Welcome to the Bordeaux British Community website. Following the lock-down and subsequent restrictions, we are continuing our activities albeit still subject to certain rules, regulations and recommendations. 

The committee have discussed the idea of more interest group activities, such as walking groups, book clubs and cookery groups/recipe shares. Walking groups and the Book Club are underway.

We welcome ideas and recommendations for future events and activities. Please contact one of the committee to share your ideas.

On-Line Registration for Residence Permits

BBC members are informed that the on-line database for registering for a resident’s permit as a consequence of BREXIT is now open.

At this time, 21st October, 2020, the following information can be found on the French Government website.

“The withdrawal agreement concluded between the United Kingdom and the European Union provides for a transition period to run until 31 December 2020. During this period, British citizens and their family members already living in France or wishing to move to France before 31 December 2020 retain their rights as European citizens and are not required to hold a residence permit. Pursuant to this agreement, these citizens will need to apply for “withdrawal agreement” residence permits. However, they have a long time-frame in which to make their application since they will only be required to hold a residence permit as of 1 October 2021.”

This announcement implies that the process needs to be completed by 1 October 2021. It is not therefore the deadline for registrations for a permit, which according to current information is still 30 June, 2021. Members are advised not to leave registration to the last minute.

You can access this registration system by clicking HERE

More information has been emailed to members in the October Mid-Month Update.


Quiz Night: Wednesday Evenings weekly at 18:00

The Virtual Pub Quizzes have become a regular fun event and take place on a weekly basis every Wednesday evening at 18h and lasting about 45 minutes to 1 hour max.
Widen your horizons! eg When did Switzerland join the UN? 1952 or 1972 or 2002? You never know when you need to have that fact ready to drop into the conversation and impress everyone or to kill the conversation or maybe both!!
For contact details of the organiser, the zoom link and  questions relating to the quiz please click here:  Virtual Pub Quiz details

Memorial Walk in Bordeaux on Wednesday 11th  November 2020

November 11th has remained a Memorial Day in France and a public holiday. Bordeaux had a massive monument built by Town Architect Jacques D’Welles in 1928-1929.  It is original and little known as it stands a little way from the arch-centre of town and well worth a visit, as well as nearby St Bruno’s. The commemoration of the end of World War I takes place there in the morning. 

We’ll walk down from town centre Place Gambetta, starting at 14hr.00 and back via the Mériadec gardens.  Close-by city-centre restaurants will be open if you want a bite before we start.  

Meeting place and time: at 14.00h on the corner of Place Gambetta and rue Nancel-Pénard in front of the Maison de la presse – tabac.    If you wish to participate the please Contact Alain at alain-eric.mounolou@orange.fr or call on



Due to the current increased rise in Covid-19 infections, this year your committee have made the decision and believe it prudent, to hold our Annual General Meeting on line accessed via a ‘Zoom’ link.

In advance of the meeting we will issue the Annual Report which will include financial and membership status.  I hope that you will read the document and ask questions or pass comment.

For further details from our President Norma Brooks including how to register and zoom linking to the meeting please CLICK HERE


Meeting place and time: between 14.00h & 14.30h on the car park, Place du 8 mai 1945 at St Laurent de Médoc in front of the café-restaurant-tabac LE MADAFLO.  Up from Bordeaux drive into St Laurent, the car park is on your right 200m before you reach the church. You can’t miss it.




Walk and talk: we’ll then drive down to Benon, a hamlet of Bernos next to St Laurent. It has an old small Templar church worth seeing, with miles of flat walks along the well kept up pare-feus, crisscrossing the forest around.  Numbers needn’t be restricted as we will be masqué(e)s and spaced out into as many groups of 6 as necessary.

Contact Alain at alain-eric.mounolou@orange.fr or and come walk and talk.

Next Walks

The next walks will be at Moustey on Wednesday 16th December 2020;  and the New Walk at Biscarrosse on 6th January  2021;  Martignas-sur-Jalle in February the dates to be confirmed.   

CANCELLED – BBC Christmas Party Friday 11th December

Even though the Christmas Party is usually in December, the unpredictability of the Covid restrictions make it unwise to make a firm reservation at the venue, pay the deposit and then possibly be forced to cancel facilities at short notice and become liable for more costs. Even if we decided to take that risk and go ahead it is very likely that some restrictions will still be in place.

The presence of restrictions will remove much of the party atmosphere that we all enjoy so much.  It would no longer be a Christmas Party.

For the above reasons your committee has decided to cancel and are working on a fun alternative. Watch this space!


Golf in recent months for various reasons has been a little slow, weather, injuries, and now the dreaded bug.  

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 Brian with your preferences

Brian Mason tel 0683931378 or email brian.mason343@gmail.com