This section highlights initiatives that are in keeping with the aims of the BCSA. Send contributions to email@example.com.
Draft law eases path to Czech citizenship for descendants of emigres
The Czech Senate passed a draft law in July 2019 that should make it easier for the children and grandchildren of emigres from communist Czechoslovakia to obtain Czech citizenship. The bill, which is expected to be signed by the president, relates to descendants of those stripped of their own citizenship prior to 1989.
Further background details can be found in this Radio Prague article.
Memorial Association for Free Czechoslovak Veterans (MAFCSV)
The aim of MAFCSV is ‘to honour and remember all Free Czechoslovak WW2 veterans and service personnel who fought with the Allies’. It organises regular commemorative events at Brookwood Military Cemetery at the Czechoslovak memorial where this year a new information panel was installed at its civilian plot.
MAFCSV is currently amalgamating with the Association of Czechoslovak Legionaries Abroad based in Cholmondeley to unify their aims. The combined project is to install a memorial to all Czechoslovak veterans in one place, the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
The total budget for this project is £30,000, of which a considerable amount is already in place, but they still need to raise about £20,000, to cover the cost of installation and maintenance and insurance.
Please make your donations by using reference “Memorial”
By Bank Transfer Account No 40953568 Sort Code 30 99 09
By Cheque made out to MAFCSV
and sent John Polak, Fir Trees, Cranbourne, Sutton Scotney, Winchester, Hants SO21 3NA
MORENA SLOVAK DANCE COMPANY
Your chance to learn from a professionally trained Slovak traditional dancer.
From 7-8.30pm at Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, London NW1 7AY
The class consists of warm up, stretching, learning Slovak steps and little routine. All levels are welcome and you are advised to bring a change of clothes.
Tickets £5 pay on the door
Contact Andrea for further information about session dates (mobile 07946 382303)
CZECH/SLOVAK CATHOLIC SERVICES IN LONDON
Visiting Czech priests celebrate mass monthly on Sunday at 2pm
for more details see
SLOVAK CATHOLIC MISSION
7.30pm Monday and first Friday of month (mass in Slovak)
1pm Sunday (Slovak and Czech)
7.30pm Sunday (Slovak) except July, August and September
for more details click here
EU CITIZENS’ RIGHTS IN THE UK
The UK government has reached an agreement with the European Union on citizens’ rights. This agreement will protect your rights after the UK leaves the EU and enable you to continue to live your life as you do now. It also covers your family members.
In order to secure your rights, you will need to apply for settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme. The scheme will open fully by 30 March 2019.
Your rights will not change until 2021 so there is no need for you to apply for status as soon as the scheme opens.
For further details click on the link below.
A guide to the EU Settlement Scheme for EU citizens and their families
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