All Saints Spring Party


All Saints Spring Party: Moustey – Saturday 27th April

‘Why celebrate only St George?’ has been the question posed by some members. So this year it will be a celebration of our other patron saints, St Andrew, St David and though we will already have celebrated, St Patrick in the time honoured way, we will let him join in too!!

The celebration starts at midday with an aperitif followed by a 3 course lunch which will include entree, fish and chips and choice of dessert. Wine is not included so please bring your own.

Marilyn will guide any  ‘volunteers’ through some country dancing if your consumption of fish and chips allow it !

Remember Burns Night? there were over 50 stumbling along to Marilyn’s excellent instruction!  If you’re feeling less than energetic you can sit on the side line, listen to the music, tap your toes and prepare to be amused by the efforts of others or have snooze!


Our Host

Our hosts this year are Nigel B and Sami, his beautiful home is set in the Les Landes forest and just a 35 minute drive from the Rocade.

This is a day to be enjoyed in a country garden setting for you to enjoy as you wish.

Last year we were over booked and had a waiting list. So as not to be disappointed, please book as soon as possible particularly as this event is a weekend event.


Format for the day

The day starts at 12 noon to enjoy an aperitif together before settling down to a three course lunch.

  • Welcome Aperitif
  • Starter
  • Freshly cooked Fish and Chips
  • Dessert
  • BRING your own wine/drinks etc
  • Music
  • Fun

We will be outside but undercover in the BBC open marquee which was kindly donated to us by Anthony and Catherine.


Book and pay online

BBC members and their friends are welcome. The cost is 20€ for adults and 10€ for children aged 6 to 10 years (under 5’s free). Friendly well behaved dogs are most welcome.

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.

To book online, please click here: here

Book and pay by cheque

Alternatively if you prefer to dust off your cheque book, find an envelope, pen and stamp:

Send your cheque for 20€ per adult and 10€ per child aged 6 to 10 years of age to Norma B whose contact details are here (Children aged 5 years and under are free)


Directions

Nigel lives in the beautiful countryside near the pretty village of Moustey just 35 minutes down the A63 from the Rocade.  Full directions will be supplied after booking.

Moustey is a good jumping off point for further exploration’ there are some Chambre d’Hote rooms in and around the village, the Logis Hotel Le Grandousier is 7 kms away.

If you want stay over in this beautiful area there are several B&Bs in close proximity. See the links below:

Taris Tourism/Airial de La Vigne  www.charme-traditions.com/fr/locations-de-vacances/org/83980/taris-tourisme which is recommended as it is nearest, excellent value and previously used by BBC members. Also:


BORDEAUX ANGLAIS: Bordeaux - Wednesday April 3rd, 2019


BORDEAUX ANGLAIS, a day’s visit, walk and lunch with Alain Mounolou on Wednesday April 3rd, 2019 from 10 a.m to 4.30 p.m..

What was Bordeaux like when the Ducs d’Aquitaine were also incidentally rois d’Angleterre (1154-1453)? Want to find out? Join in!

Starting with a private guided tour of the mediaeval section of the Musée d’Aquitaine from 10.30 to 12 a.m – 7€

then lunch at the well-known Cafe Les Arts 138 cours Victor Hugo on the corner of rue Ste Catherine – 14:90€

and an afternoon tour of the “Bordeaux Anglais” with its gates, walls, old houses, bell tower and narrow alleys. Ending Place Pey Berland (by the A & B tram stops, close to central boutiques for shopaholics).

Join in for one, two or all three of the above !


Meeting time and place

Meet from 10 a.m at the Teachers Club 35 cours Pasteur, Bordeaux, close to Tram B “Musée d’Aquitaine” stop and Tram A “Hôtel de Ville” stop.


Prices and Booking

Museum visit: 7€ per person (includes guide’s fee and entrance) to be paid in cash to Alain on the day.

Lunch: Cafe Les Arts does a pleasant 3-course day’s menu+coffee for 14.90€ not including drinks and a choice between fish and meat, to be paid for individually.

You can skip lunch if you wish, or join for lunch and/or in the afternoon.

The BBC uses the Helloasso online booking system to make it very easy for you to book and select any of the options for the event..

If you have not used Helloasso before, try it, it is easy !

For this event, no advance payments are required.

