Dear British-Slovene members, friends and families,
Picnic time is approaching again! We warmly invite you to join us from 12 noon to 4.30 p.m. on Sunday 30th June 2019 for our Annual Picnic in the Oxford University Arboretum at Nuneham Courtenay, OX44 9PX. 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! We are once again expecting the Slovenian Ambassador in the U.K., Tadej Rupel, to join us.
The Arboretum is situated just south of the village of Nuneham Courtenay on the A4074 road from Reading, eight miles south of Oxford. 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 take the bus X39/X40 to the Arboretum. If you have problems mail firstname.lastname@example.org 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 pay £5.45 for entry to the Arboretum, concessions £4. You can pay by cash, credit/debit card or cheque. Children under 16, Members of Oxford University (bring your card) and registered disabled and carers enter for free. Dogs are not allowed.
See also http://www.harcourt-arboretum.ox.ac.uk/.
We must leave by 4:30 pm when the Arboretum closes. If you wish to come earlier, you can do so from 10 am onwards.
We hope we can welcome many of you to enjoy an afternoon around the kozolec – one of the most traditional symbols of Slovenia and its culture.
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 5 pm on Wednesday 22 May in the offices of Howard Kennedy, 1 London Bridge, London SE1 9BG.
After the AGM Keith Miles will give a talk on an unusual and fascinating subject. You may have thought Slovenia never had any admirals, but you would be wrong. Keith will tell the story of ‘The Slovene Admiral in the Royal Navy and other famous Slovene Admirals’. Participating will be a descendant of Slovene Admiral Reigersfeld, who lives in Somerset.
Please confirm your attendance by email to: email@example.com.
In case you cannot attend the AGM and wish to vote, please use the Form of Proxy: BSS-2019-AGM-Form-of-proxy
Slovenians residing in the UK can vote in the European Union Parliamentary election due to be held on 23rd May. You can vote for candidates standing in the UK for election. Or you can vote in Slovenia, but not in both countries.
To vote in the UK, you should register at https://www.gov.uk/elections-in-the-uk/european-parliament by 7th May at the latest.
In the UK, parties expected to put up candidates include the Conservatives, Labour and Nigel Farage’s Brexit party. So too will parties supporting the UK remaining in the EU – the Liberal Democrats, the Greens and Change UK.
The outcome of this election could be important for the future of Europe. So please consider bringing your influence to bear by voting on 23rd May.
Tradicionalna prireditev Dobrodošli doma bo letos 6. julija 2019 v Radovljici.
Vabimo rojakinje in rojake, ki živite v zamejstvu in po svetu, da se nam na ta dan pridružite. Skupaj z vami bomo izoblikovali pester in bogat kulturni ter športni program.
Letošnji dogodek organiziramo društva: Združenje Slovenska izseljenska matica, Svetovni slovenski kongres, Slovenija v svetu in Rafaelova družba pod pokroviteljstvom Urada Vlade RS za Slovence v zamejstvu in po svetu.
Pripravili bomo nastope različnih glasbenih, folklornih in pevskih skupin, razstave, srečanje mladih raziskovalcev, predstavitve nagrajenih diplomskih in magistrskih nalog, nogometne tekme… Organizirali bomo tudi izlete v okolici Radovljice.
Prijave za sodelovanje na prireditvi ali samo za obisk in izlete zbiramo do 5. maja 2019. Prijavite se na spodaj napisane e-naslove kjer boste dobili tudi vse ostale informacije povezane s prireditvijo Dobrodošli doma.
Kontaktna oseba: Jasmina Ilič Draković, številka mobilnega telefona: 00386 40 150518
Veselimo se srečanja z vami!
On World Prayer Day for Slovenia on Friday March 1st, 2019, the British-Slovene Society helped arrange a service at the lovely St. Margaret’s Church in London opposite Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament.
Those taking part in the service could see some typical Slovenian books and artefacts, including the Poems of France Prešeren and a model of a Slovenian ‘Kozolec’ (Hayrack).
Celia Scott, Canon Sinclair, Linda Ulrich, Deacon Saunders and other World Day of Prayer volunteers helped make this a very warm occasion.
British-Slovene Society Trustee Simona Bennett, former Trustee Breda Wilkinson and Karen Košak gave readings. Trustee Miha Košak helped coordinate, and Špela Vrbnjak of the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia provided further support.
Each year a World Day of Prayer is devoted to a different country.
For more information see
https://www.wwdp.org.uk/2019-theme-and-country-slovenia/ and https://www.westminster-abbey.org/st-margarets-church
Born into a devout Ljubljana Catholic family in 1928 as one of four girls with nine brothers, Sister Terezija (Rezka) Žužek led a remarkable life as a mission doctor around the world. She died in Marian House, Uxbridge, on 26 January 2019 at the age of 91.
The Žužek family fled Slovenia in 1945 after the Communists took over what was then Yugoslavia. After several years in an Italian refugee camp, Rezka and her sister Agnesa went to Spain, where she graduated with a medical degree from the University of Zaragoza.
Rezka and Agnesa both decided on careers as mission doctors in a Catholic religious congregation. They joined the Medical Mission Sisters in South Shields, England, and took their first vows there in 1958. Sister Rezka subsequently served for many years as a mission doctor in Pakistan, South Vietnam, Yemen and Peru.
On her return to the U.K. in 1994, she became a prison visitor to Holloway Women’s prison in London. It then contained many women from Eastern Europe and South America who had been bribed by drug dealers to carry drugs. Rezka’s language skills were invaluable, as was her gentle, kind approach. She helped the women to keep contact with their families, and gave them encouragement and support.
In 2011 Rezka came to live in the Marian House care home. Sister Gillian Horsfield, a fellow-member of the Medical Mission Sisters, writes: ͏͏“Rezka had had a difficult life… The trauma of the war and being a refugee had left her with an underlying sense of insecurity, but living in Marian House, with its rhythm of life and pastoral care, brought her peace… Every time one of the care staff came into her room she gave them a huge smile. And all of us when we visited were struck by Rezka’s peacefulness … It was in that peaceful state that Rezka went to God on 26th January. We remember her with gratitude and love.”
Her two surviving brothers, Stane from Argentina and Andrej from USA, attended her funeral. Rezka was a longstanding member of the British-Slovene Society.
Slovenian President Borut Pahor visited the U.K. this week. After a meeting with HM Queen Elizabeth II on 28 February, he addressed a reception for 200 guests hosted by the Slovenian Embassy in London. Pictured here with David Lloyd, Chairman of the British-Slovene Society (centre), and Ambassador Tadej Rupel and Valentina Rupel.
See link to a report by Slovenian national TV: https://4d.rtvslo.si/arhiv/dnevnik/174599068
Veleposlaništvo Republike Slovenije vabi slovenske državljane, ki prebivajo v Združenem kraljestvu, na informativni dogodek o bodočem statusu državljanov držav članic EU po izstopu Združenega kraljestva iz EU.
Na vprašanja bodo odgovarjali neodvisni strokovnjaki. V primeru, da imate konkretna vprašanja svetujejo, da jih vnaprej posredujete v angleškem jeziku na firstname.lastname@example.org.
Datum: 4. marec 2019 ob 18:30
Kraj: Europe House
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SW1P 3EU London
Potrditev udeležbe: email@example.com
Dogodek bo sneman ter predvajan v živo na Facebook strani sedeža Evropske komisije:
www.facebook.com/ECinUK in bo na razpolago še nekaj dni po dogodku.