Future Events

Quiz Night: 18.30 hrs, Wednesday 27th January

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, 
  • Pen 
  • Drinks & 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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BBC Bordeaux walk-talk-and-lunch – Saturday, January 29th 2022

’Beating about Tourny/Tournons autour de Tourny’’ with Alain

A forceful character and brilliant administrator, Tourny remodelled Bordeaux between 1743 and 1757. One of his ideas was the ‘’cours” from the Toulouse/Bayonne roads (place de la Victoire) to the harbour by the Chartrons via Place Gambetta, a modern ringroad enabling fast transport of goods and providing modern housing for the bourgeois and a tree-lined promenade to boot.

The walk offers insights into 200 years of Bordeaux history.

Meeting place and time: 14.00 at Le Plana on Place de la Victoire, walk round the Cours to Place Tourny. Optional lunch at 12.30 at Le Plana on Place de la Victoire (2-course menu du jour and coffee for 18€).             

How to get there: tram B Place de la Victoire stop, also buses 1, 5, 11, 15, 20. Tram A is two stops away.

Contact Alain via e-mail at alain-eric.mounolou@orange.fr or message at before Saturday, January 22nd 2022

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A Novel Idea – 18.30h, Tuesday 1st February

Our ‘A Novel Idea’ Book Club read and review will be‘‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” by John Le Carré on the 1st February. Please join us on ZOOM.

A modern classic in which John le Carré expertly creates a total vision of a secret world, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy begins George Smiley’s chess match of wills and wits with Karla, his Soviet counterpart.

It is now beyond a doubt that a mole, implanted decades ago by Moscow Centre, has burrowed his way into the highest echelons of British Intelligence. His treachery has already blown some of its most vital operations and its best networks. It is clear that the double agent is one of its own kind. But which one? George Smiley is assigned to identify him. And once identified, the traitor must be destroyed.

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Piet Debie Memorial Walk – Tuesday February 8th

Come one, come all ! Get ready for a brisk, bracing (albeit short) winter walk. The very-nearly yearly Piet Debie Memorial Walk will be taking place this year on Tuesday February 8th (Piet’s actual birthday). As in the past, we will be meeting at the park bench in Vendays at around 11h00. There is off-road parking (Google Earth GPS coordinates : 45°21’24.00”1°05’23.00W) at the bench.

The day will kick off with a “tailgate party” to keep 1st arrivals cheery and warm while waiting for everyone to gather, so come prepared with a thermos flask of hot coffee (or, whatever…), sugar and cream will be provided as well as a few morning nibbles. We will then offer a toast to Piet before we strike out on our walk, and once back at our cars, we will motor to lunch at “La Part des Anges” restaurant in Montalivet (32 blvd Front de Mer, 33930 Vendays-Montalivet, Telephone : 05 56 41 14 83).

A “Pass Vaccinal” will be need to be presented. 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.

For those wishing to stay on for a warm and convivial lunch, menu details will be posted in the very near future. The dead-line for lunch registration is Monday, January 31st.

*22€  Menu

(coffee is included, beverages are not included)
You may choose one of the following formulae :

Starter + Main   or   Main + Dessert

Starter choices :
Soupe de poissons de roche
Assiette de jambon serrano de 18 mois
4 huites Oléron no°3

Main course choices :
Risotto crémeux aux calamars (Piquillos et croustillant de jambon serrano)
Confit de canard du sud ouest maison (Sauce aux cèpes)
Paleron braisé à la bordelaise

Dessert choices :
Assiette de fromages (AOP au lait cru)
Tarte tatin (Crème d’Isigny)
Crème Catalane à la cannelle

Driving directions for 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 me (Elizabeth) 06 99 80 69 30 and if that fails, try Chris Rankin (06 98 49 24 14) or Deirdre Rankin (06 35 91 20 53). See you there!


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Tax / Inheritance Law Meeting – 10h30 Thursday 17th February

Recently there have been significant changes to the rules that govern the tax and inheritance laws between France/EU and the UK.

These changes could affect some of our membership so we thought it would be useful to organise a presentation of the changes as has been done in the past.

Rupert Holderness, General Manager of Blevins Franks France (www.blevinsfranks.com), has kindly accepted to bring us up to date on the changes. Blevins Franks France are specialists providing tax advice and financial planning to expatriates living in France.

Rupert has proposed to cover three current “burning” topics, which are:

  1. French inheritance rules and validity of a will nominating UK law.
  2. Can British “S1” holders still claim back part of “social taxes”?
  3. New laws restricting the transfer of pension funds out of the UK.

If you have any other topics that you would like to discuss, please let us know in advance.

Rupert has also kindly proposed to hold the meeting at his offices near Bordeaux at:

1 rue Pablo Neruda, 33882 Villenave D’Ornon (Tel : +33 533090333)

The meeting will take place on Thursday 17th of February 2022, for a maximum of thirty people but if there are more, we will have a second meeting on Friday 18th 2022 in order to accommodate everyone.

We will meet up at 10:30am for an 11am start and a one-hour presentation with questions during and at the end. The meeting will be followed by an “aperitif déjeunatoire,” also an ideal moment to ask more questions.

If you would like to participate, would you be kind enough to confirm your presence as soon as possible by email to the organiser at : eventorgib@bordeauxbritish.com

As always, our events will comply with the current Covid regulations which at present stipulate that participants must be fully vaccinated or can provide a negative PCR/Antigen test taken within 24 hours.

If the Covid regulations change in between time and we are obliged to cancel the event, it will be rescheduled at a later date once the regulations permit us to do so.

Ian Birss

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A Novel Idea – 18.30h, Tuesday 1st March

Our ‘A Novel Idea’ Book Club read and review will be‘‘Portraits of France” by Robert Daley on the 1st March. Please join us on ZOOM.

Freely mixing travelogue, history and offhand cultural commentary, Daley’s serendipitous journey appraises France’s soul. Whether he is expressing consternation at Avignon’s immense Palace of the Popes, monument to medieval extravagance, or tracking the legend of bike racer Jacques Anquetil, Daley has a knack for the telling detail, the unusual observation.

A few of these 19 vignettes delve into little-known events, like the building of French concentration camps in the Pyrenees during WW II. Among the indelible portraits we find those of French soldier- politican-aristocrat Lafayette, Grace Kelly, Scottish novelist Tobias Smollett (inventor of the “fabulous Riviera” mystique) and De Gaulle, an obscure brigadier general in 1940 worried mainly about his wife and retarded daughter.

Other pieces deal with Lourdes, Bordeaux, a perfume factory in Grasse, Jules Massenet writing operas in Paris and the Sansons family, which operated the guillotine through six generations.

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A Novel Idea – 18.30h, Tuesday 5th April

Our ‘A Novel Idea’ Book Club read and review will be“Pure” by Andrew Miller on the 5th April. Please join us on ZOOM.

Deep in the heart of Paris, its oldest cemetery is, by 1785, overflowing, tainting the very breath of those who live nearby. Into their midst comes Jean-Baptiste Baratte, a young, provincial engineer charged by the king with demolishing it.

At first Baratte sees this as a chance to clear the burden of history, a fitting task for a modern man of reason. But before long, he begins to suspect that the destruction of the cemetery might be a prelude to his own.

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