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Report on the BBCD International Golf Tournament held at Kosaido on 24 September

3 October 2017

 

 

 

Best regards from Benrath

 

Brian R Hicks

 

Honorary Chairman

British Business Club Düsseldorf

 

 

 

 

A Chairman's Welcome

8 September 2017

 

Dear Members and Friends of the British Business Club Düsseldorf

 

I would like to extend a warm welcome to the British Business Club Düsseldorf (BBCD) website to all our members, friends and visitors. We will be gradually increasing the content on our website over the next few months, so do come back and get updated from time to time.

 

 

 

 

Tam Pearce will be managing the stand for us, as well as the welly wanging, with a team of helpers, for which many thanks from us all. Unfortunately the traditional Last Night of the Proms concert will not be held this year, as previously reported, due to the withdrawal of the major sponsor.

 

 

Brexit

The repercussions and uncertainties of Brexit meeting report continue to preoccupy many of our members. In co-operation with a new lobby group, British in Germany, the British Consul-General, Rafe Courage, hosted an open meeting for British citizens in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate to discuss citizens’ rights following Brexit that was held on 30 August at the Hotel Intercontinental in Düsseldorf. The meeting was well attended and there was an update on the current status of the negotiations with regards to citizens’ rights. Representatives from the Embassy, the British Consulate General and British In Germany gave presentations and answered questions.

 

Daniel Tetlow, a journalist and the co-founder of British In Germany, said he would be very pleased to hear from all Brits living in North Rhine Westphalia. His group is affiliated to a wider coalition, “British In Europe”, and actively campaigns to protect the rights of British citizens in Germany and other EU countries and the rights of EU citizens in the UK during the Brexit negotiations:

 

The British Embassy provided the following links to the joint EU-UK technical note on citizens’ rights, an updated version of which has just been published following the August round of negotiations:

 

If you would like to receive e-mail alerts when new information on citizens' rights is available you can register for updates at:

 

 

One of the meeting attendees asked towards the end whether the audience would be willing to signal by show of hands whether it thought that Brexit was "a huge mistake by UK government". The result was an overwhelming yes, perhaps not surprisingly. Many British expats complained during the meeting that they were not allowed to vote in the Brexit referendum, although they were still British nationals and paying UK taxes.

 

A British Embassy spokesman, when questioned about a possible discontinuation of the rules allowing dual nationality, told the audience that, if that were to happen, the cut-off date would most likely be the date that the UK leaves the EU.

 

It was also announced that further such meetings would also be held in Cologne, Paderborn and Bielefeld.

 

 

 

Best regards from Benrath

 

Brian R Hicks

 

Honorary Chairman

British Business Club Düsseldorf

 

 

 

 

 

A Chairman's Welcome

21 August 2017

 

Dear Members and Friends of the British Business Club Düsseldorf

 

I would like to extend a warm welcome to the British Business Club Düsseldorf (BBCD) website to all our members, friends and visitors. We will be gradually increasing the content on our website over the next few months, so do come back and get updated from time to time.

 

 

 

 

 

Last, but not least, the British Business Club Düsseldorf will be celebrating its 60th anniversary on Sunday 8 July 2018. We plan to hold a special event to celebrate, so please keep that date free in your diaries!

 

I hope that you will all enjoy these events and those that we are planning for later this year and for our 60th birthday year.

 

 

Best regards from Benrath

 

 

Brian R. Hicks

Honorary Chairman BBCD

 

 

 

 

A Chairman's Welcome

7 July 2017

 

Dear Members and Friends of the British Business Club Düsseldorf

 

I would like to extend a warm welcome to the British Business Club Düsseldorf (BBCD) website to all our members, friends and visitors. We will be gradually increasing the content on our website over the next few months, so do come back and get updated from time to time.

 

 

 

 

Some further dates for your diaries are as follows. The Tesla Dinner has now been confirmed for Wednesday 13 September at the Industrie Club, followed by Tesla test drives for 15 lucky diners on the following morning. The club's international golf tournament will be held at the Kosaido Golf Club on Sunday 24 September. The Christmas party will also be held at the Kosaido Golf Club on Saturday 2 December.

 

Last, but not least, the British Business Club Düsseldorf will be celebrating its 60th anniversary on Sunday 8 July 2018. We plan to hold a special event to celebrate, so please keep that date free in your diaries!

 

I hope that you will all enjoy these events and those that we are planning for later this year and for our 60th birthday year.

 

 

Best regards from Benrath

 

 

Brian R. Hicks

Honorary Chairman BBCD

 

 

 

 

A Chairman's Welcome

1 June 2017

 

 

 

Kind regards

 

Brian R. Hicks

Honorary Chairman BBCD

 

 

 

 

New Chairman's Welcome

3 May 2017

 

 

 

 

Kind regards

 

Brian R. Hicks

Honorary Chairman BBCD

 

 

 

 

 

A Chairman's Welcome

30 March 2017

 

 

I would like to extend a warm welcome to the British Business Club Düsseldorf (BBCD) website to all of our members, friends and visitors.

 

My apologies for the long period in which the BBCD website has either been down or not up-to-date. This was due to a variety of problems, which have taken some time to resolve. We will update members at the AGM about these issues.

 

 

 

 

 

I would like to remind all our members that our AGM is coming up on Tuesday 25 April at 18.00 at the Industrie Club in Düsseldorf. I urge you all to attend. We need a quorum in order to proceed with the club business and with the election of next year’s committee. As always there will be free drinks and food.

 

I am standing down as BBCD chairman at the AGM, as they say in Germany “with one laughing eye and one crying eye”. I have so many other commitments that it would be too difficult for me to continue in this role and to do it justice. I would like to thank the current BBCD committee, Paul Stheeman (co-opted treasurer), Tam (vice-chairman), Vincent McCue (secretary), Clodagh Durkin (marketing and social secretary)  and Monique-Alexandra Kerslake (co-opted member), for all of their hard work and support over the last twelve months and I will have more to say about this at the AGM.

 

If any of the current club members would like to stand for any of the electable committee positions, they can either contact me or Ian Mackenzie, the returning officer. They must be in possession of a current British passport to stand for one of these offices, in compliance with our current club statues. However, we also welcome expressions of interest from non-British-passport holders for positions as co-opted committee members. We are always short of volunteers and welcome any outside help to help us with our work.  We already have one nomination for a successor to me as chairman, who is a former committee member.

 

We will be hosting a special event later this year to thank all of our club sponsors. They have been very understanding through the period of difficulties we have had with the website. More details will follow shortly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kind regards

 

Andrew Gardiner

Hon. Chairman BBCD

 

 

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