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“Les Journées du Patrimoine” (Heritage Days)
“Les Journées du Patrimoine” (Heritage Days)

A total of 81 people was welcomed for the visits and about fifteen of them attended Didier Dubant's conference on "Châteauroux Air Base and the Cold War". Overall, a good surprise and a great satisfaction for the members of “les Amis de La Martinerie” organizing team.

A successful 2022 association forum
A successful 2022 association forum

On Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September, “les Amis de La Martinerie” responded to Châteauroux-Métropole's invitation and participated to the association forum.

EKIDEN volunteers from Châteauroux
EKIDEN volunteers from Châteauroux

Wishing to remobilize his volunteers, Patrice SOUDY, president of the EKIDEN of Châteauroux, used “les Amis de La Martinerie” premises to host his back-to-school meeting.

A successful fête champêtre
A successful fête champêtre

Based on the agreement with Pierre-Antoine DENIS, new president of the UNC committee of Châteauroux-Déols, “Les Amis de La Martinerie” met again at the pond of Corlay for their traditional fête champêtre.

A new showcase
A new showcase

Eager to present as many objects as possible to the visitors of “la maison départementale de la mémoire militaire”, Bruno Duteil has decided to provide “les Amis de La Martinerie” with a new showcase of WW1 artefacts.

End of our Saturday visits
End of our Saturday visits

The opening period for the visit of “La maison départementale de la mémoire militaire”, on Saturdays, in July and August, has just ended and we are back to our regular schedule.
A good result with this Saturday, 4 groups of visitors.

“Empty your basement” day
“Empty your basement” day

Wednesday, August 17, forced to find free space to store some of the donations before the exhibition, “Les Amis de La Martinerie” decided to restore one of the basements located under the association building and to, more specifically, remove (or cut out) all the elements of the old boiler room.

Safety training
Safety training

At our request, and due to a large number of visitors, Châteauroux Métropole has agreed to set up a defibrillator, (Manufactured for both children and adults) within “la maison départementale de la mémoire militaire”.

Thanks to Jackie Bobigeat’s family
Thanks to Jackie Bobigeat’s family

Member of our association and recurring donor for a very long time, Jackie Bobigeat passed away earlier this week.

Aware of the ties that bound him to our association, his family decided to offer us all the objects of military origin that he owned (see photos of some of the objects offered to the association).

Roofers in action
Roofers in action

Remember, at the end of May 2022, a hailstorm damaged the roof of the “la maison départementale de la mémoire militaire" on the "La Martinerie” site.

Cookout
Cookout

On Saturday, July 2, as planned, and despite about fifteen defections due to COVID, the “les Amis de La Martinerie” cookout brought together, at La Martinerie, some 60 people.

Open on Saturdays
Open on Saturdays

If you are available this summer, “Les Amis de La Martinerie” will welcome you in July and August, not only on Wednesdays, but also on Saturdays from 9AM to 12PM and from 2PM to 5PM, with guided tours starting at 9:30AM and 2:30PM. (Registration required: 06.72.69.30.40)

The flag bearers visiting
The flag bearers visiting

At the request of Didier THIERY, their president, the flag bearers of the Indre department came to visit “Les Amis de La Martinerie” premises, on Thursday June 30, 2022.

Welcomed by Dominique and Philippe, and after a joint presentation, they split into two groups.

The flag of the second DB
The flag of the second DB

Wishing to keep the flag of the “Amicale de l'Indre des Anciens de la Division Leclerc” in the best possible conditions, and to allow “les Amis de La Martinerie”, to exhibit it and explain its foundations to their visitors, especially to elementary and middle school students, Mr. Laurent Robin, president of the Châteauroux Métropole French Souvenir committee, contacted us about the entrustment of the flag to the association.

New partners
New partners

Enthused by the work carried out by the “Les Amis de La Martinerie” volunteers, Mrs. Martine SABRAS, president of the “BGE Indre” and Jean-François PIAULET, president of “Initiative Indre”, have decided to financially support the “Les Amis de La Martinerie” association for 3 years, renewable.

The future teachers are back
The future teachers are back

As part of the "trinôme académique" (Education Nationale – Armée – IHEDN), the trainee teachers of the INSPE (Institut National Supérieur du Professorat et de l’Education) of the Indre department met, once more, at “Les Amis de La Martinerie”.

The DMD visiting
The DMD visiting

Wednesday, May 25, Lt Colonel Frédéric Drapeau, Military Delegate for the Indre department, visited the premises of “La maison départementale de la mémoire militaire” on the La Martinerie site.