To book online please ‘click’ here

or

Book direct with the organiser whose contact details are here


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St Patrick’s Night : Lanton – Saturday 16th March


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 and bring your Irish hats or not!!


Time

Our Irish dinner will be at 8 pm


Menu and Price

The menu below will be 30€, including a quarter of wine and coffee. Choice of menu:

STARTER

Coleslaw and crab meat in whisky and refort (slightly spicy green paste) in a wrap

or

Asparagus mousse, poached egg and crisps

MAIN COURSE

Battered fish in Bearnaise sauce and homemade potato wedges.

or

Beef cheek in Guinness, wild rice and green cabbage.

MAIN COURSE

Joue de boeuf a la Guinness, ecrase de pommes de terre a la cebette (spring onion)

or

Fish and chips, cremeux de petits pois

DESERT

Raspberry Parfait

or

Apple and Pecan Cheesecake.


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 book as soon as possible, please either online or direct with Collette by phone (phone number is in the Membership Directory here) or alternatively please book online below.

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.

To book online, please click here: here

BY CHEQUE:

Alternatively if you prefer to pay by cheque, please send your cheque for 30€ per person for dinner, including wine and coffee, to Colette whose contact details are here.


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.

 



Visit to Mira Brewery – Tuesday 5th March at 11.30

Visit to Mira Brewery – Tuesday 5th March at 11.30

The Mira brewery, based in La Teste-de-Buch for two years, won four gold medals and one silver medal at the World Beer Awards 2018 , which took place in London.

We will visit this large modern brewery and brasserie where our English guide will take us through the entire unique production of beers and soft drinks using the local eau de source with no nitrates or pesticides.

After our tour we will will have a tasting session in the restaurant followed by a three course lunch where we will enjoy local produce freshly cooked and served by charming and friendly staff.

The Brasserie is also very close to a huge new shopping centre for those shopaholics amongst us !


Booking

Price: 29.90€ which includes:

Brewery Tour (Meet at 11:30 )

  • Tasting – Either two 12.5 cl beers of your choice or one 25cl beer
  • 3 Course Lunch cooked using fresh local products

Entrées 

Œuf parfait à la carbonara
Or
Tartare de saumon et avocats
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Main Course

Filet Mignon de porc, jus réduit de veau à la moutarde à l’ancienne et crémeux de patate douce
Or
Dorade Royale, beurre de crustacés, crémeux de carottes 
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Desserts

Moelleux amande et glace vanille
Or
Brownie chocolat et glace vanille

Including Wine and Coffee

(The normal price is 32€ for the visit and lunch but excludes both wine and coffee so our special BBC price 29.90€ including wine and coffee is excellent value. (Well negotiated by Avril! ) 


Booking

Please book direct with your menu options to Avril whose contact details are here  (Please use your BBC password if prompted for a password)


Location

Brasserie Mira

180 avenue de l’Europe

33260 La Teste-de-Buch 

Please click here for a map


Atelier des Chefs: Bordeaux - Thursday 21st February

Atelier des Chefs: Bordeaux – Thursday 21st February at 13:00

We have organised several of these cooking workshops in the past and they are always good fun and very popular particularly the part at the end when everyone enjoys eating the results !

The workshop is at L’Atelier des Chefs which has eight establishments in major cities across France. Workshops are available for many different types of cooking and cater (excuse the pun!) for all levels of skil !

The workshop is in conjunction with the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism and involves a short introduction by the chef, in french, to learn how to prepare and cook the dish which will be Piquillos farcis et purée de patate douce. After the introduction you will prepare and cook the dish and then enjoy the results together in the adjacent dining area.

The ingredients are provided and dessert is included for 17€ excluding wine.  Or 22€ including wine


Where

L’Atelier des Chefs Bordeaux,  25 Rue Judaïque, 33000 BORDEAUX.  Please click here for a map


When

Thursday 21st February at 13:00. Please arrive a few minutes before.


Booking

ONLINE:

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.

To book online please click here

BY CHEQUE:

Alternatively if you prefer to pay by cheque, please send your cheque for 17€ per person excluding wine, 22€ per person including wine to Brian M, whose contact details are here.

No payments on the day. Cheques in advance please as the BBC has to confirm number and pay in advance of the day.


