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Friday 3 December 2021

Yvette Halen-Devos (6/5/1929 - 4/2/2021) - RIP

We are sorry to announce the passing of Yvette Devos, a long-time member of the Club, on Thursday 4 February 2021 in her 92nd year. Our deepest sympathy goes to her children, Pierre and Carine and grand-children, Charline, Corentine, Alexandre and Juliette. 

Miriam Hodges (22.02.1942 Slovenia - 26.09.2021 Biarritz) RIP

Ken Hodges is sad to announce the death of his wife Miriam, aged 79. She was struck down by a debilitating illness but died peacefully in her sleep.
Miriam was a long-standing SAC member, enjoying the fresh air of the forest and always feeding the birds. She was a keen tennis player and swimmer. A long time ago she adopted the SAC stray cat.
Her other activities included writing a book on Slovenian women authors, which remained unpublished because of political events in Slovenia. She loved the theatre, the subject of her doctorate.
Her tennis partners will miss her. 

With a hop and a skip and away it goes!

Begone old junk! A skip has been hired for the weekend to get rid of much of the junk at the club. So we're looking for volunteers to help! Either turn up or contact Gerald Strouts at .

Getting rid of junk...

We are starting to clear assorted junk that has accumulated over the years and store it by the back gate in a cordoned-off area awaiting the arrival of a skip.
We ask members to take extra care with their small children to keep well away from this area. 

Painting and decorating

The painting and decorating that has been so painstakingly done by Astrid and her extraordinary team are not far from completion. The hours they have put in has transformed our shared second home. 

Bridge News - Tournament time!

Still room for a couple more in the afternoon "pairs" tournament on Thursday 28 October at 2.30 pm. Answers to the quiz (see attachment)  at 2 and a little cocktail afterwards. Contact Jenny Pratt by email ()

Hockey coaching for children aged 5-15

We have found a hockey player (who's appeared for France 134 times!) willing to provide initiation lessons for children aged 5-15 on Wednesday or Saturday afternoons.

If you are at all interested please email Roxane Girault-Kiefe on .

Help Wanted for the Front Desk at weekends!

We need volunteers to look after the front desk on Saturdays and Sundays!
Hours are between 10 am and 5 pm, for at least one hour, please. The duties include checking in members (and guests) and, more importantly, checking their Pass Sanitaires as the Club is required to do. 
Please contact if you can possibly help. Thank you!

Golf News - 2021 Perspectives

Since it has been and is likely to continue to be impossible to hold a Section meeting, please find attached to the main article a review of the situation and perspectives for 2021 by Frédéric Thiriet. Our Villarceaux membership numbers are declining, so if anyone knows anyone who would like to join Villarceaux at the advantageous rates we enjoy, please let the Committee know.

Dynamic Walk in the Woods - Saturday at 2.30 pm

There will be a Dynamic Walk in the Woods this Saturday at 2.30 pm at the front entrance. Please note that if you bring along friends who are not members, don't forget to sign them up as guests and pay a social guest fee at the front desk. Your guests may then use the Club facilities and enjoy the tea afterwards! For more information contact  or .

Brexit News - New Carte de Séjour site open

The new online site for applying for a new, post-Brexit, carte de séjour is now open: https://contacts-demarches.interieur.gouv.fr/brexit/brexit-residence-permit-application/. British nationals residing in France or coming to settle there before 31 December 2020 must apply for a residence permit online on this site before 1 July 2021.
The main article includes some helpful slides presented at the recent Quarterly Meeting of the BCC by the Vice-Chairman, Christopher Chantrey.

Tennis News - Yes, we can play again!

Following the slight relaxation in Covid restrictions, tennis is back again at the Club from Saturday 28 November. See this link for more information from the FFT about how tennis should be played and keep the players safe and healthy.

Tennis Licences

Tennis Licences: All players are required to have a valid tennis licence, with the relevant medical certificates. Please read on to see the details of which licence, if any is appropriate for you. 

Football News - Sunday 18 October game vs Kerala Tuskers

Playing Kerala Tuskers for the second game of the season last Sunday, we lost 3-0. It was an enjoyable game and we played better than against FIFFA the week before. There's no game this Sunday because of the school holidays.

Any member wishing to play football is welcome; please write to . Kick-off at 10:30 every Sunday of the season (except in the middle of school holidays or during long week-ends)
And the 
pitch is wonderful!

Tennis News - Sunday 18 October "Terror Tournament"

Last Sunday a Terror Tournament to celebrate the start of the holidays and Halloween and was greatly enjoyed by all the participants. Organised by our coach, Carole Dacheux and her team, the tournament attracted over 60 players of diverse abilities, men, women, beginners, seasoned players, kids, teenagers, adults and families all organised into about 50 doubles teams. The big winners were Thomas Lavigne and Philippe Colet. Read on to see some photos.

Snooker is back!

We are delighted to announce that the snooker table has been completely refurbished this winter by one of the best European specialists on the market.
The refurbishment has included a Strachan 6811 tournament cloth, recalibrated pockets, new cloth on all 4 cushions added to a perfectly levelled table.
Four brand new Club cues have been put at players' disposal. Some of our passionate players have already started to test the newly refurbished 12ft competition table and appreciated the fantastic conditions of play. 
Please take great care of our valuable BCE Westbury Club table and don’t forget to put the cover back on after playing your game. Read on for more information and a short video about the refurbishment process.