The British & Commonwealth Association arranges activities and provides information for its members to help them develop social and cultural networks here in Sweden.
* BCA Bulletin for July 2015 *
Summer is here! And can there be any city in the world more beautiful than Stockholm in summer on a warm, sunny day? Someone coined the phrase ‘jewel on the water’ to describe it and someone else, ‘the Venice of the north’. Both of these expressions capture for me something important about this wonderful city.
BCA Events: July is a quiet month for the BCA. Two regular activities are continuing, however:
Treasurer: Can anyone please help us to find a new treasurer? We urgently need someone to do the BCA bookkeeping at least until the next AGM. They do not need to be a qualified accountant but they do need to have some experience of book keeping. Our previous treasurer says she is willing to help them learn the ropes. If you can do this job, or if you know someone else who can, please let me know as soon as possible. The BCA cannot exist without a treasurer and I do not intend to be chairman of a committee without a treasurer.
BCA Membership: BCA members who haven’t renewed their membership from 2014 (i.e. paid their 2015 subscription) will cease to be members on 1st August and become instead past members. This means that they will no longer get a monthly Bulletin and have to pay more to attend BCA events since they will be coming as guests. New members (those joining for the first time) can benefit from a reduced (50%) membership fee for the rest of the year.
Events after the summer: We (the BCA Committee) have planned an exciting autumn/ winter programme for you which, as well as traditional events like the Cheese and Wine, Carol Service and Christmas Party, also includes the following:
Gardens and Gardening (at Opon) Boat Trip to Gripsholm Mushroom Picking
Indian Evening (probably at Opon) Evening at the Opera (at Opon)
More information about these will be sent out in August.
Feedback: We on the BCA committee hope you like what we are doing. But whether you do or you don’t, we would like some feedback from you. Please write and give us your point of view and tell us what you want us to do for you. Our aim is to arrange events and activities that please you and sending feedback to us will help us to do this. You can start by writing and telling us what you thought of the BCA spring/summer programme and what you think about the proposed autumn/winter programme!
Your committee needs you!: We badly need 1or2 new committee members so if you can give up a little time to the club in this way it will help us a lot and you will hopefully find it a rewarding experience. You are welcome to attend a committee meeting to see what we do and who we are. You will not be pressurised to join the committee afterwards if you don’t want to. Let me know if you want to come to a committee meeting.
The BCA and other clubs: Making closer contact with other suitable clubs or organisations gives us the opportunity to meet new people and hopefully get new members, but this will not be done at the cost of losing (or weakening) our own identity which is firmly based on our British and Commonwealth culture and history. The BCA committee has therefore decided to limit our cooperation with other clubs to sharing information about our events with them and welcoming their members to come along as guests, paying the appropriate non-member fee. The only exception to this is the Carol Service where we have traditionally shared the cost with the Swedish British Society and will be doing so again this year.
Here’s hoping we all have a pleasant July with time to relax and recharge our spiritual batteries. It will be exciting to meet up again in August at the first BCA event. Don’t forget to write to me (or phone me) about BCA events or activities, or anything else concerning the BCA, if you have time.
Peter Dulley, BCA Chairman
and 08 511 789 12 // 070 715 74 71)
* BCA Bulletin for June 2015 *
Someone once said that time flies and waits for no man (or woman)! This seems truer for every year I live and I guess it’s the same for most of us. It’s hard for me to believe that June will soon be here, and then soon after that, Midsummer will come - then go - just as quickly!
However, before that happens the BCA is rounding off its spring & summer programme by arranging two more exciting events that we hope many of you will come to.
Sunday 7th June: Outing to Waldemarsudde. This is described as a picnic on the summer Programme but it does not have to be a picnic. We can simply meet there, eat lunch in the restaurant and then go round the exhibition. This is more straight-forward and less susceptible to the whims of the weather. Alternatively people can bring a packed lunch with them.
At this stage, we need to know if you are interested in coming on this outing. Please let us know by Monday if you want to come. Then if a reasonably large group signs up we will arrange the outing. Don’t worry about the finer details now; simply let us know if you intend coming. Reply a.s.a.p. to Valerie Olsson at:
Sunday 14th June: Queen’s Official Birthday Celebration. This is the BCA’s flagship event so we expect a lot of people to sign up for it. As last year, we shall be in the spacious and beautifully-appointed Princess Hall, and like last year we are arranging an exciting programme which includes:
- Raising a toast to the Queen, who this year becomes Britain’s longest serving monarch.
- Watching several film clips showing important moments in the life of the Queen, including her coronation in 1953.
- Celebrating our “Britishness” in music and song.
- Enjoying typically British refreshments, including home-made sandwiches, scones, cakes and tea.
