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Join us for a MidSummer’s Eve Celebration Saturday 12 June!

A item from a fellow Commonwealth organization in the Bay Area.

Join us for our MidSummer’s Celebration at Tiburon’s historic Ark Row next Saturday! 
The afternoon will commence with music from the Prince Charles Pipe Band & Highland dancers followed by jazz from the John Kalleen Group. British influenced food & nibbles along with wine, beer & soft drinks will be available for purchase.
We are delighted to share that our guest of honor, HM Deputy British Consul General Tammy Sandhu will kick off the event!
Bring friends & family to experience British humor & hospitality. Everyone is encouraged to join in the raffle to help raise funds for our amazing charity! Some raffle prizes include: restaurant gift certificates, jewelry, bubbly, wine, & a wine tasting experience package, hampers full of British goodies, & more!
Useful Information
No Registration Required
This event is FREE to attend
  • There is a car park directly behind Ark Row, rates apply, generally fills up quickly on Saturday.
  • CVS parking lot at 1555 Tiburon Boulevard, $5 per day. After parking, cross Tiburon Boulevard and head towards the Post Office and Sea (to the left of and opposite side of Woodlands Market). Ark Row is just round the corner and the main festivities start about half way down – head towards Tiburon Wine Shop and Trinity House Paintings.
Please direct any questions about this event to info@bbsofca.org or call us at 415.421.7195.
A special thank you to our sponsors, entertainment & vendors who are helping us to bring our community together.
tel: 415.421.7195
British Benevolent Society, 35 Miller Avenue, #187, Mill Valley, CA 94941

May BBS Newsletter & Upcoming Events

A monthly newsletter from a service organization in the Bay Area that we do partner with on several events.

In April the BBS provided just under $13,000 in relief. This included two $1,500 Covid19 Grants as well as more traditional assistance in helping a Brit stranded at SFO.
Our most notable case this month involved providing assistance to a woman in her 70s. Ms. H suffered a stroke while she was alone in her apartment. Kaiser reached out to the BBS asking for financial assistance in covering costs for home care after Ms. H returned home. Because she did not have long term health care her ability to remain independent at home was limited. The Relief Committee provided a cash gift, hopefully giving Ms. H and her family a little respite as they assess the longer term implications of how life will now look. We wish her the best as she continues to make progress with her recovery.
We received two applications from essential workers who had contracted Covid19. They both worked at a grocery store and suffered tremendously after being infected by the virus. For one of them, returning to work has been close to impossible. She no longer remembers basic information, is exhausted and is undergoing long term treatment at UCLA. After receiving word that they would receive a Covid19 Grant, one recipient wrote:

I am lost for words and crying at the same time! THANK YOU! It will help so much. Seriously people have no idea how Covid affects your whole life and body.

The BBS worked with the Consulate in San Francisco to help repatriate a young man who was stranded at SFO after missing his connecting flight. He tried to rebook, but because the original booking was made through a 3rd party website, the airline was only willing to refund the 3rd party. He couldn’t afford to pay for a one way ticket to the UK and was also unaware of the required Covid test kit package needed to book ahead of arrival. The BBS helped by quickly paying for a new flight and the Covid test kit package.
We continue to receive ongoing requests for assistance. Many of the cases are not always caused by Covid but the circumstances are made worse as the pandemic continues to touch all levels of society. As always, thank you for your donations and support as the BBS continues to provide relief to Brits in need.
A big thank you to all who were able to join the BBS for our first ever Great British Bake Off! This was an incredibly fun event where bakers really went all out with their submissions.
Some baked goodies included:
Carrot Cake
Lemon Peep Cakes
Raspberry Soufflé
Bakewell Tarts
Cake Pops
Rum Cake
Blackberry Crumble
A big congratulations to our winners! Check out the recipes from our 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners! A special thank you to our amazing judge, Ian Archbell who was so entertaining and thorough with his evaluations. We can’t wait until next year!
1st place Simnel Cake, Isabella Cockerton!
2nd place: Karen Thomas,
Hot Cross Buns
3rd Place: Jane Brayon,
Swiss Rolls
When: Saturday 12 June
Where: Ark Row, Tiburon, California
When: 3-7PM
Registration: Free
Join us for an afternoon of entertainment, food, drinks and fun on historic Ark Row in Tiburon.
This event is free and registration is not required. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. As always, we welcome any donations to the BBS.
Further details about the event can be found on our website.
When: Sunday 17 October
Where: Marin County, Routes Announced Closer to the Date
Registration: Announced Closer to the Date
Mark your calendars and join the BBS for a bike ride! There will be three options available:
  • 5-10 Mile
  • 40 Mile
  • 60 Mile
This family friendly event is still in planning stages and we will be in touch with further details.
Tuesday 19 October
Annual General Meeting
Please mark this date for our annual meeting.
Who We Are & How We Help
In 2020 the BBS provided just under $130,000 in aid including forty three $1,500 Covid19 Grants. This pandemic still ravages through communities throughout the world and we continue to deliver immediate assistance to British nationals who simply have no where else to turn.
Please help us continue to spread the word about the BBS. If you are in a position to make a donation, the time is now.
The British Benevolent Society
Did you know that you need to reset your AmazonSmile charity of choice every six months? By designating the BBS as your preferred charity on AmazonSmile you are making a simple and easy donation!
Don’t forget that you will need to set up the BBS as your charity of choice on your mobile device as well.
Make the change today!
British Benevolent Society | 415.421.7195 | info@bbsofca.org |www.bbsofca.org
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British Benevolent Society | 35 Miller Avenue#187Mill Valley, CA 94941

Join us for a MidSummer’s Eve Celebration!

An item from the local British Benevolent Society, who are a partner on several events with our branch.

The British Benevolent Society MidSummer’s Celebration at Tiburon’s historic Ark Row will be a unique showcase of British goods and Scottish bagpipes and dancers along with a jazz quintet. Scones and cream, wine and beer available for purchase. Bring friends and family to experience British humor and hospitality AND join in the raffle to help raise funds for this charity!
FREE to attend and guests are encouraged to consider making a donation to the BBS.
tel: 415.421.7195
British Benevolent Society, 35 Miller Avenue, #187, Mill Valley, CA 94941

The Queen’s Easter Message

A note from the British Benevolent Society here in San Francisco for this Easter Sunday.

Earlier today, Queen Elizabeth II made a special address. She decided to record the message after all Church of England churches were closed this weekend. The Queen speaks of light overcoming darkness, and the hope that Easter symbolises, in a special message recorded to mark the Easter weekend.
If you did not have a chance to listen to the piece, or would like to listen once more, you can listen here.
“May the living flame of Easter hope be a steady guide as we face the future.”
LISTEN! Queen Elizabeth Easter Message 2020
British Benevolent Society of California
British Benevolent Society | 369 Pine Street, Suite 103, San Francisco, CA 94104