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

Reading Circle – Tuesday 26 July 11.30 am in Cherveux

Discussing Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.

Walk – Friday 29 July 10.30 am in L’Absie

The 8km walk will take us round the Abbey gardens in L’Absie and then along the road to the L’Absie forest, so a mixture of quiet road and forest track. You will need to think about sun screen and hats – or maybe umbrellas! depending on the weather and obviously suitable footwear. There will be a short walk of about 3-4km.

Lunch will be at Chez Chantal on the right on the road out of L’Absie in the direction of Niort at 1pm. Please indicate when booking whether you would like meat, fish or vegetarian. It is priced at €14 for 3 courses and wine. Coffee at your own expense. Non-walkers are very welcome.

GT Summer Event – Sunday 28 August 12.30 pm in Exireuil

We will be holding our Summer event at Annette and Leslie’s home in Exireuil.
We will start proceedings with Aperos at 12.30 hrs, there will be The really Nasty Horse Racing Game, croquet and Molly to entertain you.
We ask that you bring and share a variety of salads and desserts, a couple of BBQ’s will be alight for you to cook your own meats, fish or veggie kebabs.
Details on chairs and tables will be nearer the time but we ask that you bring your own glasses, soft drinks, crockery, cutlery and candelabra!
GT will provide aperos, wine (rosé, white and red), teas and coffees, bread and cheese.

History Talk – Thursday 15 September 15.00 at Chateau de Cherveux  

Georges Simenon in hiding, talk by Jocelyn Simms

Between 1943 and 1945 Georges Simenon was living in obscurity in the village of St Mesmin-le-Vieux on the Deux- Sèvres /Vendée border. He was hiding from the Gestapo but other interested parties were also pursuing him. How he escaped capture is the subject of this unique archive.
Formerly a convivial man (with a pressing need for the company of women) he died a recluse at the age of 86 in Switzerland.
Fascinated by shady characters and misfits Simenon said that he didn’t need imagination as he had witnessed the scenes he recounted in his novels. Almost 500 books were published in his lifetime. He corresponded with many famous authors: André Gide, Colette, Thornton Wilder and T. S. Eliot to name but a few.
We will take a look at his place in the canon of 20th Century literature.

Jocelyn Simms lives in St André-sur-Sèvre, once part of St Mesmin-le-Vieux, where she discovered this previously unpublished story. Jocelyn is a published poet and with her husband Gordon (poet and playwright) has put on writers’ workshops, events and festivals in the UK and France.
Teas, coffee and biscuits/cake will be provided after the talk. There will be a charge of €5 to cover the cost of the venue and refreshments.

For the current situation regarding coronavirus please see the Government dedicated webpage 

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.
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 Genealogy group which meets monthly 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