Association Forum Carpentras 2022
Every September, Carpentras organises a “Forum de la Vie Associative”. This is the day when Associations provide information about their activities and hopefully attract new members. This year's event is on Saturday, 10th September from 10 am - 5.30 pm at the Parking des Platanes.
To see the report of last year's “Forum de la Vie Associative 2021”, please scroll down the page.
Franco-Brit Committee Members will be present but as the event lasts all day we are looking for volunteers to help us. We would greatly appreciate it if you could spare an hour or so to come and talk to people who may be interested in the Franco-Brits. If you are free to come and help, please send an email to the association so as to let us know what time suits you best. It would help to have both French and English-speaking members present. Thank-you !
We suggest slots as follows :
|9-10 am||setting up the stand / mise en place du stand.|
|10 -12||Volunteers on the stand|
|12 - 2 pm / 12 - 14 hrs||Volunteers on the stand|
|2 - 4pm / 14 - 16 hrs||Volunteers on the stand|
|4 - 5 pm / 16 - 17 hrs||Volunteers on the stand|
|5 pm / 17 hrs||dismantling the stand / démontage du stand|
Even if you cannot help at the stand, you are very welcome to drop by and pick up a programme of upcoming activities. It will be the opportunity to renew contact after the summer break.
Looking forward to hearing from you very soon and seeing you on September 10th.
Marie-Jacqueline Ballagh, President.
Association Forum Carpentras 2021
The Franco-Brits were with success present at this year's Association Day or the "Forum de la Vie Associative" and are proud to report this day. You read the report of the president, see the pictures of our stand and its visitors, and get the results of the quiz of that day.
Please read as well the article that has been published in the newspaper "La Provence" at the occasion of the Forum.
The president's report
" The day dawned bright and sunny " - as they say - for the "Forum de la Vie Associative" which took place this year on Saturday September 11th in the Allée des Platanes in Carpentras. At 8.30 am Raina, John and I set up our stand, displaying leaflets about our activities, about the website, English and French recipes, book marks a quiz and a few magazines. The faithful Franco-Brit banner was updated by adding a few small, detachable flags of the countries represented by our members - from nearby Belgium and Germany to far away Canada, not forgetting Bulgaria and Switzerland - with a ‘question mark flag’ - what new nationalities will we welcome this year? The leaflets were in smart new holders and were displayed in a coherent manner giving unity to our colurful stand.
Soon the first visitors stopped by, curious about the flags and about who we are and what we ‘do’ . Anita and Alison arrived to help out and we were all kept busy. Members dropped by to say hello, to renew their membership, to chat with the visitors. We took it in turns to visit other stalls and make contact with other associations.
The Mayor and representatives from the town council stopped by to admire the stall and make polite enquiries and proffer encouragement. One of the representatives exchanged a few words in English with us.
There was a lull at lunch time and then it was back to business. Carole joined us and we continued to answer questions and to share our enthusiasm for the "Franco-Brits". There were the usual queries from those looking for an opportunity to practice their English, also a couple of anglophones and some people who welcomed the idea of doing various activities in a multilingual background. Soon the page of names and email addresses of enquirers was filled. Those who seemed particularly interested were offered a ‘Franco-Brit’ pencil as a souvenir…
By 5 pm the crowds had dwindled and people were beginning to pack up their stalls so we decided to call it a day. The banner was taken down, the leaflets were put away and with satisfaction we read the long list of names… It had been a long but satisfying day…
Many thanks to all those who helped at the stand and those who dropped by to encourage us, your presence was much appreciated and reflected a thriving association. We are now reaping the fruit of "association day" - new members have joined, are participating in the conversation group and in "Let’s Lunch" gathering, others have sent emails asking to be kept informed of future events. "Vive l’association Franco-Britannique"!