The French Visit to Us
We start with a Reception on the first evening so that hosts and guests can get to know one another. Activities during our guests’ stay include group outings and events, time spent with hosts, picnic and games for everyone, which include the annual competition for the Allard Shield. The Association has to be self-supporting so that we can entertain our French guests and make their visit memorable, so we have fund-raising activities during the year. We do also have regular and occasional social events.

Visits to France

We usually arrange group travel to France, in recent years by coach, and also have included a night en route to visit a famous attraction, such as Monet’s Gardens at Giverny, the chateau at Fountainebleau and the cathedral in Chartres. The cost is usually very reasonable and we have fun as a group altogether, whilst travelling. Some members make their own way and spend more time in France with their hosts or elsewhere in France.

Social Events

These include monthly French conversation evenings held at members’ houses, book club and Plate Parties also at members’ houses when we each take along a plate of food and a bottle. The latter are often to celebrate a special calendar event, or a pre- or post-France visit. We have an annual Dinner usually held after Christmas, in January,  and generally very well attended.

Social events coming up:

Fund Raising

We try to have a varied programme each year. Events in recent years have included:

  • Fashion Shows
  • Jazz evenings on the Mississippi Steam Boat
  • Hog Roast at Hoveton Hall Gardens
  • Slide Show
  • Quiz Evenings
  • Visit to the London Eye
  • Treasure Hunt

and then we have our regular events


French Conversation

This group meets the second Wednesday of the month, in each others’ houses, and usually has a topic or a theme to discuss with the more proficient helping the less to master various conversational aspects of French, with the help of a glass of wine and some nibbles. We try to have fun also, usually have a couple of soirées per year, at Christmas and in July where we all bring dishes for a buffet supper and recently have been tackling some bilingual texts as something different. These are usually organised by Jane Monks and she can be reached on 01603 782496 for any more information.


This group meets on the last Wednesday of the month, also in each others’ houses, usually whoever has chosen that month’s book to read, and have fun discussing opinions, likes and dislikes etc and usually give it a score out of ten. We have a wide range of interests and, over the last ten years, have read everything from The No1 Ladies Detective Agency to War and Peace. We source many of our books from the local library, have bought some on ebay and kindles and, hopefully, extend the scope of our reading habits. Sue Kemp organises our books and our rota and can be contacted on 01603 738555.