BBC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING THURSDAY 7TH NOVEMBER 2019


The annual general meeting will take place on Thursday 7th November in Ste-Eulalie at the Salles du Marquiset.   Many of you will remember we used this venue a couple of years ago and for our first summer party.  The meeting and election of the new committee will take place in the morning, followed by lunch.  Please take note of the date as it would be good to have as many members as possible attend.

Several committee members are stepping down this year after many years of service.   We need new blood with new ideas to ensure the development and continuing success of our association.  So, if you’re interested please contact me by email at normab@orange.fr   Being on the committee is not too onerous we all support each other and is even fun.

Full details of times and lunch menu will be in next month’s newsletter.


 

BBC – 2019 Christmas Party


2019 BBC CHRISTMAS PARTY
Bordeaux Chartrons – Friday 6th December at 19:00 / 7 pm


2019 brings a NEW Venue

After many good times at Château La Chèze it is time for a change ! This year we will be at a new and exciting venue for our 2019 Christmas Party and Dinner on Friday, 6th December.

We will be at Hotel Vatel, 4 Cours du Médoc, 33070 BORDEAUX. Please click here for a map.

Hotel Vatel is a leading training centre for the hotel and hospitality industry.  The award winning Vatel International Hotel & Tourism Management Business School trains future managers and senior executives in the Hospitality and Tourism fields up to MBA level.

Hotel Vatel comes highly recommended to us by fellow Bordeaux based associations who have successfully used this venue in the past. The attention to service and detail is second to none.


Arrive by Tram or by Car

Tram StopCours du Medoc‘ on Tram Ligne B which is about 50 metres walk from the venue.

Car Park: Very large public car park over the shops at the ‘Quai des Marques’. Park at the south end of the car park.

Street Parking: Lots of street parking nearby but it is a very popular area and availability of spaces is often limited


Program for the Evening and Menu – fantastic value !

  • 7:00 – 7:30: Welcome Cocktail – Soupe Champenoise with ‘finger food accompaniments’
  • 7:30: Please take your seats for dinner
    • Dinner choices to me made at time of booking in advance:

ENTREES

Noix de saint jacques grillées, condiment pignon de pin et cédrat confit, soupe de courge

or

Foie gras poché au vin moelleux, pomme confite, tuile de brioche et pickles de radis

MAIN COURSES

Quasi de veau rôti, jus à l’échalote grise, artichauts bouquet à la romaine et purée d’oignons doux

or

Turbot, endives braisées à l’orange et viennoise d’algues

DESSERTS

Ananas Queens victoria, huile d’olive et glace au Bailey’s

or

Chocolat noir en ganache, mousse lactée et traou mad

    • Wines and water
    • Coffee

After dinner

There will be dancing to a selection of oldies and goodies and some up to date music into the wee hours of the morning.  All those memories will come flooding back! The energetic can enjoy a boogie; maybe a smooch or two for the romantically inclined and we may be sure that some of the old faithfuls (music that is!) will make an appearance.

Or if you are not feeling energetic, just sit and chat with friends.

Be calm and chat, relax or be energetic and dance. The choice is totally yours !


Dress Code

Completely optional. Come dressed to be comfortable and enjoy yourself !


Tickets

The price for members is an unbeatable value for at 45€ per BBC member for a fantastic evening. The price for member’s guests is 55€ per person. Very much an evening to suit everyone.  Enjoy good food and wine. Be calm or to be energetic. The choice is yours. Oh ……. and also to enjoy great company in a great environment!

Your evening commences at 7pm with a glass or two of kir petillant and canapes – an opportunity to meet up with friends and to welcome new members.

Please order your choice of each of the three courses in advance.


Booking

We use the Helloasso online payments system.

The Helloasso system adds a voluntary ‘tip’ called a ‘Pourboire’, at the page which summarises your payment.  If you do not wish to leave a tip, click ‘Modifier‘ and then click the feint box to the left of ‘Je ne souhaite pas laisser de pourboire‘. There is no obligation for you to add a tip.

Please have your bank card, menu selections and mobile phone available. The number of the phone must be the one registered against your bank account and will be used by your bank to verify your payment.

