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HUDDERSFIELD

FRENCH

CIRCLE

For lovers of France and the French Language in Huddersfield and the surrounding area

Vivement la fin du confinement - on est presque là

Our next meeting will be our AGM on Wednesday 12th May 2021

Normally at this stage, we would be holding our Dîner Annual in a local restaurant as a precursor to our AGM next week, but the 'diner' will sadly have to wait.

Last year we just circulated papers for the AGM as we had not yet started to use Zoom for our meetings.  This year though the AGM will be held on Zoom and as far as possible we shall be keeping the format the same as at past face to face meetings.  

The meeting will start at 7.30 pm and be held in English.  

The first half of the meeting will be all the normal business of an AGM, and our hard-working secretary Pat Rodgers will be sending out an agenda in advance to Circle Members.  

Then, when we normally have a 'pause vin et fromage' we will instead watch a short film whilst we each perhaps participate of our own vin et forage.  The film will be in French, with French sub-titles, and lasts for just eight minutes

After the film we will proceed to a discussion of possible speakers for the 2021/22 year.

Do any of you have suggestions and or contacts for speakers?  
Could any of you, our regular attendees prepare a presentation for us?

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Last month Mark Pattison gave us an interesting and well prepared presentation about the new second home he had established in France and the need to learn French as a result and he also talked about the sometimes controversial and always interesting topic of teaching English to asylum seekers at the St. Augustine's centre in Halifax.

Very many thanks to you Mark for the presentation and well done on all the volunteering work you are doing.

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In view of the Government's Steps out of lockdown, we have now provisionally booked our usual room at Fixby Hall (Huddersfield Golf Club) for our French National Day Lunch which will be held on Sunday 18th July.  

We would like names asap please so that we know what the general level of interest is.  

Of course, we shall have to organise it in line with any social distancing guidelines which remain in place and so on and it is therefore possible that numbers will be limited.

More details nearer the time, but please let us know your thoughts.

 

We are in regular contact with Huddersfield Town Hall regarding plans to resume our meetings there whenever it becomes safe and legal to do so.  We have our fingers crossed for September.  

For now though, our meetings continue to be held on Zoom on the second Wednesday of the month.  The Zoom session will be open from 7.15 ready for a start at 7.30 until somewhere between 8.15 and 8.30 pm.  A link for the meeting will be sent a couple of days beforehand to everyone on my mailing list.  If you are not on the list but would like to be, contact me via the website.

  

Mary Green 4th May, 2021