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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  2Art Club
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20:30hrs

Venue: See member section

The distinguished pianist, Jean-Philippe Collard, plays one of his specialities - Chopin.  This is a marvellous opportunity to see this French artist.

Piano Jean-Philippe Collard

Chopin:  24 preludes; Sonata No 2

Tickets 14 euros reduced from 20 euros. 

Please phone Gillian if you would like to join us.

Gillian

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  2Marseille Book Club
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14:00 – 16:00hrs

Marseille Book Club

Venue: See member section

The book is ‘Infidel’ by Ayaan Hirsi,  4€ towards refreshments. Please let Lydia know if you are attending lkdarnold@aol.com

Jo

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  6Gourmet Club Lunch
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12:30hrs

Venue: To Be Announced by Message in late January 

We will be going to a wonderful venue for an early Valentine's Day Celebration!

Look forward to enjoying great food in a convivial environment with you!

Please email me at mlmchugh1@aol.com or call 06 37 83 80 45 by  2 February if you are able to come.

Mary Lou

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  7Arts Club
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20:30hrs

Venue: See member section

Tragédie

Choreographer Olivier Dubois

Lovers of dance can experience the choreography of Olivier Dubois, newly appointed as director of the Centre Choréographique National Roubaix, in a piece for 18 naked dancers, expressing an obsessional, hypnotic, chaotic world.

Tickets 14 euros reduced from 20 euros.

Please phone Gillian at 0442 27 45 52 if you would like to join us.

Gillian

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  8Ciné Club
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19:00Hrs

Venue: See member section

For our February selection, the Ciné Club brings you a great musical romance. 

The Benny Goodman Story

The music of Benny Goodman, comes to life in this wonderful 1956 musical biography of the famed King of Swing.

Featuring all the outstanding songs and instrumentals made famous by the immortal clarinetist, the story follows the innovative musician from his poor childhood in Chicago to his historic concert at Carnegie Hall in 1938.

Steve Allen, Donna Reed and Sammy Davis, Sr. star in this unforgettable tribute to Goodman and his music with performances by the original Benny Goodman Quartet. 

  

The young Benny Goodman is taught clarinet by a Chicago music professor. He is advised by bandleader Edward Ory to play whichever kind of music he likes best, but to make a living, Benny begins by joining the Ben Pollack traveling band.

In New York, where the band gets a lukewarm reception, Benny meets jazz lover John Hammond and his sister Alice. He is invited to the stately Hammond home to perform a Mozart clarinet concerto. Alice fears he will be embarrassed, but his playing is impeccable and Benny appreciates her concern. An improbable romance begins to percolate.

The romance with society girl Alice is disconcerting to Benny's mother, but by the time her son plays Carnegie Hall, all is well and Mrs Goodman has personally invited her future daughter-in-law to sit by her side.

The priceless soundtrack highlights Goodman himself with classic renditions of “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “One O’clock Jump,” “Stompin’ At The Savoy,” “Moonglow” and “Goody, Goody” and many more.

Deanna

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  11Lunch Marseille
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12:00hrs

Venue: See member section

Very important to let Marietta know that you are coming to book the restaurant!!!

Jo

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  12Book Discussion Group
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10:30hrs

Venue: See member section

Book to be discussed: “The Infatuations” by Javier Marias. Presented by Lousewies

Extract from a review on Amazon by Michael Autrey.

Marías has earned major literary prizes in his native Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Chile, and Ireland. A novelist’s novelist, a consummate stylist, his works have been translated into 42 languages. The plot of The Infatuations has elements of a thriller. The narrator, María Dolz, eavesdrops on a conversation that undoes all she thinks she knows about Javier, her lover, and his dear friend, the victim of an apparently brutal and senseless murder. What she believed was a tragedy may be the result of a conspiracy… The cadences of Marias’ exquisite sentences are preserved in translator Costa’s English, the clauses balanced like a loaded scale; detail accumulates yet also erodes and turns elusive. The more precise the descriptions of passion and reflection, the more fleeting these states appear: the object of our attention and its dark shadow vie for supremacy. It is magical, stupendous, and not done for effect. Marías dramatizes the fluidity of attention as María persuades herself, and us, of the truth and of its opposite.

If you plan to attend, please let Jean and me know before Tuesday the 10th what you will be bringing to the pot-luck which follows the discussion.

Kathleen

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  13Excursion to Château De la Buzine
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10:30hrs

Venue: Château de la Buzine

Description: See article on the magazine

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  4Computer 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 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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  15Hike - Calanques
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10:00hrs

Venue: See member section

From there proceed in as few cars as possible to the Calanque de Morgiou.  From there we will set out on foot in the direction of the Cap de Morgiou where we will have our picnic lunch overlooking the sea.  We will then return to the cars via the same path.  There are no particular difficulties nor significant altitude changes, but wear proper hiking gear for winter conditions, including enough food and water.  For 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 February play will be George Bernard Shaw’s “The Dark Lady of the Sonnets” set in Elizabethan England featuring a young chap called William Shakespeare lobbying for financial support for the arts and in particular for the creation of a national theatre [to bring productions to the Renaissance Hotel in Aix-en-Provence?]

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

 

Dympna

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  19Evening Drink Marseille
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18:00 – 19:30hrs

Venue: See member section

Please tell Marietta so she can reserve a table

Jo

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  19Lunch in Aix-en-Provence
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12:30hrs

Venue: See member section

Tel: 04 42 38 57 28

Come and join us for lunch at a restaurant tucked away in the centre of Aix. I understand that this restaurant used to be the venue for a jazz club but it is far too sophisticated for that now. The lunch menu consisting of starter and main dish or main and dessert changes daily depending on what is available in the markets and is very nicely presented.

Please contact me by Tuesday 17th February 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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  20Arts Club
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20:30hrs

Venue: See member section

Once again the Arts Club is returning to this delightful venue, where it is easy to park, the seats are well raked and you can have lovely refreshments at modest prices in the interval, this time to see The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden's production of Andrea Chenier, starring Jonas Kaufmann (whom many people consider to be the finest tenor in the world) and the lovely Dutch soprano Eva-Marie Westbrook.

If you would like to join us please contact me by 13 February or telephone her at 0442 27 45 52.  Lifts can probably be arranged from Aix.

Gillian

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  23Lunch in Marseille
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14:00hrs

Bowling

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.

Peter

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  26Language afternoon tea
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15:00 – 17:00hrs

Venue: See member section

Please let Marietta know if you are going, this is the school holidays.

Jo

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  28Pot Luck Lunch
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12:30Hrs

Venue: See member section

04 90 08 57 16

Elaine is very happy to open her home to us for a Pot Luck Lunch and we may even have our apero on her sunny terrace!

Our numbers are limited on this occasion so please reserve as soon as you can to avoid disappointment. If you are new to the group please bring a dish for 6-8 persons if you are a couple and for 3-4 people if you are coming alone. I will contact you nearer the time for the menu.

Car pooling would be advised on this occasion

Directions: See member section

Parking: See member section

Jan

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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