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On the 10th December this year the most glamorous and glittering event of the Netherlands Christmas social calendar will be once again held in the St Olaf Chapel in The NH Barbizon Hotel opposite Central station.

This year’s theme will be Glitz and Glam. Chris Naylor, Head Chef at Restaurant Vermeer in the NH Barbizon Palace in Amsterdam, will be sprinkling his Michelin star magic over the three course menu he has developed for the charity ball.

At the welcome reception you will be able to get a glimpse of the terrific prizesfor the Charity raffle and Silent auction. The fabulous meal will be accompanied by wine and an evening of entertainment to dance the night away. A late night breakfast will also be served to those who are still going strong after midnight.

Last remaining tickets available here:

Click Here for Tickets

The entertainment for the night is also just announced:

This year we have The Bowkers to entertain us, a fantastic singing sensation over from the UK. Justine, Max and Lukas together with their father Jason love to perform many genres of music and they will transport you back to the golden era of swing with their classic vocals and harmonies, slick fashion and quick wit.

For those of you who love to let your hair down and dance the night away they will deliver Soul, Motown and pop classics all night long.

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The Menu has just been announced:

British Society Ball Christmas dinner menu

Amuse

Liquid tortilla with onion and mushroom

Menu

Tuna tartar with black miso dressing and lemon granola

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Duck breast with roasted cauliflower, lentils and a mild curry sauce

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Pecan tart with mascarpone ice cream and red fruit sauce

British Society Christmas dinner Vegetarian menu

Amuse

Liquid tortilla with onion and mushroom

Menu

BBQ beetroot with black miso dressing and lemon granola

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Salt crusted celeriac with roasted cauliflower, lentils and a mild curry sauce

***

Pecan tart with mascarpone ice cream and red fruit sauce

Ball Charity

Our Charity this year is Voedselbank (Food Bank) which helps out 1,500 families in Amsterdam.  Some details are available here:

Click here for Charity Details

GENEROUS SPONSORS NEEDED!

We are hoping to find generous sponsors this year who can provide a prize for our raffle or silent auction which we can turn into cash for our chosen charity which this year is the Food Bank in Amsterdam. They provide basic nutrition for around 1,500 families in Amsterdam who cannot afford to feed their families.

It also provides you or your business with a great opportunity to advertise to the British and Expat community in and around Amsterdam. The offer of a generous prize means we will splash you all over our website and facebook feeds plus you will be featured in a special spread in our monthly Zine magazine.  This means you reach around 3,000 Britons and Expats.

We are asking for your help to make this excellent event a fantastic success.  All offers of help from any organisation through sponsorship and other ideas for the ball’s Charity Raffle or Silent Auction are very welcome…please email us …

chair@britsoc.nl or ball@britsoc.nl

Many thanks in advance, and we look forward to seeing you at the  Ball on the 10th December at the NH Barbizon Hotel.

On the 10th December this year the most glamorous and glittering event of the Netherlands Christmas social calendar will be once again held in the St Olaf Chapel in The NH Barbizon Hotel opposite Central station.

This year’s theme will be Glitz and Glam. Chris Naylor, Head Chef at Restaurant Vermeer in the NH Barbizon Palace in Amsterdam, will be sprinkling his Michelin star magic over the three course menu he has developed for the charity ball.

At the welcome reception you will be able to get a glimpse of the terrific prizesfor the Charity raffle and Silent auction. The fabulous meal will be accompanied by wine and an evening of entertainment to dance the night away. A late night breakfast will also be served to those who are still going strong after midnight.

Over 60% of tickets are already sold.  Don’t be dissapointment and book now.

Click Here for Tickets

The Menu has just been announced:

British Society Ball Christmas dinner menu

Amuse

Liquid tortilla with onion and mushroom

Menu

Tuna tartar with black miso dressing and lemon granola

***

Duck breast with roasted cauliflower, lentils and a mild curry sauce

***

Pecan tart with mascarpone ice cream and red fruit sauce

British Society Christmas dinner Vegetarian menu

Amuse

Liquid tortilla with onion and mushroom

Menu

BBQ beetroot with black miso dressing and lemon granola

***

Salt crusted celeriac with roasted cauliflower, lentils and a mild curry sauce

***

Pecan tart with mascarpone ice cream and red fruit sauce

Ball Charity

Our Charity this year is Voedselbank (Food Bank) which helps out 1,500 families in Amsterdam.  Some details are available here:

Click here for Charity Details

GENEROUS SPONSORS NEEDED!

We are hoping to find generous sponsors this year who can provide a prize for our raffle or silent auction which we can turn into cash for our chosen charity which this year is the Food Bank in Amsterdam. They provide basic nutrition for around 1,500 families in Amsterdam who cannot afford to feed their families.

