Moving to Chalais Charente area -looking for recommendations


(Ruth Pettigrew) #1

Hi,

Moving to the Chalais area late September. My French is not very good so was wondering if anybody could recommend the following

English speaking doctor, dentist( for a nervous patient), optometrist.

Also most important for a woman, a hairdresser.

I also would like French lessons, where’s the best place to learn ?

Thanks in advance


(Christine Kavanagh) #2

Hi Ruth. We moved to St. Romain, 8km from Chalais in March - so I asked all of those questions and I can now pass on the answers to you lol. Chalais has an English speaking doctor in both of their surgeries so that won’t be an issue. Re Hairdresser - I actually use a mobile one… she’s very good and surprisingly cheap… but there is a very good hairdresser in Chalais near the Society Generale bank. French lessons - you can go to the Parroquet Vert (green parrot) in the heart of Chalais and they have french lessons on a Friday morning - or there is a joint english/french group that meet on a thursday evening…
I volunteer in the Green Parrot on a Tuesday Afternoon - helps to meet people. My number is 0545 785859 just give me a ring if you need any more help.
Cheers
Christine & Nicholas Kavanagh


(Ruth Pettigrew) #3

Thanks very much Christine for the info. We are coming out on the 8th September to sign for our house. Am feeling a bit apprehensive but excited at the same time. I’m sure we’ll be popping in to the ‘green parrot’ I’d come across it on the Dronne Valley network. I might even volunteer myself when we’ve settled in.

Regards

Ruth & Gordon Pettigrew


(Christine Kavanagh) #4

Hi Ruth - no problem - I think you may have messaged the Gree Parrot facebook page, if I remember correctly, re french lessons… and I think I answered you on their. lol… they are always looking for volunteers so you’d be warmly received.

Are you living here on a permanent basis?? We ran a Chambre D’hote when we lived near St. Emilion - and now I don’t work at all - well a bit of marketing for some B & B’s, but that’s it…

See you soon
Christine


(Ruth Pettigrew) #5

Permanent basis and not working if we can help it :smiley:

Ruth


(Christine Kavanagh) #6

Don’t blame you… see you when you are here.
Christine


(Christine Kavanagh) #7

Hi Ruth

Did it all go according to plan??

Hope it did
take care
Christine


(Ruth Pettigrew) #8

Hi Christine,

Not signing until Wednesday will let you know !

Ruth


(Caroline Bignell) #9

Hi there I’ve just joined the group. We are buying a house near Saint Macoux so very interested in your info.


(David Martin) #10

86400? There is a large British population around there including hairdressers. There are also English speaking doctors and dentists nearby. However six local doctors have left/retired over the summer so the rest are under more pressure than they were.


(Ruth Pettigrew) #11

Signed on the dotted line last Wednesday. Back in UK now, catch the ferry on Sunday night. Lot of work to do but it will keep us busy. Hopefully get to meet you at Le Perroquet Vert

Ruth


(Christine Kavanagh) #12

Hi Ruth
Congratulations… where about have you bought?

take care and hopefully see you soon
Christine


(Ruth Pettigrew) #13

We will be at Rioux Martin …


(Christine Kavanagh) #14

lovely village.