Book and pay via the online Helloasso system here

Alternatively please book direct:

Post your menu selections for each person and a cheque for 45€ per BBC member and 55€ per non-member, payable to ‘BBC’, direct to Ian

Ian’s address details are here  If you have forgotten your BBC member’s password then please click here


Overnight Accommodation

There are are a large number of hotels in Bordeaux with easy access to Hotel Vatel which is very close to tram stop ‘Cours du Medoc’ on Ligne B.

Hotel prices will increase as we get closer to Christmas, so book early! There are numerous hotels in Bordeaux and some in the Chartrons are listed here  Prices start at 40€ upwards.


Taxis

taxiRecommend that you book your taxi in advance rather than waiting until you need it. When booking your taxi, please make sure that you have the hotel address to hand which is: Hotel Vatel, 4 Cours du Médoc, 33070 BORDEAUX

The reception will also book your taxi but do not wait until the last minute !


2019 BBC Christmas Party


2019 BBC CHRISTMAS PARTY
Bordeaux Chartrons – Friday 6th December at 19:00 / 7 pm


2019 brings a NEW Venue

After many good times at Château La Chèze it is time for a change ! This year we will be at a new and exciting venue for our 2019 Christmas Party and Dinner on Friday, 6th December.

We will be at Hotel Vatel, 4 Cours du Médoc, 33070 BORDEAUX. Please click here for a map.

Hotel Vatel is a leading training centre for the hotel and hospitality industry.  The award winning Vatel International Hotel & Tourism Management Business School trains future managers and senior executives in the Hospitality and Tourism fields up to MBA level.

Hotel Vatel comes highly recommended to us by fellow Bordeaux based associations who have successfully used this venue in the past. The attention to service and detail is second to none.


Arrive by Tram or by Car

Tram StopCours du Medoc‘ on Tram Ligne B which is about 50 metres walk from the venue.

Car Park: Very large public car park over the shops at the ‘Quai des Marques’. Park at the south end of the car park.

Street Parking: Lots of street parking nearby but it is a very popular area and availability of spaces is often limited


Program for the Evening and Menu – fantastic value !

  • 7:00 – 7:30: Welcome Cocktail – Soupe Champenoise with ‘finger food accompaniments’
  • 7:30: Please take your seats for dinner
    • Dinner choices to me made at time of booking in advance:

ENTREES

Noix de saint jacques grillées, condiment pignon de pin et cédrat confit, soupe de courge

or

Foie gras poché au vin moelleux, pomme confite, tuile de brioche et pickles de radis

MAIN COURSES

Quasi de veau rôti, jus à l’échalote grise, artichauts bouquet à la romaine et purée d’oignons doux

or

Turbot, endives braisées à l’orange et viennoise d’algues

DESSERTS

Ananas Queens victoria, huile d’olive et glace au Bailey’s

or

Chocolat noir en ganache, mousse lactée et traou mad

    • Wines and water
    • Coffee

After dinner

There will be dancing to a selection of oldies and goodies and some up to date music into the wee hours of the morning.  All those memories will come flooding back! The energetic can enjoy a boogie; maybe a smooch or two for the romantically inclined and we may be sure that some of the old faithfuls (music that is!) will make an appearance.

Or if you are not feeling energetic, just sit and chat with friends.

Be calm and chat, relax or be energetic and dance. The choice is totally yours !


Dress Code

Completely optional. Come dressed to be comfortable and enjoy yourself !


Tickets

The price for members is an unbeatable value for at 45€ per BBC member for a fantastic evening. The price for member’s guests is 55€ per person. Very much an evening to suit everyone.  Enjoy good food and wine. Be calm or to be energetic. The choice is yours. Oh ……. and also to enjoy great company in a great environment!

Your evening commences at 7pm with a glass or two of kir petillant and canapes – an opportunity to meet up with friends and to welcome new members.

Please order your choice of each of the three courses in advance.


Booking

We use the Helloasso online payments system.

The Helloasso system adds a voluntary ‘tip’ called a ‘Pourboire’, at the page which summarises your payment.  If you do not wish to leave a tip, click ‘Modifier‘ and then click the feint box to the left of ‘Je ne souhaite pas laisser de pourboire‘. There is no obligation for you to add a tip.

