Canoe Trip : Thursday September 5th : 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 at 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 containers, we set off

downstream to our riverside lunch rendez-vous in Mios. There is the opportunity to opt out there if

anyone has had enough ! 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



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)

Please book by 29th August by AlloAsso by clicking here,

or send your cheque made out to the BBC to:

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

Email, tel 0558098002, mobile  0629507969.

Note we are currently examining the possibility of changing lunch arrangements to a riverside restaurant in Mios, do let me know your preference (in July)

Pig Roast and Fun in aid of Médicines Sans Frontièrs: Carcans, Saturday 17th August

Pig Roast and Fun in aid of Médicines Sans Frontièrs: Carcans, Saturday 17th August


As in previous years the Rankins are hosting a pig roast, at their home, with sports and fund raising activities for all the family.

This event is the BBC’s primary fund raising event. There will be a book stall and “a hat” passed around during the afternoon.

All money raised will go to Médicines Sans Frontièrs.

Please bring your friends, family, children, grandchildren and well controlled dogs for a day of fun, games and relaxation. Also please bring some goodies for the raffle, large or small !

Agenda and Format

The format will be as in the past with the pig and its crackling, a starter, cheese and dessert.

Please bring your own picnic table and chairs, parasols, eating and drinking equipment and whatever you would like to drink.

To start the proceedings, from 12:30, there will be a courtesy apero for adults and soft drinks for children.

The swimming pool will be available for use under strict parental control of children. Don’t forget your mailot de bain and towel.

There will be sports and a couple of other fund raising activities. As we may have several dogs it is hoped to have some doggie events also !


This is very much a fundraising event for Médicines Sans Frontièrs. Tickets are very reasonably priced as follows:

  • Adults – 20€,
  • Children aged 4 to 12 years – 10€
  • Children under 4 – Free.
  • Families: Two adults and two children – 50€

The price will cover the cost of the food with any surplus monies going to Médicines Sans Frontièrs.


Bookings close on Thursday 1st August so that the appropriate sized pig can be ordered !

Book online

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

To book online, please click here


Please contact Norma by email at for questions or email bookings.

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

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.


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

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


Book direct with Deirdre whose contact details are HERE


Association Bordeaux-USA: 50th Anniversary Celebrations

This year is very special for Bordeaux-USA, we celebrate our 50th anniversary and on this occasion an exceptional American Lunch is organized with Bordeaux So Good on Sunday June 30th 2019 at 12h sharp. We will be located in Jardin Public in the heart of the center of Bordeaux. Tents are provided in case of rain.

On this occasion we will have an outdoor meal with appetizer, starter, American plate (chicken wings, pork ribs, grilled corn on the cob, potatoes), Cheese cake + Birthday cake, water, 1 glass of wine & coffee. Vegetarian menu available on request.

You can dance with a Country band and participate to a cake contest led by Chef Jesus (more details how to participate coming soon).

Don’t wait to book your seat directly online no later than June 25th 2019 on  (payment by credit card only).
No payment by cash or check will be accepted.

Fees :
> € 28 for adults (+ € 0,60 for digital ticket).
> € 11 for children [3-12 years] (+ € 0,40 for digital ticket).

27 cours de Verdun
Terrasse du Jardin Public
33000 – Bordeaux

Best regards,

Vice President
Communication Manager

Independence Day 2019

Independence Day: Arcachon – Thursday 4rh July

We are delighted to be invited once again to join with the Lafayette Association, who are a Franco/American social and cultural association in Arcachon, to celebrate the 4th July Independence Day.


The event will take place in the prestigious Tir au Vol reception hall with beautiful gardens and stunning views over the Bassin d’Arcachon.

Starting at 6 pm, there will be an aperitif in the gardens with Anthem singing followed by a ‘bring and share’ buffet in the hall.

We will be entertained by the talented singers and musicians of the Lafayette and a raffle with lots of great prizes.

