UPDATE - 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



Pig Roast, Fun & Games, Bookstall in aid of Médicines Sans Frontièrs: Carcans, Saturday 25th August


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 book stall and “a hat” passed around during the afternoon. All money raised will go to Médicines Sans Frontièrs. The record is 1502€, 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 !


Book and DVD Stall

There will be a book and DVD stall this year in aid of Medecins sans Frontiers

Please bring your unwanted books, DVDs etc childrens books, books in French or English

If you are unable to attend maybe you could give them to a fellow member who can bring them on the day

Helpers would be most welcome !


Agenda and Format

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

This is very much a fundraising event for Médicines Sans Frontièrs. Tickets are very reasonably priced as follows:

  • Adults – 20€,
  • Children aged 4 to 12 years – 10€
  • Children under 4 – Free.
  • Families: Two adults and two children – 50€

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


Booking

Bookings close on Monday 13th August so that the appropriate sized pig can be ordered !

To register, please book online below or direct with Deirdre whose contact details are here

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.


Andernos Market and Lunch : Friday 11th May


000_Par7626239-lollllAndernos is a bustling resort town on the Arcachon Bassin which has a very picturesque water-front onto the bassin. Come and join us for a stroll around Andernos’ market.

The general market has many different and interesting stalls to browse. Also there is a large indoor food market with many vendors selling a wide range of goods including meat, cheese, fruit, veg and tapas. In the centre of the indoor market is a friendly café/bar where you can enjoy a cup of coffee or, if the mood takes you, a beer!


Meeting Time

Due to the nature of visiting a market we will not be having a set meeting time, though you will find Colette strolling around the market trying to bag a bargain from 10.30 am.  Along side of Ave General de Gaulle, which is the pedestrian only street, many coffee shops can be found and also at the waterside.


Lunch

A reservation for lunch has been made at restaurant  L’ Eden, 15 Avenue Pasteur, 33510 Andernos-les-Bains.  For a map, please click here

Avenue Pasteur is parallel to the main pedestrian only street and L’Eden is about half way down on a corner opposite the large Maison Louis David exhibition house.

The restaurant L’Eden is very good value with large servings!.   Each person will be responsible for noting what they order.

  • Lunch:
    • 2 courses – 12€
    • 3 courses – 14€
  • Wine:
    • Bordeaux rouge:
      • 25cl – 4€
      • 50cl – 7.50€
    • Rose or blanc:
      • 25cl – 3€
      • 50cl – 5.80€
  • Coffee – 1.50€

Market Location and Parking

The market is situated just off the D3, Boulevard de la Republique, on the right hand side as you enter Andernos from the Lanton direction. A pharmacy is on the corner. Avenue General de Gaulle is opposite the pharmacy on the left hand side.

As ever parking on market days is not always easy. The main parking is first turn on the right after the pharmacy.

Alternative parking is available at Place Louis David on the left hand side of Boulevard de la Republique, also parking is allowed along most of the side roads close to the town centre.

I advise you look at a map beforehand and become familiar with the town centre.


Booking

We have to confirm the number for lunch, so please book before Saturday 5th May

If you would like to join us please book on-line below. Colette’s 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 Colette or Norma direct for your booking confirmation.


 

2018 Summer Party: Sainte-Eulalie: Friday 15th June


Party

Our BBC Christmas Party is always very popular, so this year we have added a second BBC party to ‘Kick off the Summer‘. Get in the mood, shake off the cobwebs and welcome the sun !  There is something for all tastes. Wear something summery but most important, come and enjoy yourselves !

A great party for BBC members and guests.  Food, wine, cabaret, music and more !


Venue

The lunch and party will be at:

Les Salles du Marquisat, 101 Rue Adrien Piquet, 33560 SAINTE-EULALIE which is the same location as last year’s AGM.

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

Please see the map below which has a ‘click’ to obtain directions.


The Party

Reception at 12:00 with a kir apperitif and amuses bouches followed by lunch.

Lunch:

Entrée: Feuilleté of Salmon with a leek sauce

Main Course (to be chosen in advance via the online form below):

Fresh Cod Fillet with a herb sauce and vegetables
OR Pork roasted with almonds and vegetables

Desert: Fresh Strawberries with chantlilly cream and ice cream

Wines: Blanc, Rosé et Rouge

Café

After lunch:

Entertainment from a very special award winning guest. Be prepared to expect the unexpected in, or on, ‘A Bag of Mashing’ !  (Ed. Not the Drama Group this time as they pause to preserve their artistic integrity !! )

Afternoon Delight:

We will have some soft music and disco to dance to in the course of the afternoon.

