Visit to Château Mongenan: Portets – Monday, June 24th and lunch


Visit to Château Mongenan: Portets – Monday, June 24th and lunch

Château Mongenan is an 18th Century Château with remarkable gardens and a museum, listed as a historical monument. The collection of Mme. Mothe’s family begins around 300 years ago and for history lovers is amazing. She also has a very fine collection of Free Masonary. Her knowledge is endless and she personally guides visitors through the museum which is housed in the former stables.


Agenda and Prices

We suggest arriving at 10.45 to start the visit at 11.00

There are two parts to the visit, the museum and the gardens and if we are more then 15 the group will be divided into two, one starting with the museum and the other with the gardens.

After the visit we will drive to Podensac for lunch at the Trois Musquetaires. Cost of the visit 10€ including a tasting. Cost of the 3 course lunch including coffee and a bottle of wine between four is 19€.


Address

Château Mongenan, 16 rue Mongenan, 33640 PORTETS Map: here

Trois Mousquetaires, 22 Place Gambetta, 33720 PODENSAC Map: here


Booking

After the visit we will drive to Podensac for lunch at the Trois Musquetaires.

The menu proposed includes a choice of two dishes for each course.

MENU 19€  (including coffee and one bottle of wine between six)

Melon à l’italienne  (melon et jambon de parme)
Salade de thon et crudités
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Poulet forestière
Confit de canard fermier
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Salade de fruits frais
Pana cotta à la myrtille

The restaurant asks that we give them our menu choices by Monday 17th of June.

If you would like to attend this event please book direct with Pamela Prior.  Her details are as follows :

email : pamela.i.prior@gmail.com

mobile: 06 75 80 03 86.

Please note that Pamela needs confirmation of your booking together with your menu choices not later than Saturday 15th June.



BORDEAUX ANGLAIS: Bordeaux - Wednesday April 3rd, 2019


BORDEAUX ANGLAIS, a day’s visit, walk and lunch with Alain Mounolou on Wednesday April 3rd, 2019 from 10 a.m to 4.30 p.m..

What was Bordeaux like when the Ducs d’Aquitaine were also incidentally rois d’Angleterre (1154-1453)? Want to find out? Join in!

Starting with a private guided tour of the mediaeval section of the Musée d’Aquitaine from 10.30 to 12 a.m – 7€

then lunch at the well-known Cafe Les Arts 138 cours Victor Hugo on the corner of rue Ste Catherine – 14:90€

and an afternoon tour of the “Bordeaux Anglais” with its gates, walls, old houses, bell tower and narrow alleys. Ending Place Pey Berland (by the A & B tram stops, close to central boutiques for shopaholics).

Join in for one, two or all three of the above !


Meeting time and place

Meet from 10 a.m at the Teachers Club 35 cours Pasteur, Bordeaux, close to Tram B “Musée d’Aquitaine” stop and Tram A “Hôtel de Ville” stop.


Prices and Booking

Museum visit: 7€ per person (includes guide’s fee and entrance) to be paid in cash to Alain on the day.

Lunch: Cafe Les Arts does a pleasant 3-course day’s menu+coffee for 14.90€ not including drinks and a choice between fish and meat, to be paid for individually.

You can skip lunch if you wish, or join for lunch and/or in the afternoon.

The BBC uses the Helloasso online booking system to make it very easy for you to book and select any of the options for the event..

If you have not used Helloasso before, try it, it is easy !

For this event, no advance payments are required.

To book online please ‘click’ here

or

Book direct with the organiser whose contact details are here


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Burns Night 2019


Burns Night at 19h00 on Saturday 26th January in Salle Gérard Philipe in Martignas

This is possibly the most popular event in the BBC calendar and it is extra special this year !

BOOKINGS CLOSE ON MONDAY 7th JANUARY

It’s that time when we celebrate the life of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns and the BBC always celebrates in the best possible style !
Some would say he was the greatest Scottish poet ever to have lived, and measured by the number of parties held around the world every year to celebrate his anniversary, that could be true. However, it may also have something to do with the whisky, which always flows freely and helps to drown the ‘Haggis Beasty’ !

BOOKINGS FOR THIS EVENT CLOSE ON MONDAY 7th JANUARY

Our Burns Night will have the traditional menu will of smoked salmon, haggis, neeps, tatties and fruit tart together with wine and whisky at the inclusive price of 20€ for adults and 10€ for children. Entertainment will include the pipes, some Burns recitation and the traditional ‘Address to the Haggis’ ( together with its stabbing! ) followed by optional dancing for all.

