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Christmas Carol Service on Friday 10th December 2021

The BSS warmly invites you to our annual Carol Service on Friday 10th December 2021, at 6:30 pm. After last year’s online-only celebration, this year we are informed by the church that we can again meet in person. For this festive get together, we will gather as before in the church of St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe, Queen Victoria Street and St. Andrew’s Hill, City of London, EC4V 5DE. Built by Sir Christopher Wren, this beautiful church is well worth a visit in its own right.

Do come and join in our service of carols and readings in English and Slovene. Afterwards there will be a chance to catch up with friends over 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.

Nearby underground stations are Blackfriars, St Paul’s and Mansion House.

You are invited to take a lateral flow test prior to attending, where possible, and not to attend in the case of a positive result, or if displaying Covid-19 symptoms. 

If you can’t make it in person, for the first time we are hoping to live stream the service…… More on this later.

We are grateful for support from the Office for Slovenes Abroad

Young Slovenes celebrate St. Martin’s Day in Cambridge


Over 40 young Slovenes in leading-edge jobs in the UK or studying at Cambridge or elsewhere spent a rousing afternoon celebrating St. Martin’s Day on 6th November 2021 in a village hall just outside the university city.

The gathering was organised by VTIS (v  tujini izobraženi Slovenci). A few participants brought freshly-fermented Slovene wine to taste, as is the custom on this day. The Embassy of Slovenia in the UK kindly donated bottles of earlier Slovene vintages, and Kaja Pečnik from the Embassy was there in person.







Miha Pipan cooked up a Slovene meal befitting the occasion — mushroom soup, jota, deep-fried breaded chicken, home-baked bread and strudel. Gorgeous!

Joining the celebrations were also members of the British-Slovene Society, who travelled in from Milton Keynes and Oxford. 


St. Martin’s Day with Slovene food and wines, Cambridge, 6th November

In Slovenia, St. Martin’s Day (Martinovanje) marks the day when the must of the grapes traditionally turns to wine and is ready for drinking. For the work of farmers it marks the end of autumn and beginning of winter.

VTIS (Društvo v tujini izobraženih Slovencev) is inviting Slovenes and their British families to join in celebrating with Slovene food and wines in Cambridge. The event will start at 1 p.m. at Quy Village Hall near Cambridge (CB25 9AB) which is easily accessible by bus or car (free parking at the site).

VTIS and the British-Slovene Society will briefly present their activities. Besides enjoying good food, drink and company, you can walk in the nearby countryside. In addition to the Slovene food on offer you are invited to bring a few sweet dishes to share.

The number of participants is limited. Please register your participation at least a day before the event through the following :


Join a conference of Slovene innovators worldwide

The event will take place on 12 October at Gospodarsko razstavišče in Ljubljana and will be broadcast over internet. It is organised by VTIS (Slovenes Educated Abroad) in cooperation with the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce. The communication language will be Slovene.

The topics of discussion will be  “Development of entrepreneurship in Slovenia” and “Innovation within a (large) company”. In a workshop, VTIS will present good practices of global employers.

Participation fee for physical presence is €50 +VAT. Participation online is free.

For more information: VIEW IN BROWSER



Time for the Slovene language

Starting in October 2021, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) will again run evening Slovene Short Language courses at various levels.

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.   
All courses are scheduled to run 6:30-8:30pm.
This year we will be offering the following courses:
Beginners (Wednesdays)
Lower Intermediate (Mondays)
Upper Intermediate (Thursdays)
Advanced (Tuesdays)
Higher Advanced Plus (Tuesdays)
Courses will be taught remotely online, unless there is consensus in a particular group to return to face-to-face teaching and if it is possible. 
More information about the Slovene courses is HERE
If you are interested, please enrol HERE
The courses will be taught by Maja Rančigaj Beneš (Lower Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced course) and Romana Šuštar (Beginners and Higher Advanced Plus course). For more information contact Maja Rančigaj Beneš, Slovene language lectrice:

Catch-up – YouTube link – BSS celebrates 30th anniversary of Slovenia’s independence


If you missed it yesterday, you can catch-up with  the BSS celebration of the 30th anniversary of Slovenia’s independence on YouTube. Here is the link:

The programme is free to everybody. If you wish, you can make a charity donation through this link. The proceeds will go to the Barka charity we support.

  • If you feel in the mood of celebrating further, the Scottish-Slovenian Friendship Society will have their event on Friday 25 June 2021 at 6pm (BST)

         They will have live music performances from legendary Slovenian singers to Scottish poets, quizzes and special guests. the Scottish-Slovenian Friendship Society have a great line-up to mark the occasion.

  • Slovenian communities around the world will also have open access to the content of the Slovenian national television RTV SLO, prepared specially to mark this significant anniversary.

And last but not least:

  • Lake Voices from Sedbergh of Cumbria are holding their own party this weekend, 26th and 27th June. This small town between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales is twinned with Zreče in Slovenia, and the Lake Voices are among Britain’s most talented performers of traditional Slovene songs. They party well! If you wish to attend, you would be made most welcome. Contact David Burbidge on

BSS celebration of 30th anniversary of Slovenia’s independence, 23rd June at 7 pm BST (8 pm Slovenian time, 2 pm Toronto time)

30 years ago, Slovenia declared independence from ex-Yugoslavia, and immediately had to fight a 10-day war for survival.

Please join the British-Slovene Society on Zoom in celebrating the anniversary.

We have prepared a lively and colourful programme of entertainment and information for you.

After the programme we will have time to talk with each other in chat rooms.

Date: Wednesday 23rd June 2021, time 1900 UK time, 2000  Slovenian time, 1400 Toronto time.

Thanks to Zoom, you can join in from anywhere!

Here is the Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 849 2217 7599
Passcode: Slovenia30

You can take part for free. If you wish, you’ll be able to make a charity donation through this link, which will also be displayed during the event. The proceeds will go to the Barka charity we support.

We look forward to seeing you!


We are grateful for support from the Office for Slovenes Abroad

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