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Become a BBS Member today!

It’s that time of year when we connect with all BBS members, potential members and corporate sponsors to ask for your support in helping continue our unique and essential charity work of providing assistance to distressed Brits in need.

The British Benevolent Society of California is a very unique charity and the only one of its kind in the US! Your membership helps us to continue this special work of helping those less fortunate, and in turn promotes British benevolence in our own community.

With the help of BBS members we can:

  • Continue to provide aid and relief to distressed British nationals in dire need of assistance.
  • Partner with the British Consulates General in San Francisco and Los Angeles to ensure people know where to find us.
  • Follow the tradition that began in 1858 to help those that need it the most.


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Consul General Andrew Whittaker

The British Benevolent Society of California Inc is delighted to announce the appointment of Consul General Andrew Whittaker as Honorary President, beginning August 2016. BBS enjoys a special relationship with the British Consulate-General in San Francisco and Los Angeles for more than a century each serving British Consul-General has had the pleasure of serving as Honorary President.

Andrew Whittaker assumed his duties as Her Majesty’s Consul General in San Francisco in early August. As Consul General, Andrew is responsible for supporting the UK’s economic profile, foreign policy, and national security priorities in North-western United States (Northern CA, OR, WA, ID, MT, WY & AK).

We look forward to welcoming Andrew in our growing community of British expats and anglophiles.



BBS Christmas Dinner

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The BBS held its annual Christmas dinner at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco on December 10th, 2014. It was a great night attended by members and guests and the British Consul General, Priya Guha, as our special guest. Christmas dinner was delicious and all enjoyed singing some favorite Christmas carols! Visit this website for details about the next Christmas event in December 2015!

Beatles Tribute Band at the South Beach Yacht Club!

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We were very excited to have the Three of US, (http://www.thesunkings.com/zpproductions.html), the Bay Area Beatles tribute band and a spin-off of the Sun Kings. We had a great dinner prepared by resident SBYC’s Chef John and his team, followed by music and dancing to a whole array of Beatles fab favorites. The wine served before and after dinner was donated by Naked Wines, (www.nakedwines.com) raffle prizes were also donated by Naked Wines, Kathleen Kimura, Peter Brook and Karen Thomas with a variety of other Beatles memorabilia prizes being offered.

Many thanks also go to Tom, Ken & Roger, South Beach Yacht Club volunteer barmen, BBS’s Karen Thomas and Jackie Bowen, volunteers on our Social Committee, and Susan Goodier our fab Executive Administrator.

South Beach Yacht Club overlooks South Beach Harbor filled and its many yachts with the Bay Bridge and the East Bay in the distance. Feedback already received said that this is the perfect location for this type of event and we hope to hold another event there next year. See you then!