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BSS Prešeren Evening with Vlado Kreslin – 26 March

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It’s time to celebrate again together! After a year’s break, the British-Slovene Society cordially invites you to our Prešeren Evening. We are delighted to welcome back the inspired Slovene singer/songwriter, Vlado Kreslin – performing for the BSS, live in London!

Saturday 26 March 2022. 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)

After our traditional drinks, dinner and tombola, Vlado Kreslin will bring the evening to a climax as only he knows how.

Rates are:

Paid up BSS Members £53, non-Members £68, students and under-18s £33.
For that you will enjoy a drinks reception, a three-course dinner with wine, the concert and a tombola with all sorts of attractive prizes.

Note: if you become a Member now, you benefit from the Member’s lower rate. Membership costs £15 per year, and £25 for families.

Reserve your places now using the online Application Form on Space is limited, so it’s first come, first serve. To enable us to give numbers to the hotel and allocate tables, please send your application by 23 March.

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.

We are grateful to the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for granting the British-Slovene Society a subsidy.

To keep safe, we ask you to bring evidence of a recent Covid-19 test or vaccination.

Musical walk to celebrate Prešeren Day – by Kaja Pečnik

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Saturday, 5 February 2022

This day was filled with Slovenian folk music thanks to David Burbidge, director of the Lakeland Voices community choir from Sedbergh and Kendal, who kindly took us on a musical journey through London from Tavistock Place to St James`s Park. We sang well-known Slovenian folk songs from “Lipa zelenela je/The linden tree grew green” to “Siva pot/Country Road” and of course Slovenian national hymn “Zdravljica”.


Singing was accompanied by great food, laughter and exchanges of memories about our trips to Slovenia and around the UK. As always, it was very touching to hear British people singing in Slovene, with such impeccable pronunciation. I guess the poem David recited at the end our walk “Nekoga moraš imeti rad/You have to love someone” written by Ivan Minatti summarised our day with these lines:

…nekoga moraš imeti rad, z nekom moraš v korak, v isto sled –

…you must love someone, walk side by side with someone, on the same path –

Our love that day was the love for Slovenian music and beautiful lyrics. Let there be more of this kind of days.

Our hayrack (kozolec) stands in Henley!

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The traditional Slovenian hayrack (kozolec) which the British-Slovene Society donated to the town of Henley-on-Thames now stands in full glory in Gillots Field on the outskirts of the town.

Four Slovenian craftsmen led by Damjan Bajc came over from Trebnje in Dolenjska to put it up over the past four days. As you can see from the pictures, the result is magnificent. It’s a great work of craftsmanship in the Slovenian tradition.


The Town Council of Henley welcomed the gesture, since the town is twinned with Bled in Slovenia. Local media showed considerable interest.  


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This kozolec replaces one which stood in the Oxford Arboretum until it fell into disrepair and the site was no longer available.

We plan once more to hold summer picnics around the hayrack, from now on in Henley. We look forward to welcoming you there!

Studies at universities in Slovenia

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If you are interested in studying in Slovenia, you can attend a presentation by a team “Study in Slovenia” on Thursday 10 February at 2 p.m. (Slovenian time).

They will present useful information on studying and students’ life in Slovenia. You will be able to meet representatives of Universities in Ljubljana, Maribor, Primorska and Nova Gorica, as well as other students from outside Slovenia who can share their  experiences. The presentation will be in Slovene. If you wish to attend a presentation in English, you can connect with the organisers on-line on Tuesday 15 February at 2 p.m. (Slovenian time).

Previous registration through the link below is required. There will be a live broadcast through Facebook page Study in Slovenia.

More information tukaj or on

You will be most welcome.


Join David Burbidge singing Slovenian songs in London

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David Burbidge of the Lakeland Voices is well known to many Slovenians and their friends – his hometown of Sedbergh is twinned with Zreče in Slovenia.

On Saturday 5th February, David will be down from Cumbria in London, and invites you to join him on a walk through London’s parks, during which he will lead in singing of Slovenian songs. Starting at 12 noon at the Gandhi memorial statue in Tavistock square. 

If you want to contact him beforehand, email or ring 015396.21166.

