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The British in Northern and Eastern France
(telephone code 03)

Is there an English-speaking association, society or club catering to the British community where you live in France, but not yet listed here? 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

The British Consular District responsible for the British in the 03 telephone area is:


Aube (10), Marne (51), Haute-Marne (52),
Meurthe-et-Moselle (54), Meuse (55), Moselle (57),
Oise (60),
Bas-Rhin (67), Haut-Rhin (68), Vosges (88)

British Consulate General
16 rue d’Anjou 75008 Paris
Tel: 01 44 51 31 00
Fax: 01 44 51 31 27

The issue of standard British passports, visas and entry certificates, as well as the registration of births and deaths and other nationality work arising in France, is centralised in Paris.

The Consulates are responsible for other aspects of consular work, and issue emergency single-journey passports.

Detailed information about Consular and Visa Services and the addresses of other Consulates in France are available on


British Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), Lille

The Chamber's principal aim is to promote and facilitate business and trade relations betwween the UK and the Lille region.

Founded in 1868, it enjoyq good relationships with other similar bodies in France.

Members meet for lunch on the first Friday of each month. Other membership benefits are the exchange of business information.

President : Philip Jenkinson
Treasurer : Thomas Philippe

Anglican Church in the Pas-de-Calais

We have three congregations, based in Boulogne-sur-Mer, Calais, and Hesdin. Services are held fortnightly in each location, with Hesdin usually on the same day as Boulogne. Eucharists conducted by a visiting priest alternate with lay-led services, so normally there is a service somewhere every Sunday.

Services are in English and all are welcome. We also promote friendship through social and fund-raising events such as quiz evenings, garden parties coffee mornings etc.

Our monthly Newsletter, viewable on is highly professional and has a wide readership internationally.

Chaplaincy President: Mrs Pat Page

Christ Church Lille

Part of the Anglican communion in the Diocese of Europe, we welcome people of many different nationalities and backgrounds.

All our services and other activities are primarily in English, and we are the only congregation in the area serving the English-speaking community.

We have at least two services each Sunday with Sunday Club for Primary school age children during term-time.

There are many other activities during the week: find more information by contacting the Chaplain or visiting our website.

Chaplain Canon Debbie Flach
03 28 52 66 36

International Singers, Lille Métropole

Formed in 2006, we are a high quality vocal group working uniquely in the English-language.

Based in south-west Lille and with a repertoire strong in the roots of the Anglophone world, we sing a mix of traditional 4-part music.

Now 45 strong, we sing at events for the benefit of raising funds for good works and over the years has raised several thousand Euros for all kinds of projects.

Chairman and Musical Director - Simon Fletcher tel. 03 20 98 95 34

Lille Cricket

Lille Cricket is thriving, being the fastest growing cricket club in France and after only our second year already the 5th largest in France by number of playing members. We have more than a dozen games scheduled for the 2009 season, including a Twenty/20 Tournament over the Whitsun long weekend.

Our opponents this year come from England, Wales, Belgium, Germany and France and our fixtures list is on our website, so have a look if you want to come along to watch some cricket. Our home matches are played at the Jardin Mosaïc at Houplin-Ancoisne, a few kilometres south of Lille, giving the added interest of being able to visit the gardens as well as enjoying the game.

We practise throughout the year, indoor in the Autumn and Winter and outdoor in Spring and Summer, so if you are interested in playing cricket, or want to help us in developing our junior team, do come and join us.

President - Philip Dethoor
Secretary - Aditya Rana

Royal Naval Association - France Nord Branch

The Royal Naval Association is the principal Naval Association recognised by the Navy Board, and is a Registered Charity. Membership is open to all serving and ex-service members of the Naval Forces including the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, QARNNS, WRNS, Reserves and all ranks and specialisations. In addition, anyone who is in sympathy with the objects of the Association may join as an Associate Member. Today the RN Association has a membership of 22,500 in over 400 branches. It was granted its Royal Charter in 1954 and the Patron of the Association is Her Majesty the Queen.

The France Nord Branch Committee meets bi-monthly, and organises monthly social events in central locations, mainly in Normandy and Brittany. Together with our French colleagues, it also participates in a number of commemorative events such as the Commando raid on Saint-Nazaire, the D-Day landings, the sinking of the troopship Lancastria off Saint-Nazaire and Armistice Day, when wreaths are laid and standards paraded.

Chairman Mark Whelan OBE
02 33 07 85 15

Vice-Chairman David Glossop
02 97 38 59 78

Secretary Liz Yeowell
02 33 57 13 97