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This Friday, 10th December, 6:30 pm: come to the Carol Service!

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After having to go online last year, the British-Slovene Society invites you to join in our annual Carol Service in person this Friday.

Our Trustees have developed a great new programme to celebrate this opportunity to come together again. Wine and potica will be served at the end.

We’ll meet in our usual location: Church of St. Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe, close to Blackfriars Tube station.

A couple of points:

– Wrap up warm. The church this year has reduced heating.

– Wear a mask inside the church.

– Although it is not a legal requirement, we ask you to do a Covid-19 test before you come. If the result shows positive, please stay away.  

We look forward to seeing you this Friday!

Christmas Carol Service on Friday 10th December 2021

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The BSS warmly invites you to our annual Carol Service on Friday 10th December 2021, at 6:30 pm. After last year’s online-only celebration, this year we are informed by the church that we can again meet in person. For this festive get together, we will gather as before in the church of St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe, Queen Victoria Street and St. Andrew’s Hill, City of London, EC4V 5DE. Built by Sir Christopher Wren, this beautiful church is well worth a visit in its own right.

Do come and join in our service of carols and readings in English and Slovene. Afterwards there will be a chance to catch up with friends over potica (offered by the Society) and Christmas drinks (courtesy of the Embassy).

There is no charge but a collection is taken to support the work of the Barka charity in Slovenia.

Nearby underground stations are Blackfriars, St Paul’s and Mansion House.

You are invited to take a lateral flow test prior to attending, where possible, and not to attend in the case of a positive result, or if displaying Covid-19 symptoms. 

If you can’t make it in person, for the first time we are hoping to live stream the service…… More on this later.

Young Slovenes celebrate St. Martin’s Day in Cambridge

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Over 40 young Slovenes in leading-edge jobs in the UK or studying at Cambridge or elsewhere spent a rousing afternoon celebrating St. Martin’s Day on 6th November 2021 in a village hall just outside the university city.

The gathering was organised by VTIS (v  tujini izobraženi Slovenci). A few participants brought freshly-fermented Slovene wine to taste, as is the custom on this day. The Embassy of Slovenia in the UK kindly donated bottles of earlier Slovene vintages, and Kaja Pečnik from the Embassy was there in person.







Miha Pipan cooked up a Slovene meal befitting the occasion — mushroom soup, jota, deep-fried breaded chicken, home-baked bread and strudel. Gorgeous!

Joining the celebrations were also members of the British-Slovene Society, who travelled in from Milton Keynes and Oxford. 


St. Martin’s Day with Slovene food and wines, Cambridge, 6th November

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In Slovenia, St. Martin’s Day (Martinovanje) marks the day when the must of the grapes traditionally turns to wine and is ready for drinking. For the work of farmers it marks the end of autumn and beginning of winter.

VTIS (Društvo v tujini izobraženih Slovencev) is inviting Slovenes and their British families to join in celebrating with Slovene food and wines in Cambridge. The event will start at 1 p.m. at Quy Village Hall near Cambridge (CB25 9AB) which is easily accessible by bus or car (free parking at the site).

VTIS and the British-Slovene Society will briefly present their activities. Besides enjoying good food, drink and company, you can walk in the nearby countryside. In addition to the Slovene food on offer you are invited to bring a few sweet dishes to share.

The number of participants is limited. Please register your participation at least a day before the event through the following :


Join a conference of Slovene innovators worldwide

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The event will take place on 12 October at Gospodarsko razstavišče in Ljubljana and will be broadcast over internet. It is organised by VTIS (Slovenes Educated Abroad) in cooperation with the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce. The communication language will be Slovene.

The topics of discussion will be  “Development of entrepreneurship in Slovenia” and “Innovation within a (large) company”. In a workshop, VTIS will present good practices of global employers.

Participation fee for physical presence is €50 +VAT. Participation online is free.

For more information: VIEW IN BROWSER



Time for the Slovene language

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Starting in October 2021, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) will again run evening Slovene Short Language courses at various levels.

These small interactive courses develop conversation skills without losing sight of the fundamentals of grammar. They are ideal for anyone interested in the rich culture and unique language of Slovenia.   
All courses are scheduled to run 6:30-8:30pm.
This year we will be offering the following courses:
Beginners (Wednesdays)
Lower Intermediate (Mondays)
Upper Intermediate (Thursdays)
Advanced (Tuesdays)
Higher Advanced Plus (Tuesdays)
Courses will be taught remotely online, unless there is consensus in a particular group to return to face-to-face teaching and if it is possible. 
More information about the Slovene courses is HERE
If you are interested, please enrol HERE
The courses will be taught by Maja Rančigaj Beneš (Lower Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced course) and Romana Šuštar (Beginners and Higher Advanced Plus course). For more information contact Maja Rančigaj Beneš, Slovene language lectrice: