Welcome

Our aim is to promote the French language and culture in Winchester and surrounding areas.

We organise a number of lectures each year, always in French and usually by native French speakers. Monthly evening meetings take place in the Recital Room at the College Centre of Peter Symonds College in Winchester.

Our book group meets regularly to read and discuss French books. There are opportunities to join in French conversation groups and members also get together at social events throughout the year.

The Cercle Français de Winchester is affiliated to the Alliance Française de Londres, one of London’s foremost French language tuition 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.

Cercle Français de Winchester is a charity, regulated by the Charity Commission, registration number: 1020086.

Our history

The first ever meeting of the then Alliance Française de Winchester was held in St. Paul's Church Hall on Tuesday, July 8th, 1941 and the speaker was Capitaine Barlone of the Free French Forces.

The Hampshire Chronicle, July 12th 1941, records:

"an admirable and moving account of the war from the point of view of a French soldier, an account based on his own experiences"

Not all the meetings were devoted to political themes; there were musical recitals, "lantern lectures" on French art and architecture, an exhibition of rare French books and manuscripts, and tea-time "get-togethers" for French conversation at the Cadena Café.

The yearly subscription was eight shillings and sixpence in 1941 but was reduced to five shillings in 1942 because of the problem in getting speakers to come to Winchester owing to "difficulties of travel, especially in trains to and from London". Plus ça change...

Upcoming events

Fête Nationale: le Quatorze Juillet

This year we are planning to have a celebratory lunch at the Côte Brasserie in Winchester.

This will take place on Saturday 14 July 2018 at 12.30 for 1pm.

If you would like to join us please email:

‮.ku.gro.retsehcniwfc@yraterces

Get in touch

‮enroH nyL

Membership Secretary

‮esolC egdirevoL 53

Basingstoke

Hampshire, UK

‮EL3 12GR

‮871893 7187 (0) 44+

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Privacy Policy

Introduction

In order to operate, the Cercle Français de Winchester needs to gather, store and use certain forms of information about individuals.

These can include members, visitors, suppliers, volunteers and members of the general public.

This policy explains how this data shall be collected, stored and used in order to meet the Cercle Français de Winchester’s data protection standards and comply with the law.

Why is this policy important?

This policy ensures that the Cercle Français de Winchester:

Who and what does this policy apply to?

This applies to all those handling data on behalf of the Cercle Français de Winchester, e.g.:

It applies to all Personal Information that the Cercle Français de Winchester holds relating to individuals':

Everyone who has access to data as part of the Cercle Français de Winchester has a responsibility to ensure that they adhere to this policy.

Roles and responsibilities
Data Protection Principles

1. We only collect and use personal data for specified and lawful purposes.

When collecting data, the Cercle Français de Winchester will always explain to the subject why the data is required and what it will be used for.

We will never use data for any purpose other than that stated or that can be considered reasonably to be related to it. For example, we will never pass on personal data to 3rd parties without the explicit consent of the subject.

2. We fairly and lawfully process personal data.

The Cercle Français de Winchester will collect data in two ways:

A member’s Personal Information will be collected when they first join the Cercle Français de Winchester and will be used to contact the member regarding:

Personal Information will also subsequently be collected in relation to their membership, Payment History and Attendance Record.

The Personal Information of Committee Members will be collected when they take up a position and will be used to contact them regarding the Cercle Français de Winchester administration related to their role.

A visitor’s Personal Information will be collected when they first attend a Cercle Français de Winchester meeting or other activity and will be used to contact the visitor regarding:

Payment History will also subsequently be collected in relation to their attendance at Cercle Français de Winchester meetings and other activities.

3. We ensure any data collected is relevant and not excessive.

The Cercle Français de Winchester will not collect or store more data than the minimum information required for its intended purpose.

4. We ensure data is accurate and up-to-date.

The Cercle Français de Winchester will ask members and visitors to check and update their data once every two years.

Any individual will be able to update their data at any point by contacting the Membership Secretary in writing.

5. We ensure data is not kept longer than necessary.

The Cercle Français de Winchester will keep data on individuals for two years from the date of their Consent Form, unless there is a legal requirement to keep records.

6. We process data in accordance with individuals’ rights.

The following requests and objections can be made in writing to any Committee Member:

All such requests and objections will be actioned at the earliest opportunity.

7. We keep personal data secure.

The Cercle Français de Winchester will ensure that data held by us is kept secure.

8. Transfer to countries outside the United Kingdom.

Personal data is sent to, recorded and stored in the United Kingdom, or on servers which can be located overseas and which use business software and services which provide levels of privacy compliant with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679.

9. Cookies on the Cercle Français de Winchester website.

A cookie is a small text file that is downloaded onto ‘terminal equipment’ (e.g. a computer or smartphone) when the user accesses a website. It allows the website to recognise that user’s device and store some information about the user’s preferences or past actions.

