The AAGP is a non-profit social organisation, created over 50 years ago, run by volunteers, offering opportunities to find friendship, support and information relevant to life in France. We organise a year-round programme of activities for all ages and interests which are published in a monthly newsletter. Our aims are to welcome English-speaking newcomers to their new life in Provence, to share activities, make new friends and promote friendship within our French community.
For further information, please visit www.aagp-provence.com
The association was founded in 1985 by a small group of English people who met regularly in Carpentras to practice their French. Monthly outings were soon added to the weekly conversation meetings and we now offer a variety of activities and outings, announced in the monthly newsletter and on the website.
One of our most important roles is to help anglophones integrate into the area. We also offer our members assistance when facing administrative or legal issues.
President: Marie-Jacqueline Ballagh email@example.com
The Association, founded in 1916 while the Franco-British Society was being founded in London, aims to foster and develop Franco-British co-operation.
The AFGB network includes some 20 local associations, which organise talks and debates, visits and theme trips, social activities and, in general, aim to spread and promote British cultural and intellectual life, whilst helping British expats to integrate in France.
President: Patrick Hénault 06 84 64 20 37
Contact: Gérard Hocmard OBE 06 84 74 92 36 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 and outings. A monthly newsletter sent to members contains details of our programme, which can also be found on our website.
President: Michael G Smith
The British Community Committee of France (BCC), founded in 1937 (see page 40), is the umbrella organisation of British associations in France at a national level. It operates under the registered logo britishinfrance and publicises the existence of its member organisations so that British citizens in France, or those with British interests, know whom to contact to join. It co-ordinates the activities of the British in France by collecting information on events being organised by member associations,highlighting potential clashes of dates between events, and communicating the list to members.
The BCC was first registered as a Loi 1901 association on 1 July 1939. It has two categories of members:
· associations throughout France and Monaco with a majority British link, whether charitable, educational, religious, social,sporting, professional, etc.
· up to 21 individual elected members of the British Community who wish to play an active part in the co-ordination and promotion of British Community activities.
Additionally, beginning in 2017, the BCC is a founder member of and an active participant in British in Europe, a coalition of UK citizens’ rights groups in various EU27 countries working to alleviate the negative impacts on UK citizens living in EU27 countries of the UK referendum decision on 23 June 2016 for the UK to leave the EU.
The BCC promotes its member organisations and their activities in the following ways:
· Each year in September, it publishes the Directory of Member Organisations, which gives a description of all of its members’ activities and their contact details.
· Every month, the Diary Editor collects information on events being organised by member associations and sends out the monthly British Community Diary of Events to inform member organisations and their members about what is happening in the community.
· The BCC’s website britishinfrance.com reaches out to the broader on-line community, providing details of all member associations and their activities.
· The BCC holds Quarterly Meetings (usually in January,March or April, June, and September or October), attended by a delegate from each member association, the individual elected members, and the Regional Representatives elected by member associations in the regions.
Any association in France or Monaco with a British link is welcome to apply to join the BCC. Admission is granted to successful applicants following a presentation of the association to a Quarterly Meeting.
The membership subscription for 2021-2022 is €20 if paid by 30 April, €30 if paid after 30 April.
Founded in 2003, the CLE is a group of enthusiastic members who now reside or intend to reside in France. They form a valuable resource for the exchange of information, ideas and experiences. CLE organises many social activities. Regular trips exploring the region are very popular. Monthly lunches, quizzes and (usually) friendly boules games bring members together for some light-hearted fun and games. Forums on French tax and other relevant issues provide crucial membership support.
President: Dave Brown 05 49 87 05 85
Connect is based in the Dieppe area. The association’s aim is to promote all initiatives which will reinforce exchanges and friendship at an international level and in particular French-British relations. To this end, it organises events such as book exchanges, pub quizzes, theme meals at members’ houses or in restaurants, plant exchanges, computer literacy, outings etc.
President Anne Vandelannoote
06 46 40 42 12
EU Britizens is a group of experienced and dedicated professionals affected by Brexit aiming to help British Citizens’ legal cases going before the Court of Justice of the European Union in order to win back our European Citizenship rights to vote, live, work, study and retire in the European Union as well as keeping Freedom of Movement in the EU.
President: Alice Bouilliez
Website: EU Britizens
Parenting is always an adventure but trying to blend different languages and cultures can sometimes feel overwhelming. Message Paris is a diverse, supportive community of English-speaking families living in and around Paris with one key goal: to help each other feel at home. We offer ressources and support for all ages and all stages of the parenting journey. With hundreds of annual events, workshops and support offerings, Message provides a community where you always belong.
Riviera Lifeline is a non-profit, non-denominational organisation serving the Var and the Alpes-Maritimes. Our volunteers help seniors to continue independent lives across the French Riviera for example visiting seniors at home, lending a sympathetic ear and offering companionship. We can usually be found at The Grange on Thursdays and the third Saturday each month.
Please contact us for details.
1267 Chemin du Train de Pignes Ouest, 83510 Lorgues
Tel: 04 89 82 68 51