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Swiss Benevolent Society’s Annual Afternoon Tea Party at the Embassy – 2018

SBS Tea Party 2018

Alexandre Fasel, Ambassador of Switzerland to the United Kingdom (4th from left)
with the Trustees of the Society.

 

To honor a group of Swiss citizens celebrating their birthday – 80th, 85th, 90th and onwards, the Swiss Benevolent Society hosted on 14 June 2018 the Society’s Annual Afternoon Tea Party held at the Swiss Embassy. It was delightful to celebrate our guests birthdays all together and to see everyone enjoying the interactive conversation session with the Ambassador, musical entertainment, Swiss wine, English High Tea and new acquaintances. We, the Trustees, were enchanted by the many beautiful stories shared by some of the 68 guests, openly speaking about their Swiss history and how they came to live in London. We have already received many thank you notes; and on behalf of the Swiss Benevolent Society, it genuinely was our pleasure to spend the afternoon celebrating a special milestone birthday with you.

Suzanne Egloff
Chairman of the Swiss Benevolent Society

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Dear Petra,
It was lovely to meet you and on behalf of all three of us I would like to say ‘thank you’ for making it possible and that we had a lovely afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Everyone made us feel so welcome and we felt proud to be Swiss. Thank you again and hopefully see you in another five years!
With very best wishes D., K. 

Thank you for a wonderful afternoon meeting so many compatriots and catch up about our “long lives” in the UK. It will stay in my memory forever!
Yours M. B.

Dear Mrs S M Egloff, Swiss Benevolent Society,
Just a few words to say many grateful thanks for the lovely Tea Party you so kindly arranged for us all.
It was very nice to see Petra, she visited me several times in my old house and in my little flat, Petra is so
very kind. It makes me proud to be Swiss.
Many thanks to all your team.
Yours sincerely M. K.
Ps. Also my son enjoyed the afternoon. Thanks to the Ambassador to talk to us.

Dear Suzanne and Team,
Just a quick line to say thank you for the wonderful Tea Party at the Embassy earlier this month. Stephanie and I enjoyed it very much. We look forward to seeing you next year!
Best wishes to all A. D.

Dear Suzanne Egloff!
I would like to say thank you for inviting us once again to the Party in the Swiss Embassy. It was lovely to meet people from over Switzerland and hear their stories. We had a very nice time.
Best regards from Mr and Mrs G.

Dear Petra,
Both my friend R. M. and myself thoroughly enjoyed this year’s Annual Tea Party. The refreshments were delicious, and we appreciated the afternoon’s entertainment and fellowship. It was a delightful surprise to receive the photographic memento of the occasion.
Meanwhile I enclose a cheque as a donation from us both.
With best wishes to Suzanne M Egloff and yourself, kindest regards from D. H.

Dear Mrs K-C
Thank you very much for your letter of 3rd July enclosing the lovely photos. We also looked at the website of the Swiss Benevolent Society.
The Tea Party on the 14th June was a great success and both my Husband and I enjoyed it really very much.
I keep the society in very good memory as I worked there as a secretary for 19 months.
Please find enclosed a cheque in aid of the Swiss Benevolent Society.
With kind regards, yours sincerely, R. M. B.

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Swiss Benevolent Society’s Annual Afternoon Tea Party at the Embassy – 2017

SBS TeaParty 2017On 8 June 2017 the Swiss Benevolent Society UK welcomed a group of Swiss citizens in honor of their birthdays – 80th, 85th, 90th and onwards, to celebrate at the Society’s annual Afternoon Tea Party held at the Swiss Embassy. It was wonderful to celebrate their birthdays together and to see everyone enjoying the entertainment, Swiss wine, English High Tea and new acquaintances. We, the Trustees, were delighted to learn the many beautiful stories of all the compatriots who attended (the largest turn out so far 77 guests) and their Swiss history and how they came to live in London. We have already received a flurry of thank you messages; and on behalf of the Swiss Benevolent Society, we must sincerely say the pleasure was ours.

Suzanne Egloff
Chairman of the Swiss Benevolent Society

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Dear Mrs Egloff,
Thank you for inviting me to the Tea Party in the Swiss Embassy. My Husband and I had a most enjoyable afternoon, meeting lots of lovely people. I have been living in London for 70 years but I still get a proud feeling when I see the Swiss Flag.
Best regards, M.G.

Dear Petra,
Thank you again for a wonderful afternoon last Thursday. My son and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. All you hard work was very much appreciated and a great success too. Please pass on our thanks to all.
Best wishes, A. D.

Dear Sirs,
We very much enjoyed the Tea on June the 8th. It was beautifully done. Everyone from personnel to personalities was charming and welcoming.
Thank you, yours faithfully, A. E.

Dear Mrs Egloff,
Many thanks for the lovely Birthday Party, it was my second one, the last time was my 85th.
Yours sincerely, M. P.

AGM 2017

SBS AGM 2017

Swiss Benevolent Society’s Annual Afternoon Tea Party at the Embassy – 2016

SBS Tea Party 2016

On 14 June 2016 the Swiss Benevolent Society welcomed a group of senior Swiss citizens celebrating their 80th, 85th, 90th and onwards, birthdays to the Society’s annual Afternoon tea party held at the Swiss Embassy.

It was wonderful to celebrate their birthdays together and it was interesting to get to know so many people. We, the Trustees, were delighted to learn the many beautiful stories of all the compatriots who attended (the largest turn out so far) and their Swiss history and how they came to live in London. We have already received a flurry of thank you replies; and on behalf of the Swiss Benevolent Society, we must sincerely say the pleasure was ours.

