The British Association was started in 1957, to enable a group of volunteers to carry out their welfare work – that of helping British residents and visitors to the region who were in need of financial or medical assistance.
In tandem to this, one of its prime objectives was as a protest – to put pressure on the British Foreign Office to ensure that a permanent Consular Official remained in Nice at the time the Consular Offices were moved to Marseilles.
Linked to this, was the providing of hospitality to the officers and crew of British Naval ships visiting the Riviera, by way of organized coach trips to places of interest – football and cricket matches and general entertainment.
The British Association was formed and officially registered on the 30 th November 1957, with a total of 508 enrolled members from Nice, Menton and Cannes. The Var Branch was started in 1998, and decided in March 2010 to become independent. The Association management committee is headed by the Chairman of the Association and includes de facto the Chairmen of the Branches in Menton, Nice, Cannes.
Through the years, the British Association still acts as a conduit and associated representative group to the Consular offices in Marseilles, and the Honorary Consul in Nice – quietly getting on with the job of putting people and social needs together.