French Conversation Group

We have recently formed two French conversation groups; one to cater for beginners and a second for those that have some knowledge of French already.
We have a group of members (English and French) who will be willing to help facilitate the groups. We plan to have specific themes or subjects as the focus each time to stimulate the flow of conversation. The main aim is to have relaxed informal groups where people feel happy to speak.

For further information please email us through our contact page.

Walking Group

The Anglophone walking group meets once a month from February to June and from September to November.   We walk for about 5km – taking around an hour and a half.  All members are welcome – we have some regulars but also people who dip in and out as it suits them.

We try to arrange walks all over the patch covered by the association, and put together a mixture of seaside and country walks.  There’s nothing too strenuous – although there might be the odd hill – and stout footwear is recommended.

Afterwards we will go to a local auberge or restaurant for lunch, and always choose somewhere with a good value menu.  We’ve found a few gems! You can even just join us for lunch if you like. All we ask is that people book for lunch a few days before so that we can make arrangements with the restaurant.

For further information please email us through our contact page.

Craft Group

Come and try our craft group who meet each month in the comfort of their own homes. The purpose of the group is to swap ideas, work on their current project and help one another with pooled expertise.

This is a self-help group with a most impressive collection of crafts represented from jewellery and card making, to lace, embroidery, knitting, crochet and any other needle craft you can think of.

We welcome those who may want to share their craft expertise with us, or those who may want to learn a new craft. There is no tutor as such but the group are happy to pass on their skills and will show you how to start and help you as you learn.

For further information please email us through our contact page.

 

Country Dancing

Why not join us to learn country dancing? We have set up a dance group that meets once a month near Gratot.

The evening encompasses English Country Dancing, Scottish Country Dancing and a touch of Morris Dancing thrown in as well.

Don’t know your left from your right? Think your two left feet will be the only ones there? Think you won’t be any good at it?

Well don’t worry, you won’t be alone with any of the above excuses! and you will be fine!

A sense of fun and a willingness to have a good laugh is all we ask.  It is also good exercise and, if you are still not tempted, we stop half way through for a drink and some home-made cakes or chocolates!!

We meet in the church hall of the English Church in Gratot once a month. Members and non-members are welcome, men and women, you don’t need to have a partner to come along.

There is a small charge per session of 2€ per person (members) and 3€ for non-members.

Comfortable shoes are recommended – trainers are acceptable (and please make sure, whatever you wear, they will stay on your feet as we do flick our feet a lot!).

For further information please email us through our contact page.

Luncheon Club

We have started a small luncheon club for members.
The aim is to take it in turns to meet in each other’s houses for a home cooked meal about once every month to 6 weeks.

One group has already been meeting for over a year. Due to the nature of the club, numbers per group are limited as the group meets in members homes. However, it is possible to set up a second or third group.

For further information please email us through our contact page.

Book Club

2013 saw the launch of The Anglophone Association Book Club.
We meet every month or so and discuss a book chosen at the previous meeting.

For further information please email us through our contact page.

Some of the books we have read and discussed (most recent at the top):

The Coastliners by Joanne Harris

2084  by Boualem Sansal

The Children Act  by Ian McEwan

Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris.

The Obsession by Nora Roberts

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

The Story of a new name by Elena Ferrante

My Brilliant friend  by Elena Ferrante

The Elegance of the Hedgehog  by Muriel Barber

About Grace by Anthony Doerr.

Children of the Master by Andrew Marr 

Paradise and Pigs by John Rigbey.

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra  by Vaseem Khan.

The Secret Keeper  by Kate Morton

My Traitor by Sorj Chalandon

Gone Girl  by Gillian Flynn   .. Read a review

The Architect’s Apprentice  by Elif Shafak

The Storyteller  by Jodi Picoult      .. Read a review

Half A Yellow Sun  by Ngozi Adichie

Salt on our Skin (les Vaisseaux de Coeur)  by Benoite Groult     .. Read a review

Rush Home Road  by Lori Lansens

Sashenka  by Simon Montefiore

To Kill A Mocking Bird   by Harper Lee

L’Auberge  by Julia Stagg

The Memory of Love  by Aminatta Forna

A Patchwork Planet  by Ann Tyler

Dear Life  by Alice Munro

The Mayor Of Casterbridge  by Thomas Hardy

A Week In December  by Sebastian Faulkes

The Book Thief   by Markus Zusac

Between Shades of Gray  by Rupa Sepetys

The Accidental Husband  by Jane Green

The List of My Desires  by Gregoire Delacourt

Six Suspects  by Vikas Swarup

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window and Disappeared
by Jonas Jonasson

The Third Reich by Roberto Bolano

Children of Men by PD James

Woman With A Birthmark by Hakan Nesser