History of BritsNîmes

A little history of BritsNîmes

The Association BritsNîmes was founded in 2002 by Robin Boxall.

He and a group of friends were aware that there was a need for a social network for English speaking people in the Gard where they could meet, get help and advice and exchange their experiences of life in France.

To be able to meet, three events were organised every month, a Walking Club, a Restaurant Club and a Book Club. These are still the pillars of our Association.

It started out with mainly British members, but soon French people began to join as well..
Often they had lived abroad, retired in the Gard and wanted to keep up their English.

And then the ball started rolling, other English speakers from many countries who had settled here started also to join.

BritsNîmes is now an Association with over 250 members of more than 20 different nationalities. It has become a truly international community. The place to meet and make new friends.

We are there for each other.

Activities on a Break

The activities and clubs listed below are on a break, and we hope to restart them shortly,

so please look out for announcements in the next newsletter.
Film Club

The Uzès Book Club

meets every 3rd Tuesday afternoon

Tuesday, 19 October 2021 at 3.00pm

Uzès Book Club welcomed Angela Denton-Thompson to our group and we had a good session discussing Fair Stood the Wind for France by H.E.Bates, published in 1944.  It was generally felt to be a good read with some well-written parts. We generally enjoyed it, but felt that there were some characters who seemed to be not so filled out, and wondered why the French were often not even named whereas the British characters did have names or nicknames.  When looking at H.E. Bates’ background, we discovered he was working in Bomber Command during the war and clearly had used an actual story to help him write this one. It is easy to criticise this novel with hindsight of 70 years and a good knowledge of the French map, however, it stays on the book shelves of some of us. 
Our next meeting is chez Sam and Lesley in St Siffret, in their house adjoining the clock tower, and the book is 

The Rise of the Islamic State by Patrick Cockburn. 

We look forward to seeing you there, when we’ll be welcoming another new member! 




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