Monday, December 9, 2019

Bahrain British Business Forum to hold their annual Poppy Ball on November 15

The Bahrain British Business Forum (BBBF) will hold its annual charitable Poppy Ball at the Gulf Hotel Bahrain Al Dana Ballroom on Friday 15 November. One of the most popular events on Bahrain’s yearly social calendar, the Poppy Ball is held in cooperation with the British Business Association (BBA) from the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. As customary, one of the main attractions at the Poppy Ball is the attendance of the Chelsea Pensioners as VIP Guests of Honour.

Chelsea Pensioners
Chelsea Pensioners Left to Right: Roy Palmer, Peter Henry, Dewi Treharne

This year, the BBBF will host three Chelsea Pensioners: Dewi Treharne (WO2) 84 years; Peter Henry (WO1) 72 years; and Roy Palmer (WO2) 80 years. During their stay the pensioners will attend many functions, including school visits, British Embassy functions and visits to local places of interest.  The highlights of their visit will be laying a wreath at the Memorial Service to mark Remembrance Day and attending the Poppy Ball.

Guests at an earlier Poppy Ball
Guests at an earlier Poppy Ball

Bugler and piper at an earlier Poppy Ball
Bugler and piper at an earlier Poppy Ball

The Poppy Ball will begin at 7:00 pm with a welcome reception and a buffet dinner, followed by music from 9:30 pm onwards with Music & Lights DJ and a live performance by the band Wired, to dance the night away. Dress code is evening or cocktail dresses for ladies and dinner suits with black ties or national dress for gents.

 

Guests at an earlier Poppy Ball
Guests at an earlier Poppy Ball

A raffle will be organised during the ball with many exciting prizes up for grabs, including two British Airways Business Class return tickets to the UK.

The Chelsea Pensioners’ visits to Bahrain have become a yearly custom. BBBF’s Chairman, Khalid Al Zayani OBE, said that this is made possible with the generosity of local companies. “The Pensioners greatly enjoy visiting Bahrain and always comment on the kind-hearted welcome they receive. I would like to thank this year’s main sponsors British Airways, Euro Motors Jaguar Land Rover, Gulf Hotels Group Bahrain and Gulf Brands International.”

The Poppy Ball is organised in support of the Chelsea Pensioners Appeal, Earl Haig Pensioners Fund, and the Children and Mothers Welfare Society Bahrain. The society has been a leader in voluntary work in the Kingdom of Bahrain since 1953; and it has played a central role in the empowerment and uplifting of women and children in the kingdom.

For more details or to reserve a table, please contact the BBBF office at [email protected] or 1781 3488.

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