Programme

All talks start at 6.30pm at the Brighthelm Centre.

A warm welcome from 6pm. All talks and activies are held in French.

Talks and events 2023 – 2024

2024

24 July : Meet for an informal chat in French. St Ann’s Well Gardens, Hove from 10.30am. Meet on the lawns in front of the café.

Our new season will start on 24 September. Details of the programme will be published on this page in August.

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Previous talksSaison 2023-2024

27 September: Les Vendanges / The Grape Harvest – Gill Forte and members of the Cercle

11 October: Le français, langue d’Angleterre / French, England’s language – Simon Coffey

25 October: Traduire G Simenon / Translating Simenon – Ros Schwartz (with Claire Peligny)

8 November: Bruxelles / Brussels – Elspeth Broady

22 November: Les abeilles & le miel / Bees and their honey – Alain Caron

13 December: Honfleur – Dan Lippman

10 January: Social evening in French

24 January: Un parcours international / An international career – Jessica van Thiel

14 February: Je t’aime moi non plus / Speak to me of Love – Agnès Baetens

28 February: Madame de Sévigné – Suzanne Hinton et les membres du Cercle

13 March: La Rochelle – Isabelle Martin

27 March: Return to Vietnam – Dany Marx

10 April: Le Lapin Agile – Brigitte Thibaut

24 April: Questions d’actualité / Current affairs – Béatrice Moreau

8 May: Carcassonne – Nathalie Morgan

22 May: AGM in English and social evening (French and English)

Mercredi 12 juin – Matinée en plein air (English and French) Guided visit of All Saints Church in The Drive, Hove, BN3 3QE.

Previous talks2022-2023 Season

28 September: Soirée d’accueil / Welcome evening

12 October: Russian immigration to France around 1917 – Annie Kean

26 October: The Auvergne – Adriano Capuano

9 November: Café-théâtre parisien – Béatrice Moreau-Gray

23 November: Les Misérables: The novel of the century – Peter Smith

14 December: The Breton Connection – Frances Stenlake

11 January: Brian Walsh and his guitar

25 January: Belgium, with help from Jacques Brel – Francesca Delescluse   

8 February: Fifteen years which transformed France: 1885 to 1900 – Christopher Doidge

22 February: From prisoners to tourists – Isabelle Martin

8 March: The first refugees : the Huguenots in England  –  Sue Delafons

22 March: Limoges: a town that is not just porcelaineRobert Winton

12 April: Haute Couture – Brigitte Thibaut

26 April: Learning French through the ages – Suzanne Hinton

10 May: The Gorges of the Tarn – Nathalie Landroit

24 May: AGM