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Up until 15 year’s ago we’re told the village supported some 5 cafes and bars as well as a bakery and general store. Thankfully we still have a first-class bakery and a super grocery store, which has recently been modernised. The baker takes orders for any kind of speciality breads and makes first-class cakes and tarts. On Fridays, he makes pizzas to order. The food section of the store is particularly well stocked with a refrigerated section, basic food stuffs, pet food, household items and a well-priced selection of wines and spirits.
Up until recently we could still boast having a local village bar which was well patronised by the locals. But sadly, with what has become symptomatic of the changes in the rural way of life, of fully mechanised farming, combined with more stringent health and safety legislation, and smoking bans indoors, so many village bars are having a struggle to remain open and economically viable.
For, today, the farms are run with the minimum of labour, and with the aid of sophisticated machinery. So, gradually, over the years, many people have left the countryside and have sought work in the towns and cities. As a consequence village life has changed and evolved and with it the mix of people. There is still of course the hard core of local village folk; farmers, artisans and retirees, but also other foreigners from Europe and North America, who are either here on holiday, or who have bought property round about and either take their holiday here or live full time. Certainly you’re likely to meet an interesting group of people and you’ll be acknowledged with a greeting by the locals. The pace of life is slow here and who’s heard of stress?
We still have a local garage with a workshop, a very helpful patron and with excellent mechanics.
Pascale is our post mistress and a delightful lady, who speaks good English, though she is a bit shy to do so. The post office is open from 9am to 12 noon Tuesday to Saturday. In the post office there are library facilities (a good selection of books in English) and you’re welcome to borrow a book during your stay (please remember to return it!). If you can leave any that you’ve read, for those of us who live here all the time, it will be much appreciated.
The Mayor, in any French village or town, is a highly respected member of the community, being responsible for the day to day running of the village and the commune (or district) . It is an elected post, by local people, for a term of 7 years. In addition to administrative duties, the mayor presides over all ceremonial events and memorial days.
Here in St Priest Les Fougères our fete day is August 15th held each year on the village green and to which everyone is invited, including any visitors staying in the village. Festivities start at around 3pm with something for all the family; tombola, merry-go-round for the young children, duck races, demonstrations by artisans, arts and crafts stalls, live music and entertainment. In the evening food and drinks are served on the village green and we have a band or DJ. A firework display is at 10.30 and, after dancing until the early hours. It's a real opportunity to experience an authentic village event.
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