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A Novel Idea – Kite Runner -Tuesday 4th October

The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini

(suggested by Norma Brooks) 

Please join us on ZOOM, details below.

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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Walk and Talk Group – Grands Crus Classés & Black Prince Chateau, Talence, Saturday 8th October 2022

The morning walk will take us round other parts of Talence than the ones we visited before, past the “château du Prince Noir” -the former hunting lodge of the Back Prince, see below- and an “arbre remarquable”, a ‘zelkova carpinifolia’ or Caucasian elm in the little “parc Curvalle”. We’ll have lunch at a brasserie in central Talence. In the afternoon, we’ll have a look at the vineyards of Château La Mission Haut Brion (see below) and Château Haut Brion’, one of the five “premiers grands crus classés de Médoc et Graves” in 1855. An easy walk on level ground in an urban environment.

Meeting time and place: “Forum” B tram stop in Talence between 10.00 & 10.30.  

How to get there: tram B; parking behind the cinema complex next to the tram stop or in the Arts et Métiers relay park (often full), around the Doyen Brus station, Unitec relay park further out.

How to join: contact Alain asap via e-mail at alain-eric.mounolou@orange.fr or by message on 06.41.43.87.88 (and note down number for D-day in case of emergency). Please indicate you phone contact.

Alain Mounolou – Association Secretary

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Quiz Nights: 18.30 hrs, Wednesdays 12th and 26th October

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

https://zoom.us/download#client_4meeting

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

This great event, organised by committee member Sandra, is fast approaching !

We are organising a visit and wine tasting at Chateau de Respide (www.respide.fr) situated in the heart of the Grave wine region 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.

So in order to reserve your places, would you please confirm your presence by Friday 7th  October via this HelloAsso link :

https://admin.helloasso.com/bordeaux-british-association/evenements/chateau-respide-lunch

Rendez-vous 10.45 at the Chateau, route d’Auros near Langon, for an 11am start of the free visit.

Lunch has been organised at a lovely nearby restaurant, the Ecluse 52, at the port de plaisance at Castets en Dorthe at a cost of 25€ (plus extras) to be paid on the day.

Starter : salade fermière (gesiers, lardons, cocktail de tomates, croutons)

Main course : Pavé de veau sauce aux morilles, salade du moment

Dessert : Chou façon profiterole, glace italienne à la vanille

Café

In the meantime, if you need any further information please don’t hesitate to contact Sandra by email on : eventorgsl@bordeauxbritish.com or by phone on 06 15 26 65 21

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) 

Please join us on ZOOM, details below.

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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Walk and Talk Group – Memorial Walk in Bordeaux, Saturday 5th November

Saturday 5th November

This year’s memorial walk will take place early, one week before the Bordeaux British AGM & 50th Anniversary lunch. We’ll start with the memorial inside Gare St Jean (below) and walk along the river to Siman’s at La Bastide by the Pont de Pierre where we’ll have lunch. The afternoon walk will take us to Pont Chaban-Delmas (below) and Cité du Vin via Église de La Bastide below) b(built by the same architect as the Paris Sacré-Coeur church, the botanical garden and Darwin centre.

Meeting time and place: 10.00 to 10.30 at Brasserie Terminus opposite the station.

How to get there: tram C or D Gare St Jean stop. Relay parks at the Villenave-Pyrénées tram C terminal close to exit 18 on the rocade, Gare de Bègles relay park on tram C.

How to join: contact Alain before Friday 28 October via e-mail at alain-eric.mounolou@orange.fr or by message on 06.41.43.87.88 (and note down number for D-day in case of emergency).

Please indicate you phone contact.

Alain Mounolou – Association Secretary

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2022 Bordeaux British Community AGM, Saturday 12th November

Our annual general meeting is on Saturday 12th November 2022 at 10.45am with refreshments (coffee and croissant) from 10am. 

The venue this year is at Hotel Mercure Bordeaux Lac, which has plenty of free parking with tram and bus stop close by.

The AGM documents, reports and agenda will be emailed to all members 3 weeks before the meeting. If you have any questions you would like to put to the meeting, we kindly ask that you submit them in advance before 3rd November

If you wish to put yourself forward to become a member of the committee then please again contact Norma before 1st November.  

The email address for questions and committee candidatures is : president@bordeauxbritish.com

Following the AGM, we will be having a luncheon to celebrate the Bordeaux British 50th Anniversary.  

You will need to register separately for the lunch and AGM.

There is no charge for the AGM, but we ask that you register in advance by emailing to president@bordeauxbritish.com

Or by ‘Helloasso’ using the this link : 

https://www.helloasso.com/associations/bordeaux-british-association/evenements/bordeaux-british-community-agm-2022

Closing date to register is Saturday 5th November 2022.

