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Glasgow Branch

Glasgow Branch – 2023-2024

COMMITTEE – Office Bearers

President: Gerry Toner

Vice-President: David Leitch
Treasurer: Carol Woodward
Secretary: Elizabeth Bryant
Subscription Secretary: Val Rees

Other Committee Members :
Archie Blair, Jane Daly, Rosalyn Faulds, Colin Sellar


  1. Evening Meetings

From September 2023 to May 2024, we will hold our meetings on the third Thursday evening of each month at 7.00pm at the Alliance Française, 3 Park Circus, Glasgow G3 6AX.

We start the meeting with a presentation given in French. This is followed by convivial social chat in both French and English with wine and soft drinks. The meeting ends at approximately 8.45pm.

You can see our activities over the last few years by clicking here.

Programme 2023-2024


 Thursday 21 September: We will start our new session with a short concert from Heloïse Bernard. She will feature the songs of the Twentieth Century, Piaf, Brel etc. She will be accompanied on accordion which should add to the café atmosphere.

Thursday 19th OctoberPreview of the French Film Festival. We will have Richard Mowe presenting an overview of the French Film Festival. 

Thursday 17th November: Une tournée historique de quelques châteaux de la Loire. A talk from Elizabeth Bryant, our branch secretary.

Saturday 9 DecemberFête de Noël avec vin chaud, buffet, musique et chansons. We hope to revive our Christmas party once we confirm a venue.


Thursday 18 JanuaryGeorges Simenon – the man who wasn’t Maigret. David Leitch, the new Vice-President in the Glasgow branch, will talk on Simenon’s works, including Maigret. This talk had to be re-scheduled as the bad weather would have meant a very small number attending.

A number of other changes have had to be made.

Thursday 15 February:  The life and times of Jacques Brel. A talk from Colin Sellar of the Glasgow Branch.

Thursday 14 March: Provence et la ville de Marseille. A talk from Odile Hughson of the Edinburgh branch.

Thursday 18 AprilSouth Pacific! Carol Woodward, our branch treasurer, will talk about France in the South Pacific, mainly in Nouvelle Calédonie and New Zealand.

Thursday 16 MayGeorges Simenon – the man who wasn’t Maigret. This is the rescheduled talk from January. David Leitch, the new Vice-President in the Glasgow branch, will talk on Simenon’s works, including Maigret.


The branch AGM has been rescheduled till Thursday 13 June.

Thursday 13 June Branch 2024 AGM.  Followed by cheese & wine and entertainment.

  1. ‘Conversation française’ –Quoi de Neuf?

We meet on the first Monday of each month September to June at the Alliance Française from  2.00pm to 4.00pm.

This meeting runs in conjunction with the Alliance Française. Any member of the AF is welcome to join our conversation group.

The conversation in French ranges from personal to global news. We have a theme for discussion that is sent in advance to allow participants to prepare if they wish to do so.

The usual attendance is between 10 and 15 with a wide variety of fluency in French.  This is a friendly francophile meeting where everyone is encouraged to talk but participants who prefer to just listen are also very welcome.


Becoming a Glasgow Branch member:

Our session runs from September to June. The annual membership fee is £20.00 per person.

Visitors are welcome to attend for £3.00 per meeting.

Members are entitled to borrow, free of charge, books, DVDs, CDs etc from the Médiathèque at the Alliance Française.

You can pay your membership by cheque in the mail or by bank transfer. For further information, email our secretary Elizabeth Bryant at ebryant96@gmail.com


Nous espérons vivement vous compter parmi nous en 2023/2024!