 and then it continued in South America for a while. It is possible that Cardinal Suhard was the driving force and he died in 1949 so that with his demise the movement lost its way. Having said that there is a cross (illustrated above) with the date 1955 so it was still active then.

I wonder what the ‘mission’ involved, was it just the erecting of crosses in areas where the population were thought to need a bit of religious elbowing. Or did it involve a meeting with some evangelical curate inspiring? the locals. Were leaflets delivered? No doubt money was collected.

If you have any info on this then please pass it on and I can add more to this post than just the bare bones  that we have here.


Rallye de Charente 2017 route


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The route for this years rallye has been announced and here it is… In two parts, the morning section, then they stop for lunch and then the afternoon section. If you would like to check out the official site then here is a link to it Rallye International de Charentes

The Morning route.


The afternoon route