Swiss Community Events Calendar

Available for the first time, a comprehensive calendar to download with all Swiss events in the UK - from music concerts to art exhibitions to talks to just having a cuppa.

If you know of an event that is not listed on the calendar below of the PDF download, please do let us know so that we can keep it as up to date as possible:

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February 19
Saturday 9th, 12:30 – Tuesday 8th, 21:30
145TH ANNIVERSARY - Unione Ticinese
Time to book!
Swiss Embassy London, 16-18 Montagu Place, Marylebone, London, W1H 2BQ

Bookings taken until 25th January. Contact Peter Barber to secure your place by emailing: peter_barber@mac.com

Invitation to attend the dinner celebrating the 145th anniversary of the foundation of the Unione Ticinese, Swiss Embassy, London 9 February 2019.

By 1874 when the Unione Ticinese was founded, Ticinese immigrants, particularly those from the Blenio and Lenentina vallies, were already in the habit of meeting regularly on Sundays, usually in the Electric Hall in Denmark Street near Tottenham Court Road in the heart of London. They were mainly waiters, chefs and the owners of small and medium-sized café-restaurants, who got together in their free time to meet their compatriots to chat about home and talk about their experiences abroad.

We read in the Society’s minutes that on Suday 8 February, after the last dance of the evening, the text of the act of foundation of the society was read out. It had been formulated four months earlier by a committee appointed for the purpose. and led by Roberto Vanini. It was unanimously approved.

We should also remember that 12 September 1915 marked the foundation of the Pro Ticino Centrale, representing sections formed in Basel, Zurich, Berne, Fribourg, Lausann, Biel and La Chaux-de-Fond On 6 June 1938, a historic date, the Unione Ticinese di Londra was formally admitted as an autonomous member of the Pro Ticino Centrale, with full recognition of its then constitution and organisation. The people responsible for this were the then president of the Unione Ticinese, Giuseppe Eusebio and Dr Felice Gianini, president of Pro Ticino Centrale, who had made a special trip to London.

This 9 February 2019, after no less than 145 years and with great pride, we want to celebrate the birth of our society with all of you, remembering with gratitude our predecessors who, through the creation of the Unione Ticinese, still enable us nowadays to meet together with friends near and far. Long live the Unione Ticinese de Londra ! Long live Pro Ticino!

Visit the Unione Ticinese Londra website for more information.

"Ticino" is being “discovered” by people far and wide. An article on Corippo was published in the New York Times in August and the London Times carried an article on not so well known areas in Ticino in the same month. The journalists may not have got all their facts quite right, at least they were taking an interest in less well known parts of Ticino. You can read the articles here:

New York Times article - Saving Corippo

New York Times - Europe's Summer Secret

February 19
Saturday 23rd, 12:00 – Saturday 23rd, 17:00
Swiss Raclette And Fondue Lunch
Swiss in the UK
Goring Heath, Barn with log fire , RG87SZ

RSVP through the Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/swissintheuk/

Hosted by Gini Blake
Swiss in the UK Facebook Group Event direct link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2265329353706069/

March 19
Sunday 3rd, 11:00 – Wednesday 13th, 12:00
Sunday service with communion and luncheon
Swiss Church London
79 Endell Street, London, WC2H 9DY

Sunday services are held at the Swiss Church in 79 Endell Street every first and third Sunday of the month. The first Sunday is with communion. Everyone is invited to join.

The sermons are in English, the hymns and the liturgy are also in German and French.

A meal or light refreshments are served after the service.

The Swiss Church in London is rooted in the Reformed tradition but people from all denominations, faith groups (and none) are welcome.

Follow the events calendar on the Swiss Church website for future dates and cultural events:

March 19
Wednesday 6th, 19:30 – Wednesday 6th, 22:30
Swiss Club Edinburgh
Le Di-Vin wine bar, 9 Randolph Place, Edinburgh EH2 4EL

The Swiss Stammtisch is a regular event where Swiss people get together informally for a drink and discussions on topics that are of interest, including living abroad, politics and culture.

