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.



Visit to l'Atelier de Vitreux - Villenave D'Ornon: Wednesday 28th March


We will visit this fascinating workshop where Bertrand Fournier, the owner, will take us through the process of the fabrication of stained glass windows.

He will follow up with painting and renovation. The visit will take approximately 2 hours and will be preceded by a lunch in a nearby restaurant.

The cost for our BBC group visit is 6€ per person.

This is our second visit due to popular demand.


Bertrand is one of the most skilled stained glass workers in our region today working in the creation of new designs and restoration work. His achievements include:

1995 : Grand prix départemental et régional des métiers d’art (métier de tradition)

1995/2010 : Secrétaire général de la Chambre syndicale nationale du vitrail

1998 : Médaille d’argent Arts-Sciences-Lettres

2000 : Médaille de la ville de Bordeaux

2000 : Grand prix national de la dynamique artisanale

2000 : Diplôme de la société archéologique de Bordeaux

2003 : Membre du jury du prix départemental des métiers d’art

2004 : Grand prix départemental et régional des métiers d’art (métier de conservation et de restauration)

2005 : Titre de maitre artisan


Lunch will be at 12:00 PROMPT (as there is a ‘second lunch sitting’ after we have finished) and has been arranged at:

L’Echoppe, 1 Rue Yvon Mansencal, 33140 Villenave-d’Ornon

For a map, please click here: Map

The menu price is 23€ and the choices are as follows:

Salade de chèvre chaud au miel
Salade landaise

Bavette aux échalotes confites
Confit de canard
Pavé de saumon

Crème brûlée
Mousse au chocolat

Café & wine included

Please choose you selected courses in advance when booking this event.

Location and Meeting Time for the guided tour

L’ATELIER de VITRAUX Bernard Fornier, 18 Rue Pablo Neruda, 33140 Villenave D’Ornon

For a map, please click: Map

We will meet in the atelier car park, which has ample parking space, at 14:15 for our tour starting at 14:30


Please either register direct with Brian whose contact details are 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 Brian direct (contact details here)for your booking confirmation

So British! Festival International du Film d'Histoire: Pessac 20th - 27th November

28th Festival International du Film d’Histoire

The event website is here

Details of the full program are here

The daily program and times are here

The Sud Ouest newspaper published a very comprehensive supplement on the event here  (To view the complete supplement, scroll down and also scroll left and right)

Prices and Payment

All the meetings and the history debates are free and can be attended by everyone.


For each passport bought, a free catalog is given.

    • Passport for 20 films (not person specific) : 20 x 2,80 € = 56 €

Per Film

      • Adult : 6,50 €
      • Students and under 18 years : 4,50 €
      • ‘5 film card’ (not person specific) : 5 films x 4,80€ = 24 €
      • School Pupils: 3 €

Payment by credit card is accepted.

It is also possible to automatically buy the tickets per unit at the entry of the theatre

It is highly advised to buy the tickets in advance from the box office and to arrive at least 15 minutes before the time of the session

The English/British Films

The website does not state if these films are showing as VO. (English dialogue with subtitles) or dubbed in french. This has been queried with the organisers who responded that ‘the vast majority of the english films are shown in VO with french subtitles’

Organisers contact details are:

