Welcome

The Anglo-American Group of Provence is a non-profit organization serving the native English speaking community of Provence and chartered to promote friendly relations with our host community, provide assistance and information for expatriates and to preserve and promote our anglophone heritage. Our members have a wealth of knowledge concerning all aspects of life in Provence and are most willing to share it.

If you would like to join the AAGP, visit the membership page for eligibility details and an application form.

We have a new Student Membership (half-price) available now for university students staying in the region. See the membership page for details.


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Images from our September Magazine


Visist to Château La Coste

What’s On


All events listed are open to all AAGP Members. There is also a large range of regular events and activities to choose from including: French Conversation, Computer Club, Wine Club, Children’s Group, Regional Art and Cultural activities, Restaurant reviews and many more great activities, tips and ideas to help you get the best out of life in Provence! For contact information for any of these events please refer to the AAGP Newsletter or the Members’ section of the website.
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  2Language morning coffee
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10:00 – 11:30 hrs

Venue: see member section

Please tell Marietta if you are going so that she can book a big enough table.

Jo

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  5Gourmet Lunch
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12:30hrs

Venue: see member section

I hope to see you at lunch for an enchanting afternoon in a beautiful setting. Good food, wonderful friends and engaging conversation are assured!

Please email me or phone by 1 June, if you are able to come.

                                         

Mary Lou

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  7AAGP Annual Picnic
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12:30hrs

Venue: see member section

Bee and Paul are very kindly opening their garden for this year`s Annual Picnic and for that we are very grateful. We are always looking for new venues for this event as it is the only event, which is open to all our members, some of whom do not have the chance to meet up with our younger members and their families. We hope to have the traditional BBQ, which is always dependent on our weather. The group as usual will provide the meats, bread and drinks both alcoholic and soft. Please do not forget to bring your picnic tables and chairs or blankets and perhaps a parasol in case there is not enough shade for us. As usual I will need volunteers for the cooking of the meats so any offers of help on reserving will be accepted! Call Jan

Please start booking as soon as you get your magazine to help me get my list going as soon as possible

Directions : see member section

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  8Bowling
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14:00 hrs

Venue: see member section

2 euros per game and 2 euros for shoes.

Please let me know if you are coming so we enough lanes. Contact Peter

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  10Computer club
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10:00 – 11:15 hrs

Venue: See member section

This is an open forum for anyone to come along with computer, tablet or smartphone issues or questions, so come along and we shall do our best to help you.

Contact Michel or Trevor

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  11Book Discussion Group
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10:30 hrs

Venue: see member section

Nancy will be presenting “The Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline. The #1 New York Times Bestseller What follows is an adapted Amazon commentary.

Christina Baker Kline’s Orphan Train is a story of friendship and second chances that highlights a little-known but historically significant movement in America’s past. It concerns not only the historical past but also the need to delve into one’s personal past.

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. As retribution for stealing a book from the library, she is complled to accept a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life—answers that will ultimately give them both insight into themselves.

Rich in detail , Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship between two apparently dissimilar human beings, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.

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  12An evening BBQ
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19:00 hrs

Venue: see member section

For 20€ we will have 2 brochettes garni, a pudding and 2 glasses of wine or beer!! Anything extra will have to be ordered and paid for separately. Please book with Marietta by Tuesday 9th June as Noé buys the meat fresh daily and he would like to keep enough space for us in the terraced garden. All English speakers welcome!

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  14Ciné Club - The Gay Divorcee
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19:00 hrs

Venue: see member section

06 76 39 15 52

Pizza, Popcorn & great music

 

Deanna & Gilles

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  18Language morning coffee
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10:00 – 11:30 hrs

Venue: see member section

Let Marietta know if you are attending

Jo

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  18Lunch Excursion
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12:30 Hrs

Venue: see member section

We are going to end this season at an out of town restaurant in the South Luberon recommended by one of our members.

Please contact me by Monday 15th to book your place. Please let me know when booking if you require a lift or are able to offer the same. Looking forward to seeing you. If you have a favourite place that you would like to share or would like to organise a lunch, please let me know.

Jane

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  20Play reading group
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14:00 hrs

Venue: see member section

The play-reading group will treat themselves to an end-of-year Revue on 20 June.

 

During the months of July and August play readers who are still in the area will get together on the third Monday of both months.

 

Please email if you wish to take part.

Dympna

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  21Hike Côte Bleue
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10:00 hrs

Venue: see member section

We shall meet **see member section**. It is a little village on the coast just off the D5 between Le Rove and Carry-le-Rouet.  We will start our hike from here taking the coastal footpath towards Méjean, which is another charming village.

