The “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” was a busy period bringing in a good harvest for Les Amis d’Ouganda.
The beginning of the month saw us organise
the 10th edition of our annual Balade Contée.
The idea is that we take a country walk of up to 6 kms accompanied by story-tellers. The walkers stop regularly during the stroll to be entertained by our guests, who each year are invited to support us by our friend and colleague Jeane Charlionet-Herrington whose own charity, Raconte Moi La Campagne is our partner for the day.
Each year we have been hosted by a different village. This year we were given a fine welcome by the small community of Bois-Héroult. As always Jeane had assembled a talented team of weavers of wonders: Carole and Nathalie from Mille Choses à Dire in Rouen and Elisabeth and Claire representing Dire Lire from the north of France
The route took the walkers from the Mairie, past the majestic village château and out into the beautiful Normandy countryside. Back at the village hall, tired but satisfied, everybody relaxed and chatted about the afternoon’s experience over the snack provided for them while they waited to see whether they were the happy winners of a prize in our annual draw.
Four weeks later, the month concluded with a new and exciting venture when Les Fées Orientales became our partners for an evening of tango in the foyer rural at La Feuillie.
We were privileged to be able to welcome the superb duo of Pascale and Frédéric Andrews on accordion and keyboard. Together they make up Tangomaggio and they enthralled lovers of Argentinian tango and the general audience alike.
The ambiance in the hall was further enhanced by demonstrations of dance and song by members of the group Tangoémoi who had travelled out from Rouen to be with us.
Members of Les Amis d’Ouganda also added to the evening through their hard work preparing for the evening and helping to serve crepes, cake and drinks, as well as selling Ugandan crafts to the enthusiastic participants on our small African market.
I cannot finish without expressing our enormous thanks to our story-tellers and musicians. They are all true professionals who were prepared to offer their time and their skills, free of any charge, in order to try to help those children who are so very much worse off than any of us.