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Dear Fellow Members,

I’m writing this Newsletter at the beginning of March. The Mimosas are in full bloom along the Côte d’Azur. Dare we hope that spring may be on its way after weeks of lashing rain and grey skies?  Remember the myth that it never rains here for more than a couple of days due to our protective microclimate? What happened?

We had disastrous weather over Christmas, which was so disappointing for us and for visitors to our area hoping for sunny days and the possibility of having drinks or lunch outside. Unfortunately, it was still mostly wet cold and windy during the Lemon Festival which ended a few days ago with numbers not surprisingly down on last year.

The good news is that things are bright on the Menton BA front. Ten new members joined our branch since January. We’re delighted to welcome Suzanne & Michael Prince, Robert Maymon, Mary-Alice Peaty, Robert & Marianne Edwards, Tim & Rosemarie Martin, Jurgen & Rossy Madsen and are proud of the fact that people from all over the world are joining our branch, making the Menton BA a truly international association. Current membership stands at 130.

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome the new Chaplain of St John’s to Menton, the Reverend David Hart and we look forward to working with David in the future.

We have some interesting events planned for the next few months including a superb lunch at the Catering College in Menton on 20thMarch. Don’t miss it. Book now! A visit to the last privately owned garden in Menton, William Waterfield’s “Le Clos du Peyronnet” is currently under negotiation, as is an outing to the English Polo Club near Fayence and a trip to Italy in celebration of HM’s official birthday in June. Two further events of music, dance and a portrayal of the life of Virginia Wolf at the Salle de St. Exupery in Menton will shortly be finalised.

Within every association there are talented people. You may think you know the person but not be aware of what that person can do. On page 2 of this Newsletter, we endeavour to rectify this and to bring to your attention some of our talented members.


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