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

The Czech Republic is lifting all coronavirus restrictions for arrivals from non-EU member states as of Saturday, April 9, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on its website. People will no longer be required to fill in arrival forms or produce certificates of Covid vaccination.

The Health Ministry has also announced that as of 17 April respirators will no longer be compulsory on public transport.

FLIGHTS TO THE CZECH REPUBLIC AND SLOVAKIA IN MARCH/APRIL 2022

The easing of travel restrictions to the Czech Republic and Slovakia following the Covid-19 lockdowns of 2020/21 has resulted in the resumption of many flights between the two countries and the UK.

The pandemic has taken its toll on some routes, however. Currently there is no direct service from Belfast, Bournemouth, East Midlands, London City and Pardubice. Liverpool has no direct link to the Czech Republic, and Luton-based Wizzair now serves only Slovakia. Ryanair flights between Birmingham and Bratislava are due to end on 26 March, and Smartwings/ČSA are withdrawing their service between Heathrow and Prague after 27 March.

There is one newcomer, Eurowings, which is offering direct flights between Prague, Birmingham and Bristol. The Eurowings schedule appears to serve several more UK cities, but this is achieved by connecting services through Germany.

The table below shows the flights offered for sale from around 21 March.

JOIN OUR TEAM!

Are you able to volunteer your time and have experience of organising events?

If so, the BCSA offers an opportunity for you to contribute to the further development of its popular events programme.

Recently this has consisted of talks held on Zoom but now it should once again be possible to arrange in-person talks or other events.

These are held at the Czech and Slovak Embassies or elsewhere in London. The events co-ordinator liaises with the venues over the arrangements including technical equipment and IT support.

Topics covered include current affairs, the arts, history, Czech and Slovak daily life plus British Czech and Slovak connections.

The co-ordinator plays a key part in the Association’s life and is a member of the executive committee which is responsible for the summer garden party and annual dinner.

Interested? For more information e-mail bcsa@bcsa.co.uk with a brief outline about yourself.

The Embassy of the Slovak Republic in London

The Consular Section of the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in London will be located in new premises from 26.7.2021 at
 18 Stanhope Place W2 2HB.

Submitting of consular applications (passport, ID card, driving license, registration of birth and marriage, no criminal record, certificate of citizenship) is strictly on appointment basis via online portal only. Appointment for signature verification can be made via phone: 02073136470 or e-mail: cons.london@mzv.sk

Visa applications must be submitted via the portalhttps://ezov.mzv.sk only. For further information on the process and conditions of visa issuance please check the section Services.

Working hours of visa & consular services except for national & state holidays
Monday9:00 – 12:00, 13:00 – 16:00
Tuesday9:00 – 12:00, 13:00 – 16:00
Wednesday9:00 – 12:00, 13:00 – 16:00
Thursday9:00 – 12:00, 13:00 – 16:00
Friday9:00 – 12:00, 13:00 – 15:00

Issued passports, ID cards and driving licenses can be collected anytime during working hours without prior appointment.

Czech School Without Borders is looking for volunteers to fill the positions of Teaching Assistants/Teachers who are available to work on Saturdays in London.

Candidates must be native speakers of Czech and should be, ideally, graduates or students of a faculty of education or have a similar background in the humanities.

Desirable:

– experience in teaching at primary and secondary school or delivering free time activities

– interest in Czech literature, culture, history and/or Geography

– valid DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service)

We offer:

– rewarding experience of teaching bilingual children

– collaborative culture

– friendly team

If interested, please send us your CV and cover letter to info@czechschool.org.uk.

CORONAVIRUS (Covid-19) 

To keep abreast of  news – such as restrictions on travel in or out of the Slovak and Czech Republics –  visit the websites of their respective Embassies (see our links page) or you can follow their Facebook pages.

The Foreign Office also provides advice for British nationals at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/slovakia and https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/czech-republic .

WHERE IS MY HOME? The story of Czechoslovak emigrants in Britain

World War 2 was followed by the Cold War where half of Europe was free and the other oppressed including Czechoslovakia. these are the stories of three BCSA members who needed to escape their country to be free.

Tereza Tomanová created this documentary to complete her MA in multi media journalism.

The background to her research is explained in an interview with Radio Prague.

LIDICE LIVES in Stoke-on-Trent

Working together with partners in the private, third and public sector Tesco Hanley and Lidice Lives are developing a plot of land off Morley Street, at the bottom of Broad Street in Stoke-on-Trent City Centre, into a sculpture and rose garden celebrating and promoting international peace and friendship across the region, the UK and beyond!


On the 10th June 1942, the picturesque village of Lidice in former Czechoslovakia was systematically obliterated by the Nazis in a callous reprisal for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich – the allied Operation Anthropoid.

When news reached Stoke-on-Trent the Miners’ Federation of North Staffordshire together with Shelton GP and councillor Barnett Stross resolved to rebuild Lidice in defiance of Hitler’s command that “Lidice Shall Die Forever”. After ratification into a national miners’ policy at the Miners’ Federation of Great Britain conference on July 20th, the 6th September 1942 saw a packed Victoria Hall witness pledges from all the main speakers that “Lidice Shall Live”.

By the end of the war, under the stewardship of Barnett Stross, North Staffordshire miners had raised the equivalent of £1.5m, giving the newly reformed Czechoslovakian government the impetus to rebuild Lidice.

Tesco and Lidice Lives are proud to work on the development of Morley St as a tribute to the legacy of the Lidice Shall Live campaign. It’s an exciting long term project where new international friendships and discoveries await.

To become a partner on this inspirational Anglo-Czech/global peace and fellowship programme please contact Alan or Cheryl Gerrard theartbay@gmail.com 07809 505245

Follow developments on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/legacygarden/ and Twitter @LidiceLives