ASSOCIATIONS, SOCIETIES AND CLUBS
Is there an English-speaking association, society or club not yet listed here, but catering to the British Community where you live in France? If so, we’d like to hear from them. Why not ask their Chairman or a committee member to contact the British Community Committee by e-mailing us on email@example.com
Alumni of the University of Edinburgh in France
The Association A.U.E.F. (« loi 1901 ») is open to graduates, former students, students, staff and friends of the University of Edinburgh. Each year the AUEF organises social meetings in Paris, a French regional weekend visit, a golf fixture and cultural outings. Many graduates of the University of Edinburgh resident in France are French or non-UK nationals and are pleased to be in touch with other Alumni. If you wish to receive information concerning our activities please contact Pamela Lintingre. You will also find us on Facebook.
The Paris Branch of the Franco-Scottish Society was founded in 1895. Its aims are to promote good relations between Scotland and France, principally by the exchange of goodwill visits, lectures, research work in the historical and cultural, as well as economic, relationship between the two countries, etc., and to welcome Scottish students.
Honorary President - Georges Dickson OBE
President - Jacques Leruez CBE
65 rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005 Paris
Information - Catherine Valaster
09 54 51 18 44
Association France – Grande-Bretagne
The Association, founded in 1916 with the Franco-British Society in London,
generally emphasises Franco-British co-operation.
Together with a network of some 30 associations nationally, it organises lectures and debates, trips and visits and holds an annual colloquium on a subject of Franco-British interest.
President : Patrick Hénault
06 84 69 20 37
Délégué général : Gérard Hocmard OBE
06 84 74 92 36
Secretary (French speaking) - Mrs Dominique Letellier
06 27 63 47 60
c/o Maison des Associations, 34 rue Pierre Brossolette, 92300 Levallois-Perret
Fondation de la France libre. 59, rue Vergnaud. 75013 Paris
Tel. : 06 27 63 45 60 (Tuesdays, office hours, Wednedays a.m.)
British Conservatives in Paris
Our brief is to further the aims of the British Conservative Party and to provide a forum for Conservative Party supporters.
Our political and social events involving British politicians enable our members to debate political issues and meet visiting British and sometimes French parliamentarians. We represent member's views to the Party and we encourage qualified British subjects to register to vote in the UK, while campaigning vigorously for an extension of this limited right to vote.
British Freemasons in France
Freemasonry is one of the world's oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisation. Its values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty, fairness and tolerance.
Every freemason makes his own journey of self-discovery, learning and skills, making lasting friendships, and above all having fun. Lodges offer all their members a place of harmony and tranquillity, an antidote to busy, modern life.
Presiden - Robin Sweeney
Details of English-speaking recognised and regular Lodges in France are available from :
British and Commonwealth Women’s Association
The BCWA is open to British and Commonwealth nationals and those who are married to British or Commonwealth nationals.
It offers both cultural and social activities in and around Paris. These range from guided museum visits to group activities.
Full details can be found in the monthly newsletter or on our website.
Château de Thoiry Cricket Club
Our Club was formed in 1990 under the Patronage of the Vicomtesse de La Panouse. The Club has enjoyed immense success, and plays around 30 games a season against French clubs and touring sides from the UK, Belgium & Australia. Players of all ages and standards are welcome. CTCC has French Internationals, a League side, a non-league side, a ladies' team and a junior section in collaboration with English Language Schools in the Paris region.
Expat Citizen Rights in EU
Expat Citizen Rights in EU (ECREU) is a voluntary group set up to ensure the rights of UK citizens living in the EU are foremost in the minds of those negotiating their future after Brexit.
We make British MPs and negotiators aware of citizen's concerns and willing to make them a priority in any negotiations resulting from the UK's decision to leave the EU.
Membership is free via our web site – www.ecreu.com
French Debating Association, Paris
FDA debates are based on the rules and procedures of the House of Commons.
They involved two teams of students from top French grandes écoles and universities who argue a motion in English, alternating between "proposition" and "opposition" speaker who deliver feisty six-minute speeches.
