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3rd Friday of the month 7:15pm to 9pm



All Saints Church Hall Grange Rd Eastbourne
BN21 4HE




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Contact Information

For more information
email the secretary


The group was founded in 1951 under the name of the Foyer Français by Mesdames Paula Cruse and Jessie McGeorge and changed its name to the Cercle Français in 1996.

Past and present Presidents(es) du Cercle

Mme Paule Cruse1951 -1975
Miss Jessie McGeorge 1975
Mme M.Savill 1976 -1982
Mme Antoinette Veness 1982 - 3
Mr Robert Woodman 1984
Mme Helene Timlett 1986
Therese Collins
Mme Olga Creasey 1994 - 5
Mme Helene Timlett 1995 -2006
Mrs Mary Oakshott 2006-2010
Mme Sylviane Case


For over 50 years, the Cercle Français has been running regular meetings to promote and encourage an interest in France,its language and culture. We are affiliated with the Alliance Française which supports our goals. Regular monthly meetings offer a variety of entertaining talks and activities to suit everyone: illustrated conferences, quizzes, social gatherings. Members say that it is an ideal way to meet other francophiles and francophones!

Mrs Oakshott, the Cercle's past President, says that there are many benefits to being a member: it's not just about listening to speakers, but also having a go yourself and keeping up your skills. You don't have to be fluent, but anyone joining should have an understanding of French as all the meetings are conducted "en français"

Current Committee



The Eastbourne French Circle is affiliated to the Alliance Française de Londres, one of London’s foremost French language providers. The Alliance Française de Londres proudly supports affiliated French circles which hold an annual programme of lectures and socio-cultural events across the UK.  Our mutual endeavours are part of a global network of like-minded associations.