Counting down to the Centenary!

Fund-raising for the publication of two books, creation of two photograph exhibitions and printing of interpretation boards.

Les Courmettes is celebrating its centenary on 31 August and 1 and 2 September. We are planning a whole weekend of festivities, with talks, walks, games and much more (see programme and register).

The Centenary has also been the catalyst for numerous projects which will reach fruition that weekend and for which we are still seeking funding.

Origins of the project

It is now almost two years that we have been working on several projects with the Centenary in mind. Firstly we wanted to do some renovations (resurfacing the road and the car park, renewing the roofs and the showers, redecorating the bedrooms, upgrading to current safety standards etc.). But the Centenary is also the opportunity for us to show that the Domaine can reinvent itself and remain dynamic through the various projects that will be presented during this weekend of festivities.

In particular we are planning two publications: one on the history of the Domaine and the other a 32 page guide book on the geology and natural history of the Domaine; we are completely reworking the interpretation and information panels outside the café and next to the car park and we are presenting two photograph exhibitions.

You can donate directly to support the whole project or choose to support one of the aspects that particularly appeals to you.

How can I donate?

There are two ways of supporting us:

We have created a fundraising page on HelloAsso. This innovative platform which is 100% secure, allows associations to collect donations without a fee. It functions through voluntary contributions from donors.

We are also organising an amazing walk from the coast to Courmettes via the Loup valley on Friday 31 August. You can join us and suggest that your friends and family sponsor you! This personal fundraising will be added to the general fund to assist the project described above.

Notes

  • The money collected comes with rewards! For example a gift of €1000 or more entitles you to a tandem paragliding flight with Luc Amand from Ozone!
  • The sale of the two books to the public will produce income, but we need considerable advance funding, which your gifts will cover. Money from the sale of the books (or the gifts over and above the fundraising target) will be put towards Courmettes’ eco-project.

You can all support us woth your time. We are looking for an international team of volunteers to help us with hospitality and logistics. More information here

What will we do with the money collected?

32 page guide book on the geology and natural history of Courmettes.
Written by Patrice Tordjman with the Courmettes team, it will be published by Omniscience (based in Mouans-Sartoux). It will be a superb tool to help our visitors get to know and appreciate the exceptional site that is Courmettes. Printing costs: €2800

Book: A History of Courmettes, 1918-2018
This is the fruit of two years of research in the archives and interviews with many people who have been associated with the life of the Domaine. Written by Sylvie Cadier, it builds on the book by Nicole Berthelot L’Aventure des Courmettes et la Fédération Française des Éclaireuses, published in 1992. Printing costs: € 3500

Interpretation and information panels
Five new panels will present the history and current situation of the Domaine, the habitats, the managing organisation, etc. Two information panels will be installed at the top of the car park. They will be created by Esther Brouwer. Printing costs (on durable materials): €900

Photograph exhibition ‘Les Courmettes in 2018’ by Ellen Teurlings
Ellen is a professional photographer from Tourrettes-sur-Loup who has followed the team throughout the year. Her photos document our work and the life of the Domaine. Printing costs: €800

Exhibition of historic photographs
During our research we have gathered together many old photographs of Courmettes and we hope to reprint the best of these. Printing costs: €500

Organisational costs
The Centenary festivities will also incur costs, including, for example, paying the musicians for the traditional folk dance on Saturday evening, or the costs for certain special guests invited to the event. Cost: €1500

Grand total: €10 000

Details about the walk

The walk from the sea to Courmettes is an exciting and memorable one! The route initially follows the banks of the Loup (which we ford) and is along footpaths almost all of the way. The distance is about 20 kms. It is only 10 kms if you choose to join us at La Colle sur Loup and about 5 kms for those who just make the final ascent from Tourrettes-sur-Loup. Donkeys will join us along the way and walk the second half of the hike with us.

Starting points can be:

  1. Cagnes-sur-Mer (Hippodrome car park). Meet at 6:30am to leave at 7 am.
  2. La Colle-sur-Loup (car park in front of the Canoe-Kayak centre at the Rives du Loup park). Meet at 9:30 am to leave at around 10:30 (probable timetable, depending on the progress of the main group)
  3. Tourrettes-sur-Loup (Bastide aux Violettes car park) between noon and 1 pm (again, depending on the progress of the main group)

Arrival at Courmettes planned between 1 pm and 3 pm, with time to take a shower and rest before the official opening event at 5 pm.

If you would like to take part in this walk, please email us at courmettes@arocha.org

NB : Height gain is about 850 metres (from sea level)! You will need to be fit.
You will need: walking boots, sunglasses, hat, sun cream, picnic lunch, water, small towel (fording the river).

Register for walk and start collecting now !