SCOTLAND, SCOTTISH CULTURE AND THE SCOTS
Is there an English-speaking association, society or club with a Scottish theme not yet listed here, but catering to the British Community where you live in France? If so, we’d like to hear from them. Why not ask their Chairman or a committee member to contact the British Community Committee by e-mailing us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Alumni of the University of Edinburgh in France
The Association A.U.E.F. (« loi 1901 ») is open to graduates, former students, students, staff and friends of the University of Edinburgh. Each year the AUEF organises social meetings in Paris, a French regional weekend visit, a golf fixture and cultural outings. Many graduates of the University of Edinburgh resident in France are French or non-UK nationals and are pleased to be in touch with other Alumni. If you wish to receive information concerning our activities please contact Pamela Lintingre. You will also find us on Facebook.
The Paris Branch of the Franco-Scottish Society was founded in 1895. Its aims are to promote good relations between Scotland and France, principally by the exchange of goodwill visits, lectures, research work in the historical and cultural, as well as economic, relationship between the two countries, etc., and to welcome Scottish students.
Honorary President - Georges Dickson OBE
President - Jacques Leruez CBE
65 rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005 Paris
Information - Catherine Valaster
09 54 51 18 44
The Caledonian Society of France
Founded in 1922, the Caledonian Society of France centres its annual activities on St. Andrew’s Night in late November and Burns’ Night, held around January 25th. A 'May Day Picnic', with Scottish music and ceilidh dancing to live music, is held in the Shakespeare Garden (Bois de Boulogne).
The Society also organises ceilidhs for deserving charities based in Scotland, and other events (Quiz Night, excursions...).
Anyone interested in Scottish culture and traditions may apply for membership.
The Clan MacLeod Society of France
The French Clan MacLeod Society, founded in 1981, is to foster research into the role played by the MacLeods in France where they have been present and active for over 500 years, to conserve and make available family records, to distribute the magazine issued by the worldwide ACMS with a French supplement, and to encourage social activities amongst members.
Membership is open to all, whether called MacLeod, descended from MacLeods, attached to the Clan or simply interested in joining.
Secretary - Alain MacLeod
18 rue du Parc de Clagny, 78000 Versailles
01 39 55 03 01
The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Paris Branch
The Paris Branch of the Society was created in 1984 in order to promote Scottish Country Dancing and to offer the opportunity to learn and practise Scottish Country Dances in France. The Branch organises classes; half-day schools for beginners, intermediate or advanced dancers. There is a dance every Monday night from 8 to 10 pm, and occasionally a ball on Friday or Saturday night. Everybody is warmly welcome.
The Scots Kirk, Paris (Church of Scotland – Presbyterian)
The Scots Kirk is an international church, situated a few minutes from the Champs Elysées, which offers worship and fellowship in English in the Reformed tradition. Each Sunday, morning worship and Young Church are held at 11 am. Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month. After the service, there is an opportunity to get to know others over tea/coffee or periodic pot luck lunches.
Numerous associations and support group meet in the Scots Kirk premises during the week, and Scottish Country Dancing is held in the church on Friday evenings.
Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (Lyon Branch)
The object of RSCDS Lyon Branch is to preserve and further the practice of traditionnal Scottish Dancing as it danced today; we are mainly involved in Scottish Country Dancing, but also hold occasionnal classes in Highland Dancing. We have a weekly class on Friday nights, with 3 levels (beginners, intermediate, advanced); we also organise ceilidhs, balls, social dancing, day classes (usually 3 times a year on Saturdays) and weekend schools (usually twice a year), with live musicians whenever possible. We accept beginners all year round, come and join us !