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).


 

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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

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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).


 

WALK & LUNCH, THURSDAY 11TH JULY 2019, MIOS.

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; normab@orange.fr or Colette; colette_gibson@yahoo.com

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.

Arcachon Visit & Lunch in Market Square Tuesday 4th June 2019

Here is an opportunity to visit or re-visit the “winter town” of Arcachon and discover the history of the ” Parc Mauresque” and some of the old “villas” which made  Arcachon such a popular resort.

We will gather in the market square at 10 am where, Christine, the organiser of this event will give us some information on the history of the market.  We will then walk over to the lift at the foot of the high quarter, ride up and enjoy a leisurely guided tour of the park and the elegant villas in this area .

We will make our way back to the market in the beautifully restored square and settle down to lunch outside or inside the covered market depending on the weather!!

The menu following the visit of Arcachon “winter town” will be a bit of a surprise because as it will take place in the market, it will depend on what is available and fresh on the day! There will be a choice of fish or meat with the day’s vegetables,cafe gourmand and wine,all for the price of 20 euros per person. When you book, please indicate your choice of main course.

Following lunch you are free to explore Arcachon, shop, sunbathe on the beach, stroll along the Bassin, go home or whatever else takes your fancy!

If you would like to book for this outing, please contact Christine Gorce on 06 74 42 94 74, email address : christigorce@hotmail.fr or Colette Gibson. As Colette is travelling in May please contact her by email : her email address is  : colette_gibson@yahoo.com

Gourmet Stroll around Bordeaux: Wednesday 8th May


Gourmet Stroll around Bordeaux: Tuesday 7th May

Bordeaux has a multitude of speciality shops for chocolate and cannele and wine outlets to enjoy and we will be exploring them on this spring walk.

Henley will guide us through the city as we visit the oldest chocolate shop, the most innovative cannele shop and a fusion pastry shop.

Of course no gourmet visit in Bordeaux is complete without wine and we will be enjoy a couple of glasses at some must visit places along the way.

Bring your walking shoes and of course ……

…… your appetite!


Meeting Place
Please meet at 14:00 in front of the Bordeaux Tourist Office – Office de Tourisme, 12 Cours du 30 Juillet, 33000 BORDEAUX

Booking

The price for BBC members and friends is 20€ per person. Payment is required in advance so please book and pay online here

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

Further information is available from Henley whose contact details are here (Please use your BBC members password to access. If you have forgotten your password then please click here )
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WALK AND PICNIC, AVENSAN, MEDOC AREA. MONDAY 13TH MAY.


WALK AND PICNIC, AVENSAN, MEDOC AREA. MONDAY 13TH MAY.

Come and join us for a walk and picnic in the Médoc at Avensan…….

… discovering a lake attraction called “CABLE PARC” where very fit people in wetsuits come to enjoy water sports activities called “Jetski” …..

… further along are another two small lakes in a figure of 8 which are ideal for a long walk for some or, shorter walk for others The choice is ours.

Bring along your pooch as it’s great walk for dogs !

The picnic area is in the trees, enjoying a lovely view of the fishing lake. An excellent day of gentle exercise and fresh air in the country… further details nearer the date.


Booking and Contact Details

If you would like to come along please contact Cath M whose contact details are here (please use your BBC members password to access. If you have forgotten your password then please click here )


 

BBC Golf event at Gujan Mestras 9th April

Golf: Gujan Mestras- Tuesday 9th April

URGENT ! URGENT !  Calling all golfers.

The next BBC golf event is planned for Tuesday 9th April at Gujan Mestras, near Arcachon. We need a group of 10 players to secure reduced rates. In view of the success of our recent trip to Lacanau, we plan to repeat the formula of 9 holes from 9h30 followed by a group lunch at 12 noon.  Keen players may prefer 18 holes in the afternoon. Remember that non-players or friends of members are invited to walk the course or hire a « buggie ». Please note the terrain is basically flat.

To book for golf or just lunch, please contact pat.sanderson@orange.fr or tel: 05-57-17-22-65 ASAP

Golf: Ardilouse Golf Course at Lacanau - Monday 18th February


Golf: Lacanau – Monday 18th February

URGENT ! URGENT !  Calling all golfers.

We aim to start our 2019 BBC golf season on Monday 18th February at the delightful Ardilouse course in Lacanau,

We need to have a minimum of 8 players to obtain a reduced fee of 36 euros (18 holes) and 24 euros (9 holes).

Tee off times at:

9.30 for 9 holes starting from the 10th hole

1.15pm for 18 holes starting from 1st hole.

This arrangement will allow us to have a group lunch about 12 noon,

Remember that non-players or friends of members are invited to walk the course or hire a « buggie »

Please note the terrain is basically flat and offers splendid views over the surrounding forest.


Booking

Please confirm your participation ASAP by contacting Patrick Sanderson by email or phone. Patrick’s contact details are in the Members area here (Please use your BBC password if a password is requested)


22019 Piet de Bie Memorial Walk: Vendays - Saturday, 9 February


2019 Piet de Bie Memorial Walk: Vendays — Saturday, 9th February

Ready for another brisk, bracing winter walk?

This year we will be meeting at the park bench in Vendays at around 10h45. Note, this is a change from what was originally announced.

There is off-road parking (Google Earth GPS coordinates : 45°21’24.00”N  1°05’23.00″ W) at the bench.  Please click here for a map.


Format for the day

The day will kick off with a “tailgate party” to keep first arrivals cheery and warm while waiting for everyone to gather, so come prepared with a thermos flask of hot coffee (or, whatever…). We will then offer a toast to Piet before we strike out on our walk (approximately 4-5 km)

Once back at our cars, we will motor to lunch at the “Marin” restaurant in Montalivet (18, avenue de l’Océan, 33930 Vendays-Montalivet, Telephone : 05 56 41 46 33).

Those going straight to the restaurant can plan to meet us at 13h00. If it is pelting down rain, we’ll skip the walking part and go straight to the restaurant after our bench-side gathering and toast.


Menu Options

Menu complet à 20€ avec un verre de vin et un café

(Complete menu at 20€ includes : entrée+plat+dessert, 1 glass of wine and coffee)

Entrée

“Velouté de potimarron et crème de châtaignes”

(Creamy Pumpkin Soup with chestnut cream)

Plats

“Filet de poisson du marché”

(Fish of the day)

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“Rôti de canard farci”

(Stuffed Roast Duck)

Dessert

“Tarte aux pommes”

(Apple Tart)

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Other menu formulae are :

Entrée + Plat

or

Plat + Dessert

* * *

Or you may order from their regular menu on arrival


Booking

 When booking, please specify which main course (fish or duck) you would like if you are choosing one of the formulae (entrée+plat+dessert, entrée+plat, or plat+dessert),

or

If you prefer please specify in advance that you would like to order from the regular menu at the restaurant.

Please book direct, including your menu preferences, with Elizabeth whose contact details are here (Please use your BBC password if prompted for a password)


Driving directions to the walk

At the round-about in front of the church St. Seurin in Vendays,  take the first exit, the Route de Montalivet (D102), as if going to Piet’s house.

At the traffic light, continue on for 1.36 km and just after the “Hôtel Les Acacias” turn left onto Route de Pey Mayan.

Follow this for 800 m then turn right at the intersection with Route de Pointon.

Continue on the Route de Pointon for 400 m to the park bench where we will be leaving our cars (it’s at the junction with Route de Mérin).

If you run into any difficulties, you can try calling Elizabeth on 06 99 80 69 30 and if that fails, try Chris (06 98 49 24 14) or Deirdre (06 35 91 20 53). See you there!