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Evelina Ferrar

David Lloyd has died

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With deep sorrow we learn that our former Chairman, David Lloyd, died on 14th July 2024.

David resigned as Chairman in April after doctors told him he was seriously ill and had only a short time to live. We were shocked to hear this, and now we share our grief with his family. We send our heartfelt condolences.

His daughter Victoria Lloyd advises: A celebration of his life will be held on Monday 29th July at 1pm at St Andrews Church, St Andrews Street, Hertford, SG14 1HZ, followed by a reception at The Cowper Arms, 57 Station Road, Hertford, SG14 2NL

Dress code: Black is not obligatory, please wear whatever you feel comfortable in- as Dad always did. Shorts T-shirts and sailor hats welcome!!

Donations to St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital donor box.org/inmememoryof-davidlloyd

Cancer Research https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/

If you would like to share your own memories and tributes to David Lloyd, please send them to me at evelina@ferrar.org.uk to collate and publish on our website.

Evelina Ferrar, Chairwoman, The British-Slovene Society

BSS Picnic stimulates friendship between Bled and Henley

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As last year, a folklore group of singers and dancers from Bled came to Henley-on-Thames for the British-Slovene Society’s Annual Picnic on 7th July. Not only did they perform heartily for us at our Picnic, but the previous day they sang and danced on Henley Town Square, and when rain come down repaired to the Argyll pub to sing for patrons sporting Regatta rowing blazers. The Mayor of Henley came to greet them wearing his chain of office.

By facilitating these visits to Henley, the British-Slovene Society is helping foster friendship between the two towns, which are linked by twinning. In this, we pursue our core mission of encouraging cordial relations between Britons and Slovenes.

            

At the picnic, we dodged heavy showers around midday, and gazebos kept us dry. The weather then brightened up for the rest of the day, ending with glorious sunshine across Gillotts Field, where our Slovene hayrack (kozolec) has been located since 2022.

Besides the singers and dancers from Bled, some 20 hardy souls undeterred by a dicey weather forecast turned up, and stayed until early evening. Come rain or sun, the British-Slovene Picnic offers a great time for all, in particular families with young children.

Susanna, a new member of the British-Slovene Society, said: “Congratulations on a spectacular event! I enjoyed meeting everyone, and the Bled dancers were fantastic!”

Our warm thanks go to our Bled folklore friends, and to Henley Council officials and park rangers for their help.

We are also grateful to the Slovenian Government Office for Slovenians Abroad for financial support.

 

P.S.  Henley Herald published this article: https://www.henleyherald.com/2024/07/09/british-slovene-society-hosts-bled-twinning-events/

 

Victoria Harrison new British Ambassador in Slovenia

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Victoria Harrison has been appointed the U.K. Ambassador to the Republic of Slovenia, in succession to Tiffany Sadler.

In recent years, she has held a number of posts at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. Earlier, she was assigned to the British Embassies in Sarajevo and Helsinki.

Ms Harrison will take up her appointment during August 2024 and will be accompanied by her guide dog Otto.

See gov.uk www.gov.uk/fcdo.

Concert by Slovenian musicians in London, Saturday 6th July, 7:30 pm

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We pass on this information from the Slovenian Embassy in London:

Embark on an enchanting journey with the Slovenian Embassy Concerts’ “Musical Bridge between Slovenia and the UK.” At the fourth concert in the series, a young award-winning Slovenian string quartet Opifex will join the internationally acclaimed flutist Lana Kuščer alongside her accomplished pianist partner Diego Caetano. An evening with a diverse repertoire spanning Mozart, Schumann, Penderecki, and the dynamic composition of rising Slovenian talent, Anže Rozman, currently making waves as the composer in residence at Hans Zimmer’s studio in Los Angeles.

Musical bridge between Slovenia and United Kingdom
Lana Kuščer – flute  |  Diego Cetano – piano  |  Opifex String Quartet

Saturday, 6th July at 7.30pm

The Amadeus Hall
Maida Vale, 50 Shirland Rd, London W9 2JA

RSVP: rsvp.vlo@gov.si

Programme:

W.A.Mozart: Flute Quartet in F major, K.370
K.Penderecki: String Quartet No.3
A.Rozman: Funtasy for flute and piano
R.Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op.44

The Embassy Series of concerts ‘Musical bridge between Slovenia and the United Kingdom’ is organised and curated by London-based violinist Lana Trotovšek, recipient of the Prešeren Fund Award, the highest recognition in the Republic of Slovenia for achievements in artistic creation.

