Future Events

A Novel Idea – Tuesday 5th July

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell 

(suggested by the Silcocks).

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England, 1580: The Black Death creeps across the land, an ever-present threat, infecting the healthy, the sick, the old and the young alike. The end of days is near, but life always goes on. A young Latin tutor—penniless and bullied by a violent father—falls in love with an extraordinary, eccentric young woman. Agnes is a wild creature who walks her family’s land with a falcon on her glove and is known throughout the countryside for her unusual gifts as a healer, understanding plants and potions better than she does people. Once she settles with her husband on Henley Street in Stratford-upon-Avon, she becomes a fiercely protective mother and a steadfast, centrifugal force in the life of her young husband, whose career on the London stage is just taking off when his beloved young son succumbs to sudden fever. 

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Picasso Exhibition Visit, Lunch, Mini Cruise Tuesday 19 July 2022

Picasso, l’effervescence des formes – 15th April to 28th August 28 2022 – explores the place of wine and popular drinks in Pablo Picasso’s work through a wide variety of themes and creations such as paintings, drawings, ceramics, films…). Group entrance fee to Cité du Vin 10€ per person (10 participants or less), 8€ over 10 participants + 8€ p.p. exhibition fee. Guide fee for exhibition visit 150€ (optional)..

How to get there: TRAM B

Meeting time and place: 10.15am to 10.30am at the entrance of Cité du Vin. Cité du Vin opens at 10.00.

Lunch will be at the Les Halles de Bacalan complex across the road. Information will be supplied later.

Afternoon – Why not enjoy a mini-cruise to Lormont and back on the Batcub afterwards? We’ve done it the other way round. Or a shopping spree at nearby Quai des Marques on the riverside? NOT guided… Or a walk round the new Bacalan district. Open-bar.

Car parks at Quai des Marques, not cheap. Best bet again is to board a tram from a Parc Relais and get to tram B (from Hôtel de Ville for Tram A, from Quinconces for trams C/D). The Batcub voyage is paid from the Bx Métropole standard tickarte.

How to join: register with Alain at alain-eric.mounolou@orange.fr before Tuesday 12 July.

If a number of us fancy the Batcub voyage, I’ll have to book with TBM. Return to Cité du Vin miay have to be with riverside bus.

Contact on D Day: (new number). Make sure you have Alain’s number with you.

Alain Mounolou – Association Secretary

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Andernos Jazz Festival On the Beach Sunday 31st July

This year hails the return of the Andernos les Bains Jazz Festival after 2 years of covid restrictions. There is a full programme of concerts starting Thursday 29th July through to Sunday 31st July. There will be over fifteen different international and local artists/groups/bands performing at 4 open air venues around Andernos at different times throughout the weekend, and it’s all FREE!

The last concert of the festival takes place in the evening (20h45) on the beach next to the Bétey Port . This is quite a magical event where people sit on the sand and take in the sunset, the music, the ambiance, the warm night air and a glass or two of wine. 

In previous years we have hosted a light bring and share early supper at my place before walking down to the beach in time to get a good patch of sand for the concert. So, if you are interested in joining us then please e-mail me at charleswaldren@aol.com

You can find out more detail about the festival at www.andernos-jazz-festival.fr

Charles Waldren – Association Committee Member

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A Novel Idea – Tuesday 9th August

The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini

(suggested by Norma Brooks) 

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The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.

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A Novel Idea – Tuesday 6th September

Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay

(suggested by Emma Law) 

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Taking the reader from Glasgow to Lagos and beyond, Red Dust Road is a heart-stopping memoir, a story of parents and siblings, friends and strangers, belonging and beliefs, biology and destiny.

With an introduction by the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon.

From the moment when, as a little girl, she realizes that her skin is a different colour from that of her beloved mum and dad, to the tracing and finding of her birth parents, her Highland mother and Nigerian father, Jackie Kay’s journey in Red Dust Road is one of unexpected twists, turns and deep emotions. In a book remarkable for its warmth and candour, she discovers that inheritance is about much more than genes: that we are shaped by songs as much as by cells, and that what triumphs, ultimately, is love.

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Eating your way to health with the Mediterranean Diet

Something to look forward to in September !

We are very lucky to count amongst our members, Richard Hoffman, who is a medical scientist.

He has written books on healthy eating, the Mediterranean diet and is willing to give us a talk on this subject.

So in the feel good and look good spirit of the Bordeaux British Community we are announcing the “Eating your way to health with the Mediterranean diet” on Saturday 10th of September starting at 10.30 am with a slide show and a talk from Richard followed by a culinary demonstration and a healthy lunch!

This will be a cosy outdoor event organised at 57 Chemin de Romfort, 33480 AVENSAN and all you have to do is bring your own drinks!

A small charge of 5€ will be asked for on the day to help cover the cost of the food.

Please let us know if you will be available to come before 31st July so we know the number of participants before the summer break.

For more details and registration please contact Catherine by email on eventsorgcm@bordeauxbritish.com or by phone on 06 56 82 92 43.

