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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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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  1LITERARY/MUSICAL CELEBRATIONS OF NATIONAL DAYS
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17:30hrs

Venue: See member section.

“Under Milk Wood” on St David’s Day

 

Welsh National Day - the first of the literary events to celebrate the national days of Anglophone countries will be held on, Sunday 1 March 2015 at 17:30 hrs.

 

As well as celebrating St David’s Day we will honour the 100th anniversary of the birth of Welsh playwright and poet Dylan Thomas with a simple reading from ‘Under Milk Wood’, his beautiful poetic ‘play for voices’, evoking a day in a 1950’s village.  Don’t forget to wear a leek (or preferably) a daffodil in your lapel.

 

The pub/cafe with a well‑stocked bar and simple ‘kitchen’ chairs (bring cushion?) is typical of the type of establishment Dylan might have frequented.

   

There is no entry charge for the 60-minute presentation but seats must be reserved due to limited capacity (CCC members are also ‘entitled’ to reserve).   Please email Helen to get your reservation number.  

 

Should this event prove successful similar literary/musical events will be staged for other national days.  

If you are a national of an Anglophone country and have an interest in, or knowledge of, its literature/music, please email me so we can set up a get-together of representatives from different countries to plan future events.

 

Dympna

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  2March Book Club
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14.00 to 16.00hrs

Venue: See member section

The book is Everyman by Philip Roth.  4€ towards refreshments. Please let Lydia know if you are attending

Jo

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  4Computer club
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10:00hrs – 11:15hrs

Venue: See member section.

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

Contact Michel or Trevor.

Michel and Trevor

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  6Gourmet Lunch
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12:30 hrs

Venue: See member section

This month we are going north to the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence to the charming village of Chateau-Arnoux-St-Alban to experience the Michelin one star restaurant of Chef Jany Gleize, La Bonne Etape.

His classic menu, a blend of French gastronomic tradition and Provencal dishes, presents the region at its best. Gault Millau has recognized the Chef with three Toques. His stuffed zucchini flowers, tartare de pomme d'amour,  Agneau d'Sisteron with thyme and savory are but a few of the delights that we might anticipate.

The setting, in a beautiful 18th Century former coach inn, now a Relais and Chateaux hotel, only adds to the pleasure.

                             

The Menu at 35 € includes 3 courses.

 

The drive from Aix is about 55 minutes, and parking is available at the restaurant.

I hope to see you there for an enchanting afternoon in a lovely new area for us. Good food, wonderful friends and engaging conversation are assured!

Please email me or phone by 2 March if you are able to come.

For your April planning, the April lunch will be on 10 April, the second Friday of the month, as the first Friday is Good Friday and the Easter week-end.

                                         

Mary Lou

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  8Ciné Club
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19:00Hrs

Venue: See member section

Film of the Month: INHERIT THE WIND  

A 1960’s movie directed by Stanley Kramer and considered one of the finest examples of his work.

Based on the famous Scopes’ “ Monkey Trial “ of the twenties. 

A schoolmaster in a God-fearing Tennessee community was jailed for teaching the controversial subject of evolution. 

He’s brought to trial and defended by Spencer Tracy while Fredric March plays the prosecutor.  (In real life Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan). 

Gene Kelly plays the reporter who comes down from the north to cover the case.

One of the most brilliant and engrossing displays of acting ever witnessed ( based on the revue of the New York Times ).

Join us for pizza, popcorn & film talk

Deanna & Gilles

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  10Meet Your AAGP Neighbours: Saint Maximin area
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10:30 – 12:00hrs

Venue: See member section

Some of our members have to travel quite a distance to attend AAGP events. So to make life easier, we are coming to you! This is a casual get-together for anyone who lives east of Aix and wants to join us. Please try to let Valerie know if you are planning to come- she is really looking forward to seeing new and not-so-new faces. If you would like to attend and need a ride, contact Valerie.

Valerie

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  11Lunch in Marseille
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12:00hrs

Venue: See member section

To book contact Marietta

Jo

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  12Book Discussion Group
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10:30hrs

Venue: See member section

This month we will be discussing a novel by Kate Atkinson, “Life After Life”. Her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year Award. She has been a critically acclaimed, bestselling author ever since, with over one million copies of her books in print in the United States.

