Creuse News - news in English for British and English speaking residents of the Creuse area in France



Hair gets lighter

Skin gets darker

Water gets warmer

Drinks get colder

Music gets louder

Nights get longer

Life gets better …..



See Julia Dunbar on the recent broadcast on French television - in the channel M6 programme “100% Mag” - talking about life and work in the Creuse:

Le Limousin, nouvel eldorado des Anglais?


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Also: : the French administration's official website.

New Regions?

The President of France wants to reduce the number of regions from 22 to 14, still certainly under parliamentary discussion but the aim being to save money, simplify life, modernize France and make the public functions more effective.

The Limousin would no longer exist but become a part of a region including the Centre and Poitou-Charentes. Wait and see ……..

Ladies Night At Lavaveix 25th July

Don’t forget to come along to a fun night in the Salle des Fêtes at Lavaveix les Mines - Ladies Night -with male dancers Dream Night, several stands of girlie things, an auction in aid of breast cancer, a drink and a present for everyone, tickets are 18 euros, contact Lisa on 05 55 80 83 49 to reserve your place.



July / August 2014

By Julia Dunbar

“If you’re brave enough to say goodbye life will reward you with a new hello.”

Well, I certainly hope I’ll be having plenty of new hellos after saying a gentle goodbye to Creuse News this summer. This then is my last edition as Editor, but I’ll still be around and have plenty of plans for the future. Steve and Mandy will be taking over the reins and this is what they have to say –

‘Mandy and Steve wish Julia a happy and fulfilling future and feel enormously privileged to be taking over this wonderful publication. We thank Julia for her trust and confidence, and assure all readers that we will endeavour to maintain Julia’s high editorial standards whilst keeping very much to the people-centred, community feel of the Creuse News. More about us in the September edition........ (our contact details are on the front page).’

So many things to recall from the years of publishing Creuse News, new experiences, new friendships, to be always pleasantly surprised when I discover how many French and English people actually wait with anticipation for the next Creuse News, people telling me that it is a life line for them here in the Creuse and I feel sure it will continue to do its job.

Thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way, my daughter Olivia recently said ‘you must be very proud of Creuse News’ and in fact I hadn’t really thought of it like that, but certainly producing an edition almost every month is quite a challenge and getting it around the Creuse is another challenge! It has opened many doors for me, radio, television, newspaper writing, raising money for breast cancer and added so most interest in my life that I am sure I will miss. But I know it is the right decision, time to move on, and before completely signing off to mention the family who have been with me all the way – Nick, Lili, Zena, Louis, Olivia and Elie and of course to Alain who has changed my life and no doubt will change my future too! … I’ll finish with –

‘We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere.’


Julia Dunbar, Editor


In Brief July / August2014

BANDAFOLIE’S - 11TH TO 14TH July at Bessines sur Gartempe

(in the Haute Vienne, on the A20, exit 24, 10 mins from La Souterraine)

This is the 18th Festival of the Bandafolie’s, bringing together 12 groups with more than 350 musicians. The Festival has become the ‘grand rendez-vous in the North Limousin’ where you can listen to a variety of styles of music. All sorts of nationalties are present from Belgians, Ukranians, English, Spanish and French.

A not to be missed festival of music 05 55 76 09 28


Castaways Drama - Men Needed!

After the success last December of its farce: "Carry On Macbeth", The La Souterraine-based, English language drama group 'Castaways' is looking to its next production: 'Scrooge'.

Casting is going well apart from one small problem : Not Enough Men ! Where are all the chaps, one wonders? Why is it, when most of the people who move to the Creuse are couples, that it seems only the women want to act? They can't all be shy and retiring, can they? there must be a Kenneth Branagh or two out there.

I know you're all busy trying to tame the jungle your garden has turned into right now, but come the Autumn you'll have time on your hands to strut your stuff. If you feel brave enough to come out from behind the lawn-mower, give us a call - we're really quite a friendly bunch when you get to know us.

Contact Jackie Grant on 05 55 63 15 47 for more info.


A couple of singing lessons with Peter near Royère de Vassivière really demonstrated to me how liberating and joyful singing in a group really is (if you are interested he is on 05 55 64 41 05) and talking of singing the Voix d'été Festival en Creuse will take place this year from 21st July to 9th August. An ambitious programme of music and singing usually in churches throught the department is on offer, try to pick up the Voix d'été brochure from your local Tourist Office for full details, along with the full summer programme of activities on offer this year, too numerous to mention here. Your Tourist Office is the best information point or the daily newspaper La Montagne which throughout the summer will feature things to do and places to visit in the Creuse in English.

Just an early reminder that the, by now, annual event, Forêt Follies in the Forêt de Chabrières, Guéret will this year be on the 12th, 13th and 14th September. Anything and everything to do with nature, forests, wood, wildlife, plants, woodland sports, water, culture and legends an event not to miss