Beth Nicholson

As a child of parents who met and lived in Greece, having a home in Crete and having studied in Grenoble France, Beth has always felt more at home in those countries than the UK. In November 2017 she moved permanently to Charente, France. Since then she has managed minor renovations on her home, established herself as an integral part of her commune and re-established her Operations consultancy in France. Through Kalitera she provides business improvement and project management services to small businesses here as well as administrative support to individuals. You can read Beth's blog here at

Articles by Beth Nicholson

Researching local history in your new home town

France is rightly proud of its history going right back to the first appearance of man, and thousands of historical sites throughout the country pay testament to this. To mark Bastille Day, here are some ways to uncover and immerse yourself in the fascinating subject of local history in France.

Volunteering in France – 7 exciting opportunities

If you are looking to settle into your local community in France quickly and easily, one of the most rewarding ways is by volunteering. Whatever your interests or skills, there will be a volunteering opportunity to suit you. Plus, you’ll be making a difference at the same time, says our resident Brit in France, Beth.

10 ways to enjoy your new life in la Nouvelle Aquitaine

The outdoor lifestyle in France is one of the biggest attractions for people looking to move here permanently. Whatever your situation, or your likes or dislikes, with the range of activities on offer here there is always something for everyone!

What is your local Mairie and why is it important?

In the UK, you may have little idea about what happens in your town hall, the purpose it serves and what to use it for. However, in France the town hall or ‘Mairie’ can be one of your first ports of call. Often the centre of town or village life in France, there are usually countless reasons to visit your local Mairie.  Our writer in France, Beth, explains what it’s used for and why it can be extremely helpful when settling in.