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BSS visit to the Francis Crick Institute, 6th June – members only

The British-Slovene Society has arranged a visit to the Francis Crick Institute in London, where world-leading gene research into DNA and RNA takes place. Our host will be Slovene researcher Jernej Ule, who will show us round and explain the work of the Crick. Subsequently, we can mingle over a drink in the bar on the ground floor, open to 6pm.

Time: 6th June, 5.00 to 6.30 pm.

Address: The Francis Crick Institute, 1 Midland Road, London NW1 1AT. See attached map. The entrance is opposite the Midland Road entrance to Eurostar, adjacent to the sculpture in the attached picture.

This is a rare occasion to learn about some of the fundamental biology underlying health and disease from a qualified Slovene expert. Here’s a link to Jernej, our host: https://www.crick.ac.uk/research/a-z-researchers/researchers-t-u/jernej-ule/.

This visit is exclusively for members of the British-Slovene Society. If you wish to become a member, you can do so on the website https://www.britishslovenesociety.org/ under JOIN/RENEW.

We look forward to seeing you there.

For security reasons please apply beforehand to the email address: cjcking@gmail.com.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

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 5 pm on Friday 8 June 2018 at the Embassy of Slovenia, 17 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London SW1H 9BL.

Seating is limited to 30 and we therefore ask you to confirm your attendance by email to: davidalloyd@btinternet.com.

In case you cannot attend the AGM and wish to vote, please use the Form of Proxy: BSS-2018-AGM-Form-of-proxy 


Invitation to the British-Slovene Society Annual Picnic

Dear Slovenes, friends and families,

We warmly invite you to join us from 12 noon till 4.30 p.m. on Sunday 1st July 2018 for the Annual Picnic in the Oxford University Arboretum at Nuneham Courtenay, is OX44 9PX. We will meet again by the kozolec (Slovene hay rack).
Bring a picnic, drinks, deckchairs, blankets, your kids, grandchildren and friends. If you make something particularly nice, you may wish to share it with others!
The Arboretum is situated just south of the village of Nuneham Courtenay on the A4074 road from Reading, eight miles south of Oxford. From London it can be reached by the M40, exit 8, A40 to Oxford, then southwards round the Ring Road (A4142) on to the A4074 towards Reading.
If you come by train to Oxford or Reading, you can then take the bus X39/X40 to the Arboretum. If you have problems please mail to evelina@ferrar.org.uk or call 07584 199 177 and we will do what we can to help.
The Arboretum has kindly agreed to mow the area around the hayrack, but we are not allowed to climb on it. Adults pay £5.45 for entry to the Arboretum, concessions £4. You can pay by cash, credit/debit card or cheque. Children under 16, Members of Oxford University (bring your card) and registered disabled and carers enter for free. Dogs are not allowed.
More information on the Arboretum can be found at http://www.harcourt-arboretum.ox.ac.uk/.
We must leave by 4:30 pm when the Arboretum closes. However, if you wish to come earlier, you can do so from 10 am onwards.
In addition to the Slovenian Ambassador in London, Tadej Rupel, we will be honoured by the visit of the Minister for Slovenians Abroad, Gorazd Žmavc. The Slovenian government has been supporting the activities of the British-Slovene Society.
We hope we can welcome many of you as we celebrate and enjoy an afternoon around the kozolec – one of the most traditional symbols of Slovenia and its culture.

Ponovni referendum – drugi tir/ZIUGDT


Državna volilna komisija je dne 27. 3. 2018 sprejela Sklep o določitvi datuma ponovnega glasovanja na zakonodajnem referendumu o Zakonu o izgradnji, upravljanju in gospodarjenju z drugim tirom železniške proge Divača-Koper (ZIUGDT). Sklep je objavljen v Uradnem listu RS, št. 20/18. Ponovno glasovanje na referendumu bo v nedeljo 13. 5. 2018.

Ministrstvo za zunanje zadeve državljane in državljanke Republike Slovenije, ki v Republiki Sloveniji nimajo stalnega prebivališča ali se v času izvedbe zakonodajnega referenduma o Zakonu o izgradnji, upravljanju in gospodarjenju z drugim tirom železniške proge Divača-Koper (ZIUGDT), tj. v nedeljo, 13. 5. 2018, slučajno nahajajo v tujini (Veliki Britaniji), obvešča, da bodo v nedeljo, 13. 5. 2018 med 9.00 in 17.00 po lokalnem času, v Veliki Britaniji volišče odprto na veleposlaništvu v Londonu.

