Friends of Oignies Association AGM   

  Saturday 30 October 2021 at 7.30pm  

Given that we are holding the dance supper on the 26th November, the Committee has decided to hold the AGM via ZOOM, as we did last year, rather than try to organise two social events within a couple of weeks. All members are invited to attend. The ZOOM link for the meeting will be sent out via email to all members on the distribution list. Please contact us at friendsofoignies@gmail.com, or get in touch with a member of the Committee if you need any help with joining on-line.

If any member should wish to stand as an officer or committee member, please contact one of the existing committee. Alternatively, nominations can also be put forward on the night. Hopefully we should be able to progress through the elections and other items on the agenda fairly quickly; maybe even within the 40 minute ZOOM session limit for free accounts. We have not renewed our paid ZOOM subscription for this meeting to save costs. In the (hopefully unlikely) event that we need to extend beyond 40 minutes, we can all simply rejoin a further session using the same login details.

The full letter of notice for the meeting, including the complete agenda and financial report, will be made available shortly.

  Dance Supper with live music from the Basin Street Band  

  Friday 26th November  

  7 for 7:30pm at the Conservative Club in Concert Place, Higher Buxton  

The last social event we held, before the lockdown, eighteen long months ago was a dance supper with live music from the Basin Street Band. It was a really great evening, and everyone that came along seemed to really enjoy themselves. So we have decided to bookend (hopefully) the other end of lockdowns with another dance supper at the con club.


A hot supper will be served and there will also be a licensed bar available.

Friends and family welcome... Venez nombreux and support the Friends of Oignies!

More details over the coming weeks.


  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 first virtual Soirée, which took place in lieu of our cancelled visit to Oignies in 2020, 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 2022  

Unfortunately due to continuing uncertainties regarding the current COVID crisis we have had to cancel 2021's planned Twinning Visit to Oignies in May for the second year running. Les Amis de Buxton have kindly invited us to visit in 2022. Hopefully les Amis will be able to carry over arrangements and financial commitments for a further year, in order that the advance costs and organisational effort will not go to waste.


The provisional dates for the visit to Oignies in 2022 are as follows: We would travel to France on Friday, 27 May, and return on Tuesday, 31 May.

On this basis Buxton would therefore host les Oigninois in 2023, continuing with the tradition of reciprocal visits in alternate years thereafter.

Further details will be posted on the website in due course.