Gary Brooks

Trip Down Memory Lane: Walk & Picnic at La Brède, October 2011

Twelve members, including two television personalities from the programme ‘Little Britain in the Dordogne’ ! met promptly at the church of Saint Jean d’ Etamples in the centre of La Brède, you can see the church spire from miles around. The weather was overcast to start with, but improved as the day went on to become perfect walking weather.

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Virtual Pub Quiz: 18hrs on the 14th April

 
BBC Quizzes are still continuing despite COVID regulations!!
Hosted by Claire, 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. There are regularly around 20 participants who enjoy not just the quiz but meeting up and chatting.
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!!Read More »Virtual Pub Quiz: 18hrs on the 14th April

Walk Martignas-sur-Jalle: 14h, Wed 14th (FULL) & Fri 16th April

Alain has organised a second walk, same time and place for Friday 16th April. Places available.

Martignas-sur-Jalle lies just West of Bx-Mérignac airport. Now a residential area and part of Bordeaux-Métropole, it was a quiet commune (see coat-of-arms…) until the army settled at Souge in the 19th century and the urban sprawl of Bx started a period of demographic development in the 1980s. It has retained a pleasant and more relaxed ambiance. Here again we’ll find a few places of interest and a refreshing forest walk.  

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WALK  “Folies Bourgeoises des Boulevards de Bordeaux” Monday 19 April at 14h

IMPORTANT

From March 26th, BBC walking-talking groups will not exceed 6 people.

So Alain has organised a repeat of this walk, same time and place but for Monday 19h April. Two places available.

Join us for a walk which highlights the “Middle-class architectural fancy of the Bordeaux Boulevards”.

Starting time and place: 14h at the Barrière du Médoc D tram stop on the Bordeaux side.   There is a stop for Bus 9, and also a carpark close-by.                                                  

Between 1860 and 1910, the boulevards established the limit between Bordeaux and its suburbs with a wide, tree-lined ring road with a series of’ toll gates called barrières’.

Architects sometimes indulged their fancies as this was a prize building area. Those were the days.

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Castelnau de Médoc Walk: Tues 20 April 14.00 hr

Castelnau is a typical Médoc commune with vineyards, a pine forest, a few interesting old buildings and a long history as a Compostela stopover for Brits on their way along the seaside route, forestry centre, dormitory town. The bypass has made an enormous difference and the once congested town centre is now a quieter place. A breath of fresh air and a tranquille walk. 

We will meet by l’Eglise St Jacques de Castelnau at 14.00 h /14.15.     

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An Evening with Tony Rix: Friday 23rd April at 19h

If you were present at the Summer Party in 2018 you will want to see him again. If you missed him in 2018, you will not want to miss him this time. All possible from your armchair with a zoom connection.

Tony Rix is widely acknowledged as one of the most talented entertainers in the field of magic.  What started out life as a hobby grew into a whole range of product options, using magic and the allied arts as a vehicle to entertain both adults and children. Hence, the name “Magic Unlimited”.

Retired now, Tony will be introducing a number of videos from his past performances which trace his career in Comedy Magic. Whether you think he is a comedy magician or magical comedian is of no consequence.  His sole aim is to entertain. But be prepared to expect the unexpected!

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Visit & Walk: Domaine de Certes – 10h Friday 7th May

The Domaine de Certes -Graveyron covers 531 hectares of natural sites and harbours a large variety of wildlife. In Certes, the Marquis de Civrac built dykes on the tidal marshes to create Bassins and produce salt. Eventually the Graveyron and Certes dykes were converted for fish farming, agriculture and forestry as the salt works disappeared.

After 1960, the production ended completely and the two areas are now been concentrated on the preservation of wildlife such as swans, egrets, cormorants, black kites, grey herons and storks.

Our walk will take us around the Graveyron loop which starts and ends at Audenge harbour. On the way, you will see La Vacherie (the cow barn) which is open to the public, the majestic Chateau which is currently being restored to create a tourist project and the unspoilt beach of Graveyron where you can take a dip if the fancy takes you!

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An Introduction to Sophrology: 9.30h Tuesday 27th April

Sophrology is a structured method of personal development designed to reduce stress and promote mental and physical well-being. It has become very popular in this time of COVID.

Are you feeling stressed, anxious, sleeping badly or suffering chronic pain then this event will be perfect. Or maybe you would just like to enjoy an interesting and relaxing morning with a few friends.

Mandy Postlethwaite is a trained Sophrologist working in English and French and has now set up her own Cabinet which is already proving a great success as so many medical practitioners are referring patients especially during these difficult times.

Mandy has kindly offered to host a series of group workshops at her home, depending on the numbers, to introduce the benefits of Sophrology.

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A Virtual Tour of Buckingham Palace : 19h Monday 24th May

If you have ever wished to see the inside of Buckingham Palace on a walking tour, not only do you have to be in London when it is open to the public, but also have been able to procure tickets.

Now you can visit the state rooms sitting down, in your own living room. Join us for this 45 minute, virtual tour of the main state rooms that you would visit on an official tour. Learn about some of the history of the palace, how the palace’s architecture has evolved over the years, its artifacts and more.

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