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benefits square icon for web-largerBritish nationals living in France feel particularly vulnerable to two potentially highly negative consequences of the Brexit vote of 23rd June:

The loss, particularly for old-age pensioners (who have not contributed sufficiently, or at all, to the French system), of the assurance of health care cover by the UK and ….

…. The risk, for those in receipt of UK state pensions, that the UK might withhold cost-of-living increases after Brexit.

Petitions to the UK Parliament have been raised, details here.

Bordeaux Weather

* Sunday 7th August – Family Picnic and Beach Party – Hourtin

beach-picnicWe’ll meet at the île aux enfants at Hourtin Port, ready for a fun afternoon.

There is a bouncy castle for little kids, and a large bouncy structure on the water and a zip wire for wake boarding (extra cost for these activities) as well as a large wooden fort and playground available for everyone to have a fun time. We shall also organise some ball games and badminton for those who are interested. .

Don’t forget to bring your own picnic and deckchairs!

Last year we all had a great time, so if you’re looking for something fun to do on a Sunday afternoon, and you’ve got family visiting for the holidays, come along and enjoy yourselves!

For more details and to book online, please click here

* Charity Pig Roast and Sports Event for Médecins Sans Frontières: Carcans – Saturday August 20th from 12.30 onwards


As in previous years the Rankins are hosting a pig roast, with sports and fund raising activities, at their home, for adults and children.

Please bring your friends, family, children, grandchildren and well controlled dogs for a day of fun, games and relaxation.

The format will be as in the past with the pig and its crackling, a starter, cheese and dessert.

For more details and to book online, please click here

* Saturday 27th August – Wine and Cheese Festival : Langon

affiche_2017This is a chance to taste wines, cheeses, various meats and music in a festive atmosphere – all for 2€ !!

There are workshops for children and adults, competitions, musical entertainment all day

At 21.30, you have the opportunity of watching a live show if you can manage to keep awake after all the wine intake!!

For more details and to book online, please click here

* Monday September 12th – Canoe Excursion – Salles to Biganos Port

We plan an all day trip, covering 20km from Salles to Biganos port, with a picnic half way at Mios.

Not so much paddling is required as the flow of the river, plus the ebb tide carries us most of the way, through lovely scenery and nature, especially birds.

For full details and to book online, please click here

* Monday 19th September – Baccarat Glass exhibition + Lunch- Le Bouscat

institut-culturel-bernard-magrezThe exhibition is celebrating the founding of the glass factory in the Lorraine village of Baccarat in 1764 by the Bishop of Metz who received the authorization of Louis XV.

Over 250 years Baccarat’ chandeliers and candelabras have come to light regal rooms and its table service has adorned banquets of royalty and presidents.

For full details and to book online, please click here

* Golf at Biscarosse

imagesA golf outing is proposed for Biscarrosse following our summer break. It’s been a long time since we have played this course and you will find it to be a very pretty and challenging course.

For full details and to book online, please click here