Boat trip on the river Thames :
2nd July 2013, meeting at Westminster Pier at 6.45pm sharp
for departure at 7pm. Return at 10.45pm. the boat will go to the flood barriers and return to the point of departure.
The price of £30 includes dinner and music but not drinks. A bar will be open throughout the trip serving drinks that people can purchase.
To book, click on the “Donate” button on the right of the screen or send us a cheque made payable to the BMS to :
Mrs Clarkson, 73 Deodar Rd, London SW15 2NU
An evening with Eve Branson :
4th June 2013 at the Traveller’s Club at 6.30pm, Eve Branson, mother of BMS committee member Vanessa Branson and mother of Sir Richard Branson, will be entertaining us in an informal discussion with BBC journalist and author Richard Hamilton. At 89, Eve is more active than ever. Eve Branson Foundation, Kasbah Tamadot and Virgin Unite work hand in hand to improve living standards in the communities around the property near Marrakech. This effort is spearheaded by Eve Branson, known to us as Richard’s mum! The Eve Branson Foundation aims to help the local people in the long term by setting up sustainable enterprises which so far have included a carpet workshop and a craft house run and managed by locals.
Eve will also be telling us about her book “Mum’s the word”.
The cost is £20 for members and £40 for non members. To book, click on the “Donate” button on the right of the screen and indicate Eve Branson in the explanations.
Exclusive fundraising dinner hosted at ZIZI Restaurant, Tower Hill, Plaza Level West, Tower Place, London EC3R 5BU,
on Tuesday 12th February 2013 from 7.30pm until late
For a small cost of £25 (which includes a buffet dinner, soft drinks and a donation to our charities) this is a great opportunity for a lovely evening out where you will be entertained by Rachid Jalal and others. The bar will be open if you wish to buy wine.
To book your place, please click on the yellow”Donate” button on your right, follow the instructions,indicating you wish to pay for Zizi. You will receive an email acknowledging your payment which you will bring with you on the evening.
Alternatively send a cheque payable to the BMS to :
Cygnet HOuse, Chiswick Mall, London W4 2PR. Please make sure you write your email address.
Charity Screening of the Moroccan movie “MAJID” by director Nassim Abassi
Saturday 19th January at 12.15pm at The Coronet Cinema, 103, Notting Hill Gate, W11 3LB London.
Cost : £15 (concessions £10)
We are pleased to announce that the director Nassim Abassi will be present to answer your questions.
For more information look at the Facebook page : Award winning Moroccan Majid
All proceeds to go to the BMS and be divided between our action to train teachers for the blind and education for the 2 heroes of the movie.
All those booking through the “Donate” button on the right will be entered in a draw to win 2 nights at the 5 star Delano Hotel, B&B, at Marrakech Hivernage.
GALA DINNER of the British Moroccan society, 6 November 2012, at 7pm for 7.30pm
Crowne Plaza London – St. James
45-51 Buckingham Gate,
London, SW1E 6AF
Entertainment by Simo Lagnawi and his musicians
Some of our sponsors for the dinner were : Atlas Olive oils (exceptional olive oil), les Conserves de Meknes-Aicha (sauces for tagines), Royal Air Maroc, Mazagan Resort, Hicham Dimokrati and Mina Metioui (Kaftan and moroccan slippers), Villa Dinari (2 nights B&B), Lydia Bauman (prints), House of Argan (beauty products), the French Dressing Company, Travellink, Pullman Marrakech, Sofitel Agadir, Aziz Lebar in Fez who gave us 2 prizes in his new hotel : Palais Oummeya,
ASPECTS OF ESSAOUIRA, paintings by Hugh Bredin and Paul Winby from 6 to 8pm on Wednesday, 5th December at 128 Kensington Church Street, London W8 4BH. (Please note that the hard paper invitation has the address as 28 instead of 128)
The show continues on the following day
from 10am to 6pm, and 20% of the proceeds will go to the British-Moroccan Society.
The paintings stem from numerous sketches made by Hugh and Paul during a visit to Essaouira in May 2010.
In recent years, they have painted together in Gascony, Corsica and the Pyrenees; and have had two previous exhibitions – at Oriel College, Oxford (2008) and the Arts Club, London (2009).
Visit Paul Winby’s website : www.oldwinby.com to get a preview of some of the paintings at the exhibition.
Getting there: 128 Kensington Church Street is on the east side of the road, almost opposite the Churchill Arms which blazes with flowers in hanging baskets. It is on the 27 and 52 bus routes; and is a two-minute walk away from Notting Hill Gate tube station (Central Line).
PREVIOUS EVENTS 2012 :
AGM of the British Moroccan Society, Tuesday 16 October, 6.30pm
At the Travellers Club, 106 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5EP.
Our guest speaker will be Dr Myriem Naji who received her PhD in Anthropology from University College London. The talk will present the past and present weaving production of the Jebel Sirwa region and will highlight the significance of this income generating activity for the Sirwa comminities today .
