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Notice of Annual General Meeting of the British-Slovene Society – Tuesday 9th June 2020

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 3 pm on Tuesday 9 June 2020 online via Zoom. Any member may join the session. 

 AGENDA

 Ordinary Business

  1. To receive and adopt the Report of the Trustees and Accounts for the year ended 30 Sept 2019
  2. To re-elect the following as Trustees, who retire by rotation and are offered for re-election: Evelina Ferrar, Igor Cesarec, Miha Košak, Mateja Somen
  3. To appoint a Secretary for the forthcoming year.
  4. To appoint a Chairman for the forthcoming year. David Lloyd has indicated his willingness to continue in office.
  5. To approve the Minutes of the AGM held on 22 May 2019.
  6. Any Other Business.

David Lloyd, Chairman                                             

Please confirm your attendance by email to: davidalloyd@btinternet.com. You will then be sent an invitation to join the Zoom session together with instructions. You may also receive BSS Accounts for the year ending 30th September 2019 and the Chairman’s Statement.

In case you cannot attend the AGM and wish to vote, please use the Form of Proxy: BSS-2020-AGM-Form-of-proxy

Webinar o covidu-19 preko Zooma 9. maja ob 19h

Društvo v tujini izobraženih Slovencev (VTIS) vabi na novo serijo webinarjev “Ideje iz sveta”, na katerih bodo njeni člani delili znanje, izkušnje in ideje iz vseh koncev sveta o trenutno najbolj aktualnih temah.

Prva tema bo – morda nepresenetljivo – COVID-19. Trije člani VTIS-a, ki aktivno sodelujejo pri zmanjševanju posledic virusa, bodo v soboto, 9. maja ob 19.00 CEST, preko Zoom-a z nami delili svoje raznoliko znanje in izkušnje iz prve roke o razvoju testiranj okužbe, 3D tiskanju zaščitnih mask in o preučevanju ekonomskih posledic pandemije.
Seminarji so brezplačni in odprti za vsakogar. Število mest pa je omejeno.

Več o dogodku:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ideje-iz-sveta-covid-19-nova-realnost-tickets-103810973416?aff=ebdssbeac

Postanite člani Narodne in univerzitetne knjižnice (NUK) v Ljubljani – brezplačno

Narodna in univerzitetna knjižnica v Ljubljani vabi Slovence iz zamejstva in sveta, da postanemo člani knjižnice NUK. Članstvo je za nas brezplačno. Z vpisom lahko prosto dostopamo do elektronskih knjig v zbirki Biblos.

Člani NUK lahko na Biblosu izbirajo med več kot 700 knjigami  v slovenskem jeziku. Večji del zbirke predstavlja leposlovje. Tu so slovenska klasična dela, nove knjige slovenskih avtorjev in prevodi tujih uspešnic, izbirajo pa lahko tudi med strokovno, znanstveno in poljudnoznanstveno literaturo slovenskih in tujih mislecev in raziskovalcev.

Kako postanete član NUK?

V knjižnico se včlanite prek spleta https://www.nuk.uni-lj.si/splet_vpis

Pomembno! Zraven svojega imena za poševno črto vpišite / Slovenci po svetu (primer: Janez Novak / Slovenci po svetu) in označite, da ne želite članske izkaznice.

Kako si izposodite knjigo na Biblosu?

Na povezavi http://www.biblos.si/ vpišete svoje uporabniško ime, ki je sestavljeno iz akronima knjižnice in članske številke (NUKXXXXX) ter geslo, ki ga izberete ob vpisu. In že ste med knjižnimi policami. Hkrati imate lahko izposojene največ štiri knjige, vsako knjigo največ 14 dni.

S pomočjo projekta, ki ga finančno podpira Urad za Slovence v zamejstvu in po svetu, želi NUK širiti slovensko besedo med rojaki in tudi s tem ohranjati zven domačega jezika na vseh celinah sveta.

Obilo slovenskega gradiva najdete tudi v prosto dostopni Digitalni knjižnici Slovenije http://www.dlib.si/, ki nastaja pod Nukovo streho.

Za vsa vprašanja so vam na voljo po elektronski pošti helena.janezic@nuk.uni-lj.si Novostim lahko sledite na Nukovi spletni strani http://www.nuk.uni-lj.si/ in na FB profilu https://www.facebook.com/NarodnaUniverzitetnaKnjiznica/.