Spitited arguments and mutual rebuttals offer space for improvisation and rhetorical amusement to inspire an audience and, above all, convince the members of the jury.
President, Declan McCavana MBE
Labour International France
Labour International is the Constituency for members of the British Labour Party living outside the UK. We represent members’ views to the Party via political discussion, regular meetings and newsletters and as delegates to Party Conference. We urge all qualified British subjects to register to vote in the UK, and are campaigning for the scrapping of the 15-year limit and seeking to have MPs to represent British citizens who are resident abroad.
The British Luncheon (1916)
Founded in 1916, the “Advisory Committee Lunch”, consisting of members of the Ambassador’s Advisory Committee on Exemptions from National Service, changed its name in 1935 to The British Luncheon (1916).
Membership, by election only, is currently limited to 90 plus 15 privileged members including Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service officers. Luncheons are held on the third Tuesday of every month at the Cercle Interallié, with an annual Christmas luncheon, to which guests are invited.
Honorary Secretary - C M Wicker
The British Rugby Club of Paris
The British Rugby Club of Paris regularly fields a 1st XV side on Saturdays that
competes in the Corpo League in Paris and suburbs.
It also plays several fixtures during the season on a much less competitive basis, the emphasis being on the "troisième mi-temps".
The British Rugby club provides a sporting and social focal point for many British Expats each year in Paris since 1923.
BRFC Chairman: Richard Woolf - 06 09 75 21 01
BRFC Vice-Chairman: Emmanuel Bouscasse - 06 63 06 36 45
BRFC Treasurer: Brian Dodson - 06 34 68 45 84
The Caledonian Society of France
Founded in 1922, the Caledonian Society of France centres its annual activities on St. Andrew’s Night in late November and Burns’ Night, held around January 25th. A 'May Day Picnic', with Scottish music and ceilidh dancing to live music, is held in the Shakespeare Garden (Bois de Boulogne).
The Society also organises ceilidhs for deserving charities based in Scotland, and other events (Quiz Night, excursions...).
Anyone interested in Scottish culture and traditions may apply for membership.
The Cambridge Society of France
The Cambridge Society of Paris welcomes all alumni of Cambridge University.
we aim to be a focal point to enable University alumni to meet others to mutual benefit. Many of our members first joined us at our monthly open evening held on every first Wednesday. Other regular events include debates, Shakespeare, a Garden Party at the Ambassdor's Residence and an Annual Dinner with a speaker with a Cambridge connection, and various social and sporting events with the Oxford Society.
The Clan MacLeod Society of France
The French Clan MacLeod Society, founded in 1981, is to foster research into the role played by the MacLeods in France where they have been present and active for over 500 years, to conserve and make available family records, to distribute the magazine issued by the worldwide ACMS with a French supplement, and to encourage social activities amongst members.
Membership is open to all, whether called MacLeod, descended from MacLeods, attached to the Clan or simply interested in joining.
Secretary - Alain MacLeod
18 rue du Parc de Clagny, 78000 Versailles
01 39 55 03 01
The English-Speaking Union France
The ESU is an international educational charity present in some 50 countries worldwide, whose aim is to promote understanding and friendship through the use of English as a common language.
The activities of the four French branches include monthly cultural programmes, trips and exchanges, and participating in the ESU Public Speaking Competition in London. Every year, an internship programme for an English-speaking student and a French student is organised between Westminster and the Assemblée Nationale.
National President - Béatrix de Montgermont-Keil
21 rue Michel Ange, 75016 Paris
01 46 51 55 24
Paris President - Luce Loussouarn
8 villa de Ségur, 75007 Paris
Loire Valley President - Margaret Coleman
53, Grande rue, 49400 Saumur
02 41 38 54 24
Bordeaux President - Florence Cartigny
24 rue d’Audenge, 33000 Bordeaux
06 10 10 48 51
Strasbourg President - Erik Harremocs
4 rue de l’Ablette, 67000 Strasbourg
03 88 31 64 03
The Franco-British Foundation
Created by French and British trustees of the Knightsbridge-based British Committee of the French Red Cross who had co-ordinated Britain’s effort to treat wounded French servicemen in British-run hospitals throughout France during WW1, the FFBS has had its headquarters at the Château de Sillery, south of Paris, since 1919.
