Dear Members,

We thought we would send you the Info’ Mail at the beginning of the month to inform you of forthcoming events. A separate email with the Zoom Link will be sent to you during the week of the lecture.

 Thursday, 21 March 2024 at 7.30pm

 La Grande Boucle – Le Tour de France

Illustrated talk by Vincent Raymond-Barker

Le conférencier faisait du vélo comme adolescent chez son correspondant aux environs de Bergerac. Il ne savait pas qu’il allait commencer à s’intéresser au Tour de France comme prof à la retraite! La passion du cyclisme n’est pas nécessaire pour trouver cette conférence intéressante; on visitera la France en pleine couleur, on écoutera des chansons qui célèbrent le Tour, (on votera pour la meilleure), on entendra des anecdotes qui parlent de vainqueurs, de perdants, et même un coureur qui sentait le vin! Conférence animée, ludique et variée.

We hope many of you will be coming to the Guildford Rugby Club for Vincent’s lecture and to enjoy each other’s company! Vincent will be at the pavilion to make his presentation which will start at 7:30pm but if you come early and/or stay late, you will be able to take advantage of the bar facilities.  Alternatively, if you are unable to travel on the night, you can watch the lecture on Zoom (link will be emailed to you later).

Coffee and conversation session: Friday 22 March at 10.00am

Last month, eight of us met up for coffee at the King’s Arms Hotel in Godalming High Street. The room we were allocated was beautiful and we felt we were in someone’s living room! We spent more than an hour together chatting about this and that, everyone saying as little or as much as they wanted. So we have decided to repeat this on Friday 22 March  at 10.00 (you do not have to be there for 10.00 if this is too early for you, you can join us at any time but we should be there until 11:30).  If you can let me know in advance if you are likely to come, that would be great! If you can’t and decide to come at the last minute, it is fine, you can still join us!


Anatomy of a Fall is a film primarily in English but also in French. It will be shown at the Cranleigh Arts Centre on 27 March at 19:30. Car parking is available at the Leisure Centre, free in the evening and the Arts Centre is not far from it, opposite the petrol station.

The Taste of Things, a French film with Juliette Binoche et Benoît Magimel, is currently shown at the Reel Cinema in Farnham and Everyman Cinema in Esher.


Christine Curley

Les Amitiés Françaises