Dear Members and Friends of the British Business Club Düsseldorf
May I wish a very warm welcome to the British Business Club Düsseldorf (BBCD) website to all members, friends, sponsors and other visitors. You can find out a lot about our club by exploring our website, viewing our club brochure and seeing what events we are planning and those that we have held. Nearly all of our events are open to non-members. If you are a non-member and wish to go on our mailing list for news and events, just drop us a line on the enquiry form at the bottom of our website.
The club had a full and varied programme of events in 2017 and 2018 will be just as eventful. Some 26 of us went to see the Willy Russell play, Educating Rita, on 28 January, performed by the English Theatre Düsseldorf at the Theater Museum, following on from another club party to the same play in December. A further 20 or so of us will be going to see a new play, Some Girl(s) by Neil LaBute, at the same venue and by the same theatre group. If you want to join us, please contact me soonest.
We had over 100 guests for our first main event of 2018, the Burns' Night Celebrations at the Industrie-Club on Friday 9 February. Good fun and Scottish dancing was enjoyed by one and all, as you can see from a selection of photos from the event:
We also raised over EUR 1,000 for the two charities, the Bahnhofsmission and the Royal British Legion, from the charity auction at the Burns’ Night Celebration. We are very grateful to our sponsors for the Burns’ Night (see details of the programme).
We had a very good attendance at our networking lunch on 23 February at the Hotel Nikko, devoted to the theme of Brexit. There were two talks by our treasurer, Paul Stheeman, and one of our members, Graham Mead(see Brexit lunch invitation). There were some very good debates and thought-provoking questions and answers at the event. We hope to come back again to this subject on another occasion later in the year.
Our next Business Networking Lunch will be held on Friday 27 April 2018 at the Hotel Nikko. We welcome up to three speakers for these networking events, so please let us know if you would like to take up this opportunity.
Club members and guests had a lot of fun at the horse races at the Grafenberg Rennbahn in Düsseldorf on Sunday 25 March.
Stadt Düsseldorf is organising a concert at Schloss Eller by an ensemble from Aldworth, near Reading, on Sunday 15 April. As you will remember, last year was the 70th anniversary of the special relationship between Düsseldorf and Reading. This year is the 30th anniversary of the official town twinning of Düsseldorf with Reading, and also with Haifa and Chemnitz. The Schloss Eller concert forms a part of this year's twinning celebrations.
We have been kindly invited by the British Women's Club Düsseldorf to join them for their Royal Wedding Celebrations in Düsseldorf on Saturday 19 May. Please mention that you are a BBCD member if you wish to attend.
Our members are also welcome to join the Oxford & Cambridge Society of Rheinland for a lecture on the theme of Cambridge University and its Spies on the evening of Thursday 3 May. Please mention that you are a BBCD member or friend of the club if you wish to attend. The lecture will be in German.
The first British Flair event of 2018 will be held at Schloss Merode from 20-22 April. The club will have a stand there again in co-operation with the British Women's Club Düsseldorf, as it did last year. The second British Flair event of 2018 will be held at Burg Linn in Krefeld from 7-9 September.
The club’s annual general meeting (AGM) will be held at the Industrie-Club at 18.30 on Tuesday 28 April. We need a minimum 20% turn out of members, otherwise the meeting cannot go ahead, so please do your best to come. Nomination papers are available if you want to stand or propose someone for any of the committee positions.
This year will be the 60th anniversary of the British Business Club Düsseldorf on 8 July. We plan to hold a special celebration on 1 July at Deichgraf (Südpark), so please mark it in your diaries. More details to follow.
Brian R Hicks
British Business Club Düsseldorf