It now has 9 training establishments and workshops in the Essonne, the Val de Marne and Brittany where its 300 qualified staff - case workers, nurses, doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists - care for 800 partly handicapped and/or psychologically-challenged individuals from 14 nationalities aged from 18 to retirement age and beyond. The fondation’s aim is to help them manage their disabilities, acquire living and employment skills and, ultimately, to help them live independent, working lives.
President - Brigadier Johnny Rickett CBE
Vice-President - Colonel Geoffrey Cardozo MBE
Fondation Franco-Britannique de Sillery
Château de Sillery
The Liberal Democrats in France
The Liberal Democrats in France is the French Branch of the Liberal Democrats party in the UK.
We are a team of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers who are working together to support the National Liberal Democrats Party. There are dozens of ways to get involved with the Liberal Democrats.
Have a look at some of the ways on our website www.libdemsinfrance.fr or Businessn our facebook page Libdems in France and on our twitter account @LibDemFrance. Or simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair LibDems in France - Paul Fisher
The Oxford University Society
OUSP organise events for Oxford Alumni, students and guests, ranging from breakfast talks and dinners with distinguished speakers, to convivial pub evenings; theatre visits, play readings and music events complement visits to exhibitions and historical sites.
A Garden Party at the British Embassy and a formal dinner are annual highlights. Events with the Cambridge Society include a viewing of the boat race, monthly drinks, and a petanque match.
Our website provides membership information and details of events.
The Paris Welsh Society - Cymdeithas Cymry Paris
The Society was founded to foster knowledge of Wales, its language and culture.
The highlights are the St. David’s Day celebration and Owain Glyndwr Dinners. Lunches and other events are also organised during the year. A Welsh-speaking group meets and we go to the pub to watch sporting events featuring Welsh teams.
Everyone who is Welsh or who has an interest in Wales is welcome to join us. Croeso i bawb sydd â diddordeb yng Nghymru.
President - Thomas Roberts
The Royal Society of Saint George
The Paris Branch of the Society was founded in 1937 and organises various social occasions for English people and their friends. In the course of the year, the Branch organises the President’s cocktail party; a golf match followed by a dinner open to non-golfers; an AGM at the Chancery of the British Embassy with a cocktail party on the terrace afterwards; a picnic at Longchamp racecourse, and other functions.
Proposer and seconder normally required.
The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
ABRSM is the world's leading provider of music exams and assessments; run professionnal development courses, workshops and seminars for teachers; and publishes a wide range of supporting music books and CDs, and a quaterly magazine "Libretto".
ABRSM make donations to allow promising young musicians to continue their musical studies at one of four royal Schools of Music; and sponsors festivals and composers
Practical graded examinations are available for all instruments (including voice), at all levels as well as written Theory examinations from grade 1 to grade 8.
Dear Conjunction Theatre Company
Dear Conjunction, an English and French language theatre company based in Paris, has produced well over 40 plays since its foundation in 1991. DC is still run by its founder members but works with many other professional actors and directors.
As well as productions, DC regularly gives play and poetry readings and is happy to perform at special event throughout the year. We are always eager to welcome new performers, administrators, supporters...
01 42 85 09 57
The English Cathedral Choir of Paris
The Choir is conducted by counter-tenor and composer Christopher Wells, who was a cathedral chorister under the choir's patron Sir David Willcocks.
For more than twenty years the EEC has been promoting English cathedral music throughout France's churches and cathedrals, taking part in religious ceremonies, services, weddings, carols; as well larger orchestral works, festivals, TV and radio brodcasts.
Members include former English cathedral choristers and university choral scholars, but good musicians of all nationalities are welcome.
The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Paris Branch
The Paris Branch of the Society was created in 1984 in order to promote Scottish Country Dancing and to offer the opportunity to learn and practise Scottish Country Dances in France. The Branch organises classes; half-day schools for beginners, intermediate or advanced dancers. There is a dance every Saturday night from 7.30 to 9.30 pm, and occasionally a ball on Friday or Saturday night. Everybody is warmly welcome.
