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Glasgow Branch

COMMITTEE – Office Bearers

President: Gerry Toner
Vice President/Treasurer: Colin Browning
Secretary: Elizabeth Bryant
Letter Editor: Janine Adamson
Subscription Secretary: Val Rees

Other Committee Members :
Archie Blair, Jane Daly, Cécile Doherty, Marthe Law, Carol Woodward



Outing to Traquair House
11 MAI 2017.

Le soleil était de la partie pour notre excursion à Traquair. Notre chauffeur avait choisi des petites routes pittoresques bordées d’arbres aux feuillages lumineux. Sur les pentes des Southern Uplands de nombreux agneaux se prélassaient au soleil. Nous avons été chaleureusement accueillis par un guide qui nous a fait découvrir l’histoire de ce château admirablement situé dans un écrin de verdure. Chaque pièce relate des épisodes souvent dramatiques   et des souvenirs d’une famille obstinément fidèle à la dynastie des Stuart. Après la visite de l’émouvante petite chapelle avec son autel de marbre et ses sobres panneaux relatant la vie du Christ, c’est l’heure de la dégustation des fameuses bières de Traquair. Après un réconfortant déjeuner nous musardons dans le parc et deux de nos amies s’aventurent courageusement dans le labyrinthe. Un dernier regard sur la large avenue et le grand portail de Traquair qui ne s’ouvrira que, si un jour, un descendant des Stuart accède au trône et nous reprenons la route de Glasgow enchantés d’une visite intéressante inondée de soleil.










Fête Nationale 14 juillet 2017 – Concours de pétanque

Our annual ‘pétanque’ competition was held this year on a bright and sunny 14th July. The event was once again well attended with approximately 30 participants, mostly members but we were delighted to welcome several visitors as well. The competition has been superbly organised for ten years now by our long-time member Joe Cent and his wife Zara. They enhance the French atmosphere of the gathering by arriving in their 2CV, flying a very large ‘tricolore’. We play at varying levels of ability but it is always a fun occasion for all. Winners are rewarded with bottles of wine. Following the prize-giving, most of the group stay to enjoy a convivial lunch at the sports club restaurant. Sadly, this year is the last time Joe and Zara have hosted the event. At the start of the lunch, our immense gratitude was expressed to them for faithfully hosting this gathering over the past decade. Plans are in the pipeline for our Glasgow branch to continue the tradition of this great event to enable us to come together and celebrate the ‘Fête Nationale’.










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 for a Word version  PROGRAMME 2017 -18

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 2018 will be Monday 8 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.   subscription-proforma17-to-18   Click to download.


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

Glasgow Branch – PROGRAMME 2017-2018

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


21 septembre: Monet à Giverny    Janine Adamson  

19 octobre:   French Film Festival Preview  Richard Mowe, Director  

16 novembre :  Regards sur la Normandie Romane   Elizabeth Bryant  

16 décembre 13h30: On fête Noël à Russell House



18 janvier: Thomas Blaikie (1751-1838), un paysagiste écossais en France pendant la Révolution Française Tom Wight  

22 février : Penmarc’h et quelques aspects du Pays Bigouden Thierry Rechniewski, Association Franco-Ecossaise de Paris

15 mars : Sir Marc Brunel, ingénieur civil français  Colin Browning

19 avril : La coupe du monde 20 ans après   Geoff Hare 

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

   juin:  L’AGM Nationale

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


In conjunction with the Alliance Française we host a  “Quoi de neuf? discussion group from 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 2018 that will be Monday 8th January and  Monday 14th May.

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


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From the archive

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.