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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Fire Service Open Day

The Catus volunteer Fire Service had its Open Day on a lovely, sunny spring today. There were demonstrations of fire services skills and the kids had lots of fun dressing up in firemen gear and having drives around the village in the various vehicles.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Communal emergency backup plan (Plan Communal de Sauvegarde - PCS)

Current law requires that the mayor in municipalities provides a prevention action plan to deal with foreseeable natural risks, such as floods, explosions, exceptional heat-waves, terrorist threats and so on. To this end a number of local communes, including Catus, held drills on Friday 6 February between 20:00 and 23:30.
In Catus the drill was based on the simulation of an exceptional flood in the village, with volunteers in teams doing house-to-house visits to buildings and property on both banks of the river Vert to ensure that occupants were made aware of the problems and action to be taken by them. The mayor and councillors were based in the town hall to direct the exercise.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Remembrance Day in Catus

On a beautiful, sunny, autumn day a large crowd turned up in front of the war memorial in Catus to honour those who fell in the First World War and other wars since. Children from the local school sang La Marseillaise and other songs and a Ginko tree of peace was planted to commemorate the occasion. (Ginkgo has become a symbol of peace because some gingko trees survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima).

The mayor, aided by schoolchildren, planting the Ginko tree

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Mi-Carême (mid Lent) festival

On Saturday the local school organised the Mi-Carême festival in Catus. Residents from the old peoples' home (EHPAD) were invited along to join in the festive occasion in the village hall. A procession around the village ended the occasion on a beautiful sunny day.

The Mi-Carême is widely celebrated in many parts of France, with the participants often dressed in a variety of festive costumes.