Clubs, Charities & Associations

Due to the ongoing lockdown, many of the below associations have had to cancel the meetings and events mentioned on this page. We will be constantly updating the below information, but if in doubt please get in touch with organisers.


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Arts & Crafts

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Art Classes in Bujaleuf in French and English

Caroline welcomes you at her workshop in Bujaleuf for drawing and watercolour painting. 2 courses weekly: Tue and Wed afternoons, 10 euros per person for a two-and-a-half-hour session. The classes are in both French and English, a good way to share languages and cultures in a friendly atmosphere. New students welcome.

For further information please contact Caroline on 06 72 08 26 15 or at

Art Classes Mainsat

The class runs every Thurs (term time) at the Salle du temps libre in Mainsat from 14h-16h. We do a little bit of everything: pencil, charcoal, watercolour, pastel, acrylics, oils and sculpture, etc.

Contact Susan Neill for more info: Tel 05 55 83 12 18 / Mob 06 87 99 31 37 / Email

Club D'Art, Châteauponsac

Got the lockdown blues? And the reds and the yellows, along with greens and the purples? Why not bring them all along to our art class? We meet at the Salle Jules Ferry, Châteauponsac at 9.30 until 12.00 every Thursday morning. All abilities welcome. We have a teacher available or you can do your own thing.
Contact: Margaret Hardwick at or 05 55 47 33 35 or Marite Touroude at or 06 11 64 09 96.

Drawing and painting classes

At Saint-Junien with the CAPCC (art club). All levels welcome, every Monday and Thursday, English and French spoken, friendly atmosphere, materials provided by the club. 45€ / half-term.

Contact: for brochure with full details.

INSPIRATIONS – Art & Craft Group

We are a small group of artists and crafters who meet every Friday from 2 pm until 5 pm at the Salle Barbara, Droux 87. There is no formal tuition but we all help, advise and encourage each other to perfect our skills and learn new ones. New members welcome, from absolute beginners to experts. Materials can be supplied for try-outs.



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Noah’s Ark

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Noah's Ark animal charity are trying to help as many people and animals as possible throughout this crisis. Not only do they have to feed themselves and the animals in their care but they are also getting requests from people who cannot afford the food and medication for their animals too.

Normally, they get an income from the shop/tea rooms they run in Rochechouart but, of course, everything has been closed down. They are selling everything that isn't nailed down to try and keep their heads above water but it isn't enough.

They are asking for donations – any amount is gratefully received. Details of how people can donate through PayPal can be found on their Facebook page:

SPA Creuse

The SPA Creuse dog refuge centre is based in Saint-Sulpice-le-Guérétois near Guéret and provides an invaluable service to the community by rescuing dogs that otherwise would have nowhere to go.

Each year we re-home over 100 dogs which find themselves at the SPA though no fault of their own.

We have dedicated staff who work alongside a network of French and British volunteers, all of whom have one aim in life, which is to do the best they can for the dogs until they find their forever homes.

In order to do this they need to raise funds; along with walking the dogs every day, volunteers also organise fund-raising events and vide-greniers throughout the year.

We are a friendly bunch and always on the lookout for more like-minded people and so if you are interested in becoming a volunteer, making a donation, or adopting one of our lovely dogs, then please visit our website

The Hope Association Charity Shop 87

2 rue de la Vieille Tour, 87120 Eymoutiers
The shop is run by a group of volunteers with the sole aim of raising funds for abused & abandoned animals.

Opening hours: Sat 10h-13h, Wed & Fri 14h-17h, 1st & 3rd Thu morning 10h-12h.

We offer a selection of items including pre-loved clothes, jewellery, greeting cards and much more.

We are happy to accept anything in good sale condition either directly to the shop or email

Church Notices

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Eglise Protestante Unie de France - English Language services

We look forward to giving a warm welcome to everyone from whatever Christian tradition (or none) on the 3rd SUNDAY of the MONTH at 3 pm. (Two exceptions - August and December - second Sunday)

Where? At the “Temple” in Thiat (in the north of the Haute-Vienne) – the chapel is on the main road close to the Mairie. After worship there is tea/coffee and cake – and a chance to chat (Services in French every Sunday morning).

If you want to know more contact Rev Stephen Sawyer on 05 49 84 33 86 or Zoë Horlock on 05 55 68 59 95.

English-speaking Christian meeting in La Souterraine

All are welcome to our meetings every Sunday at 10.30 am at La Souterraine. A talk will be given each week in English lasting 30 minutes on a variety of subjects. The purpose is to build up our spirituality and help us with day-to-day living.

Our Kingdom Hall is located at 31 l’Age aux Roux, 23300 La Souterraine.

Also please see our website:

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Everyone is welcome to our Christian meetings. In view of the lockdown, we are now enjoying Christian fellowship on Zoom. Our meetings are on Sundays at 10.30 am and we have a talk of 30 min on various topics of Christian living and prophecy. Following that we have a bible study.

On Wednesdays we meet at 7.00 pm for bible discussion, talks and videos.

If you wish to join us please phone David Clark on 06 37 27 62 11. Alternatively you can visit our website where there is bible content in 1,000 languages, appealing to married couples, parents, singles, teenagers and children.

English-speaking church services Guéret

"Come as you are" - This is an invitation to join us at our SERVICE IN ENGLISH. Whether you have a faith or would just like to attend a church service, you are welcome at 3 pm on the 2nd Sunday of each month at Église Évangélique, 9b Place Bonnyaud, 23000 Guéret.

We welcome all who want to share in our fellowship and children are very welcome.

For more details visit

Fitness & Fun

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American Line Dancing (French Style)

The Phénix Country Club welcomes new members - men & women, beginners & experienced dancers - to the salle des fêtes at LACS, near LA CHÂTRE, dept 36.

Learn French & learn to dance in a friendly environment every Tues & Fri evening from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. 1st 2 sessions are free. Annual subscription is 80 euros per person.

For more information in English contact

Bridge Club St.Junien

Regular tournaments. Bridge lessons for beginners and intermediate levels (English-speaking teacher). Friendly welcome guaranteed.

For further information don't hesitate to contact Mireille Drouet, President 06 30 20 45 13 / 05 44 24 10 92 / or John Slade 05 45 71 50 44 /

Chabanais Bowls Club Indoor Short Mat Bowling

Whether you wish to start, improve or just enjoy indoor bowls, we offer a friendly atmosphere with regular competitive and social events. We meet on Tue 10h-13h and Thu 14h-17h. All equipment supplied, only €2 pp/week. Regular gentle exercise for all ages and nationalities.

If interested, join us for a free taster session at the salle des fêtes, Chabanais, or email:

Cussac Bowls Club - Short mat indoor bowls

If you’re a beginner or seasoned player come and join in with a friendly club where you’ll get a warm welcome. Bowls are available for newcomers/visitors to use.

Weekly meetings Wednesdays 19:45 and Thursdays 9:45 at Cussac gymnasium.

Please call Peter on 05 55 78 66 45 for more info, email or come along to one of our meetings.

Dordogne Short Mat Bowls Association

Learn to play Indoor Short Mat Bowls in the heart of the Dordogne at Eyzerac, just off the N21, south of Thiviers.
We are a small friendly inclusive club who meet every Thursday afternoon throughout the year at the Complex Sportif in Eyzerac 24300.

We are looking forward to welcoming new members, both novices or experienced players. We have all the equipment you need to play, so why not join us any Thursday at 2 pm until 5 pm.

To arrange a taster session or simply for more details contact Paul Boswell (Secretary) at or call 05 53 56 99 75.

Indoor Bowling at Oradour-sur-Vayres

If you already play or have never tried indoor bowling then come along to a meeting. It's great fun and easy to play. If you have never played it before we will show you how. We meet every Monday evening starting at 18.30 hrs at La Chapelle, avenue des Chapelles, 87150 Oradour-sur-Vayres. Come and try it - it's free.

For further info tel 05 55 78 45 24 or email

Keep Fit

Amazing abs, breathtaking buttocks! Come and join our group at the CAPE in Pontarion. We are all ages, all sizes, men & women, but are serious about keeping fit. We meet every Thursday at 8 pm in Pontarion Town Hall, for a one-hour workout.

Come for a free trial, or call 05 55 64 98 87 or 06 32 42 95 68 for more details.

La Chance de Danser

New times for classes as follows:
St-Léger-Magnazeix - Salle des fêtes (Adults): Tue 5-6 pm Stretch & Tone; 6-7 pm Beginners Tap; Thu 5-6 pm Elementary Tap; 6-7 pm Dancersize.
La Souterraine - Batiment St Joseph (opp la mairie) (Adults): Sat 9-10 am Ballet.

