A Cycle Ride or a Walk and/or a Lunch in the Entre-Deux-Mers: Friday 19th January 2018


Dust off your Velo and Walking Shoes ! – Friday 19th January
Cyclists and Walkers

Enjoy some leisurely cycling or walking and explore a very different area of our region (not a vineyard in sight!) or come for a walk or just come for lunch !  A gentle cycle ride on tarmac and in two separate 10km stages starting on the rive droite of the Garonne opposite Ile d’Arcins. Before we start, we will fortify ourselves with croisantes, coffee and wine and also take a freshment stop on the way !

We cycle alongside the Garonne and then inland into the Entre deux Mers to Latresne to join the Piste Cyclable Roger Lapébie which was originally a railway line,

The cycle way is smooth and runs through delightful wooded countryside and farm land with many opportunities to stop.

At the same time as the cyclists are enjoying the countryside and refreshment stops there will be a separate walking group.


Lunch

A leisurely lunch at Bistrot de la Pimpine which is an old railway station in Lignan de Bordeaux, now converted to a simple bar/restaurant.

Some cyclists suitably fortified after lunch may wish to have the full experience and cycle the complete path to Lacanau but this is not compulsory !

Walkers suitably fortified can struggle the few steps back to their cars !

Lunch is a good value ‘honest’ menu de jour for 15:00€ including wine

This is a repeat of a previous event where we had some who just came for lunch and contributed to a great atmosphere.

Some cyclists suitably fortified after lunch may wish to have the full experience and cycle the complete cycle path to Lacanau but this is not compulsory !  Walkers suitably fortified can struggle the few steps back to their cars !

No need to dress up, lycra permitted and totally optional!


Booking

To register for cycling and lunch, or just lunch only, please contact Ian or book online (Ian says that he will definitely be cycling and enjoying lunch irrespective of the weather and does not want to feel lonely!)

If you need more information etc please contact Ian whose contact details are 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.



India Saga: Lunch with a Talk in Andernos, North Bassin d’Arcachon - Tuesday 20th February


After Lunch Talk

We have invited BBC member Mick Howarth to share his experiences as a young man in 1960’s India in an illustrated talk and discussion after a good lunch at the Etoile restaurant in Andernos.

He will relate something of the joys and frustrations of being thrown in at the deep end as a lecturer at the age of 21 in a remote university where he was one of only two Europeans – also of his wider travels, visiting Indian students in their homes and other British volunteers on their projects.

If asked, he can also outline the process of self-publishing with Kindle and Amazon.

Mick is currently working on the third volume of his memoirs, Sagar Saga.  The first two are available in both full colour Kindle and paperback formats from Amazon and he will bring a few copies along.

For information about Mick and his books please click here


Morning Walk at 10:30

Weather permitting, those who wish to work up an appetite can accompany Mick’s wife Carole, who grew up in the area, on a bracing morning walk along the Bassin coast to the oyster port at Andernos (about 6km round trip).  Walkers meet Carole in front of the restaurant at 10.30.


Lunch at 12:15

The Etoile is a traditional family-run restaurant and hotel founded in 1937, 500 metres from the beach and hosts the local Rotary Club every month.  Carole and Mick have been eating there for over 30 years. There will be no difficulty parking in and around the Place de l’Etoile.

Reception from 12.15 for lunch at 12.30.  Walkers meet Carole in front of the restaurant at 10.30.

Special menu at 20€ including coffee:

Soupe de poissons maison et sa garniture

OR Cassolette campagnarde

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Filet de merlu sauce crémeuse

OR Cuisse de pintade braisée au jus

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Patisserie

Wine can be purchased at the table.  There is a good house red at 7€ or rosé at 7.50€ a bottle, plus full choice from the wine list.

Address: Place de l’Etoile, 33510 Andernos-les-Bains,  Please click here for a map.


Booking

If you would like to join us please contact Mick H direct or book online by 10th February.

Cheques made out to the BBC for 20€ per person should be sent direct to Mick. Mick’s contact details and address to send cheques etc are here

Please give your choice of starter and main course and say if you intend to join the walkers.

Closing date Sunday 10th February.  Places are limited so please register early.

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


 

 

Activities Week: Marans (near La Rochelle) - 2nd to 9th June 2018


Update: 7 apartments are now booked but there is room for one or two more couples. If you want to come, please book direct with Ted and Jenny as soon as possible but by the end of January at the latest !

