Clubs, Charities & Associations

Due to the ongoing lockdown, many of the below associations have had to cancel the meetings and events mentioned on this page. We will be constantly updating the below information, but if in doubt please get in touch with organisers.


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Bessines-Accueil

Bessines-Accueil is a group based in Bessines-sur-Gartempe (87250) which seeks to welcome new arrivals both to the town and to the surrounding region and to assist them with integration in the community.

The group is comprised both of French and English members and meets weekly, generally on Thursday afternoons, in Bessines-sur-Gartempe, when various activities take place, all aimed at promoting a friendly and welcoming ambiance.

Through these activities, which include visits, talks, entertainment and much more, the group aims to discover and promote an appreciation of the life, the history and the heritage of the area and to help new arrivals settle.

For more details or to join please contact the President, Bernadette Ruffenach, on 05 55 76 11 19.

Bilingual Montessori Workshops

At the Foyer Rural in Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat for children aged 3 to 8 years old, run by Catherine Hutchinson and Sue Greenbank.

The children are immersed in an atmosphere where both French and English are spoken.

The workshops take place on Wednesdays from 13h30 to 15h30 and on Saturdays from 10h to 12h. The workshops take place without the parents.

For further information please contact Catherine on 07 70 46 57 70 or Sue on 06 52 26 54 79.

Café Franglais

Organised by the Amitiés Internationales du Pays de Boussac (AIPB). Every Wednesday evening at 18h30 in la Maison des Associations, Quartier Pasteur, 23600 Boussac.

Come and join us for an informal chat to improve your French or English with native speakers in a café atmosphere whilst enjoying a drink and nibbles. From 9th January until 24th April without stopping for Easter. Break for the summer, then recommence 4th September until 11th December.

For more info please email angela.dave@icloud.com.

CLE – (Charente Limousine Exchange)

Founded in 2003 The Charente Limousine Exchange (CLE) are a group of enthusiastic members who form a valuable resource for the exchange of information, ideas and experiences. Run by a small volunteer committee they provide help and support with many varied issues associated with living in France.

CLE organise many social activities and regular trips, including monthly lunches, quizzes and (usually) friendly boules games. Forums on French tax and other relevant issues provide crucial membership support. Visit the website at www.cle-france.com for more information and calendar of activities.

President: Dave Brown. Tel: 05 49 87 05 85
Email: contact@cle-france.com

Familles Rurales 2 in St-Yrieix-la-Perche

Weekly courses in French for foreigners (mainly English and Dutch) living in the area. Four levels taught: Level 1 Beginners - Mon 10h30 - 12h; Level 2 - Thu 10h30 - 12h; Intermediate - Tue 10h30 - 12h; Advanced – Tue 14h - 16h.

All courses are held at our premises 1, rue de la Piscine, St-Yrieix-la-Perche 87500.

For more info tel 05 55 09 30 86, email afr2.styrieix@wanadoo.fr or visit www.famillesrurales.org/styrieix

Familles Rurales in Peyrat-le-Château

Association Familles Rurales now offer assistance in English and Dutch to all non-French speaking people (British, Dutch, German, etc.) concerning all kinds of administrative steps.

The service is available in Peyrat-le-Château and surrounding communes. We will try to provide information and help you find your way in social and administrative matters, as well as with practical matters where language is a problem.

Find Heleen Tichler-Botermans at the AFR office in Peyrat-le-Château on Mon/Wed/Thu from 9am to 12pm. You are welcome to drop in or make an appointment.

www.famillesrurales.org/peyrat-le-chateau
E-mail: familles-rurales.infopeyrat@orange.fr
Telephone: 06 41 20 06 83
Office address: 19 avenue de la Tour, 87470 Peyrat-le-Château

French Conversation Group at Les Billanges (87340)

We are a small group who meet fortnightly for an hour and a half on Tuesday evenings during term time in Les Billanges, 87340, close to the Creuse/Haute-Vienne border.

We are accompanied by a retired French schoolteacher and a current French teacher of English. Discussion is informal, loosely based on everyday topics, including some grammar plus general discussion. We need a few more people to help keep it vibrant and to cater for inevitable absences.

The only cost is yearly membership of the local Association, about €16, which brings with it other social opportunities. To find out more please contact Chrissy Smith at chrissysmith.rc@gmail.com


CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Please note that classes have been cancelled until further notice.