Veterans of the 517th RT
Veterans of the 517th RT

Saturday, June 4, former members of the 517th RT (train regiment) came, with their families, to make a "pilgrimage" to Châteauroux and paid a visit to “Les Amis de La Martinerie”.

The ARTE channel in the footsteps of the Americans on the “Les Amis de La Martinerie” premises
The ARTE channel in the footsteps of the Americans on the “Les Amis de La Martinerie” premises

As planned during their scouting visit, Orane Delépine, journalist, and Bertrand Saliou, cameraman, were present on Friday June 10, 2022 at “les Amis de La Martinerie”

Three associations thanked by the “Jeune Chambre Economique” for their participation in the success of the "Rêves de Gosse" operation
Three associations thanked by the “Jeune Chambre Economique” for their participation in the success of the "Rêves de Gosse" operation

It is at the request of Léa Berthaume, president of the “Jeune Chambre Economique” (Junior Economic Chamber of Châteauroux), that the APPEL (Association for the promotion of the Châteauroux-Déols Airport), the ARVMC (“Association de Rénovation de Véhicules Militaires Centre”) and “Les Amis de La Martinerie” were mobilized to help the “Jeune Chambre Economique” of Châteauroux to organize an educational day around the presence of the Americans, before hosting the "rêves de gosse" operation at the Châteauroux-Déols airport.

Future teachers at “La Martinerie”
Future teachers at “La Martinerie”

As part of their training program at the Châteauroux center of the “Institut National Supérieur du Professorat et de l’Education” (INSPE), several trainee teachers, accompanied by Jean-Louis Laubry their mentor, met in the “Les Amis de La Martinerie” premises to learn about the contents of the exhibition rooms and prepare, on site, an educational visit project for their future students.

Your mission: To protect “la maison départementale de la mémoire militaire”’s collections
Your mission: To protect “la maison départementale de la mémoire militaire”’s collections

Faced with the threat of new rains, while awaiting the expertise of our insurer and the arrival of the roofer, volunteers from the association have stepped forward to protect our buildings, our rooms, our collections and our uniforms.

Week 20/2022: A lot of visitors at “les Amis de La Martinerie”
Week 20/2022: A lot of visitors at “les Amis de La Martinerie”

On Sunday May 15, the organizers of the "le masque de Sganarelle" association welcomed their members on the "La Martinerie" site for the second stage of their promenade rally.

"Les Amis de La Martinerie" and the hailstorm
"Les Amis de La Martinerie" and the hailstorm

To answer your many questions following the hailstorm that devastated the Chateauroux conurbation: about a hundred holes on the roof, some the size of a tennis ball.

Sunday May 15, 2022, The “Club des Automobiles Anciennes de l'Indre” at La Martinerie
Sunday May 15, 2022, The “Club des Automobiles Anciennes de l'Indre” at La Martinerie

Sunday May 15, 2022, the members of the “Club des Automobiles Anciennes de l'Indre” (The Indre department old automobiles club) gathered at La Martinerie to start their quarterly rally.

A successful day of remembrance
A successful day of remembrance

Once more, he who is absent is always wrong. The Saints Patrons day took place in a very good atmosphere.
A day of remembrance, to remember, all together, our deceased members, these who are currently hospitalized or sufferings at home.

Spring cleaning at “les Amis de La Martinerie”s Amis de La Martinerie
Spring cleaning at “les Amis de La Martinerie”s Amis de La Martinerie

At the president’s request, about fifteen volunteers from “Les Amis de La Martinerie” showed up at “la maison départementale de la mémoire militaire” for the traditional spring cleaning.

Natalie VIOT, our new intern
Natalie VIOT, our new intern

2nd year student in LEA (Foreign Languages), Natalie VIOT will be at “les Amis de La Martinerie” from May 30 to June 17, 2022 as part of one of the immersion courses planned in her school curriculum

Her mission:

A new project for “les Amis de La Martinerie”
A new project for “les Amis de La Martinerie”

Disappointed because they were not able to save a Quonset hut (A lightweight prefabricated structure occupied by American troops during the “tent city” period) due to a storm, volunteers from our association recovered several parts of the structure and decided to rebuild a hut to regroup objects from the American era.

Two days, two visits at “les Amis de La Martinerie”
Two days, two visits at “les Amis de La Martinerie”

Monday, April 11, adherents of the ANOCR 36 (Association Nationale des Officiers de Carrière en Retraite) visited “Les Amis de La Martinerie”.
Welcomed at 10:30 am by Jean-Jacques and Michel, our visitors regretted not having had enough time to discover all the rooms and promised to return.

