The British Moroccan Society (BMS) was established over 40 years ago.
In 1975 Ronald Bailey, recently retired British Ambassador to Morocco, got together with Captain David Russell, then Organising Secretary of the Society for the Protection of Animals in North Africa (SPANA). Together, they set the wheels in motion for the formation of the Society.
Mr Abdallah Chorfi, then Moroccan Ambassador in London, and Sir Anthony Nutting, were approached to become the Patrons. In October 1976, the Society was officially inaugurated during a reception at the residence of the next Moroccan Ambassador, Baderddine Senussi.
Throughout the years, the core objectives of the Society have remained constant. This has been ensured by the active involvement and commitment of current Vice-Chairman, Dr Ali Bahaijoub (member of BMS from the outset), and current Honorary Vice-President, Annie Austin (member since the early years). In 2005, BMS became an official charity and company under UK law, allowing the Society to expand its work.
Looking to the future, BMS plans to increase benefits to Supporting Members, to collaborate more with other like-minded societies and organisations, and to further develop social, cultural, educational, business and charitable activities. Events are ever more ambitious and regular including a greater focus on cultural and literary topics.