"Remember, remember! The 5th of November, The gunpowder, treason and plot..." These first few lines of the traditional poem urge us to remember the foiling of (Catholic) Guy Fawkes's attempt to blow up (Protestant controlled) England's House of Parliament on November 5th, 1605. Bonfires were lit to celebrate the failure of the Plot, and the SAC will hold its own celebrations this Saturday at 6 pm - come along and join in the fun!
However, the weekend starts a little earlier later today in fact with our Bridgers learning how to deal with 3 No Trump bids (political commentators please pass) in the daytime Workshop.
The weekend food service opens as usual at 11 Saturday with Croissants and pain au chocolat; then Lunch: Vegetable soup, Cheeseburger and fries, Lasagne and salad, Panini and sandwiches. Sunday Brunch main: Chili con carne served with Jacket potatoes or rice.
Please note that Afternoon Tea on Saturday will be from 3.30-4.30 pm to allow time set up the Guy Fawkes party that starts at 6 pm.
On Sunday, we celebrate a remembrance of a very different. This year combines the Centenary of Armistice Day, the end of the First World War at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 with the traditional memorial ceremonies held on the 2nd Sunday of November traditionally know as Remembrance Sunday, we commemorate the sacrifices made by the men and women who fought in the wars Wars.
At the SAC we have Poppies on sale in support of the charitable aims of the Royal British Legion, which are to raise funds for those who have served in the British armed forces and who now find themselves in financial distress.
On Wednesday this week, the SAC Golfers organised a friendly competition at Villarceaux in support of the RBL.
And on Sunday there are two Remembrance Day Soccer matches, a Parents vs Children match, then, following two minutes silence at 11 o'clock, the adult side plays Los Pipos in a return match after last week's defeat.
Finally, Sunday sees the closure of entries for the 2018/19 edition of the Snooker Tournament. The draw will be published next weekend (17th/18th). All adult members, Ladies, Men, Veterans and Juniors (over 12) are welcome to take part in the different tournaments (singles and doubles). Please remember to specify the entry category and give a mobile phone number to help with the organisation of the matches.
Yoga classes will be held as usual at 2 this Saturday 10th. During the week on Wednesday there's the 9.30 class and on Thursday 1st there will be the usual 9.15 class followed at 11.30 by the new Gentle Class for Stiff People.
Fitness is back to normal this coming Saturday and next week. Get in touch with Pam if you're interested in the new Pilates Basic Mat Progression class on Mondays at 12:30; just two more people are needed to make it happen..
Some more things to do this Remembrance weekend
10 am Sunday - Official ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier over 60 heads of state and 120 foreign dignitaries will gather “In the name of remembrance and for the creation of peace
3 pm Sunday - Annual Service of Remembrance at Notre Dame de Paris in the presence of H.M. Ambassador to France, Commonwealth Ambassadors, other invited guests and RBL and British Community members. See http://www.rblfrance.org/paris/whats_on.htm to see how to obtain tickets for reserved RBL section.
Some more dates to watch in November after this weekend
Tuesday, 13th November - Bridge Dinner/Tournament
Thursday, 22nd November - Thanksgiving Dinner, 7.30 pm
Sunday 16th December - Christmas Carols. If you'd like to be in the choir, please contact Kate Rousseau at . Rehearsals are on Thursdays 6th and 13th of December.
And a final message for those who were at the Haloween party last week
If any of you have some nice photos you'd be willing to share, we're thinking of putting together a nice photo album of the event to share among members and we'd be delighted if you would send a selection to Amber at .
Choice reading from the Website
Team 2 won at home vs Stade Français: 3/2, their first victory of the season ! Team1 lost at St Cloud 4/1.
Unfortunately, our team lost 3-1 against Lost Pipos last Sunday 4th November. We will a chance to even the score next Sunday 11th, as we are playing them again instead of Jouy en Joasas, who have had to withdraw.
For those of you who are attending our Workshop on Friday 9th - and for any others who are interested - will find some "Ducking play by declarer in a 3NT contract" exercises attached to the main article.
Saturday: From 11h, Croissants, pain au chocolat; Lunch: Vegetable soup, Cheeseburger and fries, Lasagne and salad, Panini and sandwiches. Sunday Brunch main: Chili con carne served with Jacket potatoes or rice. Please note that Afternoon Tea on Saturday will be from 3.30-4.30 pm.
Bonfire, fireworks, food trucks and cinema in the Bridge Room for children. Book before the end of October for Early-Bird prices!
Remembrance Day Soccer at the SAC on Sunday, 11th November will feature two matches: Parents vs Children followed by two minutes silence at 11 o'clock and the Adults play a return match against Los Pipos.
Yoga classes are back to normal with the addition of the new Gentle Class for Stiff People on Thursdays at 11.30. More info as always from Monica at .
Classes are back to normal. Please check with Pam () if there are any more takers for the Basic Mat Progression Class planned for 12.30 on Mondays - but we need two more people for it to happen! See here for the main times and information about Step & Sculpt and Pilates.
Registration for the annual Club Snooker Tournament has been extended to Sunday 11th November; the draw will be published on the following weekend, 17th/18th November.
Just a quick reminder of the next event: Tuesday 13th for the Dinner/Tournament.
If you are at all interested in the proposed new Pilates Basic Mat Progression class on Mondays at 12:30, please register with Pam at . We are getting closer and closer to being able to start a class but are still looking for two more people.