Expat Clubs & Associations

Encore Theatre Company
English speaking amateur dramatic society based at Loulay (17), providing opportunities in all aspects of theatre. Contact Company Secretary Linda Cass
Mustang Sallys
Linedancing offered for all levels from beginner to intermediate in a studio at Secondigny (79). Classes in the morning, afternoon and evening. Contact: Sally Lanario
Les Dames de F.E.R.
Association based in Parsac (16). It is run by an all women team for women with businesses in France. Contact Emma Lee
Franco Oldtimers
Car enthusiasts club located in St-Gervais (87) but serving the Poitou-Charentes
Association de l'I.S.L.E.
Association formed at lIsle Jourdain to encourage links between French and British residents and to help with learning both languages. At 15, Place dArmes, lIsle Jourdain (86).
Get Together
Organisation seeking to assist the integration of English speakers into the Deux Sevres and adjoining departments. Offering help with French, advice and a programme of social activities. Contact: Stephen Collins
Theatre Tricolore
Amateur theatrical group principally performing musical theatre in the Saintes and Jonzac areas. Contact Bill Gilliham
Charente Limousine Exchange
Voluntary association offering advice, support and information on living and working in France for people who have settled in the region. Membership is open to all ages and all Anglophones.
ECREU - Expat Citizen Rights in EU
A lobby and self help group based in France fighting for the rights of UK citizens in the EU and EU citizens in the UK. Association n° W862002237 registration address Vienne (86). Their only aim is to work to protect the best interests...
Verteuil Verse
Association (1901) based in Asnois (86).Creative writing courses in the Vienne and Charentes, in small groups. One to one coaching for aspiring writers and poets. Poetry and prose Open Mic evenings. The Charroux Literary Festival. Contact Kate Rose
The Hope Association
Fund-raising only organisation based in south-west France run by volunteers, dedicated to providing donations to support other associations that care for, re-home and foster animals. However, other animal rescue associations are able to use thei...
Voces Concordiae
French and English choir meeting weekly at 5 rue de Limoges, Montbron (16) to sing classical music. Contact Louise Wade.
Fitness n Forme
Association offering excercise classes at the Salle des Arts Materiaux, St Varient (79). Contact Amanda.
Royal British Legion Linazay Branch
Local branch of the British Legion seeking to help ex servicemen and their families.
Association Anglaise - Civray
Association formed for English people living in the Civray area. Contact: Philip Sleigh
Association for Twinning Angouleme and Foreign Towns
Twin with Bury in UK and Hoffman Estates in USA. President: Mr Jacques Leroussaud at 2 ave de Cognac, Angouleme (16).
AVF Angouleme
Association welcoming newcomers to the Charente and to Anglouleme and offering a variety of social activities and French classes.
Association Franco Anglaise
Association devoted to promoting cultural and social links between English and French people in the Royan area. Meetings each month for social events and a wide range of activities.
Association for Twinning Marans and Barrow Upon Soar
Twin cities Marans, Charente Maritime and Barrow-Upon-Soar in UK. Contact: Christine Le Moigne at 38 rue de la Greve, 17230 Marans.
The Confolens Social and Cultural Centre
Organisation at Confolens (16) offering a number of different classes including Tai Chi and lessons in French. For membership inquiries contact Celia Lougher.
Mansle Cricket Club
Young multi-ethnic club playing in the SW League. Players helpers and scorers welcomed. For information contact Joe Larter
Charente Labour Party Group
Point of contact for Labour party members and supporters in Charente and Charente Maritime. Opportunity for discussion of political and social issues in the UK, Europe and Internationally.
Association de lI.S.L.E.
Association organising exchanges between French and non-French people, social events, meals, evenings, French and English lessons, conversation coffee mornings, international library, drop in sessions for any help and advice...
Les Amis Solitaire
 A friendly group of single people who get together for lunches and social interaction. Coffee mornings at 11.00 on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at The Lemon Tree, Sauze Vaussais (79)
L'Association Anglo-Francaise
Based in Segonzac, Charente (16) this association aims to promote friendly encounters between local residents and english-speaking newcomers to the region. Including, monthly socials or outings, french improvement classes, walking club and ...
Les Jardiniers du Sud-Ouest - Chives
Gardening club meeting on the 4th Thursday of every month at the Salle de Fetes in Chives (17). Contact: Mike Curtis
Archers du Coeur de Lion
Archery club meeting at Charroux (86) and Civray (86) offering training in 3D,Tir nature and Tir en Salle. Also, competitions. FFTA (Federation Francais Tir a lArc) affiliated. Contact: Karen Newham
Le Marquisat Dining Club
Dining association based near Villebois Lavalette, Charente (16) Offering once a month, a set menu consisting of 3 courses. This includes aperitifs, nibbles, coffee and a demi pichet of wine between two people. Contact Jacqui Whellem
Les Amis Solitaires
Registered charitable association at Civray (86) offering lunches and social interaction for people who find ourselves alone. Coffee mornings at 11.00 on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at The Lemon Tree, Sauze Vaussais (79).
