Quiz night in support of the British Benevolent Association

Come and enjoy a fun evening with a general knowledge quiz and a raffle, all profits in aid of the British Benevolent Association for Girona Province (BBA).

For those who have yet to hear of the BBA, it is an organisation run purely by and with volunteers that comes to the assistance of British and Commonwealth Citizens living or staying in Girona province when they need help (Website :  http://bba-girona.org/  ). This can take the form of accompanying someone to a hospital appointment, visiting prisoners in Figueras prison, helping an elderly person with their shopping or just signposting people to other organisations when appropriate.

Offering this type of service requires funding, even though all committee members and volunteers willingly give their time free of charge.

The Quiz Night will take place on FRIDAY 28 APRIL, starting at 7pm with the quiz beginning at 7.30.  There will be a participation fee of €4 of which €2 will to support the BBA.

The Venue for the evening will be the Clubhouse at Can Carbonell** – a private club between Llagostera and Vidreres with a bar serving a good range of drinks and tapas. (** see below for directions).

John Sturgeon will be the quiz master for the evening – those in l’Escala will know him well.  Teams will consist of four – think of a fun name and register early as there will be a maximum of 10 teams (so a good chance to win!).

To reserve a table for your team – or if you do not have a team register anyway and we will make up teams of four – please send an e-mail to Anne Collier on:


Come and exercise your grey cells – and help a good cause at the same time.

** Directions to Urb. Can Carbonell (Post code for satnav users: 17455):

From the north, take the C31 Barcelona coastal road (which becomes the C65 and then the C35) to exit 92, which is direct onto Urb. Can Carbonell. Take the slip road passing the petrol station on the right, up to the roundabout, turn left to cross over the main road and up to the next roundabout where take the first exit, past the yellow mail boxes and the club house is directly in front of you.

From the south (Vidreres), use C35, exit 92 then right at the first roundabout, past the yellow mail boxes and the club house is directly in front of you.

Babs Patterson, BEM

Babs Patterson, BBA Honorary President after receiving her British Empire Medal presented by Her Majesty's Ambassador to Spain, Mr Simon Manley CMG.

Babs Patterson, BBA Honorary President after receiving her British Empire Medal presented by Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Spain, Mr Simon Manley CMG.

San Antonio de Calonge, Thursday 12 May

An informal ‘Coffee and Chat’ session is being held at the cafeteria San Antoni, Ave de la Unio 2, Sant Antonio de Calonge, on Thursday 12 May.

Veronica Wheeler, the BBA Volunteer Coordinator will be on the terrace (weather permitting, inside if not) between 11am and 12.30pm. Come and join her and other volunteers for coffee and a chat. Plus, if you know of anybody who would like to find out more about the BBA, become a member or a volunteer do bring them along too.

Veronica is looking forward to meeting you there.


Fundraising Officer – to manage and diary events as they are suggested by members. To ensure each event, with the help of our Publicity Officer, is fully publicised and have enough helpers and resources to ensure their success. The Fundraising Officer reports to the Committee and BBA AGM on events that have been held. This could be a job-share – with one person taking responsibility for our area north of Girona and the other the south.

Secretary – for this role you need to be basic email, word processing and spreadsheet savvy. Requires that the holder has access to an on-line computer at their home. The Secretary is responsible for the management of the BBA email account, recording and maintaining the membership lists plus normal committee secretarial activities like preparing agendas, reports and minutes for both Committee meetings and the BBA AGM.

For both roles there is the need for the holders to be able to attend Committee meetings in Girona. These are normally every couple of months and take up a morning. Travel expenses can be claimed. The BBA Committee operates very much as a multi-function team and even though some of us have designated roles, we work very much together helping each other to get the job done.

Date for your diary – 19th September 2015

On Saturday 19th September, as summer draws to a close, the British Benevolent Association will be holding a traditional English summer fête in the garden of secretary Carol Knights’ home in Masies de Lloret just outside of Lloret de Mar.

There will be stands selling homemade cakes, plants and good quality bric-a-brac together with a bottle/can tombola and a grand raffle.
Side shows will include skittles, darts, treasure island, play your cards right and many more

If all of this is hungry work then sit down on the terrace and enjoy a traditional English cream tea of scones, butter, cream and home-made jam, or one of the many home made cakes together with a good old English cuppa. Ice creams will also be on sale for the children.

The gates will open at 3pm and parking is plentiful. Directions to Masies de Lloret can be found by turning into and passing through Urb Lloret Blau, which is situated, on the C63 Lloret/ Vidreres road.