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 & Wine Club – Tuesday 7 January 2020 11.30 am in Scillé

Featuring wines from Beaujolis and food from the same area or ‘anything French’.

Photo Group – Monday 13 January 2020 2.00 pm in Le Petit Moulin, Sanxay

Continuing on the theme of editing photos to bring them to their best

The Spice Club – Wednesday 15 January 2020 11.30 am Chez Rose-Marie

We will be learning about a range of Caribbean starters and puds

Southern Walk – Thursday 16 January 2020 10.30 am in Pouffonds

Starting from the Salle Polyvalente and Mairie in Pouffonds (79500) the walk is about 8km long, with a shorter version of about 4km. It is on quiet roads and tracks, part of which is through woodland,and wasn’t too muddy even after a long wet spell, but waterproof footwear is strongly advised. There are some hills, not too long.

Lunch will be on offer at the Auberge de Cerizat, situated just after the turning for Pouffonds at the junction of the D948 and the D737 (SP Chef Boutonne). Three courses, wine and coffee for about 15€

Second Reading Circle – Friday 17 January 2020 10.30 am in Scillé

Discussing The Sixteen Trees of the Somme by Lars Mytting

Library Group – Wednesday 22 January 2020 2.00 pm in Menigoute

Books and a cuppa at Martin Hughes’s house in Menigoute

Northern Walk – Friday 31 January 2020 10.30 am in Le Beugnon

We plan a long walk of around 8km and a short walk of 4km, on a mix of track and tarmac starting from the church in Le Beugnon (79130) which has a small car park but there is more parking available at the Salle Nelson Mandela around the corner, or at the football field. There are toilets at the church. Lunch will be at Chez Chantal in L’Absie at about 1pm. As usual they are offering a 4 course meal with wine for €15.00

Lunch & Wine Club – Tuesday 4 February 11.30 am in Le Tallud

The wines for the lunch will be from the eastern end of the Mediterranean region, with food from the same areas or anything French.

GT Ten Pin Bowling – Wednesday 5 February 5.30 pm in Chauray

Show us all your scintillating curveball at the Chauray bowling alley, next to the Geant supermarket at 23 Rue de Gay Lussac (79180). Entry is 6€.

Winners, one female and one male, will be toasted afterwards (7.30 pm ish) and presented with their trophies at Les Pyramides, the de luxe transport cafe just up the road. Cost about 14€.

History Group – Thursday 20 February TBC

Archaeology: What it is…Why we do it …And how it is done. A Presentation by Nick Wells

GT AGM – Friday 21 February 11.00 am in Maziere en Gatine

The Get Together AGM will be held at La Maison Pour Tous, Maziere en Gatine

First Reading Circle – Monday 24 February 2.30 pm in Craon

Discussing The Walls of Lucca by Steve Physioc.

Northern Walk – February 28 February 10.30 am in Exireuil

Our walk will start at La Gaconniere, Exireuil, Nr. Maixent L’Ecole. The 7km walk is mainly country lanes and quiet roads, there will be an incline or two along the way but nothing too strenuous, please wear appropriate footwear in case it is wet and possibly muddy.  Parking and toilets are available at the house.  For those that would prefer, there will be a slightly shorter walk of around 5kms or even shorter 2 kms.

The restaurant is 5 minute’s drive away at Chateau de Sauge in Saivres. The menu is carrot and coriander soup, meat or vegetable lasagne, chocolate or lemon drizzle cake, a glass of wine €15 plus €1 for coffee.

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