Trans Manche Soirée du Noël with Oignies  

  7pm (UK) Saturday 12th December 

We're organising another Zoom Soirée with our Friends from Oignies to share some Christmas cheer across La Manche. There'll be an opportunity for everyone to raise a festive glass, and to pass on seasonal greetings to their family, as well as to the assembled company.

The Evening will have a Christmas theme, and we hope that everyone will will be able to find a suitable hat or headgear to wear, and please feel free to dress appropriately for the occasion!

Les Amis de Buxton are bravely planning a communal rendition of the song "Petit Papa Noël". For anyone brave enough to try joining in, you can download the words using the link below.

The Soirée will commence at 7pm UK ( 20h00 Heure Française), and you can log on with the usual details, which have been emailed out to members

The words to

Petit Papa Noël    


  Anglo-French ZOOM Sessions  

  6pm (UK) every Wednesday  

A chance to brush up on your French and have a chat with some of our Amis from Oignies via ZOOM.


Following on from the virtual Soirée, which took place in lieu of our cancelled visit to Oignies, several people expressed an interest in further group sessions on ZOOM, particularly with regard to improving their language skills in French/English. We started holding these these meet-ups in June and they have been great fun with up to a dozen members joining in weekly from both sides of la Manche. The format is fairly ad hoc, with a mixture of English and French spoken in a lively informal atmosphere. The duration tends to vary depending on the numbers, with people free to join and leave à volonté.

If you would like to join in, please let us know via friendsofoignies@gmail.com and we'll send you details.

  Twinning Weekend 2021  

Unfortunately due to the COVID crisis we had to cancel 2020's planned Twinning Visit to Oignies in May. Les Amis de Buxton have kindly asked us to visit in 2021 instead. As financial commitments had already been made by les Amis with regard to this year's cancelled visit, postponing the event by a year will mean, hopefully, that these costs, and organisational effort, will not go to waste.


Following discussions with the Committee of Les Amis de Buxton, we have agreed in principal on dates for the Twinning Weekend in 2021, assuming that it will be possible to organise a visit in some form or another. - Croissons les doigts !

If the visit is able to go ahead, we will travel to France on Friday, 28 May, returning on Tuesday, 1 June. Monday, 31 May is a UK bank holiday.

Given the current health situation we are currently not making any further plans, and we can't say whether the visit will definitely go ahead at present, but if it does it will be on these dates.

On this basis Buxton would therefore host les Oigninois in 2022, continuing with the tradition of reciprocal visits in alternate years thereafter.

As soon as we have any further details we will post them here on the website.