Learning Together – Apprenons Ensemble

We offer an easy-going and relaxing range of social functions to bring members of the French and English communities together, and a range of language courses for different levels of experience in English and French in Rochechouart (87) and Brigueil (16), as well as a Life & Culture in France course in Rochechouart.

All lessons are in small groups with qualified teachers for just 7€ per hour; membership costs only 16€ per year.

Visit www.learningtogether87.com or email apprenonsensemble@orange.fr for more information.

For help and advice on choosing the right course telephone 05 55 58 02 88 or email frenchlessons.learningtogether@gmail.com

Les Franglais de Banize (23120)

French and English people meet every Wednesday at 2-3 pm in the mairie in Banize to share English and French language and lots of laughter.

We all learn from each other, in both languages and about aspects of both cultures. In general the English try to speak in French and vice versa. As far as possible!

The meetings have been going on for ten years now but new arrivals are always welcome.

For more information please contact Anne Chadwick at lesfranglaisdebanize@orange.fr or tel 05 55 67 53 60.

Open Door Association – English Language Library & Cultural Exchange Group

The Association organises a range of activities throughout the year aimed at bringing together French and English-speaking residents through cultural exchange.

Our range of activities for 2019 include a Burns’ Supper, an Occitan Musical Evening, a bilingual guided bird-walk, Beaujolais Nouveau Evening, a Pub-Style Singalong and selected readings from the works of JRR Tolkien. See our website for a full list: www.opendoor23.com.

In addition, Open Door operates an English-language library service with outlets in St-Pardoux-Morterolles and Bourganeuf, with a choice of around 5,000 fiction, non-fiction and children’s books as well as DVDs and jigsaw puzzles. See our website for opening hours.

We welcome new members of all nationalities and offer individual and family membership as well as temporary membership for holiday visitors.

Contact the Secretary on heathernorman99@gmail.com for details.

Tea Time

Cultural exchange workshop designed to bring together those who want to practise their French or their English in a friendly and fun environment.

Held at the old school in Sussac (87) every Tuesday morning, 10 am till 11.30 am, except school holidays, the session includes group discussion/chat, structured role play and games for grammar practice, specific weekly topics, a small library of English/ French books, CDs and DVDs and an exchange of recipes, thoughts and ideas, followed by tea/coffee and cake.

Cost: €144 for the year, plus €25 annual membership fee to the Foyer Rural.

Contact: Jasmine (en français or in English) on 06 41 36 05 03.

Libraries & Books

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La Souterraine English Library and Information Centre

Located in the historic Porte du Puycharraud, at 10 rue du Portail, La Souterraine, we are a lively, well-stocked English language library with almost 4,000 books and DVDs available to borrow. We have an attractive cafe which serves tea, coffee and a range of home-made cakes when available. The library hosts a lively mixed conversation group for French and English speakers plus a more traditional French language class. There are a number of thriving and popular special interest groups such as the Art Group and Camera Club who regularly display their work in our cafe. We also have a Writer's Group and hold a collection of their published books in the library. Whatever your interests don’t hesitate to pay us a visit and you will be made most welcome.

We are open Wed, Thu, Fri 10h-13h and Sat 10h-15h.

For more info tel 05 55 89 57 62 during opening hours, email info@lasouterraineenglishlibrary.fr or visit www.lasouterraineenglishlibrary.fr

Sale of Second-hand Books, La Croisille-sur-Briance

On the 18th of every month, during the monthly market at La Croisille-sur-Briance (87130), there is a sale of second-hand books (both English and French) from 9 am to 12 noon, at the former restaurant in La Place, opposite the bar/tabac. All proceeds go towards the local school funds (for La Croisille-sur-Briance and St-Méard RPI).

The English Library – La Bibliothèque Anglophone, Dun-le-Palestel

The English Library, which has now been established for over 12 years, is part of the Anglo-French Association Entente Cordiale and is situated in the route des Ratteries, adjacent to the Bibliothèque Municipale, Parc Benjamin Bord.

The Library is a very welcoming meeting place, where you can come and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, whilst browsing through our extensive collection of around 10,000 books, talking books and DVDs. Thanks to donations and an active purchasing policy we are able to offer something for everyone. For our new acquisitions we concentrate on recent publications, as well as member requests for older books.

Open Thu 10h-13h & Sat 10h-12h30.