Paris Decorative and Fine Arts Society (PADFAS)
This Franco-British society offers a series of monthly lectures, in English with visual illustrations, during the season from October to May.
Lectures, by experts in their field, are held on Thursday afternoons.
Other activities include visits to museums, etc.; musical evenings; a book club; half or full day outings; and an annual 3 or 4 day trip to an interesting area further afield. The annual subscription includes all lectures : single €95, couple €170, student €40.
Honorary Secretary: Douglas Wells
Royal Academy of Dance
The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) exists to promote knowledge, understanding and practice of dance internationally.
The Academy is a worldwide educational, examining and membership organisation founded in 1920 to advance the standard of teaching in classical ballet.
The Academy operates in 80 countries, has a membership of over 15,000 and annually holds over 250,000 examinations. Our Registered Teachers provide standards of excellence in ballet and dance teaching.
Please contact the National Director for France and the Benelux for information about the Academy in France.
SPRINT a non-profit organization, is a group of English-speaking and bilingual professionals who work with children with special needs.
THIS GROUP INCLUDES :
- Clinical Psychologists
- Educational Psychologists
- Family Therapists
- Speech and Language Pathologists
- Learning Disability Specialists
- Special Educators and Tutors
- Psychomotor Re-educators
- Occupational Therapists
- Social Workers
- Art Therapists
- Music Therapists
SPRINT's aims are two-fold. It offers the Anglophone community information and referral services and presents specialists with an opportunity to network.
The International Players
The International Players are a friendly group of over 60 members of all ages and nationalities with a variety of talents, from acting and singing to designing sets and costumes.
We put on English-language productions which cover a range of very different styles from musical and pantomimes to serious plays and comedies.
The group rehearses and performs mainly in St-Germain-en-Laye and Le Pecq. New members are always welcome, even if in France for a short time.
Tower Bridge's priority is helping the Tower Theatre Company, who present a Shakespeare play annually in the Bois de Boulogne open-air Théatre - in 2016, this will be Romeo and Juliet, directed by Penny Tuerk, from 7th to 12th June.
Each year a talk about the play is arranged for Tower Bridge members, they attend their choice of performance as the Company's guests, can meet the Tower Theatre Company cast and crew and buy tickets for TTC's shows in London and Paris at concessionary prices.
Bordeaux British Community
The Bordeaux British Community is an Aquitaine-based social association. Our membership is multinational. The only reqirement is a good grasp of the English language
We currently have over 100 families on our books. We produce a monthly Newletter covering our events and a résumé of what is going around Bordeaux.
Our main aim is to welcome newcomers to the area. We normally have about three events of varying type each month.
Cancer Support France
CSF is made up of a growing number of affiliated associations across France, supported by the umbrella organisation, CSF-National. The association exists to support English-speaking people living in France who are affected by cancer. It is open to people of all faiths or none. It is not necessary to be a member of CSF before receiving support, which is always given without charge.
Support can be given in a number of ways, and is always arranged following an initial contact and request for help. Support can be as little as guidance to sources of information about cancer and its treatment or as complete as regular personal contact for as long as the client (patient or family member) needs. It can include guidance through the administrative procedures of health care in France. If the team has members with sufficient language skills a volunteer may accompany a patient to hospital appointments to act as an interpreter. This ensures that the client understands what the oncologist is saying and what treatment is proposed etc.
The mainstay of support work is listening and helping the patient express and deal with issues that are worrying them. Volunteers who interact directly with clients are fully trained, according to a nationally agreed course, and are known as 'Active Listeners'. They work on the telphone, face-to-face if distance is not a problem, email or even Skype. All AL's and members of CSF in contact with clients abide by a code of confidentiality.
Volunteers are available on Tuesday mornings 10h00 – 12h30.www.cancersupportfrance.org
0810 240 200 (your call is taken on an answerphone and charged at local rates - please ignore the short message in French which precedes the English message)
The SLL White Horses charity
The Caravan of Hope II - 2016
The Franco British SLL White Horses charity has humanitarian aims.
