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

First Reading Circle – Friday 1 September 2.30 pm in La Motte St Heray

The chosen book is All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, the story of a blind French girl evacuated to Saint-Malo during WW2

Book Library – Monday 4 September 2.00 pm in St Pardoux

At Chez Brennan with tea & biscuits plus the usual selection of paperbacks.

Photo Club – Monday 4 September 2.00 pm in Sanxay

Meeting Jonathan Townsend’s house in Sanxay. Anyone interested in joining the group and learning a bit more about their camera please contact David Brennan

Walk – Saturday 16 September 10.30 am in Tillou and Sompt

The walk, is around Tillou and Sompt, between Chef Boutonne and Melle. Two walks of 7,5km and 3,5km. Nice surroundings, through the village of Tillou, along the little river the Sompt, pond, lavoir and fields. Generally easy and dry except for an incline about half way on the long walk. The walking is all on roads and tracks, no mud expected, but the usual warning to wear stout footwear applies.
Lunch will be at JOS restaurant in Chef Boutonne who offer a starter and a choice between meat, or fish or vegan for the main course. A dessert, 1/4 L of wine, coffee will be included all for 15€.

History Group – Thursday 21 September  3.00 pm in Menigoute

The guest speaker is Nick Wells on the subject of The Franks and the Creation of France.

The cost is 5€ per head, to cover refreshments & hire of the room.

Second Circle Reading Group – Tuesday 26 September 10.30am in Menigoute

Discussing All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr,

Walk – Friday 29 September 10.15 am in St Projet

St Projet is approx. 1.5Km from La Chapelle Baton. The walk is approx. 7.5Km with a shorter option of 4 Km available. It is on tracks and lanes through undulating countryside, no steep hills longer slow climbs, but if wet could be muddy in places so appropriate footwear is recommended.
Lunch will be at La Gare restaurant at Monplaisir and consist of buffet starter, meat or fish main course, buffet cheese and dessert, wine and coffee for 13.50€. Monplaisir is just off the roundabout for Champdenier on Parthenay/Niort road.

Book Library – Monday 2 October 2.00 pm in St Pardoux

Lunch & Wine Club – Tuesday 3 October 11.30 am in Rom

Held at Julia and Peter Murray’s in Rom. The theme will be Autumn with the wine tasting being of Bordeaux from Cru Bourgeois and Cru Classé

Family History Group – October TBC 2.30 pm in Saint Jean de Sauves

Kate Sangster starts the group again which will continue through to April 2018 on the second Thursday of the month at 2.30 pm.

Walk – Saturday 14 October 10.30  am in St Romans les Melle

Two walks, one of approx. 8km and a shorter one of about 4km. The countryside is not flat, but the hills are not too steep. Appropriate clothing and strong foot-ware will be needed.
Lunch will be taken at Le Sporting and will consist of 4 courses including wine and coffee for 18€.

A Day at the Races – Sunday 15 October at Hippodrome de Niort-Romagné

The meeting will have 7 races, a mixture of flat and jumps starting around 2.00 pm and ending around 6.00 pm. Entry is 6€ for men and ladies get in for free. Members who wish to can then retire to La Mulan Chinese restauraunt at Bessines and spend their winnings.

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_July2017

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