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8 members of CAIF had a most enjoyable visit to Vannes from 29 June- 6 July this year. As always, our hosts were kind and generous and treated us to the following programme of interesting and scenic trips out. 

Thursday 29 : A mini bus will pick the travellers up in Nantes at 16 h 30

Friday 30 : Visit to Carnac , Locmariaquer

Saturday 1er : Auray , St Goustan , Ste Avoye , Le Bono

Sunday 2 : with the family with a picnic at Josselin

Monday 3 : La Gacilly , Rochefort en Terre

Thursday 4 : Ile d' Arz and party near the river

Wednesday 5 : Vannes market,  meeting the Deputy Mayor for a presentation and after a group lunch, a tour of Vannes.guided tour of Vannes in english on afternoon and " apéro dinatoire " at Conleau

Thursday 6: départure at 8h30 to Nantes

There were many social ocasions and pique-niques that only the French can do!

Our ties of friendship are stronger than ever.

See the Gallery for photos



We had a successful and enjoyable day at The Community Information Fair in Smithford Way. This was part of Coventry's annual Positive Images Festival. Not only were we able to talk about our aims in CAIF but we saw other community groups and the valuable work they do. We thank Colin Scott and Mehru Fitter for this opportunity and their organisation of the day. See photos in Gallery.

Global Care Concert 

A letter was received thanking Pat and the Nightingales Choir for their donation of £305.50 in support of Syrian refugees. Global Care fund their partners in Lebanon,the "Out of the Wilderness Agency" to run a "Shack School" to educate 100 refugee children aged 6-9. They are determined that these children will not become a 'lost generation'

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Alan, Margaret, Dave and I met Claudia from our twin city of Dresden on Monday evening. She is a journalist and initiates monthly meetings to speak English and learn about Coventry. She is keen to strengthen the links between us. Our thanks go to Judith with whom Claudia was staying for her hospitality. Photo in Gallery.

Another successful concert at the Parochial Hall, Kenilworth for Pat and The Nightingales. With contributing performances from Opera singer Joanna Kunda, Vintage Singer Betsy Harmony and a tasty buffet for all, it was a most enjoyable evening. £300 was raised for local charity Global Care, who build Shack Schools for Syrian Refugee Children. Thanks to all.

See Gallery for photos.

It is with sadness that we report the death on 7 April 2017 of Bob, a much loved and respected member of CAIF. A well attended Service of Thanksgiving was held at Cannon Hill Chapel, Canley Crematorium on 28 April. Pat thanks everyone for their cards and messages of sympathy.


This week, February 16th - 21st  we  welcomed Dominique Mareille from our Vannes Association who expressed a wish to come to us because she was interested in practising her English before she takes an Aural examination in April

During her time here she has been hosted by the Trickett family. Pat and Allan Trickett have  hosted Dominique in the past. Pat arranged with the committee and with her choir members,  a week of local experiences.

Her visit  included speaking with our President  Lord Mayor Cllr Lindsley Harvard and visiting the Council House, the Herhert Art Gallery and the Transport Museum with Chairman Cllr Ram Lakha and Lady Godiva, Pru Poretta.  ( see  Photos in the Gallery)

In addition, she has also been taken round Coventry with Pru Porretta and given a tour of Coventry Cathedral, by our own Mary Goodwin, who is a Cathedral tour Guide.

She has visited  Warwick and the Castle, walked all round Kenilworth and been to the Book Farm, Coventry, with its thousands of books in English, taken to Birmingham  to hear a concert with our Secretary Linda Hirons and her husband and generally had a very happy time.

She will be taking our best wishes to our Vannes friends shortly.

The group have been invited to Vannes and have accepted their kind offer.
The date of our visit is June 29th for one week
We look forward to that event very much knowing how kind and interesting our Celtic friends are ! 

Pat Trickett
Social Secretary