Open Day at Conservatoire, Support a sponsored hike by a St Cergue resident

Tomorrow Saturday 5th April it’s Open Day/ Portes Ouvertes at the Conservatoire de L’Ouest Vaudois in both Nyon and Morges, from 10:00 to 16:00.

This prestigious music school will be open for the public to visit to find out more about the school’s courses.  Adults and children alike can learn about playing  an instrument from guitar to piano and drums. The school has its own choir and theatre group too.  There will be workshops at the Open Day for children from 3 years old and mini concerts performed by pupils at the school throughout the day. Many of the teachers at the Conservatoire speak English, so go along to find out more!


If you have never been to the conservatoire in Nyon,  it’s worth visiting just to take a peek inside this lovely old building along the lake side.

Also, on Sunday 6th April, there will be an afternoon concert at the Conservatoire at 17:00 called La Sauve Melodia, details here

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Living in Nyon is always happy to consider submissions from readers and we are delighted to publish this short article by Diantha Terry.

Diantha moved with her family to the Canton of Vaud with her family five years ago and she has written a little about living in the village of St Cergue.  Diantha is about to embark on a sponsored hike in the Himalayas to raise money for Hope for Children. If you would like to read more about the charity or to sponsor her, then read on.

Diantha Terry in St Cergue

I started my career as a nurse and then worked in the pharmaceutical industry for more than 13 years.  We moved with our children, to Switzerland in 2009 when my husband took up a position with the World Health Organisation.  We were keen to continue living in a village environment as we had done in the UK, so chose to live 30 minutes outside Geneva first in the pretty village of Genolier, near Nyon, and then in St Cergue.  St Cergue is nestled in the Jura mountains and often has snow on the ground for 4 months of the year which keep its two small ski slopes  running even at night with floodlit events.

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Photo above by Diantha Terry   St Cergue in the snow

We both wanted our children to feel part of the community they grew up in and so we sent them to the local Swiss schools. The state is very supportive and the children, who were 6 and 7 when they moved, received a lot of free extra tuition.  For us it was the best decision we made. They are both well settled and speak fluently in French at school and with their friends, and they are also learning German.

We all love the variety of outdoor activities that living in Switzerland offers, with skiing and snow sports in the winter and hiking and the lakes to enjoy in the summer. Living in St-Cergue is a true delight as so much of the outdoors is accessible and you will often find me out walking my dogs in the Jura countryside.

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Photo above – The Desalpe in St Cergue

Having had such a fortunate change to our lives, by moving to Switzerland, and being very conscious of the opportunities open to us, we as a family feel it is very important to support people whose lives are not so fortunate.

In 2004 I led a successful fundraising campaign in our Cambridgeshire village and the money raised enabled a number of primary schools in Sri Lanka to be re-equipped following the devastation caused by the tsunami. (My own parents made the move from Sri Lanka to the UK in the 1970’s.)

This year, in April, I am undertaking a sponsored hike in the Himalayas for one week, to raise money for the UK-based charity Hope for Children.

HOPE is a fantastic charity that helps orphaned, disabled, poor and exploited children across Asia, Africa and Europe.  If you would like to be part of giving something more to children who have less, please visit my fund-raising page here.  Every donation is valuable, whatever size!

My target was to raise £2000 and I’m almost there.

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 Photo above – Diantha Terry

The English in Switzerland on radio/ Free entry to museums Jan 1/2 and Happy New Year!

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2013 is drawing to a close and Living in Nyon would like to wish readers “Meilleurs Voeux pour la Nouvelle Année”  and a Very Happy New Year! 

Don’t forget to “like” the Living in Nyon Facebook page, to follow us on Twitter and to subscribe to the newsletter (see box on the right hand side of this site).

Also, a reminder that there is a currently a fascinating ten part radio series all about the English living in this part of Switzerland (and in modern England) presented by Cyril Dépraz on RTS Première   Click here for the link 

The series began on 23 December and continues until the 5th January. On the programme from the 24 December you can hear some familiar voices: the founder of Living in Nyon was a guest on the show,  there were  members of Geneva Operatic Society performing a pantomime; Hester McDonald from the Swiss Gardening school and more.  On today’s show ( the 31st December) the English speaking radio station Mountain Radio Verbier  was featured.

