by Bernard Geoffroy
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Thirty years. It has been exactly three decades since the AVF antenna appeared Vernay-sur-Havre (Evre) – Reception of French cities – promotes the integration of newcomers, as well as people looking for social connections. “This is what we were asked to do. Jacques Demerof the first magistrate at the time, a task that is still relevant in a city like Vernay, which, due to its heritage, history and role as a small local capital, continues to attract new residents,” he explains. Annie Gauthierpresident for three years, one of the founders of the Vernolian branch.
As evidence, in November 2022, about 80 couples were admitted to the rookie party, which had never been seen before. People who responded to the invitation Francoise Herault, the vice-president of the AVF Vernolienne, who spent a lot of time reviewing the electoral roll of the town with three hundred new registrants, a list that thus allowed the identification of these new residents.
A success that earned Verneuil congratulations from the regional AVF, noting that “no other branch in Normandy has welcomed so many newcomers,” smiles Anna Gauthier.
And those who decided to join AVF Verno do not regret it, because the rich program of activities shows the viability of the association.
First of all, there is a Saturday office from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the ground floor of Maison Dufour to inform new residents about the city they have adopted. “Every time we see about twenty people passing by the coffee,” says Annie Gauthier.
AVF then offers weekly or monthly meetings, meetings and workshops, usually in the Salle Victor-Linart, but also in its premises or even in the media library. Card games, intellectual games, creating Japanese bouquets, themed cafes, book meetings… Take your pick!
This includes trips to nature, walks, bowling trips Eagle (Orn)…
“However, we do not keep both feet in the same shoe, as we offer new events every year,” the president emphasizes. Like the dictation for everyone on Tuesdays at 2:15 pm in the Linart room to assess the level of writing skills, “a workshop that gathers about fifteen volunteers.”
Also new, spoken English workshop on Mondays at 2pm at La Ruche (Ex-Mjc) or on site. “This is not a language course or an introductory course for beginners, but a conversation group with the aim of regularly learning the language in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere,” explains Annie Gauthier. This seminar is conducted by Katya, Ukrainian refugee in Verney. This is one of the few Vernolian AVF paid events: €10 per session.
October Wednesday 26: card games Friday 28: Japanese bouquets November Wednesday 2: card games Thursday 3: 5-7 km walk (departure from Maison Dufour at 2 p.m.). Tuesday 8: brain games Wednesday 9: card games Thursday 10: local history workshop in Vernay Tuesday 15: dictation for all Wednesday 16: card games and a bowling trip (departing from Maison Dufour at 14:00). Thursday 17: 5–7 km walk. Friday 18: party for new arrivals at 18:00 at the village hall. Sunday 20: visit to the unusual Verneil, meeting at 14:00 at Maison Dufour. Wednesday 23: card games. Friday 25: Japanese language. bouquets Tuesday 29: brain games Wednesday 30: card games Contact: 06 84 75 93 65 / Website: https://avf.asso.fr/verneuil-sur-avre / Email: [email protected]
In short, Vernolian AVF works tirelessly to strengthen social ties. Therefore, if you wish, call 06 84 75 93 65 or go directly to the first floor premises of Maison Dufour, located at 86 avenue André-Chasles (opposite the fire station).
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