 

Coronavirus: can you help Slovenia?

The Office of the Republic of Slovenia for Slovenes Abroad has sent a letter asking for any help we can offer to Slovenia in the the present Coronavirus pandemic. The letter says Slovenia has taken all necessary measures but wishes to prepare for all possible scenarios, particularly if the situation worsens.

Specifically it asks for additional knowledge and human resources. The Office asks anybody who has knowledge in medical and other areas relevant to the present situation (protection of public health, economy, social services etc.) to help, even if only with advice from a distance or exchange of opinions.

The Office also asks for information where to obtain or buy medical equipment to protect healthy people and improve treatment of those infected by Coronavirus.

Anyone who could provide help, opinions or information is kindly asked to contact urad.slovenci@gov.si.

Letter in Slovene

The Oxford Kozolec Has Gone – Long Live the New Kozolec!


A few days ago, Oxford’s Pitt Rivers ethnological museum pulled down the traditional Slovene hayrack (kozolec) at the Oxford Arboretum, and put the pieces into storage. The Arboretum requires the space where it stood for a new development. The museum, which owns the artefact, has told the British-Slovene Society it has no alternative location and intends to “deaccession” it. In practice that means we will not see it again: for some years it had been falling into disrepair and cannot practically be put together again.

It is a sad end for a traditional Slovene construction brought to Britain at the time of Slovenia’s independence in an initiative led by BSS Trustee Jana Valenčič.

However the good news is that a new kozolec is to be erected on the outskirts of Henley-on-Thames. Henley’s Town Council has agreed to locate it on a “Town Green” which belongs to the Council. Thanks to a generous benefactor in Slovenia, Miro Senica, the British-Slovene Society will be able to fund its construction by a specialised artisan in Slovenia.

The new location is apt, since Henley is twinned with Bled in Slovenia. Preparations will start once the present lockdowns have been eased.

This summer we regrettably will not be able to hold the British-Slovene Society’s annual picnic. We hope to resume once the new kozolec is in place.

Meanwhile here are two dates to reserve looking ahead:

11th December 2020: Annual BSS Carol Service in the church of St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe in London.
6th February 2021: Annual Prešeren Evening in the Ambassadors Hotel, Bloomsbury, London.

Plans are obviously subject to Covid-19 developments.

Keep well everybody!

Picture below: new kozolec location in Henley

Picture below: new kozolec location in Henley

BSS Prešeren Evening 2020 – strengthening friendship at a sensitive time


Staged on 1st February, one day after Brexit, this year’s annual British-Slovene Society Prešeren Evening in London was a moving demonstration of our common will to preserve and strengthen our friendship, come what may.

Shirlie Roden sang “Slovenia” – composed as a tribute to the country where she has been performing over the past 20 years. The Sedbergh Singers from Cumbria rendered the traditional Slovene folk songs which they have mastered over the years.


Finally we were treated to an inspiring performance by two of Slovenia’s top musicians, Boštjan Gombač and Saša Olenjuk. Boštjan transfixed us with his virtuoso music-making on an amazing array of instruments – including a metal saw and his own head – backed up by Saša on the guitar.

“I love London. I can breathe here,“ enthused Boštjan afterwards. So maybe we’ll want him back to breathe some more!


The tombola run with great verve by Catherine King raised a record £603 for Barka, the charity we support in Slovenia for people with special needs.

The two main prizes, a set of Elan skis and bindings, and two nights for a couple at Kranjska Gora donated by the Slovenian Tourist Board, were presented by Ambassador Tadej Rupelj, attending our Prešeren Evening for the last time. He and his family are returning to Slovenia after six years later this year.

Once again the Slovenian Embassy generously supported this year’s event. Thank you Tadej! We will miss you. We are also grateful for grants from the Slovenian Government’s Office for Slovenes Abroad, and the Ministries of Culture and Foreign Affairs.

The Prešeren Evening goes from strength to strength. Never have the good relations it fosters been more important. Thank you to all of you for bringing such good feelings and lively spirits at this sensitive time.

Comments by participants:
– A lovely evening. Boštjan and Saša’s performance was absolutely wonderful. So surprising and hugely entertaining. – Deborah Field
– Wonderful to be there with you all – the best event yet – David Burbidge
– One of the most enjoyable Prešeren Dinners that I have attended – Michael Chant
– It was a beautifully organised event and we enjoyed it thoroughly – Nav & Kristina

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