The kozolec arrives in Henley-on-Thames!

At last! Here is the new traditional Slovene hayrack just arrived at its new home in Henley-on-Thames. Slovenian craftsman Damjan Bajc from Trebnje designed and built it in his workshop. It was dismantled for transport kindly arranged by the Slovenian company Trimo. At the end of the month, Damjan and three other craftsmen will come over from Slovenia to erect it.

With financial help from benefactors and the Slovenian Government’s Office for Slovenians Abroad, the British-Slovene Society has arranged for the kozolec to be installed in Henley, which is twinned with Bled in Slovenia. These traditional hayracks can be seen in many parts of Slovenia, and are a unique feature of its culture. This one emulates the well-known Lah kozolec in Domžale.

Two years ago, the kozolec which stood in the Oxford Arboretum for the past 20 years had to be dismantled, because it fell into disrepair and the Arboretum no longer had space for it. It had been the gathering place for the British-Slovene Society’s annual summer picnic. The new hayrack in a field on the outskirts of Henley will soon be ready for a long-awaited resumption of festivities!

A Carol Service once more!

The British-Slovene Society returned to the Church of St. Andrew-by-the Wardrobe in London on 10th December to celebrate our annual service of carols and readings after a year’s break due to Covid.

Observing guidelines for tests, masks and distancing, nearly 100 people joined in a service organised by Catherine King, Kaja Pečnik and Mateja Šömen. Kaja and Mateja gathered a magnificent choir and sang some solo parts themselves.

The Lakeland Voices from Sedbergh, twinned with Zreče in Slovenia, came down from the north to add their joyful voices to the celebration. 

Afterwards the congregation enjoyed wine kindly donated by the Slovenian Embassy, and mountains of potica.

A collection raised £202 for the Barka charity for people with special needs, which we support in Slovenia.

If you could not join us in person, you can catch up on the following link:

 

XX. Nagradni natečaj Urada za Slovence po svetu za diplomske, magistrske in doktorske naloge s področja Slovencev po svetu


Zunaj Slovenije živi okoli pol milijona Slovencev in njihovih potomcev. Organizirani so v številna društva, obiskujejo slovenske šole, izdajajo časopise, revije, knjige in druge publikacije, slovenske pesmi prepevajo v zborih, se vrtijo v folklornih skupinah ter na številne druge načine ohranjajo slovensko identiteto in zavest o svojih koreninah.

Če vas ta tematika zanima in ste jo prepletli s svojim študijskim raziskovanjem in pripravo zaključnega dela, imamo odlično novico.

Urad Vlade RS za Slovence v zamejstvu in po svetu razpisuje že 20. nagradni natečaj za diplomske, magistrske in doktorske naloge s področja Slovencev v zamejstvu in po svetu. Do sedaj je na natečaj prispelo že prek 350 zaključnih del diplomantov, magistrantov in doktorantov različnih študijskih smeri, ki so raziskovali delovanje in življenje slovenskih skupnosti v zamejstvu in po svetu.

Na letošnjem natečaju bodo upoštevana dela, zagovarjana v obdobju od 1. 1. 2021 do 31. 12. 2021.

Najboljša tri dela s področja zamejstva in tri dela s področja izseljenstva bodo prejela denarno nagrado, in sicer:

  • prva nagrada v višini 800 evrov,
  • druga nagrada v višini 600 evrov in
  • tretja nagrada v višini 400 evrov.

Urad bo prijave na letošnji nagradni natečaj sprejemal do vključno 28. 2. 2022. Več o prijavi lahko preberete v besedilu nagradnega natečaja, ki je na voljo na uradni spletni strani Urada Vlade RS za Slovence v zamejstvu in po svetu:

https://www.gov.si/zbirke/javne-objave/xx-nagradni-natecaj-za-diplomske-magistrske-in-doktorske-naloge-s-podrocja-slovencev-v-zamejstvu-in-slovencev-po-svetu/

Če se še odločate, o čem bi lahko pisali v svojem zaključnem delu, naj bo to povabilo k razmisleku o temah, ki so povezane s Slovenci v zamejstvu in izseljenstvu, in se na nagradni natečaj morda prijavite prihodnje leto.

Dodatna pojasnila in informacije dobite na tel. št. +386 1 230 80 18 ali prek elektronske pošte: pr.urad.slovenci@gov.si.

This Friday, 10th December, 6:30 pm: come to the Carol Service!

After having to go online last year, the British-Slovene Society invites you to join in our annual Carol Service in person this Friday.

Our Trustees have developed a great new programme to celebrate this opportunity to come together again. Wine and potica will be served at the end.

We’ll meet in our usual location: Church of St. Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe, close to Blackfriars Tube station.

A couple of points:

– Wrap up warm. The church this year has reduced heating.

– Wear a mask inside the church.

– Although it is not a legal requirement, we ask you to do a Covid-19 test before you come. If the result shows positive, please stay away.  

We look forward to seeing you this Friday!