“Les Amis de La Martinerie” attending the ARVMC military collector’s show
“Les Amis de La Martinerie” attending the ARVMC military collector’s show

At the request of the “Association de Restauration de Véhicules Militaires du Centre” (ARVMC), “les Amis de La Martinerie” had a booth at their annual military collector’s show.

Our volunteers at the CNTS and with the A2i
Our volunteers at the CNTS and with the A2i

The French National Shooting Sports Centre (CNTS) is back in business with the middle school and high school shooting sports French championship (as part of the UNSS program). A team of volunteers from “Les Amis de La Martinerie” was present from Tuesday, March 29th to Friday, April 1st managing the armory and assisting the competing teams.

The 12ème BSMAT commander at “les Amis de La Martinerie”
The 12ème BSMAT commander at “les Amis de La Martinerie”

On Wednesday, April 30, “les Amis de La Martinerie” welcomed Colonel Fabrice Beurois, commander of the “12ème Base de Soutien du Matériel” along with part of his team.

“Rêves de Gosse” at “les Amis de La Martinerie” on Thursday, March 24, 2022
“Rêves de Gosse” at “les Amis de La Martinerie” on Thursday, March 24, 2022

In June, the "Rêves de Gosse" association will be at the Châteauroux-Déols airport allowing 100 “extraordinary” kids (sick or handicapped) and 50 “ordinary” kids to fly for the first time at the Marcel Dassault airport.

Signature of a donation receipt for a flag from the Chaillac canton
Signature of a donation receipt for a flag from the Chaillac canton

On Thursday, March 24th, 2022, Mathieu Moreaux, mayor of Chaillac and Gérard Mayaud, former mayor of Chaillac, were at “les Amis de La Martinerie” to officialize the donation of the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian war veterans’ flag from the Chaillac canton.

The Indre “Union Départementale des Médaillés Militaires” at “les Amis de La Martinerie”
The Indre “Union Départementale des Médaillés Militaires” at “les Amis de La Martinerie”

The departmental association of the “Société Nationale d’Entraide des Médaillés Militaires” (The Indre branch of a larger veteran association) used one of conference room for its 2022 general assembly on Thursday, March 17th.

A new gift to “les Amis de La Martinerie”
A new gift to “les Amis de La Martinerie”

While she already donated a SUMB truck few years ago, Laurence Rolland, CEO of the RBH company from Thenay, near Argenton sur Creuse, gave us, this time, a TRM 2000 to complete our collection of tactical vehicles.

Congratulation letters for three of our volunteers
Congratulation letters for three of our volunteers

It is during the “Comité de l’Indre des Médaillés de la Jeunesse, des Sports et de l’Engagement Associatif” (CDMJSEA) general assembly that Frédéric Niemiez, Jean-Pierre Petiot and Xavier Carpentier, three volunteers from our association, received a congratulation letter from Mrs. Bénédicte Cartelier, Issoudun subprefect, representing Mr Stéphane Bredin, the Indre prefect, in the presence of Marc Fleuret, president of the departmental council, of Florence Petipez and Nolwen Fortuit, deputies of the departmental council, of Danièle Dupré-Ségot, Le Poinçonnet mayor, and Guy Chambrier, departmental president of the FNMJSEA medalists.

Visite des locaux des Amis de La Martinerie par des représentants du futur musée de la résistance de l’Indre
Visite des locaux des Amis de La Martinerie par des représentants du futur musée de la résistance de l’Indre

On Wednesday, February 9, 2022, we welcomed Marie-Sylvie BEUZARD, president of the ACRDI (les Amis du Centre de Mémoire de la Résistance et de la Déportation de l’Indre), Jean MOREAU, president of the CURDI (Comité d’Union pour la Mémoire de la Résistance et de la Déportation de l’Indre), Georges and Muguette Lasserre, respectively, president and member of the ANACR (Association Nationale des Anciens Combattants de la Résistance)..

A successful General Assembly!
A successful General Assembly!

Due to changes in the location, the dates, the extra precautions and limitations as a consequence of the pandemic, the organization of this event was a real obstacle course. First of all, thank you very much to Michel Lenglet, mayor of the city of Montierchaume, for providing the large room of the “foyer rural” for this event and thank you to Francine, the little fairy, who made it happen.

The Indre Foreign Legion veteran association at La Martinerie
The Indre Foreign Legion veteran association at La Martinerie

On Saturday, January 5th, 2022, the veterans of the Foreign legion of the Indre department attended their annual general assembly at “Les Amis de La Martinerie”.

