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MARCH 13th : Unfortunately we have had to defer our social events due to the COVID-19 virus. A letter of explanation from our President, Norma Brooks, including the currently affected events can be found here.


Dear Member

As you are no doubt aware the French government has put in place a directive to restrict movement in order to help combat and reduce spread of the Covid-19 virus.  Essentially for at least the next 15 days we should quarantine ourselves and only leave the house to do necessary  essential trips such as go to the supermarket, pharmacy, doctor’s appointment etc.
In order to carry out these essential tasks  you need to down load a form for a certificate of ‘derogatory travel’.
Complete the form, print it and you must have it with at all times when you leave the house.
Otherwise if you are stopped by the police you could face a fine 135€ up to over 300€.   Below is a translation of the directive with a link to what constitutes essential purchases and travel.  Also there is a link to the PDF of the certificate for you to download following the header below.
The committee thoughts are with you all at this frustrating and difficult time.  Let us hope and pray that we soon be on top and ultimately defeat this dreaded virus.  Keep safe all of you and if you need to talk to anyone we are here.
Our very best wishes to you all.

Norma, Ian and all of your committee at the Bordeaux British Community.

Certificate of derogatory travel

Certificate of derogatory travel can be viewed/downloaded HERE


March 17, 2020
Since January 2020, an epidemic of COVID-19 Coronavirus (ex 2019-nCoV) has spread from China.
Find all the official answers to the questions you ask yourself about what is the Coronavirus COVID-19 and the recommendations for your health on the platform: government.fr/info-coronavirus external link
On March 16, 2020, the President of the Republic decided to take measures to reduce contact and travel to the strict minimum throughout the territory from Tuesday March 17 at 12:00 noon, for a minimum of fifteen days.
Exceptions to the certificate will be possible in the context of:
  • trips between home and the place of exercise of the professional activity,
    when they are essential for the exercise of activities which cannot be organized
    in the form of tele-work (on permanent proof) or
    professional trips which cannot be deferred;
  • trips to make essential purchases in
    authorized establishments (list on government.fr);
  • travel for health reasons;
  • travel for compelling family reasons, for assistance to
    vulnerable persons or childcare;
  • brief trips, near the home, linked to the individual physical activity
    of the people, to the exclusion of any collective sporting practice, and to the needs
    of pets.

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Visits and lunch Wednesday May 13 2020, Vallée de la Garonne, Podensac et Beautiran.

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 ther 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 eventorgpp@bordeauxbritish.com with a copy to eventorgam@bordeauxbritish.com.


Dear Friends

A walk and lunch has been organised in Memory of Charles James Wilson on Thursday 21st May.   Charles was a valued and much respected member of the Bordeaux British, a past president, newsletter editor and served as a committee member for many years. 

We meet in Eysines at 10.30 am in the car park by Le Bistro de la Jalle, 22 Rue Moulin Blanc, 33320 Eysines.   A toast will be offered to Charles before we strike out on a 4 km walk there and back to Parc Majolan. Following the walk lunch will at the restaurant Le Bistro de la Jalle at 12.30 pm.   Thursday 21st May is a bank holiday and Sunday prices will apply.  The menu is 26 Euros with a choice of 3 starters, 3 main courses and 3 desserts.  Aperos, wine and coffee are extra.  We are not taking money in advance payment will be on the spot in advance.

There is a risk that this event maybe postponed due to COVID-19. Consequently, there is no advance payment required. Nevertheless, please let Milou know if you wish to participate by contacting her on eventorgmw@bordeauxbritish.com 

Many of our newer members will not have known Charles, however, it is an opportunity to meet up with other members and everyone is welcome.


Visit to Bourg en Gironde, Citadelle, Museum & Lunch

We have organised a guided tour of the Citadel and museum which houses a fine collection of ornate and practical horse drawn carriages. Explore the underground passage ways constructed for goods to be transported from the river bank up into the citadel, the passage ways lead us to downtown and our walk to the restaurant Plaisance.

Following lunch, we take a tranquil walk back to the parking through the quaint and interesting narrow streets of high town. Benedicte will explain the history and some interesting features. All the details and how to book can be found HERE.

Walk & Picnic Le Teich Ornithological Reserve

We are organising a visit to Le Teich Ornithological Reserve on Monday 6th April. This is a protected nature reserve of some 110 hectares of wooded areas, reed beds, meadows and salt marches by the Bay of Arcachon. Bring your binoculars and a packed picnic lunch, not forgetting your picnic blanket and chairs.

To attend please email eventorgbm@bordeauxbritish.com

For more information PLEASE CLICK HERE

St George’s Spring Party in MOUSTEY

It is time again for BBC’s annual St George’s Spring Party – and what feast could be more English than a curry?

The celebration starts at midday with an aperitif followed by a 3 course lunch.  Wine is not included so please bring your own.

We will be entertained by Clownette and BBClown with magic shows – and maybe something royal as it will be a few days after Her Majesty’s 94th birthday.

For more information and bookings please CLICK HERE

You can also email Nigel on membershipsecretary@bordeauxbritish.com


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