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Christmas Cocktail 11th December

BBCA Annual Christmas Event 

Once again the Brussels British Community Association (BBCA) requests the pleasure of your company for their annual Christmas Cocktail in the company of His Britannic Majesty's Ambassador, Martin Shearman.

The event will be on the evening of Monday 11 December 2023 at a prestigious venue in central Brussels from 6pm.

We will be welcomed by HE Martin Shearman, British Ambassador to Belgium and the evening will feature our annual presentation of Cheques to the four BBCA Charities and also a raffle with great prizes with all proceeds this year donated to support the great work of the Community Kitchen in Brussels.

The cost of the evening is € 15 for BBCA members and € 20 for non members.

Prior registration and payment is required. Reservations will be accepted on a first paid/ first served basis and your reservation is not confirmed without payment. Reservations will be accepted up to 18h00 on Thursday 7 December 2023 subject to availability.

All guests will be asked to show a valid identification on arrival at the event.

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Packimpex Workshop 7th December 2023

Career Mobility
Expats Workshop

Our upcoming workshop for expats is just around the corner and we are so excited!

This workshop is dedicated to expats who want to develop, continue or find a new career in Belgium, with a special attention to expats' partners:

  • You'll find out more about Actiris, Brussels Public Employment Service, through Virgine Van Lierde, the Innovation Project Manager at ACTIRIS, who will share the mission of Actiris and how it can help you in your job search.
  • You will also hear from Virginie Jullien, a professional coach accredited PCC by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) who, after her own expatriation, set up her own nomadic coaching business focusing on well-being and transitions. She will focus on partners and how to create their own expatriation project:
    • What are the options (same career, new career, career break)?
    • What are the challenges (equivalent qualifications, work permits, language barriers, childcare, etc)?
  • You will also meet a KBC Brussels expert with another perspective on the subject.

Interested? Sign up below. We're looking forward to welcome you with good coffee, croissants, great company and insights.
Sign me up

Detailed schedule:

  • 9:00: Welcome coffee
  • 9:30: Presentation on Actiris services prepared by Virginie Van Lierde, Actiris
  • 10:00: Presentation "Expatriation, a unique opportunity to reinvent yourself!" by Virginie Jullien, ICF PCC coach
  • 10:30: KBC expert
  • 11:00: Q&A
  • 12:00: End

Save the date and place:

📆 7 December 2023

📍 Packimpex Office (Ex Bright Expats), Avenue de Broqueville 40, 1200 Woluwe-Saint-Lambert


Summer Opening Hours

Please note that in July and August we have reduced opening hours.

CHS Office (for appointments and general enquiries)

Monday to Friday 10am- 1pm

Tel: 02 647 67 80

CHS Helpline -confidential, anonymous 

7am-midnight everyday

Tel 02 648 40 14


2023 BBCA Summer Garden Party

The Brussels British Community Association (BBCA) Annual Summer event will be held on the afternoon of Sunday 25 June 2023 at the Royal Brussels Cricket Club near Lasne. Join us for a fun family day out and enjoy typical British food and drink - BBQ, afternoon tea, cake stall etc. as well as the famous Timm's Pimm's Bar!
Once again, the sound of leather on willow will provide the genteel backdrop for the BBCA's annual mid-summer garden party on Sunday 25 June.
Kicking off from 1pm, the Royal Brussels Cricket Club will host our charity fundraiser at its bucolic grounds in Lasne-Ohain and lay on a friendly 'village green' cricket match for the thrill – or amusement – of the crowds.
All are welcome to join the fifth edition of this free community celebration. Our priority is to bring people together and this is a great opportunity to do that. The party is not just for Brits – everyone is welcome.
There will be plenty of refreshments laid on, including Timm's Pimms, a BBQ (organised by our friends at Stonemanor), a tea stand with a generous spread of home-made cakes and fresh strawberries and cream, as well as a cash bar in the clubhouse.
Little ones can join in some traditional fun games such as an egg and spoon race, three-legged race and a tug of war.
As ever, the garden party's popular raffle offers prizes by generous donors and will raise much-needed cash for the BBCA's associated local charities: CHS, BCF, the Brussels Branch of the Royal British Legion and The Wednesday Club. The event is also supported by BritCham.

Please note that this event is a CASH ONLY event!

For more information


Winter Worries

If you are a British person living in Belgium who is having difficulties in winter season, please reach out to the British Charitable Fund – they may be able to help!

See more information on their website: