Around Gaillac in May

Our first full event of 2020, arranged by Committee member Christopher Boddington, will be a trip on Wednesday 6 May to the Gaillac region. Details have been sent to members.

Arrangements include:

The 2020 AGM will take place in either the first or the second week of September at Restaurant l’Atelier, 62 D14, 24560 Issigeac. Further details will be on this Website as soon as we have them.

BCC Brexit update and Embassy Meetings

We have received the following from the BCC as a BCC member:

Dear All,

Please note the following three items.

Firstly, you will find linked an important article prepared by our Vice-Chairman, Christopher Chantrey, about the post Brexit situation. Please circulate this to all your members.

Secondly, Philippa Tomlin, Regional Consular Policy Adviser from the British Embassy confirms two upcoming Embassy Outreach meetings,

27th February    Agen 6p.m.

9th March, La Rochelle 12.30 pm

Details of both meetings can be found on the BCC Facebook page.

You should register as a legal resident in your country of residence see Living in Guides on GOV.UK.

Finally, please save the confirmed date for the BCC AGM at the British Embassy Residence on Tuesday 21st April at 5.30 p.m. 

We look forward to seeing you there.

Best regards,

Janet

BCC Honorary Secretary

 

A small plea

Subscriptions for 2020. The annual sub of 10 euros is now due. We need your support, even at the paltry sum of 10 euros a year, to cover prepayments for events, guest speakers, overheads, and the occasional charitable donation. Even if you are not able or do not wish to attend an event, your contribution will be much appreciated, it being inequitable that some members pay and some do not.

Details have been sent by email to members by our Honorary Secretary Nigel Griffin.

Villa Arnaga

A hot 4th July did not deter a group of members and partners from driving into the far south west of our region to enjoy the delights of the French Basque countryside around Cambo and the city pleasures of Bayonne. The highlight of our day at Cambo was a visit to Edmond Rostand’s Villa Arnaga, with its superb gardens featuring a thousand Hortensias, and a French garden with its pergola, canal and water mirror leading to the house and surrounded by beautifully laid-out beds.

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In 1902, the immense success of Cyrano de Bergerac enabled Rostand and his wife Rosamonde to design and have built a magnificent house in the Basque style, with splendid interiors (see the web site), further embellished by recently restored fairy-tale decor by the then-contemporary caricaturist Jean Veber.

This visit was preceded by a good lunch in the Hotel Bellevue, which does indeed have a fine panoramic view of Cambo Bas and the sight of circling vultures (our lunch nevertheless untroubled!).

The day ended with a committee meeting enhanced by tapas and wine in the Hotel des Basses-Pyrennees in Bayonne. Many thanks to Marion for organising us so efficiently.