French Conversation 1

Eiffel TowerFrench Conversation 1  meets every second Thursday morning in the month, taking it in turns to host.

The group has a regular core of members who are keen to participate and with the help of the dictionary, laptop information and each other we speak in French throughout the sessions.
Generally individuals present something of interest which we then discuss, in this way everyone has the chance to be involved   Many of the group travel throughout the year and we have the chance to sample some edible treats and hear about their adventure.  We are always looking forward to finding out more about France, current affairs and sharing our own personal experiences.  Our main aim is to improve our spoken French, to communicate effectively.
If you would like to join us do contact the group co-ordinator.


French Conversation 2

French Conversation 2 meets the 1st Monday and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 2.00 pm at different venues.

We are a relatively new group. For now the meetings are mostly informal meetings and we chat as friends might over a cuppa – the weather, local news, holiday plans, world news, whatever – we just do it in French (with the help of the dictionary and each other). But we are thinking about taking turns to prepare a topic of interest to help expand our vocabulary and knowledge.

Our main aim is to improve our spoken French and to communicate effectively. If you would like to join us please contact the groups coordinator.


During our sessions we try to include a mixture of grammar, conversation and reading about different regions of Spain to meet the varying objectives and are fortunate to have a native Spanish speaker to help with pronunciation.

Looking back we find we have made some progress with our understanding of the language. I hope we shall be able to increase our ability to understand the spoken word!

We meet on the first and third Wednesdays of each month with thanks to those with suitable rooms taking it in turns to host.

FW 24/01/2017

Latin for Pleasure: Our two Latin groups are intended for those who have already learned some Latin at school and would like to take it up again as an enjoyable challenge.

Latin for Pleasure 1 is less advanced and meets on fourth Wednesdays (2.30pm) to study Lingva Latina: Pars I, Familia Romana, a no-English textbook that teaches by example. Each chapter deals with an episode in the life of a Roman family and these are so interesting and informative that we plan to work through this book again for our revision sessions on second Mondays (2.30pm): so if you want to get back to Latin, now is the time to start!

Latin for Pleasure 2 meets on third Wednesdays (10.00am) and caters for those who already have a good grasp of Latin grammar. This group is working through the Oxford Latin Reader and is currently enjoying Livy’s description of Hannibal crossing the Alps with his elephants. Both groups would welcome new members: it doesn’t matter if your Latin is rusty as we can bring you up to speed. Why not give us a try?

JS/RM   24 Jan 2017