New Year Get Together

Our New Year Get-Together on 6 January at the British Cheese Centre attracted over 15 members, friends and a dog. We were delighted to see the former owner, Michael Jones, back at the helm and he charmed us all with his charism and anecdotes about cheeses, their success and their provenance. The Centre celebrates its […]

Christmas Dinner

The Region’s highlight at the end of 2016 was a most enjoyable Christmas Dinner organized by Pam Walsh and Rosemary Billinge on 14 December and attended by some 40 members.  This splendid traditional meal was followed by a fun-filled evening of  which encouraged everyone to participate in the true spirit of Christmas; all seemed to thoroughly […]

Christmas Lunch and Chocolate Extravaganza

A group of us made sure not to order a pudding or ice cream at the Christmas lunch, as we were going on to a chocolate making workshop at the Laderach/Poyet chocolate shop in Vevey town centre. Mr Blaise Poyet, of the famous chocolate family no less, introduced himself as our instructor. He began by […]

Jazz Evening in Berne

A cold wet evening on 9 November saw twelve intrepid BRA fans of jazz descend for the third time from different areas of Switzerland on the Hotel Innere Enge in Berne for an evening concert in the celebrated Marian’s Jazz Cellar.  A tasty early supper in the restaurant prepared us for the early evening concert, […]

Joint BRA/ RAFA/ RBL Lunch

Over 37 members and guests travelled from far and wide, some braving torrential rain, to attend the traditional annual Joint BRA/RBL/RAFA lunch at the Kongresshaus, Zurich, on 5 November.  The lunch is held each year not only for the pleasure of a fine meal in good company but also to pay tribute to the work, […]

Golfers, Hackers & Walkers in Chessel

Well, we had the golfers, hackers and walkers but the weather on Tuesday 25 October was certainly not conducive to a nice day outside. So, we deferred the event until Saturday, 29 October when the day dawned cool but sunny. Six of us turned up for a pleasant game at the small Chessel golf course […]

An Evening with Bacchus

The sun had just set as we arrived at the Domaine des Biolles in Founex/ Chataignieraz on 26 October and as we entered the carnotzet, a warmer and more welcoming sight could not have met our eyes.  The beautiful old oak timbers, the warmly coloured flagstone floor, the smiling faces, the long table filled with […]

Charlie Chaplin’s World

Charlie Chaplin, born in Walworth, London, in 1889, spent most of his working life in the USA until 1952 when, during the McCarthy communist witch hunts, his US visa was revoked. Forced to sell up in Hollywood he had to find another country to live in. Switzerland appealed because of, he is quoted as saying, […]

Round Table Plus

Romandie East met as usual for their monthly Round Table on the 7th of the month.Our two new members joined us for a drink and also brought along their very well behaved dog. We also had another new British arrival to Sion town, he had seen our poster at the “Bureau de l’intégration” while registering at […]