Bradford Circle for Foreign Languages

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Welcome to the Unique BCFL


Although the Circle was founded in 1899, its origins go back some years earlier when the Victorian businessmen of Bradford sought to learn European languages to assist them in developing contacts with their counterparts in other European countries. Eventually, in 1899, these different groupings came together to form the Circle


The Circle meets in a fine early Victorian building at 10 Eldon Place, off Manningham Lane, Bradford. The terrace was erected in 1848 and number 10 was once owned by Sir Titus Salt.

Although in the past, the Circle has provided for a number of other languages, including English, today there are four thriving Sections, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Full details of forthcoming meetings of all the Sections can be found in the individual Section pages.

The Circle continues to provide a meeting-place where members can get together and share their common enthusiasm for the language or languages of their choice. No formal qualifications or training are required, although basic knowlege of the language is preferable to ensure that members gain the greater benefit from their participation in the meetings. The circle is genuinely unique.

In addition to the weekly activities of each Section, there are joint social events.

The Circle's Centenary in 1999 was marked by a Dinner in the magnificent surroundings of the Bradford City Hall Banqueting Suite. Other Centenary events included a visit to Madrid organised by the Spanish Section. The following year, a visit to Berlin was organised by the German Section.

In 2001, the French Section provided an opportunity to visit Paris. The Italian Section completed the tour of European capitals in Rome in October 2002.

The pattern of visits having been established, they have continued every year since including Valencia, German Christmas markets, traffic free Sundays in Bruxelles and a return visit after 10 years to Berlin.

A May visit to Nice in 2014 brought a welcome break from the constant rain at home.

The Italian group organised a return trip to Venice last year, another break from the rain at home which has been even worse than last year.
It was the Spanish Groups turn to organise a visit to Alicanti in 2016. A great success enjoyed by all who went.
News of the 2017 visit soon.

A leisurely stroll in the sun in Nice

Some of the group with Mme (Chantal) Bianchi Sala a Nice Greeter who took us on an interesting tour in French!

In the Old Town enjoying our favourite activity.

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