British-Slovene Society packs London Wren church

At a time when solidarity among peoples is more important than ever, the annual Christmas Service of Carols and Readings of the British-Slovene Society attracted a record turnout of members and their friends on 2nd December.

Young and old filled all the pews of the beautiful Christopher Wren Church of St. Andrew-by-the Wardrobe in London, and took part in the readings and carol singing, led by the Gallus Consort choir under Paul Brisby (who brought his new-born son with him).

Casper and Lara Hill (mother Slovene, father British) sang solos and read in Slovene

Casper and Lara Hill (mother Slovene, father British) sang solos and read in Slovene

Robert Mingay-Smith played the organ, and the service was officiated by the Ven Luke Miller, Archdeacon of London, who is also Rector of St. Andrew-by-the Wardrobe.

Participants donated £306 in a collection for Barka, a charity in Slovenia for children with special needs, which the Society has supported for many years.

Afterwards, we stayed to talk, drink Slovenian wine kindly given by the Slovenian Embassy, represented in person by Ambassador Tadej Rupel and family, and eat traditional Slovenian potica and English mince-pies.

The Ven Luke Miller is assisted with the candles

The Ven Luke Miller is assisted with the candles

See gallery with pictures by Ian Božič.

Ljubo Sirc has died

The British-Slovene Society is sad to hear of the death of Ljubo Sirc, one of its most distinguished and long-serving members. He was 97.

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Ljubo Sirc was born in 1920 in Kranj and fought with the Resistance in WWII in Yugoslavia.

Subsequently he was considered suspect by the new Communist regime and in 1947 he was sentenced to death. His sentence was commuted to 20 years’ hard labour and in 1954 he was released.

He left for Britain and lectured at universities around the world. In 1965 he took up a post at the University of Glasgow, where he then lived. In 1983 he founded a Center for Research into Post-Communist Economies in London.

In 1989 he returned to Slovenia and unsuccessfully stood as a Liberal Democrat candidate for the Presidency three years later.

Back in Britain, he was awarded the CBE for spreading democratic ideas in Eastern Europe.

See http://www.delo.si/novice/slovenija/umrl-je-ljubo-sirc.html