In the early 1990’s a group of native English-speaking women (mostly British) living in and around Lyon set up an informal group to organise playgroups for their children. As their children were growing up in bilingual / bicultural families (English / French) and were attending French schools, they wanted to encourage their children to speak, read and write in English and to learn about Anglophone cultural traditions.
The “Mother and Toddler Group” met initially in members’ homes, then at a hall in Tassin. The group’s membership grew steadily until, in 2001, it was decided to form an Association (loi 1901) and the name ‘English-Speaking Mothers’ Group’ was chosen for the association. At this point the group started to use the Salle de Presbytere in the 8eme district of Lyon as a base for their activities. In 2014 the association voted to change its name to the ‘English-Speaking Families’ Group Lyon‘, to focus more clearly on involving families, including children and dads, in their activities.
The aims of ESFG Lyon have not changed over time. Through various activities, particularly our regular programme of Playgroups for parents and children, we aim to encourage our children to speak, read and write in English, and to learn about Anglophone culture. We also aim to provide a network of support and information for native-English speaking families living in Lyon and surrounding areas.
ESFG Lyon acknowledges the work of all members over the years, who have given their time, energy and enthusiasm to the Association.
We also acknowledge the assistance of the Ville de Lyon, the Marie du 8eme and MJC Monplaisir, all of whom have assisted the association by providing a place for us to meet since 2001.