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


Scottish Country Dancing


The BBC now has a Scottish Country Dancing Group. For those who have not tried or seen Scottish Country Dancing in action, it is highly sociable and the dances are generally energetic. You start with a partner and you will know that you have grasped the steps when you at least finish with the same partner!

It is dance for all ages and is taught in many schools in Scotland.


When

The group meets once a month from October 2017 to March 2018 on a Thursday evening from 7.0 pm to 9.30 pm in Labarde.

The next date is:

  • Thursday 8th March 2018

Where?

The group will practice in Labarde and the Mairie de Labarde have kindly agreed to make available a room free of charge for the BBC to use.

Labarde is in the Medoc roughly 30 minutes north from the centre of Bordeaux by car. For those without transport there is the possibility of a tram to Blanquefort from where a pickup can be arranged.


How much?

We have a professional animatrice in the person of Marilyn Simon.

To cover teaching costs there is a charge of 15€ for three sessions payable in advance to the BBC for three sessions payable in advance to the BBC by 1st January 2018.  10€ to cover the February and March sessions.

Cheques should be made payable to BBC


How to Join

We now have more than the minimum of 16 participants in order to start the group but more will be made very welcome.  So if you want to come along or need more information please contact Pamela Prior. Pamela’s contact details may be found in the Membership Directory here

Alternatively please book online:

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

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • 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


 

Saturday 22nd April - St George's Day Party at Andernos les Bains


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Come and join us for our annual St George’s celebrations to enjoy yourself and remember or forget dragons and Brexiteers in a far away land !

This year we will be celebrating Saint George in Andernos les Bains with a British style BBQ, English beer and wine together with live music courtesy of David Roberts with the Lafayette Club Band. Sorry no Morris Dancers but beer, wine, soft drinks, music and great company all for a king’s ransom of just 15€ per person !

Last year we all had a great time and were over booked. This year numbers are restricted to a maximum of 40 so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment particularly as this event is on a Saturday at 12:15 !

All will be undercover in case of rain.


Location

Andernos les Bains. Location details and directions are contained in the March and April Newsletters.


Booking

Please either book direct with Brian or online below. Brian’s contact details are in the March and April Newsletters and also in the Membership Directory here

As soon as you book, please send your cheque direct to Brian, payable to the BBC, for 15€ per BBC member plus 18€ per guest.

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

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • 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


St Patrick’s Night - Lanton - Friday 17th March


If you would like to celebrate St Patrick in style and in an Irish Pub, come along and be ready to enjoy an Irish dinner, Irish music and other plus dancing. Wear something green if you can, and bring your Irish hats!!


Time

Our Irish dinner will be at 8 pm


Menu and Price

The menu below will be 25€, drinks and coffee extra. Choice of menu and payment on the night.

Blinis a l’irlandaise et au saumon fume or Coeur d’artichaut, oeuf poche et bacon grille

………..

Joue de boeuf a la Guinness, ecrase de pommes de terre a la cebette (spring onion) or Fish and chips, cremeux de petits pois

………..

Trifle aux fraises or Cheesecake au Bailey’s


Music and Dance

There will be a DJ and you will be able to dance until 2am if you feel inclined!!


Location

L’Irlande sur le Bassin!

Arthur’s Pub, 3 Avenue Paul Gauguin, 33138 Lanton (close to Andernos)


Booking

Join us for an Irish night!  Colette looks forward to seeing many of us as possible and having a taste of Ireland!

Please either register direct with Collette whose contact details are in the Membership Directory here or alternatively please book online below.

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

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • 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


Directions

Coming from Bordeaux:

Take the Cassy turn off on the dual carriage way (which is actually the 1st roundabout you come to). Follow the road to the end and at the traffic lights, turn left. At the Intermarche traffic lights, turn right and the Pub is directly in front of you.

For those coming from Biganos direction:

Follow the road through Audenge and turn left at the Intermarche traffic lights but to do this, as you approach the traffic lights, you veer right at Intermarche petrol station then at the traffic lights there, turn left and Arthur’s Pub is straight in front.