Be assured of a warm welcome as most members of Lafayette speak English and always offer the warmest of welcome to this special event.

Dress Code

The dress code is bleu, blanc et rouge.


Only twenty tickets are available at 5 per person which includes a contribution to the aperitif and the cost of a prize to be contributed to the raffle by the BBC.

The Lafayette Association has asked that you bring a buffet sharing plate for 6-8 people, sweet or savoury and labelled if necessary


The Tir au Vol is situated on the Avenue du Parc, 33120 Arcachon


As we are invitees to this event, numbers are strictly limited to 20 BBC members, so please book early to avoid disappointment,. Book directly via email to Norma B whose contact details are in the members area here

Family Picnic and Games in the Médoc, Sunday 11th August

beach-picnicWe’ll meet up at 13:00 at the île aux enfants at Hourtin Port, ready for a fun afternoon.

Come and spend a fun afternoon in the great outdoors. The Île aux Enfants at Hourtin Port is the perfect place to get together with friends and family for a relaxing afternoon of picnicking and games.

As the name implies, it’s perfect for kids of all ages with it’s wooden chateau and play areas as well as a large wooden fort and playground available for everyone to have a fun time.

We shall also organise some ball games, cricket and badminton for those who are interested. .

Don’t forget to bring your own picnic and deck chairs!

Last year we all had a great time, so if you’re looking for something fun to do on a Sunday afternoon, and you’ve got family visiting for the holidays, come along and enjoy yourselves!


Please reserve direct with Sarah P whose contact details are in the members area here


Visit to Château Mongenan: Portets – Monday, June 24th and lunch

Visit to Château Mongenan: Portets – Monday, June 24th and lunch

Château Mongenan is an 18th Century Château with remarkable gardens and a museum, listed as a historical monument. The collection of Mme. Mothe’s family begins around 300 years ago and for history lovers is amazing. She also has a very fine collection of Free Masonary. Her knowledge is endless and she personally guides visitors through the museum which is housed in the former stables.

Agenda and Prices

We suggest arriving at 10.45 to start the visit at 11.00

There are two parts to the visit, the museum and the gardens and if we are more then 15 the group will be divided into two, one starting with the museum and the other with the gardens.

After the visit we will drive to Podensac for lunch at the Trois Musquetaires. Cost of the visit 10€ including a tasting. Cost of the 3 course lunch including coffee and a bottle of wine between four is 19€.


Château Mongenan, 16 rue Mongenan, 33640 PORTETS Map: here

Trois Mousquetaires, 22 Place Gambetta, 33720 PODENSAC Map: here


After the visit we will drive to Podensac for lunch at the Trois Musquetaires.

The menu proposed includes a choice of two dishes for each course.

MENU 19€  (including coffee and one bottle of wine between six)

Melon à l’italienne  (melon et jambon de parme)
Salade de thon et crudités
Poulet forestière
Confit de canard fermier
Salade de fruits frais
Pana cotta à la myrtille

The restaurant asks that we give them our menu choices by Monday 17th of June.

If you would like to attend this event please book direct with Pamela Prior.  Her details are as follows :

email :

mobile: 06 75 80 03 86.

Please note that Pamela needs confirmation of your booking together with your menu choices not later than Saturday 15th June.

Musical Celebration - Thursday 30th May

Although this is not a BBC event, we thought that BBC members would be interested as it is a repeat of a similar event held several years back with the UCLAN Choir and was enjoyed by numerous BBC members.

‘Ascension Day’ – Thursday 30th May at 11:30

11:30 – Open air Communion Service (Optional)
12 30 – Picnic lunch (please bring your own picnic)
14 00 – Concert in the garden (mix of classical, swing and popular music)

All in a beautiful garden setting in Carcans

(Please reply to this email if you would like detailed directions and GPS co-ordinates)

A very special celebration in three parts

Featuring the award winning Choir of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)


The Choir of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) is under the leadership of Director Mark Goggins, Students from UCLAN won the adult category in the ‘2010 BBC Choir of the Year’

……. no charge but donations welcome for purchases of wine/soft drinks (to be divided between Church funds and Choir expenses)

…….feel free to participate in some or all of this relaxed family day.

