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Aberdeen Branch

COMMITTEE – Office Bearers

Vice-Chairman:      Annabel Stewart
Honorary Treasurer:     Doreen Tyre
Honorary Secretary:    Rhona Bean

Committee – Ordinary Members

Andy Gordon
Janet Hosie
Marjorie Inglis
Françoise Kunka
Maria Sawaryn

Annual Subscription:
£20.00 per person, £33.00 per couple, £5.00 for students.
Guests and Visitors: £5.00 per evening.

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Our Aims:
Inspired by the historic friendship between France and Scotland, the Society fosters closer ties between the two nations.

The Society’s activities concentrate on French culture in the widest sense and the influence of France on Scotland’s heritage.

There is opportunity at the meetings to converse in French and in English.

Alexander Gray Bequest:
Under its terms, the Committee can offer grants to Scots wishing to go to France to further their studies of the French language and culture. Applications to the Secretary are invited from individuals and educational establishments

Members who would like a lift to go to meetings should contact one of the Office Bearers.

Aberdeen Branch Programme 2016 – 2017

All Meetings start at 7.30 p.m.
There may be a change in speaker due to unforeseen circumstances

Tuesday 14th February. 2017  CHANGE OF PROGRAMME

As advertised, Wendy Gibson of the Slopefield Allotment Association will speak about their work in the community.
In place of Terry Stott we are pleased to welcome Rose Toney of the Hutton Institute who will give a talk on Biodiversity in the North East of Scotland.


Tuesday 4th October
Coco Chanel Présentation en français par Marie-Christine Graham, Perth Branch
Venue: Midstocket Centre Lounge,    35 Midstocket Road     AB15 5LJ

Tuesday 8th November
Mme Bovary Présentation en français par Dr Manon Mathias
Venue: Total French School, 1 – 5 Whitehall Place   AB25 2RH

Tuesday 6th December
Lonely Mountain Skis – talk by Jamie Kunka on hand-made wooden skis
followed by Seasonal Buffet
Venue: Midstocket Centre Lounge,   35 Midstocket Road     AB15 5JL


Tuesday 10th January
La Fronde – Une révolution manquée? Conférence en français par
Dr Bruno Tribout of Aberdeen University French Department.
Venue: Total French School, 1-5 Whitehall Place    AB25 2RH

Tuesday 14th February
Growing a Community followed by Gardeners’ Question Time
Talk by Terry Stott & Wendy Gibson.
Venue: Total French School, 1-5 Whitehall Place    AB25 2RH

Tuesday 7th March 
Restoring Tilquhillie Castle Talk in English by John Coyne
Venue: Total French School, 1-5 Whitehall Place   AB25 2RH

Tuesday 4th April
L’Auvergne à vol d’oiseau. Conférence en français par
Mme Janine Adamson, Glasgow Branch
Venue: Total French School, 1-5 Whitehall Place  AB25 2RH

Tuesday 9th May
AGM at 7pm
Followed by La Tour de France Présentation en français par
Dr Geoffrey Hare, formerly Head of Modern Languages, University of Newcastle-on-Tyne
Venue: Total E & P Premises, Crawpeel Road, Altens Industrial Estate AB12      

Summer Social Event – Date and Details
Friday 5th May
The Branch will be holding its annual lunch at Banchory Lodge Hotel from 12.30. If you would like to participate, please inform the Secretary on 01224 590903 or send a cheque for £25 payable to the Franco-Scottish Society Aberdeen Branch to Rhona Bean, 22 Gairn Crescent, Aberdeen AB10 6BE. This will be for a two course lunch plus tea and coffee. Lifts can be arranged if required.

Spare room / interest in French language and culture?

Do you have a spare room? Do you have an interest in French language and culture? Then get in touch!
We place French students with caring, supportive families across Aberdeenshire giving them a slice of Scottish life and helping them with their language skills. Students come for short stays of 4 to 6 nights or longer stays of up to 9 months. They come from France, Spain and all over the world, so it’s a good opportunity to meet people from other cultures.
If you are interested in welcoming a student into your home or becoming a host teacher, please call Clare on 01561 378218 or 07787 858368. For more information or to read what families and students are saying, please visit our Facebook page; website link noted below.
We look forward to hearing from you!

Useful websites:-

www.aberdeenaccueil.co.uk – for information and activities of the French ex-patriot community

www.abdn.ac.uk/languagecentre and www.abcol.ac.uk for courses in French

www.aberdeen-language-exchange.co.uk – offers opportunities to individuals to find French/English conversation partners

www.belmontfilmhouse.com – for films in French and the French film festival

www.aberdeeninvestlivevisit.co.uk/ClermontFerrand – twinning between Aberdeen and Clermont Ferrand

www.facebook.com/LanguageTravelTours – for Facebook page on welcoming foreign students and providing a spare room.

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