Join David Burbidge singing Slovenian songs in London

David Burbidge of the Lakeland Voices is well known to many Slovenians and their friends – his hometown of Sedbergh is twinned with Zreče in Slovenia.

On Saturday 5th February, David will be down from Cumbria in London, and invites you to join him on a walk through London’s parks, during which he will lead in singing of Slovenian songs. Starting at 12 noon at the Gandhi memorial statue in Tavistock square. 

If you want to contact him beforehand, email or ring 015396.21166.

Please bring a packed lunch, or similar. And make pictures so that we can publish them!

Prešeren večer re-scheduled to 26 March + please pay Membership Dues!

Good news! The British-Slovene Society’s Prešeren večer celebration has been re-scheduled to Saturday 26th March. It’ll be at the same place we last met two years ago – the Ambassadors Bloomsbury Hotel, 12 Upper Woburn Pl, London WC1H 0HX. There will be a drinks reception, dinner, poetry and a raffle – and Vlado Kreslin will come over from Slovenia to sing for us! More details later, but in the meantime, reserve the date.

The other news is that 2022 BSS Membership is due for payment. To keep functioning as a Society we need Members and Membership dues. All our activities require a certain amount of funding.

So if you are a Member, we would be grateful if you would pay your 2022 subscription now. If you are not yet a Member, please join. You would be most welcome! As a Member, you pay less for the Prešeren večer!

Subscriptions remain unchanged:

FAMILY (maximum 5) £25

If you have a Standing Order or have already paid for this year, you can ignore this notice. Otherwise, you have a choice of three means of payment:

  1. The best way is by direct electronic transfer to The British-Slovene Society’s bank account with Natwest, Sort Code 60-20-36, Account Number 51197685, IBAN: GB67NWBK60203651197685, BIC: NWBKGB2L. Please put your name in the reference field. This means of payment saves the Society unnecessary costs. Wherever possible, we ask you to set up a Standing Order. This will save you time and trouble next year.
  2. Or you can pay through our website www.britishslovenesociety.orgby clicking on “JOIN/RENEW” and following the instructions. On the website you can also pay by PayPal (though this incurs a cost to the BSS).
  3. Or by cheque made out to The British-Slovene Society and sent to the Treasurer, Andrej Ogorevc, 10 Rogers Court, 5 Premiere place, London E14 8SF, email:

Please support the British-Slovene Society to fulfil its mission of friendship as we prepare to open up again.

Thank you!

Trustees of The British-Slovene Society

Subsidised courses for Slovenes to improve their knowledge of the language

Urad za Slovence po svetu sporoča, da so v spomladanskem semestru študijskega leta 2021/22 ponovno na voljo štipendije za tečaje slovenščine, namenjene Slovencem, ki živijo v zamejstvu in po svetu. Na voljo so štipendije za naslednje tečaje:

Naj živi slovenščina!

We must put off our celebration of Prešeren

After last year’s online celebration of the anniversary of the Slovene poet, France Prešeren, we much hoped to get together in person this year, as we have done for so many years in the past.

Regrettably, we have decided this is not possible due to continuing restrictions and uncertainties over Covid-19. So we have abandoned our tentative plan to hold a Prešeren Večer on 5th February in London.

When we can open up again, as we surely must eventually, we plan to hold another celebration. Not just for the great Slovene poet, but also to mark the erection of the new Slovene hayrack (kozolec) in Henley-on-Thames. The kozolec has been made by craftsmen in Slovenia and shipped in pieces to Henley. There they are now stored.

We are now working to arrange for the craftsmen to come to England to put it up. Not easy either, but that day will come!

Keep well everybody.