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3 Mar 2020 11:35 AM | Tim Reynolds

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  • 21 Sep 2022 12:05 PM | Tim Reynolds (Administrator)

    The next event of the Art Society Brussels will take place on the evening of Wednesday 12 October 2022 from 19h30 with a talk by Georgina Bexon: "Land of the Monkey God - The Art and Architecture of Sri Lanka".

    This talk examines the fascinating story of Sri Lankan art and the original minds, talents and spirits that inspired it.

    Doors open at 19h30 with refreshments available and teh talk will start at 20h00 and teh venue is the Conference Room in the Maison Communale of Woluwe St. Lambert, 2 avenue Paul Hymans, 1200 Woluwe St. Lambert. Easy parking is available in the vicinity and it is well served by public transport (Metro Line 1 at  Tomberg and Bus 28).

    The event is free for members of the Society and guests are welcome with an entry fee of Eur 15 payable at the door.

    Early bird annual membership for the 2022-2023 is available at Eur 85 until the end of September (reduced from the normal Eur 100).

    More information at: https://theartssociety.org/events/land-monkey-god-art-and-architecture-sri-lanka

  • 20 Sep 2022 9:41 AM | Tim Reynolds (Administrator)

    In 2021, the Community Health Service (CHS) celebrated its 50th birthday with a 50-kilometre walking challenge. This proved so popular and successful that they are repeating the exercise in 2022 – and you can be part of it by volunteering to walk or by sponsoring someone who is!

    For 2022 the format is the same, CHS are asking people to walk (and be sponsored to walk) 40 or45 kilometres in the period up to Sunday 16th October. Then on the Sunday from 14h00 you can join a group to walk either a five kilometre or a ten-kilometre circuit in the Bois de la Cambre, to complete your fifty. Then it’s back to CHS offices just across Franklin Roosevelt for some reviving tea and cakes.

    To find out more visit the CHS website or scan the QR code above.

    If you don’t fancy the walk yourself Tim Reynolds of BBCA will be taking part, and if you want to sponsor his efforts email ‘BBCA News& Events’ to get in touch. All monies raised will go direct to support CHS.

    What does CHS do?

    CHS has been supporting the international community in Belgium since 1971, regardless of nationality or circumstances . No-one should feel that they are alone – and help from CHS is only a telephone call away.

    CHS operates a Mental Health Services Centre in Brussels, hosting an international team of professional therapists who provide support for a comprehensive range of mental health issues. All the CHS therapists speak English and many also work in other languages. The therapists are supported by a team of volunteers who also manage the administrative aspects of CHS, a non-profit organisation.

    CHS also operates a 24/7 Helpline in English, for children, adolescents and adults. Calls are free of charge, anonymous and confidential. The Helpline is staffed by a team of volunteers that is recruited, trained, supervised and supported by the mental health professionals working with CHS.

    You can always donate direct to CHS yourself via this web page and the service also relies on a small army of volunteers.

  • 12 Sep 2022 3:29 PM | Tim Reynolds (Administrator)

    A Thanksgiving and Memorial Service for Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will take place at Holy Trinity Brussels, rue Capitaine Crespel 29, on Saturday 17 September from 18h30. The service will also be live streamed on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM9-WYLaoSo

    People of all nations have been touched by the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and a book of condolence has been opened and will be available to be signed in the church from Monday 12 September to Friday 16 September between 11h00 and 15h00.

  • 9 Sep 2022 9:27 AM | Tim Reynolds (Administrator)

    The UK Embassy in Belgium has opened a book of condolences at the UK Residence in Brussels for all those who wish to pay their respects on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

    The condolence book will be open between 09h00-18h00 from today (Friday 9 September) and over this coming weekend, and then every working day up to and including the day of Her Majesty's funeral.

    The UK Residence is at Rue Ducale 17 Hertogsstraat - 1000 Brussels.

    It is also possible to send a message of condolence online via The Royal Family website.

  • 18 Aug 2022 4:37 PM | Tim Reynolds (Administrator)

    The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the BBCA was held on the evening of Tuesday 24 May 2022 in the comfortable surroundings of the Brussels Women’s Club in Rue au Bois, Woluwe-Saint-Pierre.

    The well-attended meeting took care of the procedural business and received an address from the BBCA Honorary President, HE The British Ambassador to Belgium, Martin Shearman CVO.

    Following the formal meeting and a networking reception was held at the club.

    The minutes of the meeting are now available to download from the BBCA website. These draft minutes will be approved at the next BBCA AGM to be held in 2023.

    Don’t forget you can always contact the BBCA via email (bbca.members@gmail.com) or our social media channels (Twitter / Facebook).

  • 1 Jul 2022 12:02 PM | Tim Reynolds (Administrator)

    Our annual Midsummer celebration at the Royal Brussels Cricket Club near Lasne-Ohain took place on Saturday 25 June and was a great success. Thanks to the RBCC 'micro climate' we were fortunate to miss the worst of the Belgian summer weather and well over EUR 1 000 was raised for our charities.

    The outdoor get-together was centred around a live cricket match between a team from SHAPE and the UK Embassy. Seasonal refreshments including a BBQ, tea and cake, and of course Tim’s Pimms, G&Ts and non-alcoholic cocktails were available all afternoon.  In addition, drinks were available from the club bar.

    In addition a prize was held and traditional children’s games organised. In honour of the Platinum Jubilee this year a royal theme featured throughout the family-friendly event.

    All proceeds from the event will go to BBCA constituent charities: the Community Help Service, the British Charitable Fund, the Brussels Branch of the Royal British Legion and The Wednesday Club.

    Many thanks to professional photographer Damien Maguire of Image Digital for kind permission to use the photos below that perfectly capture the ambiance of the afternoon.

    Copyright Damien Maguire / Image Digital and used with permission

    Copyright Damien Maguire / Image Digital and used with permission

    Copyright Damien Maguire / Image Digital and used with permission

    Copyright Damien Maguire / Image Digital and used with permission

    Copyright Damien Maguire / Image Digital and used with permission

    All images are copyright Damien Maguire / Image Digital and used with permission.

  • 1 Jul 2022 8:47 AM | Tim Reynolds (Administrator)

    E-scooters have become a popular and convenient urban transport mode for many; but they can be dangerous. Police registered 533 accidents leading to injury in Flanders alone last year. And for many who share city space with e-scooters and their users, they are an increasing nuisance.

    So, from today (1 July 2022) e-scooter users in Belgium face new rules in a bid to stop the rising number of injuries and prevent the vehicles from taking over public spaces. The new regulations essentially regularise the treatment of e-scooters as motorized vehicles.

    E-scooter will now be largely forbidden to anyone younger than 16, with prohibitions on driving on the pavement or carrying a second passenger. And also parking will be relegated to so-called drop zones.

    More at Politico.eu: https://politi.co/3QYLLdB

  • 17 Jun 2022 2:59 PM | Tim Reynolds (Administrator)

    The Brussels-based law firm Cabinet David is continuing its popular series of free early evening webinars on Tax and Estate Planning. Details of upcoming events are given below. Prior registration is required, which you can find by following the link for each specific event. 

    The 2022 webinars are grouped around themes.

    Trusts, Trust Deeds, … in Belgium ? … Definitely not?

    You may have a SIPP in a trust, a Will with a trust, life insurance in a trust … but Belgium does not have trusts.

    23 June @18:00 : I have a trust – and now?

    Retirement Planning for Expatriates in Belgium

    Retirement is forever. So you had better prepare for it. Let us help:

    30 June @18:00: Retirement Planning for Expatriates in Belgium

    Our series on Estate Planning for Expatriates

    15 September @18.00: Estate Planning for Dummies

    22 September @18.00: Estate Planning with Wills

    20 October @18.00: Estate Planning with Gifts

    You can always find details of these Tax and Estate Planning talks here: www.taxation.be/events.

  • 13 Jun 2022 5:05 PM | Tim Reynolds (Administrator)

    In the week after being the venue for the BBCA Summer Garden Party, the Royal Brussels Cricket Club (RBCC) in Lasne will co-host an International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 World Cup Regional Qualifier with the Gent Oval Club.

    In this week-long festival of quick-fire cricket, that runs from 28 June to 4 July, the clubs will welcome national teams from Gibraltar, Spain, Malta, Denmark, Hungary, Portugal, Israel and, of course, the Belgian 'Red Tigers'. A full fixture list and flyer for the tournament can be found here.  

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