Več informacij in obrazci:

Predčasne volitve v državni zbor

Obvestilo volivcem:

V Uradnem listu Republike Slovenije št. 25/18 z dne 14. 4. 2018, je objavljen Odlok o razpustitvi Državnega zbora Republike Slovenije in o razpisu predčasnih volitev v Državni zbor Republike Slovenije. Splošno glasovanje na vseh voliščih v državi in v tujini bo potekalo v nedeljo, 3. 6. 2018. Za dan razpisa predčasnih volitev po tem odloku, s katerim začno teči roki za vsa volilna opravila, se šteje ponedeljek, 16. 4. 2018.

Ministrstvo za zunanje zadeve volivce obvešča, da bo v nedeljo, 3. 6. 2018 od 9.00 do 17.00 ure po lokalnem času, v Veliki Britaniji odprto volišče na veleposlaništvu Republike Slovenije v Londonu.

Volivci imajo od 6. 5. 2018 do 18. 5. 2018 pri kateri koli upravni enoti, diplomatskem predstavništvu ali konzulatu Republike Slovenije možnost vpogleda v podatke v evidenci volilne pravice. Vpogled je mogoč tudi prek državnega portala e-uprava: https://e-uprava.gov.si/podrocja/drzava-druzba.html

Vlado Kreslin Joins British-Slovene Society to Celebrate its 25th Anniversary

The Prešeren Evening celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the British-Slovene Society was a rip-roaring success, with a record turnout and a rousing concert by Vlado Kreslin, the Slovene folk singer/songwriter.

When guests saw that Vlado was coming back to London on 3rd February, two years after his first appearance with us, they knew what to expect. Last time, party-goers were dancing on tables until late into the night. So he barely had to strike up on his guitar for the conga-dancers to start rippling around the room again.

»Two years ago it was already great here with you,« said Vlado, »but this year was even better!«

The Slovenian Ambassador, HE Tadej Rupelj, made a presentation to the Society on behalf of the Slovenian Government to BSS Chairman David Lloyd and Keith Miles OBE, one of the founders back in 1993.

The tombola organised by BSS Trustee Catherine King raised over £700, more than ever before. The proceeds went to Barka, the Slovenian charity for people with special learning needs we have been supporting for many years. Two members of Barka (above) attended the evening at the invitation of the BSS.

The evening was hosted by BSS Trustee and singer Shirlie Roden.

Photos by Ian Božič

Christmas Carol Service

Members of the British-Slovene Society filled the London Church of St. Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe to overflowing for the annual service of Christmas Carols and readings in both languages on Friday 8th December. Aljoša Skorja played the organ and the Gallus Singers led the singing.

Participants contributed a record £325.13 for Barka, the charity in Slovenia for people with special needs that we support.

Afterwards the congregation thronged the vestry for a convivial hour of pre-Christmas socialising. Several people brought special varieties of potica from Slovenia – and the Embassy of Slovenia again generously donated wine.

25th Anniversary Prešeren Evening 3rd February 2018 with Vlado Kreslin

– Saturday 3rd February 2018. Drinks from 6.30 pm, dinner at 7.20 pm.

– Ambassadors Bloomsbury Hotel, 12 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0HX (undergrounds Euston, Euston Square, King’s Cross, Russell Square)

To mark our 25th anniversary, Vlado Kreslin, one of the greatest of Slovenia’s popular singers, will perform a concert for us after dinner.
And because it’s a special occasion, we are offering rates which are significantly lower than in recent years:
– Members £45, non-members £60, students and under-18s £29.
For that you will enjoy a drinks reception, a three-course dinner with wine, the concert with Vlado Kreslin and a tombola with all sorts of attractive prizes.

– Reserve your places now using the Application Form below. Space is limited, so it’s first come, first serve.
You should assume that paid-for places have been reserved unless you hear to the contrary. No tickets will be issued.
If you wish to make up your own party, please nominate a host who will book the table in his/her name. Please advise if you have any dietary requirements.
As in previous years, we are grateful to the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in London for donating Slovenian wine for the occasion.
Last year, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia granted the British-Slovene Society a subsidy, which is also much appreciated.

2018 Preseren Evening application form

Photo by Ian Božič, 2016

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