Please have your bank card, menu selections and mobile phone available. The number of the phone must be the one registered against your bank account and will be used by your bank to verify your payment.

Book and pay via the online Helloasso system here

Alternatively please book direct:

Post your menu selections for each person and a cheque for 45€ per BBC member and 55€ per non-member, payable to ‘BBC’, direct to Ian

Ian’s address details are here  If you have forgotten your BBC member’s password then please click here


Overnight Accommodation

There are are a large number of hotels in Bordeaux with easy access to Hotel Vatel which is very close to tram stop ‘Cours du Medoc’ on Ligne B.

Hotel prices will increase as we get closer to Christmas, so book early! There are numerous hotels in Bordeaux and some in the Chartrons are listed here  Prices start at 40€ upwards.


Taxis

taxiRecommend that you book your taxi in advance rather than waiting until you need it. When booking your taxi, please make sure that you have the hotel address to hand which is: Hotel Vatel, 4 Cours du Médoc, 33070 BORDEAUX

The reception will also book your taxi but do not wait until the last minute !


Walk, Curry Lunch, 12th Sept Moustey

Nigel has arranged a lovely walk in the Les Landes forest around his home in Moustey.

The walk is approximately 5 kilometres and takes 2 hours including a midway stop at the confluence of the rivers Grande Leyre and Petite Leyre. everyone can have a refreshing paddle/swim here.

Following the walk a buffet lunch comprising of various delicious homemade curries prepared by Nigel will be served and includes wine and water.  The cost will be 12 Euros per person (dogs come free).

The walk and lunch are dog friendly so your well behaved canine friends are more than welcome.   If you don’t have a dog you’re still welcome!


Booking

The date is set for Thursday 12th September.   Closing date for reservations 5th September.

If you wish to participate please reserve on line via Helloasso here or contact Norma Brooks by email at normab@orange.fr

Date: 12/9

Place: Moustey

Time: 10 hrs for a start no later than 10.30 hrs (a pot of coffee and a plate of croissants will be available).


 

Friday September 27th 2019: Histoire et Bonne Chère à Cadillac

Come and celebrate autumn with a visit to Cadillac

Tour of the old bastide town and walls, followed by lunch and visit to the Château including Exhibition “HENRI IV un roi dans l’Histoire”.

We’ll have coffee and a walk round the bastide which has kept its walls, gates, square plan, narrow alleys and gardens, covered market with the Château and town hall above and an old church.

Then we’ll have lunch at Le Cosmopolitan , a picturesque restaurant inside the bastide.


The Château

The major attraction at Cadillac is its stately Château. This 17th century building has a collection of stunning mantelpieces and fine tapestries. Until September 29th , it is housing an exhibition of period portraits and statues on loan from Versailles, centering on ‘Le Bon Roi Henri, King Henri IV of France (1589-1610).

Both the house and exhibition are well-worth a visit. As there are notice boards and the Henri IV exhibition has panels in French and English, it will not be a guided tour.

Alain Mounolou will be there to supply explanations. Alain plans to send participants a short advance file via e-mail covering the major facts and a printed version will be handed out on the spot.


When, where and how?

Meet between 10.30 and 11.00 a.m. on the market square at Cadillac.

Visit starts at 11.00. Lunch 12.30. Château visit at 15.00, visiting time around 1 hour and a half, at will.


Directions

From Arcachon/Biscarrosse:   Leave A 63 at exit 24 to Saucats, then La Brède where you join RN 113, turn right to Castres-Gironde and on to Podensac

From Bordeaux/Le Médoc:   Follow the rocade and exit onto the Toulouse motorway A 62 (exit 19), leave at exit 1.1 (in fact the 2nd exit) ‘La Brède’, ‘Langon’ (green sign) and turn left, drive to Podensac and beyond. If you miss exit 1.1, drive down to exit 2, follow ‘Podensac’ signs, when you reach RN 113 in the village, turn right towards ‘Cérons’. At the roundabout turn left towards Béguey and Cadillac.

Once over the bridge turn right to Cadillac, right again at the entrance of the town there’s a big car park to your right in front of the walls.


