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The British in South-Western France
(telephone area 05)

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 05 telephone area is:


British Consulate
353 bd Président Wilson 330073 Bordeaux Cedex
Tel: 05 57 22 21 10
Fax: 05 56 08 33 12

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 passports.

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


South West Left

"South West Left is a centre-left forum, mainly of expatriate British residents in France, who meet regularly to discuss issues of social and political concern based on the principles of a fair, free and open society in which there is a balance between the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one is disadvantaged by poverty, ignorance, gender, age race or creed".

South West Left registered at sous prefecture of Villleneuve sur Lot on 19 March 1997.

President David Cowan, 24500 Eymet.
Secretary Avril de la Rue,

The North Eastern Dordogne Women’s Association (NEDWA)

The North Eastern Dordogne Women’s Association (NEDWA) was started in September 2009 with 26 potential members meeting for lunch in Coly. We have grown rapidly and now have eight nationalities represented in almost 100 members, all young at heart, whether 30-something or 80-something.

Membership increases as friends tell friends, reflecting the demand for a forum where women meet to exchange ideas and network on both a professional and social level. New members can always be sure of a warm welcome, good company and true friendship.

The Old School

The Old School is a co-educational day school providing English curriculum studies for students aged 11 to 19 yrs who wish to be taught in English.

The Old School aims to provide a positive and supportive learning environment. With a commitment to the pursuit of academic excellence, attaching a high value to creativity, imagination, and the quest for knowledge and understanding. The school encourages all students to discover and enjoy their individual strengths and capacities. From the start of school, a high priority is given to developing fluency in both English and French to promote academic achievement and participation in the global community.

47410 St Colomb de Lauzun
05 53 64 24 97
President Julie Pollitt

Oxford University Society of South West France

Oxford University Society South West France welcomes all Oxford alumni living in an area ranging from the Hérault to the Gironde, and from the Dordogne to the Pyrenees, whether they be permanent or temporary residents. Visits to the many places of interest, often accompanied by convivial wine-tastings, are organized during the spring and summer months. We also circulate information received from members about activities in which they are involved such as concerts, music festivals, theatrical productions, book sales etc.

Chairman OUS SW France Branch John Baylis

Treasurer OUS SW France Branch Pip KIRBY - 06 73 14 45 36

Hon. Secretary OUS SW France Branch Marion Tempé

Past and Present Rotarians Fellowship Club ( Bergerac ) - ( An English Conversation Luncheon Club )

The club is open to both male and female members and also welcomes like minded Clubs i.e.; Innerwheel , Probus, Round Table, Ladies Circle, 41 Club. Tangent Club.

Meets every second Wednesday of each month at Hotel Kyriad . Bergerac.

Further information and reservation:

The Anglican Chaplaincy of Aquitaine

The Chaplaincy of Aquitaine is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion and in the Diocese in Europe.
We minister to the spiritual needs of English-speaking people in the Gironde, Dordogne, and Lot et Garonne. As an Anglican Chaplaincy, we are home to Christians from all denominations. We also welcome those who are exploring questions of faith, or who are simply looking for companionship or support. All are welcome!

Our congregations are comprised of many different nationalities, and we meet in a dozen or so churches and in private homes throughout the region. Services are led by a growing team of worship leaders.

Administrator Amy Owensmith
06 07 04 07 77

Chaplain - Rev'd Tony Lomas

The Bordeaux British Community

The Bordeaux British Community is an Aquitaine-based social association. Our membership is multinational. The only reqirement is a good grasp of the English language

We currently have over 100 families on our books. We produce a monthly Newletter covering our events and a résumé of what is going around Bordeaux.

Our main aim is to welcome newcomers to the area. We normally have about three events of varying type each month.

President : John Basgallop 05 56 78 95 13

For more information please go to

RAFA South-West France Branch

The Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) Sud-Ouest France covers from the Loire to Spain. Membership comprises the RAF family of all nationalities and anyone interested in aviation. Our Welfare Officers take active care of veterans and their dependents requiring support. Another facet is the attendance at ceremonial events when we remember RAF personnel who gave their lives in SW France. We are the charity that supports the RAF Family.

Sqn Ldr B M Dennett Stannard RAF (Rtd)
Le Pérail, 1 route du Perail, 17250 Beurlay, France
+33 (0)5 46 95 38 89 - +33 (0)6 89 90 55 82

Cancer Support France

CSF is made up of a growing number of affiliated associations across France, supported by the umbrella organisation, CSF-National. The association exists to support English-speaking people living in France who are affected by cancer. It is open to people of all faiths or none. It is not necessary to be a member of CSF before receiving support, which is always given without charge.

Support can be given in a number of ways, and is always arranged following an initial contact and request for help. Support can be as little as guidance to sources of information about cancer and its treatment or as complete as regular personal contact for as long as the client (patient or family member) needs. It can include guidance through the administrative procedures of health care in France. If the team has members with sufficient language skills a volunteer may accompany a patient to hospital appointments to act as an interpreter. This ensures that the client understands what the oncologist is saying and what treatment is proposed etc.

The mainstay of support work is listening and helping the patient express and deal with issues that are worrying them. Volunteers who interact directly with clients are fully trained, according to a nationally agreed course, and are known as 'Active Listeners'. They work on the telphone, face-to-face if distance is not a problem, email or even Skype. All AL's and members of CSF in contact with clients abide by a code of confidentiality.

Volunteers are available on Tuesday mornings 10h00 – 12h30.

National help-line
0810 240 200 (your call is taken on an answerphone and charged at local rates - please ignore the short message in French which precedes the English message)


Chaplaincy of Midi-Pyrenees & Aude and Area Dean for France (South)

Our church belongs to the Anglican Communion, but we are from many different Christian backgrounds, and this is reflected in our worship.

Most are native English speakers, but we have others for whom English is a second or third language.

We worship at present in seven locations; we meet in prayer, bible study and home groups in many more places; we feel close in spirit although often far apart in geography.

Some of us have retired to this beautiful part of France; others are working; others are not yet walking. Most are expatriates, but with a strong sense of belonging to the communities in which we live.

Some of us have just arrived; some will be here for a short time. Others have been worshipping here for 30 or 40 years. 'Here' covers an area larger than Wales.

We have all found a home in this church; there are many others who would and will find the same.

President - Maggie Webster,


All Saints Vendée

Revd Caroline Sackley
Keith Fowlery

Opéra de Baugé

Opéra de Baugé présents a summer festival of grand opéra in the Centre Culturel of Baugé-en-Anjou (49150).

During its 14th season, in 2016, it presented Le Couronnement de Popée (Monteverdi), Albert Herring (Britten) and La Périchole (Offenbach).

A notable feature of an evening at Opéra de Baugé is the 90 minute dining/picnic interval medelled on Glyndebourne.

Many of the soloïst are the stars of tomorrow, and this claim is proven by the careers of many past soloïsts. There is a full orchestra.

President John Grimmett
06 13 25 32 83


Charente Limousine Exchange

CLE is a self-help group that helps you unlock the secrets to a happy and comfortable lifestyle in France.

We provide information and organise events, workshops and seminars, including our well supported annual Tax seminar.

Our social activities include visits, quizzes and charity fairs. We have a 'Pudding Club' for those who like to get together for a fun lunch, and a garden group which arranges garden visits and workshops enabling members to meet and make new friends in the ex-patriot and French communities