Suzanne Egloff
Chairman of the Swiss Benevolent Society

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I would like to thank you for putting on such a fabulous event. Everybody present clearly had a terrific time. I think you have provided a much-needed boost to a number of people who don’t get many opportunities to socialise, at their age. My mother, myself and everyone on our table had a great time and also made new friends. I love Switzerland and am proud of my Swiss roots. I have wanted to become more actively involved in Swiss cultural activities for ages. The Swiss Benevolent Society do a great deal of good work and have kick-started my active involvement! Please let me know how I could get involved as a volunteer.
I. H.

I enjoyed my afternoon and want to thank you and everyone involved in preparing this event which was a great success.
E. B.

Thank you for your kind invitation. It was such an enjoyable occasion.
C. G. P.

We would like to say a big thank you to the SBS Team for the lovely Tea Party. Everything was so beautifully done and well presented. We also enjoyed meeting friends old and new. We look forward to seeing you all again in the not too distant future.
A. D. and S. B.

It was lovely to meet you again, after five years!  My mother and myself enjoyed ourselves very much.  The food, the quiz, the music, and especially the company, it really was an excellent couple of hours. It really has turned out to become an annual success. My employer operates an “Employee Matching Fund” and I’m happy to arrange a donation. Ch. O. Thank you very much for the invitation and the most enjoyable afternoon. I appreciate the extremely hard work to make this event such a success. With my best wishes,
F. L.

My husband and I so very much enjoyed the Afternoon Tea Party. Lovely and good entertainment. We met some very interesting and congenial people at our table. A really good afternoon!
D. A.

Swiss Benevolent Society’s Annual Afternoon Tea Party at the Embassy – 2015

SBS Tea Party 2015

On 17 June the Swiss Benevolent Society (SBS) hosted its Annual Senior Citizens’ Tea Party at the Swiss Embassy in London. This event is gaining in popularity every year with now over 50 guests attending. Brief welcomes were extended by Ambassador H.E. Dominik Furgler. He introduced the new SBS Chairman, Suzanne Egloff who at the recent Society’s Board Meeting was duly elected following the retirement of Alan Martin who served the Society over 12 years. At the same time he thanked Mr Martin for his tremendous commitment to the Society. Mrs Egloff explained the various ways in which the UK Society helps the Swiss expat community. The principal aim of the Society is to enhance the quality of life of fellow Swiss, old and young, from all walks of life, who are experiencing difficulties. It supports and informs its compatriots about issues of concern and interests through the work of its Welfare Officer and public seminars.

The Society’s Welfare Officer, Petra Kehr-Cocks, was on hand to revitalise existing contacts and to make new acquaintances. In addition, representatives of the Consulate were also in attendance to address any formal issues, as were also some of the charity’s trustees.  

After a toast to the birthday guests with sparkling Swiss wine everyone tucked into sandwiches and scones. This was followed by a quiz and a session of bingo. The party closed with a sing-along of a selection of popular Swiss songs and on leaving each guest received a bag of Swiss “goodies”. A wonderful time was had by all.

Suzanne Egloff
Chairman of the Swiss Benevolent Society

Swiss Benevolent Society’s Annual Tea Party at the Embassy

SBS Tea Party 2014

On 9 July 2014 the Swiss Benevolent Society hosted its Annual Senior Citizens’ Tea Party at the Swiss Embassy in London. A wonderful time was had by all (see photos above). 

Alan P Martin
President of the Swiss Benevolent Society

Quotes copied from „Thank You“ letters

  • I attended the Afternoon Tea with my son John. It was such a fabulous occasion, impressively organised, very much enjoyed.
  • We felt royalty entertained with fun and games and offered the most delectable teatime fare any Michelin star restaurant would be proud to serve.
  • My son and I were overwhelmed by the care taken to make the afternoon exceptionally memorable.
  • The event seemed to be thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. The atmosphere in the room spoke volumes.
  • I rarely manage to get out, so yesterday was an enormous treat for me, and the first time for years that I could come up to London.
  • For me the songs reminded me of some happy occasions during my childhood.
  • I particularly loved the sing along accompanied on your splendid grand piano.
  • It was interesting to meet so many Compatriots and we both enjoyed the Afternoon Tea very much.
  • Splendid Tea Party!
  • As well as learning about the Swiss Benevolent Society, we had most interesting conversations with those sitting near us.
  • It was good to speak to fellow compatriots.
  • We enjoyed the Quiz to test our memories and general knowledge in a great variety of spheres.
  • My friend Julie was delighted to win the Bingo price!
  • Great goodies in the Swiss bag!
  • I found the outing stimulating and wholly enjoyable, I am most appreciative of your warm reception.
  • Please send me the form to complete to donate to the Society, under the “Gift Aid” scheme.

Selected and put together by Jeannette Crosier

The Senior Swiss Citizens’ annual Tea Party 2013

was again a great success. More than 30 local Swiss compatriots celebrating their 80th, 85th and 90th birthdays in 2013 accepted the invitation from the Swiss Benevolent Society London. The event was heralded as particularly special as this was the first opportunity for the older Swiss generation to meet the newly appointed Ambassador, Dominik Furgler. During the afternoon guests were informed about the work of the Society and opportunities to receive financial support. The group of expats was particularly interested in the Society’s visiting service to compatriots in their homes.

The Senior Swiss Citizens’ annual Tea Party 2013

SBS Welfare Officer, Petra Kehr Cocks, in conversation with guests.

Quotes

“You really smothered us with wonderful food, drinks, games and gifts, all very Swiss!”

“The songs we sang reminded me so much of my childhood in Switzerland.”

“It was my actual birthday, thank you for laying out such a party!”

Annual General Meetings

The AGM was held on 17 May 2016 at the Swiss Embassy in London. The Annual Report 2015 can be downloaded from this website, please click here

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