January 2021 Newsletter

BBS Relief & Covid19 Assistance

Relief assistance in January 2021 started out much the same way that we closed out 2020. The Relief Committee approved seven requests for assistance. Many of these cases continue to be challenging because of the impact of the pandemic.

In working with the Consulate in Los Angeles the committee approved repatriation of two individuals back to the UK. One Brit had been sleeping under bridges, living homeless in Los Angeles. Within hours of learning about this case, the BBS was able to pay for and arrange a rapid Covid19 test, provide funds for food, and secure a flight to Manchester. Another case involved returning a grandmother to see her newly born grand baby in Leeds. The BBS arranged a rapid Covid19 test, covered incidentals such as food and taxi as well as a one-way flight. In working with the Consulate in San Francisco, the BBS covered the cost a certified birth certificate, emergency travel documents, and a one-way flight for a homeless Brit who recently recovered from Covid19. Three aid recipients each received $1,500 Covid19 Grants. None of them have been able to find a reliable source of income since March 2020.

As we send out this newsletter today, we have received two more inquires for assistance.

Farewell, Captain Sir Tom Moore

This week we mourned the loss of Captain Sir Tom Moore, the celebrated centenarian who on his 100th birthday completed 100 laps of his garden. With the humble goal of raising £1,000 for the National Health Service during lockdown, he captured the hearts of the nation and spawned a movement, raising close to £33 million for NHS Charities Together.

Rest in Peace Sir Tom Moore, an inspiration to us all.

Upcoming Events

Thursday 25 February
Great British-American Pub Quiz

Join the BBS as we partner with the BABC for our first Pub Quiz of 2021!

The format of the quiz is similar to previous events. Further details can be found on the registration form.


Register Here

Friday 26 February– Postponed

Monthly Virtual Happy Hour
We have decided to hold off on the February HH as the Pub Quiz is the night before. Please consider joining us for our Pub Quiz in February.

This event is free for anyone and will take place from 5-6 on the last Friday of each month.

Registration is required in order to receive event Zoom link. If you have any questions about the registration, please contact us.

Save The Date

Saturday April 3
Great British Virtual Bake Off


This will be a family event and we encourage you to enlist everyone in your house!

Baking will take place prior to the Zoom but that doesn’t mean that you will not have to prepare in order to show off your skills. Though planning for the event is still taking place, it isn’t too early for you to think about what you want to bake.

Options include cakes, biscuits, or buns.
Further details about the event will be forthcoming.

Tuesday October 19
Annual General Meeting

Please mark this date for our annual meeting.



Partner Events

BBS Business Partner Goldschmidt Vineyards is offering a sweet Valentine’s Day package!

Indulge your special someone or yourself this Valentine’s Day with their ultimate heart warmer wine set for just $75.

Included in the 3-bottle set:
2019 Fidelity Zinfandel
Goldschmidt NV Sparkling Blanc de Noir
2018 Fidelity Red Wine

Shipping included for Goldschmidt Wine Club Members, non-members $10 per set.
West Coast: order by noon Monday, Feb 8th.

Visit Goldschmidt Vineyards to place your order and for further details.

Read More of the January 2021 Newsletter Here

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