 

Somewhere along the way, according to weather conditions etc. we will stop for our picnic lunch, and (maybe) enjoy some bathing in the sea.  Bring the necessary food, drinking water, and sun protection, and wear proper hiking gear.  The path is not difficult and altitude changes are insignificant.  At Méjean there is a bar where we can enjoy "half time", after which we will return to Niolon via the same route.  Total hiking time should amount to about 4 hours approx.  For any further information please call Roderick

Roderick

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  22Book Club
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14:00 – 16:00 hrs

Venue: see member section

This month we are reading the touching book 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

There is a very reasonable charge of 4€ to cover the cost of the excellent tea! Please contact Lydia so she can put enough chairs out!

Jo

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  26 Arts Club: Opera La Boheme
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20:30 hrs

Venue: see member section

Tickets will cost 14 euros.

For our last visit this season to Marignane, we are going to see John Copley's iconic production for the Royal Opera Covent Garden of Puccini's ever popular opera La Boheme starring Anna Netrebko and Joseph Callleja.  Anna Netrebko has been hailed as the "reigning diva of the early 21st century" by Associated Press.  Her beautiful dark distinctive voice has earned her the unique tribute as being the only classical musician in Time 100.  Joseph Calleja, the Maltese tenor, shot to fame overnight when he replaced the ailing Rolando Villazon at Covent Garden several years ago.  He was then snapped up by the Met in New York to fulfil a similar function and has never looked back.  He is now sought by every leading opera house.

If you would like to join us or need a lift please email me or closer to the date phone me.

Details of the Covent Garden's next cinema season have just been announced and include Macmillan's gorgeous ballet Romeo and Juliet; Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro starring Erwin Schrott and the sensational Anna Hartig; Boris Godunov starring Bryn Terfel; and a new ballet by Liam Scarlett of Frankenstein!!!  Watch out for future announcements.

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  28 National Theatre Live: SKYLIGHT by David Hare starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan
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14:30 hrs

Venue: see member section

Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan feature in the West End production of David Hare’s Skylight  directed by Stephen Daldry who directed The Audience with Helen Mirren, which was our first broadcast here.  On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Nighy), a successful  and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died.  As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires. Bill Nighy, whose extensive film credits include Love Actually, Notes on a Scandal and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and whose stage roles include Pravda and The Vertical Hour on Broadway, plays along Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Great Gatsby and An Education.)

Here’s what The Guardian says:

"Hare’s skill lies in showing two people bound together by a shared memory of passion but divided by income and attitude. Sergeant is still suffering from guilt and grief over the death of his wife a year ago.  He seeks consolation from Kyra, who was once his co-worker as well as his lover and finds that she has achieved fulfillment by teaching difficult kids in an East End school. The play’s momentum comes from seeing whether the gulf between them can ever be bridged, and so in some ways, it is.  But, as in all first rate plays, you see both points of view.  For all his wealth, Tom is needy, vulnerable and caustically funny in his attacks  on the management guru to whom he is now answerable.  Kyra, meanwhile, is a tough self-righteous in her embrace of discomfort. Yet when she launches into a vehement assault on the way politicians and journalists habitually trash social workers, she’s not just speaking for Hare, judging by the applause she gets, she’s clearly articulating what many people feel….This is a play in which politics and passion are so tightly intertwined as to be inseparable and what is so moving about the production is the encounter of two people who are socially on opposite planets yet keenly attuned to each other’s responses….Hare’s play hits you straight between the eyes with its mixture of private pain and public rage at our profoundly polarized society.”

The cost of the ticket for the play only is 15 euros.

The reservation weblink is https://www.weezevent.com/skylight-renaissance-aix-en-provence-hotelPlease remember you must buy your tickets through that site and print them off.

Instead of tea afterwards, this time we are suggesting brunch at the hotel before the play. It is a large buffet for 39€. If you want to join the brunch call the hotel directly to make the reservation.

Karen

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  Regular Activities
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As well as all the specials listed above, don’t forget the Regular Activities that offer new skills, fun and friendship all year round. Contact details are in your yellow Members’ List book.

Thursday (fourth): Play Reading Group 14:00hrs

Tuesday: Bridge 14:00hrs

Tuesday (after the board meeting, usually the first): Computer Club 10:00hrs-11:30hrs

Wednesday (second): Ciné Club 10:30hrs

Thursday: Coffee (Croquemitoufle) 10:00hrs-11:30hrs

Friday: French (Aix) 9:45hrs - 11:45hrs

Saturday: Coffee (Croquemitoufle) 10:00hrs-11:30hrs

Wednesday (first): Pétanque 10:30hrs

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Business Network

This is a network of some of our members' businesses. Click a logo to see more information in another window.

Occadeco
Sokol Law Firm
Destination Francais
Spectrum
AngloInfo
International Music School
Liquoristerie
Saint Esteve de Neri
Saint Estève de Néri
Provence Building
Provence Building
Art in Provence
Art in Provence