Jazz Weekend Lenk

We had beautiful weather for the whole of the Jazz weekend in Lenk, not too hot and no rain. Everyone arrived in time for the warm welcome by Miriam the hotel manager, where we were served drinks and introduced to “Antonio” our waiter for the weekend. We then went through to the restaurant to have […]


Eleven members celebrated the Queen’s birthday on 26th June in Neuchâtel. In spite of the sweltering heat, the gardens at the Hotel du Peyrou were an oasis of peace and cool breezes, and we enjoyed Craig Penlington’s delicious snacks in the shade of the trees. By the way, he assured us that the Christmas puddings have […]

Festival des Roses

Estavayer, a small medieval town with its monastery (there are still 12 Dominican sisters in residence), château and pretty cobbled streets, sits above the southern shores of lake Neuchâtel. This is where our group met for Le Festival des Roses which takes place every two years in June. A rainy start for the group going […]

Funi’ Fondue 2019

On 15th February 12 of us caught the funiculaire and arrived at the Petit Hotel for our traditional fondue Neuchateloise. The moon was shining, the fields were covered in snow and we had a delightful stroll to the hotel. The fondue was excellent, the wine flowed, and the conversation was lively. An enjoyable evening! Joy […]

Pygmalion in Bern

11 BRA Members went to see a play at the Theater am Käfigturm in Berne on 24th January and what a great time we had! We were carried away in a dizzy whirl of laughter, love, folly, and wisdom. George Bernard Shaw wrote Pygmalion a hundred years ago and it reflects how our values have […]

C – Christmas Lunch

After the incredibly well organized and delicious Christmas lunch in 2017, 24 intrepid Christmas lunchers arrived in Neuchatel again to experience the wonderful warm welcome at the railway station. A band of perfect drivers picked us up there and drove us to the beautiful Hôtel Du Peyrou (www.dupeyrou.ch – highly recommended) where we had two […]

New Orleans Jazz Brunch

What better way than to spend a foggy and cold Sunday afternoon than amongst friends enjoying a Sunday brunch and listening to Marians Traditional Jazz Band That is what nine BRA members did on 25th November. We met at the Innere Enge Hotel in Berne at 11 am and were welcomed with a glass of champagne. […]

 Jazz weekend in Lenk

A merry band of BRA jazz aficionados, many on a repeat visit, made their way to the village of Lenk for the annual Jazz Tage in July. Once again impeccably organised by Joy Sandoz, the weekend group activities started with the reception apéro in our hotel, the Sporthotel Wildstrubel, where first-timers were welcomed, old friendships […]


On a beautiful mid summer’s evening on 20th June we celebrated our Queen’s birthday. The party was held in the gardens of the Hotel du Peyrou. It was a pleasant event, meeting old friends and enjoying the incomparable British humour. Joe smith proposed the loyal toast. Some of us stayed on till late in the […]