For more info please email or tel 06 99 95 43 00.

Laurière Carpet Bowls Club

Registered & insured. For some gentle exercise with a friendly social club, learn to play Indoor Bowls at Lauriere, 87370, in the Haute-Vienne.

No experience required. Come and take a look. It is great fun and easy to play.

Join us any Monday at 2 pm until 5.30 pm at La Maison des Jeunes (Community Centre), on the route de St Goussaud (D28) just off the D914 at Lauriere. Parking available.
Session includes short refreshment break with home-made cakes (€2.50 per person).

For info, please call 05 55 71 23 83.
Currently, we have British, French, and Dutch members.
We look forward to seeing you.

Walking Football, Dun-le-Palestel

If you think your footballing days are over, then think again!
Our association, Entente Cordiale, is trying out a new venture – Walking Football, a slower version of the beautiful game! And it's for all adults over the age of 50.

We meet every Monday from 16h-17h in the Gymnasium, just opposite The Apollo.

Walking football is designed to give you the chance to play the game you love, but at a much slower pace. It's a great way to keep fit, learn skills, have fun, and socialise at the same time, so why not come along?

At the moment, all sessions are indoors, so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Also now – Badminton!
Playing Badminton helps to improve your fitness, and is great fun too! Come and join in with us every Tuesday afternoon from 16h-17h in the Gymnasium. Everyone welcome.

For more information email

Yoga Aubusson

Classes at the Maison Sport et Danse, Dojo: Mon 15:45 Gentle Hatha; Tue 17:30 Yin, 18:30 Hatha.
Valliere Salle Polyvalente: Wed 18:30 Hatha.
Felletin Espace Tibord: Fri/Sat 10:00 Hatha.

5 euro per class plus 10 euro adhesion. More info: Abbey 06 83 24 62 72

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: During this lockdown period, we are doing donation based yoga classes via Zoom every night at 18:30:

or - Meeting ID: 104960442



Dept 18 & 36.
Contact: Coralie tel 07 78 66 52 01
Facebook: Coco Zumba


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Les petits jardiniers du Limousin

We are a gardening association based in the Mairie at St. Amand le Petit, between Eymoutiers and Peyrat le Château. We hold monthly meetings, normally on the third Thursday of the month, starting at 2:30 pm. Meetings are held in English, but we can also present topics in French. We have lots of different nationalities amongst our members. Our aim is to provide and promote opportunities for people to develop their interest and knowledge in horticulture and gardening and related topics in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
In-house workshop meetings, external speakers and visits are on our agenda.
During Covid-19, in common with other Associations, we have not been able to have meetings and have kept in touch with members and friends via our Facebook page, Les petites jardiniers du Limousin where people post photos of their garden, ask questions and share information. We can all keep in contact on a casual, friendly basis. We are looking forward to starting meetings again respecting all Covid-19 regulations and look forward to seeing old friends as well as new faces at the meetings.

The provisional 2021 agenda for future meetings is as follows, subject to no restrictions being in place. Meetings will only re-commence as soon as it is safely possible.

21 January - Presentation: 'Plant name origins'
February - No meeting
18 March - Presentation: 'All about Grafting'
15 April - Garden visit and presentation
20 May - Visit to Jardin botanique, Limoges
17 June - Visit to Custos Apium
15 July - Presentation: 'Edible plants and flowers'
19 August - tba
16 September - Annual Show
21 October - AGM followed by presentation: 'Mushrooms'
18 November - Workshop: 'Diverse ways of seed 09 December - Christmas party

Members and supporters of our Association will receive emails about forthcoming meetings. If you would like to be on our mailing list then please email me with your name and email address. I will add you to the list and you will receive all future notifications. Meanwhile take care, happy gardening and hope to see you soon.

For any further information contact Carolyn at


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Association Rencontres Franco-Britanniques

Our association is based at Bourganeuf in the Creuse and we have 130 British, French and Dutch members from the surrounding region. Our aim is to help our members become fully integrated in French life and their local communities.

We organise a broad range of cultural and social events throughout the year. A complete list of our activities - past, present and future - may be found on our website:

Fortnightly conversation groups help our English speaking members to improve their spoken French. On alternate weeks our French colleagues meet to speak English.

We very much welcome new people into the association. For more information please contact: Christine Gee 05 55 64 22 25 Email:

The annual subscription for membership is €12 per person or €22 for a couple.

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