Saturday/Sunday March 30th/31st 2024

Clocks go forward one hour (during the night of Saturday/Sunday morning)
Mornings will be darker but it will stay light longer.

Clocks go back last Sunday in October


Do you know why France is an hour ahead of the UK?

Well, you can blame it on history; wars, invasions….and a general apathy!

Big Ben Clock

France, Holland, Luxembourg and Belgium were all originally in the same time zone as the UK, but during the occupation of WW2, Germany changed their time to match the German zone (one hour ahead of the UK).  Spanish dictator Franco also changed the time to an hour ahead in Spain too.

So France actually used GMT from 1911 to 1940 until  the Germans invaded. After the war, France was supposed to change back to UTC+0 In 1945, but didn’t get round to it! France has been one hour ahead of Britain ever since.


  1. I would love to know why the French government has completely ignored the fact that we voted several years ago to retain summer time and not revert to winter time each autumn. Initially they ‘postponed’ the change due to lockdown, but have conveniently forgotten to fulfill the wishes of the majority ever since.

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