The work of the international Brittle Bones Society (care4BrittleBones.org) was presented to the audience by its Chairperson Dagmar Mekking, who joined us from Amsterdam. Wendy Sprock (Chairperson of the Friends of Britain e.V.) and Stefanie Maria Niessen (President of the Lions Club Hamburg-Altona) welcomed several guests of honour: Clive Kennedy (Vice-President of the Anglo-German Club e.V.), Thomas Guse and his wife (Lions District Governor) as well as the composer Cecilia McDowall from London who introduced the audience to her very modern and fascinating compositions.
Every year on the first Advent weekend the Friends of Britain e.V. takes part in a Victorian Christmas Market in the Baseler Hof Sälen, originally initiated by the Honorary British Consulate in Hamburg together with the Hotel Baseler Hof and supported by several British clubs and associations and local businesses. The proceeds go to a selected charitable institution – this year to Familienhafen e.V. (https://www.familienhafen.de/).
Here one can enjoy the festive atmosphere of a Victorian Christmas. One can find a good selection of unique presents and fine gifts, as well as traditional British Christmas fare.
There are prizes to be won and a light entertainment programme, various seasonal refreshments etc. enhance the event.
“British Flair – with Country Fair“ (formerly “British Day“) took place for the 29th year in succession from 9th to 11th August 2019 in the grounds of the Hamburger Polo Club, beginning as during the past few years on Friday midday.
As usual the charity aspect of the event will be highlighted over the weekend – everywhere in the grounds and at the tombola tent we will be selling tombola tickets. There are lots of non-cash prizes as well as vouchers and theatre tickets to be won – the proceeds this year will be in aid of the “MUT Academy“, an organisation that supports young school leavers in the transition phase between school and training for a profession.
We are grateful for the financial support given by Ter Hell.