Our Programme

2022 - January and February

In January and February we are offering a combination of options for our meetings, some in the afternoon and some in the evening.

We will have two Monday afternoon meetings to enable us to get together in person for refreshments, socialising and the opportunity for French conversation.

We will also have two Wednesday evening meetings which will be held using Zoom to enable us to meet ‘remotely’. A link to the Zoom calls will be sent in advance. If you are not currently on our email distribution list, please contact us to be added to receive these notifications.

Mon 10th January (At Christ Church) - 2.30pm – 4.30pm - Refreshments, Socialising and French Conversation

Wed 19th January (via Zoom) - 7.30pm - CANCELLED - Apologies, due to unforseen circumstances, this meeting is cancelled

Mon 07th February (At Christ Church) - 2.30pm – 4.30pm - Refreshments, Socialising and French Conversation

Wed 16th February (via Zoom) - 7.30pm - Julie Langevin will speak to us in French (Topic to be advised}

We hope that this combination of options will enable all of you to continue to enjoy and participate in the activities of the Circle

n.b. The Church has covid related measures in place which we have been asked to adopt i.e. social distancing and wearing of masks until seated. We will be using the entire church in order to make social distancing easier. We are also encouraged to use the hand sanitisers provided.

March 2022 onwards

From March, we will return to the usual 2 evening meetings a month at Christ Church with the meeting details as follows.

Wed 16th March (At Christ Church) - 7.30pm - Peter Stickland will talk to us in French about his Danish Grandfather, John Waterstradt, a renowned naturalist

Wed 06th April (At Christ Church) - 7.30pm - Ian Sydenham, a retired Head of French at C.R.G.S. will speak to us in French ( Topic to be advised)

Wed 04th May (At Christ Church) - 7.30pm - A.G.M.

Wed 18th May (At Christ Church) - 7.30pm - Therese Higgins will speak to us in French (Topic to be advised)

Wed 01st June (At Christ Church) - 7.30pm - "What do the terms the French and France itself conjure up for me?"   A talk in French by Frank Gill based on his experiences from 1985 to the present day

Wed 15th June (Details to be confirmed) - Fête Estivale


Would you, or someone you know, be happy to give us a talk in the future or do you have any ideas for different events?

We welcome your thoughts and suggestions to help us bring you a full and varied programme going forward.

Previous Meetings 2021

Dec 15th - CANCELLED. Sadly and reluctantly we have cancelled this meeting. In the meantine we wish you all a Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you in 2022.

Dec 1st - Abbé Pierre and Emmaus in the UK. A talk by David and Jan Fallows in French and English (At Christ Church Hall)

Nov 17th - Champagne! A talk by Carole Deux in French (At Christ Church Hall)

Oct 20th - Interim AGM followed by Scrabble in French (At Christ Church Hall)

Nov 3rd - The History of Essex County Hospital. A talk by Dr Fabrizio Casale in French and English (At Christ Church Hall)

Oct 6th -  Les Alouettes - From Creation To Present Day. By Cathy Wright, head teacher of this Saturday school for children who speak French at home (At Christ Church Hall)

Sept 15th -  Gwendal Moele and 'Bof' (a fabulous Essex-based traditional French and Breton four-piece band) - traditional French and Breton music and singing (At Christ Church Hall)

Jun 27th -  Summer Social

Jun 2nd  -  Ian Sydenham - 'Napoleon - Héros or Tyran?' (via Zoom)

May 5th  -  Frank Gill - 'My Life and How Languages Have Changed It’ (via Zoom)

Apr 7th   -  Julie Langevin - 'La Reunion' (via Zoom)

Mar 10th -  A presentation evening from two of our members (via Zoom)

Feb 3rd   -  La Rentrée (With A Difference) (via Zoom)