August 2022

On the afternoon of Sunday 28th August the weather was perfect, the food was superb, and the setting in the Vice-Chairman’s garden was simply lovely. All that was needed to make this a really great day out was a group of members and friends eager to be together and enjoy themselves.

In total, 55 people attended, among them many familiar faces and several new ones that we hope to see again at future events. All factors contributed to make this a truly memorable hog roast. In the days that followed, feedback from many of those present suggested that it was the best ever August barbecue the ESU Loire Valley has held.

Our thanks to all who made this possible: the chefs who had started work at 5.30am in order to light the fires and cook the two large legs of pork to perfection; to committee members and their partners who had worked hard shopping and preparing and ensuring that everything ran smoothly on the day; to those who transported the tables and benches; and to all who helped with and contributed to the raffle, the proceeds from which will go towards the aims of our association: to motivating young people to gain confidence and skills in verbal communication – skills that are invaluable in today’s world.

ESU LOIRE VALLEY - Upcoming events

Head Office, Dartmouth House


An evening with Cameron Owen

International pianist, singer and Juilliard graduate, Cameron Owen (aka Cameron Richardson-Eames) will be at Dartmouth House to present Reimagined, his own cinematic interpretations of familiar song repertoire.

Members, £30; guests, £40 including drinks reception. 

Find out more and reserve your tickets here


The 2022 Evelyn Wrench Lecture with Dr. Rowan Williams

This year’s Evelyn Wrench lecture will be given by Dr Rowan Williams who will deliver a talk on the freedom of speech and ‘culture wars’. Rowan Williams has recently retired as Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and was previously Archbishop of Canterbury.

This annual lecture series celebrates global understanding through dialogue and the values and purpose of our founder Sir Evelyn Wrench. It takes place at Dartmouth House, our historic home in Mayfair. This celebratory evening is in support of the ESU’s education programmes. Every ticket sold will help the English-Speaking Union in its work to give young people the speaking and listening skills and cultural understanding they need to thrive. 

Members, £35; guests, £45.

Find out more and book your ticket here. 



A reluctant hero

The Salisbury branch invites members to come and hear author, historian and journalist Richard Hopton speaking on the extraordinary life and career of Captain Robert Ryder VC RN, who led the famous raid on St Nazaire in 1942.

Members, £18; guests £10, including lunch.

Find out more here


Thanksgiving Dinner at the House of Commons


Proceeds from this very special dinner will go towards supporting the ESU international exchange programmes.

Details TBA.

ESU Paris Branch

Nothing to report this month


International Council Meeting 2022

The English-Speaking Union International Council Meeting 2022 will take place between Thursday 27th October and Monday 31st October in Karachi. All members are welcome to attend as guests for whom the fee is £410, excluding hotel and travel costs.

The team at ESU Pakistan (ESUP) who are hosting this year’s event will manage all communications and logistics, including the collection of attendance fees and support with hotel and other arrangements. Further information concerning hotels and sightseeing is available via the ESUP website where booking forms can also be found.

Attending other ESU events

A reminder to all that once you have subscribed to the ESU you can pay members’ rates to attend events organised by any branch in France or elsewhere in the world. 

A full list of member countries can be found on the main website: simply click the continent you are looking for under ‘Show Me’ at the top of the page:


The library is open and has a full programme of events planned for the new academic year. These include a variety of social events and conversation groups in both French and English, led by native speakers. In addition to these groups, 6-hour programmes are available for one-to-one conversations in either English or French. 

For more details of the many social activities that are available through the library, please contact the front desk on, or consult the website.

Loire Valley Voices

Do you like singing in French and in English?  The Loire Valley Voices choristers have a repertoire that includes pieces by the Beatles, Sting, Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, Womach, Laurent Voulzy.  They would welcome new members to their multicultural group, led by choirmaster, Stéphane Claire, who encourages each individual to find their true voice. 

The first meeting of this friendly group 2022 – 2023 will take place Thursday, 15th September, in the Salle Yves Duteil in Fontevraud L’Abbey.  

For more details please contact

Bilingual families in Angers

We have been asked to advertise the activities of this group.

Please see below.

Join our community of bilingual (English/French) families in the greater Angers area for fun outdoor activities this summer. If you’d like to attend any (or all!) of the events, email Hilary Hodge at She will send out an email before each event with more details.

The Joy of Teaching English

The regional education board, the Académie de Nantes, is currently looking to recruit native English speakers to become full time or part time English teachers, either on a temporary or permanent basis.

They are looking for people from a whole range of different backgrounds, such as legal, medical, athletic, military, tourism, etc.  Applicants can select the region in which they would prefer to work.  If this is of interest, you can get in touch with the Académie via this link.

You will be asked for a CV, a short letter of motivation and your qualifications. If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend an interview during which all details will be fully explained.

beauville arts

Beauville Arts runs performing arts courses in English in the South of France bringing together young people and performing arts professionals to stage shows such as Shrek, Grease, My Fair Lady, and Mathilda, and many more. 

They are offering a limited number of Musical Theatre scholarships for courses running in the Summer of 2022.  Free Scholarship places (Residential) may be awarded upon application to students meeting all the following criteria:  

  • Boy aged 13 – 16;
  • Not attended a Beauville Arts course previously;
  • Enthusiastic and talented performer with a love for singing, dancing and acting.


For further details of the exciting opportunities offered to young people, visit the website


Daily English is an association that provides French young people with the opportunity to learn English by being immersed in a British family and provides British in France with the means to earn an income by teaching and hosting them. Click here to visit the website.

There’s a clear structure to these visits: the youngsters arrive on Sunday afternoon, and the hosts spend the first evening putting them at ease. From Monday to Friday, there’s a lesson after breakfast each day, then an outing and lunch.  In the evenings they all play board games or watch English films.  On Saturday, they leave by 11am.  Lessons are prepared by Daily English Daily who provide a whole teaching programme and the hosts simply print off what they need.

For more details either on how to host or how to find a suitable placement contact Sally on 04 99 65 21 63 or send an e-mail to


30 Rue de la Petite Bilange, 49400 Saumur

Since September 2021, in association with Language Connexion, this primary school has been offering all its pupils every assistance to learn English from an early age.  A young British teaching assistant motivates learning by using songs and rhymes for the early years and by using English to teach various subjects to primary and junior pupils.