Every year Burns Night is a BBC favourite but there are disappointments as it is always overbooked due to space limitations. Problem solved this year as we are delighted to be invited to join forces with the Martingas Jumellage Association. We have no space restrictions this year and the event will take place in the excellent events room in Martignas.


Martingas Jumellage

Martingas are twinned with Aboyne which is a historic village on the edge of the Highlands in Aberdeenshire, on the River Dee, midway between the Cairngorms National Park and Aberdeen.


Venue

Salle Gérard Philipe, 14 Avenue de Verdun, 33127 MARTIGNAS-SUR-JALLE ( map )


Menu

The menu will be as follows :

Aperitif : Punch

Starter: Smoked salmon, salad, slice of lemon and vinaigrette

Main course : Haggis, fresh mashed tatties and mashed neaps

Dessert: Apple and fruit tart

Coffee

Whisky, water and wine will be available.


Booking – Online

Booking deadline: Monday 7th January 2019.

20€ for adults and 10€ for children

The BBC uses the Helloasso online payments system.

The Helloasso system adds a voluntary ‘tip’ called a ‘Pourboire’, at the page which summarises your payment.  If you do not wish to leave a tip, click ‘Modifier‘ and then click the feint box to the left of ‘Je ne souhaite pas laisser de pourboire‘. There is no obligation for you to add a tip.

Please have your bank card and mobile phone available. The number of the phone must be the one registered against your bank account and will be used by your bank to verify your payment.

Please note that the person making the booking must be recorded as a current member of the Association Bordeaux British Community

To pay online, please click here


Booking – Pay by Cheque

Booking deadline: Monday 7th January 2019.

Please post a cheque payable to BBC for 20€ per adult and 10€ per child to Cathy whose contact details are here



Châteaux and Vineyards Walk-and-lunch at Mérignac

Tuesday, January 15th 2019 BBC Châteaux and Vineyards Walk-and-lunch at Mérignac with Alain


Mérignac hosts a number of pleasant 18th and 19th century houses, some of which were or still are surrounded by vineyards producing fine Pessac-Léognan.  The day is organised in a flexible way, you are free to come to one, two or all activities.


Meeting Point

Meeting point and time: between 10 and 10.30 at the “Mérignac-centre” tram stop on the A tram line. There is a brasserie and café across rhe road.


Morning Walk

The morning walk will take us to the Mairie de Mérignac and its grounds, on to Parc Féau. If there is time, we’ll amble on to the Meltin’potes Caffé by the “Peychotte” A tram stop. If not we’ll hop onto tram A for 3 stops.


Lunch

Meltin’potes Caffé, 8 Allée des Conviviales, 33700 MERIGNAC

Aperitif, 3-course, wine and coffee 26€. This restaurant serves fresh cuisine du marché.

  • Punch maison.
  • Entrée:
    • Oeuf parfait, émulsion de parmesan et pétales de jambon fume
      OU Velouté de butternut et copeaux de foie gras
  • Plat:
    • Magret de canard cuisson basse température, pommes grenaille et jus au thym
    • OU Pavé de saumon, purée de petits pois et frites de patates douces, crème de basilic
  •  Dessert:
    • Entremet au chocolat lacté et croustillant de noix de pécan
    • OU Tartelette au citron meringuée
  • Vin:  Bordeaux rouge ou rosé
  • Café.

Afternoon Walk

The afternoon walk will take us to Châteaux Pique-Caillou, Chêne Vert, Fantaisie, Tour de Veyrines, chartreuse de Marbotin, back to a stop on the A tram line.


Booking – Online

We use the Helloasso online payments system.

The Helloasso system adds a voluntary ‘tip’ called a ‘Pourboire’, at the page which summarises your payment.  If you do not wish to leave a tip, click ‘Modifier‘ and then click the feint box to the left of ‘Je ne souhaite pas laisser de pourboire‘. There is no obligation for you to add a tip.

Please have your bank card, menu selections and mobile phone available. The number of the phone must be the one registered against your bank account and will be used by your bank to verify your payment.

To pay online, please click here


Booking – Via post

Alternatively post details of your menu selections with a cheque payable to BBC for 26€ per person to Alain whose contact details are here


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British Legion Remembrance Service – Sunday 11th November at 9:15 (revised time)


Bx_remembrance_3Remembrance Service at the Allied Forces Cemetery in Talence.

