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The Societe Franco-Britannique De Cardiff was founded in 1906 with the object of ‘the promotion of friendly relations and mutual understanding between the peoples of France and Great Britain, primarily by encouraging the study of the French language and culture’. Today it continues to uphold this aim with a programme of lectures, social events and visits.

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                        Programme of the Societe for 2021-22

We are planning a programme of events which will be larger than last year's, but still compatible with any continuing restrictions. There will more talks and we will also continue with social events. As restrictions are eased during the year, we may be able to resume meetings at our normal venue of Insole Court.

September to December

We have booked three speakers to give talks by Zoom:

Samedi 9 Octobre - Emilie Capulet
Manon Lescaut, Sphinx étonnant

Samedi 30 octobre - Claude Rapport
Inventions françaises, des grandes aux farfelues

Samedi 20 novembre - Brigitte Thibaud
L'héritage de Napoléon Bonaparte

We have *provisionally* booked for the Fête de Noël at Manor Parc Hotel on Sunday, 5 December. Other activities under consideration are a walk in September and a Quiz Evening in December.

January to July

In the period January to April we have booked a further three talks:
Thierry Viennois (29 January)
Cédric Cabanne (19 February)
Annie Kean (2 April).
We also plan to celebrate the Fête des Rois (8 January). Mardi Gras (5 February) and to hold a Soirée des membres (12 March). These will either be via Zoom or at Insole Court, as circumstances permit. Other social events or walks will be arranged, particularly as the weather improves.

Last year we did not charge a subscription. but even with a limited programme we do still incur some costs. The Committee is therefore proposing a reduced subscription of £10 for 2021-22.

We look forward to meeting up again in the autumn and hope that many members will be able to join us.

programme of lectures The programme of lectures - in normal years - runs from October to May. Lectures, on a variety of topics, are given in French by experienced speakers. These and other meetings will take place in Insole Court, Llandaff, on Saturday evenings at 6.00 or 6.15 pm, except where indicated otherwise.
social events Social events take place throughout the year: Fête de Noël, Fête des Rois, Mardi Gras, Fête de Printemps, and the Fête Nationale in July.
annual trip to France Each year in spring or summer there is a week’s trip to France. Follow this link to see pictures from trips in previous years.
visite surprise Each year, usually in July, the Society organises an outing in an attractive location in the UK.
bird song walk In spring the Society plans to organise an early-morning bird-song walk in a local park.
centenary year In 2006-7 the Society celebrated its centenary and a 60-page illustrated history of the Society was produced. Follow this link to see the special centenary year programme.
history Three illustrated histories of the Society have been placed online.
These are:

1. The Centenary History 1906-2006
2. The Early Years History 1905-1918
3. The World War 2 History 1940-1945.

In addition, there is the illustrated text of a talk on the early years of the Society given in 2018.
Follow this link to download a copy of any of these documents.
data privacy The Society has adopted a Data Privacy policy in line with the 2018 GDPR requirements. Follow this link to see further details or to download a copy of the policy document.

Throughout its existence, the Society has been affiliated to the Alliance Française. The Society is a registered charity, no. 1056433.

l'Alliance Française logoAffiliated to the Alliance Française de Londres

Original artwork by Marcel Ragody, President of the Society in 1912