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, […]

Afternoon Tea for the Queen

We celebrated HM the Queen’s 90th birthday on 16 April with afternoon tea in St. Andrews Church Community Centre. Well over 80 happy people attended, ranging in age from 2 to 95 years, representing different nationalities and over 12 different organizations in the nearby area. An efficient kitchen team baked, served and washed up and […]

Garden Visit to Waterfall Plaza

On a warm sunny afternoon on 22 March a small but dedicated group of BRA members visited this world-famous garden which was looking extraordinarily beautiful.  This was in spite of a massive snow fall during the night of 4 to 5 March which broke off many flower-laden branches with the weight of the snow.  Our […]

Tea Party – A Great British Tradition

There’s nothing better than drinking tea, eating scones and having lively conversation with friends on a rainy and blustery afternoon, and that is exactly what a group of us did on 9 February.  We were delighted to discover that the Mac Tanner English Tea Room, tucked away in Dornach, not far from Basle, allowed us […]

Scones and Strawberry Tea

Once again we were lucky with the weather, so the garden could be enjoyed, although some escaped the heat to sit indoors. 33 people were present, mainly from the BRA and friends, but also three members from the Glarus English Speaking Club, and two delightful granddaughters who were kept busy the whole afternoon filling up […]

Kangaroo Fondue in the Scex quarter

For the B.R.A. section Romandie East, Deborah Schmidhalter assembled 13 residents of Valais, Vaud and Britain for a fondue in Sion on 17 March 2015. In the Scex* quarter of the town, the Hotel du Rhône has a restaurant specialized in very reasonably priced meat fondues, including Baccus, bourgignonne, Chinese and fish. From our table we had a […]