Welcome               Bienvenue




1  Introduction


2  Where and When does The Colchester Anglo-French Circle meet.


3. Our Programme 2018-2019.


4. Membership Subscriptions.


5. How to contact us.


6. Colchester Twinning Society.

An Introduction to The Colchester Anglo-French Circle



The Colchester Anglo-French Circle was started in 1970 to promote and enjoy all things French. We are a friendly, mixed group of people interested in the language, art and culture of France. We discuss its history, the diversity of its landscape, its haunting songs and music, the uniqueness of its cuisine, its famous wines and our travel experiences.


As well a some entertaining talks by visiting speakers (some in French, some in English), members can also share their own experiences. We also have some musical evenings, quiz and games evenings and social events, all with a French theme.


Everyone is welcome. We start our meetings informally with tea and coffee, the environment is friendly and relaxed, there is an opportunity to converse in French if you wish. It is not necessary to be fluent in the  French language.

2. Where and When does The Colchester Anglo-French Circle Meet


We meet at The Christchurch Hall, Ireton Rd, Colchester CO3 3AT


Meetings take place twice a month (on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays) starting at 7.30pm (usually until 9pm)


The meetings take place from September until June, with a break during the summer months.


There is free parking at the Church, and plenty of parking nearby.

3. Programme 2018-2019


We publish a programme of the planned activities and presentations prior to the start of the new season in September.

The programme will be regularly updated on our website.


September - December 2018, January - May 2019


Wednesday 19th Sept

La Rentrée with a quiz about all things French and a glass of wine.


Wednesday 3rd October

Life and a Renovation project in the Vendée. A talk in English by Margaret Harrod.


Wednesday 17th October

The Democratic Republic of Congo.        A talk in French by Patrick Ramazini.


Wednesday 7th November

 Remembering the Paris Attacks                   A talk in French by Julie Langevin.


Wednesday 21st November

An Evening with...                                         A talk in French by Georges Pauli


Wednesday 5th December

Fête de Noel French Choral Music                  Bill Tamblyn and Quire

A buffet is included - Guests £5


Wednesday 16th January

Members'  Evening - All Things Midi                                 in French


Wednesday 6th February

La Gloire de mon Père                                       A talk in French by John Leseve


Wednesday 20th February

Neither Friend nor Foe: Vichy France at war  A talk in English by Lee Doughty


Wednesday 20th March

The Story of the European Union                A talk in French by Ian Sydenham 


Wednesday 3rd April

La vie en Syrie avant et après la guerre          A talk in French by Rama Kourieh


Wednesday 1st May

The Annual General Meeting   



4.    Membership Subscriptions 


There is an annual membership subscription which is currently £20.00 per annum. Subscriptions are due to be paid each year at the AGM. Visitors are welcome at all meetings and are charged £4.00 per meeting.

5.   How to contact us



Email  Our email address is 






6. Colchester Twinning Society


Twinning is the means by which communities which find they have certain common histories, interest, sizes or other connections, come together and form a civic link.  The original impetus was to form links between communities which either had been on opposite sides in the two World Wars, or which had been allies, and wished to continue friendships.

Twinning now exists to promote peace, friendship and international understanding. This gives opportunities to the Twin Town inhabitants for travel, sport, cultural visits and foreign language improvement.

Colchester is twinned with Wetzlar in Germany, Avignon in France and Imola in Italy.  We meet for meals, visits to the twin towns, talks and other social events.


Please look at our website http://colchestertwinningsociety.co.uk

and Facebook  https://en-gb.facebook.com/colchestertwinning

Contact us at email    colchestertwin1@gmail.com