Free Entry to Museums 1/2 January.  The three museums/ historic buildings of Nyon (the Musée du Leman, the Roman Museum and the castle) are offering free entrance on Wednesday 1 January and Thursday 2nd January from 14:00 to 17:00.  They are definitely worth a visit if you have never been.

New Year 2013


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Photo above – Birds flying over the Jet D’eau (photo taken from the beach in Prangins) in the last days of December.

Free tickets for New Year’s Masked Ball and Merry Christmas from Living in Nyon!

Seasons Greetings and a Very Merry Christmas from Living in Nyon!  

Church services, New Year’s Eve party and more late night shopping.

Tonight (Monday 23rd December) there will be another late shopping night in Nyon. Shops will be open until 22:00. The late night shopping event last Friday was great fun, not only were the shops and restaurants open and busy with customers, but local clubs and societies were also in the streets, some of them serving vin chaud.  See photo below of the firemen serving hot wine. The department store Manor also had a bar outside in the street with staff on hand to serve champagne! See photos below.

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La Côte church services  in Gingins, Divonne and Genolier

 Services in the village church of Gingins
24th December 14.30 Crib Service for children
24th December 16.30 Christmas Eve Eucharist

 Services at the Eglise réformée in Divonne

25th December 10.00 Christmas Day Family Communion


23rd December 20.00 Service of Nine Lessons & Carols

 Westlake Church in Nyon 

24th December Christmas Carols by Candlelight  at 17:00


Holy Trinity Church

The traditional Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, accompanied by Holy Trinity Choir, will be held on Christmas Eve, starting at 17.30, in the Cathedral of St. Pierre, Geneva Old Town. Be sure to arrive in good time to find a seat – and enjoy an organ recital before the service, starting at 17.00.

New Year’s Eve Party in Nyon – Free tickets!

The Usine a Gaz is very kindly offering 5 pairs of tickets to its New Year’s Masked Ball event on the  31st December (tickets  for this event are normally 25 CHF per person).

There will be music, DJs champagne and more! See Usine a Gaz’s own website for more information.  To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets email with both names of the couple requiring tickets.

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Reminder – late night shopping in Nyon tonight until 22:00

If you haven’t done your Christmas shopping yet, then you can take advantage of “Les Nocturnes” late night shopping in Nyon tonight (the 20th December) until 22:00.   Plus on Sunday, small family shops will be open in the town between 10:00 and 18:00.

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Where to buy a turkey for Christmas and late night shopping in Nyon

Throughout the year Living in Nyon receives many local retail questions and particularly in December on where to by a turkey for Christmas.

Most large supermarkets and the Manor supermarket in Chavanne centre sell turkeys (turkey/une dinde in French), however, Living in Nyon’s favourite place to shop is the Marc Deblue butcher in the centre of Nyon. Their meats and products are always of excellent locally sourced quality, they sell lard grillé too, (smoked bacon) which is always a hit with its British customers. Plus, the staff in this shop and the owner of course are very friendly! See a review here on Yelp by a customer from Austin, Texas.

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The shop itself has been hidden away somewhat recently whilst there has been construction of the new Mcdonalds extension next door,  but they have always been open for business, so give them a try!  If you want to buy a turkey, you need to order it  in advance, just decide how many kilos you want , leave your name and it should be ready to pick up on the day you want.

Address: Rue de la Gare 22, 1260 Nyon.  Téléphone :0 22 361 28 04

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Friendly Pierre in the Deblue butcher

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Late night shopping in Nyon and Sunday opening

There will be two late night (nocturnes) shopping days in Nyon over the Christmas period, on Friday 20th and Monday 23rd December, the shops will be open on those days until 22:00. On Sunday 22nd December, local family run shops will be open in Nyon from 10:00 to 18:00