Lunch and Prices

Le Cosmopolitan, which is at the end of a street off the main square, will provide a 3-course lunch with choice of main course and wine (1 bottle for 5) 22€

Château visit will cost 6€.


Payment and Booking

All payments are to be made individually on the day. No payments by HELLOASSO.

Register either online via Helloasso here, or directly with Alain, at alain-eric.mounolou@orange.fr before September 19th.

Emergency phone contact for the day: 06 44 80 43 22. Please have your cellphones open and within hearing distance on September 27th


 

Join the BBC Golfers


BBC GOLF

How to participate

Non BBC Members: If you would like to participate but you are not yet a BBC member then please join the BBC here

BBC Members: If you are a BBC member and would like to be notified of golf events then please click here


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Origins

Some years ago, a new member of the BBC suggested having a golf day for all the ‘golf mad’ resident Brits  eager to be let loose on the fairways of ‘La Belle France’.  The first event took place rather discreetly at Biscarrosse where some half a dozen ‘hackers’ left dozens of balls in the woods claiming they would come back and find them another time! This was the inauspicious beginning of the BBC golf society.


Where do we play?

Since then, the BBC has graced several clubs in the South West with its presence: Cameyrac, Gujan, Lacanau, Arcachon, Le Pian, Langon and Biscarrosse are regular venues.


Non-players and friends

On each occasion, we include a clubhouse lunch and extend our welcome to non-players, friends and ‘groupies’ who enjoy a walk in glorious surroundings to follow the games.  The lunch also provides an excellent excuse for bad golf from our golf fanatics who complain of lack of concentration, timing, indigestion, drowsiness- anything to justify their pathetic afternoon efforts!


We cater for all tastes

You might be forgiven for thinking that we only play ‘social golf ‘.  However, we aim to cater for all tastes: young or old, high or low handicaps, single players or couples, with the accent on enjoying a healthy outdoor activity, convivial company and superb countryside in and around the Gironde.


Ability

Games are usually organised to suit playing ability.  Beginners are encouraged to have professional instruction first and visits to a driving range before venturing on to the golf course.  We try to help newcomers understand the rules and etiquette so that they enjoy the experience even more.

It was particularly encouraging to note the progress of two couples who first came to a BBC golf day ‘just for the lunch’. They gradually took up golf, had plenty of practice and some lessons.  They can now more than hold their own on the links!


How to participate

Non BBC Members: If you would like to participate but you are not yet a BBC member then please join the BBC here

BBC Members: If you are a BBC member and would like to be notified of golf events then please click here

Our golf co-ordinator is Patrick Sanderson whose contact details are in the Members Directory here



Walk, Curry Lunch, 12th Sept Moustey

Nigel has arranged a lovely walk in the Les Landes forest around his home in Moustey.

The walk is approximately 5 kilometres and takes 2 hours including a midway stop at the confluence of the rivers Grande Leyre and Petite Leyre. everyone can have a refreshing paddle/swim here.

Following the walk a buffet lunch comprising of various delicious homemade curries prepared by Nigel will be served and includes wine and water.  The cost will be 12 Euros per person (dogs come free).

The walk and lunch are dog friendly so your well behaved canine friends are more than welcome.   If you don’t have a dog you’re still welcome!


Booking

The date is set for Thursday 12th September.   Closing date for reservations 5th September.

If you wish to participate please reserve on line via Helloasso here or contact Norma Brooks by email at normab@orange.fr

Date: 12/9

Place: Moustey

Time: 10 hrs for a start no later than 10.30 hrs (a pot of coffee and a plate of croissants will be available).


 

REMINDER: Visit to the Tonnellerie Nadalié: Ludon Médoc – Wednesday July 24th

Visit to the Tonnellerie Nadalié: Ludon Médoc – Wednesday July 24th (UPDATED)

Ever wondered how the barrels are made which store the wine before we drink it?

There is a visit to the Barrel Maker Nadalié (Tonnellerie) at Ludon Médoc just north west of Bordeaux planned for the above date.

The visit will be in English starting at 11 o’clock, including a tasting of wine made by the family, followed by lunch in their very nice Brasserie Le 1902 (the year the tonnellerie started).


