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Local Information

Sunny Bank

The IWCR is grateful to the Sunnybank Association for allowing the Club to use The Grange at Mouans-Sartoux for meetings and events.

Sunnybank Association has its headquarters at The Grange, providing support in English for residents of the Victoria Residential Care Home and the Albert Retirement Apartments, both of which are on the same site. Sunnybank Association also works in close association with other residential care providers on the Riviera.

New volunteers are always welcome – particularly to visit the residents on site.

Find more details on their website: www.sunny-bank.org. www.sunny-bank.org.

Local Organisations

Bibliothèque-Pour-Tous, 23 rue Gambetta Valbonne, has opened an English Corner for lending books in English (in addition to the French ones). The subscription fee is €15 per year and there is a book rental fee of €1.

Médiathèque de Châteauneuf de Grasse has a large English books section open to members: Tuesdays 10.00 - 12.00, Wednesdays 15.00 - 18.00, Fridays 15.00 - 18.00, Saturdays 10.00 - 12.00.

The English-American Library is a private library housed at 12 rue de France, Nice. It is at the end of the passage under the Gibraltar Building, through a door and down the stairs. Open Tuesday – Saturday from 10.00 to 11.00 and 15.00 to 17.00.

The Broad Chauvin English Library, 9 rue Sainte Luce, Vence (behind the Roman Catholic church), is a non-profit library with an extensive selection of new crime, fiction and non-fiction books, and classics. Open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays — 09.00 - 12.00.

RADA – the Riviera Amateur Dramatic Association gives performances at the Mougins School. More information available by email rada06@yahoo.com or telephone 04 97 01 08 94, or at the English Book Centre in Valbonne.

VAR International Aperitif Club (VIAC)   www.viac.fr  provides opportunities for English speaking residents to meet one another via lunches and social activities such as sightseeing, wine tasting, guided tours of towns and places of interest. There is at least one outing arranged every month plus additional regular activities such as tasting gourmet food, walking and other special interests supported by members.

The British Association of Monaco provides a focus for British and Commonwealth citizens residing in Monaco and surrounding areas to meet socially and offers a welfare service for those in need.
Call Aisling (00 377 93 50 19 50).

L’association ‘Bras ouverts’ accepts items of ladies’, men’s and children’s clothing as well as shoes in good condition. This association helps the less fortunate living on the Cote d’Azur and has a collection point in Grasse.

If you have items to donate please call 04 92 38 98 91 to find out times when you can deliver or phone Stella Elstob 04 93 59 97 84 for further information.

Secours Populaire Français is a charity organisation in Grasse which accepts clothing, knick-knacks and small house wares. If you have such items to donate please drop them at 8, place César Ossola or call 04 93 36 50 12 for more information.

SOS Help is a branch of France’s SOS Amitié Federation and is linked to the Samaritans. Founded in 1974 by a group of American and British health and mental health professionals, with the help of Chad Varah, founder of the Samaritans, and with the support of Paris-based English speaking organisations such as the English and American churches and the American Hospital, SOS Help is a non-profit organisation recognised under the French law of 1901.

Feel like talking? SOS Help, an English speaking crisis line in France, is open from 3 P.M. to 11 P.M. daily. Call us up to talk about anything on your mind – from loneliness to stress to concerns about integrating into a new culture. We are here to listen!

Call us on  01 46 21 46 46 or visit us online at www.soshelpline.org for more information.

Open Door is a register of Women’s Associations around the world. The International Women’s Club of the Riviera is affiliated to Open Door which is a network of International Women’s Clubs which ‘open their doors to one another’. IWCR members can have an introduction to the International Coordinator of the Club in the city they are visiting or moving to and may be able to attend a Monthly Meeting as an Open Door Guest. A member must be able to produce her current membership badge or have a letter of introduction. Further details are available upon request from Sherrie Broden, International Coordinator at sherrie.broden@gmail.com.

AVF – Accueil des Villes Françaises – Sophia Antipolis (04 93 65 43 00) or Grasse (04 93 36 98 30). This organisation welcomes newcomers to the area and offers a chance to learn more about the area, people, language and customs.

The Var Branch of the British Association of the Alpes-Maritimes and the Var was formed in April 1998 and today has over 550 members. It is one of four branches of the British Association which is registered in Nice as a ‘1901 association’. It is a charitable organisation devoted to helping British people who have problems and the Welfare side of the Branch helps those who encounter unexpected problems such as illness, accidents, bereavement or financial difficulties.

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Scottish Country Dancing – On Wednesday evenings in Mougins. No need for a partner but men are especially welcome to come and dance.
Exercise and have fun with traditional music; explanations are given in English and French. Call 04 93 42 72 95 for more information.

If you live in the Monaco area there is dancing on Tuesday evenings, call 00-377 93 25 18 49 for more information.

Le Hangar International Art Centre, chemin du Ranch, Châteauneuf. Sculpture and painting lessons. Workshops, field trips and lectures. Friendly atmosphere and good coffee. Call for information: Sue Ellis 04 93 77 75 86 or Anne Marie Viborel 04 93 77 16 84.

The Shepherd & Dog – Why not pop in for a chat, read the English papers, have lunch or borrow a library book? Every Wednesday from 11.00 to 15.00 at Holy Trinity, Cannes.

Anglo Info – Life on the Côte d’Azur in English. A mine of information on all aspects of living on the Riviera - Forums and listings on all related subjects.

Riviera Reporter The Riviera Reporter was ‘the Bible for Riviera residents’ from 1987 and although not in print anymore is a must-reference for local English speakers of any nationality. Their website contains a mix of practical information, French and regional news and human interest, all with a largely local slant.

Var Village Voice – If you want to know what's going on in the Var subscribe to the Var Village Voice. Every month you'll find the Highlights of the Var Calendar plus all the local village events and activities of local clubs and associations.

Nice Côte d’Azur Airport – Plane arrival and departure times for Nice Airport

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