Saturday 22nd April - St George's Day Party at Andernos les Bains


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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 in Andernos les Bains with a British style BBQ, English beer and wine together with live music courtesy of David Roberts with the Lafayette Club Band. Sorry no Morris Dancers but beer, wine, soft drinks, music and great company all for a king’s ransom of just 15€ per person !

Last year we all had a great time and 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 a Saturday at 12:15 !

All will be undercover in case of rain.


Location

Andernos les Bains. Location details and directions are contained in the March and April Newsletters.


Booking

Please either book direct with Brian or online below. Brian’s contact details are in the March and April Newsletters and also in the Membership Directory here

As soon as you book, please send your cheque direct to Brian, payable to the BBC, for 15€ per BBC member plus 18€ per guest.

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


St Patrick’s Night - Lanton - Friday 17th March


If you would like to celebrate St Patrick in style and in an Irish Pub, come along and be ready to enjoy an Irish dinner, Irish music and other plus dancing. Wear something green if you can, and bring your Irish hats!!


Time

Our Irish dinner will be at 8 pm


Menu and Price

The menu below will be 25€, drinks and coffee extra. Choice of menu and payment on the night.

Blinis a l’irlandaise et au saumon fume or Coeur d’artichaut, oeuf poche et bacon grille

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Joue de boeuf a la Guinness, ecrase de pommes de terre a la cebette (spring onion) or Fish and chips, cremeux de petits pois

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Trifle aux fraises or Cheesecake au Bailey’s


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 many of us as possible and having a taste of Ireland!

Please either register direct with Collette whose contact details are in the Membership Directory 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.

 



 

REMINDER Friday 17th March: St Patrick’s Evening Dinner & Music – Lanton


If you would like to celebrate St Patrick in style and in an Irish Pub, come along and be ready to enjoy an Irish dinner, Irish music and other plus dancing. Wear something green if you can, and bring your Irish hats!!


Time

Our Irish dinner will be at 8 pm


Menu and Price

The menu below will be 25€, drinks and coffee extra. Choice of menu and payment on the night.

Blinis a l’irlandaise et au saumon fume or Coeur d’artichaut, oeuf poche et bacon grille

………..

Joue de boeuf a la Guinness, ecrase de pommes de terre a la cebette (spring onion) or Fish and chips, cremeux de petits pois

………..

Trifle aux fraises or Cheesecake au Bailey’s


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 many of us as possible and having a taste of Ireland!

AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, please either register direct with Collette by phone (phone number is in the Membership Directory 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.

 



Burns Night at Cenon: Saturday 28th January 2017


burnsnightBurns’ Night, commemorating the great Scottish poet Robert Burns, is traditionally one of the BBC’s more popular events.

Many members will recall past Scottish celebrations in the splendid chateau home of two of our members in Cenon. We are delighted and most grateful that they have offered this venue again for 2017.

A maximum of 28 people can be accommodated for a sit-down dinner, so it will be a case of ‘first come first served’!

The price is 20€ per person which will include a traditional menu of smoked salmon, haggis, neeps and tatties, and trifles.  Coffee, wine and whisky will also be included in this price.  Entertainment will include some Burns’ recitation and of course, the traditional ‘Address to the Haggis’!


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 Brian M or complete the online booking form as soon as possible.

Payment in advance is required for this event so please send your cheque for 20€ per person direct to Brian M.

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)”


Grand Christmas Party and Dinner - Friday 2nd December 2016


32 tickets sold already! Do not be disappointed, buy your ticket now !

xmas-partyThis year following Members preferences we are again returning to the stunning Château La Chèze in Floirac for our annual Christmas Party and Dinner.

The price for members is 45€, which is the same as last year. The price for member’s guests is 55€.

The 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 20 minute production by the drama group. This year’s theme is definitely not for the faint-hearted or those with a delicate constitution:

‘Snow White And Her (Not Short Dwarfs) 30 Years On – THE REUNION’

After everyone has recovered from the drama group petit piece, dinner will be a served buffet and will be prepared for us by the highly regarded reputable traiteur ‘DuLou’.

