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Christmas Carol Service on Friday 8th December

The BSS warmly invites you to our annual Carol Service on the 8th of December 2017, at 6:30 pm.

This is our regular festive get together which is held in the beautiful church of St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe, Queen Victoria Street and St. Andrew’s Hill, City of London, EC4V 5DE.

The church, which was built by Sir Christopher Wren is a wonderful historic building and well worth a visit in its own right. Please come and join in our carol singing in English and Slovene.

Catch up with friends after the service as there will be potica (offered by the Society) and Christmas drinks (courtesy of the Embassy).

There is no charge but a collection is taken to support the work of the Barka charity in Slovenia.

Nearest underground Blackfriars. St Paul’s and Mansion House nearby.

How to get there

Evening Courses of Slovene

Autumn is around the corner and SSEES UCL is again offering Slovene language evening courses that will begin in October.

ENROL TODAY!
https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ssees/evening-courses/slovene

These small interactive courses develop conversation skills without losing sight of the fundamentals of grammar. They are ideal for anyone interested in the rich culture and unique language of Slovenia.

Levels available this year:
• Beginners (Mondays 6.30-8.30 pm)
• Lower Intermediate (Tuesdays 6.30-8.30 pm)
• Upper Intermediate (Thursdays 6.30-8.30 pm)
• Advanced Plus (Wednesdays 6.30-8.30 pm)

Additional information is also available from Maja Rančigaj Beneš, Slovene language teacher: m.rancigaj@ucl.ac.uk

Slovenian Terrafolk Music Group Performs in UK in August

After a 7-year absence, the Slovenian music group Terrafolk is returning to the United Kingdom this month.

This is where they will play:

Saturday, 5th August at 5 pm 
Music Case Weekender, Boho, Camden, London
 
Sunday, 6th August at 8.45 pm
Music Case Weekender, Boho, Camden, London
 
6th-11th August
Esta Summer School, Chichester
 
Friday, 18th August at 10 pm
Folk East Festival, Glenham Hall Grounds, Suffolk
 
Sunday, 20th August
Picnic in the Park, Devizes, Wiltshire
 
Monday, 28th August
The International Street Festival, Devizes, Wiltshire

Terrafolk was founded in 1999 by progressive rock composer Daniel Černe (aka Mystica), former classical soloist Bojan Cvetrežnik and multi-instrumentalist Boštjan Gombač.

CURRENT LINE-UP:
Bojan Cvetrežnik, violin, mandolin, double bass
Danijel Černe-Mystica, guitar
An Černe, flutes, vocal, nai, violin
Barja Drnovšek, violin, double bass

www.terrafolk.org

Perfect Summer Day for the British-Slovene Oxford Picnic

There was a record turnout for the annual Oxford Picnic of the British-Slovene Society on Sunday 2nd July. The sun shone, the grass around the Slovene kozolec (hay rack) was freshly mown, singers were in full throat and tempting tree trunks tested the climbing skills of youngsters.

Slovenian Ambassador Tadej Rupelj came down from London, and other participants travelled from as far as Wales, Manchester and southeast England. As usual, we gathered in the beautiful settings of the Oxford University Arboretum.

More pictures in Gallery.

We are looking for a new Trustee. Will you help?

Would you like to promote contacts between Britons and Slovenes by joining the British-Slovene Society as a Trustee? At this particular time, it is important that we ensure bridges are not weakened. So would you do your bit to ensure that ties remain strong?

We are looking for a Trustee who would act as Treasurer. This requires basic accounting skills, but the accounts are not complex and do not involve large sums of money. You would participate in meetings of Trustees and contribute to their decision-making on all matters.

Please do consider volunteering. We are a convivial group, and you would be made most welcome. Contact the Chairman David Lloyd davidalloyd@btinternet.com if you think you can help, or would like to know more.  

Notice of Annual General Meeting

For members of the British-Slovene Society only:

Notice is hereby given that The Annual General Meeting of the British-Slovene Society will be held at 17:30 on Friday 23 June 2017 at the Embassy of Slovenia, 17 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London SW1H 9BL.

Seating is limited to 30 and we therefore ask you to confirm your attendance by email to: davidalloyd@btinternet.com.

In case you cannot attend the AGM and wish to vote, please use the Form of Proxy: BSS-2017-AGM-Form-of-proxy

 

 

50th Anniversary of Twinning of Maribor and Greenwich

The ballet of the Slovene National Theatre of Maribor gave a much-applauded performance of its “Radio and Juliet” creation at the Woolwich Town Hall to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the twinning of the city of Maribor with the borough of Greenwich.

Actively encouraged over the past three years by Slovenian Ambassador Tadej Rupel, the two municipalities cooperate actively in  culture and education and exchanges of young people. Maribor has donated a vine to grow in Greenwich, and the latter has created a beautiful green “Maribor Park” leading down to the Thames.

Asked whether the Brexit vote was causing concern, Maribor mayor Dr. Andrej Fištravec said: “Not at all. Our cooperation has never been stronger. There is wholehearted commitment on both sides.”

Also pictured at the event on 25th May: British-Slovene Trustee Evelina Ferrar with Mayor Fištravec.

The British-Slovene Society Annual Picnic

 

Dear Slovenes, friends and families,

We warmly invite you to join us from 12 noon till 4.30 p.m. on Sunday 2nd July for the Annual Picnic in the Oxford University Arboretum at Nuneham Courtenay. We will meet again by the kozolec (Slovene hay rack).

Bring a picnic, drinks, deckchairs, blankets, your kids, grandchildren and friends. If you make something particularly nice, you may wish to share it with others!

The Arboretum is situated just south of the village of Nuneham Courtenay on the A4074 road from Reading, eight miles south of Oxford. The postal code is OX44 9PX. From London it can be reached by the M40, exit 8, A40 to Oxford, then southwards round the Ring Road (A4142) on to the A4074 towards Reading.

If you come by train to Oxford or Reading, you can then take the bus X39/X40 to the Arboretum. If you have problems please mail to evelina@ferrar.org.uk or call 07584 199 177 and we will do what we can to help.

The Arboretum has kindly agreed to mow the area around the hayrack, but we are not allowed to climb on it. Adults attending the British-Slovene picnic pay £5.00, concessions £3.50. You can pay by cash, credit/debit card or cheque. Children under 16 and Members of Oxford University (bring your card) enter for free. Dogs are not allowed.

More information on the Arboretum can be found at http://www.harcourt-arboretum.ox.ac.uk/.

We must leave by 4:30 pm when the Arboretum closes. However, if you wish to come earlier, you can do so from 10 am onwards.

We hope we can welcome many of you as we celebrate and enjoy an afternoon around the kozolec – one of the most traditional symbols of Slovenia and its culture.

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