Following is a modified Amazon book review. In “Life AfterLife”, Atkinson delivers a wildly inventive novel about Ursula Todd, born in 1910 and doomed to die and be reborn over and over again. She drowns, falls off a roof, and is beaten to death by an abusive husband but is always reborn back into the same loving family, sometimes with the knowledge that allows her to escape past poor decisions, sometimes not. Atkinson subtly delineates all the pathways a life or a country might take. Alternately mournful and celebratory, sometimes funny, Atkinson shows what it is like to face the horrors of war and yet still find the determination to go on, with her wholly British characters often reducing the Third Reich to “a fuss.” From her comical dialogue to her meticulous plotting, Atkinson is working at the very top of her game. An audacious, thought-provoking novel with philosophical undertones from a most talented writer.

The book will be presented by Liz and Susan.

Please let Mary and Kathy know before March 10 if you will be coming and what you will be bringing to the potluck lunch, which follows the discussion

Kathleen

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  13Arts Cub - Flying Dutchman performed by The Royal Opera Covent Garden
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20:30hrs

Venue: See member section

The Arts Club is returning to Marignane to see a retransmission of Wagner’s shortest opera ‘ The Flying Dutchman ‘ starring Bryn Terfel, the current leading exponent of the title role.

Wagner’s opera tells the story of a sea captain doomed to sail the ocean’s forever with a ghostly crew until the love of one woman saves him and redeems his soul.

Tickets are likely to be reduced to 14€.

Gillian

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  15Hike - Calanques
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10:00hrs

Venue: See member section

We shall meet at the "Bar de la Grotte" in Callelongue, and from there start our hike.  Callelongue is a little fishing port at the south end of the coast road, which borders the seafront in Marseille.  We shall climb from there to the "col de la Selle" (approx. 200 metres altitude), which offers a good view over the calanque coastline on one side, and over the city on the other.  We shall then descend through the Malvallon forest, heading towards the sea, and have our picnic lunch at the "Calanque de Marseilleveyre", where there is a restaurant (for tea or coffee).  We shall then return directly to Callelongue via the coastal footpath.  Count about 4 hours hiking time and wear proper hiking gear, bringing enough food and water.

 

For any further information please call Roderick

Roderick

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  16Play reading group
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14:00 hrs

Venue: See member section

Our March play will be the Pulitzer prize winning “The Piano Lesson” set in the 1930’s; the third of August Wilson’s ten ‘Pittsburgh Cycle’ series covering the decades of the 20th century.

Please email if you wish to attend so that the parts can be distributed.

   

Dympna

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  17Language Afternoon Tea
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15.00 - 16.30hrs

Venue: See member section

Contact: See member section

Jo

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  19Lunch in Aix-en-Provence
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12:30hrs

Venue: See member section

Come and join us for lunch at a lively brasserie facing the grand fountain at the end of the cours Mirabeau in the centre of Aix.

Please contact me by Monday 16 March to book your place. 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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  22Annual Book Sale
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09:30 – 15:30hrs

Venue: See member section

Here we go again – it’s time for our great annual second-hand book sale!!

The book sale will take place at La Vie au Sud in the room just below the AAGP library. If you need a map, see the library page on the AAGP site. There will be a huge selection of English and French books and DVDs to choose from. Plenty of great books for the kids too.

As usual, refreshments will be available, tea and coffee and juice for the little ones so bring along the whole family and get some great bargains.

The sale is open to everyone, members and non-members alike, so please spread the word to your friends and neighbours and at your local schools too, we will be happy to see everyone.

Perhaps this is a good time too to clear out your bookshelves. We would be happy to take any book or DVD donations you may have (on condition that the books are in good condition and not too ancient!!) please don’t hesitate to contact us either by email or phone if you have anything to donate. Contact Sue or Cathy.

As we have very little storage space we would be grateful if you could save your donations until a week before the book sale and then we will be happy to take them off your hands.

The library team look forward to seeing you there.

Sue

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  26Arts Club - Michel Legrand
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20:30hrs

Venue: See member section

We all know the music of Michel Legrand. In this concert, he is conducting his cello concerto and playing all the famous themes of film music throughout the years.

Orchestra Symphonique d’Odense.

Conductor and piano: Michel Legrand
Cello: Henri Demarquette

Tickets 30€ reduced from 42€

Please contact Gillian if you would like tickets for either event

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  26Apéro and Tapas Marseille
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18:00 -20:00hrs

Venue: See member section

Please ring to confirm

Jo

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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.

Monday (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

Sunday (first): Pétanque 10:30hrs

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