This section highlights initiatives that are in keeping with the aims of the BCSA. Send contributions to communication@bcsa.co.uk.

 

Sir Nicholas Winton

Message from Barbara Winton:

In 1938-9 my father was responsible for bringing 669 mostly Jewish children from Prague to Britain, saving them from Nazi persecution, through what became known as the Kindertransport. In total British communities took in 10,000 children who have since gone on to contribute so much to our country.

In November, we will mark the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport. With the support of Safe Passage, I want to bring together 1,000 people who were connected to that effort – the children who were rescued and their descendants, the foster families, school teachers and community members who welcomed them. In coming together, we will celebrate Britain’s proud history of welcoming child refugees and recognise the contribution they have since made to Britain.

Can you help me put together a really special event? Are you a former Kindertransport child refugee or do you know someone who is? Do you know if your family took in a Kindertransport child refugee during World War Two? Are you a relative of a former Kindertransport child refugee?

If you can help, please contact campaigns@safepassage.org.uk

The Bouda Gallery Project

Initiated by the Czech Centre London, this project aims to provide a space for exhibitions, book readings and design pop-up shops as well as a base for the Czech School Without Borders in London. The vast majority of the cost will be covered by the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs. However 10% of the remaining finance needs to be raised for purchasing and installing technical equipment and furniture.

For further details and to make a donation go to www.bouda.org.uk

Czechoslovak Memorial Fountain Leamington Spa

From 1940 to 1942 the Czechoslovak Free Army, consisting of 40,000 military personnel, was based in Leamington Spa. In 1968 their stay was commemorated in the town’s Jephson Gardens with a memorial fountain in the shape of a parachute. The seven men named on the memorial were specially trained paratroopers who were flown from England in the winter of 1941/2 to occupied Czechoslovakia in order to carry out sabotage missions and to support the underground movement. Four of them took part in the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich known an Operation Anthropoid.

The Friends of the Czechoslovak Memorial Foundation has been set up to raise money for its restoration. For further information contact georgina.pavel@gmail.com

National Scholarship Programme of the Slovak Republic

A new call for applications is open for study, research, teaching and artistic stays during the academic year 2018/19.
The programme supports PhD students, university teachers, researchers and artists to attend Slovak universities or research organisations and also offers the possibility of a travel allowance.
Full details are available at www.scholarships.sk
The deadline for applications for the summer semester 2019 is 31 October 2018.

Brexit

In December 2017 the European Council agreed that negotiations on the UK’s exit from the European Union can move on to the next stage, having reached agreement on the rights of EU citizens living in the UK.

The Home Office has produced this leaflet setting out the key information for EU citizens in the UK, which we hope you will find useful.

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