Despite some of the commune's minor roads being still snow-covered, the 2009 edition attracted an estimated 120-130 people of all ages. from a population of just under 400. Something that would be difficult to imagine in the UK, even in small communities.
Michel spoke for around half an hour thanking many people who play a part in the life of the commune: la poste, the bibliothèque – created this year and already with 95 subscribers, the school canteen, and, of course his Conseil Municipal – "a devoted team" – who are involved in a range of commissions – generally involving a considerable number of meetings. Michel mentioned the forthcoming carnival (29th March 2009) that will involve the 14 communes attached to Bléré. La Communauté de communes de Bléré has recently acquired 30-hectares at Sublaines, close to the A85 autoroute, that will become an economic activities zone.
Michel also reported on a driving speed survey at the hamlet of Les Bergers at the end of May / beginning of June where a few cars were clocked speeding at 90-100 k/h in a 50 k/h zone. He also spoke of improvements to Epeigné's sole rond-point (roundabout). Over the past couple of decades the French have developed a real passion for rond-points and it may be that French legislation requires every commune to possess at least one rond-point.
Extreme right: Mark Robertson, Epeigné's only vigneron.