Dear BRA Members,    Easter Day is a Christian festival which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The holiday falls on 4 April this year and is celebrated across the globe. According to the New Testament, Easter occurs three days after the crucifixion of Jesus by the Romans at Calvary 30 AD.   Whatever your […]

Message from the BRA Chairwoman

Time to update the letter on the Website. With such lovely weather today it didn’t take me long to find the appropriate picture depicting the present situation of snow in the mountains and flowers in the valleys. Probably a bit early to get the deckchairs out but it certainly cheers one up after the long […]

Happy New Year! and Information for UK nationals

Her Majesty’s Ambassador, Jane Owen, and everyone at the Embassy wishes you and your loved ones all the best for the New Year! As the Brexit Transition Period comes to an end on the 31st of December, we will continue to work hard to ensure that you have the information you need about living in Switzerland. […]

December Message from the Chairwoman

Dear Members, Sadly, we are not much further with the Corona situation since the last time I wrote to you with the BRA news. We have to inform you that our Secretary, Heidi Bigmore has resigned, it has not been an easy time for any of us. We would like to thank Heidi for her […]

Message from Ambassador Jane Owen

Dear friends, As we all turn our eyes to the festive season, I wanted to wish all members of the British Residents’ Association a very happy and safe Christmas and New Year.  I hope you have the chance to enjoy some time – either in person or virtually – with your families and friends, and […]

UK State Pension and Benefits post Brexit.

The BRA Council thought it would be useful to publish the following extracts from the UK government’s website gov.uk. They concern the UK State Pension and Benefits payable to UK expats living in Switzerland.  ““Living in the EEA or Switzerland by 31 December 2020 If you are a UK national living in an EEA state or Switzerland by 31 […]

Remembrance Day Service in Vevey

The BRA has received a letter from HM Ambassador Jane Owen concerning the Remembrance Day Service in Vevey. See below. I know that each and everyone of us will take time out to remember those who fought in the past wars and those left behind on the home front to carry on during those hard years, and of course not to forget […]


Dear Members, By now you will all have read that Graham Robertson has stepped down as Chairman and as Vice Chairperson I have stepped up and taken over as Acting Chairwoman until the next AGM. Our thanks go to Graham for all he has done for the BRA since he became Chairman 4 years ago […]

Personal Message from Graham Robertson

Dear BRA Members,  I regret that personal circumstances have led me to resign from the BRA Council and as your Chairman. Although I was working towards retiring some time next year, I have had to bring my plans forward. Let me assure you that this in no way results from any reduction in my continuing […]


Heidi Bigmore, our new BRA Secretary, has UK and Swiss nationality, was born in England, educated in Scotland and lives with her family near to Schaffhausen. When younger, she lived in a number of European countries and she moved to Switzerland to work in 1994. Heidi is fluent in spoken and written German, has a […]