Burns Night 2019


Burns Night at 19h00 on Saturday 26th January in Salle Gérard Philipe in Martignas

This is possibly the most popular event in the BBC calendar and it is extra special this year !

BOOKINGS CLOSE ON MONDAY 7th JANUARY

It’s that time when we celebrate the life of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns and the BBC always celebrates in the best possible style !
Some would say he was the greatest Scottish poet ever to have lived, and measured by the number of parties held around the world every year to celebrate his anniversary, that could be true. However, it may also have something to do with the whisky, which always flows freely and helps to drown the ‘Haggis Beasty’ !

BOOKINGS FOR THIS EVENT CLOSE ON MONDAY 7th JANUARY

Our Burns Night will have the traditional menu will of smoked salmon, haggis, neeps, tatties and fruit tart together with wine and whisky at the inclusive price of 20€ for adults and 10€ for children. Entertainment will include the pipes, some Burns recitation and the traditional ‘Address to the Haggis’ ( together with its stabbing! ) followed by optional dancing for all.

Every year Burns Night is a BBC favourite but there are disappointments as it is always overbooked due to space limitations. Problem solved this year as we are delighted to be invited to join forces with the Martingas Jumellage Association. We have no space restrictions this year and the event will take place in the excellent events room in Martignas.


Martingas Jumellage

Martingas are twinned with Aboyne which is a historic village on the edge of the Highlands in Aberdeenshire, on the River Dee, midway between the Cairngorms National Park and Aberdeen.


Venue

Salle Gérard Philipe, 14 Avenue de Verdun, 33127 MARTIGNAS-SUR-JALLE ( map )


Menu

The menu will be as follows :

Aperitif : Punch

Starter: Smoked salmon, salad, slice of lemon and vinaigrette

Main course : Haggis, fresh mashed tatties and mashed neaps

Dessert: Apple and fruit tart

Coffee

Whisky, water and wine will be available.


Booking – Online

Booking deadline: Monday 7th January 2019.

20€ for adults and 10€ for children

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.

To pay online, please click here


Booking – Pay by Cheque

Booking deadline: Monday 7th January 2019.

Please post a cheque payable to BBC for 20€ per adult and 10€ per child to Cathy whose contact details are here



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)

ou

“Rôti de canard farci”

(Stuffed Roast Duck)

Dessert

“Tarte aux pommes”

(Apple Tart)

* * *

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!


2019 New Year’s Walk or Cycle Ride with Lunch

New Year’s Walk or Cycle Ride and Lunch: Mios – Thursday 3rd January

Time for a little exercise following the holiday?  A walk or cycle ride followed by lunch has been organised in the beautiful woods around and by the river Eyre in Mios.   The foot paths are
well defined and level, it is not too strenuous and will take approx. 1hour 40 mins.

For those feeling more energetic, or keen to make up for the Christmas excesses, there will be a cycle ride


Meeting

Following a 10am meet at the hotel/restaurant LO’Berge, 27 Avenue du Val de l’Eyre, 33380 MIOS, ( Map )

10.30 coffee and 1pm lunch have been booked

Mios lies about 30 minutes SW of Bordeaux (Rocade), take A63 then A660 towards Arcachon and leave at first exit, signed to Mios. The hotel is in the town on D216, on left hand side just before the bridge over the river.  From the south (Sanguinet) it is on the right just after the bridge.


Cyclists

The cyclists will  join Phil cycling along the ‘green’ Mios to Bazas cycle track AF3V, (an old railway track – now tarmac!).

We would aim to reach Belin Beliet , 16km towards Bazas, and then 16km back, in time to meet the walkers for lunch. We might turn back earlier, depending on our cycling speed.  This route is close to the canoeing route the BBC have taken (Salles to Biganos) in warmer times !


Walkers

Norma B will lead the walkers and meet up with the cyclists for lunch


Lunch

13:00 at LO’Berge, 27 Avenue du Val de l’Eyre, 33380 MIOS ( Map )

Mios lies about 30 minutes SW of Bordeaux (Rocade), take A63 then A660 towards Arcachon and leave at first exit, signed to Mios. The hotel is in the town on D216, on left hand side just before the bridge over the river.  From the south (Sanguinet) it is on the right just after the bridge.


