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

Vivement la fin du confinement!

Our last meeting was a delight when French National, Sophie Michelana, talked to us about her time spend living in Canada and then in the UK, about training to become a teacher but then switching careers to work in the 'Third Sector' - working to help community groups in and around Yorkshire as a Development Manager for the national organisation Locality.  

We were all really struck by Sophie's genuine and natural desire to be in an English speaking country and to work with people so it was all so disappointing to learn how Brexit and the implications which that brought with it had led to her decision to return to France and her family home in Bayonne.

Very very many thanks to you, Sophie, for sharing your story with us.  We all wish you well now that you are back in France especially with the latest measures now in place.  We are all sorry that you are not still here in the UK.


For our meeting in April, we have Mark Pattinson speaking to us about his time in education and now volunteering as an English Language tutor to Asylum seekers and Refugees.  He will also talk about learning French so that he can maximise the benefits of spending some of each year in his home near Carcassonne which he purchased after his retirement a few years ago.

This will be a varied and interesting talk with the opportunity to ask questions at different steps during the presentation.


May is always the month for our AGM - the date: Wednesday 12th May - more details later.

We hold this meeting in English as it is very much a 'business' meeting.


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.


As always, for the moment, our meetings are 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 5th April, 2021



We are a group of over thirty members who all love France its culture and its language.  We welcome visitors and new members at all our meetings.  Membership is £15 p.a. and thereafter attendance at meetings if free.

The Visitor fee is £2 per meeting.


We meet at Huddersfield Town Hall on the second Wednesday of each month 7.30 - 9.15 p.m. Details of all meetings can be found on the Programme section of this website.

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