Les Associations – join the club!
The beginning of autumn (September) brings out the Forums des Associations in every town and village throughout the region.
Often running alongside an autumn fair, a local produce market or a good old apéro, this gives local clubs and community groups a chance to strut their stuff.
It also gives us a chance to sample and enrol in the many activities, sports clubs, community and social organisations available in the area throughout the year.
2020 has been a difficult year, but then isn’t that all the more reason to be solidaire and neighbourly? Take your mask/gel and keep your distance but get involved!
‘La vie associative’ is an important part of French community life, with over a million associations offering all manner of educational and leisure pursuits.
Originally, most groups were run either by the Catholic Church or a political party. However, following the laïcité (secular) laws introduced in 1905, a new government made up of anti-clerical atheists decided to separate state and church and reduce the power of the clergy.
The aim of the asso is to provide groups of two or more people with shared interests the chance to establish not-for-profit organisations, to meet and to raise funds legally.
All associations must have a ‘Bureau’ consisting of president, treasurer and secretary. These positions are voluntary and unpaid. Salaried staff cannot be part of this management structure, so a person setting up an association will often ask family and friends to form the ‘bureau,’ in order that he or she might receive a salary for the activity.
Associations may organise 2 ‘rifles’ (bingo) per year to raise funds for their activities, so when you see the RIFLE posters going up around the region in late autumn, your support will be much appreciated – and who doesn’t enjoy a game of bingo really?
Don’t let shaky French put you off. They usually appreciate new members and are happy to make an effort to speak slowly or do whatever it takes to help you to fit it.
Why not pop along to the Forum des Associations in your town or village? You might well be surprised at the activities on offer.
Let’s get the bad news out of the way…
Ille sur Tet
Laroque des Albères
TO BE CONFIRMED
Montesquieu des Albères
Saint Paul de Fenouillet
And now, the good news, there’s LOADS of forums going ahead 🙂
Saturday 5th September
Argelès sur Mer, 10am – 7pm, Espace Jean Carrère
Banyuls sur Mer, 9am – 1pm, Front de Mer
Canet en Roussillon, 10am – 4pm, Théâtre de la Mer
Céret, 9am – 12pm, Stade Fondecave
Font Romeu, 1.30pm – 6pm, Alti-fit Espace Sportif
Le Barcarès, 9am – 6pm, place du Village
Rivesaltes, 10am – 5pm, les Dômes
Saint Génis des Fontaines, 10am – 4pm, Salle polyvalent
Saint Marie la Mer, 10am – 3pm, Salle Omega
Salses le Château, 10am – 12pm, place de la République
Thuir, 10am – 5pm, Salle des Aspres
Sunday 6th September
Saint Cyprien, 10am – 6pm, Grand Stade les Capellans
Saturday 12th September
Amélie les Bains, 2pm – 6pm, Avenue du Vallespir
Le Boulou, from 3pm, Complexe des Echards
Maureillas las Illas, 9am – 12pm, Place de la République
Port Vendres, 9am – 1pm, Caserne du fer à cheval
St Jean Pla de Corts, 9am – 12pm, Square Guy Malé
Sorède, 10am – 5pm, Complexe sportif
Toulouges, 8am – 2pm, Parc de Clairfont
Sunday 13th September
Reynès, 10am – 5pm, Théâtre de Verdure
Saint Estève, 10am – 5pm, Espace Saint Mamet
Saint Laurent de la Salanque, 10am – 6pm, Salle polyvalente