Entente Cordiale hosts a wide range of other groups and activities too, including English lessons, French lessons, Traditional Dance Group, Art Group, Theatre group, Les Troubadours, Traditional Embroidery Group, Walking Football and Badminton.

For more information email eccreuse@yahoo.com

Music

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JJ's Music Club

Hosted by L'Authentique Restaurant, 25 rue Principale 23360 Lourdoueix-Saint-Pierre.

Singers and musicians of all styles and levels will be warmly welcomed on the last Friday of the month. Free entry.
Please reserve food in advance (05 55 80 21 67) - 17 euros for 3 courses.

For more information email Jacky at jjsclubdemusique@gmail.com

L'Orchestre Philharmonique de La Souterraine

If you or one of your family are interested in playing in an orchestra and think your standard might be adequate do get in contact with us. We meet weekly on Friday evenings in La Souterraine (apart from the summer holidays) to rehearse. Most of our concerts are around Xmas or May-July. Our members come from all over Limousin so lifts to and fro may be possible if necessary.

Contacts: French language Marie-France Martinie 05 55 30 76 23 / English language Alan Kerr 05 55 56 34 52

Le Chambard du jeudi

Organised by the association Nessgig this takes place every 2nd Thursday of the month, from 19h to 23h at “La Maison des Associations", place du 8 mai 1945, Château-Chervix (87).

All music lovers who would like to share and exchange information and stories around songs and singing, in French AND in English, or who might like to jam a little, are welcome.

Free admission! For more information email nessgig87@gmail.com or tel 05 55 09 99 34.

Live music sessions, Rochechouart

Our acoustic music sessions take place every second Friday of each month at Salle Jacques Brel in Rochechouart. You’ll hear celtic, country, jazz, music hall, pop, classical, comedy, swing & some original compositions in English and French.

If you’re a singer or musician or just want to listen to some great music, why not come along? Doors open at 7.30 pm. Join our Facebook Group Folk-Galerie for more information and, if you would like to perform, contact folk.galerie@gmail.com


CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Our monthly acoustic music sessions are on hold until further notice. Members will be kept up to date via email and through our Facebook group “Folk-Galerie”.

In the meantime, for your delectation, we will add videos from past sessions onto the Facebook page which will show the huge variety of music which can be enjoyed when we are up and running again.

If you would like to perform or just come along to listen, join the Facebook Group now or contact folk.galerie@gmail.com for more information.

OuiRock Choir

Do you enjoy singing? Fancy being part of a great group of people who come together once a week? If you do, why not come along to a taster session. We meet every Wednesday evening at 18h at the salle des fêtes in St-Sulpice-les-Feuilles (87160).

For further details contact us on Facebook @ouirock87 or via email on: ouirock87@gmail.com

We look forward to welcoming you!

Support

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Alcoholics Anonymous

If you or someone you know has a drinking problem, there are now English-speaking meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous at Limoges, Périgueux and Civray.

Alcoholics Anonymous is a Fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership and A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

For details of the meetings or other information contact Ewen 05 53 05 76 62 (Périgueux) or Angela 05 49 87 79 09 (Civray). Other meetings in South-West France can be located on our website at www.aafrance.net

Association France Alzheimer in Dordogne

The national French charity supporting families affected by dementia. A network of English-speaking volunteers works across Dordogne to help expats and their families. English language support groups meet near Bergerac on the first Tuesday of each month and in Eymet on the third Wednesday of each month.

Website: www.francealzheimer.org/dordogne
Email: alzheimer.dordogne@orange.fr
Tel: 05 53 27 30 34

Cancer Support France Haute-Vienne

We offer free and confidential support to English speakers affected by Cancer in the Haute-Vienne (87), Creuse (23), Corrèze (19) & Indre (36).

Our helpline number is 0800 240 200. If you would like more information or would like to become a member or help in any other way, please contact Sue Ware 05 55 00 31 15, helpline@cshautevienne.org or visit www.cshautevienne.org

Cancer Support France, Charente Plus

Free confidential support for English-speaking people touched by cancer in departments 16, 17 & 86.

CSF 24 hour helpline: 06 45 35 32 30, Email csfcharenteplus@gmail.com, Facebook: Cancer Support France - Charente Plus CSF Charity Shop open at 3 rue Nationale, 16150 Chabanais (entrance opposite the mairie – we are on the 1st floor upstairs) Tue & Wed from 10 am – 4 pm.

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