About AFGB, Lyon & Rhône
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Aims of the Association
Association France - Grande Bretagne is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to be a forum for intellectual and friendly exchanges between the people of the two countries. It strives to establish and maintain dialogue between inhabitants of both sides of the Channel by meetings and debates, whilst assuring a better understanding of each other by means of conferences.
There are 15 Associations in France, bringing together 3 000 members of whom about 120 live in and around Lyon. Each Association has its own "personality" and each has made its own declaration at the local Préfecture. The thing that all these associations have in common, is Article 2 of the statutes, which defines their objectives:
"the development of intellectual moral and economic relations between France and Great Britain, as well as the study, in a spirit of union and concordance, of all associated questions"
In this spirit, the objectives of the Lyon & Rhône association include the promotion of cultural and social links between the French and British communities, notably through English-language events in the Lyonnais (69) region.
Subscription to the Association France - Grande Bretagne, Lyon & Rhône is from September to August, broadly aligned to the academic year. Membership is open to any adult person who wishes to join by simply sending a completed application form and cheque made, or bank transfer) as on the form payable to Association France-Grande Bretagne, Lyon & Rhône.
The Lyon branch of the Association France - Grande Bretagne was originally established about 50 years ago. In the early 1960s the president was M. Isnard le Francé, a banker, whose wife was British. He was succeeded in the late 1960s by M. Hugues Morel-Journel, a silk merchant and one-time president of the Lyon Chamber of Commerce and president of the International Silk Association.
An AFGB ciné club was set up, showing a film in English every month, at first in a hall in the rue Sully, then in a professional cinema, Ciné-Caluire. The ciné club had a regular following of members for a good many years, but declined and finally ceased to operate when English-language (v.o.) films came to be shown regularly in the cinemas in Lyon.
During this time the Lyon AFGB was the principal organizer, together with the Mairie de Saint Germain au Mont d'Or, the British Consulate-General and the 5e Région Militaire, of the annual Franco-British Armistice Remembrance ceremony at the Commonwealth War Graves cemetery at Saint Germain. The ceremony still takes place each year, now organized by the Mairie of Saint Germain, the RAFA and the British Legion.
The Lyon AFGB was closely involved in the Lyon - Birmingham town twinning, and took part in many twinning events over the years. There was also a full programme of public lectures by visiting speakers, arranged through the British Council, the British Tourist Authority or the British Consulate-General, there was an active English conversation group, ski outings were organized for members during the winter season and there were various other activities of a franco-british nature.
In the mid-1970s M. Jean Perrachon, PDG of the firm Keller-Dorian, became president. Brian Page became president in 1980, then Keith Gordon took over in the mid-1980s. There was practically no activity during the 1990s.
The Lyon & Rhône branch of the AFGB was re-launched by Margaret Marret in 2001, with a programme that includes the association's traditional activities like public lectures, cultural and academic activities like the reading group, and events of a more social nature like a monthly lunch in a restaurant.
President : Mike SMITH
Vice-President : Didine MIGUET
Délégué Général : Dieter KORNRUMPF
Treasurer : Jean SADOWSKI
General Secretary : Chantal POINAS-DELEAGE
Deputy General Secretary : Anne ARNAUD
Ciné Club : Georgette LALOUM
Cocktails : Michèle BALDWIN
Concerts and Theatre outings : Anne ARNAUD
French Conversation Group : Michèle BALDWIN
Lugdumen visits and outings : Didine MIGUET and Michèle BALDWIN
Membership : Valerie TUPPEN
Poet's Corner / Talks : Dietmar KORNRUMPF
Webmaster/Newsletter : Michael SMITH
Book Circle : Chantal SADOWSKI
Assistant to English Speaking Lunches : Arlette SOUVIGNET
Zoom support : Sylvie MAUPEU
General support : Rosalind (Roz) PASCAL
Afternoon Conversation group : Josette CASSUTO
Evening conversation group : Annick SERRET
Scrabble : Christine OLLEY
Lunches : Margaret MARRET
Honorary President : Margaret MARRET