Co-founded by the Cultural Fund run jointly by the Slovenian Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.

Reminder: Bled folklore returns for BSS Picnic: Henley, Sunday 7th July from 11am

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The British-Slovene Society organises its Annual Picnic on Sunday 7th July beside the kozolec (Slovene hayrack) on Gillotts Field, Greys Road, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1RZ. Slovenes and friends of Slovenia are warmly invited to come with families.

As last year, folklore dancers and musicians from Bled in Slovenia will create a true veselica (village feast) for us.

               

Bring friends, children, dogs, balls, food for yourself and others and enjoy the party by the kozolec we erected two years ago. There is plenty of space for children to play and run around.

Entry to the field is free of charge. We look forward to welcoming you!

Photos: Kathy Mansfield

Bled folklore returns for BSS Picnic: Henley, Sunday 7th July from 11am

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The British-Slovene Society organises its Annual Picnic on Sunday 7th July beside the kozolec (Slovene hayrack) on Gillotts Field, Greys Road, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1RZ. Slovenes and friends of Slovenia are warmly invited to come with families.

As last year, folklore dancers and musicians from Bled in Slovenia will create a true veselica (village feast) for us.

               

Bring friends, children, dogs, balls, food for yourself and others and enjoy the party by the kozolec we erected two years ago. There is plenty of space for children to play and run around.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Photos: Kathy Mansfield

David Lloyd’s farewell to his friends in Slovenia

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On 21st May the community of Barka gathered in Zbilje in Slovenia to honour and celebrate the life of David Lloyd. David and his partner Elizabeth, with about another 30 friends, joined on-line, whilst a similar number participated in Barka. David and the British-Slovene Society have been loyal and generous supporters of Barka, a charity for people with special needs, since its establishment in 1997.

David spoke of his joyful time as British Ambassador to Slovenia and of the friendships he established there, which have deepened and expanded over the decades. Whenever David has been in Slovenia he always popped into the community where he is a well-known and well-loved friend.

                          

Following David’s words many people spoke how he had enhanced, enriched and energised their lives. These were personal and special words. One recurring theme was that David was a great British Ambassador to Slovenia and that he has been a great ambassador for Slovenia in Britain. Amongst those sending warm greetings were Slovenian colleagues who worked with him as Ambassador. Tiffany Sadler, the present British Ambassador in Slovenia, said David has been a personal inspiration for her.

To add their own celebration, Zoran Predin and Vlado Kreslin sang songs close to David’s heart. The residents of Barka sang one of their own with a chorus of “Hallelujah David”.

David said: ‘I could not have imagined such a lovely, moving occasion, and seeing so many old friends’.

Here is a recording of this touching farewell:

https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/2fpc7vbd8ydou06cpy7fp/Barka-21maj2024.MP4?rlkey=uvwqxkfucl8sjo59up1evrfwj&st=lquo3on4&dl=0

 

 

Notice of Annual General Meeting of the British-Slovene Society – Thursday 13 June 2024 at 6 pm (UK Time) via Zoom

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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 6 pm (UK Time) on Thursday 13 June 2023 online via Zoom. Any member may join the session.

AGENDA

Ordinary Business

  1. To receive and adopt the Report of the Trustees and Accounts for the year ended 30 Sept 2023
  2. To re-elect the following as Trustees, who retire by rotation and are offered for re-election: Andrej Ogorevc, Simona Bennett
  3. To appoint a Secretary for the forthcoming year. Miha Košak has indicated his willingness to continue in office.
  4. To appoint a Chairwoman for the forthcoming year. Evelina Ferrar has indicated her willingness to continue in office.
  5. To approve the Minutes of the AGM held on 13 June 2023.
  6. Any Other Business.

Please confirm your attendance by email to: miha.kosak@britishslovenesociety.org  by close of business on Monday 10th June, 2022. 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 2023 and the Chairwoman’s Statement.

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

Evelina Ferrar, Chairwoman

Dated: 13 May 2024