Aigle des mers de Michael Curtiz (1940) – 1h48
Alerte aux Indes de Zoltan Korda (1938) – 1h44
Anne des mille jours de Charles Jarrott (1970) – 2h26
Another country : Histoire d’une trahison de Marek Kanievska (1984) – 1h30
Au nom du père de Jim Sheridan (1993) – 2h07
Les Aventures de Robin des Bois de Michael Curtiz (1938) – 1h45
Barry Lyndon de Stanley Kubrick (1975) – 3h07
Bloody Sunday de Paul Greengrass (2001) – 1h47
Braveheart de Mel Gibson (1995) – 2h45
Capitaine Blood de Michael Curtiz (1935) – 1h59
Capitaine sans peur de Raoul Walsh (1951) – 1h45
Ceux qui servent en mer de Noël Coward et David Lean (1942) – 1h58
Chagos ou la mémoire des îles de Michel Daëron (2011) – 1h30
Churchill, un géant dans le siècle de David Korn-Brzoza (2013) – 1h31
La Colline des hommes perdus de Sidney Lumet (1965) – 2h03
Comment j’ai gagné la guerre de Richard Lester (1967) – 1h50
Comrades de Bill Douglas (1987) – 3h02
Cromwell de Ken Hugues (1969) – 2h15
La Dame de fer de Phyllida Lloyd (2011) – 1h44
La Dame de Windsor de John Madden (1997) – 1h43
Le Discours d’un roi de Tom Hooper (2010) – 1h58
L’Esprit de 45 de Ken Loach (2013) – 1h34
L’Exilé de Max Ophuls (1947) – 1h30
Falstaff d’Orson Welles (1965) – 1h55
La Folie du Roi George de Nicholas Hytner (1995) – 1h45
Les Griffes du lion de Richard Attenborough (1972) – 2h37
Henry V de Kenneth Branagh (1990) – 2h18
Henry V de Laurence Olivier (1944) – 2h15
Un Homme pour l’éternité de Fred Zinnemann (1966) – 2h
Ipcress, danger immédiat de Sidney J. Furie (1965) – 1h49
James Bond 007 contre Dr No de Terence Young (1962) – 1h51
Khartoum de Basil Dearden (1966) – 2h14
Lady Hamilton d’Alexander Korda (1941) – 2h05
Leo the Last de John Boorman (1970) – 1h44
Le Lion en hiver d’Anthony Harvey (1969) – 2h15
Mais qui a tué Maggie ? les derniers jours de Margaret Thatcher de William Karel (2009) – 1h22
Marie Stuart de Charles Jarrott (1971)  – 2h08
Master and Commander, de l’autre côté du monde de Peter Weir (2003) – 2h14
Meurtre dans un jardin anglais de Peter Greenaway (1983) – 1h50
Of Time and the City de Terence Davies (2008) – 1h14
Oliver Twist de David Lean (1948 – 1h56)
Passeport pour Pimlico d’Henry Cornelius (1949) – 1h24
Le Pont de la rivière Kwaï de David Lean (1957) – 2h41
Un Pont trop loin de Richard Attenborough (1977) – 2h55
Le Prix d’un homme de Lindsay Anderson (1963) – 2h02
Raining stones de Ken Loach (1993) – 1h30
Les Révoltés du Bounty de Frank Lloyd (1935) – 2h12
Les Révoltés du Bounty de Lewis Milestone et Carol Reed (1962) – 2h58
Robin des Bois d’Allan Dwan (1922) – 2h07
La Route des Indes de David Lean (1984) – 2h45
Samedi soir et dimanche matin de Karel Reisz (1960) – 1h29
Scum d’Alan Clarke (1979) – 1h38
Secret défense de Ken Loach (1990) – 1h47
Les Suffragettes de Sarah Gavron (2015) – 1h46
The Beatles vs The Rolling Stones – it’s not only rock’n’roll de Christiane Ratiney et Michaël Prazan (2015) – 0h52
The Navigators de Ken Loach (2001) – 1h36
The Queen de Stephen Frears (2008) – 1h39
Trainspotting de Danny Boyle (1996) – 1h33
Les Trois lanciers du Bengale d’Henry Hathaway (1935) – 1h50
Les Turbans rouges de Ken Annakin (1967) – 1h55
Le Vent se lève de Ken Loach (2006) – 2h04
Vera Drake de Mike Leigh (2004) – 2h05
Les Vestiges du jour de James Ivory (1993) – 2h14
La Vie privée d’Elisabeth d’Angleterre de Michael Curtiz (1939)  – 1h46
La Vie privée d’Henry VIII d’Alexander Korda (1933)  – 1h36
Les Virtuoses de Mark Herman (1997) – 1h47
Winstanley de Kevin Bronlow et Andrew Mollo (1975) – 1h35

Come join us for lunch in Bordeaux, Friday 10th February 2017

Come and join us for lunch, conversation and the company of friends in Bordeaux at the restaurant La Belle L’Epoque on the corner of Place des Quinconces on the Quai.

The dining room of a former hotel graced by a picturesque décor of coloured Bordeaux tiles by Vieillard, the famed local potters.

The menu of the day is 25€ for 3 courses (with choices) including wine and coffee.

Following lunch, if the weather is good you may wish to take a walk along Quai and burn off some of the calories!

We will meet 12 noon in the restaurant. The nearest tram stop line at Place Quinconces from either ligne B or ligne C.  Parking available close by at Place La Bourse or at Quinconces.


If you would like to attend, then please contact Colette or Norma B or complete the online booking form below as soon as possible.

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


January Cinema Visit on Thursday 19th


On the third Thursday of each month we have an evening visit to the cinema to see a film in Version Original (English with French subtitles).

Afterwards we go to a bar and chat (sometimes about the film!).  The March evening cinema visit will be on Thursday 17th March.

Shortly before the 19th, those on the mailing list will be informed of the film title, which cinema and at what time.

