Vin Chaud, Steak, Tinsel and Christmas Market: Bordeaux, Friday 14th December at 1900


BORDEAUX CHRISTMAS MARKET AND DINNER

 

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Join in the festive spirit and come along with us for a visit to the Bordeaux Christmas market in Allées de Tourny on Friday, 14th December at 19:00 followed by dinner at “L’Entrecote” at 20:30 to enjoy delicious steak with their trademark delicious sauce, copious frites and, if you have room, an appetising dessert.

Have a wander around the Christmas market, packed with stalls. In previous years the men never make it past the first stall, of which there are many, selling vin chaud !

The Bordeaux Christmas market is a must see, an integral part of the magical atmosphere in the run up to Christmas !

The wooden chalets set up for the occasion make up a charming picture of a village where everything can be found: gifts, sweets, gourmet food, Christmas decorations for the home, candles, toys, fashion, accessories, designer jewellery, linen and crafts made by the local artisans ( and vin chaud! )

Indulge in a little Christmas shopping. Or maybe just enjoy a glass or three of vin chaud and chat with friends!


DL’Entrecôte


Following our visit to the market we have arranged to eat dinner at the always popular restaurant L’Entrecôte to enjoy a steak smothered with sa sauce fameuse.

The price is 19€ for steak, frites and salad. Desserts are 5,50€ to 6€. Red or rose house wine from local Château Thieuley is 16€ per bottle and coffee is 1,60€. L’Entrecote is extremely popular with a fun atmosphere and never disappoints.

The Dessert à la carte list includes:

Le plateau de fromage, La coupe Côte d’or, L’ananas frais au masquarin, La coupe Jack, Les profiteroles au chocolat, Le semi-fredo au grand marnier, La coupe streza, Nos fruits melba, Le vacherin au chocolat, Les fruits rafraichis au kirsch, Le mont blanc, Nos tartes maison, Notre crème caramel, Nos glaces et sorbets, La surprise de la Jamaïque, Nos liégeois (café, chocolat, praliné), Le fondant au chocolat maison or La mousse au chocolat.


Location and Times

We meet at 7pm by the children’s carousel ride situated at the entrance to the Christmas Market at the Grand Theatre end of Allee de Tourny to then enjoy the market, followed by dinner at 8.30pm


Booking

If you would like more information then please contact Colette. Contact details for Colette are in the Membership Directory here

Alternatively please reserve online below. Closing date is Saturday 1st December.

British Legion Remembrance Service – Sunday 11th November at 9:15 (revised time)


Bx_remembrance_3Remembrance Service at the Allied Forces Cemetery in Talence.

Assemble at 9:15 (please note the REVISED TIME) for the procession into the cemetery

Address: Allied Forces Cemetery, rue Bahus, 33400 TALENCE  –  GPS: N 44.814745, W 0.584240

There is ample on street parking nearby. The cemetery is a 5 minute walk from tram stop Roustaing on Ligne B

This moving and sombre annual ceremony is different this year, as it commemorates exactly 100 years since the cessation of WW1 hostilities.

The event will commence at 9.15am with the impressive and colourful procession.

The service will start at 9.30. Wreaths will be laid, including our BBC wreath which will be laid by Norma, our President. The service will last approximately 30 minutes, concluding with shots from a 1918 rifle as a salute to those who gave their lives in this and the following dreadful conflict.

We shall then walk to the adjacent French Cemetery, for a service starting at 10.30, before moving for a ‘Vin d’honneur’ at:

Chateâu de Peixotto, allée de Peixotto, 33400 TALENCE.

The chateau is situated in a large historic public parc which is maintained to respect the ecosystem and biodiversity. The chateau and parc are approximately 5 minutes by car or a 15 minute walk from the cemetery. Please click here for information about the chateau and parc

As is customary, our members will mingle with members of the British Legion and join them for lunch.


Christmas Party: Château La Chèze, Floirac – Friday 7th December

 

NEW NEW:  We are pleased to announce that this year we have Nadège, an excellent female singer/guitarist with a repertoire covering British and American Soul, Pop, Country, Folk, Rock, old classics, songs of romance and songs that are fun. Nadège will be singing during the welcome apero and afterwards before the disco. Nadege’s native language is English and she performs in English.