Euro Communication
Language club at Largeasse (79) offering day or evening classes in French and English. Contact H. Rivaleau
Nous & You
Franco-Britannique association devoted to bringing French and British people closer together. Based at Matha (17).
An association for education in the countryside based at Chazelles (16). Offering workshops in computing, French, Spanish and cookery. For membership enquires and workshop timetable contact: Colin Chatfield
Les 3 A Gatinais
A group of French and English artists and craftspeople centred around Fenioux (79), organising exhibitions and monthly get-togethers to share a common interest in all things artistic.
The Harmonics
Choir and drama group meeting every Wednesday behind the Mairie at Civray (86). Contact: Dave Lee
Union of Overseas Voters
Non profit making organisation seeking to assist US citizens living abroad with voter registration, civic awareness and to protect voting rights. Based in Paris. Contact Tony Paschall.
AVF Saintes
Association helping newcomers in Saintes by organising different friendly activities: classes of French as a foreign language, English, Spanish, Italian, dance, choir, drama, walks, Scrabble, bike riding. At Centre Prosper Merimee, Saintes (17).
Labour International NW France
Representing Labour Party members and associates living in Poitou-Charentes.
GL-AMF Masonic Lodge
English speaking masonic lodges meeting in the region. Contact Richard
Pays de Gatine
Government body who have an office charged with helping English speakers integrate into the Gatine community. They are located at: 46 Boulevard Edgar Quinet, Parthenay (79). Contact: Julia Salvat
Anglo Franco Circle
To promote intercultural exchanges between the French and English communities of Poitou-Charentes. Relaxed small groups with the aim of improving their spoken English or French. At Domaine des Gillardieres, Gouex (86). Contacts: Charles or Guy.
Royal Air Force Association Sud-Ouest Branch
The association is open to all serving and former members of the Royal Air Force and Free French Air Force personnel and anyone interested in aviation. Contact Beryl Dennett. RAFA Sud Ouest France, Le Perail, 17250, Beurlay.
The Jonzac Players
Amateur association in Jonzac (17) dedicated to performing comic opera and plays in English. Contact: Sue Todd.
AVF Parthenay
Branch of the Accueil des Villes Francaise which welcomes newcomers and promotes activities including walks and English/French conversation. At Maison des Associations, rue Blaise Pascal, Parthenay (79).
Theatre Chabanois
Community theatre group meeting every Monday night at 19:00 in the Salle de Fetes at Chabanais (16). Contact Penny Gorridge.
Cite Scolaire Grand-Air - British Section
British section parents association of the College-Lycee Grand Air in La Baule (44). Contact: Alain Bariou.
Association of French as a Foreign Language of Poitiers
Organising excursions to discover history, architecture, economy and sightseeing. Helping to discover a region which associates tradition and modern technology. Discover French gastronomy. Outdoor activities: hiking and other activities.
Open Gardens / Jardins Ouverts
Encourages owners to open their gardens to the public. Admission is by an annual Membership Card (10€) which entitles the holder to visit any of the gardens throughout the year on their stated open days. The proceeds are donated to charitable organis...
Les Jardiniers du Sud-Ouest - Verruyes
Gardening club meeting on the 4th Thursday of each month at Verruyes (79). Contact: Glynis Best
Entente Internationale du Pays Civraisien
Association covering Charroux, Civray, Couhe and Gencay encouraging French and English-speaking people to meet, co-operate, inform and have fun.
Flower Club of Civray
Flower arranging club offering demonstrations to existing members. Contact June Adcock.
Association de Mineralogie et Paleontologie de Saintonge
Association dedicated to the study of minerals and fossils in the Saintonge region. At Saintes (17). Contact: Michelle Poirier
Club de lAmitie Franco Anglaise
Association of French and English speaking members running regular informal classes in both languages. At Rouillac (16) as well as frequent social events in the locality.
Verteuil Verse
Association (1901) based in Asnois (86).Creative writing courses in the Vienne and Charentes, in small groups. One to one coaching for aspiring writers and poets. Poetry and prose Open Mic evenings. The Charroux Literary Festival. Contact Kate Rose
Association Chungfu - Taiji and Qi Gong
Based nears Saintes, ACF is a non-profit making Association offering teaching in Chinese health promoting exercise systems, suitable for all ages, and physical conditions. Contact: Mark Atkinson
Association So British
Association for French and British people orgainising social events. At Puy du Lac (17). Contact Becky Nicolas.
Classic and Sports Cars Enthusiasts Club
Social club for owners and drivers of classic and sports cars. Meeting informally most months for lunch and a chat at the bar restaurant in Massignac. Details of meetings on the website. Contact Barry Goodman.
French run Line Dance Association located in Brettes (16) The English contact is: Catherine Cox
St Aulaye Cricket
St Aulaye Cricket club has been established as an association since 1997 based in Chenaud, Dordogne but close to the Charente border. The main team plays competitive league and cup games. 'The Casuals' is an entirely separate team, with a fixtur...