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

Book Club – Monday 2 April 2.00 pm in St Pardoux

First Reading Circle – Friday 6 April 2.30 pm in Aubigny

Discussing The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

Photo Group – Monday 9 April 2.00 pm in Saivres

Roger will host the meeting and, in David’s absence, will be developing the focussing theme but this time concentrating on macro or close-up focussing and how to achieve the perfect close up.

Family History Group – Thursday 12 April 2.30 pm in Saint Jean de Sauves

The last meeting of the season will be a workshop. Bring bits of your research, your queries, your failures and successes and we will discuss and work on them.

Walk – Saturday 14 April 10.30 am in Foret Domaniale de St Sauvent

There will be a walk of approximately 8km and a shorter alternative of about 4.5km. As the name suggests, the walk will be through and alongside woodlands and will include a brief stop at the remains of a village destroyed in 1944. The going is very flat and relatively easy. However stout footwear should be worn as usual.
Lunch will be at the O’Poirion restaurant in the centre of St Sauvant opposite the mairie. There will be a choice of meat or fish at a cost of 18€ to include 4 courses, wine and coffee.

History Group – Thursday 19 April 3.00 pm in Menigoute

A talk given by Robert Pierson entitled:The Reformation Revolution.

Walk – Friday 20 April 11.00 am The Bluebell Walk at Menigoute

This will be a gentle walk of around 5 kilometres starting from the car park by the Etang de Bois Pouvreau. The entrance to the car park can be found off the D58, St Maixent to Menigoute road, some 2 km SW of Menigoute.
The walk is pretty flat though some paths in the wood are typically rugged and proper footwear is recommended.
Lunch will be bring your own but wine will be provided.

Craft Club – Tuesday 24 April 2.00 pm in Scille

A workshop on cross stitch.  There will be a demonstration of the basic technique, how to follow a chart and an opportunity to make an individualised greetings card featuring a cross stitch design.

Walk – Friday 27 April  10.30 am in Veluché

A comfortable walk of about 7kms and a shorter route of 3.5km starting from the Mairie at Veluché. Both walks are on mixed surfaces with grass lanes, stone roads and tarmac so do wear appropriate footwear. The short walk is flat but the longer has a rapid descent and a more gradual ascent return, both on tarmac.
Lunch after the walk will be in St. Loup-Lamairé at Le Relais du Chapeau Rouge where the menu du jour is three course at €14 .

Curry Club – Monday 30 April 12 noon in Moncoutant 

Louise and Mish Tamblin near Moncoutant. Guests will be asked to bring a starter, side or dessert and whatever they wish to drink. The host provides the main and rice etc. Vegetarians are well catered for and the food is always delicious

Quiz – Thursday 10 May 7.00 pm in Menigoute

Walk – Saturday 12 May 10.30 am in Chenay

The walk will be mostly on flat ground on roads and tracks with an option for an 8 km walk or a 4 km walk.
Lunch will be in Chenay at Les Trois Pigeons restaurant and will consist of three courses, wine and coffee for €14.

History Group – Thursday 17 May 3.00 pm in Menigoute

A talk by Anthea Libby on Impressionism-The Art of late 19th century France.
An introduction to the avant garde painters of the late 19th century in Paris, the inventions and changes in society of the time, how they responded and led the way into 20th century modern Art.

GT Garden Party – Saturday 23 June TBA

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


Calendar Competition Rules 2018

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

GT 2018 Calendar Competition