Jazz Evening in Bordeaux on Friday 29th June

Following the successful BBC jazz evening last year we are organising another night at the Le Bistrot Boheme, 84 rue Camille Godard (300m from tram).

The artists for this date have not yet been confirmed but we have previously enjoyed several jazz evenings at the Bistrot Boheme and they are always fun and entertaining.

Enjoy dinner or a drink at the bar

We have booked a table for dinner but you can also drink at the bar if you don’t want to eat.
Booking for dinner is on a first come basis so if you don’t want to miss out on this event book soon to reserve your place.

Diners should be there for 8pm as the performance starts at 8:30.

More details of the restaurant’s location and menu choices can be found on www.bistrotlaboheme.com

Please either book online here or book direct with Charles W whose contact details are in the Membership Directory.


International Seaplane Rally and Picnic - 12:00 noon Sunday 10th June: Biscarrosse


In the inter-war years Biscarrosse was the centre of the thriving French seaplane industry, with more than 100 flying boats providing flights to Africa. New York and South America. There is now an excellent museum there, with a regular international event to trace the history of aviation.

The 2018 edition also marks the centenary of the first flight of what was to become Latécoère Air Lines which started delivering freight and post for Laposte to the french colonies in Africa.

During the first world war the founder, Pierre Latécoère, invested in factories in Toulouse producing shells and aircraft and delivered about 800 planes to the french army. The company then specialized in design and manufacture of seaplanes which reached a zenith with the six engined Latécoère 631 which was billed as ‘The Ship of the Skies‘ and designed for transatlantic flights. The 631 first flew in 1939 and 10 examples were produced. It was the largest production seaplane ever built and to put this into context had a wingspan about one third larger than the famous Short Sunderland of WWII fame. Groupe Latécoère still exists today as a successful group of companies supplying assemblies and components to Airbus and Boeing.

The 2018 flying displays will involve historic seaplanes and legendary aircraft of French and international aviation including the Breguet 14, PBY Catalina, Douglas DC3, De Havilland Beaver etc

More recent aircraft will fly including a Rafale, competitor to Eurofighter Typhoon, from the 17F Flotille of the French Naval Air Force, a fire fighting Canadair seaplane of the Civil Security and also the presence of the Patrouille de France which is the Air Force aerobatic team.

There will be helicopter rides, exhibitions and the usual event amenities.

The BBC enjoyed an excellent day in 2016, and we look forward to visiting again this year, seeing around 30 classic seaplanes in action, contrasted with a display by the mighty supersonic Dassault Rafale which is built at Merignac.

Our Rendezvous and Picnic

We must expect it to be busy, and to avoid the crowds we propose meeting at 12.00 sharp for a ‘tranquil’ picnic at the Petit Lac.

We will then walk less than 1 Km along the canal to reach the event at the southern lake at Latecoere, which has the usual festival facilities (aviation and other stalls, refreshments etc).

Entry is free.

Please bring all you need for a picnic ! Phil aims to ‘reserve’ the picnic tables by the lake !

Picnic and Meeting Location

TIME: 12:00 noon on Sunday 10th June

GPS: 44.396591, -1.182885  ( N 44°23’47.7″ W 1°10’58.4″ )

Alternatively, set your GPS to Avenue de Montbron

Map: Please click here for a map

Directions from Bordeaux:

  • Take A63 from Bordeaux and after 28Km turn off onto A660 signed to Arcachon
  • Turn off after 5 km, onto D216 signed to Biscarrosse
  • In Mios turn sharp right at the first roundabout then straight over the next one
  • After 25km go through Sanguinet (over 4 roundabouts including a large one surrounding the town hall)
  • After a further 12 Km you reach Biscarrosse
  • Go straight over the first and second roundabouts, and continue straight into the centre (over an absurd number of speed bumps !) past the Marie and the church
  • Take the second turn right after the church, signed to Dechetterie and Cimetiere ! This road is Avenue de Montbron
  • You will cross a bridge over the canal (joining Biscarrosse’s three lakes) and then look out for the lakeside car park on your right opposite the cemetery
    • Note the car park has an intimidating 2.1m width restriction. If your car is wider, or you don’t trust your judgement, you can park opposite in the Cemetery car park !
    • Note ignore any signs for ‘Hydravion’ (which direct to special parking, buses and crowds)


To register, please contact Phil C direct or book online below.  Phil’s contact details are here

When using the on-line booking form, please note the following:

  • Click ‘Submit’ only once and then wait for your booking details to be re-displayed on your screen.
    • There maybe a little delay while your details are being noted and registered.
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from the organiser within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the organiser direct for your booking confirmation.



