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A Word from the President

Nancy McGeeAnglophones Connecting in the   South of France

Who We Are
From its humble beginnings in February 2011 as a two-member association with a weekly coffee morning, Anglophone Group Languedoc  Roussillon (AGLR) now boasts more than 130 members and a range of activities as diverse as hikes, cooking classes, monthly luncheons, cultural outings... .. AGLR has received a warm welcome from the Anglophone community as well as excellent support from local authorities and institutionals.

 What Is the AGLR ?

A nonprofit social networking association with a diverse membership currently  including  16 nationalities  offering  a varied range of activities mainly in the Sète area.

 

 What Are the AGLR’s Goals ?

     Help English speaking newcomers adapt to life in the area

       Help English speaking residents preserve and share Anglophone traditions, language and culture

    Promote a continuing exchange of friendship and understanding with the  French community

 

Fundraising and Philanthropy

A dedicated team of volunteers coordinates AGLR activities,  and benefits are donated to local charities. Members also volunteer to assist in local events.

 

AGLR Activities

Designed with adults (men and women) in mind, , AGLR offers film discussions, hikes,  coffee mornings,  wine tastings, cooking fun, museum tours,  golf, bridge, French conversation, monthly luncheons, excursions. .We also organize celebrations for St Pats, Thanksgiving, Halloween, 4th of July and Christmas.  Details available on the monthly calendar on our website and updates on our facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/anglogroup?fref=ts

 

Membership and Benefits

Annual fees are as follows:  Families 38€ for a full year and 19€ for a half year or part time residents.  Singles: 30€ for a full year and 15€ half year or part time residents. A one time 10€ initiation fee is charged upon joining. If you are not sure about which fee applies, please contact us using aglr@yahoo.co.uk

Members  have access to the monthly calendar of activities, an email forum, facebook and other useful tips in the website’s "members only” section .  

 

Nancy McGee

 

 

 

Our monthly fun filled calendar of events and activities.
Coffee mornings, book discussions, bridge, forums, rambles, etc are all on our"Activities" page


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BULLETIN

A Roundup of AGLR News
 
Christmas in Grand style  We were lucky enough to have Bill Wohlrab - a gourmet chef and food critic - to organise our annual dinner at Sète's Grand Hotel. No wonder attendance was so high - a record 25 members. And the Grand Hotel was no Scrooge, serving excellent food and wine in our own private room. Decorations and a fireplace for 'grab bag' presents added to the festive atmosphere. In fact the only disappointment was Bill's refusal to wear a red outfit and white beard!
 
A Christmas Carol  Sète is well-known for its variety of music, Christmas concerts included. It was a great pleasure, therefore, to hear talented AGLR vocalists - Maryse Lannes, Anne Comeau and Bernard Allegre - participating in a chorale in the Chapelle des Penitents. An excellent way to enter into the spirit of Christmas.
 
Good Resolutions AGLR made good on its New Year's pledge in January with a 250€ donation to Accueil Migrants Sète. AMS helps migrants with vital matters such as paperwork and integrating into the local community. The ceremony was very moving, especially when two newcomers told of how AMS had changed their lives.
 
Ravi Shankar is probably the person who influenced my life the most (George Harrison) Although Ravi Shankar is most often linked with the former Beatle George, Bernard Tournois had a whole different story to tell about the acclaimed Indian sitar player. Bernard, a former producer for ARTE and administrator at Sète's MIAM museum, treated members to a screening of his film on Ravi Shankar in January. It's a fascinating story of their great friendship, with scenes from the maestro's last concert and his relationship with his daughter and pupil, a renowned sitar player in her own right.
 
Forthcoming Attractions
 
Escale à Sète, 22-28 March  Volunteers needed for Sète's own tall ships festival, a biennial event, which continues to grow in size and popularity. This year 120 ships will sail into port including the world's largest sailing ship, the Kruzenshtern, and close to 250,000 visitors are expected. English speakers are needed for tasks including greeting members of the Anglophone press. This is a really exciting and worthwihile experience and a great way to integrate with the local community.  if you would like to help, fill in the form that Nancy sent last week,  or here's the link : http://www.escaleasete.com (click 'Rejoignez l'equipage) And that's not all! Adding to the excitement, rumour has it that the popular Irish musicians, Clan na Mara will be playing gigs around town during the festival.
 
To Be Or Not To Be?  April 23 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, which we think calls for a celebration. Remember - All the World's a Stage and so if there are any would-be Hamlets or Ophelias out there, please step into the spotlight with ideas to help us 'make merry'.  
 
Meanwhile...
 
 
The AGLR bridge group continues to play every Tuesday, usually in Sète's Grand Hotel. Frank Cunnane turned up trumps by giving each player a copy of his booklet on mastering this difficult game. Happy Hours (cocktails) take place the first and fourth Tuesday of each month at Hotel de Paris in Sète, while Ole Pedersen takes us around the countryside with a new and interesting hike each week. Weekly Thursday coffee mornings at Brasseria Victor Hugo always draw a crowd. Francoise, our monthly luncheon coordinator is currently abroad. In her absence, suggestions for a venue (and a coordinator)  are most welcome.  "Cooking fun" with Benedicte will be announced shortly. 
 
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Check out our Facebook page for photos of activities and events


Pour les Français qui veulent améliorer leur anglais ou pour un soutien scolaire, consulter notre page "Apprenez l'Anglais" pour les formules enfants, étudiants, adultes et professionnels 


 

The AGLR is a non profit association registered under the 1st July 1901 law, with the Montpellier prefecture and is run solely by volunteers.

 

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