Over 200 people joined us at the St. George’s Anglican church in Madrid on the 24th September to celebrate the British Benevolent Fund’s 2nd annual Summer Fete. The evening was a great success and was enjoyed by both expatriates and English-speaking local “madrileños” alike. Visitors had the opportunity learn more about English speaking organisations and companies that offer services in English here in Madrid as well as being able to purchase items from food to second hand books and even clothing.
The doors opened at 7pm and the Church was immediately filled with people of various nationalities, some of whom had known about the event in advance and others who were tempted to come in as they passed by the Church. It was a universal atmosphere and the Madrid weather was very kind to us. The front and back patios of the church were filled with both commercial stands as well as those of non-profit organisations, and the visitors were able to mingle, make purchases and learn about these organisations whilst sipping their wine or refreshment and enjoying snacks bought at the cafe. We were delighted to welcome once again our Honorary President of the British Benevolent Fund in Madrid, the British Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley CMG, and the British Consul Madrid, Sarah Jane Morris.
As the evening progressed it did become a little dark but that added to the charm of the evening and was a focus of conversation. Inside the Church visitors enjoyed a performance by the Madrid International Community Choir.
Everybody agreed the evening was a great success. It was an enjoyable social event in a relaxing atmosphere which also offered networking opportunities and gave visitors a chance to learn about local services and organisations previously unknown to them.
At the same time it raised much appreciated funds for the British Benevolent Fund which will be put to great use.