Treasure Hunt, 6th September 2014

John & Lynn Turnbull


Prize giving

The 2014 ESU Treasure Hunt started at Longué; the trail took us to villages on either side of the Loire including Trèves, Cunault, Gennes, Les Rosiers, Longué, St. Clément des Levées and St. Martin de la Place. Twenty-one members and guests took part in seven cars and headed off into the unknown at 16.00hrs.

The questions were, as usual, set by Terence O’Hara and as always up to his high standards, testing both the navigational skills and observational powers of all concerned. The weather was on our side and notwithstanding the normal threats of divorce and murder, all the participants arrived safely at the Hôtel Saint-Paul in Vivy for dinner, albeit some at a loss as to where they had been or where they should have been! The intrepid treasure hunters were joined by other members and guests at the hotel, making a total of twenty-seven people for the dinner, our largest turn out for this event to date.

Having checked the answer sheets, deducting marks for poor spelling, bad driving and general misbehaviour, Brendon and Helen Bye were declared the winners and presented with a bottle of wine each. After a pleasant dinner at which the wine flowed freely we dispersed and headed home looking forward to our next meeting at Chinon Nuclear Power Station on 14th October when we hope to see you all once again.


TREASURE HUNT – SEPTEMBER 6th, 2014

TEAM LEADER: ……………………………………………………

CREW: ……………………………………………………………….

QUESTIONNAIRE



“Communes” concerned are listed in alphabetical order, i.e. unrelated to your own choice of best order of visits. Take time, before starting off, to work out your most practical route.

CUNAULT

a) ‘L’Église Prieurale’. After entering, walk up the south aisle (on your right). Admire the vestige of the mural depicting the ‘Transfiguration’ before reaching the organ.
    i) Record the number of organ pipes, many in unusual configuration due to space restriction; there are several thousand! …………3,074………………………………

    ii) At the far (south-east) end of the church is displayed a carved and painted artefact containing the relics of Saint Maxenceul. What is this rare object called in French? Une …………châsse…………………….

    iii) When the west doors are opened, on what day of the year will the rays of the evening sun fall directly on the altar? Do not write down a date; but complete either, in English: the Summer Solstice; or, in French: Le solstice d’été.


b) Outside, across the road, No. 12 ‘Le Logis’. Admire the mullioned windows (fenêtres à meneaux) :
    i) ‘si caracteristique du temps de François 1er’.

    ii) The prior of Cunault was simultaneously prior of Corzé, 30 kilometres away north-east of Angers


GENNES

a) Stop on the island to check for how many full years Gennes and Les Rosiers have been twinned with Wincanton (Somerset). ………forty years……………………….

b) A ‘Gabare’. (There may be one moored nearby). Which part of the vessel, when going forward, would be the first to pass under a low bridge? The tip of the ……mast/mât…..

c) Enter the car park leading to the campsite ‘Au bord de la Loire’.
    i) How many thousands fell on North African soil according to the FNACA? thirty/trente/30.

    ii) Study the public lavatory walls (not for graffiti…). What does the top left symbol intend to indicate in Gennes? Puzzled? The display map close-by may help. ……………amphithéâtre gallo-romain or arènes


d) Find your way by car (preferably) up to the church of Saint Eusèbe (visible from the campsite car park).
    i) How many tombs recall the deaths of those who fell defending the nearby Loire crossing points? ......seventeen/dix-sept/17.................

    ii) What creature figures on the weathercock (girouette)? (Refer to the display panel)……salamander/une salamandre………………..


N.B. Looking from the corner of the church, visibility extends up to twenty miles (30+ kilometres) E.S.E. to the ‘centrale nucléaire’ at Avoine (37). Binoculars necessary! Similarly the churches at Brion and St. Clément. e) ‘La Madeleine’. Take the D69 out of Gennes, direction Doué-la-Fontaine. At the large roundabout (with Super-U to your left) continue straight ahead uphill. About a kilometre further on, a track on the left is signed ‘La Madeleine’. Drive up. It’s not a pâtisserie: you will not be able to buy a ‘madeleine’. However, once upon a time you may have been able to obtain a ‘petit pain’ at the … bread oven/four à pain……

f) L’Etang de Joreau. From la Madeleine rejoin the D69, direction Doué. By the end of the industrial estate (Z.I.), two (?) kilometres further on, take the track to your left. This will eventually bring you to the car-park for the lake.
    Since when has bathing been banned in the lake? 1902 (?) seems unlikely, so walk on, .…..1957………