You must order your choice of main course in advance and on the night you will have a choice of one of the starters and one of the desserts. The dinner includes wine and water.

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 and will keep going until there is no one left to dance. 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’re not feeling energetic, just sit by the open fire and chat with friends. And the drink will not run out! (Not that we are drunkards or old soaks). So please don’t miss out come and join us!

Last year we all ran out of steam 04:00!

In summary, 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!


* 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.


* Menu

menuYou must order your choice of main course in advance.

On the night you will have a choice of one of the starters and one of the desserts. The dinner includes wine and water. Please let us know your choice of menu by mid-November at the latest.

  • Apéro :
    • Kir and ‘amuse bouches’
  • Entrée (to be chosen on the night):
    • Blanc Manger de Saumon, confit de tomate des beaux jours, mascarpone fromagere et tuile au parmesan dans son verre bodega.
    • OR Fois Gras Mi Cuit a la fleur de Sel sur Ardoise
    • OR Terrine de Crevette aux petits legumes et sauce citronnee
  • Main (to be chosen in advance):
    • Amboisie de Volaille des Landes farcie a la forestiere, rectangulaire de legumes croquants et pomme de terre.
    • OR Dos de Cabillaud roti, legumes du moment et beurre de vin rouge.
  • Desert (to be chosen on the night):
    • La Tarte aux pommes et notes de cannelle
    • OR L’entremet tout chocolat aux notes de caramel au beurre sale.
    • OR Verrine mousse aux zestes de citron vert, mangue et passion.
  • Coffee
  • White and red wine and water

* Booking

The cost of the evening is 45€ for members and 55€ for non members. A cheque made payable to ‘Bordeaux British Community’ together with your menu choices should be sent to Norma Brooks before the closing date of mid-November.

Please reserve online via the website by clicking here or direct to Norma Brooks via norma.brooks@sfr.fr,  If you require further information you may contact Norma Brooks or Colette Gibson.

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

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


* Overnight Accommodation
  • Château La Chèze – 27 Avenue Pierre Semirot, 33270 FLOIRAC
    • Double and twin rooms are 85€ per night including breakfast. Suites are available at 110€.
    • Reservations direct to chateau by contacting Isabelle Jolibois on her mobile 07 78 41 16 31 or the chateau reception on 05 56 73 04 43
    • YOU MUST STATE THAT YOU ARE WITH THE BORDEAUX BRITISH PARTY TO GET THE SPECIAL ROOM RATE.
    • Please also request an email confirmation of your reservation as last year there was an unfortunate mistake with a booking.
    • The château has 14 rooms but some have already been booked by members for the party

There are is a gite and a number of local hotels available nearby.  Some of these hotels are listed below. The room rates are for a double room for the night of 2nd December.  The prices will increase as we get closer to Christmas, so book early!

  • ‘Gites de la Port de Pascale’
    • A 10 minute walk from the chateau.
    • Contact Mme Remaut on 05 56 86 67 71 or 07 83 45 81 41.
  • Hôtel Formule Club – 5 Rue Condorcet, 33150 CENON
    • 2.3 km by car from Château La Chèze
    • Website here
    • 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 or website and book on-line here
  • Hôtel F1 – 50rueEmileHenriot, QuaidelaSouys, 33100 BORDEAUX-BASTIDE
  • Hôtel Kyriad – 1 Avenue de Paris 33310 LORMONT
    • 4 km by car from Château La Chèze
    • 08 92 23 48 13 or website and on-line reservation here

* Transport Options

taxiTaxis – Recommend 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 definitely do not wait until the last minute
  • 3985.fr – Dial 3985 to make a reservation (note that this is a premium line  – 1,35€ plus 0.34€ per minute)
  • Aquitaine Taxi Radio – 05 56 86 80 30  or aquitainetaxiradio@wanadoo.fr  (Located in Cenon)
  • Pages Jaune – In the first search box enter ‘taxi’ and enter ‘floirac’ or ‘cenon’ in the second box.  There are several taxis located in Cenon and Floirac

 

 

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Grand Christmas Party and Dinner - Friday 2nd December 2016 at 7 pm

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Wine and Cheese Festival : Langon - Saturday 27th August


affiche_2017This is a chance to taste wines, cheeses, various meats and music in a festive atmosphere.

