Crossroads Fontainebleau | Clubs
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Weekly Walks

We have been walking on Monday mornings for many years now.  The idea is to start the week off with a pleasant walk (in all weathers!) for about an hour and a half in the forest around Fontainebleau and in the grounds of the Château in deep winter.  The rule is to speak English, so it is a very good opportunity to come and practise your English with a few authentic English members and also have some exercise! Please come and join us, we shall be happy to welcome you.

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Plant Exchanges, Garden Visits

Members bring plants, seeds or bulbs to exchange with other members. A great way to save money when enhancing the beauty of your own garden! Or, just a nice way to spend and afternoon, admiring someone’s personal landscape….

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Coffee and Tea Meetups

Crossroads coffee mornings are all about meeting old friends and making new ones, interesting discussions and heartfelt conversations, sharing ideas and discussing local happenings – all over a hot cuppa and some delicious croissants. We meet once a month on a Friday at a centrally located coffee shop in Fontainebleau. Everyone is welcome! As they say “Coffee and Friends make the perfect blend“.

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Cooking Demonstrations

Every so often a member hosts a cooking demonstration of English pastries, French cuisine or preparation of international meals (often from their home country). We all get our hands dirty (figuratively speaking) and learn how to create some lovely dishes that we can then take home and share with our families.

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Writers’ Group

The Crossroads Writers Club provides a monthly opportunity for writers to share their work, ask for feedback, and support each other’s efforts. The eleven current members write both fiction and non-fiction—romance, humor, young adult, science fiction, memoirs, and poetry. 

In November 2019, short works from Club members were published in Kaleidoscope, a sequel to Blue Fountain (2017). Several members of the Club have also been published elsewhere. 

To find more information on the books published by the Writer’s Club, click here

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Digital Theatre and Opera

We offer occasional afternoon presentations of the best of British West End Theatre, Royal Shakespeare & Royal Opera productions…. on the big screen, in the comfort of a member’s living room. We have enjoyed Private Lives, Don Giovanni, La Boheme, the Doll’s House, Into the Woods, As You Like it, Much Ado about Nothing and The Sleeping Beauty.

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Late Risers Language Exchange

The Late Risers Language Exchange was formed to accommodate those who couldn’t make the morning groups but still wanted the opportunity to be social as well as eat tea and cake! We meet once a month in the afternoon (14h00 to 16h00), on an irregular basis, at a member’s home. The idea is to chat informally about random subjects, or to play word games, or compare sayings and proverbs – for one hour in French and one in English – helping each other in a stress-free way with improving our second-language skills. If you can’t find time in the morning, or just can’t get out of your pyjamas before noon, come join us! All are welcome.

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Morning language exchanges

Morning language exchanges are an informal opportunity to practice your English/French over a cup of coffee.

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Spanglish

The Spanglish club meets for lunch to practice our Spanish. You don’t have to be fluent, we Spanglish and Spanfrench too! We always have Spanish native speakers 

attending. All members welcome!

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Members Who Lunch

Gents welcome too! A monthly get-together in different local restaurants. It gives us a chance to socialize and to try new bistros and menus. We aim for a complete meal menu at a reasonable cost so that everyone can participate.

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Needlework Club

The needlework group welcomes new and old members whether you are a beginner or ‘old hand’. It’s easy to learn new things with kind coaches: crocheting or knitting or embroidery, sewing, quilting, mending …, help and friendly advice are to be found there!

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Wine Club

We search for good wines at affordable prices to enjoy now. Wines are from different regions of France or other countries. We source red, white, rose, dessert and fizzy wines from small wineries, wine fairs and even supermarkets. Occasionally, trips are arranged to different wine regions for wine tasting as a group.

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Contemporary Book Club

The Book Club was started around 30 years ago (in 1988) and has met regularly since then around once a month. Some of us have been there from the beginning but we always welcome new members. The only requisite is that everyone commits to read a book once a month and then we meet to discuss it. We take it in turns to host the discussion which usually takes place in the afternoon and tea/ coffee and cake are provided so it’s always most convivial. The books are recommended by someone in the group and are generally works of fiction but we have looked at non-fiction, biography and occasionally a French book. We all enjoy and have fun sharing our views of the novels as well as exploring some of the themes raised.

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Books by Candlelight

This club is aimed to those who cannot attend a Book Club during the daytime. This club meets once a month in the evening. The book selection is varied, including classic literature, contemporary novels and books from specific genres. It’s a great way to socialize and enjoy sharing each other’s interpretations of written works.

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Meet the Author

We sometimes host events for our members to meet the Authors of contemporary books. For example, in the past Crossroads invited New York Times reporter and author Elaine Sciolino to discuss her popular book, La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life.

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Playgroup for Little Ones

The playgroup meets every week and caters for children from birth to 4 years. We have a wide range of toys including lego, a kitchen, puzzles, ride-on-cars and a slide. It is a good opportunity for the babies to get used to being in a social and fun environment and a welcome chance for mums to have a sit down, a cup of tea, and a chat. So feel free to drop in on Tuesday mornings, we look forward to meeting you and your little ones!

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Play Date in English for Kids

A new group for school age children. The host accepts as many children and mums as they can accomodate. They choose a date, an activity (board games, arts and crafts, movie etc.) and voilà. 

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Camera Club

The Photo group meets regularly to discuss digital photos taken by members around a monthly theme. This includes the technical aspect as well as computer editing and enhancement.  This group is for those who love taking photos or those just learning to use their camera – everyone is welcome.

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Community Service

We help out with School activities in English and do Visiting with the Elderly. We are also involved in projects to do with the Chateau, the Fontainebleau and Avon groups of Associations, the Twinning Activities of Fontainebleau and so on. Please contact Glenys Kennedy at her Email.

Other Activities

The activities enjoyed by Crossroads members are not limited to events promoted by these groups. There are always special functions going on that you can join, the following for example:

  • Potluck Meals
  • Themed Parties
  • Picnics
  • Craft Workshops
  • Lectures
  • Exhibitions of Members’ Art or Crafts
  • Shopping Trips
  • Tours of Museums or Historic Sites
  • Swish Clothing Exchanges
  • …and much, much more.

Join us on Facebook

We also maintain a closed page on Facebook. Members will be welcomed there to keep up with events as they happen.