LONGUÉ a) Visit the town watermill.
    i) Looking at it from the exterior, does the wheel rotate clockwise or anti-clockwise? …anti-clockwise/sense inverse d’une montre………. ii) How many paddles (palets, aubes) are fitted? forty-eight/quarante-huit/48


b) With your back to the mairie, walk up the rue Y. Compère to locate the plaque to the name-sake (homonyme). Name the place where she ended her life…Yvonne Compère morte à Ravensbrück….

c) Go to the town cemetery, a kilometre west of the church (use discretion, if passing the gendarmerie). Note the ‘Commonwealth War Graves’ plaque on the exterior wall. On the other side of the same wall, several rows back, a silver metal post projects above five marble headstones.
    i) Describe how Pilot Officer Hayman’s ‘duty’ was done…fearlessly and nobly

    ii) Go to the far wall to locate the tomb of Pierre Dalibon. What word is inscribed confirming this person’s war-time involvements from the Forêt de Scévolles, South of Loudon, (86)?........Maquis…..


d) Lieu-dit ‘Champeaux’. Locate this memorial four kilometres due south of the centre of Longué (by micro-light (ULM), but a good deal longer by car).
    i) Record the title of the mission by the Special Operations Executive. (The ‘drop’ had been made south of Limoges)……(Operation) ‘Percy 7’……………………

    ii) To what air force did Pilot Officer Hayman belong?......Royal Australian Air Force

    iii) Nearby, what kind of mushroom is locally very common?…champignon de Paris


LES ROSIERS

a) ‘Le Pont St. René’. This is the bridge carrying the main road, D79, between Longue and les Rosiers, over the river Authion. When is carp fishing authorised? (Do not mention dates or seasons)………by night/nocturne……………….

b) Close to the church, seek serenity at the Fontaine……Zen………

c) Then study the statue raised (very belatedly) to a certain ‘grande dame’:
    i) Spell the numerical order of the month indicated on this monument. Your answer must incorporate either of the following two endings: ……eighth or ……huitième. NB. October is the tenth month but the organizer felt obliged to accept the above.

    ii) In 1876 the mayor and corporation consisted of how many persons? sixteen/seize/16

    iii) How many of these were women?.................none/zéro/0…………


St. CLÉMENT-DES-LEVÉES

Park on the quay or under the magnolias.

a) Saint Clément was the ‘Patron des …river boatmen/mariniers, bateliers.’

b) Which probably accounts for the title etched in stone of the local bar-tabac,…………Le Port Poisson

c) Write down, as exhibited, the name of the nearby artisan-boulanger’s shop……………La P’tite Tartine………………

d) Drop down to ‘la Vallée’ and follow the course of the river Authion between the D213 (Longué to St. Clément) and the D79 (Longué to Les Rosiers). Half-way along, describe the object with facilitates the raising and lowering of the fish trap………counter-weight, blue/contre-poids, bleu …….

St. MARTIN-DE-LA-PLACE

a) L’École public ‘Les Castors’. Describe one identifying feature on the board, plus its purpose…Either: flat tail for swimming and diving/queue plate apte à nager et à plonger, or, sharp incisors to gnaw and fell wood/dents à ronger du bois …….

b) How many of the war-dead had served with the ‘Forces Françaises de l’Intérieur?’ four/quatre/4

c) The memorial to the du Petit-Thouars family.
    i) Aristide Aubert du Petit-Thouars died at the battle of the Nile (defeated by Nelson, T.B.O’H.) but whereabouts in St. Martin was he born?...au Château de Boumois.

    ii) Louis Aubert du Petit-Thouars died in 1915; but where?..aux Dardenelles…..

    iii) Abel Bergasse du Petit-Thouars, not ‘Abel’ Seaman, but Admiral, found himself where in 1881? …in Peru/au Pérou…………..


TRÈVES

The tower, (le dongeon). How many of the upper floors have medieval ‘loos’ (sanitaires)? .....................two/deux/2...............

N.B. QUESTIONNAIRES TO BE HANDED IN AT THE FINISH BEFORE 6.30pm