Cir­cle of (French) Friends

France - - Contents - Penny Buck­ley, Ring­wood, Hampshire

Do you love France and all things French but per­haps don’t speak the lan­guage? At our friendly, so­cial evenings we speak English! Cer­cle Ami­cal de Ring­wood, which has been meet­ing since the early 1980s, is based in the mar­ket town of Ring­wood on the edge of the New For­est Na­tional Park. We meet on the sec­ond Fri­day of most months for so­cial gath­er­ings and in­ter­est­ing talks or films, with a ‘French con­nec­tion’.

Our new sea­son be­gins on Fri­day 12 Oc­to­ber 2018, when we meet for cheese and wine - French of course! This sea­son’s pro­gramme in­cludes an evening of French chan­sons, when our singer will in­vite au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion, an il­lus­trated and vir­tual ‘Paris Prom­e­nade’ by a local his­to­rian, the art and mu­sic of Paris at the end of the 19th cen­tury and the story of Brit­tany Fer­ries. Weather per­mit­ting, we play pé­tanque (boules) as well as or­gan­is­ing other so­cial get­to­geth­ers. We also run a con­ver­sa­tion group on the fourth Fri­day of the month for those who would like to im­prove their French lan­guage skills.

See ring­wood­cer­cle.org.uk for more in­for­ma­tion.you will be sure of a very warm wel­come.

Here are the win­ners of our FRANCE Cal­en­dar 2018 com­pe­ti­tion. They iden­ti­fied the vil­lage of Saint-cirq Lapopie in the Lot dé­parte­ment and win a copy of the 2019 cal­en­dar: James and Joan Pax­ton, Ber­gisch Glad­bach, Ger­many; Julie Gam­ble, Ellesmere, Shrop­shire; Mireille Polge, Cloverdale, Cal­i­for­nia, USA; Mon­ica Mcfad­den, Tav­i­s­tock, Devon; Jon Whi­taker, Dron­field Woodhouse, Sh­effield; Christo­pher Drew, Ox­ford, Ox­ford­shire; Cather­ine New­land, Ep­ping, Es­sex; Chris Mill­yard, Kid­der­min­ster, Worces­ter­shire; Claire Red­nall, Bamp­ton, Ox­ford­shire; GW Lawrie, Lanch­ester, Durham; Joan Mcgowan, Hope, Flintshire; Joyce Hawkins, Sh­effield, Mas­sachusetts, USA; Christo­pher Squibbs, Bed­min­ster, Bris­tol; R White, Lang­ham, Nor­folk; A Ash­ley, Chilling­ton, Devon; A Clay­ton, Ec­cles, Greater Manch­ester; Jean Groves, Al­fre­ton, Der­byshire; Les­ley M Brookes, Richard’s Cas­tle, Ludlow; N Lang­mead, Arun­del, West Sus­sex; P Mil­havy, Al­brighton, Shrop­shire; S Bry­done, New­bridge, Scot­land; Sa­man­tha Atkin, Or­p­ing­ton, Kent; Nigel Hutchin­son, Cran­brook, Kent; No­rah Mitchell, Pas de Calais, France; Wendy Thorpe, Nadil­lac, France. The 2019 Cal­en­dar is now avail­able to pre-or­der – see pages 36-37.

ABOVE: Pé­tanque at Cer­cle Ami­cal de Ring­wood

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