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 ( – 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 […]

Gurlitt Legacy Visit – Part 2

It was a beautiful sunny day when seven intrepid English speakers met up to descend into the basement of the Kunst Museum Bern to see the second part of the Gurlitt Legacy collection. Some outstanding gems delighted us and an excellent audio guide was very informative. Two good films, one a Swiss German production and […]

Chaplin’s World

Thirty-three of us from all over Switzerland signed up for the BRA sell-out trip on 20 April to the internationally renowned Chaplin’s World at Vevey. It’s a place my wife and I had been talking about visiting for several years and when I read about the planned visit in the BRA Bulletin it was just the incentive […]

Visit to the Gurlitt Legacy Collection in Berne

16 BRA members met at the Kunstmuseum for a guided tour of the first part of the Gurlitt collection. We had a very knowledgeable guide who gave us a detailed lesson in the history and politics in Germany in the years leading to the Second World War. So many things that we had learnt but […]