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

Lunch and Wine Group – Tuesday 5 November 11.30 am in Exireuil

Held at Annette’s home near Exireuil.The wines for the lunch will be red Bordeaux, including Merlot blends with the pre-lunch tasting beings Merlots from other areas of France. As Bordeaux is not an area known for traditional regional food any French dishes will be tasted.

First Reading Circle – Thursday 7 November 2.30 pm in Craon

Reading Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

Quiz Night – Thursday 7 November 6.00 pm in Fomperon

Held at Le Bistro des Amis in Fomperon. The format will be similar to last May’s quiz with conundrums, music and pictorial rounds along with 60 general knowledge questions.
There will be a meal somewhere in the middle, which will consist of a main course [plenty of veg], dessert course followed by coffee, all for the price of 12€.Drinks are extra

Photo Group – Monday 11 November 2.00 pm in La Mothe St Heray

On the subject of using your camera without ‘auto’ settings.

Spice Club – Wednesday 13 November 11.30 am in Scille

With autumn upon us, the lure of hot/spicy lunches has called us to resurrect an evolved Curry Club. We have named this Spice Club to enjoy a broader range of dishes from countries along the Spice Trail, beginning with India for old times’ sake.
Every 2nd Wednesday of the month we will meet at Joyce Roberts’ home in Scillé.

Southern Walk – Thursday 14 November 10.30 am in St Soline

This walk starts at the church car park in St Soline and takes place along firm tracks but as always be prepared for inclement weather.There are no toilets anywhere on this walk.
A lunch of fish and chips with mushy peas followed by apple and blackcurrant crumble, glass of wine and a coffee for 18€ will be at Le Petit Moulin in St Soline.

Library Club _ Wednesday 20 November 2.00 pm in Scille

With a full selection of books from the library together with a well-stocked history library feature.

History Group – Thursday 21 November 3.00 pm in Menigoute

Subject: The History of Wine. Keith Mousdale’s talk will be narrating historical events which have “got us where we are now” with wine.

The Meeting will be held at L’Auberge des Voyageurs in Menigoute at a cost of 5€ per head.

Northern Walk – Friday 22 November 10.30 am in Gourge

The November walk will take place around the pretty village of Gourge, starting from Geoff and Andrea Cornwall’s house and will cover tarmac, stone lanes, grass paths and one or two inclines!  Wear appropriate footwear for the walk on the day. The main walk is approximately 7 km and a shorter walk of 3.5km. Lunch will be provided at Panda Wok, the buffet style Chinese Restaurant in Parthenay, a short drive away.  The cost of the menu is approximately €16, inclusive of drinks, etc.

 Lunch and Wine Group – Friday 6 December 11.30 am in La Gaconniere

The wines for the lunch will be from the French Mediterranean coastal region, with food from the same areas.

Southern Walk and Christmas Lunch – Saturday 7 December 10.30 am in Lezay

There will be a short walk of about 4kms and a longer walk of just over 7kms. The terrain is mostly as flat as a billiard table and will be on minor roads and tracks. However, as sections of it could be muddy, suitable footwear should be worn.

The walk starts in the layby situated just east of Grand Champ on the D14 going towards Rom from Lezay. The walk will be followed by lunch at L’Assiette Restaurant in Lezay, to the left of the Mairie, with parking over the way.
Lunch is 25€ which includes an apéritif, a bottle of wine for 3 people and a hot drink.
Salade de saumon confit et sa marinade
Filet mignon de porc à la graine de moutarde
Assiette de fromages
Croquant poire / caramel

Northern Walk and Christmas Lunch – Friday 13 December in Menigoute

The Northern walk will take place in and around Menigoute, followed by a Christmas lunch at the recently re-opened Les Voyageurs afterwards. Further details to follow

First Reading Circle – Monday 16 December 11.00 am in Oroux

Reading The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson.

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.
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
Lunch & Wine Club Meets monthly where people bring and share a starter and a dessert with a talk on and tasting of a particular wine complimentary to the dishes
Family History Group Geneaology group which meets month ly to share information on researching family members.
Curry Club Meets monthly for a bring and share lunch featuring curry dishes prepared by members.
Craft Club Meets monthly where members share hobbies such as card making, cake decoration, painting, needlecraft, visit craft exhibitions.
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_March2018

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. 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