Michael Brammagh after his presentation on Wednesday 13th January 2016 - for another picture taken from his presentation have a look at Past Events


updated 29th November, 2017

Less than a month to Christmas and as always so much to do but whilst there is a frustration with it all being so commercialised, I always feel that there is something rather nice about the season of giving (if not the shopping) and thinking of others. I hope you feel that way too!

As for French Circle, big Thank You's to the two regular presenters who have favoured us with their time and hard work for the last two meetings. Very many thanks to Jill and John Coffey and to Philip and Maureen Booth. Next month we again have a 'returnee'. This time in the shape of Hugh Quarterman who will talk about l'Espagne, or more specifically 'Quatre Vieilles Villes Espagnoles'. Merci d'avance, Hugh!

The meeting on 13th December will be our last before Christmas so it will be our pleasure to 'offer' you (in the French sense) a glass of wine and a nibble of cake and cheese after the presentation.

Thank you to everyone involved in making Huddersfield French Circle the success it is whether by being active in its organisation or just by being there as a regular or sometime attendee. We have a lovely group!


Working in reverse order of time, about 15 members had a lovely evening in August, when Circle Member (and our Facebook guru) Annie Bacon hosted a lovely social evening at her home which included a lovely cheese and wine supper and also a quiz. Great fun was had by all. To see photos of the evening click here.


In July we held our Annual lunch on 16th July, the timing in honour of the French National or Bastille Day on 14th July.
As in the last couple of years, the event was held at Fixby Hall, the home of Huddersfield Golf Club where we were able to have pre-lunch drinks on the terrace as we were blessed with wonderful weather, and then a three course French inspired lunch in the Dining Room which we had to ourselves. The lunch was delicious and afterwards we joined in singing four well known French songs as videos of the songs together with words appeared on a screeen. Everyone sang really well - or so it seemed!
To see photos of this occasion, click here.
The lunch was attended by 33 members from Huddersfield and Calderdale Circles with some guests too.
To see the menu we all enjoyed, click here.

Images of last year's lunch are also available, if you click here


We had a lovely evening in May when we held our Annual Dinner at La Cachette Restaurant in Elland. Twenty-three of us attended. Click here to see some of the photos.


We held our AGM on Wednesday 10th May.
All the current officers of the Circle agreed to continue in post and as there were no other nominations or volunteers, this was unanimously agreed. Reports were given by the President, the Secretary and the Treasurer. The minutes of the meeting have now been circulated by e-mail to Circle members.

Click here for a few photos taken before the meeting started.


Circle member Christine Summers has volunteered a film recommendation (don't forget I am always looking for film and book recommendations for the website).

If any of you will be in France in the near future, look out for 'Telle Mère, telle fille' with Juliette Binoche and Christophe Lambert. Christine writes that it's about a month and daughter wh end up pregnant at the same time. Christine says that's it's a comedy and very entertaining and nice to see 'la Binoche' playing a lighthearted role as opposed to the angst-ridden parts she normally plays. Highly recommended!
Many thanks, Christine, for this recommendation.

The film will be available on dvd in France in July. You can easily order French dvd's direct from France on the Priceminister website. I do this regularly and it always works well. It means you can get the dvd with French subtitles if you wish them, whereas if you buy French dvd's tailored for the English market and from an English website, they often come with only English subtitles.

On the subject of films, if ever you are spending a few days in London and have a free evening or afternoon, and have already walked your leg off, check out the website for the Ciné Lumière at the French Institute in South Kensington. It's really close to South Kensington tube station and they are always showing a range of foreign films, not exclusively but mostly French.
Yesterday I called by at about 1.15 p.m. It was hot and I was tired and my train back to Brighouse was not until 4.30. At 2 p.m., they were screening a new film called 'Alone in Berlin'. As it happened it is an English film but set in Berlin during the war. It was a really good film and the cinema is really comfortable. Added to all that, all the staff are French so you buy your ticket in French and so on. Downstairs is a superbly French, with somewhat haughty staff, patisserie and bar so you get the real experience. The building itself is brilliant too.


Interesting Blog for Francophiles

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