Wednesday, January 5th, an unexpected visit
Wednesday, January 5th, an unexpected visit

Wednesday, January 5th, the members of our association working on “Les Amis de La Martinerie”’s premises, were pleasantly surprised to see Frédéric JOSEPH, professional baker from Chézal-Benoit (18), member of our association, who came with a giant king cake for all of them.

Two Americans at La Martinerie
Two Americans at La Martinerie

At the request of Marc and Annie Dufond, “Les Amis de La Martinerie” welcomed on Wednesday, December 19, 2021, Susie and Lee Blankenship from Salinas, California.

Officialization of the donation of the Renault R 2087 N
Officialization of the donation of the Renault R 2087 N

Wednesday, December 22nd, Mrs. Irène Fauguet, and her daughter were at “les Amis de La Martinerie” to sign all the documents finalizing the donation of a Renault R 2087 N. This donation was done to honor her late husband’s last wishes, who wanted to have his truck restored by our association and displayed along other vehicles in our collection.

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Voeux 2022

 

Another donation to “les Amis de La Martinerie”
Another donation to “les Amis de La Martinerie”

On Wednesday, December 1st, we received the visit of Mrs. Monique Sicault, daughter of Adjutant Louis Laude, who came to give us his brother’s decorations, as a supplement to the uniforms we received from Yvette Langlois, Louis Laude’s second daughter.

A new vehicle, a R 2087 N, for “les Amis de La Martinerie”
A new vehicle, a R 2087 N, for “les Amis de La Martinerie”

A gratifying story, this November: A phone call at the president’s, a visit with Philippe, a team from ARVMC for the transport, and a R 2087 N truck ends up at “les Amis de La Martinerie”.

A new visit of the “maison départementale de la mémoire militaire” on Friday, November 26th, 2021.
A new visit of the “maison départementale de la mémoire militaire” on Friday, November 26th, 2021.

At the request of Jean-Paul Tissier, their president, 47 members of the “Association Nationale des Retraités” (Retirees National Association) of the Indre department, came over to La Martinerie for a double visit: “La maison départementale de la mémoire militaire” and the “Centre National de Tir Sportif” (The National Shooting Center).

October 2021, three new visits at “Les Amis de La Martinerie”
October 2021, three new visits at “Les Amis de La Martinerie”

On Wednesday, October 6th, we welcomed a dozen of visitors for the last visit of the year, as part of the "Secrets de Fabrique" operation.

Officials from the city of Montierchaume visiting “La Martinerie”
Officials from the city of Montierchaume visiting “La Martinerie”

On Saturday, October 20, 2021, responding to the invitation made by the president of “Les Amis de La Martinerie” during the donation ceremony of the 1830s rifles, Michel Lenglet, mayor of Montierchaume, along with representatives of the city council, came to visit “La maison départementale de la mémoire militaire” on the “La Martinerie” base.

The Rotary club of "Levroux-Boischaut-Champagne" is visiting “les Amis de La Martinerie”
The Rotary club of "Levroux-Boischaut-Champagne" is visiting “les Amis de La Martinerie”

On Monday, October 11, 2021, about 25 members of the Rotary club met at “La Martinerie” for their monthly assembly and to visit “La maison départementale de la mémoire militaire”.

Inauguration of the first solar park in the southern zone of La Martinerie
Inauguration of the first solar park in the southern zone of La Martinerie

On Friday, September 24th, 2021, was inaugurated an 85 acres solar park in the south zone.
This park was built and will be managed by BayWa r.e.

40 years later
40 years later

Saturday October 2nd, 2021, 40 years after their enlistment, seventeen EVSO (Engagé Volontaire Sous-Officier – commissioned officers trainees) from the Adjudant-Chef CAZAUX class, FRINGANT section (“The whites”) met at “les Amis de La Martinerie” for a short reunion, in presence of their former section commander, Captain Luc Fringant, now Prince Albert of Monaco’s first aide-de-camp, and their former unit commander, Captain Jean-Jacques Bérenguier.

In Châteauroux, a Napoleonic weekend for “les Amis de La Martinerie”
In Châteauroux, a Napoleonic weekend for “les Amis de La Martinerie”

At the request of Jean-Michel Lavaud, delegate of the “Le Souvenir Napoléonien” association, “les Amis de la Martinerie” hosted a booth at the Napoleonic Bivouac on Saturday October 2nd and Sunday October 3rd, 2021.

Renovation of a stele
Renovation of a stele

February 2018, Didier Patureau de Mirand asked us to keep the stele commemorating the sacrifice of his uncle, captain Raoul Patureau-Mirand, who was killed in air combat over la Charité sur Loire, and we gladly accepted his proposition.