- Participating in a raffle with lots of prizes, the main one being a splendid book about the Queen.
On this occasion we shall also be saying farewell to the British Ambassador and his wife, who are leaving Sweden this summer and moving to Brussels. We have had a good relationship with Paul and Nicola during their time here and we are sorry to see them go.
Please sign up for this event a.s.a.p. and you can do this simply by replying to this e-mail invitation. We are charging 100kr for members and 200kr for guests and we would prefer it if you paid in the money in advance to the BCA’s pg account no. 559481-7.
Peter Dulley (08 511 789 12 // 0707157471 //
* BCA Bulletin for May 2015 *
Those of you that came to the Maltese Evening event at Opon last Wednesday were not disappointed. The delicious Maltese food alone, prepared for us by Valerie Olsson, was enough to make me want to visit Malta as soon as possible! But there were lots of other things for us to experience too, including information and film clips from Pathe News showing Malta’s important role in WW2, an interesting quiz won by Janet Topping and a lottery won by Terry Siederer, who went home with a gift token worth 300kr.
Six of us met for the St George’s lunch at the Tudor Arms on Saturday 25th April and enjoyed a tasty, wholesome, lunch in an authentic English pub atmosphere. The only thing we forgot to do was toast St George, which I suppose, goes to show how much we were enjoying ourselves. Hope he forgives us!
BCA Events in May:
Tuesday 5th May -Visit to the Pompeii Exhibition at Millesgården. More information about this is on the Spring and Summer Programme that was sent out to you recently. (But note the change of day!) We will travel by underground (Red Line) to Ropsten and then take the 207 bus which leaves at 11.12, arriving at Millesgården at 11.16. (This is by far the shortest journey time – the other buses take a roundabout route!) Once there, we will eat lunch at Millesgården’s own restaurant before starting our tour of the exhibition. (You can of course make your own way to Millesgården if you prefer to.)
Wednesday 20th May - ‘A historical view of men and women in society’ – a talk by Adele Änggård at Opon, starting at 18.00. For more information about this see the BCA’s Spring and Summer Programme.
Saturday 23rd May – Saturday Flicks. The suggested film is Testament of Youth, based on the story of Vera Britain. If you want to come (or have another suggestion) let me know a.s.a.p.
Appeal for help:
We need help from our members to make the refreshments for the Queen’s Official Birthday Celebration on 14th June. So if you can provide sandwiches, scones, cakes and suchlike, please let me know. And please make a note of this event in your diaries and on your calendars, and sign up for it a.s.a.p. It will be our last opportunity to meet the Ambassador and his wife in their formal capacity before they leave us in the summer.
Peter Dulley (BCA Chairman) Tel 08 511 789 12 & 070 715 74 71
* BCA Bulletin for April 2015 *
Spring really does seem to have come to Stockholm at last. I feel this because I have changed jackets! From months of huddling inside my warm, black winter jacket I have at last gone over to my lighter and brighter, orange summer jacket. So if you see a man wearing an orange jacket in Stockholm in the next few days it’s more than likely to be me!
There are several things to report this month:
The Maltese Evening event at Opon on Wednesday April 22nd; there are still some places left so if you want to attend & haven’t already signed up do it now!
The St George’s Day Celebration on Saturday April 25th; some of our English BCA members have in past years got together to enjoy a traditional English lunch at the Tudor Arms in memory of our patron saint, whose name day it is on 23rd April. So if you are interested in doing this on 25th April, please let me (Peter Dulley) know and we can do it again this year.
The Queen’s Official Birthday Celebration; the date for this has been changed to Sunday 14th June, due to there being a Swedish royal wedding in Stockholm on Saturday 13th June. We have now decided to have our celebration on the following day, Sunday 14th. If anyone can contribute to the refreshments (cakes, sandwiches, scones etc) or the entertainment, please let me, Peter Dulley, know.
The traditional Swedish-British Society’s Garden Party is on 31st May. BCA members are welcome to attend this. More information can be got from Helene Crosfield at:
BCA members are warmly welcome to attend other Swedish-British events, too. Contact Helene Crosfield for information about these.
One piece of sad news concerns the sudden passing of BCA member Roger Tanner recently. Some of you may remember Roger playing the organ at our Carol Concerts during the past few years. He was a much loved person and a highly respected musician, who gave generously of his talents. His funeral, which took place in Ekerö last Thursday, was attended by our former chair, Janice Dunkerley Archer.
This is the first monthly BCA Bulletin I have written. I am going to try and send out a Bulletin at the beginning of every month April - June & September – December (7 issues) If anyone has any news, comments or suggestions for future events please send them to me.
Peter Dulley (BCA Chairman)