Saint-Maurin hosted the first meeting of the Chemins de Cluny committee

by | 24 04 2024 | News, Report

On 5 and 6 April, the Fédération Européenne des Sites Clunisiens (FESC) and the Association des Amis de l’Abbaye de Saint-Maurin (AAASM) organised the first European seminar of the Chemins de Cluny, with Marie CLERC (ATEMIA) leading the discussions.

The seminar was chaired by the President of the FESC, Rémy REBEYROTTE, and the Vice-President, Marc FLEURET, and was attended by representatives of associations or bodies managing Cluniac itineraries. The Director of the FESC, Christophe VOROS, and Morgan MONTERRAT were also present. The representatives:
Switzerland: Léo PIGUET (Treasurer of the FESC)
Burgundy Franche Comté: Robert GROS and Marie Jeanne LAMBERT
Cluny: Marie FAUVET (Mayor of Cluny)
Auvergne : Joseph CHAYRIGUE, Nicole LAURENT, Sylvain DARDOULLIER (Secretary FESC)
Icare (GR 465 Auvergne Rouergue) : René PAGES
Quercy: Bernard ROME and Patrick GARDE
Guyenne Gascogne: Gérard DEFLISQUE and Gabriel GOUDEZEUNE
Gers : Christian THOUE RUMEAU (Mayor of Mouchan ) and Christian SAUM DECUNS

The lively debates provided an opportunity to discuss best practice in the management of Cluny’s footpaths, with each association sharing its experience. A walk through the village of Saint-Maurin provided an opportunity to see the signage put in place by the Amis de l’Abbaye de Saint-Maurin.

As a result of this work, the common denominator for identifying a Chemin de Cluny was identified: the Cluny rose for all and the red/green markings for those who are free to choose their own markings.
Marie Clerc (ATEMIA) also presented the first version of the methodological guide to setting up and developing Cluny trails.

At the end of the seminar, the representatives of the 6 associations publicly signed the Chemins de Cluny charter with Marc Fleuret, vice-president of the Federation and president of the Indre département, in the presence of representatives of the public authorities, institutions, municipalities and associations concerned. This charter sets out the shared values and objectives of the organisations that subscribe to it, as well as a series of reciprocal commitments to ensure the best possible development of the project.

The six associations that signed the charter with FESC vice-president Marc Fleuret.

On the afternoon of Saturday 6 April, the Amis de l’Abbaye de Saint-Maurin organised a 10km walk along the Cluny paths: from Saint-Maurin Abbey to the Moulin de Ferrussac along the Cluniac trail in Pays de Serres, returning along the Guyenne Gascony Cluniac trail.

The weather was fine, and about fifteen walkers enjoyed the landscapes of the Pays de Serres as well as a gourmet break hosted by Anne and Vincent Lapierre from the Domaine de Ferrussac, where they sampled local produce such as prunes, apples and apple juice.

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