We buy horses in the Camargue, ride them across France and part of England, and, at the end of the long ride, we donate the horses to RDA Centres (Riding for the Disabled Association and similar centres in France). As part of the riding team, we take French and British young people from disadvantaged backgrounds or with sociological problems and help them to get their lives working by enabling them to care for and ride the horses during the six month journey.
With the success of the 2012 Caravan of Hope project, we are in the early stages of planning and fundraising for our 4th project.
Oxford University Society of South West France
Oxford University Society South West France welcomes all Oxford alumni living in an area ranging from the Hérault to the Gironde, and from the Dordogne to the Pyrenees, whether they be permanent or temporary residents. Visits to the many places of interest, often accompanied by convivial wine-tastings, are organized during the spring and summer months. We also circulate information received from members about activities in which they are involved such as concerts, music festivals, theatrical productions, book sales etc.
Chairman OUS SW France Branch John Baylis
Hon. Secretary OUS SW France Branch Marion Tempé
Past and Present Rotarians Fellowship Club ( Bergerac ) - ( An English Conversation Luncheon Club )
The club is open to both male and female members and also welcomes like minded Clubs i.e.; Innerwheel , Probus, Round Table, Ladies Circle, 41 Club. Tangent Club.
Meets every second Wednesday of each month at Hotel Kyriad . Bergerac.Further information and reservation: email@example.com
BRITTANY, NORMANDY & PAYS DE LA LOIRE
Amicale Culturelle Européenne
The association was formed in Basse-Normandie in 1996 under. Its aim is to promote friendship amongst British residents in Normandy and to facilitate their introduction and communication with French and other European nationals living in the area.
To this end, ACE organises monthly events; these include visits to museums, one or several days’ leisure excursions, country walks, trips to other places of interest, talks or conferences on various matters of interest, and regular luncheons.
British Association of Cote d'Opale
(i) The British Association Cote d’Opale was initially formed on June 25th 2016 as a result of the Brexit vote. It is a charitable association registered under the appropriate French 1901 loi association authority.
(ii) The British Association Cote d’Opale’s mission is to ensure British expats do not lose their social and economic rights either in France, Britain and Europe, as well as to achieve a close working liaison with British, French and European authorities.
Regular events are held in all parts of the Cote d’Opale, and prove invaluable for introducing members to one another. They also provide a valuable means of raising funds to support the aims of the association.
LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON & MIDI-PYRENEES
ENGLISH LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
Bibliothèque Anglaise de la Haute Vallée
The English Library Association (La Bibliothèque de la Haute Vallée) opened in August 2012 in Quillan, Aude. It is run by a group of volunteers living in the area.
The library is situated in the Galerie Vert Nature in the Carrefour Market in Quillan on the road D118 to Limoux and is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.
The English Library organises regular and frequent events of both literary and general interest for its members as well as providing a comprehensive information service at www.network-news.com to the British living in the Eastern Pyrénées and Cathar Country.
Carrefour Galerie Vert Nature
ZA LA PLAGE SUD
British Association of Monaco
The BAM was established in 1935 and is one of the most active associations in the Principality.
We aim to provide a social focus for British citizens living in and around Monaco and to represent their views in the Principality. We organise monthly outings, talks, etc., and give aid to British citizens who may be in need, whether BAM members or not.
A monthly Newsletter provides members with articles and a diary of current events in Monaco.
International Singers, Lille Métropole
Formed in 2006, we are a high quality vocal group working uniquely in the English-language.
Based in south-west Lille and with a repertoire strong in the roots of the Anglophone world, we sing a mix of traditional 4-part music.
Now 45 strong, we sing at events for the benefit of raising funds for good works and over the years has raised several thousand Euros for all kinds of projects.
POITOU-CHARENTES & LIMOUSIN
Charente Limousine Exchange
CLE is a self-help group that helps you unlock the secrets to a happy and comfortable lifestyle in France.