Address: Hotel Mercure Bordeaux Lac, 8 Rue Grand Barail, 33300 Bordeaux.  

Free parking at the hotel. Tram line C, stop Palais des Congrès/Bus 32, stop Richaud.

Norma Brooks – Association President

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Bordeaux British Community 50th Anniversary Lunch, Saturday 12th November

Aperitif from 12 noon followed by lunch at 12.30 pm on Saturday 12th November

This year we celebrate an incredible 50 years of the Bordeaux British Community Association, a special anniversary lunch has been organised at the 4 star Hotel Mercure at Bordeaux Lac. 

We very much hope that you will be able to join us !

An aperitif and canapes will be served from 12 noon followed by a three-course luncheon, wine, water and coffee, plus a glass of champagne are included at a special subsidised price of 25€ per person.

Menu

Apéritif &Canapés

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Rillette de la Mer, Curcuma et Petits Légumes

Or

Terrine d’Oie à la Moutarde, Confiture d’Oignons au Miel

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Suprême de Poulet rôti, Sauce Morille et Gratin de Pommes de Terre

Or

Filet de Dorade Royale à la Plancha,Sauce Bisque et Flan de Patates Douces

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Moelleux au Chocolat, Glace Vanille et Coulis de Fruits Exotiques

Or

Tarte Tatin servie tiède, Crème Fouettée au Spéculos

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Wine, Water, Coffee & A Glass of Champagne included

Special entertainment will be provided by the renowned professional magician and mentalist – Nicolas CLEMENT. He has performed for some very well-known people – check out his website : www.magiemoderne.com, to see who !!

At the present time places are limited to 65 people (though we may be able increase this number) so please book early!   Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.

To book at the subsidised cost per person of 25 €, which must be paid in advance along with your menu choices, please use this HelloAsso link :

https://www.helloasso.com/associations/bordeaux-british-association/evenements/50th-anniversary-bordeaux-british-community

Or email Colette Gibson to book at eventorgcg@bordeauxbritish.com and she will give you details of where to post your cheque, or if you prefer to pay by bank transfer, we have now organised this type of payment. The bank details are :


Assoc. Bordeaux British Community 

IBAN  FR76 1330 6000 3123 0833 3229 883

(please indicate 50th Anniversary on bank transfer)

Closing date for inscriptions and payment is Saturday 5th November.

Please note this is a separate event to the AGM which is taking place at the same venue in the morning so you will need to register for each event separately.

Address : Hotel Mercure Bordeaux Lac, Rue du Grand Barail, 33300 Bordeaux

Free parking at the hotel. Tram line C, stop Palais des Congrès/Bus 32, stop Richaud.

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Remembrance Day, Talence, Sunday 13th November

The local branch of the Royal British Legion are holding a remembrance ceremony in the CWGC Section of the Talence Communal Cemetery Extension at:

Rue Bahus, 33400 Talence (**)

on

Sunday 13th November 2022 at 10:30 a.m

Poppies will be available to purchase.

As always BBC members are invited to attend the ceremony and wreath laying. Afterward, and what is becoming a tradition we propose, to those members wishing to participate, a Sunday lunch at CHEZ LEON, off the Rocade, Pessac. 

If you would like to join for lunch, please register with Gary by emailing request to webmaster@bordeauxbritish.com

**LOCATION : Google Maps reference : 44°48’53.3″N 0°35’02.8″W

Parking is available on first come first serve basis in surrounding streets.

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Walk and Talk Group – Art-Deco and Boulevards Walk, Saturday 26th November

The 1938 Stade Chaban-Delmas and surrounding district are a remarkable homogeneous Art-Déco ensemble (1930’s) with 150 typical houses. We’ll walk round the stadium which had a daring design for the time and round the residential streets next. We’ll have lunch close by and follow the boulevards to the east with interesting 1900-1940 architecture, to Barrière St Genès, a Compostella route landmark where we meet the B tram line from Talence-Gradignan. Bus 9 will take us back to Barrière d’Ornano and the A tram line.

Meeting time and place: 10.00 to 10.30 at Mérignac centre (A tram stop and relay car park close by) at the caféBrasserie at the cinema.  Then we’ll board tram A.

How to get there: tram A . Relay parks at the Le Haillan-Rostand, Les Pins, Mérignac centre; free parking possible 500m away but Saturday morning is market day.

How to join: contact Alain before Friday 18 November via e-mail at alain-eric.mounolou@orange.fr or by message on 06.41.43.87.88 (and note down number for D-day in case of emergency). Please indicate you phone contact.

Alain Mounolou – Association Secretary

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