Welcome to the Bordeaux British Community website. Following the lock-down and restrictions that have been imposed over the last 4 months, we will now be able to recommence some of our activities. Albeit, still the subject to certain rules, regulations and recommendations.
The first major event will be Chris and Deirdre Rankin’s Annual Pig Roast on Saturday 15th August in aid of ‘Medicins Sans Frontiers’. All members and their guests are invited to participate and details are in the July newsletter. Numbers are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
Alain Mounolou walks will recommence in September/October. Full details to follow.
Sadly we have had to cancel Bourg Citadelle due to problems with group bookings. Better luck next year.
The visit to the ‘Lillet Winery’ has been re-scheduled for 7th October, see below.
The committee have discussed the idea of more interest group activities, such as walking groups, book clubs and cookery groups/recipe shares.
We welcome your ideas and recommendations for future events and activities. Please contact one of the committee to share your ideas.
BORDEAUX BRITISH 2020 ACTIVITY WALKS (LIBRE PARCOURS)
Feel like a quiet get-together with a walk and talk that complies with the present Covid safety regulations?
Why not join one or more of a series of ‘Libres parcours’ / ‘Chosen walks’ and talks the Committee is planning. Walks are planned in three regions, explained below.
Safety regulations in force at the time will be complied with
- We shall all be wearing masks.
- We’ll keep at a safe distance (at least 1 m all round) from one another during the walk.
- Coming (or not) will be your own choice and responsibility.
- Advance registration with the organiser will be compulsory.
The walks will be organised on a local basis by Committee members. Organisers’ advice: don’t leave it to the last minute and leave your phone number for contact in case of inclement weather.
Bordeaux-and-suburbs walks will be with Alain Mounolou. Please, contact him directly on 06.44.80.43.22 (with answering machine) and at firstname.lastname@example.org .
ANNUAL PIG ROAST FOR MEDICINS SANS FRONTIERS – Saturday 15th August 2020 12h30 AT THE RANKIN’S
ALL TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT HAVE BEEN SOLD. THANK YOU EVERYONE. PLEASE CONTACT NORMA DIRECTLY IF YOU WISH TO GO ON THE WAITING LIST FOR ANY LAST MINUTE CANCELLATIONS;
As in previous years you are all invited to support Chris and Deirdre’s Annual Pig roast in aid of Medicins Sans Frontiers. Sadly, this will be the last year hosted by Chris and Deirdre who are leaving their lovely home and moving closer to Bordeaux. So let’s make it a good one and give it our support!!
As in previous years there will be sports and fund raising activities for all the family. All money raised will go to Médicins Sans Frontièrs.
Please bring your friends, family, children, grandchildren and well controlled dogs for a fun day of games and relaxation all in aid of a worthwhile cause.
Also bring some goods:donations for the draw, large or small!
For more details and of how to book your tickets please CLICK HERE.
TWO ON-LINE VIRTUAL VISITS TO ART EXHIBITIONS
FOR ALL YOU ART LOVERS OUT THERE COME AND JOIN US FOR AN ON-LINE VIRTUAL GUIDED ART TOUR.
Henley has kindly organised two virtual exhibitions you can visit in the comfort of your own home!!! If you’re interested in participating please contact Henley. These two visits on separate days are:
VISIT 1 : Tuesday 8th September at 16h: Virtual Street Art Visit
With the help of the Google Art Project: Street Art we will tour the world looking at different street art pieces and projects. We will watch videos, look at virtual tours and find out about movements happening and emerging artists in corners of the world we would otherwise have not seen. The experience will last about an hour and will take place over Zoom. To sign up please send an email to email@example.com and she will send you the Zoom link closer to the event date.
VISIT 2 : Friday 18th September at 17h: Visit to the Uffizi Gallery, Florence
We will use the Uffizi Gallery Website to visit some of the great works on display there. We will look at 2 timely collections in particular:
1. Miraculous Healings: Disease and divine intervention. Art reinterprets miracles in works from the 14th to 20th centuries.
2. On being present: recovering Blackness in the Uffizi Gallery
The experience will last about an hour and will take place over Zoom. To sign up please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you the Zoom link closer to the event date.
Wednesday 23rd September: Visit to Bassins de Lumiéres, Bordeaux and Lunch
Located in Bordeaux’s former submarine base, the BASSINS DE LUMIÈRES will present monumental immersive digital exhibitions devoted to the major artists in the history of art and contemporary art. The submarine base’s surface area is three times the size of that of the Carrières de Lumières in Les Baux-de-Provence and five times that of the Atelier des Lumières in Paris.
After the visit of approximately 1.5hrs, for those who wish, we will hop in cars to head over to the parking next to Bar de la Marine. Weather permitting we will enjoy a lovely lunch in the garden. For full details and registration please CLICK HERE
VISIT TO LILLET WINERY & LUNCH IS RESCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY, 7TH OCTOBER
Full details will follow shortly. Please reserve this date in your diaries.
The location is 25-30 km South-East of Bordeaux along the old Bordeaux-Toulouse road.
We’ll visit Maison Lillet at Podensac at 11.00: the illustrated history of the wine-orange and herb based aperitif and the people who make it, with a degustation of the three varieties. Paul and Raymond Lilet created “Lillet Blanc” in 1887.
The drink got to be world-known in the cocktail era of the 1920s and 30s. One ‘l’ was then added to the name for ‘Lillet’ to be pronounced the French way overseas. Pierre Lillet introduced “Lillet Rouge” in 1962 while “Lillet Rosé” is a 21st century addition.
Lunch next door at Chez Charlotte, 20 place Gambetta at Podensac. 25-30€. Visits and lunch are to be paid individually on the spot.
At 15.00, we’ll visit the Musée des Sciences et des Techniques at Villa Maglya, 5 chemin de Balambits at Beautiran. It offers three centers of interest for all tastes. The first centers round the manufacturing of the so-called “toiles de Bordeaux” or ‘Bordeaux printed cloth’ –actually situated at Beautiran- with a fine collection of 18/19th century fabrics inspired by the famous “toiles de Jouy”. The next section retraces the history of aluminium to this day, the third is about photography.
Meeting place and time: 10.15 to 10.30 on the central square at Podensac where there is parking space and a café. Access from the A 62 motorway, at the end of the toll-free (sans péage) section, follow the LANGON sans péage green sign (sortie 2). Then just drive down the string of villages to Podensac. It’s usually a busy road, with numerous lying policemen and at least one speed trap.
There is a risk that this event maybe postponed due to COVID-19. Consequently, there is no advance payment required. Nevertheless, please express your interest in participating by emailing to email@example.com with a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BBC Christmas Party Friday 11th December – Please note this advance date for your diaries.
Golf in recent months for various reasons has been a little slow, weather, injuries, and now the dreaded bug. Maybe June would be a good time to loose a ball or three.
Golf course to be arranged and date, There may be restrictions regarding grouping numbers. If you are up for a game or just want to join us for the walk and the exercise, please contact with your preferences
Brian Mason tel 0683931378 or email email@example.com