2017 AGM: Sainte Eulalie - Thursday 9th November at 10:30


An Annual General Meeting for any organization should be the most important event in the year for its owners. As members of the BBC, you are its ‘owners’. The Annual General Meeting is therefore your opportunity to get involved in the way your club is run.

You will hear from the Committee about what has happened during the year, question them, elect next year’s officers and propose changes.

Thursday 9th November at 10:30. Tea and coffee will be available at 10:30 and the meeting will start at 11:00


Date and Venue

Les Salles du Marquisat, 101 Rue Adrien Piquet, 33560 SAINTE-EULALIE on Thursday 9th November. Tea and coffee will be available at 10:30 and the meeting will start at 11:00

This year we have changed the AGM venue to avoid the higher restaurant prices and increased parking difficulties in Bordeaux, not to mention the road works associated with the new tram Ligne D !

The meeting and lunch will be at the restaurant:

Les Salles du Marquisat, 101 Rue Adrien Piquet, 33560 SAINTE-EULALIE

Sainte-Eulalie is about 10 km outside Bordeaux on the Rive Droite near Lormont. This venue is very easy to find and has ample free car parking.

Please see the map below and the ‘click’ to obtain directions.


Format

Arrive at 10:30 for tea and coffee

The Annual General Meeting starts at 11:00


Agenda and Meeting Papers

The general report on our activities and any proposals or recommendations from the Committee will be issued to all members at least two weeks before the AGM, so that everyone can consider them in advance.

The AGM agenda and papers are under preparation and will be made available here in the BBC Members Area.  (If you have lost your password then please ‘click’ here)


Additional Items for the AGM

If you have any additional items that you would like to present and have considered at the meeting then these must be submitted in advance so that they may be documented and included in the meeting papers as distributed in advance to the membership.

This approach ensures that the members will come to the meeting informed and the discussion is more effective for everyone.

Such items may be documented in your online booking form below or given direct to John.


How to book and lunch options

Please book online  here or book direct with Charles W

We have negotiated a three course lunch which includes wine and coffee. The cost is 16€ per person, payable in advance, representing a reduction of three euros compared to the price last year.

Lunch choices:

Entrée (to be chosen in advance):
Feuilleté du pêcheur
OR Salade aux gésiers confits

Main Course (to be chosen in advance):
Contre filet de bœuf, gratin et sa poêle
OR Bar portion rôti, riz basmati

Desert (to be chosen in advance):
Tarte aux pommes
OR Coupe de fruits exotique

Café, Vin rouge et rosé are included

Please book online  here or book direct with Charles W.

If you are staying for lunch, a cheque for 16€ per person made payable to ‘Bordeaux British Community’ is required IN ADVANCE of the date.

Please send your cheque to Charles whose address details are here  ( If you have forgotten your password to the BBC Membership Directory then please click here )

To book online, please click here


Map and Directions
  • DIRECTIONS: Click the ‘Directions’ symbol and enter your home address or start point to get a detailed set of directions which can then be printed out and/or downloaded to your smartphone.

 

  • ZOOM: Use the + and – symbols in the bottom left hand corner of the map to zoom in and out

 


Tour of Stade Matmut Atlantique: Bordeaux - Tuesday 3rd October


The magnificent Stade Matmut Atlantique was inaugurated on 18th May 2015 and is situated in the Bordeaux Lac area. The cost of construction was 183,000,000 Euros and took 3 years to complete. The unusual design of this imposing stadium was by the innovation of Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron.

The stade is home to Bordeaux’s football team, Les Girondins de Bordeaux, and also host to other sporting events and concerts. The UBB rugby club, which has the largest spectator attendance of all the top 14 rugby clubs, will play several of their ‘gala’ games at the stadium in the 2017-18 season.

The stade has 42,115 seats in the soccer and rugby configurations. The arena is multi-functional and has in addition to the sports configurations, three concert configurations. One configuration with the stage at the north, a second with the stage facing west and a third configuration with a central stage. There is a maximum capacity of 44,683 seats for concerts and was recently the venue for a concert by Celine Dion.

The stadium has a comprehensive app available for both Android and iOS called Stade Matmut ATLANTIQUE


Guided Tour at 14:00

The guided tour will be in English, the stadium is fully accessible for people with mobility problems. The tour will take us to all levels and to the private function areas. It is a very interesting and informative tour and one not to be missed.

The charge for the tour is 11€ per person payable to the BBC in advance..


Lunch at 12:00

Before the tour you may wish to join us for lunch. Mid-day at St Once Brasserie, the Stade’s restaurant.

The three course lunch (24€ payable at the restaurant):

Entrée, Plat chaud (choice of meat or fish), dessert, glass of wine or soda and coffee is 24 Euros.


