AGM 2018


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING FRIDAY 16th NOVEMBER 2018

The AGM is a key event on the Bordeaux British Community’s calendar and a great social gathering of the membership.   Besides hearing from the committee what has happened in the past year, it is also an opportunity for you to get involved, to question the committee, give your ideas and suggestions, propose any changes and elect next years committee.

The Annual General Meeting will take place at ‘Le Chaudron’, 41-43 Rue Saint Remy, Bordeaux.

Coffee will be available at 10:30 and the meeting will start at 11:00. The restaurant is in the centre of Bordeaux and easily accessible by public transport and parking is available close-by.

If you have any suggestions regarding any issues which you wish to be considered at the AGM or, if you are interested in serving on the committee, then please contact Norma B whose contact details are here


Date, Venue and Format

‘Le Chaudron’, 41-43 Rue Saint Remy, Bordeaux on Friday 16th November.

Coffee will be available at 10:30 and the meeting will start at 11:00.

Following the meeting there will be an aperitif followed by lunch which includes wine and coffee.


Lunch Menu

We have an good menu priced at 20€ for BBC members which is an excellent reduction from the normal price of 30€

Aperitif – Kir Maison
Entree
Oeuf Poche Piperade
or Foie Gras Mi Cuit
or Saumon Marine
Plat
Cuisse de Canard Confite
or Escalope de Saumon
or Entrecote, Sauce Cepe et Fois Gras
Dessert
Profiterole
or Omlette Norvegienne (also known as Baked Alaska)
or Tarte aux Citron
Includes: 1/4 vin per personne et cafe.

Booking

The last date to register is by 12 noon on Tuesday 13th November.

We use the Helloasso online booking and payments system and they add a suggested ‘tip’ called a Pourboire, at the page which summarises your payment.

If you do not wish to leave a tip, please 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 or credit card available and also your mobile phone for payment verification.

Book and pay online via the Helloasso system here

Alternatively please book direct with, and post your cheque payable to ‘BBC’, direct to Norma B whose contact details are here

Please note that all attendees must be recorded as members of the Association Bordeaux British Community.


Travel
By Tram:
  • Tram B to stop Grand Théâtre or tram C to stop Quinconces
  • Walk towards the Grand Théâtre and then walk down Rue St Catherine
  • Opposite Galerie Lafayette turn left into Rue St Remy
  • Le Chaudron is approximately 50 metres down on the left.
By Car:
  • Parking available at Place Quinconces or La Bourse but recommend travelling by tram as parking is expensive.


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

 


Capucins Market Tasting Tour: Bordeaux - Thursday 6th September at 10:30


Capucins Market Tasting Tour: Bordeaux – Thursday 6th September at 10:30

Come and taste local delicacies in a lively and vibrant covered market that is known as ‘the belly of Bordeaux‘.

The Capucins market is the largest covered market in Bordeaux with butchers, bakers, restaurateurs, delicatessens, chocolatiers, florists, cheese makers, market gardeners, oyster farmers, fishmongers, poultry farmers … nearly 100 stalls in total selling to the general public and also to hotels and restaurants.

The market is the heartbeat of the city and you will meet some of the liveliest characters who are passionate about their food and wine. A guided tour to learn about french cheeses, how to select oysters and we also stop for more tasting plates of delicious items along the way !


Meeting Time and Place

We meet at 10:30 am at Place Victoire tram stop. Please click here for a map.


Booking

The price per person for this delicious tasting experience is 20€ per person.

To register, please book online below or direct with Henley whose contact details are here

We use the Helloasso online booking and payments system and they add a suggested ‘tip’ called a Pouboire, at the page which summarises your payment.

If you do not wish to leave a tip, please 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 or credit card available
  • Book and pay online via the Helloasso system here

Please note that the person making the booking must be recorded as a 2018 member of the Association Bordeaux British Community.


Family Picnic and Fun: Hourtin Port - Sunday 29th July


beach-picnicCome and enjoy a lovely afternoon next to the lake in Hourtin Port.

Bring your picnic and round up your friends and family.

There’s fun stuff for kids to do, a great wooden fort and playground, perfect for hide and seek, and we can organise cricket, badminton and other games or, for the less energetic, just relax in the sunshine.

Don’t forget to bring your own picnic and deck chairs!

Last year we all had a great time, so if you’re looking for something fun to do on a Sunday afternoon, and you’ve got family visiting for the holidays, come along and enjoy yourselves!


Meeting time and Place

The plan is to meet around 14h on the île aux enfants at Hourtin Port, parking is easy and there are some nice places for a gentle stroll if the fancy takes you.


Booking

Please reserve online below or direct with Sarah P.

We use the free Helloasso event booking system and and they add a suggested ‘tip’ called a Pouboire, at the final stage of your booking.

If you do not wish to leave a tip, click ‘Modifier and 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.

  • Book online via the Helloasso system here

Please note that the person making the booking must be recorded as a 2018 member of the Association Bordeaux British Community.


Pig Roast, Fun & Games, Bookstall in aid of Médicines Sans Frontièrs: Carcans, Saturday 25th August


pig

As in previous years the Rankins are hosting a pig roast, at their home, with sports and fund raising activities for all the family.

This event is the BBC’s primary fund raising event. There will be a book stall and “a hat” passed around during the afternoon. All money raised will go to Médicines Sans Frontièrs. The record is 1502€, to be beaten this year ?!!

Please bring your friends, family, children, grandchildren and well controlled dogs for a day of fun, games and relaxation. Also please bring some goodies for the raffle, large or small !


Book and DVD Stall

There will be a book and DVD stall this year in aid of Medecins sans Frontiers

Please bring your unwanted books, DVDs etc childrens books, books in French or English

If you are unable to attend maybe you could give them to a fellow member who can bring them on the day

Helpers would be most welcome !


Agenda and Format

The format will be as in the past with the pig and its crackling, a starter, cheese and dessert.

Please bring your own picnic table and chairs, parasols, eating and drinking equipment and whatever you would like to drink.

To start the proceedings, from 12:30, there will be a courtesy apero for adults and soft drinks for children.

The swimming pool will be available for use under strict parental control of children. Don’t forget your mailot de bain and towel.

There will be sports and a couple of other fund raising activities. As we may have several dogs it is hoped to have some doggie events also !


gamesTickets

This is very much a fundraising event for Médicines Sans Frontièrs. Tickets are very reasonably priced as follows:

  • Adults – 20€,
  • Children aged 4 to 12 years – 10€
  • Children under 4 – Free.
  • Families: Two adults and two children – 50€

The price will cover the cost of the food with any surplus monies going to Médicines Sans Frontièrs.


Booking

Bookings close on Monday 13th August so that the appropriate sized pig can be ordered !

To register, please book online below or direct with Deirdre whose contact details are here

Book online

We use the free Helloasso booking system and they add a suggested ‘tip’ called a Pouboire, at the page which summarises your payment.

If you do not wish to leave a tip, please 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 or credit card available
  • Book and pay online via the Helloasso system here

Please note that the person making the booking must be recorded as a 2018 member of the Association Bordeaux British Community.


International Seaplane Rally and Picnic - 12:00 noon Sunday 10th June: Biscarrosse


Background

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)

Booking

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


Party

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 !


Venue

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.

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

Café

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.


Lunch

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


Booking

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


st-george

FULLY BOOKED

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.


Nearby

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


Menu

Aperitif

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.


Booking

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 www.britishinfrance.com 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.


2018

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

2017

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