Catherine Mason – Association Treasurer

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Quiz Nights: 18.30 hrs, Wednesdays 14th and 28th September

Hosted by Claire, the Virtual Pub Quizzes have become a regular fun event and currently takes place on a bi-weekly basis on Wednesday evenings at 18.30h and lasting about 45 minutes to 1 hour max. There are regularly around 20 participants who enjoy, not just the quiz, but also meeting up and chatting.

Widen your horizons! eg When did Switzerland join the UN? 1952 or 1972 or 2002?

Name these actors and actresses.

You never know when you need to have that fact ready to drop into the conversation and impress everyone or to kill the conversation or maybe both!!

For this pub quiz you will need:
Paper,PenDrinks & Snacks (to make it feel like a pub)You will also need a computer, tablet or smartphone, that has a video camera installed and speakers and/or headphones. This will use the Zoom video calling software. To do this you will need to download the Zoom app.

You can use the link below for ZOOM CLIENT FOR MEETINGS in advance it will take you through to a page to help you download the software needed. The URL to download the ZOOM Software to your laptop or Mac is


LOGIN DETAILS: Login details will be emailed to registered quiz members on the day of the quiz. These details include a MEETING ID and a PASSWORD which should be entered when joining the quiz. You may be asked to wait in a ZOOM Waiting Room before being allowed in by the quiz administrator, who will have been advised that you are there.

To register for the quiz, please email Henley at bbcpubquizclub@gmail.com with a copy to Claire at eventorgcs@bordeauxbritish.com
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Friday 16th September 2022 at 12:00

We are organising a day out starting with lunch in a restaurant at Port Medoc (33123 Le Verdon sur Mer) followed by a boat trip in the afternoon aboard the vedette “La Boheme” to discover the Gironde Estuary.

DURATION : approximately 2h30 (non-stop)

COST : 26€ per person to be paid directly at the La Boheme Vedettes counter prior to embarking (A on photo of Port Medoc below)


Escape for a boat trip on the vedette “La Boheme” and admire the beauties of the Gironde estuary. 

You will approach the Cordouan lighthouse , nicknamed the “Versailles of the sea”, which stands majestically at the entrance to the Gironde estuary. Built from 1584 to 1611, it was classified as a historic monument in 1862. It is the oldest lighthouse in France still in operation.

Then, glide on the waves of the estuary to discover the Devil’s Bridge, Saint-Palais-sur-Mer, Vaux-sur-Mer, Royan, Saint-Georges-de-Didonne, the tip of Suzac and the sumptuous cliffs of limestone from Meschers-sur-Gironde and the Talmont promontory.

The Meschers cliffs border the Gironde estuary. You will contemplate the troglodyte caves dug naturally for some and for others by the hand of man. Their occupation dates back to the Gallo-Roman period since then, they have always been inhabited. The promontory of Talmont, on which sits the Church of Sainte-Radegonde, is the unmissable gem of Saintonge Romanesque art, which was built in the 12th century by the monks of the Abbey of Saint-Jean-d’Angely.

Lunch will be at the restaurant “Le Bistrot du Port” (B on photo of Port Medoc below) and details of the menu and costs will be in the next newsletter.

If you are interested please contact Ian to book at : eventorgib@bordeauxbritish.com or on 06 22 69 81 70.

Ian Birss – Association Newsletter Editor


Pamper Afternoon with Joanne & Deesse Cosmetics

                            Tuesday 27th September 2022

We are pleased to announce a“PAMPER YOURSELF” afternoon combined with a bring and share lunch on TUESDAY 27th SEPTEMBER.

With the « feel good, look good » theme, please come along, have fun and discover different beauty products from the ranges of DÉESSE COSMETICS presented by a Bordeaux British member Joanne Garuz.

She will share her knowledge and advise us on products both for men and women.

The pamper time will start at around 14h00 but prior to it we will enjoy a bring and share lunch so arrive at 12.15pm at Susan Birss’s home at :

  • 1 Chemin du Foin – 33160 Saint Aubin de Medoc

To register please contact Catherine by phone on 06 56 82 92 43 or mail at eventorgcm@bordeauxbritish.com

Catherine Mason – Association Treasurer

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A Novel Idea – Tuesday 4th October

The Promise by Damon Galgut

(suggested by The Silcocks) 

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The Promise charts the crash and burn of a white South African family, living on a farm outside Pretoria. The Swarts are gathering for Ma’s funeral. The younger generation, Anton and Amor, detest everything the family stand for — not least the failed promise to the Black woman who has worked for them her whole life. After years of service, Salome was promised her own house, her own land… yet somehow, as each decade passes, that promise remains unfulfilled.

The narrator’s eye shifts and blinks: moving fluidly between characters, flying into their dreams; deliciously lethal in its observation. And as the country moves from old deep divisions to its new so-called fairer society, the lost promise of more than just one family hovers behind the novel’s title.

In this story of a diminished family, sharp and tender emotional truths hit home. Confident, deft and quietly powerful, The Promise is literary fiction at its finest.

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