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.



2018 Summer Party: Sainte-Eulalie: Friday 15th June


Our BBC Christmas Party is always very popular, so this year we have added a second BBC party to ‘Kick off the Summer‘. Get in the mood, shake off the cobwebs and welcome the sun !  There is something for all tastes. Wear something summery but most important, come and enjoy yourselves !

A great party for BBC members and guests.  Food, wine, cabaret, music and more !


The lunch and party will be at:

Les Salles du Marquisat, 101 Rue Adrien Piquet, 33560 SAINTE-EULALIE which is the same location as last year’s AGM.

Sainte-Eulalie is about 10 km outside Bordeaux on the Rive Droite near Lormont and is very easy to find and has ample free car parking.

Please see the map below which has a ‘click’ to obtain directions.

The Party

Reception at 12:00 with a kir apperitif and amuses bouches followed by lunch.


Entrée: Feuilleté of Salmon with a leek sauce

Main Course (to be chosen in advance via the online form below):

Fresh Cod Fillet with a herb sauce and vegetables
OR Pork roasted with almonds and vegetables

Desert: Fresh Strawberries with chantlilly cream and ice cream

Wines: Blanc, Rosé et Rouge


After lunch:

Entertainment from a very special award winning guest. Be prepared to expect the unexpected in, or on, ‘A Bag of Mashing’ !  (Ed. Not the Drama Group this time as they pause to preserve their artistic integrity !! )

Afternoon Delight:

We will have some soft music and disco to dance to in the course of the afternoon.

Still hungry?

Wine, cheese and biscuits will be available throughout, until 19:30.

How to book

Please either book online here or book direct with Cathy stating your lunch main course selections.

Map and Directions
  • DIRECTIONS: Click the ‘Directions’ symbol and enter your home address or start point to get a detailed set of directions which can then be printed out and/or downloaded to your smartphone.


  • ZOOM: Use the + and – symbols in the bottom left hand corner of the map to zoom in and out


Walk, Talk and Lunch down by the Riverside with Alain - Bordeaux Right Bank: Thursday 12th April

A day in three optional parts to discover or re-discover Bordeaux from the right bank.  Our walk takes us over the Garonne and then from the “Eiffel” railway bridge to Pont Chaban-Delmas.

Bordeaux is at It’s best seen from the right bank, with a panoramic vista covering 1,000 years of development from Romanesque Abbaye de Sainte Croix, the still developing Parc aux Angéliques, modern Bordeaux Bastide, the Jardin Botanique and much more.

The first part starts with a walk from our meeting point near the Conservatoire, crossing over the river to have a look at the railway bridges. The walk progresses along the right bank through the delightful riverside gardens of the Parc aux Angéliques to Place Stalingrad. Along the way Alain will point out places of interest to us.

The walk is about 2.5 kms to our lunch at La Maison Brasserie in Place Stalingrad.

Comfortable walking shoes or boots are advised.


The second part is a lunch of three courses with coffee for 17€ (wine is extra) at the restaurant:

Le Maison Brasserie. 15 Place de Stalingrad, 33100 BORDEAUX.

For a map, please click here

After Lunch Walk

After lunch we walk towards Pont Chaban-Delmas with great views over the grand river front, Place de la Bourse, the various steeples and towers that grace the skyline of old Bordeaux and also with a look at contemporary Bordeaux-Bastide, the Espace Darwin (site of an old military barracks) and the new precinct of the Sud-Ouest.

The walk ends at Pont Chaban-Delmas with convenient cafes and Tram B. (Walk approx. 5 kms)

Comfortable walking shoes or boots are advised.

Meeting Place and Time

Meeting place: Tram C stop Sainte-Croix on the left bank. Map here  Recommend arriving by tram.

Tram C line has relay car parks at both ends of the line, at Blanquefort and at Bègles lycée Vaclav Havel.

Tram C connects with tram A line at Porte de Bourgogne (the 2 stops are alongside)

Tram C connects with tram B line at Quinconces where the 2 stops are 100m away from each other.

Meeting Time: 10.45


Join us for the whole day or just morning or afternoon as you prefer. ( or just lunch! )

To register, please contact Norma B direct or book online.  Norma”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.
    • This will take a little time 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.



