• We’ll be downstairs in the basement
  • We host three friendly conversation groups in three different local cafes every week. Our conversations are an opportunity for people who have moved here from overseas to:

    • meet others you might not usually meet

    • expand your language skills

    • share stories, experiences and ideas

    • develop new insights

    • build friendships

    • gain confidence

    • learn about your local area

    • and feel more at home in Leith.

    The conversation hosts have a wide knowledge of support agencies, information services and local activities that they can share with participants when it is helpful. And three times a month we also invite workers from other organisations to join in our conversations and to share information with the group.

    The conversations are gently structured so that everyone has a chance to speak and be heard, however shy or confident you feel and no matter how many words of English you know.

    We look forward to welcoming you soon!

Sunday Kick-About at the Meadows

We’re back to playing at the Meadows every Sunday now that the long winter is finally over.

Unlike booked pitches, there’s no RSPV limit and everyone is welcome to come and bring their friends along.

Meet up at the tennis court entrance at the Meadows park at 3pm. Playing on grass. Split into 2 teams. If we have big numbers then split into 4 teams and have a mini tournament for 2 hours.

It’s all-weather so don’t think the game is gonna get cancelled if it rains. Wear boots suitable for grass. Sometimes we’ll go to a pub afterwards to watch a football game and grab a cold beer.

Let’s do this!

EIFF 2017 – Sinbad And The Eye of The Tiger (1977)

  • Meet outside Tiles bar at 2:30pm, screening starts 2:45pm. Call me on[masked] if you need to find us!
  • **PLEASE NOTE – this is an open-air screening, so dress accordingly and bring extra clothing (and something to sit on) as required! 

    Screenings will be taking place throughout the day, so our initial Meeting point will be at the front door of Tiles bar across the road – we’ll head into the gardens to grab a space shortly afterwards** 

    Some classic swords and sorcery action featuring the stop-motion work of special effects titan Ray Harryhausen, showing as part of the Film Fest In The City strand of this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival. 

    Legendary adventurer Sinbad (Patrick Wayne) stops in a port town to visit his friend Prince Kassim (Damien Thomas), only to find the city walls locked and no one there to greet him except an evil witch, Zenobia (Margaret Whiting), and her monstrous henchmen. Kassim’s sister, Princess Farah (Jane Seymour), finds Sinbad and informs him her brother has been transformed into an ape, so now it’s up to Sinbad to find the magic shrine that may be the only hope for restoring Kassim to his human form. 

Savate/Boxe Française

Christelle propose une séance de boxe française, histoire de se défouler! 

Infos ci-dessous en français et en anglais:

Pour toute celles et ceux que ça intéresse, la Savate Boxe Française, sport inscrit au patrimoine immatériel de la France, s’offre quelques cours en extérieur avec les beaux jours ! 
 Ce dimanche 7 mai, pour les débutants ou s’il y a aussi des habitués de ce sport, je vous propose un entraînement de 1h30 totalement gratuit aux Meadows. Je viens avec les gants, vous venez avec le sourire (et une bouteille d’eau tout de même 🤣) Les enfants sont les bienvenus😇

N’hésitez pas à me contacter si vous avez des interrogations. Ce sport est pratiqué au niveau loisir sans utilisation de la force. 

C’est le moment d’essayer !😜 


Savate is coming (back) to Edinburgh… FREE session this Sunday! 

If you want to try a sport that has come from France with just gloves and shoes, you’ve got the opportunity!! 

I’ve been teaching Savate Techniques for 9 years. This sport is great exercise for everybody and perfect to improve self-confidence and keep you in good shape! 

For these outside sessions, come along with shoes with a smooth sole, with no sharp edges or buckles… and a bottle of water ! 

The session will be cancelled if it rains — but I hear it will be a sunny day … 

Free session this Sunday ;). I come with gloves for everybody 😉 

Minimum 4 people. 

See you soon, 


Street Self Defence Class & Social Event After

*** SOLD OUT *** 
What would you do if someone attacked you? 
Ok, how about if they were much bigger and stronger? 
And it was from behind, there was limited space, or other unique circumstances?

I’m very excited and proud to present our own Street Self Defence seminar. You will be shown a variety of undesirable situations and get you to practice different ways you can get out of them. All techniques will make the assumption of someone bigger and stronger than you with the emphasis of removing yourself from the situation as safely and efficiently as possible.