If you have not already enrolled on the mailing list for the Cinema Group then please register your details and preferences on-line or contact Deirdre direct.

Cinema Locations
  • Utopia Cinema
    • 5, place Camille Julian, 33000 BORDEAUX
    • Please click here for a map
  • UGC Ciné Cité
    • 13-15 rue Georges Bonnac, 33000 BORDEAUX
    • Please click here for a map

Arts and Photography Exhibition with visit to the Submarine Base - Thursday, 15th December

The Exhibition

base2aThe Base Sous-Marin now serves as a regular exhibition centre and is currently hosting a new exhibition ‘La Probabilité du Miracle’ by Gérard Rancinan and Caroline Gaudriault who take you on a unique journey combining art and culture, where reality merges with the unreal, where the words are mixed with the memory of the photograph and where the thought of Man is infinite.

The exhibition that mixes photographs, words, sounds, art-videos, an art movie, and art installations ‘that will not leave you unscathed‘.

Gérard Rancinan and Caroline Gaudriault offer a journey into an artistic universe where real and unreal confront each other.

1044271_1_1Their proposition asserts itself as the mirror of the memory of our society and its time. The dialogue established between Gérard Rancinan’s photography and the texts of Caroline Gaudriault is punctuated throughout the journey by some forty works transposing an epoch marked by fantasies, illusion, contradictions to the denial of reality and books.

They pose questions about our world and even more about the perception that we have.

Phil visited several years ago to see an impressive photographic exhibition, and was amazed how clever use of coloured lighting transformed the ‘satanic’ interior, reflecting off the surface of the flooded submarine pens. It is still eerie and a bizarre venue for an exhibition, but it works!

The Base Sous-Marin

From the outside the base is a massive, ugly, dirty concrete structure built by the Germans during the war. This gigantic bunker is organized in eleven pens or docks for submarines and protected by a massive bomb proof concrete roof. The complex covers an area of 43,000 m2 with 12,000 m2 open to the public and converted into an a cultural space managed by the city of Bordeaux.

Throughout the year, the Submarine Base hosts a multidisciplinary program: temporary exhibitions, concerts, opera, jazz, theatre performances and dance.

If you would like to know more about the construction and war-time history of the base, please click here


peniche-bordeauxBistro Regent la Peniche, at Quai Armand Lalande, Bassins a Flot No1 offers a five choice menu at 12.90€. It is unusual that it is on a ship, which affords great views of the Bassin and Submarine Pens.

Free parking on the adjacent Quai amidst many white vans, the area is undergoing major redevelopment !

The ship/restaurant is about a 5 minute walk north west along Rue Lucien Faure from the Bassins á Flot Tram stop (line B). (second traffic lights). I propose meeting at 1pm.

Please note there are 2 ship restaurants, plus other adjacent vessels. After lunch it will be best to drive the 1.3km circuit of the Bassin to reach the Submarine Base, I think we will have enough cars to carry any coming by foot.

Meeting Place and Car Parking for the Exhibition

We shall assemble at ‘La Base Sous-Marine’ at 2.45. The entrance to the base is off Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33300 BORDEAUX

There is ample free parking, public transport is not so easy !


If you would like to attend, then please contact Phil or complete the online booking form below as soon as possible.

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

Panto at the 2016 Christmas Party

After the delights of ‘Allo Allo’ last year, the crowd cried out for more !

Well, the BBC Drama Group took us at our word and returned with much more at our 2016 Christmas Party!

Please ‘click’ here to view the video, and if asked, please enter your members’ password.

If you have lost your BBC Members password then please ‘click’ here



Phone, Tablet & Computer Workshop: Thursday, 3rd November at 10:30


We are holding our second BBC technology workshop/discussion to help members get the best use from their computers, tablets and smartphones

  • The location is still to be decided but the workshop will start at 10:30 with a break for lunch and will continue into the afternoon for as long as attendees request (within reason!)
  • Please bring your lunch
  • Attendees will be limited to sixteen to enable the workshop to be enjoyable, fun and useful.

Please indicate on the online booking form topics which interest you.

Much preparation work is needed, so we will finalize the agenda in October based on your requests. More details of the day as we move forward.


Gary and Ian are pleased to answer any questions that you may have about the workshop. (Gary and Ian’s contact details are here)

But, PLEASE book via the online form so that we can note your preferences and ensure that you get the most from the day.

Grand Christmas Party and Dinner - Friday 2nd December 2016

32 tickets sold already! Do not be disappointed, buy your ticket now !

xmas-partyThis year following Members preferences we are again returning to the stunning Château La Chèze in Floirac for our annual Christmas Party and Dinner.