Afternoon

After lunch we could optionally make a shorter cycle excursion along the walkers’ morning route, perhaps to the Bassin- or perhaps relax and recover from the morning’s excursion!


Booking

The BBC uses the Helloasso online booking system to make it very easy for you to book and select any of the options for the event..

If you have not used Helloasso before, try it, it is easy !

For this event, no advance payments are required.

To book online please ‘click’ here

or

Book direct with the organiser whose contact details are here


Vin Chaud, Steak, Tinsel and Christmas Market: Bordeaux, Friday 14th December at 1900


BORDEAUX CHRISTMAS MARKET AND DINNER

 

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Join in the festive spirit and come along with us for a visit to the Bordeaux Christmas market in Allées de Tourny on Friday, 14th December at 19:00 followed by dinner at “L’Entrecote” at 20:30 to enjoy delicious steak with their trademark delicious sauce, copious frites and, if you have room, an appetising dessert.

Have a wander around the Christmas market, packed with stalls. In previous years the men never make it past the first stall, of which there are many, selling vin chaud !

The Bordeaux Christmas market is a must see, an integral part of the magical atmosphere in the run up to Christmas !

The wooden chalets set up for the occasion make up a charming picture of a village where everything can be found: gifts, sweets, gourmet food, Christmas decorations for the home, candles, toys, fashion, accessories, designer jewellery, linen and crafts made by the local artisans ( and vin chaud! )

Indulge in a little Christmas shopping. Or maybe just enjoy a glass or three of vin chaud and chat with friends!


L’Entrecôte


Following our visit to the market we have arranged to eat dinner at the always popular restaurant L’Entrecôte to enjoy a steak smothered with sa sauce fameuse.

The price is 19€ for steak, frites and salad. Desserts are 5,50€ to 6€. Red or rose house wine from local Château Thieuley is 16€ per bottle and coffee is 1,60€. L’Entrecote is extremely popular with a fun atmosphere and never disappoints.

The Dessert à la carte list includes:

Le plateau de fromage, La coupe Côte d’or, L’ananas frais au masquarin, La coupe Jack, Les profiteroles au chocolat, Le semi-fredo au grand marnier, La coupe streza, Nos fruits melba, Le vacherin au chocolat, Les fruits rafraichis au kirsch, Le mont blanc, Nos tartes maison, Notre crème caramel, Nos glaces et sorbets, La surprise de la Jamaïque, Nos liégeois (café, chocolat, praliné), Le fondant au chocolat maison or La mousse au chocolat.


Location and Times

We meet at 7pm by the children’s carousel ride situated at the entrance to the Christmas Market at the Grand Theatre end of Allee de Tourny to then enjoy the market, followed by dinner at 8.30pm


Booking

If you would like more information then please contact Colette. Contact details for Colette are in the Membership Directory here

Alternatively please reserve online below. Closing date is Thursday 13th December.

British Legion Remembrance Service – Sunday 11th November at 9:15 (revised time)


Bx_remembrance_3Remembrance Service at the Allied Forces Cemetery in Talence.

Assemble at 9:15 (please note the REVISED TIME) for the procession into the cemetery

Address: Allied Forces Cemetery, rue Bahus, 33400 TALENCE  –  GPS: N 44.814745, W 0.584240

There is ample on street parking nearby. The cemetery is a 5 minute walk from tram stop Roustaing on Ligne B

This moving and sombre annual ceremony is different this year, as it commemorates exactly 100 years since the cessation of WW1 hostilities.

The event will commence at 9.15am with the impressive and colourful procession.

The service will start at 9.30. Wreaths will be laid, including our BBC wreath which will be laid by Norma, our President. The service will last approximately 30 minutes, concluding with shots from a 1918 rifle as a salute to those who gave their lives in this and the following dreadful conflict.

We shall then walk to the adjacent French Cemetery, for a service starting at 10.30, before moving for a ‘Vin d’honneur’ at:

Chateâu de Peixotto, allée de Peixotto, 33400 TALENCE.

The chateau is situated in a large historic public parc which is maintained to respect the ecosystem and biodiversity. The chateau and parc are approximately 5 minutes by car or a 15 minute walk from the cemetery. Please click here for information about the chateau and parc

As is customary, our members will mingle with members of the British Legion and join them for lunch.