It also provides you or your business with a great opportunity to advertise to the British and Expat community in and around Amsterdam. The offer of a generous prize means we will splash you all over our website and facebook feeds plus you will be featured in a special spread in our monthly Zine magazine.  This means you reach around 3,000 Britons and Expats.

We are asking for your help to make this excellent event a fantastic success.  All offers of help from any organisation through sponsorship and other ideas for the ball’s Charity Raffle or Silent Auction are very welcome…please email us …

chair@britsoc.nl or ball@britsoc.nl

Many thanks in advance, and we look forward to seeing you at the  Ball on the 10th December at the NH Barbizon Hotel.

On the 10th December this year the most glamorous and glittering event of the Netherlands Christmas social calendar will be once again held in the St Olaf Chapel in The NH Barbizon Hotel opposite Central station.

This year’s theme will be Glitz and Glam and tickets will go on sale shortly. Chris Naylor, Head Chef at Restaurant Vermeer in the NH Barbizon Palace in Amsterdam, will be sprinkling his Michelin star magic over the three course menu he has developed for the charity ball.

At the welcome reception you will be able to get a glimpse of the terrific prizes\for the Charity raffle and Silent auction. The fabulous meal will be accompanied by wine and an evening of entertainment to dance the night away. A late night breakfast will also be served to those who are still going strong after midnight.

We will be open for ticket sales later in September but you may have to be quick as last year we were sold out in 3 weeks!

GENEROUS SPONSORS NEEDED!

We are hoping to find generous sponsors this year who can provide a prize for our raffle or silent auction which we can turn into cash for our chosen charity which this year is the Food Bank in Amsterdam. They provide basic nutrition for around 1,500 families in Amsterdam who cannot afford to feed their families.

It also provides you or your business with a great opportunity to advertise to the British and Expat community in and around Amsterdam. The offer of a generous prize means we will splash you all over our website and facebook feeds plus you will be featured in a special spread in our monthly Zine magazine.  This means you reach around 3,000 Britons and Expats.

We are asking for your help to make this excellent event a fantastic success.  All offers of help from any organisation through sponsorship and other ideas for the ball’s Charity Raffle or Silent Auction are very welcome…please email us …

chair@britsoc.nl or ball@britsoc.nl

Many thanks in advance, and we look forward to seeing you at the Glitz and Glam Charity Ball on the 10th December at the NH Barbizon Hotel.

British Society Christmas Ball Theme

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Theme: Iconic Britain?
Date: 12th December
Location: St. Olaf’s Chapel (Barbizon Palace Hotel, Amsterdam)

Tickets SOLD OUT
Get on the waiting list here

The theme of this year’s British Society Christmas Ball (Sold Out) is “Iconic Britain”. When I Googled this and looked at the images, I was unsurprised to find pictures of Union Jacks, Red telephone boxes, Black Cabs and Red double decker buses.

By Alison Smith

It got me thinking about what makes something truly iconic? According to Webster an icon is something which is:
a :  widely recognized and well-established <an iconic brand name>
b :  widely known and acknowledged especially for distinctive excellence <an iconic writer><a region’s iconic wines>

This gives leave to thinking that an icon can be an object or a person. To adhere to the definition “widely recognized” though we have to assume that a true icon is globally recognisable, not just in the country of origin, and what about being well established?

Iconic-Britain-shutterstock_110201744_webHas longevity got anything to do with becoming an icon? How else can an icon-in-waiting become well established?

As far as the British Icons found in Google images are concerned, red double deckers and black cabs etc. tick all the boxes. Instantly recognisable, tick! Been around for years, tick!

But what about people?
The Queen and  Sir Winston Churchill could be described as iconic, each for their own reasons, as they are instantly recognisable in image, word and deed, and they are established symbols of Britishness beyond the UK.

But what about Princess Diana? Or Twiggy?

I think they are also considered to be British icons but their longevity is not to do with length of life or time in the spotlight. In this case I think  it’s also to do with a lasting association. Princess Diana died young but made a deep impression on the country’s psyche and is instantly recognisable around the world. Twiggy represented an era of the swinging sixties, when Great Britain was at the centre of a fashion and music revolution, and her mini skirted, gamine image became a symbol of her age, an icon.
It’s funny, but a lot of what we might consider to be iconically British comes from the 1960’s.

Think of the music, The Beatles, The Stones, The Who  and The Kinks. The fashion, Mary Quant and mini skirts, hippy chic, Kings Road and Biba, not forgetting the cars, the E-Type Jaguar and of course the Mini.
I’m sure each decade has its own icons, Punk Rock in the 70’s, Margaret Thatcher and the power dressing 80’s, but I think the 60’s icons seem to be the first to spring to mind when British icons are mentioned.
The Christmas Ball this year has been called the Iconic Britain Ball and the first thing that came to my mind was all things Austin Powers, the swinging sixties and all that great music. It’s a black tie affair, so I don’t expect to see many mini skirts, but I’m curious to find out what’s in store.