Lunch Menu

Carpaccio de tomates d’Antan, billes de mozzarella

Ballotine de Poulet fermier, crème chorizo, gratin dauphinoise

Verrine de salade de fruits de saison.


Price

The cost for the visit is €12.50 per person and the meal is €24 for Entrée/Plat or Plat/Dessert with coffee and wine. Website for information www.nadalie.fr

Please pay individually for the visit and your lunch on the day


Booking

Book direct with Deirdre whose contact details are HERE


 

Anyone for Cricket?

Players, friends & honorary members,

We are in a difficult position as Chateau Giscours is asking the Cricket Club to be more proactive for touring sides & involvement with the Chateau.

A number of us want to play social cricket & welcome touring sides for friendly but competitive cricket.  There is also the competitive side for those interested in the French league system.

For the social cricket to continue at Chateau Giscours we need to field a team & supporters with an interest in the game & the chateau.

We obviously welcome French nationals to join us but the core of the players has historically been from a British traditional background (People coming from countries of the Empire & more recently the Commonwealth).

if you or any people you know would like to be part of this & play or help then please contact the Club President Andy Smith a.smith@sciencespobordeaux.fr or ring him on 06 08 78 58 44.

This is urgent & we are looking for support from everywhere including BBC members, friends etc All are welcome !

Andy & Bill

W.A. FISHER
E-mail: wafisher@gmail.com
Mobile: +33 (0)6 20 81 16 13

Canoe Trip : Thursday September 5th : Salles to Biganos Port

Updated: Canoe Trip and Picnic: Thursday, 5th September: Salles to Biganos Port

Many members may remember a canoe excursion three years ago, especially those who got wet ! We plan an all day trip, covering 20km from Salles to Biganos port, with lunch half way near Mios. Not so much paddling is required as the flow of the river, plus the ebb tide carries us most of the way, through lovely scenery and nature, especially birds.

We shall meet at the lovely small leisure port of Biganos at 10am (sorry about the early start, we have to catch the tide !). There we leave our cars and board a minibus which takes us to Salles. After a safety and canoeing briefing there, and after packing our picnics in waterproof cylindrical containers, we set off downstream to our riverside picnic near Mios. We should be back at our cars by 5pm.


Directions from Bordeaux
  • Take A63 towards Bayonne, then exit at junction 22, onto A660 towards Arcachon.
  • Take exit 2 direction Biganos,
  • Continue north on D3 through Biganos, straight over the first two roundabouts, under the railway, straight over the next two roundabouts, bear right at the following one (direction Audenge).
  • Shortly before the Pompiers, you will see a church on the right. Take the left turn opposite, signed to the Port.
  • Allow 35 minutes from the Rocade.
  • Address : Rue du Port, 33380 Biganos.
  • Map: Please click here

What to wear

You may get wet ! Bring a change of clothes, be prepared with sun and insect protection. Shorts are advised, as well as old trainers or secure sandals. A retaining cord for your glasses is strongly advised.

Don’t forget your picnic, but note this will be with you in the canoe in a 55 litre waterproof container, with a 30cm dia lid, please ensure your picnic can fit in !

The price is 18€ pp, including the canoe, paddles and safety gear hire, as well as the minibus trip.

The price for children aged 6-12 is 6€, they will travel in the centre of the canoe (without a paddle). Well behaved dogs may also use this place for free!


Booking

The BBC uses the Helloasso online payments system.

The Helloasso system adds a voluntary ‘tip’ called a ‘Pourboire’, at the page which summarises your payment.  If you do not wish to leave a tip, click ‘Modifier‘ and then click the feint box to the left of ‘Je ne souhaite pas laisser de pourboire‘. There is no obligation for you to add a tip.

Please have your bank card and mobile phone available. The number of the phone must be the one registered against your bank account and will be used by your bank to verify your payment.

Please note that the person making the booking must be recorded as a current member of the Association Bordeaux British Community

Please book by 29th August online by HelloAsso by clicking here,

or send your cheque made out to the BBC to:

Phil Christal, 108 Chemin de la Cadene, 40600 Biscarrosse.

Email norphic@hotmail.com, tel 0558098002, mobile 0629507969.

Having reviewed the restaurant lunch options, we have decided in favour of a tranquil picnic.