We are returning to the stunning Château La Chèze in Floirac for our annual Christmas Party and Dinner on Friday, 7th December.

The price for members is 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 beautiful 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.

This year the drama group are taking a break. Many (Ed: at least one!) asked why? The answer is: “…. to preserve our artistic integrity and keep our air of mystery” !!!  (We are planning something special as a replacement which will be announced soon)

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

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 and do not worry as the drinks from the ‘Night Bar’ will not run out!

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


* Venue

Château La Chèze – 27 Avenue Pierre Semirot, 33270 FLOIRAC.

The château was built in the late 19th century on the grounds of a former small fortified castle by a wealthy market gardener.

The art nouveau style mansion has been modernized to high standards whilst retaining many of the original charming features. The staff are always very helpful and friendly and they create a great ambience for us to enjoy.

Our food will be prepared and cooked by resident chef Jean-Baptiste Lévy and his team who served us well last time.

For directions and a map, please see the ‘Directions and Map‘ section at the very bottom of this page.


* Program for the Evening and Menu – fantastic value for only 45€ !
  • 7:00 – 7:30: Welcome Cocktail – Soupe Champenoise with ‘finger food accompaniments’
  • 7:00 – Nadège performing a mix of well-known songs in English
  • 7:30: Please take your seats for dinner
    • Dinner choices:
      • Entrée (to be chosen in advance):
        • Gâteau de lapin confit, pommes Granny Smith et tuiles parmesan
        • OR Velouté de châtaignes et pépites de lard
      • Main Course (to be chosen in advance):
        • Merlu, tagliatelles de légumes et crème citron
        • OR Sourie d’agneau confite au ras-el-hanout et caviar d’aubergines
      • Dessert (to be chosen in advance):
        •  Pavlova aux fruits du moment
        • OR Travail autour du chocolat
      • Wines and water
      • Coffee accompanied by songs performed by Nadège
    • After Dinner
      • Optional dancing
      • Optional chatting
      • Optional ….. !
  • ‘Night Bar’ – Crémant and wine ( Digestifs such as whisky and gin are available for purchase at the bar )

Unbeatable value for BBC Member’s price of 45€ !!


* Dress Code

Completely optional. Come dressed to enjoy yourself !


* Booking

If you require further information then please contact Avril or Ian whose contact details are here

We use the Helloasso online booking and payments system and they add a suggested ‘tip’ called a Pouboire, at the page which summarises your payment.

If you do not wish to leave a tip, please 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 or credit card available and also your mobile phone for payment verification.

Book and pay via the Helloasso system here

Alternatively please book direct:

Post your menu selections and cheque for 45€ per BBC member and 55€ per non-member, payable to ‘BBC’, direct to Ian (not Avril)

Ian’s address details are here


* Overnight Accommodation

There are are a number of good lower price local hotels available nearby.  Some of these hotels are listed below. Prices will increase as we get closer to Christmas, so book early!

  • Hôtel Formule Club – 5 Rue Condorcet, 33150 CENON
    • 2.3 km by car from Château La Chèze
    •  05 56 32 16 68
    • Several of our members have stayed at this hotel and reported good value for money.
  • Hôtel Altica – rue de la Gabarre, 33270 FLOIRAC
    • 3.4 kms by car from Château La Chèze
    • 05 57 97 70 70
  • Hôtel F1 – 50 rue Emile Henriot, Quai de la Souys, 33100 BORDEAUX-BASTIDE
  • Hôtel Kyriad – 1 Avenue de Paris 33310 LORMONT
    • 4 km by car from Château La Chèze
    • 08 92 23 48 13

* 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 château address to hand which is: Château la Chèze, 27 Avenue Pierre Semirot, 33270 FLOIRAC

  • The château reception will book your taxi but do not wait until the last minute !
  • Or use  Pages Jaune 
    • In the first search box enter ‘taxi
    • In the second box enter either ‘Floirac 33270‘ or ‘Cenon 33150
    • to display the phone number of a particular taxi company:
      • Click ‘+infos
      • Then click  ‘Afficher les No.’ on the next screen

Directions and Map

Coming to the Chateau by car on the Rocade (ring road)

  • Exit 24 (BERGERAC, CENON, HIGH FLOIRAC). Follow the direction Haut Floirac.
  • At the elongated roundabout on the bridge, turn left towards Centre Ville, Haut Floirac.
  • At the next roundabout continue straight, and at the next roundabout, turn right towards Observatoire, Eglise St Vincent.
  • At the next roundabout turn left towards Observatoire.
  • The Chateau is after the curve on the right. Enter through the first gate on the left of the road.

