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Trivia Night

The British Benevolent Society of California

Invites You to a British-Themed Pub Quiz Night

Join us for an evening of entertainment and trivia – and test your knowledge of all things British. The quiz will feature questions on all facets of British life and culture – modern, historical and topical. Form a team with your fellow Brits and Anglophiles, and prepare for a battle of wits.

Tuesday, April 8 2014
From 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Eventbrite - BBS British-Themed Trivia Night

We are having a party!

British Consulate

We work closely with the British Consulate in San Francisco


BBS Secretary Stacey Archbell, President Karen Thomas and Consul General Andrew Whittaker

Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual General Meeting in April!

A special thank you to our partners at the British Consulates in San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Without you, we would not be able to  connect with and help those in need.

A new and happy life

The BBS was approached by a British lady in California who found herself homeless and alone with three small children following her separation from an abusive husband. The BBS was able to contribute towards the cost of an evaluation report which was pivotal in allowing our grantee to reach a settlement with her estranged husband, and gave her access to much needed funds. She was able to move back to the UK to be close to her family. As she told us afterward — “Without your help and support, we would not be back in England starting a new, and happy life!”

A safe flight home.

A British lady visiting California from Australia fell down some steep steps on the first night of her vacation and was rushed to hospital – she had broken her neck! With no insurance, the medical expenses began to pile up, and hospital administrators were anxious to discharge her to a rehab-nursing home. Keen to get her back to Australia where her health insurance would cover her costs, the BBS worked closely with the British Consulate, the patient’s family and her employer to coordinate the necessary medical support and a flight home, underwriting the costs of five weeks in the rehab center and the return flight. Our patient was hugely appreciative, and kept in touch regularly until she passed away last year.