Assemble at 9:15 (please note the REVISED TIME) for the procession into the cemetery

Address: Allied Forces Cemetery, rue Bahus, 33400 TALENCE  –  GPS: N 44.814745, W 0.584240

There is ample on street parking nearby. The cemetery is a 5 minute walk from tram stop Roustaing on Ligne B

This moving and sombre annual ceremony is different this year, as it commemorates exactly 100 years since the cessation of WW1 hostilities.

The event will commence at 9.15am with the impressive and colourful procession.

The service will start at 9.30. Wreaths will be laid, including our BBC wreath which will be laid by Norma, our President. The service will last approximately 30 minutes, concluding with shots from a 1918 rifle as a salute to those who gave their lives in this and the following dreadful conflict.

We shall then walk to the adjacent French Cemetery, for a service starting at 10.30, before moving for a ‘Vin d’honneur’ at:

Chateâu de Peixotto, allée de Peixotto, 33400 TALENCE.

The chateau is situated in a large historic public parc which is maintained to respect the ecosystem and biodiversity. The chateau and parc are approximately 5 minutes by car or a 15 minute walk from the cemetery. Please click here for information about the chateau and parc

As is customary, our members will mingle with members of the British Legion and join them for lunch.


Thanksgiving Celebration & Meal: Bordeaux – Monday 26th November at 13:00


Celebrate Thanksgiving 2018 !


Celebrate Thanksgiving with a buffet meal in the centre of Bordeaux chez Henley and Tommy.

This is a North American tradition that Henley has been hosting in France for the last decade and along with the classic stuffed turkey, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole

The menu includes dishes from the American South such as cheesy grits, cornbread, creamed corn, bourbon roasted ham, sweet potato casserole and macaroni and cheese.

The meal will be washed down with local wine and to finish we will enjoy some famous pumpkin pie, key lime pie from Florida and pecan pie.

It promises to me a lively afternoon!


Location

Central Bordeaux near Porte de Bourgogne.  The address will be sent by email after receipt of your booking.


Booking

The last date to register for is before Monday, 19th November.

We use the Helloasso online booking and payments system and they add a suggested ‘tip’ called a Pouboire, at the page which summarises your payment.

If you do not wish to leave a tip, please click ‘Modifier‘ and then click the feint box to the left of ‘Je ne souhaite pas laisser de pourboire‘. There is no obligation for you to add a tip.

Please have your bank or credit card available and also your mobile phone for payment verification.

Book and pay via the Helloasso system here

Alternatively please book direct:

 Post your cheque for 20€ per person payable to ‘BBC’, direct to Henley.

Henley’s contact details are here

Please note that all attendees must be recorded as members of the Association Bordeaux British Community.


BORDEAUX FOUNTAINS with Alain MOUNOLOU - Tuesday, 11th September


A tour of various fountains, some well-known, others off the beaten tracks and a history of the
supply of water to the Bordelais over the centuries, une histoire qui n’a pas toujours coulé de source.

CONTACT FOR THE DAY: Alain MOUNOLOU, 06.44.80.43.22

Meeting place and time: between 10.30 and 11 a.m. at Café Brasserie Le Terminus
opposite Gare St Jean, access via Tram C, buses 1, 9, 10, 11… arrêt Gare St Jean.

We start at 11:00 at fontaine des Beaux-Arts, de la Grave, de la Bourse, du Parlement, St Projet.

Lunch at Le Chaudron, 41-43 rue St Rémi close to Place de la Bourse.
See menu choices below, 21€ with wine and coffee.

In the afternoon: Fontaine Amédée Larrieu, Font d’Audeige (the hidden one and the visible one),fontaines du Monument aux Girondins place des Quinconces,
close to trams B and C and buses 2, 3, 6, 26, 29, 47

The BBC will supply you with a day-pass (5€) as we will be hopping on and off trams and buses. I’ll forward them to you so you can use them on your journeys in and out that day.

Menu Choices.

Entrées : 1) Rillettes de saumon or 2) Salade de gésiers or 3) Mesclun de Serrano.
Plat : 1) Cuisse de poulet sauce diable or 2) Merlu or 3) Bavette sauce poivre.
Dessert : 1) Tarte aux pommes or 2) Ile flottante or 3) Brownie au chocolat. 1⁄4 de vin, café


Booking and Payment

Please book before Monday 3rd September

Payment for 27€ (day pass + postage stamp + 21€ for lunch) per person

Book Online

We use the free Helloasso booking system and they add a suggested ‘tip’ called a Pouboire, at the page which summarises your payment.