We provide information and organise events, workshops and seminars, including our well supported annual Tax seminar.
Our social activities include visits, quizzes and charity fairs. We have a 'Pudding Club' for those who like to get together for a fun lunch, and a garden group which arranges garden visits and workshops enabling members to meet and make new friends in the ex-patriot and French communitieswww.cle-france.com
Open Gardens/Jardins Ouverts
The National Gardens Scheme in the UK is an initiative which aims to encourage owners to open their gardens to the public, the entrance fees for which are given to charity. The concept is intended to be enjoyable for all concerned, in that it enables people with an interesting garden to share this with other people, whilst simultaneously benefiting charitable concerns.
In 2013, all of the gardens were British owned but, as the project expands, more and more French owners are signing up and the balance is now 40% French : 60% British and this will inevitably change still further with each successive year.
Association France – Grande-Bretagne – Lyon & Rhône
The Lyon & Rhône branch of the Association France - Grande-Bretagne aims to promote Franco-British relations through cultural activities, including a monthly luncheon, talks by visiting speakers, a book circle, an English Scrabble group, a poetry reading group, cinema outings to see films in English, conversation groups and a group which organises social events & outings. A monthly newsletter sent to members contains details of our programme, which can also be found on our website.
Franco-British International Business Association (FIBA) - Lyon
What we offer: To be the principal contact and representative body for the Franco-British business community in the Rhône-Alpes Region of France.
As a member, you will have access to a network of services, which can help develop your Franco-British and international business activities through:
- a diverse network of members
- a member’s website database
- regular seminars, meetings and events
- business information, promotion and training
- investment opportunities.
In addition we offer to put you in contact with persons outside the Association for help, advice or accompaniment.
Grapevine Association, Aix-les-Bains
The Association was founded in 1992 to encourage members to practice their spoken English, to widen their knowledge of traditions of the U.K. and to promote the British heritage in Aix-les-Bains.
AT the monthly meeting, held from October to June, activities include talks, games and musical evenings. There is also a book club, Scottish country dancing classes, a Christmas Carol Concert in Saint Swithun’s church, and an annual celebration near the statue of Queen Victoria.
British Association of Nice
Its website says: "Formerly part of the British Association of the Alpes Maritimes, the British Association of Nice is an independent association.
We help those in need and also organise social and cultural events in Nice and the region at which new friends can be made, and common interests shared. We believe in putting people and social needs together is a pleasure and worthwhile. We don't only do fun things. We can provide welfare assistance where needed. This could be making hospital visits, financial assistance, providing a friendly listening ear, helping with French administrative matters, whatever your need, ask us and we will try to help.
Anyone over the age of 16 who supports the aims of the BAN can join, whatever their nationality. The annual membership fee is 10 euros. We can assist British nationals and their families, whether resident here or passing through Alpes Maritimes. We can also help promote good Anglo French relations.
The British Association Alpes Maritime
The British Association of the Alpes Maritimes is a registered 1901 charity which has been in existence for over 50 years. It is run solely by volunteers and aims to help British residents in (and visitors to) the Alpes Maritimes, providing help to those new to the area and for those who encounter unexpected problems such as illness, accidents, bereavement or financial difficulties.
For more information on the Association, and on news and events, please go to www.britishassociation.info.
The English-Speaking Families'Group Lyon (ESFG Lyon)
ESFG Lyon provides a support network for English-speaking families living in the Lyon area. We organize English-language playgroups for children of different ages at our Hall in the 8eme district of Lyon, as well as a diary of social events for parents and families.
Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (Lyon Branch)
The object of RSCDS Lyon Branch is to preserve and further the practice of traditionnal Scottish Dancing as it danced today; we are mainly involved in Scottish Country Dancing, but also hold occasionnal classes in Highland Dancing. We have a weekly class on Friday nights, with 3 levels (beginners, intermediate, advanced); we also organise ceilidhs, balls, social dancing, day classes (usually 3 times a year on Saturdays) and weekend schools (usually twice a year), with live musicians whenever possible. We accept beginners all year round, come and join us !