About us

We are Gideon and Helen Seymour, most recently from West Yorkshire in the UK. We moved to France in December 2020 and bought Bassinaud in September 2021.

Helen worked in education for over 30 years, her career spanning space and time… she ran a space education charity and owned her own TARDIS. Helen worked as a science teacher before venturing into the world of museums and galleries, linking Science Technology Engineering & Maths (STEM) with creativity and the arts.  Helen has run an international rocketry challenge, the Bradford Science Festival and took 60 young people for cosmonaut training in Moscow!

Most recently, she was fortunate enough to be the dinosaur wrangler for Dippy the Diplodocus, on loan from the National History Museum, during the Rochdale leg of his UK wide tour. Helen loves to cook and delights in exploring produce from the vibrant local markets.

Gideon spent much of his working life in the NHS, working as a manager in primary care and helping to set up and run one of the first Primary Care Trusts. In his spare time he set up and ran a monthly comedy club and alternative cabaret. After 15 years he left the NHS and became the Director of a small arts charity in West Yorkshire that provided spaces for artists to make and share their work, including a 10-acre urban ‘garden’, studios, workshops and galleries and a large shop ‘Hand Made in Bradford’ in a former Virgin Megastore! Before moving to France Gideon was the administrator for a street arts company. He has also run arts and community festivals and has plans for live music at Bassinaud.