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May 2019 Newsletter

A Message from our President

Last month we welcomed our new President, Charles Cockerton. He has since shared a message with all of our members where he outlines our initiatives for the coming year and the impact of the invaluable relief support provided by the British Benevolent Society.

He is particularly excited by the BBS’s two key outreach initiatives for 2019, Relief Outreach and Membership Outreach. These initiatives will ensure that the BBS is able to serve more British citizens in need of our help, as well as successfully continue to serve future generations of British people living in the West of America.

Take a moment and read the entire message from Charles.

75th Anniversary of the Landings on D-Day

On June 6th, 1944, D-Day, 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the coast of France’s Normandy region. The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history. By late August 1944, all of northern France had been liberated, and by the following Spring the Allies had defeated the Germans. The Normandy landings have been called the beginning of the end of WWII in Europe.  

To commemorate its 75th anniversary, Marines’ Memorial San Francisco will host a free program commemorating this historic battle. Brigadier (Retd.) Roderick Macdonald MBE and Dr. Seth Givens will present D-Day as it was experienced by those who were there- telling stories in the words of sailors, soldiers, commandos, parachutists and aircrew who took part in the operation. Dr. Givens will focus on the experiences of the Allied Forces , and Brigadier Macdonald will tell stories from the German/Axis point of view. 

If you are interested in attending, please register today.

Celebrating 440th Anniversary of Drake’s Landing

The Drake Navigators Guild (DNG) was founded in 1949 to follow up on the research of Professor George Davidson in locating the landing of Sir Francis Drake in 1579, the first British claim of what eventually became the USA. Because of their efforts, Drake’s Nova Albion claim was recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 2012.

Join the DNG and the BBS on Saturday the 29th of June to walk the area discovered by Sir Francis Drake and his crew! We will meet at the Bear Valley Visitors Centre for a short presentation about the discovery of Drakes Bay. Following the presentation you will have time for a bring-your-own picnic lunch and then the group will hike to the cove. The hike is on a path shown in the newsletter and is approximately 1.5 hours each way. The terrain is unpredictable and uneven but we hope that the walk can accommodate all who are interested in attending.

There is no cost to join the event and all ages are welcome. If you do plan to bring a pet for the event, be sure to check the national park pet rules and regulations.

Please contact Jenn Baker for questions regarding the presentation and hike.  Registration is not necessary but we welcome any indication of those who plan to attend.

Event Details:
Event: 440th Anniversary of Drake’s Landing
Date: 29 June 2019
Location: Pt. Reyes National Seashore Headquarters, Bear Valley Visitors Center
Time: 12:00 PM

Is it Time to Renew your British Passport

Planning European travel in the fall?  If you are traveling after 31 October 2019, and the UK leaves the EU with no deal, a minimum 6 month validity may be required to enter EU countries where previously no extra validity was needed.  Time for you to dust off your passport to ensure that you are prepared for a potential no-deal Brexit and what it would mean for travel around Europe.

Up to date guidance can be found on GOV.UK. Be sure to sign up for the alerts and stay on top of changes.

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