Summer Barbeque

Once again we got together for the traditional summer BBQ at the Eisweiher hut in Riehen. In contrast to last year, where we suffered continuous rain, and many previous years where we always had to seek the shade, this year the skies where largely clear and the sun out. However, there was a cold Northwest wind […]

A sumptuous Tea Party

A glorious summer’s afternoon on 6 August saw a dozen BRA members from several cantons converging on Rosemary and Paul Bissigger’s verdant garden in Echandens, near Lausanne, for what turned out to be a highly convivial afternoon tea. And by afternoon tea, we don’t mean the kind of meagre affair served up at the Ritz […]

Visit to the Rietberg Museum

The visit to the Gardens of the World exhibition at the Rietberg Museum in Zurich on 28 July went well with a reasonable attendance. We joined a large group with a German speaking guide but in the end most people made their own way around since the exhibits were well described on both English and […]

A mountain Idyll

Whoever is up there looking after the weather was kind to us on 9 July as we gathered for pre-lunch drinks generously offered by Romandie West Regional Chairman, Michael Bruce, and his wife, Antonia, in the garden of their delightful converted farmhouse home in Mollens. It was one of those balmy summer days that one […]

Fork and Bottle Lunch

Sitting in the garden of the Fork and Bottle Restaurant in Zurich on 5 July with sweeping views of the distant Allmend – the range of hills which extend along the Sihl Valley from Zurich to Sihlbrugg – we enjoyed the F & B speciality – fish and chips with mushy peas. BRA members and […]

Queen’s Birthday Party

To celebrate the 90th birthday of HM The Queen, the Northwest region organized a very special QBP this year on 23 June at the Grandhotel Les Trois Rois in the centre of Basle.Guest of Honour was HE The British Ambassador David Moran, who also proposed the Loyal Toast.  Official cantonal greetings were also ably presented by […]

BRA and ST. Edwards Church joint QBP

A traditional cream tea party was hosted in the compound of St Edward’s Anglican Church on a beautiful and hot summer afternoon on 23 June to mark HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday. It developed into a three-fold event starting in the back garden where tea with British home-made sandwiches, scones,cakes, meringues and cream were served: […]

QBP and Croquet

A VERY BRITISH DAY Pimms, picnicking, scones with strawberry jam and cream, darts and croquet; how British can you get but that was the way it was on 12 June for Romandie East’s celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday at Chalais in the Valais. Welcomed by Regional Chairman, Andrew Konecki, and his ever efficient right […]

A Royal Buffet

Following the success of her themed St. Patrick’s Day Lunch, Sandra Darra MBE, organized an old time street party lunch in honour of Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th Birthday. It was scheduled to be held in Sandra’s garden but alas, the rain fell on Friday, 3 June, and so cooks, bottle washers, servers, decamped to […]

The Queen’s 90th. Birthday celebrated in Style

The stately Maison de Maitre built in 1845 at Genthod, now housing the Geneva English School, was the venue on 28 May for the celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday. The organizing committee, formed by the Romandie West Region under the chairmanship of Michael Bruce, included Swiss branches of the Royal British Legion, […]