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 Evening drinks in Marseille
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18:00-20:00hrs

We will enjoy an evening outside if the weather is nice, otherwise inside.

Contact Marietta.

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  3Gourmet Club
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12:30hrs
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  4Meet your AAGP Neighbours: Salon, Lançon and l'Etang de Berre
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15:00hrs

Are you missing those heady days of summer? Reluctant to go to AAGP events alone, especially now that the nights are drawing in? Are you just dying to make contact with members close to home? If you live west of Aix in the Salon, Lançon or Etang de Berre area, then this activity is for you!

Please join us for a delicious ice cream or simply a drink at the lovely café, Glacier Le Quillé, just north of the Etang de Berre.

This is an opportunity for you to meet other members who live closest to you. Last year we had a very successful get-together for the Salon region, and it is definitely time for a follow-up! And given the venue, it seems ideal to include our members around the Etang de Berre region. So don't wait for your gold-embossed invitation to drop through the mailbox (it won't!). If you live anywhere in this region, from St Remy to Lambesc to Ventabren to Istres, you are invited. Children welcome.

Le Quillé has an outstanding reputation, a terrace with beautiful views, and a large indoor area to accommodate us if the weather is cold. To get an idea of numbers, please let Valerie know if you are hoping to attend.

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  8Computer Club
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10:00-11:15hrs

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.

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  8Language Afternoon Tea in Marseille
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15:00-17:00hrs

To confirm, contact Marietta.

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  8Pot Luck Lunch
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12:30hrs

We would like to welcome you again to our home for our autumn Pot Luck Lunch. If you are new to the group and wish to join us as a couple please provide food for 6-8 people or as a single enough for 3-4 people. We will create a menu nearer the time.

Please contact me to reserve your place at table

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  9Book Discussion Group
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10:30hrs

Kathy will be presenting I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou. This is an autobiographical narrative of Maya Angelou’s childhood and passage into adult life. It is particularly fitting that we read it now, as Maya Angelou passed away earlier this year.

It is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing, captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir, first published in 1969, is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.

Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” (poor white trash). At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age - and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare,”) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.

This is a poetic and beautifully written book attesting to the resilience and strength of the human spirit.

Please let Stephanie and/or Kathy know if you will be coming before October 6th, and also indicate what you will be bringing for the pot-luck lunch which is to follow.

Directions to reach Stephanie's will be sent out to book club members as the date approaches.

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  11Annual Welcome Party
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19:00-21:00hrs

Some of our established members will remember that we used to have this event separately held from the AGM, something which we have done for the last 5 years, so we thought we would ring the changes and go back to the original way. This event is open to all members both existing and new. It is a great way to get together with old friends and to meet our new arrivals to Provence and to offer advice and help to make settling in a lot easier to a new way of life.

Le Verguetier is a popular venue for the AAGP and the owners are always very welcoming whatever the event.

The Welcome Party is subsidised for members only and is 10euros per head for the canapés and drinks. Please join us on what is a very friendly and casual evening.

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  12Brunch in Marseille
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Time TBD
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  12Cinema Club
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19:00hrs

What we all love about France are the Cafés. Here’s a charming film that takes place in a café in the American desert Bagdad Café.

A lonely German woman (Marianne Sägebrecht) ends up in this dilapidated café/motel in the middle of nowhere. Her unusual appearance & demeanour are at first suspicious to Brenda, the exasperated owner who can hardly make ends meet, But when an unlikely magic sparks between the two woman, this lonely desert outpost is transformed into a thriving and popular oasis. The now famous song “Calling You” was nominated for an Academy Award in 1987. Directed by the German director Percy Adlon, & also starring Jack Palance, this comic fable has something to teach us all.

Join us for the film & pizza & film talk

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  16Lunch In Aix
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12:30hrs

Come and join us for lunch at a restaurant that used to be one of our favourite meeting places. It has undergone a refurbishment and has reopened under new management. Even the shaded outside terrace at the rear has had a makeover. Tarts and salads are still on the menu, but have now been joined by lots of other delights.

Please contact me by Monday 13 October 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.

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  19Arts Club
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14:00hrs

As we go to press, things are on track for the second of our National Theatre retransmissions. In fact, for this second afternoon of theatre, the NT is sponsoring the Young Vic production of Tennessee Williams' famous drama A Streetcar named Desire starring Gillian Anderson in the role of Blanche. Some of you will remember the steaming film of this play starring Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando, which was unforgettable. What a wonderful contrast the playwright made of the two leading characters, the ethereal, unrealistic Blanche and the earthy, coarse, physical Stanley. Please contact Karen or Gillian for booking information

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  19Children’s Halloween Party
spacer19 October, Sunday (rain date 26th October)
14:00hrs

We hope to welcome the younger crowd as well as the 12 +. Spooky but fun activities are being planned for both age groups…. we hope to see you there in all your fancy dress ……parents are urged to arrive appropriately attired as well if possible… Please bring along a savoury (pizza, quiche), or sweet (cake, cookies) dish to share. To reserve and organize the dish to bring, please contact Lynn.

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  19Hike
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10:00hrs
Venue: Calanques

We shall meet on the car park in the south quarters of Marseille. We will start our hike from a point close by a path which will lead us through the forest of the "Fontaine de Voire", and then upwards towards the Col de la Lèbe (300 metres altitude approx.) where there is a panoramic view over Marseille and the calanques coastline. We will then take the path down to the seaside and have our picnic lunch at the "calanque de Podestat". Bring towels in case bathing conditions prevail (hopefully).

We will then take another path through the forest of Malvallon, reaching the col de la Selle (altitude 250 metres approx.) and then back to the carpark. Bring plenty of food and water, and wear proper hiking gear for steep slopes and loose stones. Total hiking time should be about 5 hours in all.

For any further information please call Roderick.

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  20Play Reading Group
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14:00hrs

Our October play will be the new revised edition of Mike Poulton’s stage adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s hugely acclaimed novel ‘Wolf Hall’ and, time permitting, ‘Bring Up the Bodies’.

The reading will start at 14.00 Hrs on Monday 20 October.

Please email to get exact details of the edition and to let me know of your intention to attend so that the parts can be distributed.

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  21Language morning coffee in Marseille
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10:00-12:00hrs

5€ participation towards refreshments

Please contact Marietta.

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  30Lunch in Marseille
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12:00hrs

Please confirm that you are joining us by contacting Marietta.

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  31Marseille Book Club
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14:00-16:00hrs

The book is "My Brilliant Career" by Miles Franklin. 4€ towards refreshments.

Please let Lydia know if you are attending.

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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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Business Network

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

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