BCSA Events

2017 Annual General Meeting


The formal AGM of the association, which is open to all members, will be held at the Slovak Embassy, 25 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY, on Thursday 4th May at 6.30pm.

The agenda will include the presentation of the annual and financial reports for 2016 and the election of the officers and members of the executive committee. Copies of the independently examined accounts for 2016 and the minutes of the AGM held on 21st April 2016 will be available at the meeting, together with the treasurer’s report. The AGM will elect the four honorary officers of the association. These posts are held for one year and are subject to election at every AGM.

Of the four honorary officers, the current vice-chair, treasurer and secretary – namely Ruzena Holub, Douglas Gibb and Blanka Shrimpton respectively – are willing to stand for re-election. The chair, Michael Roberts, has indicated his wish to stand down from his position and is accordingly not standing for re-election.

The committee members due for re-election this year, namely Angela Spindler-Brown and Edward Peacock, are ready to be re-elected for another term.

Any member of the BCSA can be nominated for the post of an honorary officer or a committee member. Nomination forms are available here and from the Hon Secretary, Blanka Shrimpton, 34 Cannons Lane, Fyfield, Ongar, CM5 0TG, and should be returned to bcsa@bcsa.co.uk, or to another committee member, by 6.00pm on Monday 1st May 2017.

Please register for attendance at the AGM or send your apologies for absence to the above address/e-mail or telephone 01277 899461 by 3rd May 2017.

Slovak Embassy, London

Roughing it in Prague: a talk by Rob Humphreys



The BCSA is pleased to host a talk by Rob Humphreys, author of the Rough Guides to Prague and Czechoslovakia. 

Now a Blue Badge London guide, Yorkshire-born Rob’s introduction to things Czechoslovak was through the children’s games his father (a lecturer in Czech and Russian at Leeds University) brought back from trips behind the Iron Curtain. A nascent acting career came to an end when – somewhat to his surprise – Rob was asked in 1988 to write the Rough Guide to Czechoslovakia. The Velvet Revolution threw months of careful
research work into disarray, but eventually the first of what proved to be several editions of the book was published in 1991. The Rough Guide to Czechoslovakia (and subsequently to the Czech and Slovak Republics) was followed by the Rough Guide to Prague and several other destinations, including Vienna, St Petersburg, Scotland and London.

Rob will evoke the adventures, mishaps, strange encounters and surprises encountered during the writing of his guidebooks, as well as commenting on the changes brought about by the Velvet Revolution and by the internet.

Please register on Eventbrite

Slovak Embassy, London

BCSA "Get to Know You" Social Evening


Anybody with Czech or Slovak connections or interests is welcome to the BCSA’s monthly socials to meet, eat, drink, chat and get to know each other a little better in a relaxed and informal gathering.

You can often find upwards of a dozen people there at various times during the evening but, whatever the number, there will be good conversations for you to join in with.

All you have to do is turn up any time between 7pm and 10:30pm.   Please register on Eventbrite so we know who may be coming – there’s no entrance charge.

We will be in one of the rooms at the Czech and Slovak National House, normally the first room on the left. There will be a BCSA sign on the door.

Czech and Slovak food and drinks are available from the restaurant and bar.

A request: If you are interested in coming then please share this event on your timeline and invite your Facebook friends to come too.

Czech and Slovak National House