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.


 


 

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


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


 

2018 – BREXIT Updates available in the Members Area


The Association ‘Bordeaux British Community‘ is by statute a social organisation and by statute does not lobby, comment or otherwise be involved with politics.

The BBC is also a member of the Association The British in France www.britishinfrance.com which is based in Paris.

As a service to members, we are accumulating for information purposes the various documents either produced or distributed by the BCC and these are accessible below.


2018

British in Europe Newsletter – February 2018 To view, please click here

  • Citizens rights not done and dusted
  • Pictorial Guide to our Plight
  • The Brexit Cliff Edge and our Rights
  • Around Europe Coallition News
  • Votes for Life
  • How to Support the British in Europe

British Community Committee – Letter to Members – 8th February 2018 To view, please click here

  • Brexit,
  • Impact Assessments
  • Amsterdam Court Case
  • What kind of Brexit does the government want?
  • The BCC and British in Europe at the Assemblée Nationale
  • Votes For Life – Glyn Davies MP’s Overseas Electors Bill

2017

British in Europe Newsletter – December 2017. To view, please click here

British Community Committee – Letter to Members – 20th December 2017. To view, please click here


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
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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


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)”


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