AUGB BLOG - CONCERT, COMMEMORATION, SCHOOL OPENING AND MYKOLAI

23.12.16



The renovated property at 156 Holland Park Avenue (left) and neighbouring AUGB London Branch building to the right of the picture.

Since my last blog in November we have been dealing with day to day issues within AUGB of which there are many. Saying that there have been some memorable highlights.

On Saturday 19 November, I attended the Ukrainian Youth Association Manchester Podilya celebrations where both the dance ensemble Podilya and choir Volya put on a stunning concert of song and dance to a full community hall. 

On Saturday 26 November together with the Ukrainian Ambassador Natalia Galibarenko, local MP Dr Rupa Huq and other dignitaries we assembled at the National Memorial to the victims of the 1932-33 Holodomor, which stands in the gardens of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Cathedral in London, to commemorate possibly Ukraine’s darkest hour -  the systematic annihilation of millions through forced starvation. The positive that came out of this was Dr Rupa Huq’s question in parliament several days later on the need for the UK to recognise the genocidal nature of the Holodomor. We must continue to pursue this question and seek to obtain an assurance that the UK will commence a judicial process on the Holodomor prior to the 85th anniversary of this genocide. 

On Tuesday 6 December Fedir and I attended the official opening of the new La Scuola Italiana a Londra (SIAL) at 156 Holland Park Avenue in the presence of the Italian Ambassador, Pasquale Teracciano. We were delighted to see the ‘end product’ after almost two years of some very careful and intense planning and negotiations.  The AUGB will, of course benefit financially from the agreement with SIAL. However we also wish the leadership and pupils of SIAL all the very best for the future.

On Sunday 18 December as in many of our communities I joined my own community Ashton to celebrated Sviaty Mykolai to the point that I even had a part in the play, but we will not go into that!  How he manages to get around to us all in such a short space of time never ceases to amaze me and for those who have been good all year there were presents, even one for me! 

Signing off in 2016 it only remains for me to thank you all for all your work, support and continued commitment for the good of Ukraine and our community life here in the UK. I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Health and Happiness in the New Year. “Веселих Свят та Щасливого Нового Року”. 

Petro Rewko
AUGB Chairman

 

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