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Glasgow Branch

COMMITTEE – Office Bearers

President: Gerry Toner
Vice President: Colette Blazy-Mackie
Secretary: Elizabeth Bryant
Treasurer: Cécile Docherty
Letter Editor: Janine Adamson
Subscription Secretary: Val Rees

Other Committee Members :-
Joe Cent,
Douglas Knutt,
Colin Browning,
Jane Daly,
Carol Woodward,


As part of our Thursday evening programme members much appreciated the talk in November from Willis Marker on La Résistance : Mythes et Réalité. Willis’s notes for the talk are now posted here in response to requests from members.      Download Résistance

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Lansdowne Lecture 2016

The lecture was held on Saturday 12 November in Glasgow City Chambers. Over 70 people arrived to hear Dr Frances Fowle of the Scottish National Gallery and Edinburgh University talk about the art collectors in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in and around Glasgow and in particular their interest in French contemporary art. Dr Fowle is Senior Curator of the National Galeries and also lectures in Edinburgh University. She is also the author of the biography of Alexander Reid, the well-known Glasgow art dealer. He shared a flat in Paris with the van Gogh brothers.  Vincent van Gogh’s portrait of Alex Reid is in the Glasgow Museums collection.

The talk was thoroughly entertaining and informative.  More than 50 members of the Franco-Scottish Society branches across Scotland then enjoyed lunch in the Cote Brasserie in West Nile Street.


Lansdowne Prize


The Glasgow branch were pleased to visit Balfron High School last year to present the Lansdowne prize. The prize is awarded every year by the Franco-Scottish Society to the pupil scoring the top mark in Advanced Higher French. This year that was Harry Johnson who was a pupil in S6 of Balfron High when he sat the exam in June 2015. Gerry Toner, President of the Glasgow branch, attended the presentation along with fellow office bearers, Cécile Docherty, Treasurer, and Elizabeth Bryant, Secretary. The school were very welcoming and had arrranged for the ceremony to be in the Modern Languages department. Gerry spoke in French and two S4 pupils translated his remarks for the assembly. Harry’s mum and dad, and grandma and grandpa, also attended. Ruth Wood, Principal Teacher of Modern languages in the school, also spoke and offered her congratulations.


The picture shows Harry Johnson and his parents with Ruth and Gerry. We wish Harry well with his studies in French and film making at St Andrew’s University.

From September to May, meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 7.30pm.
Address: Russell House, 81 Hyndland Road, Glasgow G12 9JE.

1. Evening Meetings
They are held at the above mentioned address. Please consult the programme for exact dates & topics. Click here to download a WORD version of the programme.

We have a mixture of guest speakers and social events. The evening concludes with a refreshment taken in convivial company when you have the opportunity to practise your French.

The meetings finish around 9.15pm.

2. Après-midi ‘Conversation Française’. FREE
We meet at the Alliance Française, 2-3 Park Circus, on the first Monday of each month (except August) from 2 pm till 4 pm. This runs in conjunction with the Alliance Française. Any member from the Alliance is welcome to join our conversational group.

The conversation ranges from personal news to current politics. We also frequently have a discussion theme that could be thought about in advance. Everyone is encouraged to speak but you can also just listen.

The usual attendance is between 18 and 30 with a wide variety of fluency in French. A few native speakers attend. It is a friendly meeting where conversations can flow from current events, which can be very lively, to holidays and films which can be instructive but less provocative.

NOTE: The meeting in January 2017 will be Monday 9 January.

3. Bulletins

All members receive quarterly bulletins, mostly in French, giving information on their local Glasgow branch and a variety of articles on topical events.

The membership fee is £15.00 for the year.
You can attend as a guest (£3.00 per meeting plus refreshment).

As a member you will be entitled to borrow, free of charge, books, DVDs, CDs etc from the Médiathèque at the Allliance Française.

You may join or renew your subscription using this form. Please click here to download the form as a WORD document.

The Glasgow Branch can sponsor young people and students wishing to improve their speaking and understanding of French. Contact the president or the secretary.

University students taking up the ‘Erasmus’ program can apply for a grant to help with the initial cost of settling in France. Contact the secretary or president.

The branch sponsors the Glasgow schools visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg for the Euroscola youth debate.

Glasgow Branch – PROGRAMME 2016-2017

Thursday evening meetings 7.30pm
Russell House, 81 Hyndland Road, Glasgow G12 9JE


15 septembre: Une soirée de chansons françaises  Flossie Malavialle

20 octobre: La Francophonie       Thomas Chaurin

17 novembre : La Résistance : Mythes et Réalité.   Willis Marker

10 décembre 13h30: On fête Noël à Russell House



19 janvier: La reine Marguerite d’Écosse et les monastères francais  Tom Wight

16 février : Une idée nouvelle, ce n’est pas une idée originale  Bill Daly

16 mars : L’Auvergne à vol d’oiseau   Janine Adamson

20 avril : Le français dans les écoles maternelles à Glasgow  Maryse Payen-Roy

18 mai : AGM, Glasgow suivie du verre de l’amitié et d’une dégustation de fromages.

   juin:  L’AGM Nationale aura lieu le mois de juin à St Andrews.

The meetings will take place in Russell House, 81 Hyndland Road at 7.30pm.

In conjunction with the Alliance Française “Quoi de neuf? 2pm to 4pm on the first Monday of the month (except August) 2-3 Park Circus. In August there is no meeting and in January and May we meet on the second Monday. In 2017 that will be Monday 9th January and  Monday 8th May.

For contact details see Franco-Scottish website or just come along to a meeting.

We organise other social events throughout the year. This year’s petanque competition for the 14 July was well attended and was part of the programme of the French Consulate. The photo shows Joe Cent, committee member and organiser of the annual competition, with Emmanuel Cocher, French Consul General in Edinburgh.

With M. Cocher, Consulate General of France


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