Sunday 22nd April - St George's Day Celebration and Party: Cussac Fort Medoc


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FULLY BOOKED

Yes, we know that we are one day early but come and join us for our annual St George’s celebrations to enjoy yourself and remember or forget dragons and Brexiteers in a far away land !

This year we will be celebrating Saint George chez Michele and David at their home in Cussac Fort Medoc. with a British style lunch, together with live music courtesy of David Roberts with the Lafayette Club Band. Sorry no Morris Dancers but lunch, music and great company all for a king’s ransom of just 15€ per person !

Last year we were over booked. This year numbers are restricted to a maximum of 40 so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment particularly as this event is on Sunday.

The day starts at 12 noon to enjoy an aperitif together before settling down to a fish and chip lunch freshly prepared on site.

All will be undercover in case of rain.

The cost is 15€ per person. See the menu below and we ask you to ‘bring your own wine, glasses, plates and cutlery. We are also extending an invitation to a group from the ‘Lafayette Association’ who kindly entertained us at their 14th July celebrations last year.


Nearby

If you have not visited before make a morning visit to the historic site of Fort Medoc which was built to keep that pesky St George and the British fleet at bay !

Map here and historical information here


Menu

Aperitif

Salad and Charcuterie

Freshly cooked Fish and Chips

Selection of Desserts


Burns Night: Martingas – Saturday 27th January 2018


Burns Night– Saturday 27th January 7:30 for 8:00

burnsnightIt’s that time again, when we celebrate the life of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns.

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’.

Whatever, this year the celebration returns to Martignas but the formula remains the same.

The traditional menu will consist of smoked salmon, haggis, neeps, tatties and trifle with wine and whisky at the inclusive price of 20€ per head. Entertainment will include the pipes, some Burns recitation and the traditional ‘Address to the Haggis’ (together with its stabbing).

Space limitations for a sit down dinner mean that only 28 people can be accommodated and places will be allocated on a strict booking order basis. So …… book early !


Booking

This event is always very popular and demand is always greater than the number of places available.  If you would like to attend, then please contact John B direct or complete the online booking form as soon as possible.

Payment in advance is required for this event so please send your cheque, made out to the BBC for 20€ per person, direct to John B.

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


Comments from previous years
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“It was a sell out! The full capacity of 28 members booked. Guests commenced the evening with a rather potent Scottish Sparkle, skilfully prepared and ladled out by John. There was a healthy display of tartan evident, together with knobbly knees displayed by the kilt wearing Scotsmen!”

“We were treated to animated singing led by Kit of ‘Comin’ thro’ the rye’ accompanied – as has become the custom at our Celtic events – by Jack, duly dressed in fine regalia. He then lead the magnificent procession, with several circuits, piping in the Haggis. The strident bagpipes were momentarily silenced when the key pipe came adrift, causing some amusement, but not detracting from the spectacle of Eileen proudly bearing the Haggis! Chris then treated us to an ‘Address to the Haggis’ before brutally stabbing it!”

”   …….. then to the serious part – eating the haggis and it was agreed by many to be the best ever ! It was of course accompanied by the traditional, neeps and tatties (mashed potatoes). Less obvious was that the excellent whisky, served to all, was to be partially poured on the haggis (like gravy).”

” ……….. a toast to the ‘Lassies’ to which Eileen responded in song ! Then to the plentiful and rich Trifles ……”

” ….. and we concluded with coffee and excellent Shortbread. The pipes were exercised his again to accompany us singing ‘Flower of Scotland’, and finally ‘Auld Lang Syne’ (perhaps Robbie Burns’ most famous rendering)”


St Patrick’s Night : Lanton – Saturday 17th March


We are delighted to be returning to Arthur’s Pub where we all had a great time last year. So, celebrate St Patrick’s Day 2018 in style in an Irish Pub, come along and be ready to enjoy a good Irish dinner, Irish music and plus dancing. Wear something green if you can and bring your Irish hats.  Otherwise, St Patrick will not mind if you just come and enjoy yourself as we all did last year !!


What is St Patrick’s Day?

St Patrick’s Day was originally a religious celebration marking the day the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick, died.  Also known as the Feast of St Patrick, the day became an official feast day in the early 17th century and heralded the introduction of Christianity in Ireland.

With Lenten restrictions being lifted for the day, the Irish paid tribute to the Saint by eating and often having a drink or two !


Time

Our Irish dinner will be at 8 pm


Menu and Price

The menu and price ( price last year was 25€, drinks and coffee extra ) are soon to be confirmed and notified to BBC members. ( As a guide the price last year was 25€, drinks and coffee extra )

Starters

Irish Calcannon: ( tartare of potato,cabbage,whisky,poached egg,green asparagus and asparagus sauce )
or
Carpaccio of marinated salmon, buttered toast

Main Courses
Medallion of veal, Guinness sauce, fried cabbage,courgettes and bacon, pommes darphin (thin chips)
or
Fish and chips, crispy pesto potatoes, coleslaw, tartare sauce

Desserts
Banoffee
or
Raspberry crumble

Price: 30€ including coffee and 25 cl of wine per person. ( This compares very favourably with the price last year when wine and coffee were extra )


Music and Dance

There will be a DJ and you will be able to dance until 2am if you feel inclined!!


Location

L’Irlande sur le Bassin!

Arthur’s Pub, 3 Avenue Paul Gauguin, 33138 Lanton (close to Andernos)


Booking

Join us for an Irish night! Colette looks forward to seeing as many of us as possible and having a taste of Ireland!

