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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  1Book Club
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14:00-16:00hrs

Venue: Chez Lydia; Métro: See member section

4 euros to include tea, coffee and cakes.

The book is the new Kate Atkinson, Life after Life.

Contact Lydia

Jo

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  3Christmas Fair
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10:00 – 15:00hrs

Venue: See member section

I am trying to organise a Christmas Fair where industrious members can sell off their excess wares.

Final details are some way off as this month's deadline nears, but keep the date free and look out for updates on the one-list.

Jane

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  3English Language coffee morning
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10:00 – 11:30hrs

Venue: See member section.

We are going to have a regular Wednesday language coffee morning once a month. Open to anyone wishing to speak English. Please contact, to confirm attendance, Marietta (See member section).

Jo

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  3Computer Club
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10:00 to 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 (See member section)

Michel Trevor

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  5Gourmet Club
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12:30hrs

Venue: See member section

Hello Foodies, it’s December!

Time to begin the festive holiday season! We're going to get an auspicious start to the celebrations with lunch in Cannes (See member section for more details)!

Mary

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  6Arts Club: Mexican Tribal Art Exhibition
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11:00 hrs

Venue: See member section.

Quite different from anything we have offered before, the Arts Club is going to Marseille to see the exceptional Mexican tribal art exhibition Visions Huichol, un art amerindien.

This is a ravishing exhibition of over 100 tribal tapestries associated with dreams and mythology. As one enters the exhibition, a film is available to show how the Huichols constructed their materials, created their stunning colours and mysterious shapes.

An opportunity not to be missed!

Entry will be between 5 and 8 euros and there is an English audio guide for 4 euros. Please contact Gillian if you would like to come and let her know if you would like to stay for lunch afterwards, so that we can make a reservation at a restaurant close by.

Gillian

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  6Festive drink & Christmas crafts
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09:30-11:00hrs

Venue: See member section.

Come along and join us in the library for a little Christmas get together to put us all in the festive mood.

We thought it would be a nice idea to start getting into the festive spirit in the library and

to have a little paper craft session for kids and adults alike.

Dee has kindly volunteered to share her paper folding skills with us all and show us how to make decorative paper Christmas trees from old books and leaflets.

A Christmas story will be read to the children and we can finish off with some festive Christmas carols and a glass of mulled wine (fruit juice for the kids!) Anyone with any simple Christmas craft ideas we can do together is welcome. The more the merrier……hopefully see you then.

Sue

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  10Excursion/visit Marseille soap factory
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14:00hrs

Venue: Excursion/visit Le Fer à Cheval Marseille soap factory, Marseille

Excursion/visit Le Fer à Cheval Marseille soap factory, Marseille!

Your intrepid Marseille excursion hunters are wondering if you all need a good pre-Christmas scrub up! Do come and join us at the new Marseille soap factory. Well, not really new, it’s a very old soap factory taken over a year ago by French/Belgians who lived many years in Hong Kong. So no language barriers, our visit will be in English, no problem, and we will probably be shown around by one of the managers! A visit around the ancient factory (not yet updated!) and authentic gift shop! The charge for the visit is normally a small sum donated to charity, but we will have a 5€ visit which includes the donation and a small savon de Marseille! For those interested we will eat in a nearby restaurant before.

Directions will be given by email but there is easy access from Aix and parking at the factory. I can pick up people from St. Charles or there is a bus from Centre Bourse.

From what I understand the factory was near closing. It’s now breaking even and they have even taken on more staff!! For more information about the takeover and factory, have a look at the following web site www.savon-de-marseille-boutique.com

From what I understand the factory was near closing. It’s now breaking even and they have even taken on more staff!! For more information about the takeover and factory, have a look at the following web site www.savon-de-marseille-boutique.com

It would be great if you would like to join us for this final excursion in Marseille (for now!) please contact Anne or Jo (See member section) before 3rd December, thanks.

Jo

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  11Book Discussion Group
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10:30hrs

Venue: See member section

Book to be discussed: ‘The Secret Life of France’ by Lucy Wadham. Publication date: October 29th, 2009.

