We are the Association Bordeaux British Community, a long-established social association for English speakers in Bordeaux, the Gironde and beyond. We organise a full programme of varied activities where you will be able to meet people (Covid permitting!), share experiences, get to know the area more and enjoy yourselves!  Join the Association Bordeaux British Community here

In these unsettled times it may be helpful to refer to some of our articles about Covid  here and Residency  here

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

(For BBC Members, full details of all events are in the latest Newsletter here  A new password for 2021 was distributed by email on the 17th February.  If you have mislaid this password please click here)


BBC Walk and Talk: Talence, Friday, 14h 26th February 2021

We will be walking from the Talence University Campus to the Châteaux Peixotto During the talk, Alain will be presenting the past and present of the area. Once a hunting territory for the Black Prince and later a land of vineyards and country houses, Talence was chosen after WW II to expand Bordeaux University in an American-inspired way. We will start the walk at 14.00 hr from the Forum B Tram stop in front of the church to end at the graceful Château Peixotto built in the 1760s, now the Mairie Arts-et-Métiers

Tram B et bus 43, parking derrière le cinéma ‘le Forum’ rue Pierre Noailles, bus 10, 21 are nearby. Masks are to be worn and social distancing respected.

Enrolment : E-mail Alain at alain-eric.mounolou@orange.fr or message/call him on 06.44.80.43.22. Provide your mobile phone number in case of emergency on the day.


Quiz Night: Wednesday Evenings Weekly at 18:00 – Next Meeting 24th February

The Virtual Pub Quizzes have become a regular fun event and take place on a weekly basis every Wednesday evening at 18h and lasting about 45 minutes to 1 hour max. For December, quizzes are planned for  2nd, 9th and 16th. They will restart after the holidays on January 6th.
Widen your horizons! eg When did Switzerland join the UN? 1952 or 1972 or 2002? 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 contact details of the organiser, the zoom link and  questions relating to the quiz please click here:  Virtual Pub Quiz details

“The Novel Idea” Book Club: Evenings Monthly – Next Meeting 2nd March, 2021

The Novel Idea book club will be meeting via zoom to discuss the monthly books at 18h/6pm on the following dates: February 9th: The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia (Henley presenting) March 2nd:  A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (Annette Herholdt Presenting) April 6th: Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky (Emma presenting)

Feel free to join for one or all of the meetings!  If you need any help with Zoom then one of the members can meet with you privately to help you understand the platform. In order to join please send an email to Henley at newsletter@bordeauxbritish.com confirming your presence and a link will be sent to you on the day of the meeting.

 


The Street Art of Bordeaux: Virtual Zoom Meeting, Friday 5th March at 19h

Street art is a form of artwork that is displayed in public on surrounding buildings, on streets, trains, and on other publicly viewed surfaces. Many instances come in the form of guerrilla art, which is intended to make a personal statement about the society that the artist lives within. The work has moved from the beginnings of graffiti and vandalism to new modes where artists work to bring messages, or just beauty, to an audience.

Some artists may use “smart vandalism” as a way to raise awareness of social and political issues, whereas other artists use urban space as an opportunity to display personal artwork. Artists may also appreciate the challenges and risks that are associated with installing illicit artwork in public places. A common motive is that creating art in a format that utilizes public space allows artists who may otherwise feel disenfranchised to reach a much broader audience than other styles or galleries would allow.” – Wikipedia

Join us on a virtual visit of the street art in Bordeaux and a look at the artists that have made their name in the city.  You will learn about the political messages, historical links and conspiracy theories that will make you look at Bordeaux as you have never seen it before.

To register please email Henley at henleyparis@gmail.com
The Zoom link will be sent out on the day.


Mérignac Parc du Château and town centre: Wednesday 10 March at 14h

Meeting place and time: Mérignac centre A tram stopstarting at 14.00 sharp. Also bus 1, relay carpark close by.

We’ll start from the Mérignac centre with its two churches, its old Art-Nouveau Mairie Art-Nouveau which has been spectacularly modernised and its post-war urban development. We will walk to the park of a former country house.

Contact Alain Mounolou à alain-eric.mounolou@orange.fr , or SMS/voice message at 06.44.80.43.22. Make sure you leave your mobile phone number in case of emergency on D-day.    

 


Climate Change Debate, by Zoom, on Monday, 22nd March at 19h

Join us on Zoom, when we will have as our guest speaker Ian Cunningham BSc, PhD.

Following on from last November’s, well attended, Zoom on A Plastic Free World, we address another aspect of the environmental issues facing the world today

This time, Ian will be asking the question “Are we really in a climate emergency?” What is the Evidence? This fantastic insight into climate behaviour and data gathering over the years, will leave you asking more questions and questioning the information that you hear from politicians and read/hear about in the press and media.

Ian is not an expert on the subject, but he has retained a keen interest in science, how it is conducted and how it is reported.

This is of course very topical with the UK hosting the Climate Change Conference later this year.  Please join us in numbers to show Ian how important this subject is to the BBC.

You can register to receive your Zoom link by emailing Gary on webmaster@bordeauxbritish.com


“Folies Bourgeoises des Boulevards de Bordeaux” Friday 26 March at 14h

Join us for a walk which highlights the “Middle-class architectural fancy of the Bordeaux Boulevards”.

Starting time and place: 14h at the Barrière du Médoc D tram stop on the Bordeaux side.   There is a stop for Bus 9, and also a carpark close-by.

Between 1860 and 1910, the boulevards established the limit between Bordeaux and its suburbs with a wide, tree-lined ring road with a series of’ toll gates called barrières’, .

Architects sometimes indulged their fancies as this was a prize building area. Those were the days.

 

Contact Alain Mounolou à alain-eric.mounolou@orange.fr , or SMS/voice message at 06.44.80.43.22. Make sure you leave your mobile phone number in case of emergency on D-day.                  


GOLF SECTION

Golf in recent months for various reasons has been a little slow, weather, injuries, and now the dreaded bug.

Golf course to be arranged and date,  There may be restrictions regarding  grouping numbers.

If you are up for a game or just want to join us for the walk and the exercise, please contact Brian with your preferences Brian Mason – email golfsecretary@bordeauxbritish.com