Hokusai, Hiroshige, Utamaro Exhibition Visit

It was a perfect outing for a chilly grey January day to see this exhibition in Milan on 12 January. A few lucky BRA members were able to immerse themselves in another world, the world of ukiyo, translated as floating world. Stepping back in history over 300 years to a Japan in isolation, Sakoku, meaning […]

Giacometti Exhibition

As was to be expected last January, it was a beautifully documented exhibition and with the excellent audio equipment which the Gallery provided we did not have to join the crowded guided tour. Instead we wandered at our own pace, learning about Giacometti’s life and work in Paris, his unique style, and how he became […]

Monthly Round Table – Sion

It is now a year since we began the Round Tables meetings in Sion on the 7th of every month. As numbers have grown and new members have joined, we made the decision to move to the meetings to another establishment also open seven days a week, more comfortable and able cope with our growing […]

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 […]