The Stammtisch currently takes place every first Wednesday of the month at Le Di-Vin Wine Bar. For the latest information on the Stammtisch, please visit our Facebook page.

All are invited to attend, you don't have to be a member of the Swiss Club Edinburgh to join the Stammtisch.

Please contact us if you have comments or questions.

March 19
Tuesday 12th, 18:15 – Tuesday 12th, 20:15
Seminar: Bereavement, Grief, Care & Coping with Loss
Swiss Benevolent Society – Living Well Series
Swiss Embassy London, 16–18 Montagu Pl, London W1H 2BQ

A Swiss Benevolent Society Seminar in partnership with Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse is a charity specialising in bereavement care - one of their wonderful speakers will host the seminar on living and coping with bereavement.

Grief is a natural process, but it can be devastating. For those who need help, Cruse offers free confidential support for adults and children. This is the third seminar in our 'Living Well' series. Everyone welcome.

Download the seminar flyer >


Registration: 18:15
Presentation with Q&A: 18:30–19:30
Drinks Reception: 19:30–20:00

RSVP here >

March 19
Thursday 21st, 18:00 – Thursday 21st, 21:30
Annual General Meeting New Helvetic - Save the date!
New Helvetic Society
Swiss Embassy London tbc

The New Helvetic Society will be holding its AGM on the 21st of March. 

This is usually also a very social social occasion with an opportunity to have dinner with friends and colleagues as well as a look back over the past year's activities and planning for the next events. You don't necessarily need to be a club member to come along, only to vote on motions.

Keep an eye on our website for more details on the event closer to the time. 

April 19
Monday 1st, 17:30 – Monday 1st, 20:30
Modern Trends in Philanthropy
British Swiss Chamber of Commerce
Collyer Bristow Art Gallery, 4 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4TF


'Modern Trends in Philanthropy' 

5.30 - 8.30pm, Monday 1st April 2019

Collyer Bristow Art Gallery, 4 Bedford Row, London, WC1R 4TF

In times of economic transformation and reconsideration of the social contract, philanthropy plays a growing role as “risk capital for the public good” – reaching populations in need the public sector finds hard to serve, piloting powerful new solutions on long-standing social and environmental challenges, and offering a sense of purpose in a complex, volatile world. 

This new seminar will be chaired by James Badcock, Partner, Collyer Bristow.  Speakers will include:

Anne-Marie de Weck VP - Fondation Philanthropia - Lombard Odier, and President of the BSCC will give a keynote address that will review the main trends in modern philanthropy, and then illustrate them with carefully selected examples of philanthropic work. 

Duncan MacIntyre, CEO, Lombard Odier UK, will then present on the opportunities for charities to align their investments with their mission - to unlock additional impact and achieve their goals in a sustainable and responsible manner.

 Guest speaker Tony S. Matharu founder and Board Member of a number of UK registered charities will share his experiences of the sector both in the UK and internationally.

The session will close with the speakers taking part in a Q&A session where delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their views on the state of modern philanthropy.

 This is the first seminar focused on philanthropy organized by the BSCC and our goal is to hold an event on this annual basis.  If you or your organization wish to know more about how to sponsor, host or take part in future programmes please contact Jane Wicks, Events Consultant, BSCC on jane.wicks@bscc.co.uk

This event is free of charge

 To register click here

Places are limited therefore registrations will be handled strictly on a first-come first-served basis.


Collyer Bristow Art Gallery
4 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4TF, United Kingdom

FEES: This event is free of charge

May 19
Friday 17th, 10:30 – Saturday 18th, 17:30
Annual General Meeting FOSSUK - Save the date!
Cultural Weekend
Swiss Embassy London, 16-18 Montagu Place, Marylebone, London, W1H 2BQ

SAVE THE DATE: Next FOSSUK’s AGM in London The 2019 FOSSUK AGM & Culture weekend will be organised in London from the 17th to the 18th of May 2019.

The meeting itself will be hosted, kindly, in the Embassy of Switzerland in the UK, in London., which includes speakers from Switzerland and a talk by Ambassador Faisal looking at elements that impact Swiss citizens living and working in the UK.