Sunday 22nd April - St George's Day Celebration and Party: Cussac Fort Medoc



Yes, we know that we are one day early but 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 chez Michele and David at their home in Cussac Fort Medoc. with a British style lunch, together with live music courtesy of David Roberts with the Lafayette Club Band. Sorry no Morris Dancers but lunch, music and great company all for a king’s ransom of just 15€ per person !

Last year we 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 Sunday.

The day starts at 12 noon to enjoy an aperitif together before settling down to a fish and chip lunch freshly prepared on site.

All will be undercover in case of rain.

The cost is 15€ per person. See the menu below and we ask you to ‘bring your own wine, glasses, plates and cutlery. We are also extending an invitation to a group from the ‘Lafayette Association’ who kindly entertained us at their 14th July celebrations last year.


If you have not visited before make a morning visit to the historic site of Fort Medoc which was built to keep that pesky St George and the British fleet at bay !

Map here and historical information here



Salad and Charcuterie

Freshly cooked Fish and Chips

Selection of Desserts

A day at the Races – Le Bouscat Bordeaux Hippodrome: Friday 30th March

Feel the thunder of the hooves and the smell of horse sweat as they gallop past the grandstand and on to the finish line, yes this time we are going to get up close and personal !

There are 8 races (all gallops) throughout the afternoon at half hour intervals so you have time to check out the form at the paddock, place a bet and then take your seat in the grandstand to watch the race.

We will meet at midday at the paddock area before selecting our spot in the grandstand. No formal arrangements have been made for lunch but there are a number of food and drink vendors on site and there is also a café/bar or you could even bring your own packed lunch if you prefer, the choice is yours.

Access and Directions

Access to the Hippodrome is just of the Rocade junction 7. There is ample free parking and entry into the stadium is free. There are open and covered terraces as well as bookie facilities for those wishing to bet.


Please book online or book direct to Charles W whose contact details are here

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

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

Map and Directions


2018 – BREXIT Updates available in the Members Area

The Association ‘Bordeaux British Community‘ is by statute a social organisation and by statute does not lobby, comment or otherwise be involved with politics.

The BBC is also a member of the Association The British in France which is based in Paris.

As a service to members, we are accumulating for information purposes the various documents either produced or distributed by the BCC and these are accessible below.


British in Europe Newsletter – February 2018 To view, please click here

  • Citizens rights not done and dusted
  • Pictorial Guide to our Plight
  • The Brexit Cliff Edge and our Rights
  • Around Europe Coallition News
  • Votes for Life
  • How to Support the British in Europe

British Community Committee – Letter to Members – 8th February 2018 To view, please click here

  • Brexit,
  • Impact Assessments
  • Amsterdam Court Case
  • What kind of Brexit does the government want?
  • The BCC and British in Europe at the Assemblée Nationale
  • Votes For Life – Glyn Davies MP’s Overseas Electors Bill


British in Europe Newsletter – December 2017. To view, please click here

British Community Committee – Letter to Members – 20th December 2017. To view, please click here

Piet de Bie Memorial Walk: Vendays -Thursday 8th February

Please note the start time is 11:00 and also the updated lunch arrangements.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?

I think not! So do plan on joining us for the 2nd Annual Piet De Bie Walk which, like last year, will take place on Piet’s birthday.

The date for the walk is Thursday February 8, 2018. We will meet at the church in Vendays-Montalivet (there is parking on both sides of the church).

Our meeting time has been moved up to 11:00 am to give people time to say hello and to change into their walking regalia.

This walk should be about 5-6 km long. Our route will take us by the park bench where last year we scattered some of Piet’s ashes. The walk is mostly on paved road, grassy track, and a short sandy wooded stretch.

Afterwards, we will drive over to Montalivet for lunch at « LeMarin » restaurant. When I have numbers, I’ll send around the menu choices for our fixed menu lunch. The price will be 18€ with coffee. All walkers are welcome, even those who didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Piet.

What is important is the legacy he left us, of getting us together, of getting some fresh air, of enjoying the outdoors in every season.

In the meantime, book online and save the date on your calendars so that together we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne.


To register, please contact Elizabeth M direct or book online.

For more information etc Elizabeth’s contact details are here

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.