Coming by car from Bordeaux centre

  • Take Saint Jean bridge and continue straight.
  • After the 2nd traffic lights, turn right towards Cenon Haut Floirac.
  • At the next traffic light turn right, then continue straight. Pass 3 traffic lights.
  • On the hill, turn right at the top towards Floirac.
  • At the crossing, turn right, direction Haut Floirac, Downtown.
  • At the next roundabout continue straight, and at the next roundabout, turn right towards Observatoire, Eglise St Vincent.
  • At the next roundabout turn left towards Observatoire.
  • The Chateau is after the curve on the right. Enter through the first gate on the left of the road


Thanksgiving Celebration & Meal: Bordeaux – Monday 26th November at 13:00


Celebrate Thanksgiving 2018 !


Celebrate Thanksgiving with a buffet meal in the centre of Bordeaux chez Henley and Tommy.

This is a North American tradition that Henley has been hosting in France for the last decade and along with the classic stuffed turkey, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole

The menu includes dishes from the American South such as cheesy grits, cornbread, creamed corn, bourbon roasted ham, sweet potato casserole and macaroni and cheese.

The meal will be washed down with local wine and to finish we will enjoy some famous pumpkin pie, key lime pie from Florida and pecan pie.

It promises to me a lively afternoon!


Location

Central Bordeaux near Porte de Bourgogne.  The address will be sent by email after receipt of your booking.


Booking

The last date to register for is before Monday, 19th November.

We use the Helloasso online booking and payments system and they add a suggested ‘tip’ called a Pouboire, at the page which summarises your payment.

If you do not wish to leave a tip, please 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 or credit card available and also your mobile phone for payment verification.

Book and pay via the Helloasso system here

Alternatively please book direct:

 Post your cheque for 20€ per person payable to ‘BBC’, direct to Henley.

Henley’s contact details are here

Please note that all attendees must be recorded as members of the Association Bordeaux British Community.


Visit to the Moon Harbour Distillery Bordeaux - 2018


Visit to the Moon Harbour Distillery Bordeaux Wednesday 7th November 2018

Did you know that there is a whisky distillery in Bordeaux? Yes there is! The Moon Harbour Distillery owes it’s name to the famous crescent moon outlined by the Garonne River in the heart of Bordeaux. The distillery is the innovation of two entrepreneurs and whisky enthusiasts Phillippe Balanger and Yves Medina. They joined forces with experienced whisky blender, Scotsman, John McDougall.

Situated in the Bacalan district of Bordeaux, the distillery currently produces several different whiskys and also gin. The site is impressive as the cellars are in a large WWII bunker next to the modern distillery

Moon Harbour has 250 hectares of barley planted in the region for it’s production of a single malt.

The tour will last between 1 hour and 1 hour 30 minutes and includes a presentation of Moon Harbour, visit to the raw material storage (explanations of malting and whisky production), visit to the cuverie, visit to the still room, visit to the cellar for ageing (a second world war bunker), tasting of 3 whiskys and 1 gin.

The guided tour is in English has been organised for Wednesday 7th November in two groups of 12, the first at 11am and the second at 3 pm. The cost of the tour including the four tasting is 10 euros per person.


Lunch

If would like lunch before or after the distillery visit we are proposing the Grill Courtpaille, 2 Rue du Professor Darget, 33300 Bordeaux. The grill is no more than 10 minutes walk from the distillery.

As it is an informal lunch each person will pay for themselves. Please let Norma B know before 1st November if you wish her to make a reservation on your behalf.


Booking

The last date to register for this tour is by 12 noon on Saturday 3rd November.

We use the Helloasso online booking and payments system and they add a suggested ‘tip’ called a Pouboire, at the page which summarises your payment.

If you do not wish to leave a tip, please 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 or credit card available and also your mobile phone for payment verification.

Book and pay via the Helloasso system for the afternoon tour at 15:00 here

The morning tour is fully booked.