Please either register your attendance and menu options online below or direct with Colette whose contact details are here or alternatively please 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 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

Coming from Bordeaux:

Take the Cassy turn off on the dual carriage way (which is actually the 1st roundabout you come to). Follow the road to the end and at the traffic lights, turn left. At the Intermarche traffic lights, turn right and the Pub is directly in front of you.

For those coming from Biganos direction:

Follow the road through Audenge and turn left at the Intermarche traffic lights but to do this, as you approach the traffic lights, you veer right at Intermarche petrol station then at the traffic lights there, turn left and Arthur’s Pub is straight in front.



Grand Christmas Party & Dinner - Friday 1st December at 7 pm

This year we are again returning to the stunning Château La Chèze in Floirac for our annual Christmas Party and Dinner.

The price for members is fantastic value at 45€ per person which is unchanged from last year. The price for member’s guests is 55€ per person. Very much an evening to suit everyone.  To enjoy good food and wine. To be calm or to be energetic. The choice is yours. Oh ……. and also to enjoy great company in a beautiful environment!

Your evening commences at 7pm with a glass or two of kir petillant and canapes – an opportunity to meet up with friends and to welcome new members.

Followed by a production by the drama group of ‘Murder on the Medoc Express’. This year’s production is definitely not for the squeamish !

The suspense is intense ! Shortlisted for BBC Oscars ! Will they run out of cast members before the shooting, stabbing, poisoning and occasional strangulation are complete ? Will Poiwot, Captain Wastings, Inspector Maigway and Miss Marbles discover who dun it ! Will it be a shambles ? (Editor’s comment: It usually is ! )

Once you have recovered your composure from the drama, dinner will be served.

Please order your choice of each of the three courses in advance.

After dinner there will be dancing to a selection of oldies and goodies and some up to date music into the wee hours of the morning.  All those memories will come flooding back! The energetic can enjoy a boogie; maybe a smooch or two for the romantically inclined and we may be sure that some of the old faithfuls (music that is!) will make an appearance.

Or if you are not feeling energetic, just sit and chat with friends and do not worry as the drinks from the ‘Night Bar’ will not run out!

Be calm and chat, relax or be energetic and dance. The choice is totally yours !


* Venue

Château La Chèze – 27 Avenue Pierre Semirot, 33270 FLOIRAC.

The château was built in the late 19th century on the grounds of a former small fortified castle by a wealthy market gardener. The art nouveau style mansion has been modernized to high standards whilst retaining many of the original charming features. The staff are helpful and friendly and create a great ambience for us to enjoy.

The restaurant is under new management and our food will be prepared and cooked by resident chef Jean-Baptiste Lévy and his team.


* Program for the Evening and Menu – fantastic value for only 45€ !
  • 7:00 – 7:30: Welcome Cocktail – Soupe Champenoise with ‘finger food accompaniments’
  • 7:30: Please take your seats for dinner
    • Murder on the Medoc Express‘ by the BBC Drama Group
    • Dinner choices:
      • Entrée (to be chosen in advance):
        • Foie gras mi-cuit maison et chutney de poires
        • OR Raviole de Homard à l’orientale
      • Main Course (to be chosen in advance):
        • Tronçon de Lotte, embeurrée de poireaux crème poivre pomelos
        • OR Pavé de noix de Veau, pommes darphin et sauce périgourdine
      • Desert (to be chosen in advance):
        • Coulant au Chocolat pépites au sésame
        • OR Gratin de Fruits exotique, sorbet à la passion
      • Wines and water
      • Coffee
    • After Dinner
      • Optional dancing
      • Optional chatting
      • Optional …..
  • ‘Night Bar’ – Crémant and wine ( Digestifs such as whisky and gin are available for purchase at the bar )

All for a BBC Member price of 45€ !!


* Dress Code

Completely optional. Come dressed to enjoy yourselves !


* Booking

If you require further information then please contact Avril whose contact details are here

Please book online here or book direct with Avril.

A cheque made payable to ‘Bordeaux British Community’ for 45€ per BBC member and 50€ per guest is required before the closing date of mid-November.

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


* Overnight Accommodation
  • Château La Chèze – 27 Avenue Pierre Semirot, 33270 FLOIRAC
    • The château has 14 rooms but all are now booked by BBC members for the party

There are are a number of good quality lower price local hotels available nearby.  Some of these hotels are listed below. Prices will increase as you get closer to Christmas, so book early!

  • Hôtel Formule Club – 5 Rue Condorcet, 33150 CENON
    • 2.3 km by car from Château La Chèze
    •  05 56 32 16 68
    • Several of our members have stayed at this hotel and reported good value for money.
  • Hôtel Altica – rue de la Gabarre, 33270 FLOIRAC
    • 3.4 kms by car from Château La Chèze
    • 05 57 97 70 70
  • Hôtel F1 – 50 rue Emile Henriot, Quai de la Souys, 33100 BORDEAUX-BASTIDE
  • Hôtel Kyriad – 1 Avenue de Paris 33310 LORMONT
    • 4 km by car from Château La Chèze
    • 08 92 23 48 13

* Taxis

taxiRecommend that you book your taxi in advance rather than waiting until you need it. When booking your taxi, please make sure that you have the château address to hand which is: Château la Chèze, 27 Avenue Pierre Semirot, 33270 FLOIRAC

  • The château reception will book your taxi but do not wait until the last minute !
  • Or use  Pages Jaune – In the first search box enter ‘taxi’. In the second box enter either Floirac 33270′ or ‘Cenon 33150’.  Click ‘Afficher Le No. to display a phone number.

 



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


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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