The talk will follow the presentation by committee members of our activities.
We will offer wine, soft drinks and biscuits.
DINNER AT DAR MARRAKECH, September 2012
TEA AT THE HOUSE OF LORDS :
Wednesday 23rd May, 3.30 to 5.30pm. The cost is £25 and the deadline to book 16th May. Once we’ve received payment, we will send you an official invitation to the House of Lords for you and your guests. For security reasons you cannot enter the House without an official invitation.
events for 2011 :
Gala Dinner, 10 November 2011 at 7.30pm at Crowne Plaza Hotel London-St. James 45-51 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6AF
WHAT A NIGHT THAT WAS! Abdul, catering manager at the hotel again gave us a beautifully decorated room, the food was delicious and the buzz was fantastic. Entertainment was provided by Passamezzo, a Renaissance group and Zephyros Ensemble, 2 young and talented musicians, a violonist and a folk guitarist.
Thank you to all our generous sponsors, in particular bmi and RAM who both supplied us with return business flights to Morocco.
Please go to news for a full description of the evening and the list of sponsors.
past events :
That was a night to remember at Med Mezze, 22 Queensway London W2 3RX, 21 September 21 Sept 2011
Prizes for the raffle : 2 nights at Villa Dinari, a gorgeous ryad outside Marrakech, worth €190, a return transfer marrakech airport-hotel in Marrakech offered by chauffeur Ali Housni (00212 671 658281) worth 400 dirhams, a beautiful bottle of Argan oil with apricot donated by House of Argan worth £20, a picture, a dinner for 2 donated by Youssef of Med Mezze
AGM of the British Moroccan Society, 13 October at 7pm, the Travellers Club, 106 Pall Mall London SW1Y 5EP.
It will be followed by a concert by Sufi players from Essaouira and Passamezzo, a Renaissance ensemble, with readings taken from a play called “From Shore to Shore” about the plight but also the amazing transformation of Cornish people taken into slavery in Morocco in the 17th century.
For a preview of the concert, click here
All members welcome.
Henley Royal regatta : Wednesday 29 June 2011
The BMS was delighted to be able to offer this event to its members. A limited number of places and tables were available for you to extend an invitation to your colleagues, friends and clients to join you for a quintessentially English day of champagne, luxury picnic luncheon, live entertainment and Regatta Racing.
Reception at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 19th May 201
The Moroccan ambassador, Princess Lalla Joumala Alaoui and the new Moroccan consul Rachid Agassim were our guests.
- The Moroccan ambassador lalla Joumala Alaoui with Patrick Davies, head of Mena at the FCO and Anthony Layden, chairman of the BMS
WOMEN’S PORTRAITS THROUGH THE AGES : AN AFTERNOON TEA AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY WITH LYDIA BAUMAN, Saturday 11th June 2011, 2pm, meeting in the Sainsbury Wing.
This is a 1.5 – 2 hours tour offered by Lydia, an artist and official National Gallery guide, in which she will trace the changing concepts of feminine beauty and perceptions of women and their role in society in great paintings from early Renaissance to the 19th century . The talk will be followed by a delicious tea at the National Dining Rooms.
Cost is : £25 for members, £30 for non members
Dinner at Souk Medina, 2nd March 2011 from 7.30pm till late.
- Our honorary president Joe Gaggero presiding one of the many tables at Souk Medina
- Jasmine haddi, fattieh Saudi and friend
- Telford Bowler and his guests
events of 2010
Gala dinner 2010 :
Thank you to all our generous donors. to see the list clickList of Sponsors
As usual we were well looked after by Abdou and his team at the Crown Plaza
Our guest of honour was Vanessa Branson who talked about the Arts in MarrakechFestival (click here for more info) she organises every 2 years in Marrakech and which brings many talents from around the world as well as promotes Moroccan artists.
Entertainment was provided by Operacatz whose 2 wonderful professional singers delighted us with arias of different operas
- Honorary President Joe Gaggero, Vice president Ali Bahaijoub, Chairman Anthony Layden and his wife JOsephine
- Ali Kasmi and John Wolfe
Successful reception at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, March 2010
In the presence of HH Princess Lalla Joumala
Afternoon Tea Party at the House of Lords
Wednesday 5 May 2010 at 3:30 pm
Thanks to our committee member Lord Newall, we all enjoyed a lovely tea on the terrace of the Cholmondeley Room
Official Opening of our first Learning Center in Talataste
23rd June 2010. see news section for report and pictures
Golf Day and Dinner at the beautiful Moor Park Golf Club, Hertfordshire
Thursday 1 July 2010
- winner of the golf tournament with Anthony Layden, our chairman and Hans Patel, our treasurer
AGM of the British Moroccan Society
15 September 2010, 6.30pm, at the Travellers Club, 106 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5EP.
Our guest speaker this year was Tim Mackintosh-Smith, winner of the Thomas Cook Travel Book award.
“Travels with a Tangerine” is probably Tim Mackintosh-Smith’s best known travel book on the subject.