Conclusion to the AECBA’s assets transfer
Conclusion to the AECBA’s assets transfer

After closing their association’s bank accounts, Mrs. Lavenu, President, Mrs Chamard, CFO, along with Yves Chambon, member of the association, handed over to “Les Amis de La Martinerie”, a check corresponding to the AECBA’s assets at the time of the dissolution.

Saturday, September 18th and Sunday, September 19th, 2021: “les journées du patrimoine” at “les Amis de La Martinerie”
Saturday, September 18th and Sunday, September 19th, 2021: “les journées du patrimoine” at “les Amis de La Martinerie”

If only few visitors came on Saturday (Sorry Marie and Michel but the photographer was not present), several small groups showed up on Sunday for the 2021 “journées du patrimoine” (2021 Heritage Days).

“Les Amis de la Martinerie” received the visit of Mrs. Georgine Sullivan
“Les Amis de la Martinerie” received the visit of Mrs. Georgine Sullivan

The new president of the Fresno-Châteauroux sister cities committee, Mrs. Georgine Sullivan, daughter of a US Air Force colonel, took some time to visit “la maison départementale de la mémoire militaire” on the La Martinerie site, during her stay in Châteauroux.

News from the “Le Magenta” association
News from the “Le Magenta” association

Sponsor of one of “la maison departementale” rooms on the la Martinerie site, the “Le Magenta” association, regroups all the veterans and friends of the 90th Infantry Regiment (90ème RI), the historical regiment of our department.

A medal ceremony at La Martinerie
A medal ceremony at La Martinerie

Long time partners of “les Amis de La Martinerie”, Mr and Ms. PICOTY, CEOs of the transport company TPO, choose our premises for a medal ceremony honoring several of their employees, including one who had 40 years of service within their company (Actually, 43 years as of today, due to delays related to the recent lockdowns).

The AECBA is disbanded and legs all its assets to “les Amis de La Martinerie”
The AECBA is disbanded and legs all its assets to “les Amis de La Martinerie”

Created in 2008 by Michel Blanchandin, former IT employee, the goal of the AECBA was to maintain contacts between the former civilian employees on the US base (Anciens Employés Civils de la Base Américaine) of La Martinerie-Déols between 1951 and 1967.

Tuesday September 7th, 2021, two visits at “Les Amis de La Martinerie”
Tuesday September 7th, 2021, two visits at “Les Amis de La Martinerie”

Scheduled more than a year ago and postponed because of restrictions due to COVID, the visit of the association “Nouvel Age BULL” of retirees from the BULL company (now ATOS) took place Tuesday, September 7th AM.

“Les Amis de La Martinerie” present at the 2021 Chateauroux non-profit organizations gathering
“Les Amis de La Martinerie” present at the 2021 Chateauroux non-profit organizations gathering

Organized by the city of Châteauroux, this gathering gave an opportunity to non-profit organizations to meet with their public, after a particularly difficult year.

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Editorial from the president

Since june 30, 2012, and after the dissolution of the 517th Train Regiment, the military vocation of the site La Martinerie as ceased.

To remember and do not forget that presence, 1915/2012, a small group of ancient people of the site La Martinerie decided to envolved themself, in order to perpetuate the memory of those, civilian and military, french, american (carrier or called, active or reserve) who served on the base, as far as their supporters.

President of the Agglomeration Community of Châteauroux (CAC) and members of the community council have agreed to make available to us on 20 february 2014 building 001 (the workers masters) and 002 (old boiler) to permit the creation of a memorial on this site. On Friday, october 17 2014, we met Gil Averous, president of this CAC and mayor of Châteauroux, in the presence of Michel Blondeau, mayor of Déols, in front of about 200 members and friends and more or less 20 flags to sign a emphyteutic lease, 50 years for buldings 001 and 002.

On Saturday october 3, 2015, we have celebrated the centenary of creation of the base « La Martinerie » in front of about 30 flags and more or less 200 members or guests.

With the support of a local communities, partners companies, of our association and the exceptional availability of our volontary to carry out (more than 20 000 of volonteer working hours) we can reasonably consider that the inauguration of our Memory House will be during the first semester of 2021.

This web site is yours, make it live forward it to your knowledge, the more we are, the more we can acheive the objectives of the association.

A great thanks to those who invest themself since the begining of this adventure or later on. Also thanks to those who keep the association alive, either on the board, either to welcome visitors, other people or to animate our website.

A last thanks to our donor members and to our 430 loyal members who support the creation of this Memory House, so as not to forget every one who came before us.

Jean-Jacques BERENGUIER

Building 001

Last update : 2021/02/04

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