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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 continue during July, the 2nd Jardin Publique Bordeaux, full details to follow for 16th and 23rd , a riverside walk, and a walk south of Bordeaux. Full details to follow.

In September/October we hope to have dates for the deferred visits to the ‘Lillet Winery’ and Bourg Citadelle. The organisers are in contact with these establishments and, waiting from these establishments, dates and any rules/regulations regarding visits. Also to the ‘Bassins de Lumieres’ exhibition in Bordeaux.

We welcome your ideas and recommendations for future events and activities. Please contact one of the committee to share your ideas. Some suggestions are starting up book clubs, wine tasting experiences, cookery groups/recipe shares.


NEXT EVENTS

 
The Virtual Pub Quizzes have become a regular event and each month more are being organised on a weekly basis each Wednesday evening at 18h and lasting about 45 minutes to 1 hour max.
 
Members should refer to the BBC Newsletter which gives details of how to join each Quiz Zoom session. For contact details of the organiser and any questions regarding the quiz please  click on the following link: 
 
 

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 alain-eric.mounolou@orange.fr .


BBC BORDEAUX WALKS WITH ALAIN MOUNOLOU – July 2nd, July 16th & July 23rd
Thursday July 2 2020, 14.00-16.00: Bordeaux, le Jardin Public: from Tourny’s 1750 creation to the 19th century “jardin à l’anglaise”.
 
Meeting place and time: 14.00-14.15 at the top of Place des Quinconces between trams B & C tram stops, terminal stop for buses 2, 3, 6, 26, 29, bus 43.

For reservations with Alain  for this walk please CLICK HERE


Thursday July 16 BORDEAUX RIVERSIDE walk-talk and lunch.

How about a classic for summertime? A riverside walk-talk and lunch in central Bordeaux from 11.00 to 16.00 on Thursday July 16, 2020 with river views, fine old buildings and a slice of world history thrown in.

12.30: Lunch at Le Chaudron, 41 rue St Rémi (close to Place de la Bourse, recently reopened, one of our regular haunts), menus du jour between 18.50€ and 24€ (drinks extra)… and a possible shopping spree at Quai des Marques to end with.

Meeting place and time is at Sainte Croix Tram C stop from 10h40 to 11h. The organisation is flexible. You can have lunch without the morning/afternoon walk, or the reverse. 

For reservations with Alain  for this walk please CLICK HERE


Further Date for your diary……..

July 23rd – South of Bordeaux Walk (Details to follow)


ANNUAL PIG ROAST FOR MEDICINS SANS FRONTIERS  – Saturday 15th August 2020 12h30 AT THE RANKIN’S

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 goodies:donations for the draw, large or small!

For more details and how to book your tickets please CLICK HERE.


THE FOLLOWING EVENTS HAVE HAD TO BE POSTPONED AND WILL BE RE-PROGRAMMED LATER

Visit to Bourg en Gironde, Citadelle, Museum & Lunch

We are in the process of re-organising a guided tour of the Citadel and museum which houses a fine collection of ornate and practical horse drawn carriages. This visit will hopefully occur September of October. 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 will be re-organising the visit to Le Teich Ornithological Reserve. 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


Visits and lunch  Vallée de la Garonne, Podensac et Beautiran.

We are in the process of re-organising this tour This visit will hopefully occur September of October. 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 eventorgpp@bordeauxbritish.com with a copy to eventorgam@bordeauxbritish.com.


BBC Christmas Party Friday 11th December – Please note this advance date for your diaries. 

 

 

 


GOLF SECTION
 

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 brian.mason343@gmail.com