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Concert and Drinks Reception, Oct 22nd 2014

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The British Benevolent Fund of Madrid will once again be hosting their famous Classical Concert giving you the unique opportunity to hear musicians from the Royal Academy of Music in London, and featuring the Choir from Runnymede College.

This year’s concert theme is based on the ever popular:


With such classics as O Mio Babbino Caro, The Humming Bird Chorus, La Boheme, West Side Story and of course a rousing finale of Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory.

The concert will be held on:

October 22nd, 2014

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After the concert there will be a reception, at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes, where you will have an opportunity to meet with artists. Food and drink will be served sponsored by:

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Mahou San Miguel WebsiteBodegas Martue Website

A night not to be missed!

English-Speaking Community Summer Fete – Sept 11th 2014


A celebration of all the great and good the English-speaking community of Madrid has to offer. Whether you are new to Madrid or have lived here for some time, this is a great chance to see what is available and get involved.

Our stalls will include something for everyone with organisations representing many nationalities and covering a wide range of activities including: social groups, sports events, community groups, children’s activities and charitable organisations.

There is something for everyone whether you are a native English speaker or looking to improve your English speaking skills. All are welcome

Food and drink will be available.


Why I Volunteered for the British Benevolent Fund of Madrid – Vice Chairman Callie Stewart

CallieI joined the committee of the BBF some years ago, thinking I could be of some help regarding people who the BBF come across who may have physical difficulties. I have experience of this as I have worked all my life as a physiotherapist. However though I have know how in accessing disabilities, really the main function of a visitor to listen to others.

As people get older their circle of friends often diminishes, due to death or simply because they can’t get about to see people as previously. We therefore visit British people who are lonely at home, or in a retired folks home or in hospital. Sometimes we visit alone or 2 of us together. This is especially helpful if the person has difficulty in speaking, so at least speaking together and including the person we are able to bring the outside world to them.

Sometimes it’s the member of family who visits and looks after their loved one who is in a home, that needs help and support, perhaps visiting to give the spouse or other person a rest.

It’s the job of committee members to assess the financial aid situation of the person, if required, as there are sometimes benefits they can receive which they were unaware of.

If you like talking with people and feel you would be interested in becoming a visitor, we would be delighted to meet you and tell you more and introduce you into our system.

If you are based in the Madrid area and would like to volunteer for The British Benevolent Fund then please email us on