Lockdown made it impossible to hold the Annual General Meeting of the British-Slovene Society with a physical get-together this year. This turned out to be no disincentive, since more people attended online on Zoom on 9th June than in the past. Like other organisations, we are realising that online is for some people a definite advantage. Rather than make a long journey to take part, one just needs to reserve time and join in from home.
The Chairman’s Report and Annual Accounts were approved unanimously, and Evelina Ferrar, Igor Cesarec, Miha Košak, Mateja Šömen were re-elected as Trustees. Participants endorsed a plan to erect a new kozolec (Slovene hayrack) in Henley-on-Thames, by agreement with the local council. The old kozolec in the Oxford Arboretum fell into disrepair and has been removed by its owner, the Pitt-Rivers Museum.
Due to continuing pandemic constraints, there will be no Oxford picnic this summer. But we hope to be able to re-assemble for the annual Carol Service in London on 11th December.
We wish you all a pleasant summer … and keep well!
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.
- To receive and adopt the Report of the Trustees and Accounts for the year ended 30 Sept 2019
- 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
- To appoint a Secretary for the forthcoming year.
- To appoint a Chairman for the forthcoming year. David Lloyd has indicated his willingness to continue in office.
- To approve the Minutes of the AGM held on 22 May 2019.
- Any Other Business.
Please confirm your attendance by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
David Lloyd, Chairman
See an article by Keith Miles and Edmond Phillimore in Slovene periodical Družina. It is about a journey by Admiral Horatio Nelson through Slovene lands in 1800, and three admirals who came from present-day Slovenia: Lord Nelson in trije admirali
Slovenes undoubtedly belong to the European cultural tradition. How did this happen? According to scholar Aleš Iglič of the University of Ljubljana, this already happened a long time ago, and Romans and Christian missionaries played a big role. Click here to read his article.
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:
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 email@example.com Novostim lahko sledite na Nukovi spletni strani http://www.nuk.uni-lj.si/ in na FB profilu https://www.facebook.com/NarodnaUniverzitetnaKnjiznica/.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letter in Slovene
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