Please bring a packed lunch, or similar. And make pictures so that we can publish them!

Prešeren večer re-scheduled to 26 March + please pay Membership Dues!

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Good news! The British-Slovene Society’s Prešeren večer celebration has been re-scheduled to Saturday 26th March. It’ll be at the same place we last met two years ago – the Ambassadors Bloomsbury Hotel, 12 Upper Woburn Pl, London WC1H 0HX. There will be a drinks reception, dinner, poetry and a raffle – and Vlado Kreslin will come over from Slovenia to sing for us! More details later, but in the meantime, reserve the date.

The other news is that 2022 BSS Membership is due for payment. To keep functioning as a Society we need Members and Membership dues. All our activities require a certain amount of funding.

So if you are a Member, we would be grateful if you would pay your 2022 subscription now. If you are not yet a Member, please join. You would be most welcome! As a Member, you pay less for the Prešeren večer!

Subscriptions remain unchanged:

FAMILY (maximum 5) £25

If you have a Standing Order or have already paid for this year, you can ignore this notice. Otherwise, you have a choice of three means of payment:

  1. The best way is by direct electronic transfer to The British-Slovene Society’s bank account with Natwest, Sort Code 60-20-36, Account Number 51197685, IBAN: GB67NWBK60203651197685, BIC: NWBKGB2L. Please put your name in the reference field. This means of payment saves the Society unnecessary costs. Wherever possible, we ask you to set up a Standing Order. This will save you time and trouble next year.
  2. Or you can pay through our website www.britishslovenesociety.orgby clicking on “JOIN/RENEW” and following the instructions. On the website you can also pay by PayPal (though this incurs a cost to the BSS).
  3. Or by cheque made out to The British-Slovene Society and sent to the Treasurer, Andrej Ogorevc, 10 Rogers Court, 5 Premiere place, London E14 8SF, email:

Please support the British-Slovene Society to fulfil its mission of friendship as we prepare to open up again.

Thank you!

Trustees of The British-Slovene Society

Subsidised courses for Slovenes to improve their knowledge of the language

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Urad za Slovence po svetu sporoča, da so v spomladanskem semestru študijskega leta 2021/22 ponovno na voljo štipendije za tečaje slovenščine, namenjene Slovencem, ki živijo v zamejstvu in po svetu. Na voljo so štipendije za naslednje tečaje:

Naj živi slovenščina!

We must put off our celebration of Prešeren

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After last year’s online celebration of the anniversary of the Slovene poet, France Prešeren, we much hoped to get together in person this year, as we have done for so many years in the past.

Regrettably, we have decided this is not possible due to continuing restrictions and uncertainties over Covid-19. So we have abandoned our tentative plan to hold a Prešeren Večer on 5th February in London.

When we can open up again, as we surely must eventually, we plan to hold another celebration. Not just for the great Slovene poet, but also to mark the erection of the new Slovene hayrack (kozolec) in Henley-on-Thames. The kozolec has been made by craftsmen in Slovenia and shipped in pieces to Henley. There they are now stored.

We are now working to arrange for the craftsmen to come to England to put it up. Not easy either, but that day will come!

Keep well everybody.

The kozolec arrives in Henley-on-Thames!

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At last! Here is the new traditional Slovene hayrack just arrived at its new home in Henley-on-Thames. Slovenian craftsman Damjan Bajc from Trebnje designed and built it in his workshop. It was dismantled for transport kindly arranged by the Slovenian company Trimo. At the end of the month, Damjan and three other craftsmen will come over from Slovenia to erect it.

With financial help from benefactors and the Slovenian Government’s Office for Slovenians Abroad, the British-Slovene Society has arranged for the kozolec to be installed in Henley, which is twinned with Bled in Slovenia. These traditional hayracks can be seen in many parts of Slovenia, and are a unique feature of its culture. This one emulates the well-known Lah kozolec in Domžale.

Two years ago, the kozolec which stood in the Oxford Arboretum for the past 20 years had to be dismantled, because it fell into disrepair and the Arboretum no longer had space for it. It had been the gathering place for the British-Slovene Society’s annual summer picnic. The new hayrack in a field on the outskirts of Henley will soon be ready for a long-awaited resumption of festivities!