Enjoy some of the UCLAN Choir performances on YouTube: Swing – ‘The Continental’ and Mellow – ‘The Good Side of Me’ Classical – ‘Dies Irae’ from Mozart’s Requiem,


Please also do not forget the day before at the Cathedral St Andre:

Concert of Sacred & Classical Music

Wednesday 29th May 2019 at 16:00 ( 4pm )

Cathedral St Andre, Bordeaux

A celebration in music

Featuring the award winning Choir of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) under the leadership of Director Mark Goggins,


How about a little exercise followed by some lunch?  We have organised a walk in the beautiful woods by the river L’Eyre in Mios.   The footpaths are well defined and level, it is not too strenuous and will take approx.imately 1 hour 30 mins to walk the 5 kms.

Meet at the restaurant/hotel Lo’Berge in Mios from 10 am where morning refreshments can be purchased.  We aim to leave at 10.30am  to start our walk.   Lunch has been organised back at the restaurant.  Lunch (menu of the day) including wine and coffee will be 16 – 19 euros.

Closing date for participation, as the restaurant need to know numbers, will be Saturday 6th July.  Please register online via helloasso or via email contact either Norma; or Colette;

Meeting place Hotel restaurant Lo’Berg, 27 Avenue du val de l’Eyre, 33380 Mios.   Coming from the Bordeaux, take the A63 and turn off onto the A660 direction Arcachon.  Come off at exit 1 signed Mios and Biscarrosse, turn left at the end of the slip road and follow signs for Biscarrosse.  the hotel is on left hand side just before the bridge over the river on the D216.



This year’s summer party will take place on Saturday 15th June in Carcans, chez Deirdre and Chris Rankin, so put on your best summer clothes and join in a beautiful garden setting.

An excellent quality lunch will be served in a marquee and covered terrace area.

We do hope that you will be able to join us for this special day.  A subsidised event at a special price of 28 euros for members and guests 33 Euros,  Children 12 years and under 10 euros and the under 5 years free.   Closing date is Saturday 8th June so please remember to book early.

The Summer Party and the Christmas Part are two of the benefits of BBC Membership. They are both excellent fun events with delicious food, music and great company so do not miss out this summer !

A dog friendly event, well behaved dogs are welcome. So ladies, your husbands/partners are most welcome ! (Ed. Note to organisers, is that politically correct?)


Andy Jeffries and his band will play a broad genre of music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, pop, rock, folk and jazz.   You can sit and reminisce with your wine, chat with your friends or get up and have a dance to work off some of your copious lunch !

Lunch Menu

Welcome aperitif with an assortment of bouchees et de canapes comprising:

Mini quiche, mini pizza, canapes crudites, boursin et noix

Blinis aux jambon Italien

Verrine Guacamole tomate confit

Main Courses

Saumon en Bellevue

Crevettes Sauce Aioli

Emince de boeuf

Filet de Volaille farci pommes et raisins

Condiments et sauce

Assortment des salads


Fraise et crème Chantilly.

Tarte aux Pommes.

Wine and water included.


Please join us by booking as soon as possible and by Saturday 8th June at the latest.

A subsidised event at a special price of 28 euros for members and guests 33 Euros,  Children 12 years and under 10 euros and the under 5 years free.

Payments should be made no later than the 8th June..

Online booking is now closed as there are only a few places left.

If you would like to attend please contact Norma B direct to check availability.

Norma’s contact details are here. (please use your BBC members password to access)


Chris and Deirdre have generously hosted numerous BBC events with great success.  If you have not been to a previous event and need directions, please request directions by ‘clicking