Charente • Deux-Sevres • Vienne • Haute Vienne • Limousin

Seasons Greetings and error 503

Hi All,

So I too can have a peaceful season’s week off, please bear with the error 503, “Service unavailable” you may get when accessing the web site, please don’t email me, just press F5 to reload. A recent update has slowed things down and for anyone with any interest… a bug in php7 meant I had to roll back to an older slower version (don’t you know the feeling?) of php and a fix is due on 4th Jan.

Message from Barry – CLE President

Remiss of me not to have sent this before, but here I am in the UK as I have been for the past 16 days and enjoying seeing family and friends as well as working hard installing a new kitchen for our daughter.
Plenty of frosty mornings have now departed leaving us with cold and very damp days. Cars with headlights on at midday were a long forgotten memory until today. My first day out of the kitchen except for the weekend and one previous day spent clay shooting.
Christmas came early with a nice cash win from the Norfolk Constabulary Christmas raffle, lets hope Ernie follows suit.
Sue and I would like to send Christmas and New Year greetings to all CLE members and look forward to the very exciting events that the Committee have planned for 2018. 
Also it is this time of the year that we need to spare a thought and some time for a lonely neighbour to whom a festive Bonjour would be much appreciated.
Below is a poem that I found extremely well written by Wendy Cope and I hope that you and your family enjoy the Festive period with everything that you wish for.
Kindest regards
Sue and Barry.

Bring in a tree, a young Norwegian spruce, 
Bring hyacinths that rooted in the cold.
Bring winter jasmine as its buds unfold –
Bring the Christmas life into this house.

Bring red and green and gold, bring things that shine,
Bring candlesticks and music, food and wine.
Bring in your memories of Christmas past.
Bring in your tears for all that you have lost.

Bring in the shepherd boy, the ox and ass,
Bring in the stillness of an icy night,
Bring in the birth, of hope and love and light.

Bring the Christmas life into this house.

How to book for a CLE event

I have had some emails from people who are unsure how to book for the recent event announcement.

It is probably easier than you expect – all you need to do is click the underlined title of the event in “Upcoming events” in the sidebar of the members home page. Or click the upcoming events icon on the same page to find the calendar and list to do the same thing, or click on the events menu choice and CLE events.

You then see the booking form, fill in any necessary comment (eg menu choice) and number of people and click [Send your booking]. If there is a charge required upfront, you will then be given options to pay including PayPal and where to send the cheque.

Hope this helps.

Archived Fact Sheets

Just to let you know that a new page has been added under the Info menu item – Archived Fact Sheets. This is a list of the fact sheets from the old web site available to download. Some are probably out of date and if this is the case please let me know using the Contact-Contact  Webmaster page.


It’s December and for most of you it’s membership renewal time. We hope you have enjoyed this year’s events and that you have felt a part of the larger community that is CLE. The new website has made some waves but in reality little has changed except additional ways to communicate within our diverse and widely distributed membership.  On behalf of our committee members (old and new) let me wish you the best for Christmas and an eventful CLE New Year.

Please click here to go to the page where you can download the renewal form or pay by PayPal. 

If you want to find any files to download, use the Info menu option and choose Downloads.


You will receive a further email directly from the CLE President to remind you. If you need to find the Renewal page again, just click Contact and select Renew membership.


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Improve your news digest

Now you have seen a couple of Monthly News Digests you may be getting a better idea of how it works. It consists entirely of YOUR contributions, one way or another, along with the announcements and news posts from the committee. Some of it doesn’t make much sense because the post (thats what we call all the entries made in website), is truncated or doesn’t contain enough information for the purpose. Or there hasn’t been any contributions in a particular section.

But, its up to YOU to think about how it will appear to make it better.

Deal with the fact that the digest shows only extracts of posts and that the extract is only the first 255 characters (about 60 words) of the post. So make sure you include what you are talking about at the beginning  (if a post from last month and therefore not in the digest, a brief phrase referring to it). If you are commenting on a previous post and don’t really want it in the newsletter at all then use the “reply to” option on that post itself (click on the post title, scroll down and type into the reply box). The extract should be able to standalone and still be meaningful.

You might feel that the original newsletter was better and why can’t you have that back? Newsletter editor is a time-consuming and often thankless task that few members are prepared to commit to. Less of a commitment is the ability to make your own contributions and feedback. If you really want a good monthly news digest then you can tell us your own stories and advice, feedback on events you enjoyed (remember the advice above and say what you enjoyed in the first few sentences). You can add pictures too, and using the set featured image will ensure that the picture you want is shown everywhere the post is seen. If you have problems with the pictures you can just email them to me, and I will resize, convert or whatever and add them to your post (make sure I know what post I am dealing with, if thats a problem jsut send me what you want to say as well).

So yes, the monthly digest is very different from the old newsletter and if you feel strongly enough, no-one will object to a newsletter editor volunteering and I will happily help such a person with getting material from the site. But remember, the more you contribute, everywhere on the site the better the digest will become.



Member Feedback

Member Feedback (from the menu option Enjoy-Member feedback) is now sent to all members after moderation. So if you have something to share, submit a post and, if not inappropriate, it will be published and sent out to all members.

In the unfortunate circumstance where you wish to unsubscribe from the email lists. Please email me at You should be aware that apart from the special interest groups, being a member itself subscribes you to News, Classified, Events and Member Feedback and unsubscribing from all will mean you can only find otu about CLE’s activities by visiting the site.

Further Spam Advice

No, the advice itself isn’t spam, its advice about how to prevent CLE mails being classified as spam. 🙂

Apparently and Hotmail email has recently had much of its spam detection systems reset. Which means those of you with such email accounts should look more diligently in your spam folders.

Many email systems do not classify any addresses found in the personal address book as spam. So in addition to moving the non-spam emails from the spam folder to the inbox – you can add those email addresses (often from the right click menu – hover the mouse pointer over the email, click the right button and select your choice from the “right click menu” with a left click) to your address book.

Or, as far as CLE mails go, just add to your address book.

Happy de-spamming.



Login – User ID and Password tips

When a new user is created they are emailed a link to activate their membership and to be given a strong password. Too strong to remember so, ideally they could double click the password on the screen and hold the ctrl and C keys to copy it to the “clipboard”. Then create a new document in Word (or whatever) or send themselves an email with that password in the body – just make sure to have it handy when logging in.

If you want a more meomrable one or if the password is lost or forgotten, click on the Lost Password link under your login boxes. This will send an email with a link to click. Whilst this will generate a strong password it can be overwritten with something perhaps more memorable. too weak and the message below will be shown.

“Please choose a stronger password.
Try including numbers, symbols and
a mix of upper and lower case letters
and remove common words. ”

So pick two random words at least 5 letters long, some (not all) uppercase and 2 numbers e.g. doGgy42puSsy would work.

After 50 login attempts (it used to be 5) the login will be locked out for 5 minutes.

The userid is not case sensitive, so patbell, PaTbEll and PATBELL would all work. The password however is and this is where most users go wrong.

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