Still hungry?

Wine, cheese and biscuits will be available throughout, until 19:30.


How to book

Please either book online here or book direct with Cathy stating your lunch main course selections.


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

 


Walk, Talk and Lunch down by the Riverside with Alain - Bordeaux Right Bank: Thursday 12th April


A day in three optional parts to discover or re-discover Bordeaux from the right bank.  Our walk takes us over the Garonne and then from the “Eiffel” railway bridge to Pont Chaban-Delmas.

Bordeaux is at It’s best seen from the right bank, with a panoramic vista covering 1,000 years of development from Romanesque Abbaye de Sainte Croix, the still developing Parc aux Angéliques, modern Bordeaux Bastide, the Jardin Botanique and much more.

The first part starts with a walk from our meeting point near the Conservatoire, crossing over the river to have a look at the railway bridges. The walk progresses along the right bank through the delightful riverside gardens of the Parc aux Angéliques to Place Stalingrad. Along the way Alain will point out places of interest to us.

The walk is about 2.5 kms to our lunch at La Maison Brasserie in Place Stalingrad.

Comfortable walking shoes or boots are advised.


Lunch

The second part is a lunch of three courses with coffee for 17€ (wine is extra) at the restaurant:

Le Maison Brasserie. 15 Place de Stalingrad, 33100 BORDEAUX.

For a map, please click here


After Lunch Walk

After lunch we walk towards Pont Chaban-Delmas with great views over the grand river front, Place de la Bourse, the various steeples and towers that grace the skyline of old Bordeaux and also with a look at contemporary Bordeaux-Bastide, the Espace Darwin (site of an old military barracks) and the new precinct of the Sud-Ouest.

The walk ends at Pont Chaban-Delmas with convenient cafes and Tram B. (Walk approx. 5 kms)

Comfortable walking shoes or boots are advised.


Meeting Place and Time

Meeting place: Tram C stop Sainte-Croix on the left bank. Map here  Recommend arriving by tram.

Tram C line has relay car parks at both ends of the line, at Blanquefort and at Bègles lycée Vaclav Havel.

Tram C connects with tram A line at Porte de Bourgogne (the 2 stops are alongside)

Tram C connects with tram B line at Quinconces where the 2 stops are 100m away from each other.

Meeting Time: 10.45


Booking

Join us for the whole day or just morning or afternoon as you prefer. ( or just lunch! )

To register, please contact Norma B direct or book online.  Norma”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 will 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.


 


 

A day at the Races – Le Bouscat Bordeaux Hippodrome: Friday 30th March

Feel the thunder of the hooves and the smell of horse sweat as they gallop past the grandstand and on to the finish line, yes this time we are going to get up close and personal !

There are 8 races (all gallops) throughout the afternoon at half hour intervals so you have time to check out the form at the paddock, place a bet and then take your seat in the grandstand to watch the race.

We will meet at midday at the paddock area before selecting our spot in the grandstand. No formal arrangements have been made for lunch but there are a number of food and drink vendors on site and there is also a café/bar or you could even bring your own packed lunch if you prefer, the choice is yours.


Access and Directions

Access to the Hippodrome is just of the Rocade junction 7. There is ample free parking and entry into the stadium is free. There are open and covered terraces as well as bookie facilities for those wishing to bet.


Booking

Please book online or book direct to Charles W whose contact details are here

When using the online booking form, please note the following:

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


Map and Directions


 

Piet de Bie Memorial Walk: Vendays -Thursday 8th February

Please note the start time is 11:00 and also the updated lunch arrangements.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?

I think not! So do plan on joining us for the 2nd Annual Piet De Bie Walk which, like last year, will take place on Piet’s birthday.

The date for the walk is Thursday February 8, 2018. We will meet at the church in Vendays-Montalivet (there is parking on both sides of the church).

Our meeting time has been moved up to 11:00 am to give people time to say hello and to change into their walking regalia.

This walk should be about 5-6 km long. Our route will take us by the park bench where last year we scattered some of Piet’s ashes. The walk is mostly on paved road, grassy track, and a short sandy wooded stretch.

Afterwards, we will drive over to Montalivet for lunch at « LeMarin » restaurant. When I have numbers, I’ll send around the menu choices for our fixed menu lunch. The price will be 18€ with coffee. All walkers are welcome, even those who didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Piet.