If you do not wish to leave a tip, please click ‘Modifier and then click the feint box to the left of ‘Je ne souhaite pas laisser de pourboire‘. There is no obligation for you to add a tip.

  • Please have your bank or credit card available
  • Book and pay online via the Helloasso system here

Please note that the person making the booking must be recorded as a 2018 member of the Association Bordeaux British Community

Book online by clicking here

Online booking will automatically close on Monday 3rd September

Or by post with a cheque payable to BBC together with your menu options and postal address sent to Alain Mounolou whose contact details are here


 


 

Summer Tea Party and Wine Tasting: Avensan - Wednesday 11th July


What would the summer be without a traditional English high tea with cake and les petit sandwiches preceded by an optional wine tasting !


Programme

At 14:30 there is an optional visit to a local Medoc Chateaux for wine tasting and optional purchase (of wine not the chateau!!). Our hosts have frequently sampled it and rate it highly.

Afterwards, Brian and Cathy M have offered to throw open their garden for the afternoon in Avensan in the Medoc for a delicious English high tea or coffee with cake et les petit sandwiches to be enjoyed under the shade of our BBC marquee.


Booking

The tea party will be 7€ per person

The optional chateau visit and wine tasting will be 5€ per person.

Either book and pay online below or directly with Cathy M. ( cathy.sobritish@gmail.com )

We use the free Helloasso payment system and and they add a suggested ‘tip’ called a Pouboire, at the page which summarises your payment.

If you do not wish to leave a tip, click ‘Modifier and click the feint box to the left of ‘Je ne souhaite pas laisser de pourboire‘. There is no obligation for you to add a tip.

  • Please have your bank or credit card available
  • Book and pay online via the Helloasso system here

Please note that the person making the booking must be recorded as a 2018 member of the Association Bordeaux British Community.


Isle of Flowers and Churchill’s retreat: Mimizan - Tuesday 22nd May

What a surprise, an island in the beautiful Lac d’Aureilhan near Mimizan with an astonishing display of nearly 400 varieties of trees, bushes and especially varieties of flowers, mainly labelled and all lovingly tended, and also free to visit.

Even more surprising, a stone’s throw away is the lakeside Tudor hunting lodge frequently visited by Winston Churchill in the inter-war years, to which 20 of his paintings attest.  Other visitors included the elite of the British Government, famous artists and designers as well as Royalty of this period.

After exploring the gardens and lakeside, and having lunch nearby, we shall also optionally drive 5km and explore Mimizan beach and harbour.


Agenda for the day

10:45 – We should embark promptly on our tour of the island to allow time for the ‘Oohing and Aahing’ en route !

Our meeting point is in the car park at end of Avenue du Lac, 40200 MIMIZAN. The car park is next to the short bridge onto the island. Please click for a map showing meeting point

There are also loos in the car park

Early arrivals may take a coffee in the adjacent ‘Hotel du Lac’.

When we reach the end of the island on our walk, we can see Chateau Woolsack (Churchill’s Retreat).

Optionally we can cross another bridge and take a lovely 40 minute return walk along the lakeside footpath to the Chateau.

OR keen gardeners/less keen walkers may prefer to stay on the island. Their return walk turns right at the ‘bug hotel’ and then you can take in the aquatic plants, whilst completing the island circuit.

13:00 – Lunch in the Hotel du Lac, next to our parking, beautifully situated, and Janet, the English owner will be catering specially for us.

A delicious 3-course lunch with choice of starter, main course and desert for 18.50€  (please select your choices on the booking form below) For more information please see www.hoteldulacmimizan.com

14:30 – For those who would like to venture further after lunch, we shall drive a further 5km to walk at Mimizan Plage, which boasts one of the few harbours on this coast.


Further Information

Garden and Walk:

For more information on the beautiful garden island and walk please click here

Chateau Woolsack:

The chateau was built for Hugh Grosvenor, 2nd Duke of Westminster, in 1911. It was based on the Capetown ‘Tudor’ lodge where Rudyard Kipling lived. The Duke was among Britain’s richest people, and gave lavish hunting parties at Woolsack, his many guests included Charlie Chaplin, Coco Chanel, King Alfonso of Spain, Lloyd George, Anthony Eden, Salvador Dali, and frequently Winston Churchill.

The Chateau is currently privately owned, there is a prominent classic red English postbox on the approach road!