The price for members is 45€, which is the same as last year. The price for member’s guests is 55€.

The 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.  Followed by a 20 minute production by the drama group. This year’s theme is definitely not for the faint-hearted or those with a delicate constitution:

‘Snow White And Her (Not Short Dwarfs) 30 Years On – THE REUNION’

After everyone has recovered from the drama group petit piece, dinner will be a served buffet and will be prepared for us by the highly regarded reputable traiteur ‘DuLou’.

You must order your choice of main course in advance and on the night you will have a choice of one of the starters and one of the desserts. The dinner includes wine and water.

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 and will keep going until there is no one left to dance. 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’re not feeling energetic, just sit by the open fire and chat with friends. And the drink will not run out! (Not that we are drunkards or old soaks). So please don’t miss out come and join us!

Last year we all ran out of steam 04:00!

In summary, very much an evening to suit everyone.  To enjoy good food and wine. To be calm or to be energetic. The choice is yours. Oh ……. and also to enjoy great company in a beautiful environment!

* 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 helpful and friendly and create a great ambience for us to enjoy.

* Menu

menuYou must order your choice of main course in advance.

On the night you will have a choice of one of the starters and one of the desserts. The dinner includes wine and water. Please let us know your choice of menu by mid-November at the latest.

  • Apéro :
    • Kir and ‘amuse bouches’
  • Entrée (to be chosen on the night):
    • Blanc Manger de Saumon, confit de tomate des beaux jours, mascarpone fromagere et tuile au parmesan dans son verre bodega.
    • OR Fois Gras Mi Cuit a la fleur de Sel sur Ardoise
    • OR Terrine de Crevette aux petits legumes et sauce citronnee
  • Main (to be chosen in advance):
    • Amboisie de Volaille des Landes farcie a la forestiere, rectangulaire de legumes croquants et pomme de terre.
    • OR Dos de Cabillaud roti, legumes du moment et beurre de vin rouge.
  • Desert (to be chosen on the night):
    • La Tarte aux pommes et notes de cannelle
    • OR L’entremet tout chocolat aux notes de caramel au beurre sale.
    • OR Verrine mousse aux zestes de citron vert, mangue et passion.
  • Coffee
  • White and red wine and water

* Booking

The cost of the evening is 45€ for members and 55€ for non members. A cheque made payable to ‘Bordeaux British Community’ together with your menu choices should be sent to Norma Brooks before the closing date of mid-November.

Please reserve online via the website by clicking here or direct to Norma Brooks via,  If you require further information you may contact Norma Brooks or Colette Gibson.

When using the online booking form, please note the following:

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from Norma within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the Norma direct for your booking confirmation

* Overnight Accommodation
  • Château La Chèze – 27 Avenue Pierre Semirot, 33270 FLOIRAC
    • Double and twin rooms are 85€ per night including breakfast. Suites are available at 110€.
    • Reservations direct to chateau by contacting Isabelle Jolibois on her mobile 07 78 41 16 31 or the chateau reception on 05 56 73 04 43
    • Please also request an email confirmation of your reservation as last year there was an unfortunate mistake with a booking.
    • The château has 14 rooms but some have already been booked by members for the party

There are is a gite and a number of local hotels available nearby.  Some of these hotels are listed below. The room rates are for a double room for the night of 2nd December.  The prices will increase as we get closer to Christmas, so book early!

  • ‘Gites de la Port de Pascale’
    • A 10 minute walk from the chateau.
    • Contact Mme Remaut on 05 56 86 67 71 or 07 83 45 81 41.
  • Hôtel Formule Club – 5 Rue Condorcet, 33150 CENON
    • 2.3 km by car from Château La Chèze
    • Website here
    • 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 or website and book on-line here
  • Hôtel F1 – 50rueEmileHenriot, QuaidelaSouys, 33100 BORDEAUX-BASTIDE
  • Hôtel Kyriad – 1 Avenue de Paris 33310 LORMONT
    • 4 km by car from Château La Chèze
    • 08 92 23 48 13 or website and on-line reservation here

* Transport Options

taxiTaxis – Recommend 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 definitely do not wait until the last minute
  • – Dial 3985 to make a reservation (note that this is a premium line  – 1,35€ plus 0.34€ per minute)
  • Aquitaine Taxi Radio – 05 56 86 80 30  or  (Located in Cenon)
  • Pages Jaune – In the first search box enter ‘taxi’ and enter ‘floirac’ or ‘cenon’ in the second box.  There are several taxis located in Cenon and Floirac





Grand Christmas Party and Dinner - Friday 2nd December 2016 at 7 pm

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