Having paid your 2€ admission (7€ after 18:00), you will be given a glass which entitles you to a free glass of INAO wine, a taste of a wine in most stands and bread, meats and cheeses on the others.

INAO is the French organization charged with regulating French agricultural products with Protected Designations of Origin (PDOs). Controlled by the French government, it forms part of the Ministry of Agriculture.

There are workshops for children and adults, competitions, musical entertainment all day and at 21.30, you have the opportunity of watching a live show if you can manage to keep awake after all the wine intake!!


Lunch

Lunch can be bought at one of the several mobile restaurants on site. Choices range from seafood through to duck and steak and the quality has always been excellent. Equally, there are stands selling aperitifs if your hunger is not that great! If you fancy dinner, it is advisable to book at lunch time as this festival is very popular.


1314453640_B976118593Z.1_20150721182229_000_G1M4TFJK4.1-0Evening Concert

This year, the evening concert at 21:30 is given by Michael Jones, a Welsh-French rock and blues singer, guitarist and song writer who lives in France. He has made several hit albums and toured with Jean-Jacques Goldman, the American singer Carole Fredericks and even better Status Quo!

Check him out on YouTube here


Meeting and Directions

There is a large car park but even if full, one can find parking within walking distance.

We shall meet at the entrance in Allee Marines at 10.30 and everyone can then discover the numerous attractions the park has to offer at their own leisure. Alternatively, if you prefer to come later in the day, please remember that after 6pm, the entrance fee is 7 euros.

The GPS co-ordinates of the entrance are N 44.555791, W 0.243393   Please click here for a map.


Program

Please click here for the program


Booking

Please reserve direct with Colette or 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


 

Saturday 23rd April – St Georges Day – Avensan


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Come and join us for a St George’s day celebration to remind you of dragons in a far away land !  Lunch will be that most traditional of English foods – Fish et Chips!!

For those who are not so fishy, sausage and chicken nuggets will also be on the menu.  Includes Ale and Vino Collapso. Soft drinks as well of course.

Starting at 12.15, in Avensan which is near Castlenau in the Medoc.  A good idea to wear something for all weather although we will be under an abri.

Last year we had lots of fun and lots of laughs, with the odd recitation, patriotic singing etc. As numbers will be restricted to a maximum of 40 please reserve early to avoid disappointment particularly as this event is on a Saturday !


Booking

fullybookedAs always this event has proved very popular and is now fully booked.

A reminder to those who have a confirmed booking, this event involves outside caterers so please send a cheque in advance to Brian for full payment payable to the Bordeaux British Community. (18€ for adults and 10€ for children)


St. Patrick’s Day Celebration : Martignas : Saturday 19th March

Four Leaf CloverFollowing on from January’s Burns’ Night, Eileen and John have kindly offered their house in Martignas for our other Celtic celebration!

This will commence at 7.30, wear something green if you wish, and bring a plate of finger food to share – and a well tuned singing voice! Please also bring disposable plates and cutlery if needed !

An aperitif, wine and water will be provided but a charge of 5€ per head will be needed to cover costs.

Numbers will be limited to 30 – earliest booking is recommended !

Please book asap on-line or direct with Sarah P.  If you can contribute ’Irish’ ideas or even perform anything Irish please also contact Sarah.


Booking

Please complete the online registration form or book direct with Sarah and say what finger food you propose bringing.  (Sarah’s 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.

Burns Night: Saturday 30th January 7.30 for 8pm

burnsnightThe BBC will again be celebrating the work of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns in the traditional way. This year we are returning to the ‘vaulted wooden hall’ in Martingas that is the house of one of our members.

The formula, however, remains the same with a traditional menu of smoked salmon, haggis, neeps, tatties and trifles 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’.  Space limitations for a sit down dinner mean that only 28 people can be accommodated.

This event was overbooked last year so if you would like to join us please contact John or complete the online booking form as soon as possible.


Comments from previous years
normal_burns-night

“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)”