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

Lycée Lunch: Arcachon, Thursday 8th March at 11:50

lyceearcachonThe Lycee Condorcet in Arcachon is a school where young people aspiring to be chefs and restaurateurs, receive tuition in this field alongside their traditional education. The students cook and serve as part of their school curriculum.  The school has two dining options a restaurant and a brasserie. We have eaten here several times over the years and have always enjoyed delicious food, well cooked and well presented.

We have made a provisional reservation for 12:0 on Thursday 8th March at le Restaurant at Lycée Condorcet, 1 avenue Roland  Dorgelès, 33120 Arcachon. This is a school for 15 to 18 year olds who are learning the restaurant trade, and practicing on real life customers! The reservation is for a maximum of 20 guests, and Sarah must confirm numbers to them by Thursday 4th February.


As a guide, we previously paid 12€ for the menu and from 1€50 per glass of wine, which we feel represents excellent value for money.

After Lunch

After lunch we propose a walk in Arcachon, either along the promenade or around the Ville d’Hiver.


Please book before Monday 26 February at the latest.  Either book online below or contact Sarah whose contact details are here

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


Directions, arriving from Bordeaux: follow the signs to Arcachon and you will arrive at a roundabout with a tall, pointed, metal structure.

Carry on towards Arcachon and at the FOLLOWING round about, take the 4th exit – last one before you come back on yourself, after the turn-off into the flats, marked ‘no through road’. (also marked for the Lycées if you look in the right place)!

At the top of this road, you need to go to the left, BUT will be fed round to the right – you have no choice. So, go right, do the loop at the end and come back on yourself, pass where you entered this whole strange place in the first place, go up the hill and park. .

The Lycée will be over on your right – you’ll see the flags, it’s the end building on that side of the road. I don’t recommend you use GPS, it will take you a different, unnecessarily complicated way.

Please arrive at 11h50, we can meet at the front gate of the school, and go into la Brasserie for 12h

Burns Night: Martingas – Saturday 27th January 2018

Burns Night– Saturday 27th January 7:30 for 8:00

burnsnightIt’s that time again, when we celebrate the life of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns.

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’.

Whatever, this year the celebration returns to Martignas but the formula remains the same.

The traditional menu will consist of smoked salmon, haggis, neeps, tatties and trifle with wine and whisky at the inclusive price of 20€ per head. Entertainment will include the pipes, some Burns recitation and the traditional ‘Address to the Haggis’ (together with its stabbing).

Space limitations for a sit down dinner mean that only 28 people can be accommodated and places will be allocated on a strict booking order basis. So …… book early !


This event is always very popular and demand is always greater than the number of places available.  If you would like to attend, then please contact John B direct or complete the online booking form as soon as possible.

Payment in advance is required for this event so please send your cheque, made out to the BBC for 20€ per person, direct to John B.

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

Comments from previous years

“It was a sell out! The full capacity of 28 members booked. Guests commenced the evening with a rather potent Scottish Sparkle, skilfully prepared and ladled out by John. There was a healthy display of tartan evident, together with knobbly knees displayed by the kilt wearing Scotsmen!”

“We were treated to animated singing led by Kit of ‘Comin’ thro’ the rye’ accompanied – as has become the custom at our Celtic events – by Jack, duly dressed in fine regalia. He then lead the magnificent procession, with several circuits, piping in the Haggis. The strident bagpipes were momentarily silenced when the key pipe came adrift, causing some amusement, but not detracting from the spectacle of Eileen proudly bearing the Haggis! Chris then treated us to an ‘Address to the Haggis’ before brutally stabbing it!”

”   …….. then to the serious part – eating the haggis and it was agreed by many to be the best ever ! It was of course accompanied by the traditional, neeps and tatties (mashed potatoes). Less obvious was that the excellent whisky, served to all, was to be partially poured on the haggis (like gravy).”

” ……….. a toast to the ‘Lassies’ to which Eileen responded in song ! Then to the plentiful and rich Trifles ……”

” ….. and we concluded with coffee and excellent Shortbread. The pipes were exercised his again to accompany us singing ‘Flower of Scotland’, and finally ‘Auld Lang Syne’ (perhaps Robbie Burns’ most famous rendering)”