Activity descriptions

Below are details of some of our regular activities. Please note that some of these activities are not running at the moment in line with current guidelines relating to COVID-19.  The contact details, locations, and timings for those activities which are still taking place can be found on our Events page and in our Monthly Newsletter. If you are not a member and would like more information before joining, please email us at : 

President: bcwapresident@gmail.com 

Membership Secretary: bcwamembership@gmail.com

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Art Group

The BCWA Art group is an informal and friendly "class" where members are given the opportunity to try out their drawing and painting skills using a variety of different media, including acrylics and watercolours. The emphasis is very much on fun, with the group occasionally working together on combined projects such as the creation of a long, communal "frieze".

All levels are welcome, ranging from beginners to experienced so, if you just fancy giving art a try or you want to broaden your current art skills, this group has something to offer everyone!

The group normally meets on Tuesday mornings and members are expected to bring their own art materials. However, if you just want to give the class a try before investing in your own supplies, current members are usually happy to share! There is a small additional fee for this group.  Please contact the group organizer (details in the Monthly Newsletter) for more information.




Book Exchange

BCWA organises regular book exchanges, once a week in Paris and once a month in the banlieue. The banlieue book exchanges are organised in members' homes, with a cup of tea and a chat thrown in!



Book Discussion Groups

For those of you who are active readers, BCWA currently offers members the choice of 3 lively book discussion groups: one in Paris, and two in the suburbs.

The Paris group is a dynamic group which likes to exchange views on books in various cafés around Paris. Meetings usually take place in the afternoon of the 3rd or 4th Monday of the month.

The West of Paris group typically meets in members' homes on the second Tuesday of each month. Each member of the group, which currently has about a dozen members,is given the opportunity to choose a book in September and then host the discussion group for their chosen book, over a light lunch.  During COVID restrictions, this group has remained very active with regular zoom meetings to discuss books.

The Paris and the Suburbs group normally meets on the second Wednesday of the month, discussing books at members' homes over a light lunch.


Contact details for each of the 3 book groups can be found in the Monthly Newsletter.



Bridge Groups

BCWA members love playing bridge so we provide lots of opportunity for you to play with each other!

The Monday Bridge Group is a relaxed and friendly group that normally meets at various members' homes in and around Paris. There’s always a tea break with cakes and biscuits but, on special occasions, something stronger is served!

If you are a beginner then the Thursday Bridge Group may be the best place to start.  This club is typically hosted at the group leader's home, starting with tea and coffee at 10.30 am and finishing some time after midday. Players typically put 2 euros in the kitty each time they play - when there is enough money in the kitty, players celebrate with an outing to one of the local restaurants!

If you can only play at weekends, the Saturday Bridge Group may be your best option. This group normally meets once a month for bridge, including lunch or dinner at different members' homes.

Contact details for each of the Bridge Group leaders can be found in the Monthly Newsletter.


Forest Walkers

Every Monday morning, a small group of members meets at one of three different locations in the forest of Saint Germain-en- Laye. Walks begin at 9.20 am and usually finish between 10.30 and 10.45 am.

The ladies particularly enjoy following the changes in the seasons, and identifying birdsong and wild flowers.  New walkers are very welcome! If you would like to join, contact details for the group leader can be found in the Monthly Newsletter.



French/English Conversation and French for Beginners

The Conversation Group usually meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday afternoons of the month at 2.30 pm. When COVID restrictions allow, participants take turns in hosting the meeting in their homes.


The Beginners’ French Group usually meets on Tuesday afternoons at 2.00 pm. When in-person meetings are allowed, these typically take place in a café near Beaubourg. Otherwise, meetings take place on zoom, but are more limited in number to allow everyone the opportunity to talk.  Classes usually take the form of conversation in French on any topic that participants would like to discuss.


Contact details for both these activities can be found in the Monthly Newsletter.



Golf

Golf is an all-year-round activity, so whatever the season please come and join the BCWA golf group. When possible, the group aims to play on Tuesdays at 10am in different golf clubs southwest of Paris.

Contact details for this group can be found in the Monthly Newsletter.



Happy Hour 


On the first Wednesday of each month, BCWA members are invited to meet for a drink from 5.00 to 7.00 pm at a café in Place Georges Pompidou, Levallois (metro N° 3 Pont de Levallois).