Booking

If you would like to join us then please contact Norma B or Colette. Contact details for Norma and Colette are in the Membership Directory here or alternatively book online.

When booking, please indicate if you want to have lunch followed by the or if you only want to book the tour without lunch.

Payment for the tour is required in advance, so please send your cheque direct to Norma. Cheques should be made payable to the BBC for 11€ per person.

The closing date for bookings is Friday 29th September.

When using the on-line booking form, please note the following:

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from the organiser within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the organiser direct for your booking confirmation


Directions

By car:

Depending on the direction you are travelling take either exit 4A or 4C and the stade is clearly signed. There are ample places to park around the stadium. If you are coming for lunch you can turn alongside the stadium and park next to the St Once restaurant.

By tram:

Take line C the stop is ‘Stade Matmut Atlantique/Parc Expositions. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes from Place Quinconces.



​Golf at Pessac : Tuesday 19th September


September for BBC golfers that means Pessac. It’s a Blue Green golf centre set in 120 hectares just outside the Rocade. We shall be playing the 9 hole course. Green fees are 39€ for 9 holes but if there are enough players, we should get a discount.

We plan meeting at the bar at 12.00, and lunching at 12.30, there is a menu of the day which costs 19€ for 3 courses or 15€ for 2 courses, but wine and coffee is not included.

Non-players are welcome for lunch and can help us search for lost balls or otherwise offer encouragement!


Booking

Please register direct with John B, whose contact details are in the Membership Directory here. Notify John if you will be coming for lunch, also if you want a voiturette or please book online.

If you are unable to attend this golf event but would like to be notified of other golf events then please note in the ‘Comments’ field.

When using the on-line booking form, please note the following:

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from the organiser within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the organiser direct for your booking confirmation



 

PICNIC AND VISIT TO CHATEAU DE CAZENEUVE AND EGLISE D’UZESTE ON THURSDAY 7th SEPTEMBER 2017


THE BBC TOGETHER WITH KINGS AND POPES IN THE GIRONDE !

A tour led by Alain Mounolou and one not to missed.

Among the major figures that left a mark in Girondin history are Bertrand de Got, a local aristocrat aka Pope Clement V (1264, 1305/1314) and Henri III king of Navarre (see Shakespeare’s Love’s Labours Lost or “lou nouste Henric” for Gascons) who ultimately became King Henri IV of France from 1589 to 1610.

This is the first of a series of possible visits of interesting sites and monuments connected with these major figures in the South of the Gironde department.


The Day’s Programme

We meet at 10:15 at the church in Uzeste, 8 km west of Bazas, for a guided tour.

Notre-Dame d’Uzeste is a large church in a small village, originally 12 th century but rebuilt in the early 14 th century thanks to generous subsidies from Clement V, with an elegant choir and apse.

The Pope’s vault is there (which accounts for the lush financing), modern stained glass and other very noteworthy features.

Following the visit to the church we drive down to Chateau Cazeneuve, eat our picnic in the splendid grounds.

Château de Cazeneuve a mediaeval fortress overlooking two rivulets, originally a hill top keep in the 11 th century. Later surrounded by a large walled area in the 14 th century, then revamped in the less insecure times of the 17th century. It is lived in by the Sabran-Pontevès family, who are descendants of the original owners, the Sires (lords) d’Albret from whom Henri III/IV was also descended.

The house is extensively furnished with kitchen, cellars, chapel, dungeon. The successive stages of the chateau’s development are well documented. The chateau is surrounded by extensive grounds which provide fine views of the surrounding area.

The guided visit of the house takes approximately 60 to 75 minutes and is followed by a degustation of fine wine. The grounds are open to the public for those who itch for a walk. The cost of the visit is 12 Euros per person.


Lunch

Please bring your picnic.


Where and how to get there

Uzeste is situated 10 km south to south-west of Langon, 8 km west of Bazas, 5 km south-east of Villandraut. The church can’t possibly be missed. Cazeneuve stands 10 km south via Préchac. For
map-lovers and GPS haters, directions are below:

From Bordeaux:

  • Our advice is to get to the rocade, then aim for A 62 (the Toulouse motorway)
  • Veer south 6 km after Langon towards Pau along A 65, leave at junction 1 Bazas and turn left along D3 (sign for Villandraut),
  • After 5.5 km then left again down D 222
  • After 3 km and you are there!!

From the Entre-Deux-Mers:

  • Aim for Langon and either find your way to Roaillan/Château de Roquetaillade down D 222 (15 km) OR drive 13 km towards Bazas down N 524, turn right to Villandraut at the big roundabout, 6 km then left to Uzeste (D 222).

From the Arès-Arcachon Area:

  • Aim for Biganos-Facture, then D3 (Bazas), Mios, Salles, Belin-Beliet, Hostens, St-Symphorien, Villandraut 1 km right down D 110.