There will also be special time allocated for any questions you might have. Saturday 17th June 11.30am – 1pm in the small games hall in St Thomas of Aquins taught by instructor Craig.

PRICE & DEADLINE These events are usually approx £30 but as you know I like to make things as affordable as possible.

Cost is just £15 any time before 8PM THURSDAY 15th of JUNE 
If you want to pay on the same day is it £30.

Also, when you pay you can come to all future events for free!

You can pay online or in cash at any of our classes (I will message those that RSVP YES).


McSorley’s have reserved an area for us, will be giving us FREE food and v cheap drinks. This will be an exceptionally popular event and hence McSorley’s will be busy to. People from the classes will join us to making a huge group


As with all our events you’re encouraged to bring friends, flatmates, partners…etc so pass on the invite. 
No prior knowledge is needed and they would just need comfortable clothes and trainers.

This seminar is equally applicable for guys and girls. Additionally, for the guys I will give some alternatives for some of the techniques if you wish such as (realistic) punch defence and some common ‘fight’ scenario’s.


Parenthèse (Musique) The Poetry and Letters of Mary Queen of Scots

Passion, intrigue, murder. Mary Queen of Scots comes alive in three newly commissioned pieces by top contemporary com

In this Parenthèse, Louise Macdonald will give an innovative ’concert-talk’ uncovering the composers’ insights and Mary’s enduring influence in music ahead of her Fringe performance this summer.

Who was Mary and who were the key literary figures in her life? From Petrarch and Ronsard to Buchanan, who supported Mary and who led to her demise? Research into Schumann’s Maria Stuart Lieder shows the direct connection with Mary’s French and Latin poetry.

THU 27 JULY | 7.00PM 
Running time: 1hours 30mins approx. 
Open to all | FREE 

posers exploring, in her own words, love and betrayal.

La Vie de Jésus [15]

Freddy loiters around rural Northern France with his group of friends and his fiance. When a young boy of North African descent shows interest in his girlfriend, Freddy and his friends decide to teach him who rules the town.

This is Bruno Dumont’s first film, it was awarded the Jean Vigo award in 1997. Dumont went on to direct some of France most critically acclaimed films in recent years such as Hadewijch, Camille Claudel 1915 and Slack Bay (Ma Loute)

This film is part of our Beyond the wave, A Summer of French cinema season.

WED 12 JULY | 6.30PM 
TUE 25 JULY | 6.30PM 
IN FRENCH, English subs 
Running time: 1hour 40mins approx. 
Open to all | FREE 

Mauvais Sang [15]

In Paris of the not so distant future, a mysterious new disease named STBO is killing young people who make love without emotional involvement. A serum has been developed, but it is locked away in an office block, out of the reach of those who need it most.

Leos Carax’s second film captures the suffocating atmosphere in Paris in the summer in this cult film starring Carax’s regulars, Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant and Michel Piccoli.

This film is part of our Beyond the wave, A Summer of French cinema season.

TUE 27 JUNE | 6.30PM 
WED 19 JULY | 6.30PM 
IN FRENCH, English subs 
Running time: 2hours approx. 
Open to all | FREE 

Party Girl [15]

Angélique is 60. She still likes to party and she still likes men’s attention. She spends her nights in cabarets at the German border, getting them to buy drinks at the bar. But with time, clients are harder to find. One day, her regular Michel declares his love for her and proposes to marry her.

Party Girl is the first film of a trio of young directors which won the Caméra d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014. It is a modern depiction set in North-east France, mixing French, German and the local dialect.

TUE 06 JUNE | 6.30PM 
WED 19 JULY | 2.30PM 
IN FRENCH, English subs 
Running time: 1hour 40mins approx. 
Members only | FREE 

J’ai pas sommeil [15]

Daïga has left her native Lithuania to take a chance on a career as an actress in Paris. With no money and little connections, she finds shelter in a hotel in the 18th arrondissement. That summer, a serial killer attacking older women is on the loose in the neighbourhood.

Claire Denis is without argument one of the most influential voices of modern French cinema. Her third film J’ai pas sommeil, was presented in Cannes in 1994.

This film is part of our Beyond the wave, A Summer of French cinema season.

TUE 18 JULY | 6.30PM 
IN FRENCH, English subs 
Running time: 2hours approx. 
Open to all | FREE