French Winetasting 31 May

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Boulogne, Saturday 27th June

We thought it was about time we organised another visit to France!

So we’ve arranged a day trip to the beautiful city of Boulogne on Saturday 27th June. There will be plenty of time to stroll around the medieval ramparts, do some shopping, practice your French and enjoy a leisurely meal before stopping off at a hypermarché on the way home. With the exchange rate where it is, this will be a most enjoyable trip. Tickets for members are only £35 each. For non-members the cost is £40, but if you make up a group of 4 or more we’ll give you the member rate. Children under 12 will only cost £10, so a great value family day out.

Tickets are available here on the website or at Threads.  Please book early as numbers are limited.


Bubbly, Boules and Brunch 2015: Sunday 6th September

BFA's ever-popular Bubbly, Boules and Brunch event will be held on Sunday 6th September from 11.30 to 16.00 at Lodgelands, Crawley Lane, Balcombe.

And we are doing a Hog Roast again!

We’re fast approaching our main event of the year - our Bubbly, Boules and Brunch on Sunday 6th September from 11.30am. We have a great hog roast for you (vegetarian alternative available) and a free glass of fizz plus the hotly contested boules match for the Jacquie Dickinson cup, all in the wonderful garden at Lodgelands - what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon?!  

If you haven't been before, it's an opportunity for us to get together, relax, have a leisurely brunch with a glass or two of bubbly and then take part in our eagerly awaited Boules competition.



This year we're doing a hog roast again with plenty of salads and vegetarian options. So that's Sunday lunch sorted! A complimentary glass of fizz on arrival, and a pay bar with beers and French wine will be available.

Just like last year, we will run a knock-out Boules competition throughout the day, although to simplify things we will have teams of two. Children can either take some of your turns or make up their own teams. The more the merrier. If you want to know the rules, have a look at the rules here. As you know, it is a game for all ages with no previous experience required. We'll supply the Boules and we'll explain the Rules (they are simple, really) so all you have to do is turn up. You can even bring your own boules if you want to. And what's more, the winning team will receive the Jacquie Dickinson trophy plus a box of chocolates for the team to share. There will also be prizes for Second and Third places.

We will also have a raffle for a bottle of champagne and a hamper of French goodies.

The emphasis is on family fun and we will have a game of French Cricket for the youngsters as well as the Boules competition.  Plus you'll have another chance to Splat the Oeuf, which went down so well at the Village Fete (if you don't know, it's a game where we try to land a boules on an egg!). We might even have another go at the egg catching competition!   

So we hope you will come prepared to have fun and to do battle for the prestigious trophy while enjoying a sumptuous brunch in the lovely setting of a fine Balcombe garden near you.

Tickets are only £8 for adult members (£10 for adult non-members) and a family ticket £20 with children under 18 (£25 for non-member family) and are available from Threads or via PayPal on our website. Children under 5 are free.

Please book your tickets soon to help with catering, or get in touch with a committee member. We look forward to seeing you all at Lodgelands, Crawley Lane (just follow the balloons)!

Remember to bring fold-up chairs and tables or a picnic rug if possible.

French Country Barn Dance

You are invited to come and join us for a festive

French Country Barn Dance

Featuring "Dancez Français" with their 9-member dance troupe and the 3-piece band "The Buzzniks"

THE BUZZNIKS             Dance Music from France and Brittany

Saturday 17th October 7pm–11pm

Victory Hall, Balcombe, RH17 6HP

£10 for members, £12 for non-members, £6 children under 16, under-5's free

which includes: 

Table d’hôte supper
Live Band and Caller

In addition: Bar/Soft drinks available

No experience or partner required - Dancing Optional!

Fun for all the family - children welcome

Tickets from Threads or via Paypal on our website

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Wine Tasting 15th May

We have a terrific wine tasting on Friday 15th May in a stunning Balcombe garden at the pinnacle of the azalea season!

Rosie and Phillip have offered us their wonderful garden at Forest Ridge for the evening, and if you haven’t been there you’ll be in for a real treat. We are delighted that the VineKing, a specialist wine merchant based in Reigate, will provide the wines for us and will tell you as much or as little as you want to know about what you are drinking.  There are likely to be a dozen different wines to sample, of all different types and styles, plus plenty of cheese and French bread.  An incredibly good value evening at just £15 per head for members and £16.50 for non-members, from 6.30pm onwards. What better way to start a weekend?!
Tickets are available here on the website or at Threads.  Please book early as numbers are limited.
  • Where: Forest Ridge, Paddockhust Lane, Balcombe
  • Time: 15th May, 6:30pm
  • Cost: £15 per head for members and £16.50 for non-members