Get Together events and gatherings.

fontevraudWe enjoy keeping active and hold varied events each month including our popular Walking Group, Book Club & Library, History Group, Reading Circle and regular social events.

See below for more details on our activities and forthcoming events.

Forthcoming Events

First Reading Circle Group – Friday 2 February 2.30 pm in Craon

Discussing Eleanor Elephant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Book Club – Monday 5 February 2.00 pm in St Pardoux

Lunch and Wine Club – Tuesday 6 February 11.30 am in Le Tallud

The theme will be Spanish with some Spanish wines to taste including Rioja.

Family History Group – Thursday 8 February 2.00 pm in St Jean de Sauves

Jan Howse on backing up and storing your family history data by means of a software package on your computer.

Walk – Saturday 10 February 10.30 am in La Chesnaye

We will meet by the Mairie at 10.30 in Aigonnay, La Chesnaye 79370 near Sainte Neomaye. The walk will take us through the undulating countryside on grassy tracks and quiet lanes past a chateau and lavoirs. Distance is approximately 7km with shorter options available.

Lunch is at Les Pryamides, La Creche. 13€ for the buffet starter, main course and dessert. Extra for wine 50c for 1/4 and coffee 2€.

Photo Club – Monday 12 February 2.00 pm in Chanay

Exploring the intricacies of focussing. Our project for the month is ‘Fungi’.

AGM – Wednesday 14 February 11.00 am in Mazieres en Gatine

History Group – Thursday 15 February  3.00 pm in Menigoute

Bob Seager will give a talk on the Dreyfus Affair.

Curry Club – Monday 19 February 12 noon in Menigoute

Craft Club – Tuesday 20 February 2.00 pm in Chantecorps

Anthea Libby offers an Introduction to painting. Oils, watercolours, acrylics, surfaces, mediums, tools (brushes etc.).

Bowling – Wednesday 21 February 5.00 pm in Niort

Followed by a meal at Les Pyramides at 7pm – about 14€ for four courses with wine.

Walk – Friday 23 February 10.30 am in Sanxay

The walk of around 7.5 km will start from the car park outside the Tourist Office cafe beside the bridge over the river Vonne.
Lunch will be at Les Voyageurs in the centre of Menigoute. Starter followed by a meat, fish or vegetarian main course, cheese, dessert and coffee. Wine included. Price 14€.

Second Circle Reading Group – Monday 26 February 10.30 am in Exireuil

Discussing The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick.

Lunch and Wine Club – Tuesday 6 March 11.30 am in Benet

Held at Gloria and Brian’s home in Benet, with the theme being Spain with, of course, Spanish wines.

Walk – Friday 10 March 10.30 am in La Forest de Tesse

Walk will be on pathways through woods and roads with not too many hills. Walk will start at La Foret de Tesse and will be about 8 km with a shorter walk of 3 km. Meet at the Church and park cars there.
Lunch will be in Montjean at Le Relais de la Peruse and will consist of four courses, wine and coffee for €15.

You can download the list of activities in the monthly newsletter here.


Activities List

Walking Group A 7-8 km walk held on the 2nd Saturday and the last Friday of each month. Organised by individual Members with a meal at a restaurant afterwards, which non-walking members can also attend.
Book Club/Library Held on the 1st Monday of each month at a Members home. A lending library of over 500 paperback choices. Coordinated by Beryl Brennan
History Group Bi-monthly talks by Members on Anglo/French history and summer visits to historical places. Coordinated by a sub-committee.
Reading Circle Adhoc meetings at a Members home to discuss and review the latest novel read by the group. Reviews of all the books read can be viewed  in the PDF below.
Photography Group The group meets once a month generally at a members home, with the aim of understanding how to use our cameras and learning the secrets of good photography
Social Events Quiz Night, Summer BBQ, Summer Garden Party, Information Talks, Horse Racing Day.


If you would like to hold an event of any sort please contact the Coordinators, they will check if the date is free, discuss the details with you and let you know the date they need information for the Newsletter. We welcome volunteers (especially new members) to organise events which we would assist them with if necessary. All members are very welcome at any Get Together event wherever it is held. All information for events and events reports should be sent to the appropriate Coordinator first rather than to the Newsletter Editor direct.

If you are planning a large non Get Together event and you would like us to try and not have an association event clashing with it please also contact the Coordinators.


Reading Circle

You can view the latest list of books read by the group, please click the PDF below.

Reading Circle Book Reviews_Nov2017

History Group Library

The idea for creating a GT History Library came as a result of receiving the very generous donation from Carol Andrews – a past President of GT – of her late husband’s collection of 250 history books, journals and miscellaneous articles acquired over a number of years. Keith had been one of the founder members of the History Group.

This collection has been augmented by a similar number contributed by Vaughan Wells such that the library now comprises a comprehensive collection of reference and text books, biographies and articles on aspects of world history with special emphasis on events in Britain and France.

We owe Carol a big thank you for her kind generosity in making this material available and thus ensure that Keith’s interest and enthusiasm for history can be passed on to both present and future members of the Association.

Jeremy Luckett, Chairman, GT History Group Committee, April 2015

The Group are very pleased to accept the collection of history books and genealogical tables of English and European royal families from the estate of John and Pauline Tonks who died within a few months of each other recently. John and Pauline had been members of GT since coming to France in 2007, following their retirement and their marriage in England. Both had a longstanding interest in genealogy and as well as running courses in the subject for GT members, John had traced his own family back as far as King Canute. A particular interest was the family trees of English and European royal families and their interconnections as a result of which the Collection contains a large number of history books on monarchs and prominent public figures of their time.

The History Group is delighted to receive this kind donation from John and Pauline who, as well as being members of Get Together were also members of Les Jardiniers de Poitou gardening club and active in raising funds for the Combined Services Support Group.
Jeremy Luckett, Chairman, G.T. History Group Committee, February 2016

Requesting/returning a book or article:

The Library is available to all members of Get Together, but you must be a registered user. To register, contact David Sewell at The catalogue is available to download below or a hard copy can be consulted at History Group meetings. Requests should be submitted by e-mail to, or by hand at HG meetings. For books you will need to include your user number, the author and the title; for articles please include also the reference number to be found on the right-hand side of the listing. The maximum loan period is two months, or one month if the book/article is in heavy demand: the maximum number of books/articles that can be borrowed at any one time is four. A list of dates and times when books/articles can be collected/returned (usually at Menigoute) will be regularly updated under Forthcoming Events above.

NB: Library services are free of charge, and operated on a voluntary basis by the History Group Committee. Donations from GT/HG members are welcome, however, and will be forwarded on a six or twelve monthly basis to the cancer charity [CLIC Sargent] in memory of Keith Andrews.

History Library Book List


Calendar Competition Rules 2018

The rules for this years Calendar Competition can be read in the PDF below.

GT 2018 Calendar Competition