What is important is the legacy he left us, of getting us together, of getting some fresh air, of enjoying the outdoors in every season.

In the meantime, book online and save the date on your calendars so that together we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne.


Booking

To register, please contact Elizabeth M direct or book online.

For more information etc Elizabeth’s 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.



Visit to l'Atelier de Vitreux - Villenave D'Ornon: Wednesday 28th March

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We will visit this fascinating workshop where Bertrand Fournier, the owner, will take us through the process of the fabrication of stained glass windows.

He will follow up with painting and renovation. The visit will take approximately 2 hours and will be preceded by a lunch in a nearby restaurant.

The cost for our BBC group visit is 6€ per person.

This is our second visit due to popular demand.


Background

Bertrand is one of the most skilled stained glass workers in our region today working in the creation of new designs and restoration work. His achievements include:

1995 : Grand prix départemental et régional des métiers d’art (métier de tradition)

1995/2010 : Secrétaire général de la Chambre syndicale nationale du vitrail

1998 : Médaille d’argent Arts-Sciences-Lettres

2000 : Médaille de la ville de Bordeaux

2000 : Grand prix national de la dynamique artisanale

2000 : Diplôme de la société archéologique de Bordeaux

2003 : Membre du jury du prix départemental des métiers d’art

2004 : Grand prix départemental et régional des métiers d’art (métier de conservation et de restauration)

2005 : Titre de maitre artisan


Lunch

Lunch will be at 12:00 PROMPT (as there is a ‘second lunch sitting’ after we have finished) and has been arranged at:

L’Echoppe, 1 Rue Yvon Mansencal, 33140 Villenave-d’Ornon

For a map, please click here: Map

The menu price is 23€ and the choices are as follows:

Entrees
Salade de chèvre chaud au miel
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Salade landaise

Plats
Bavette aux échalotes confites
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Confit de canard
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Pavé de saumon

Desserts
Crème brûlée
ou
Mousse au chocolat

Café & wine included

Please choose you selected courses in advance when booking this event.


Location and Meeting Time for the guided tour

L’ATELIER de VITRAUX Bernard Fornier, 18 Rue Pablo Neruda, 33140 Villenave D’Ornon

For a map, please click: Map

We will meet in the atelier car park, which has ample parking space, at 14:15 for our tour starting at 14:30


Booking

Please either register direct with Brian 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 Brian direct (contact details here)for your booking confirmation


Lycée Lunch: Arcachon, Thursday 8th March at 11:50

lyceearcachonThe Lycee Condorcet in Arcachon is a school where young people aspiring to be chefs and restaurateurs, receive tuition in this field alongside their traditional education. The students cook and serve as part of their school curriculum.  The school has two dining options a restaurant and a brasserie. We have eaten here several times over the years and have always enjoyed delicious food, well cooked and well presented.

We have made a provisional reservation for 12:0 on Thursday 8th March at le Restaurant at Lycée Condorcet, 1 avenue Roland  Dorgelès, 33120 Arcachon. This is a school for 15 to 18 year olds who are learning the restaurant trade, and practicing on real life customers! The reservation is for a maximum of 20 guests, and Sarah must confirm numbers to them by Thursday 4th February.


Menu

As a guide, we previously paid 12€ for the menu and from 1€50 per glass of wine, which we feel represents excellent value for money.


After Lunch

After lunch we propose a walk in Arcachon, either along the promenade or around the Ville d’Hiver.


Booking

Please book before Monday 26 February at the latest.  Either book online below or contact Sarah 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 Brian direct (contact details here)for your booking confirmation


Directions

Directions, arriving from Bordeaux: follow the signs to Arcachon and you will arrive at a roundabout with a tall, pointed, metal structure.

Carry on towards Arcachon and at the FOLLOWING round about, take the 4th exit – last one before you come back on yourself, after the turn-off into the flats, marked ‘no through road’. (also marked for the Lycées if you look in the right place)!

At the top of this road, you need to go to the left, BUT will be fed round to the right – you have no choice. So, go right, do the loop at the end and come back on yourself, pass where you entered this whole strange place in the first place, go up the hill and park. .

The Lycée will be over on your right – you’ll see the flags, it’s the end building on that side of the road. I don’t recommend you use GPS, it will take you a different, unnecessarily complicated way.

Please arrive at 11h50, we can meet at the front gate of the school, and go into la Brasserie for 12h