This, her first work of non-fiction, is a candid and funny account of her long and tumultuous love affair with France, her adoptive land. At the age of eighteen, she ran away from English boys - who she found emotionally immature and sexually unconfident - and into the arms of a Frenchman. She soon discovered that romantic relationships in France were fraught with their own set of problems: not only do the French put women on a pedestal, but both sexes are required to act out the sort of seduction games that disappeared from English society centuries ago. Wadham, who dressed in Doc Martens and baggy jumpers, struggled to fit in . . .

Twenty-five years later, having married in a French Catholic church, put her children through the French education system and divorced in a French court of law, Wadham examines the profound and varied differences between the Anglo-Saxon and French worldviews. Using her own experience, as a wife and mother, and later as an investigative journalist for the BBC, Wadham explores French attitudes towards sex, marriage, adultery, money, work, happiness, war and race, and in so doing reveals much about our own priorities and the nature of our identity.

‘The Secret Life of France’ challenges our preconceptions and debunks many of the myths - bleak and rosy - on which our view of France rests. Might we have something to learn about our host country? This would seem to be a particularly interesting book for our group whose members have often expressed both affection and frustration with our adoptive land.

Holly will be presenting.

Please let Mary know before Tuesday December 9th what you will bring for the potluck lunch, which follows the discussion.

Kathleen

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  12Christmas Cookie Exchange
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14:30hrs

Venue: See member section

Tel: See member section

Bus See member section

The Christmas cookie exchange, which replaces the monthly tea in December, will be held at my home. Homemade eggnog and tea will be provided.

Please bring 2 1/2 dozen home-baked cookies: 2 dozen for the exchange and 6 to be eaten during the afternoon.

Please also bring a Christmas ornament for the gift exchange and let me know if you are coming (See member section)

Suzanne

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  13Christmas Pot Luck Lunch
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12:30hrs

Venue : chez John and Claudine

See member section

Time for another Christmas gathering, how time flies!

Christmas will soon be upon us and time to share in our festive Pot Luck Lunch. Claudine and John will be there to greet you all with a glass of champagne by the fire. We will continue our Christmas theme by having our `Secret Santa` gift exchange.

Each of you must bring one gift already wrapped and marked either for male or female. If you forget your gift you will not be able to take part in the game!

I will talk food nearer the time, but if you have a festive dish you would like to provide for the table for 6-8 people, please let me know when you reserve for the event.

Call Jan (See member section)

I will send directions out with the menu.

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  14Children's Christmas Party
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See Children’s Page for details

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  14Cinema Club
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19:00hrs

Venue: Chez Deanna & Gilles

While we’ve barely started thinking about what we want for Christmas, Robert Mitchum was way ahead of us when he set his eyes on Janet Leigh, & knew she was what he wanted in this 1949 Christmas-season romance-‘Holiday Affair’.

Robert Mitchum & Janet Leigh are warmly matched in this seasonal favorite directed by Don Hartman. This Warner Brothers delight stars Mitchum as Mason, a sales clerk, who’s lost his job thanks to the young war-widow mom, played by Janet Leigh.

He buys the electric train set she can’t afford for her son, but will she abandon the prosperous attorney she’s dating for the charm of an unemployed man who puts his money where his heart is?

Come find out at the December meeting of the Cine Club.

Join us for pizza, popcorn & film talk.

Deanna Littell & Gilles

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  16Marseille Afternoon Tea
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15:00 – 16:30hrs

Venue : See member section

Please let Marietta know if you can make it. (See member section)

Jo

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  17Lunch in Aix
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12:30hrs

Venue: See member section

Come and join us for a celebratory Christmas lunch at an excellent city centre restaurant.

If you would like to share a favourite restaurant or organise a lunch please let me know.

To reserve your place please contact me (See member section) by Wednesday 10 December. Early booking is essential as numbers are restricted.

Looking forward to meeting you.

Jane Storr

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  19Marseille Evening Drink
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18:00 - 20:00hrs

Venue: See member section

We are trying out a new place near Place Castellane but closest metro is Perrier. (exact venue in member section)  - book with Marietta by email or phone (See member section)

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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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