Prešeren Evening with Vlado Kreslin on 6 February in London

Saturday 6 February 2016 at the Hotel Russell, Russell Square, London WC1B 5BE (Nearest stations Russell Square, Holborn, Euston)

Reception with drinks from 6.30 pm, dinner at 7.20 pm.

This year, we are delighted and privileged to welcome as our special guest Vlado Kreslin, well-known Slovene singer, composer and poet.

Vlado Kreslin

Join us for the dinner, chat and networking in the company of Slovenes and friends of Slovenes. Let’s celebrate together and honour the great poet France Prešeren.

As usual, we will have a tombola with attractive prizes. The first prize is a washing machine by Gorenje!

Please fill in the attached Application Form and send it to the address given on the form by Saturday, 30th January 2016 and make your payment. Prior reservation is essential. As capacity is restricted, places are allotted on a first-come first-served basis.

For the menu and other details see the Application Form.

Our Lisa swims at 95 to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care

Lisa is our oldest member

To celebrate her 95th birthday, Lisa will jump into water and swim 8 lengths at her local full-size pool in Porthcawl, Mid-Glamorgan, Wales. The event is sponsored locally to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care in memory of her eldest son Richard who died of cancer 30 years ago.

Lisa is the oldest member of the British-Slovene Society. In her youth she swam in Slovenia in the waters that flow to the river Danube, and is now reaching a total distance swum in her life of 3,000 kilometres, the length of the mighty Danube.

Lisa will swim at 3pm on Sunday 30th November, at the Splashland swimming pool, Bay View Rd, Porthcawl, CF36 5N

Everyone is welcome to come along and dive into the fun.

To make an online donation to Marie Curie Cancer Care please go to:

Marie Curie Cancer Care gives people with all terminal illnesses the choice to die at home. Their nurses provide them and their families with free hands-on care.


Christmas Carol Service

The Anglo-Slovene Carol Service will be held on 5th December at 6.30 for 7 p.m. at  St. Andrew by the Wardrobe, Queen Victoria Street and St. Andrew’s Hill, City of London, EC4V 5DE. The nearest underground station is Blackfriars. St Paul’s and Mansion House stations are not far away.

The Service will have readings and carols in English and Slovene.

Please feel free to bring any guests.

Christmas drink and potica will be served after the service.

How to get there


BSS member Lisa Hirsch celebrates 94 years

2013 Lisa Hirsch 94 years old

Lisa Hirsch spent her pre-war teenage years in Maribor, now Slovenia and then part of Yugoslavia. However that’s not where the family originated from. Born in 1919, she spent her first years in Fürth in Bavaria. When Hitler came to power in 1933, the family had to leave, for they were Jews.

As the war drew near, Maribor wasn’t safe either. Sponsored by her uncle, a founder member of Marks & Spencer, she was able to come to England at the age of 19 in 1938. Soon her family could join her in London. Lisa was supposed to study English, but applied for a job at the BBC.

After a brief interview to test whether she could speak clearly in Slovene, she landed a job with the Yugoslav section of the BBC, and was soon broadcasting back to where she had just come from. At the BBC, she met Anton, father of Diana Poberaj, who recounts this story of Lisa’s wartime years:

“One afternoon on a fire-training exercise, she was instructed to carry heavy pails of water. The Polish contingent at the BBC, by nature most gallant, rushed to her aid each time, as dignity would not allow them to leave a lady in such dire need. Finally a supercilious English voice barked out: ‘Gentlemen! For the purpose of this exercise, Miss Hirsch is NOT a lady!’”

Lisa converted to the Orthodox Church. In the 1950s she married Philip Houlton. She continued working for the BBC for many years and to this day remains in spirit the consummate journalist.

Lisa now lives in the seaside town of Porthcawl in Wales, near her son David and his wife Anne.

– Contributed by Diana Poberaj