Sent from my Mary Quant iPad

 

Tickets SOLD OUT
 Get on the waiting list here

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The Iconic Christmas Ball—Save The Date

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“It’s party time again”

The Iconic Britain Christmas Ball

Early bird Ticket Teaser

Dear Members and Friends,
We’re very happy to announce that we’ll be holding a Christmas Ball again this year.

Preparations are underway and we would like you all to be prepared as well.

The important details are:

Date: 12th December

Location: St. Olaf’s Chapel (Barbizon Palace Hotel, Amsterdam)
Theme: Iconic Britain
Dress code: Black tie.

SAVE THE DATE

So save the date and wait for tickets sales to start.

EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNTS
Early bookings get a better deal.

Prices are: 15 Sept – 30 Sept | € 100 p.p. 1 Oct – 15 | Nov € 110 p.p | After 15 Nov € 120 p.p.

ONE GOES FREE DEAL
BOOK A TABLE OF TEN AND GET ONE TICKET FREE

If you reserve and pay for a full table of 10 at once, you’ll only be charged for 9 guests!

 
TICKETS ONLINE FROM 15th SEPT
Buy a table of 10 and get one ticket free
TICKETS ONLINE FROM 15th SEPT
Tickets, full details and conditions will be available at our BritSoc shop from September 15th.

http://www.britsocshop.nl 

We already have interest in pre-sale orders.
Avoid disappointment – get in early – and watch out for our future announcements

BRITSOC BALL CHARITIES

CCA-banner-steunOur chosen charity this year is the VUmc CCA Cancer Research department. This is a world-leading unit in the south of Amsterdam. We have visited them recently and we believe they deserve our support.

GENEROUS SPONSORS NEEDED
We are hoping to find generous sponsors who will provide services or goods, which we can turn into cash for our charity.  We ask for your help to make this event a success. And to add that touch of Iconic British class to the evening.

All offers of help with organisation, sponsorship, and ideas for the ball are very welcome…please email the team by clicking on the names below.

Many thanks and looking forward to seeing you at the ball.
Chairman
Coordinator

Real Meaning of Christmas

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The Real Meaning of Christmas

By Canon Mark Collinson, Christ Church Amsterdam

2014 has been marked by the centenary anniversary of the start of the Great War in 1914. Remembrance Sunday is always significant for Brits, not least because of the seriousness with which Queen Elizabeth II takes the ceremony at the Cenotaph in London.

Ceremonies in the Netherlands and across Europe have taken place remembering the lives of those who died not just in the First World War, but in all wars since then. Apparently, despite the scientific progress of humanity, the twentieth century saw more people die in wars and internal conflict than any previous century. Even if this was a smaller proportion of the world’s population than in previous centuries, it gives little cause for comfort.

A couple of weeks ago I was privileged to be part of the MH17 National Commemoration in the RAI. I met some of the British and local relatives of the 298 innocent victims. They were victims of someone else’s war – as is so often the case of civilians caught in the crossfire. It was moving to hear about how they realised that their loved ones were on that flight, and what it meant to face the loss of a son or daughter, a sister or brother. I give credit to John Cameron-Webb, the British Consul, and his team, for their excellent organisation in getting the relatives of the British victims to that event.

There is so much tragedy in the world – so much bad news that hits the headlines.  It’s not so often that the peacemakers get remembered and celebrated. Where is the good news this Christmas?

You may have heard of the story of the Christmas truce on the first Christmas Day of the First World War. It had been agreed to have a day off from fighting, and when one soldier kicked out a football in to no-man’s land, it resulted in a kick around between the two sides. (It is reported the Germans won 3-2).

Christmas is traditionally a time when we remember peace and goodwill. A time to stop fighting, and make peace, and find some stillness in your heart. This is because the real meaning of Christmas is found in connecting with Jesus Christ. Christians claim that he was the son of God, born as a completely normal human being, but who has as much God in him as you could possibly pack into a person. People who met him were healed, set free from the past experiences that had wounded them, and everyone wanted to invite him to their parties. Jesus was a peacemaker, who also made the ultimate sacrifice – that of giving his own life so that others can live.

It’s a bit of a mystery how Jesus’ life, death and resurrection still reverberate with people today. Christmas is the time when we remember his birth, by pitching up to church and singing a few carols. I encourage you to connect with any of the various English-speaking services happening this Christmas.

Click here to read the complete story from the Zine magazine.