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

Walk – Saturday 18 November 10.30 am in Le Foret de Tesse

Walk will start at La Foret de Tesse and will be about 8km with a shorter walk of 3km.
Lunch will be in Montjean at Le Relais de la Peruse and will consist of four courses, wine and coffee for 15€.

Photo Club – Monday 20 November 2.00 pm in Chanay

Craft Club – Tuesday 21 November 2.00 pm

We will be going to a demonstration on Sugarcraft by Claire Bines.

History Group – Thursday 23 November 3.00 pm in Menigoute

France 1917: A War-Weary Nation
The fourth in our series of centenary lectures on France and the Great War, today’s discussion is presented by Vaughan Wells. In November 1916 France claimed victory following the long and costly battle of Verdun. But the effort left her troops exhausted, and her military and political leaders unsure of what to do next. Despite her ‘success’ at Verdun, no ground had been gained, and the German invader remained firmly in control of occupied France. As one of the harshest winters for several years settled over the trenches, the country waited to see if 1917 would bring better fortune.
The cost is 5€ per head to cover refreshments, hire of the room and heating (if needed).

Walk – Friday 24 November 10.30 am in Parthenay

The walk will start from the Band Stand in the Drapeau Car Park in Parthenay, which is in front of the Palais de Congres. There is a toilet in the car park. The walk will be alongside the River Thouet, ending up at the Castle Ramparts and through the old town. The short walk will be about 4 kms, with the longer walk continuing for about 8 kms. There are limited areas for dogs to be off their leads.
Lunch will be at the L’Eldorado, which is on the road to St Maixent in Pompaire. The meal will cost 13.00 euros and will include wine/cider and coffee. There is a choice of meat, fish or vegetarian.

Southern Walk & Christmas Meal – Saturday 2 December 10.30 am in Lezay

The walk will start from Chez Seager, and will traverse quiet roads and tracks, part of which may be muddy if very wet, and the usual suggestion to wear stout footwear applies.The full walk is nearly 8km, the short option is nearly 4km.
Lunch has been booked at Le Petit Moulin.

Lunch and Wine Club –  Tuesday 5 December 11.30 am in Menigoute

The December meeting will be held at Martin’s home in Meningoute with a theme of Anything but Christmas (except mince pies).  The wines that will be tried are some of this years’ Beaujolais Nouveau with possibly others from this region.

Northern Christmas Walk – Friday 8 December 10.30 am in La Garcomieere, Exireuil

Our walk this year will start at La Gaconniere, Exireuil. The 7kms route is mainly country lanes and quiet roads, but please wear appropriate footwear in case it is wet and possibly muddy, which given the time of year is quite likely!
For those that would prefer there will be a slightly shorter walk of around 5 kms.
Lunch will be at Les Voyageurs in Menigoute.

Walk – Saturday 13 January 2018 10.30 am in Vanzay

There will be 2 walks available one of around 5kms and another of approximately 8kms on the tracks and small roads around Vanzay with no hills to climb.  Lunch will be at Petit Berland in Lezay for a meal at 16€ which will include wine and coffee with a main course of either meat or fish.

AGM – Wednesday 14 February 2018 TBC



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