The International Association of English speakers in the Gard

BritsNîmes is a non-profit making association of people interested in the English language.
Membership is open to individuals or families.

BritsNîmes organises regular social and cultural activities.
These are varied and designed to help people to get to know the area,
make new friends and meet local people.
Information is shared via our website, emails, monthly newsletters and Facebook.

attracts members from many nationalities.
Some have lived in the area for many years, others are recent arrivals.
The regular get togethers allow everybody to exchange experiences about life in France.

is always delighted to have new members.
By joining BritsNîmes contact with other members in English can be both a pleasure and an experience, while a helping hand when in need is always welcome.
All nationalities welcome.

Monthly Event

Monthly Event

Visit to Musée de la Soie
Meet at 10.15 am in front of museum
  visit starts at 
10.30 am sharp. 

Place du 8 mai 1945 (next to the l'Office du Tourisme)

30170 Saint Hippolyte du Fort

In the Middle Ages after the 4th crusade (1203-1204) silkworm eggs were brought from Constantinople to Venice. 
Since then silk manufacture successfully developed in Italy. 
Both silkworm breeding and silk production seem to have started in the Cévennes
at the end of the 13th century.
First the chestnut tree provided the leaves for the silkworms but after a severe frost in 1709 which killed most trees one started to grow the fast-growing mulberry tree to feed the silkworms.
Even after Europeans had learnt to breed silkworms, most silk was still imported from China.
For a long time, the legendary fabric was worth its weight in gold and
only the rich could afford to buy it.
French production reached its peak in 1853 with 26,000 tons of cocoons.
More than 2,300 communes were involved with sericulture, employing between 300,000 and 350,000 people.
This level of success would never be reached again, because soon afterwards a virulent epidemic progressively wrecked silkworm breeding, dropping production right down to 7,500 tons in 1856. 
The final blow was delivered by the appearance of the first artificial fibers -
rayon and later by synthetic fibres -nylon.

The visit to the museum will last 90 min (10.30am - noon)
then we will have a lunch at a nearby restaurant
after lunch we will visit "Hors les Murs" also 90 min (14.30pm - 16pm)

El Gusanillo Concept

8 place 8 mai 1945, 30170 Saint Hippolyte du Fort

  entrée :
Pelardon de la Ch`vererie des Demoiselles Pannés aux Amandes.
oignons doux des Cévennes, Mesclun de salade et petits salés.
Fricassée de Volaille aux pastis et son toast de Rouille
Charlotte à L'Abricot Maison et son Coulis de fruit.

price : € 20 incl. wine and coffee / child € 10 incl a glass of syrup

Final date for signing-up is 18th May 2018
Maximum 25 persons




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