All members are welcome, especially newcomers.  Check the Monthly Newsletter for contact details of the group organizer and let her know if you intend to come!


Mah Jong

Mah Jong is a Chinese game in which 2, 3 or 4 people can play.  Over the years The BCWA Mah Jong group has seen expats from many different countries, including the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia, all of whom have brought their own rules!

Normally meeting in different members' homes on Thursdays between 1.30 and 4.00 pm, this is a very chatty and friendly group, which welcomes new players of all levels.

If you would like to join, contact details for the group organizer are in the Monthly Newsletter.



Needlecraft

The Needlecraft group is a joint activity with the Women’s International Club ( Le WIC de Paris), so there are members from both groups. The only “qualifying requirement “ to join is that you bring along some work involving “needles”. This can be any form of sewing, such as patchwork, cross-stitch, embroidery, tapestry work, etc. Knitting or crochet is also welcome as these, of course, also use “needles”. 

At various times, members have been making curtains, altering hems on skirts or trousers, making Christmas decorations...or even working on a Portuguese tapestry carpet!

The group meets every Wednesday from 11.00 am till around 5.00 pm, meeting in each other’s homes, where the hostess of the day provides a light lunch. Those who wish to can also finish off the day with a gin and tonic. This is a friendly group, keen to welcome new members.


Newcomers Coffee Time

Our designated “Newcomers’ Coffee” is open to all members; it is a lovely opportunity to meet ladies who may be new to Paris or just new to the BCWA.


Please come along and have a chat. Lunch is also available after 12.00 for those who wish to stay on.



Points of View - The BCWA's Discussion Group

It's well known that a good laugh does wonders for one's well being, but then so does a robust difference of opinion!

If you're the kind of person that likes to combine a lively discussion with a drink, then this could be the group for you!  Members meet in a café at 3.30pm on the last Tuesday of the month.

If you would like to participate, contact details for this group can be found in the Monthly Newsletter.



Scrabble

Scrabble is a world-famous 'word-building' game, very popular with BCWA members!

The BCWA Scrabble group is a particularly chatty and friendly group, having no strict rules!  They use the official Scrabble Dictionary, as well as a list of 2-letter words, while playing.

The group usually meets on Friday afternoons at different locations in Saint Cloud, and the 8th and 17th arrondissements. Come along for a chat and discover some weird and wonderful words!

Contact details can be found in the Monthly Newsletter.


South East Suburbs

As the name implies, this group has been created for BCWA members living in the South East Suburbs of Paris. 

It is a very small group, providing members the opportunity to meet other locally, as well as in the RBL Clubhouse on the last Friday of each month.

Contact details for this group can be found in the Monthly Newsletter.



Themed Lunches

A major highlight of the month for many of our members, BCWA's Themed Lunches are held in the RBL Clubhouse and are based on a recipe from another country.

Our wonderful volunteer cooks will prepare you a 2- or 3-course meal, often accompanied with wine. Come along, meet some friends, and experience a thrill for your taste buds!

Full details are provided in the Monthly Newsletter.



Visits

BCWA organises many guided visits, usually to a museum or exhibition, and led by a professional guide.

Very popular with our members, these events often have limited availability so you are advised to sign up quickly.

Details are provided in the Monthly Newsletter.



Walks

Every few weeks, BCWA organises a special Monthly Walk, aimed at discovering areas in and around Paris that are outside the usual tourist routes. 

Typically lasting about an hour and a half, these are one-off events, which are published separately in the Monthly Newsletter.

In addition, BCWA organises Guided Walks for its members, led by professional guides.

These events are open to all members, and details are published as and when they take place in the Monthly Newsletter.



Yoga

The BCWA Yoga Group normally meets on Fridays between 10:00 and 11:30 am to practise hatha yoga. It is a small, friendly and informal class that both energises and relaxes.

The group is fortunate in having two experienced teachers: one trained in the Iyengar tradition and the other offering occasional classes for relaxation and de-stressing.

All ages and standards are welcome! If you are interested, contact details can be found in the Monthly Newsletter.

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The British and Commonwealth Women's Association

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