2018 Summer Party: Sainte-Eulalie: Friday 15th June


Our BBC Christmas Party is always very popular, so this year we have added a second BBC party to ‘Kick off the Summer‘. Get in the mood, shake off the cobwebs and welcome the sun !  There is something for all tastes. Wear something summery but most important, come and enjoy yourselves !

A great party for BBC members and guests.  Food, wine, cabaret, music and more !


The lunch and party will be at:

Les Salles du Marquisat, 101 Rue Adrien Piquet, 33560 SAINTE-EULALIE which is the same location as last year’s AGM.

Sainte-Eulalie is about 10 km outside Bordeaux on the Rive Droite near Lormont and is very easy to find and has ample free car parking.

Please see the map below which has a ‘click’ to obtain directions.

The Party

Reception at 12:00 with a kir apperitif and amuses bouches followed by lunch.


Entrée: Feuilleté of Salmon with a leek sauce

Main Course (to be chosen in advance via the online form below):

Fresh Cod Fillet with a herb sauce and vegetables
OR Pork roasted with almonds and vegetables

Desert: Fresh Strawberries with chantlilly cream and ice cream

Wines: Blanc, Rosé et Rouge


After lunch:

Entertainment from a very special award winning guest. Be prepared to expect the unexpected in, or on, ‘A Bag of Mashing’ !  (Ed. Not the Drama Group this time as they pause to preserve their artistic integrity !! )

Afternoon Delight:

We will have some soft music and disco to dance to in the course of the afternoon.

Still hungry?

Wine, cheese and biscuits will be available throughout, until 19:30.

How to book

Please either book online here or book direct with Cathy stating your lunch main course selections.

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


Activities Week: Marans (near La Rochelle) - 2nd to 9th June 2018

Update: 7 apartments are now booked but there is room for one or two more couples. If you want to come, please book direct with Ted and Jenny as soon as possible but by the end of January at the latest !

Park and Suites

This year Ted and Jenny are proposing a week at Marans, a small town about 20 minutes north-east of La Rochelle and near the Marais Poitevin.

We will be staying at Park & Suites:  Parks and Suites at Marans-la- Rochelle

Details of the Marais Poitevin regional nature resereve are here: www.marais-poitevin.com/

Park and Suites is a complex of groups of two storey apartments set in a park.  You reach the top floor apartments by an outside staircase.  Each apartment has a bedroom with large double bed leading to a shower room and on to a kitchen/dining area with large fridge, dishwasher, hob and microwave (no oven) with a sofa bed, table and chairs.  Outside there is a small balcony or patio.  In the case of the downstairs apartments the patios are covered.  The apartment is well equipped and the bed made up.

Outside for your use a large heated pool, sauna, ping pong and a boules court.

There are several blocks of apartments with large spaces in between which makes it feel very spacious.  A few minutes walk brings you into the little town where you will find shops, a small marina, bars restaurants. There is also a Super U easily accessible.

Excursions and relaxation

We are planning excursions to the Marais Poitevin, visits to ruined abbeys, chateaux, walks along the coast and of course La Rochelle and Ile de Re.  There is an opportunity to play golf at Pree la Rochelle.  There is certainly a lot to do in the area, but maybe you would just like to relax around the pool and not join in the activities.  That’s OK too!

Price and Payment

The price of all this is 49€ per couple per night, 343€ for the week.  They will require 50% on booking then the rest before arrival.  There is a reasonable cancellation policy.  Cheques must be made out to Park and Suites and sent to Brian M as soon as possible.  Please note that this type of activity is not covered by the BBC insurance policy. Hence the booking and all payments are made direct between the attendees and Park and Suites .

Anyone interested should email Ted and Jenny. We do need to have time to organise numbers and bookings, so we must operate on first come first served basis.

La Rochelle