For more information please click here


Booking

To register, please contact Phil direct or book online before the 17th May.  Phil’s contact details are here

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

  • Click ‘Submit’ only once and then wait for your booking details to be re-displayed on your screen.
    • This may take a little time while your details are being noted and registered.
  • 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

For those not using GPS:

  • Take A63 from Bordeaux, take exit west at Labouheyre on D626 through Lue, Pontenx les Forges, and St Paul en Born to Aureilhan.
  • Skirt the town going west on Route des Lacs, branching right at traffic lights, on Avenue de Vignon, signed to le Lac.
  • Continue north on Avenue de Woolsack, following signs for Promenade Fleurie.
  • Shortly after crossing the river bridge, turn right at the mini roundabout into Avenue du Lac and park in the car park at the end of the road which is next to the short bridge onto the island. Please click for a map showing meeting point

Map of Car Park Meeting Point



International Seaplane Rally and Picnic - 12:00 noon Sunday 10th June: Biscarrosse


Background

In the inter-war years Biscarrosse was the centre of the thriving French seaplane industry, with more than 100 flying boats providing flights to Africa. New York and South America. There is now an excellent museum there, with a regular international event to trace the history of aviation.

The 2018 edition also marks the centenary of the first flight of what was to become Latécoère Air Lines which started delivering freight and post for Laposte to the french colonies in Africa.

During the first world war the founder, Pierre Latécoère, invested in factories in Toulouse producing shells and aircraft and delivered about 800 planes to the french army. The company then specialized in design and manufacture of seaplanes which reached a zenith with the six engined Latécoère 631 which was billed as ‘The Ship of the Skies‘ and designed for transatlantic flights. The 631 first flew in 1939 and 10 examples were produced. It was the largest production seaplane ever built and to put this into context had a wingspan about one third larger than the famous Short Sunderland of WWII fame. Groupe Latécoère still exists today as a successful group of companies supplying assemblies and components to Airbus and Boeing.

The 2018 flying displays will involve historic seaplanes and legendary aircraft of French and international aviation including the Breguet 14, PBY Catalina, Douglas DC3, De Havilland Beaver etc

More recent aircraft will fly including a Rafale, competitor to Eurofighter Typhoon, from the 17F Flotille of the French Naval Air Force, a fire fighting Canadair seaplane of the Civil Security and also the presence of the Patrouille de France which is the Air Force aerobatic team.

There will be helicopter rides, exhibitions and the usual event amenities.

The BBC enjoyed an excellent day in 2016, and we look forward to visiting again this year, seeing around 30 classic seaplanes in action, contrasted with a display by the mighty supersonic Dassault Rafale which is built at Merignac.


Our Rendezvous and Picnic

We must expect it to be busy, and to avoid the crowds we propose meeting at 12.00 sharp for a ‘tranquil’ picnic at the Petit Lac.

We will then walk less than 1 Km along the canal to reach the event at the southern lake at Latecoere, which has the usual festival facilities (aviation and other stalls, refreshments etc).

Entry is free.

Please bring all you need for a picnic ! Phil aims to ‘reserve’ the picnic tables by the lake !


Picnic and Meeting Location

TIME: 12:00 noon on Sunday 10th June

GPS: 44.396591, -1.182885  ( N 44°23’47.7″ W 1°10’58.4″ )

Alternatively, set your GPS to Avenue de Montbron

Map: Please click here for a map

Directions from Bordeaux:

  • Take A63 from Bordeaux and after 28Km turn off onto A660 signed to Arcachon
  • Turn off after 5 km, onto D216 signed to Biscarrosse
  • In Mios turn sharp right at the first roundabout then straight over the next one
  • After 25km go through Sanguinet (over 4 roundabouts including a large one surrounding the town hall)
  • After a further 12 Km you reach Biscarrosse
  • Go straight over the first and second roundabouts, and continue straight into the centre (over an absurd number of speed bumps !) past the Marie and the church
  • Take the second turn right after the church, signed to Dechetterie and Cimetiere ! This road is Avenue de Montbron
  • You will cross a bridge over the canal (joining Biscarrosse’s three lakes) and then look out for the lakeside car park on your right opposite the cemetery
    • Note the car park has an intimidating 2.1m width restriction. If your car is wider, or you don’t trust your judgement, you can park opposite in the Cemetery car park !
    • Note ignore any signs for ‘Hydravion’ (which direct to special parking, buses and crowds)

Booking

To register, please contact Phil C direct or book online below.  Phil’s contact details are here

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

  • Click ‘Submit’ only once and then wait for your booking details to be re-displayed on your screen.
    • There maybe a little delay while your details are being noted and registered.
  • 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.