News letter May 2011

ORDRE DES CHEVALIERS BRETVINS BAILLIAGE DE LA GRANDE BRETAGNE Grand Maitre : JEAN-MARIE LORÉ Bailli de la Grande Bretagne : JOHN CUNYNGHAME From : Chancelier : Gerald Alfille, Wyck Cottage, Woods Green, Wadhurst, East Sussex TN5 6QS Tel : 00 44 18 92 78 27 39. e-mail NEWSLETTER May 2011

Guernsey Bailliage 10th Anniversary Chapter 23rd – 25th September

A very exciting program has already been circulated to our members. It would be good if we could send a delegation to represent our Bailliage. For those that have mislaid the program here is a brief synopsis :- Friday evening a Friends of Muscadet dinner. Saturday chapter on Herm Island with Bretvin parade, etc. and lunch on the Island. That evening Bretvins dinner on Guernsey. Sunday a parade in St. Peter Port followed by lunch then departures. The cost for the whole weekend (excl hotel) is around £200 per person, but as each event is costed separately you can chose what you wish to attend. Accommodation has been reserved at the Cobo Bay Hotel and The Farmhouse hotel (both same company) Apparently good deals are available for travel and hotels through your travel agent.

Confrerie d’Alcester

. –Alcester will also be holding their Bastille Day annual event “Boules and Brochettes” 17th July. This year we need to put up a serious challenge to regain the trophy which we presented a few years ago. Those skilled in the finer art of playing Boules liase with the Chancelier. Bailliage de la Grande Bretagne.

Chapter Thursday 17th November 2011

News from around the Bailliages Pays de Galles – . Senechale John Shelton and Chancelier Gerald Alfille together with their wives had the pleasure of attending the Welsh chapter held at Fonmon Castle Sunday 20th March. As ever it was a most joyous occasion particularly that it was Bailli Anthony Pugh first chapter presiding as their new Bailli., on the retirement of Peter Andrews after 17 years as founder Bailli of the Welsh bailliage. For some reason the sun always shines for the Welsh chapter which offers the perfect partner for chilled Muscadet which was enjoyed in the beautifully manicured gardens before moving in to the castle for the chapter at which 4 new members were intronised. This was followed by a “vin d’honeure” of Muscadet in the gardens before retiring indoors for the excellent banquet and accompanying wines.

Confrerie d’Alcester The weekend of 16th/17th April was the occasion of the Confrerie d’Alcester’s annual Chapter meeting. As usual, the festivities started with an excellent dinner in the evocatively named Old Tractor Shed restaurant, where your Bailli and his wife, Marjatta, met many old friends from Alcester, as well as the visiting contingent from Nantes. Sunday started at the reasonable hour of 10.45 with a drink whilst everyone was robing up for the procession to the Town Hall, and where your Maitre de Logis, Robin Kershaw and his wife Moira, joined the assembled throng. During the ceremony, 5 new members were deemed to be worthy of the Bretvins and were duly intronised, one of whom was introduced by your Bailli. After the ceremony and copious quantities of Muscadet, lunch was provided in the turreted Salford Hall hotel.

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