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It was a hot and sunny late June morning when thirty members and guests arrived at the restaurant "Le Bord du Lac" in Cholet. After a delicious meal ranging from salmon and foie gras to lamb shanks and sorbets it was time to leave our delightful spot and drive to the Museum of Art and History where we learned about the Vendée Wars which ranged from 1793 to 1796 - report.

Fifty three members and guests enjoyed lunch together at the restaurant “Le Plantagenet” at the Hostellerie de la Croix Blanche in Fontevraud, Saturday 26thMay. Unusually, on this occasion, we were joined for lunch by the hotel owners, Michel and Mieke Chabenat, and their son and daughter, Sven and Laure. Laure was this year’s winner of the National Public Speaking Competition held here in the Loire Valley - report.

In order to enable the maximum number of international members to attend the celebrations and the ESU annual international council meeting, both were held at the same time as the International Public Speaking Competition, 14 – 18thMay 2018 - report.

We were very lucky with the weather - May Day dawned cold but bright and twenty-nine of us, plus one dog, arrived at the church in Louerre for one of Tony Oakley’s famous walks - report.

There were thirty-five members present at this year’s AGM which took place on the 21 April at the restaurant of the Hôtel du Parc to the north of Saumur. Apologies had been received from a further twenty members - report.

The French final for the ESU Public Speaking Competition was held on the 24th March at the Salons de la Présidence du Conseil Départemental in Angers. A young student from Fontevraud l’Abbaye, Laure Chabenat, will this year represent France in the competition in London in May - report.

The "L’Envol" restaurant at Angers-Loire Airport was filled to the limit on the 17th March when Jean-Claude Guais talked about nuclear energy, addressing both civil and military applications - report.

On the 17th February thirty-six members and friends gathered at the restaurant “Le Petit Blaison” for a meal accompanied by a quiz and our annual photographic competition - report.

Despite Paris being covered with a thick layer of snow, ten members of the ESU Loire Valley branch attended the celebrations which took place in the city from 8th to 10th February 2018 to mark the 30th anniversary of the founding of ESU France and the Centenary of the founding of the ESU - report and from the Dialogue Magazine. There are also photographs taken at the reception at the British Embassy and at the guided tour of Le Palais du Luxembourg , cocktail and dinner at Le Senat.

Thirty-seven members and guests of the ESU Loire Valley arrived at the Cercle de Boule de Fort in the rue des Carabiniers de Monsieur in Saumur at 10.15am. For most of us this was to be an introduction to the traditional Anjou heritage game of Boule de Fort, to be followed by a traditional British Fish'n Chips lunch - report.

Reports of ESU Loire Valley events in 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 may be found here: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and here 2011.