Park and Suites

This year Ted and Jenny are proposing a week at Marans, a small town about 20 minutes north-east of La Rochelle and near the Marais Poitevin.

We will be staying at Park & Suites:  Parks and Suites at Marans-la- Rochelle

Details of the Marais Poitevin regional nature resereve are here: www.marais-poitevin.com/

Park and Suites is a complex of groups of two storey apartments set in a park.  You reach the top floor apartments by an outside staircase.  Each apartment has a bedroom with large double bed leading to a shower room and on to a kitchen/dining area with large fridge, dishwasher, hob and microwave (no oven) with a sofa bed, table and chairs.  Outside there is a small balcony or patio.  In the case of the downstairs apartments the patios are covered.  The apartment is well equipped and the bed made up.

Outside for your use a large heated pool, sauna, ping pong and a boules court.

There are several blocks of apartments with large spaces in between which makes it feel very spacious.  A few minutes walk brings you into the little town where you will find shops, a small marina, bars restaurants. There is also a Super U easily accessible.


Excursions and relaxation

We are planning excursions to the Marais Poitevin, visits to ruined abbeys, chateaux, walks along the coast and of course La Rochelle and Ile de Re.  There is an opportunity to play golf at Pree la Rochelle.  There is certainly a lot to do in the area, but maybe you would just like to relax around the pool and not join in the activities.  That’s OK too!


Price and Payment

The price of all this is 49€ per couple per night, 343€ for the week.  They will require 50% on booking then the rest before arrival.  There is a reasonable cancellation policy.  Cheques must be made out to Park and Suites and sent to Brian M as soon as possible.  Please note that this type of activity is not covered by the BBC insurance policy. Hence the booking and all payments are made direct between the attendees and Park and Suites .

Anyone interested should email Ted and Jenny. We do need to have time to organise numbers and bookings, so we must operate on first come first served basis.


La Rochelle


 

Golf or 'Walk the Course' : Lacanau - Tuesday 21st November


golfLunch

As usual we will start with lunch at 12:00 for the ‘golfers’ and ‘walkers’.  The restaurant is near the golf course and details are being finalised.


Golf

The first depart is at 14:20 at:

Golf UCPA de La Méjanne, Route du  Baganais, 33680  Lacanau  Océan

Please click here

for a map


Or ……

As always non-players are welcome to join us for lunch and/or a beautiful walk around the course, (as long as they are not too critical of the players’ abilities!).


Booking

Please book online or direct with Brian – first come first served !

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


'Medoc Meanderers' walk in the Medoc: Margaux - Wednesday 8th November


Medoc Meanderers

The Medoc Meanderers are a walking group based in the Medoc and formerly co-ordinated by our good friend Piet who sadly passed away earlier this year.


When and Where

The walk is on Wednesday 8th November starting at 10:30 from the car park at the Salle des Fêtes in Margaux.

About 6/7 km and mainly the route is not muddy.  For part of the walk, should it rain or have rained there’s an alternative way back to Margaux.


Picnic

For those who would like to join a bring-your-own picnic you will be very welcome to come back to the organisers kitchen whose house is very near to the parking area.


Booking

Open to everyone. If you would like to register and receive more details then please complete the online booking form



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



 

Scottish Country Dancing


The BBC now has a Scottish Country Dancing Group. For those who have not tried or seen Scottish Country Dancing in action, it is highly sociable and the dances are generally energetic. You start with a partner and you will know that you have grasped the steps when you at least finish with the same partner!

It is dance for all ages and is taught in many schools in Scotland.


When

The group meets once a month from October 2017 to March 2018 on a Thursday evening from 7.0 pm to 9.30 pm in Labarde.

The next date is:

  • Thursday 8th March 2018

Where?

The group will practice in Labarde and the Mairie de Labarde have kindly agreed to make available a room free of charge for the BBC to use.

Labarde is in the Medoc roughly 30 minutes north from the centre of Bordeaux by car. For those without transport there is the possibility of a tram to Blanquefort from where a pickup can be arranged.


How much?

We have a professional animatrice in the person of Marilyn Simon.

To cover teaching costs there is a charge of 15€ for three sessions payable in advance to the BBC for three sessions payable in advance to the BBC by 1st January 2018.  10€ to cover the February and March sessions.

Cheques should be made payable to BBC


How to Join

We now have more than the minimum of 16 participants in order to start the group but more will be made very welcome.  So if you want to come along or need more information please contact Pamela Prior. Pamela’s contact details may be found in the Membership Directory here

Alternatively please book online:

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!


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