Alternatively please book by:

Post your cheque for 10€ per person payable to ‘BBC’, direct to Norma B

Please indicate that you are booking for the afternoon tour at 15:00

Please indicate if you would like to go to the informal lunch. Norma’s contact details are here

Please note that all attendees must be recorded as members of the Association Bordeaux British Community.



British Embassy Meeting


British Embassy Citizens Outreach Meeting – BORDEAUX

Description

The British Embassy in Paris will be holding an event in Bordeaux on 19th October for British nationals in the area to update on Brexit negotiations with regards to citizens’ rights and to answer questions.

(Please note that the Association Bordeaux British Community are not involved in the booking arrangements or content of the meeting)


Date and Time

Friday, 19th October 2018

12:30 – 14:30 CEST


Registration

To register for this event, please use the Eventbrite booking system by clicking here

Note: after signing up, you should receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite


Location

Closer to the date of the event, the embassy will email the location of the meeting to all attendees.

If you do not see the email, please check your spam folder.

If you still haven’t received an email, please contact France.Enquiries@fco.gov.uk


More information

More information for British citizens living in France is available on the UK Government website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-france


 

AGM 2018


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING FRIDAY 16th NOVEMBER 2018

The AGM is a key event on the Bordeaux British Community’s calendar and a great social gathering of the membership.   Besides hearing from the committee what has happened in the past year, it is also an opportunity for you to get involved, to question the committee, give your ideas and suggestions, propose any changes and elect next years committee.

The Annual General Meeting will take place at ‘Le Chaudron’, 41-43 Rue Saint Remy, Bordeaux.

Coffee will be available at 10:30 and the meeting will start at 11:00. The restaurant is in the centre of Bordeaux and easily accessible by public transport and parking is available close-by.

If you have any suggestions regarding any issues which you wish to be considered at the AGM or, if you are interested in serving on the committee, then please contact Norma B whose contact details are here


Date, Venue and Format

‘Le Chaudron’, 41-43 Rue Saint Remy, Bordeaux on Friday 16th November.

Coffee will be available at 10:30 and the meeting will start at 11:00.

Following the meeting there will be an aperitif followed by lunch which includes wine and coffee.


Lunch Menu

We have an good menu priced at 20€ for BBC members which is an excellent reduction from the normal price of 30€

Aperitif – Kir Maison
Entree
Oeuf Poche Piperade
or Foie Gras Mi Cuit
or Saumon Marine
Plat
Cuisse de Canard Confite
or Escalope de Saumon
or Entrecote, Sauce Cepe et Fois Gras
Dessert
Profiterole
or Omlette Norvegienne (also known as Baked Alaska)
or Tarte aux Citron
Includes: 1/4 vin per personne et cafe.

Booking

The last date to register is by 12 noon on Tuesday 13th November.

We use the Helloasso online booking and payments system and they add a suggested ‘tip’ called a Pourboire, at the page which summarises your payment.

If you do not wish to leave a tip, please 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 or credit card available and also your mobile phone for payment verification.

Book and pay online via the Helloasso system here

Alternatively please book direct with, and post your cheque payable to ‘BBC’, direct to Norma B whose contact details are here

Please note that all attendees must be recorded as members of the Association Bordeaux British Community.


Travel
By Tram:
  • Tram B to stop Grand Théâtre or tram C to stop Quinconces
  • Walk towards the Grand Théâtre and then walk down Rue St Catherine
  • Opposite Galerie Lafayette turn left into Rue St Remy
  • Le Chaudron is approximately 50 metres down on the left.
By Car:
  • Parking available at Place Quinconces or La Bourse but recommend travelling by tram as parking is expensive.


Map and Directions
  • DIRECTIONS: Click the ‘Directions’ symbol and enter your home address or start point to get a detailed set of directions which can then be printed out and/or downloaded to your smartphone.

 

  • ZOOM: Use the + and – symbols in the bottom left hand corner of the map to zoom in and out

 


Bowling at Bordeaux Lac - Wednesday 24th October




Description:

Who fancies a game or two of bowling? Sarah P has arranged another of our ever popular bowling evenings.

Specially organized during the week for working members and families.  Cost will be 7€ per game including shoe hire at Bordeaux Lac.

We book several lanes and always have a fun evening with many lucky strikes and a fair share of embarrassing shots from everyone !

Time:

Suggest we arrive at 18:00 to allow good time to arrive, pay, select bowling ball, put on shoes etc.

