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A Novel Idea – Hamnet – Tuesday 6th September

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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A Novel Idea – Endeavour -6th September

Endeavour: the Ship and the Attitude that Changed the World

by Peter Moore

(suggested by the Silcocks)

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The Enlightenment was an age of endeavours. From Johnson’s Dictionary to campaigns for liberty to schemes for measuring the dimensions of the solar system, Britain was consumed by the impulse for grand projects, undertaken at speed. ‘Endeavour’ was also the name given to a Whitby collier bought by the Royal Navy in 1768 for an expedition to the South Seas. A commonplace, coal-carrying vessel, no one could have guessed that Endeavour would go on to become the most significant ship in the history of British exploration.

Endeavour famously carried James Cook on his first great voyage, visiting Pacific islands unknown to European geography, charting for the first time New Zealand and the eastern coast of Australia and almost foundering on the Great Barrier Reef. But Endeavour was a ship with many lives. She was there at the Wilkes Riots in London in 1768. During the battles for control of New York in 1776 she witnessed the bloody birth of the United States of America. As well as carrying botanists, a Polynesian priest and the remains of the first kangaroo to arrive in Britain, she transported Newcastle coal and Hessian soldiers. According to Charles Darwin, she helped Cook add a hemisphere to the civilised world. NASA named a space shuttle after her. To others she would be a toxic symbol, responsible for the dispossession of the oldest continuous human society and the disruption of many others.

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Eating your way to health with a Mediterranean Diet, Saturday 10th September

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 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 with a copy to Claire at
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We are organising a day out starting with lunch at 12:00 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 : or on 06 22 69 81 70.

Ian Birss – Association Newsletter Editor

Read More »BOAT TRIP – GRAND TOUR GIRONDE ESTUARY, Friday 16th September

Pamper Afternoon with Joanne & Deesse Cosmetics, Tuesday 27th September

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

Catherine Mason – Association Treasurer

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A Novel Idea – Kite Runner -Tuesday 4th October

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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Visit, Wine Tasting & Lunch at Chateau de Respide Monday 17th October

We are organising a visit and wine tasting at Chateau de Respide ( situated in the heart of the Grave wine region Route d’Auros near Langon on Monday 17th October starting at 11am.

The estate has been producing wine for over 400 years making it one of the oldest in the Grave region. Since 2021 the running of the estate is now in the hands of the new owners, the Chatin Family.

After the visit and wine tasting we will be having lunch in a nearby local restaurant. More details will follow in the September newsletter.

If you are interested, please contact Sandra to register at :

Sandra Lecointe – Association Committee Member

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A Novel Idea – Red Dust Road – Tuesday 1st November

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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50th Anniversary Lunchtime Event & AGM Saturday 12th November

Because of a number of events in close succession we have decided to hold a combined 50th Anniversary Lunchtime Event with this year’s AGM on Saturday 12th November at the Hotel Mercure – Bordeaux Lac. So please note the change of date (previously announced for the 22nd October)

The AGM will be held in the morning at 11:00 with coffee and viennoiserie from 10:30

The Anniversary Celebratery Lunch will start around 12:30. with aperatif, 3 course lunch including wine and surprise entertainement !

Members are very much welcome to attend both events but can choose, if they prefer, to attend the lunch only.

More information to follow in the next newsletters but please reserve this important date in your diaries.

Norma Brooks – Association President

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