Booking

If you would like to join us please either book online or contact Norma B or Alain M whose contact details are in the Membership Directory here

When using the on-line booking form, please note the following:

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from the organiser within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the organiser direct for your booking confirmation
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Visit to Kanaha Micro Brewery and Lunch: Biscarrosse - Friday 1st September


PLEASE NOTE CORRECTED DATE AND REVISED NAME OF RESTAURANT FOR LUNCH


Beer ‘Made In Landes’

We have organised a visit to hear about how the beer is made and afterwards sample twelve of the different brews !

The explanation of the process is very interesting and will be conducted in english.

The Kanaha is a micro brewery brews beers exclusively using organic cereal malts.

With Kanaha Beer ‘you will be sure to enjoy craft beer quality, natural flavors and prepared with passion’.

The owners had their business idea after several stays in the USA when enjoying beers from the many ‘craft brewers’.  Why the name Kanaha? In Hawaiian it means 40 and 40 is the department number of the Landes. Another connection for the owners was between the surf in Hawaii and the Atlantic surf on the beaches of Les Landes.

The beers are not filtered or pasteurized. Fermentation takes place in the bottle; a very natural process which generates a yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle. As well as using organic malts, much attention is also paid to the selection of hops and organic spices. The process and procedures will be described in english.

About twelve different beers are brewed on a regular basis ranging from white to brown, slightly bitter beers and IPA. Other beers are produced regularly and also “limited editions”.


When and Where?

The tour of the brewery is at 10:00 so please arrive a little before:

BRASSERIE KANAHA,  212 Rue des Compagnons, 40600 BISCARROSSE

For a map, please click here: https://goo.gl/maps/EcjYTHTUCPR2


Lunch

If we have time after the brewery, we will visit the weekly Biscarrosse Market before walking to our lunch at:

L’Art Home (previously le Pub), Place Marsan, 40600 BISCARROSSE

For a map, please click here: https://goo.gl/maps/FiHmWuK5hNP2

Lunch will be three courses including wine and coffee for 19.50€ per person.  The menu choices are:

  • Entree choice from:
    • Salade Chèvre Chaude
    • Salade de Gesiers
  • Plat choice from:
    • Lasagne Maison
    • Piece du Boucher Grillee
    • Moules Mariniers
  • Desert choice from:
    • Cafe Gourmande
    • Nougat Glacé
    • Profiteroles
  • Includes 1/4 du Vin par personne et café

Buy some !


Booking

Please either book either direct with Norma B or Avril or online below. Contact details, if required, are in the Membership Directory here

When using the on-line booking form, please note the following:

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from the organiser within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the organiser direct for your booking confirmation


 

Pig Roast + Fun & Games in aid of Médicines Sans Frontièrs, Sunday 20th August at Carcans


pig

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

This event is the BBC’s primary fund raising event. There will be “a hat” passed around and also a raffle during the afternoon for donations to Médicines Sans Frontièrs. Last year we raised 1502€ which was a record. (to be beaten this year ?!!)

Please bring your friends, family, children, grandchildren and well controlled dogs for a day of fun, games and relaxation. Also please bring some goodies for the raffle, large or small !

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

Please bring your own picnic table and chairs, parasols, eating and drinking equipment and whatever you would like to drink.

To start the proceedings, from 12:30, there will be a courtesy apero for adults and soft drinks for children.

The swimming pool will be available for use under strict parental control of children. Don’t forget your mailot de bain and towel.

There will be sports and a couple of other fund raising activities. As we may have several dogs it is hoped to have some doggie events also !


gamesTickets

In spite of Brexit, the ticket prices are unchanged!

  • Adults – 18€,
  • Children aged 4 to 12 years – 9€
  • Children under 4 – Free.
  • Families: Two adults and as many children as you can muster!! – 50€

The price will cover the cost of the food with any surplus monies going to Médicines Sans Frontièrs.

  • Inscription cut off date is 6th August to allow time to order the pig.
  • Please send cheques, made out to the BBC, direct to Deirdre as soon as you receive confirmation of your booking.
    • Please state the age and number of children coming. Your cheque and enrolment will be acknowledged

Booking

Please book direct with Deirdre or book online below before the 6th August.

Payment is needed before the event. Please send cheques, made out to the BBC, direct to Deirdre as soon as you receive confirmation of your booking.

When using the on-line booking form, please note the following:

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from the Deirdre within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to please contact the organiser direct for your booking confirmation

Closing date for booking is 6th August so that total numbers are known to order the correct sized pig!


'Jazz on the Beach' - Andernos - Sunday 30th JULY (Not August !!)


Every year Andernos hosts a jazz weekend at the end of JULY which is very successful and well attended.

