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 […]

UK Embassy Q & A Session

The UK Embassy will hold another Facebook Q&A. To afford BRA members the opportunity to ask any questions they may have regarding living in Switzerland after the transition period, the Embassy will accept questions by email to if submitted before 6 October.   


Regrettably, the continuing COVID-19 saga has forced us to cancel the BRA AGM and Lunch due to be held in the Kreuz Hotel, Bern on 23 May 2020. It is unlikely that we will be able to come together for an AGM within the next few months. Various options are being considered to provide BRA […]


BRA is monitoring the propagation of Covid-19 in our area and taking seriously the effect that it could have on our members and BRA activities. Based on Swiss government advice, there are currently no plans to postpone or cancel any upcoming BRA events but we need to keep the situation under review in case that advice […]

The British Embassy Berne wishes you a happy New Year!

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 UK leaves the EU, we will continue to work hard to ensure that you have the information you need about living in Switzerland after Brexit. We have summarised the most […]

Noreen Marie Lucas

Noreen Marie Lucas 2nd May 1973 — 21st November 2019 (Noreen’s family asked me to prepare some words to say at her funeral on 27th November. Although I did not speak, here is what I would have said on your behalf.) I first met Noreen when she was manning the Welcome Desk at the 2012 […]

Upcoming roadshows by UK Embassy, Bern.

The UK Embassy in Bern is running another series of roadshows around Switzerland and Liechtenstein during October 2019.    City Date Registration Link Facebook Live Q&A 24 September 2019, 6:00 – 7:00pm (CEST) Join here Berne 1 October 2019, 6:00 – 8:00pm (CEST) Sign up here Geneva 3 October 2019, 6:00 – 8:00pm (CEST) Sign […]