Place:

The address is:

KART System Indoor Bowling, rue du Grand Barail, 33300 Bordeaux, on the outside of the Rocade opposite IKEA.

Please click here for a map

KART System is located on a large site with a 20-lane bowling alley, plus bar & billiards room with 13 tables and a separate go-karting circuit.

After bowling we will go to a local eatery to continue the fun and refresh ourselves.

Price:

The cost, including shoe hire, will be 14€ per person for 2 games.


Booking:

Please book direct with Sarah P whose contact details are here


 

Indian Curry Evening: Monday 17th September


An evening of authentic Indian Cuisine

Indian food

Come and join us for an evening of authentic Indian cuisine ably prepared by Ameer from Hydrabad, India.

Ameer will prepare a number of spicy dishes for our delight (menu to follow). Wine and drinks are included in the price of 25 euros per person.

Members (and their dogs) and guests may arrive earlier (from 5 pm) to enjoy a stroll in the beautiful Les Landes forest.


When and Where?

The meal will take place chez Nigel Bond on Monday 17th September.

Nigel lives in the pretty village of Moustey just 35 minutes down the A63 from the Rocade.   If you’re not up to the drive home there are some chamber d’hote rooms in and around the village, the Logis Hotel Le Grandousier is 7 kms away.

If you love spicy Indian cuisine we do hope that you will join us for this unique opportunity, Ameer is a fantastic cook!


Booking and Payment

FULLY BOOKED !

The last date to register is Thursday 13th September.

Reserve early as there are only 18 places available.

We use the Helloasso online booking and payments system and they add a suggested ‘tip’ called a Pouboire, at the page which summarises your payment.

If you do not wish to leave a tip, please 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 or credit card available

Book and pay online via the Helloasso system

Please note that the person making the booking must be recorded as a 2018 member of the Association Bordeaux British Community.


Diet

Please note, as the food is home prepared we cannot take into account any special dietary requirements.


Finance Information Event at Villenave-d’Ornon: Thursday 4th October at 10:30


FULLY BOOKED
Tax Seminar

tax

This is a morning of presentations and discussion designed to assist BBC members to understand the recent changes in the French tax system.

In summary the subject is basically “Changes to tax and inheritance rules”

Topics to be covered include:

  • Taxation at source (affects those who are resident in France and either working or receiving a French or UK retirement pension)
  • Taxe d’Habitation
  • Inheritance rules and taxes

The event is will be informative with presentations, questions and a chance to talk informally. Numbers will be limited by space to 32 people..

We are very pleased to be hosted by Blevins Franks but this is not a sales presentation exercise. If there is any follow up activity with the presenters or others, that is up to individual members.

The BBC Statutes specify the aims of the association to also assist the integration of English speaking people who come to settle in Bordeaux. One way of doing this is by helping to understand how the French system works for new arrivals and keeping up, as far as possible, with major French tax and legislation changes.


Seminar Leader

Long term BBC member Rupert Holderness will lead the seminar. Rupert has over 35 years’ experience in the financial services industry, 30 of them working in France. Before moving to France, Rupert worked for NatWest Bank who transferred him to France in 1986, where he worked in Bordeaux, Toulouse and Paris.

In 1996, Rupert decided to specialise in advising the British community in France and started the French operation of Siddalls in Bordeaux. Siddalls France became part of the Blevins Franks Group in 2014 to become Blevins Franks France, where Rupert continues to head up the Bordeaux office.

Rupert holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Kedge Business School in Marseille, specialised in financial planning. As to be expected after a language degree and 30 years of living in France, Rupert is bi-lingual and bi-cultural.


Where?

The seminar will be held at the offices of Blevins Franks at 1 rue Pablo Neruda, 33140 Villenave d’Ornon.

The office is beside exit 17 ( Talence Thouars) on the Rocade. If you get off the ring road, you can’t miss a large blue and grey office building with “Compagnie Fiduciaire” written all over it.

Please click here for a map


Car Parking

There is some visitors car parking available but the office car park is often full. If full,  there is parking across the road in one of the restaurant or hotel car parks if necessary


Booking

FULLY BOOKED – No more places available

BBC events like this are always popular and oversubscribed. We are limited to 32 places so bookings were registered on a’ first come first served basis’ for this event.