As in past years, on the Sunday evening 30th July there is a concert on the beach at Plage du Bétey, starting at 10pm and finishing at midnight. People sit on the sand/rugs/deck chairs and drink beer/wine/champagne whilst listening to the jazz, it is very laid back and good fun.

This year the Demitri Baevsky and the Jeb Pattern Quartet will be playing on the beach. They are an alto sax, piano, double bass and drums ensemble and according to the blurb are excellent. They play American bluesy jazz swing, so should be ideal for chilling out on a balmy summer night on the beach sipping a glass of your favorite rosé.

Charles will host a bring and share picnic at his house in Andernos starting at 7pm. Do not forget to bring your picnic!

At 9:30pm we all make our way to the beach (10 min walk) clutching rugs, chairs, bottles and glasses and install ourselves on the beach to enjoy the concert.

Afterwards walk back for coffee, tea and whatever else you hadn’t consumed pre-concert.


Location

Andernos les Bains. Location details and directions are contained in the St George’s Day announcement in March and April Newsletters here


Booking

Please either book either direct with Charles or online below. Charles’ contact details are in the Membership Directory here

When using the on-line booking form, please note the following:

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from the organiser within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the organiser direct for your booking confirmation


Paella Pool Party: 24th June - Biscarosse


David and Avril will be hosting this very popular annual event in their garden in Biscarrosse. It is always a very popular annual BBC event and not to be missed.

We will assemble at 12.00 for an aperitif offered by your hosts followed by Paella cooked and served around the pool, followed by home made desserts. You will be welcome to swim (at your own risk)

The cost will be 12€ per person including soft drinks.  Please bring your own wine etc according to your preferences. Tables, chairs and tableware will be provided. Children under 10 years of age come free of charge.

Please send cheques in advance to Avril and payable to BBC (these will not be cashed until after the event)

Please book before 10th June and please arrive promptly as Paella will be served freshly cooked.


Location

The party will be in Biscarosse.  The address details and directions will be in the BBC Members Newsletter.


Booking

Please reserve direct with Avril or book online here.

When using the on-line booking form, please note the following:

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from the organiser within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the organiser direct for your booking confirmation


Blaye Market & Citadelle Tour - Saturday 10th June


We are organising a visit to the delightful historic riverside town of Blaye, including its lively Saturday Market and famous Citadelle, commanding great views of the river.

For those members coming from the west, we would leave cars in the parking opposite the ferry embarkation at Lamarque/Médoc, taking the ferry (departure at 11am) as foot passengers. Please meet me there at 10.45 if you would like to put your picnic goods in our car (to avoid carrying it around on the other side).

Members coming from the East can park in Blaye and rendezvous with us at the big market in Blaye (3 minute walk from the ferry and the Citadelle).

We could take the ferry back to Lamarque in the afternoon, 15h00 or 16h30.


Picnic Lunch

in order to benefit from the background history we need to have a picnic !

Bring whatever you need ……. chairs, bottles and of course your picnic or buy groceries from the market, fresh bread, fruits etc…

I propose to load my car with your goods, chairs, tables, bottles, food… (I have a big car !) remember we can buy groceries from the market.


Guided Tour

We can have a guided tour of the Citadelle, in English, at 14h00 for 6€ per person


Booking

Please reserve direct with Cathy or book online below.

When using the on-line booking form, please note the following:

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from Cathy within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the Cathy direct for your booking confirmation


BBC Events


* Saturday 10th June : Visit to Citadelle and Market – Blaye

A visit to the delightful historic riverside town of Blaye, including its lively Saturday Market and famous Citadelle, commanding great views of the river.

For full details and to book online, please click here


* Thursday 15th June: Cinema Visit – Bordeaux

If you are already registered then you will receive an email about the film and timing.

If you are not registered onto the cinema list, then please click here


* Saturday 24th June : Paella Pool Party – Biscarosse

Always a very popular annual BBC event and not to be missed.

We will assemble at 12.00 for an aperitif offered by your hosts followed by Paella cooked and served around the pool, followed by home made desserts. You will be welcome to swim (at your own risk)

For full details and to book online, please click here


* Tuesday 27th June : Golf – Pessac

* Sunday 9th July : Chateau du Prat Visit & Picnic – Générac (near Blaye)

* Sunday 6th August : Family Picnic & Beach Party – Hourtin

* Sunday 20th August : Annual Pig Roast & Charity Fundraising – Carcans

* Friday 1st September : Micro Brewery Visit – Biscarosse

* Thursday 7th September : Guided Chateau & Popes Tour

* Monday 25th – Friday 29th September 2017 (4 nights) – Gite Holiday near Perpignan

gite-gd-02The Gite is located in the heart of a historic vineyard near Perpignan and the Mediterranean.

Fully booked!

For full details, please click here.


* Friday 1st December – BBC Members Christmas Party – Floirac at 7pm