The Cercle Français de Winchester does not use cookies on its website.

10. Privacy Policy review.

This policy shall be reviewed on 1 June 2019 and at least annually thereafter.

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Your Use of this Website

The information contained in this website and provided by the Cercle Français de Winchester is for general information purposes only. Whilst we endeavour to keep the information up-to-date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, activities, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.

In no event will Cercle Français de Winchester or its officers be liable for any loss or damage including: without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data, or profits, arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website.

Through this website you are able to link to other websites which are not under the control of Cercle Français de Winchester. We have no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them.

Every effort is made to keep the website up and running smoothly. However, Cercle Français de Winchester takes no responsibility for and will not be liable for the website being temporarily unavailable due to scheduled or emergency maintenance or technical issues beyond our control.

Intellectual Property

Copyright in original content (text and graphics) contained in the website is held by Cercle Français de Winchester. The site design and use of certain photographs on the website is under license to Cercle Français de Winchester and copyright remains with the respective owner(s).

Javascript

JavaScript is a programming language run by your web browser. The Cercle Français de Winchester website makes use of JavaScript in a number of areas to help provide a more polished and usable experience for everyone who uses the site. If you are unable to activate JavaScript on your browser for any reason, you will still be able to navigate through all core content of this site. However, certain advanced features may not be available to you.

Privacy

Cercle Français de Winchester will only ever use personal information submitted in the Contact Form in our website for these purposes:

  1. to use the contact email address or supplied telephone number to reply to the submitter in order to answer an enquiry;
  2. to reflect the opinions of site visitors to our Members;
  3. to prepare statistical data, to evaluate the performance of our website, in a form from which individuals cannot be identified.

Personal data submitted via the contact form will be held only for as long as is necessary to fully respond to an enquiry and, in any event, no longer than one year unless the enquiry leads to membership or contractual relations. Such data will never be passed to a third party, except where required by Law.

Cookies

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Cookies are used for many different functions including auto-filling forms, counting visitors, storing shopping basket items, personalising content, targeting advertising, recording user preferences and for authentication and security.

From 26 May 2012, UK websites were required by law to comply with a European Union regulation, under which organizations must gain the consent of web users before serving them web cookies.

The Cercle Français de Winchester website does not make use of cookies.

Legal Form

Cercle Français de Winchester is a charity, regulated by the Charity Commission, registration number: 1020086.

General, membership and media enquiries should be made using the Contact Form, or email link, available on this website.

The address for written correspondence is:

‮enroH nyL

Membership Secretary

‮esolC egdirevoL 53

Basingstoke

Hampshire, UK

‮EL3 12GR

Member Information
Subscriptions

Individual membership:

£20

Couples:

£32

Guests:

£5 per meeting *

Under 18s:

£2 per meeting

*(refunded if full membership taken later in current membership year)

Cercle Français de Winchester: A Brief History

The first ever meeting of the then Alliance Française de Winchester was held in St. Paul's Church Hall on Tuesday, July 8th, 1941 and the speaker was Capitaine Barlone of the Free French Forces, who "gave an admirable and moving account of the war from the point of view of a French soldier, an account based on his own experiences" (Hampshire Chronicle, July 12th, 1941).

Following the success of this first meeting it was decided to inaugurate a season of talks, beginning on Tuesday, October 7th, 1941.

In these early days, when France was a defeated and occupied country, many of the speakers were members of the Free French Forces and their talks had patriotic and morale-boosting titles, such as "France has lost a battle, but not the war" and "How France is resisting". Indeed, as the war progressed the Alliance received first-hand accounts of the physical and psychological damage which was being wreaked upon the French people.

Emphasis was placed on hope for the future, however, and eventually, by 1945, the speakers could talk about victories, such as the Battle of Normandy, which was graphically described by Professor Contamine of the University of Caen, whilst a talk by Mlle. Anne Marie Bauer of the French Resistance about her two-year internment in Ravensbruck concentration camp had the immediacy then that a talk by a released conflict hostage would have today.

The yearly subscription was eight shillings and sixpence in 1941 but it was reduced to five shillings in 1942 because of the problem in getting speakers to come to Winchester owing to "difficulties of travel, especially in trains to and from London". Plus ça change!

Not all the meetings were devoted to political themes; there were musical recitals, "lantern lectures" on French art and architecture, an exhibition of rare French books and manuscripts, and tea-time "get-togethers" for French conversation at the Cadena Café and Cercle Français de Winchester, as it is now known, continues this tradition of fostering an understanding of historical and contemporary French themes

Events Archive

The Committee of the Cercle Français de Winchester develops a considered programme of meetings and lectures to run between September and July. It is designed to appeal to a wide range of interests.

Please click the following links to look back at our previous schedules and the subjects covered.

Programme 2017 - 2018

Programme 2016 - 2017

Programme 2015 - 2016

Programme 2014 - 2015

Programme 2013 - 2014

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