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British-Slovene Society fills church for Carol Service

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The London church of Saint Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe was filled by a throng of Britons and Slovenes celebrating Christmas with carols and Bible readings on Friday 7th December.

Wren’s church is hard to find among the City of London’s busy roads and little lanes leading down to the Thames, but this annual event organised by the British-Slovene Society attracts an increasing number of participants, young and old.

In a service conducted by the Reverend Guy Treweek, the London Renaissance Singers sang in English and impeccable Slovene. Members of the congregation read the Bible’s nine traditional accounts of Christmas in both languages. All joined in singing the familiar carols in an elegant historical setting.

Then the congregation repaired to the sacristy to catch up on news, drink Slovene wine (courtesy of the Embassy) and tuck into delicious potica cake, baked by Slovenes in Slovenia and England.

Participants contributed £307.50 to the Barka charity in Slovenia, which has long received support from the British-Slovene Society – and needs it all the more now due to Slovenia’s economic difficulties.

Pre-Christmas reception for Slovenian students at the Embassy

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by Andreas Iskra, student of Chemistry at University College London

The Slovenian Embassy held its traditional pre-Christmas reception on 21st of November for Slovenian students and recent graduates in the UK. The students were greeted by ambassador  Iztok Jarc and by Tine Murn, head of the Information Office of the Slovenian Tourist Board in London.

Ambassador Jarc presented the work of the Embassy, and declared that Slovenia takes great pride in having very successful students studying overseas. The guests were then invited to enjoy some traditional dishes of Slovenian cuisine accompanied by carefully chosen wine – all of which are greatly missed by students studying away from home!

Familiarity with English language, together with the quality of the higher education in the UK, mean that more and more Slovenian students are coming to study across the Channel. London in particular, as one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities hosting several world-class universities, is becoming increasingly popular for Slovenian students who decide to expand their horizons by study abroad.

Social events like this provide an excellent opportunity for socialising and making new contacts among Slovenian students. Those acquaintances might prove extremely valuable when this generation of young and talented people returns to the homeland or moves around the world also working for the benefit of Slovenia.

Shirlie Roden’s 20 years of singing in Slovenia

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Trustee Shirlie Roden celebrated twenty years of singing and performing in Slovenia with a joint party up at Ljubljana castle earlier this month together with Shirlie’s long-standing friend and concert organizer, Natasa Kogoj who was celebrating her 50th birthday. The party, which began with champagne at 7pm, continued until 2 am with dancing and partying, and Shirlie performed two sets of her own music, much of which has been inspired by her visits to and love of Slovenia. Guests included the new British-Slovene Society chairman David Lloyd (who strongly supported Shirlie and her music during his time as British Ambassador in Slovenia), Dragan Bulic (who has played Shirlie’s songs on Radio Slovenija since her first visit in 1992), Janos Kern (from Imago Sloveniae who is helping Shirlie with her proposed Simply Slovenia orchestral project), Mitja Mersol, France Kek, Andreja Pecek (who commissioned Shirlie’s Slovene autobiography for Mladinska Knjiga), Angelina Premdehar (who filmed the RTV documentary on Shirlie ‘Ambasadorka Luci’) and many, many friends. ‘I was overwhelmed by the warmth and love’, said Shirlie. ‘But then this is Slovenia! It was wonderful to sing my Zeleni Zmaj song in the castle overlooking Ljubljana – the city of love.’ Her favourite present that night, celebrating twenty years of singing all around the country? ‘A large box full of motovilec (lamb’s lettuce)!’

 

Christmas Carol Service

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The Anglo-Slovene Carol Service will be held on 7th December at 6.30 p.m. at  St. Andrew by the Wardrobe, Queen Victoria Street and St. Andrew’s Hill, City of London, EC4V 5DE.

Please note that 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.

British-Slovene Society in Slovene Media

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The magazine Slovenija Danes published an article about the British-Slovene Society in Great Britain. The headline reads: “Once Anonymous, Now a Dynamic Group“. The photograph shows the traditional Slovene hayrack (kozolec) set up near Oxford.

In July 2012 Slovenia Danes published an article about Rok Sekirnik with the title: “Chemistry is his World, Oxford is his Second Home”

Štipendije za študij v Republiki Sloveniji

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V Uradnem listu RS je bil 31. 7. 2012, objavljen Javni razpis za dodelitev štipendij za študij v Republiki Sloveniji za Slovence v zamejstvu in Slovence po svetu za študijsko leto 2012/2013, ki ga razpisuje Javni sklad RS za razvoj kadrov in štipendije. Vlada RS je na svoji 23. redni seji dala soglasje k pogojem in višini štipendije za Slovence v zamejstvu in Slovence po svetu. Višina razpoložljivih sredstev za štipendije po tem javnem razpisu za študijsko leto 2012/2013 znaša 500.000,00 EUR. Višina osnovne štipendije za študijsko leto 2012/2013 znaša 150,00 EUR mesečno oziroma 1.800,00 EUR za celo študijsko leto. Na podlagi razpisa bo predvidoma podeljenih 150 štipendij.

O pogojih prijave si lahko preberete na spletni strani Javnega sklada RS za razvoj kadrov in štipendije (www.sklad-kadri.si).

Piknik v Oxfordu

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17. junija smo priredili  tradicionalni piknik pod slovenskim kozolcem v arboretumu blizu Oxforda. Kozolec so izdelali v Domžalah za razstavo v blagovnici Liberty v Londonu leta 1993. Ko je tam odigral svojo vlogo, so ga postavili na zemljišče antropološkega muzeja Pitt Rivers v Oxfordu, zdaj pa stoji v arboretumu Oxfordske univerze blizu Oxforda. Kozolec je postavljen čisto ob vhodu v arboretum, tako da si ga lahko ogleda vsak obiskovalec. Seno je bilo malce kratko za spravljanje na svoje mesto, otroci pa so dobro vedeli, čemu lahko kozolec tudi služi. Veleposlaništvo se je odrezalo z dobro zastopanostjo, košaro slovenskih dobrot in praktičnostjo že pri postavljanju baldahina za zaščito hrane pred morebitnimi padavinami. Prišlo nas je okoli 40 in je bilo tako živahno, da ni bilo možno vsega predebatirati. Ves dan ni padla niti kaplja dežja. Več slikovnega gradiva v galeriji.

 

Otroci so vedeli, čemu služi kozolec