PAST EVENTS Dear Members Circular November 2014 In this Issue Past Events Future Events Interest Groups For Your Diary Other Events Internet (hosted by the Federation of Anglo-Swiss Clubs, FASC) www.angloswissclubs.ch The poet Ted Hughes begins his poem ‘November’ in a typically grim way: “The month of the drowned dog. After long rain the land was sodden as the bed of an ancient lake.” Apart from spells of dismal weather, (and some days of beautiful sunshine!), November is also connected with commemorations. In the United States Thanksgiving Day is commemorated on the fourth Thursday of November, and, as we all know, th November 11 is known as ‘Remembrance Day’ in Englishspeaking countries, since it commemorates the ending of the First World War in November 1918. By coincidence, the first event of our autumn/winter session also has a commemorative flavour, since Franz Andres Morrissey, our highly talented committee member, will be talking about (and singing) some of the varied songs that were written at the time of the ‘Great War’, as it is also known. This event promises to be both enjoyable and also interesting from a historical point of view, so we do hope that many of you and your friends will come along to the event on 6 November (see below). There are also a number of other events to whet your appetite, including the traditional Christmas Dinner with carols in December, a visit to the Stadttheater, a guided tour of the Giacometti exhibition in the Kunstmuseum, our traditional Burns Supper in February, and the Britta Charleston Lecture in March. So quite a full and varied programme. As usual, we hope that many of you will attend these events and let the organisers know if you intend to come. Thank you for your support. Dewi Williams (on behalf of the Committee) 24 August Guided tour in English of the art exhibition Open Sesame. Organised by Ursula and attended by twelve people. This fine exhibition provided a rare opportunity to see over 140 works of art by Swiss painters, dating from the 18th century up to modern times, including works by Amiet, Anker, Fuseli, Giacometti, Hodler, Segantini, and many others. The guide was informative, and the tour turned out to be most enjoyable. 12 September Visit to the Planetarium, Schwanden, Sigriswil Organised by Ursula and attended by six people. Normally an event is cancelled when we have so few participants, but Ursula kindly decided to go ahead anyway, and those who attended really enjoyed this evening under the stars, which enabled them to learn more about astronomy. After seeing the Planetarium, Ursula herself was struck by the genial thought that the souls of the disceased have plenty of room out there in the universe! Nice to think that there’ll be adequate space for all of us when we shuffle off this mortal coil! After the visit, members came gently down to earth again and satisfied their bodily needs by visiting a pleasant restaurant near Lake Thun. 15 October Guided Tour of Barry Exhibition. Natural History Museum Organised by Chris and attended by fifteen people. As you may know, Barry was a famous St Bernard mountain rescue dog who died in 1814. Members first watched a short demonstration by two mountain rescue dogs in the museum courtyard and were then guided through the exhibition, looking at the facts and fiction surrounding Barry’s exploits. A most interesting afternoon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SBS Circular November 2014 FUTURE EVENTS 6 November, 18.30. Uni-Tobler “Songs of the First World War” Talk and recital by Franz Andres Morrissey. Room F-121 One hundred years ago the socalled ‘Great War’ started and left a tragic toll of death and destruction. It also left a rich legacy of poems and songs. Franz will be discussing and singing some of these fascinating songs. An event to look forward to. Inform Chris (031 839 6120) if you wish to have a meal after the talk. [email protected] 12 December, 18.30 Hotel Bern Christmas Dinner and Carols. Aperitif at 18.00. This convivial event offers an opportunity to chat with fellow members and also helps some of us to prepare for the strenuous culinary journey through the rest of the month. Register with Regina by 1 Dec. (031 829 3477) [email protected] 16 January, Stadttheater, Bern Ballet ‘Requiem’ This ballet was created by the Dutch choreographer Nanine Linning in honour of her parents. Fauré’s Requiem is sung on stage by the choir, who sometimes intermingle with the dancers. Register with Rosemay by 6 Jan. (031 951 2162) [email protected] Buy your own ticket and inform Rosemay if you’d like to attend the aperitif at 18.30. 1 February 2015. 11.30-12.30 Tour in English of the Giacometti exhibition at the Kunstmuseum and lunch at ‘Il Grissino’ Register with Ursula by 20 January 031 711 1796 [email protected] 6 February 2015, Bärtschihus Gümligen. Burns Supper. Guest speaker Alan Cochrane from Scotland. Register with Rosemay by 6 Jan. 031 951 2162 [email protected] and inform her if you can offer help. 2 17 March 2015 Britta Charleston Guest Lecture by Professor Crispin Thurlow 18.30 Uni Tobler, Room F-121 Professor Thurlow is the new professor of English Language and Literature at Berne University. His talk about the impact of the internet on the use of English promises to be most interesting as well as highly topical. Register with Dewi by 9 March 031 332 7657 [email protected] 28 March, FASC (Federation of Anglo-Swiss Clubs) AGM and tour of the Berne Minster We are hosting the FASC AGM, which will be followed by a communal lunch and a tour of the Minster. More details in the March Circular. Information about events organised by FASC, the Federation of AngloSwiss Clubs, can be found on their website: www.fasc.ch. OTHER EVENTS St. Ursula’s Church Jubiläumsplatz, Bern Fri. 21 Nov. + Sat. 22 November Christmas Bazaar See website for details: www.anglican.ch/berne INFORMATION A good source of information about activities for English speakers is: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ bernexpats/ More details can be had from the very helpful moderator Graham Tritt ([email protected]), who is also President of The International Club (see their website: www.icberne.ch) INTEREST GROUPS Jean Charlton’s Painting Group Relaxed atmosphere. Group meets once a month. Information: 031 839 6077, [email protected]). Reading Circle Meets about every six weeks. Those interested should contact Ursula. Best wishes For Your Diary Thursday 6 November Songs of the First World War Friday 12 December Christmas Dinner Hotel Bern Friday 16 January Stadttheater, Ballet ‘Requiem’ Sunday 1 February Tour of Giacometti Exhibition Friday 6 February Burns Supper Tuesday 17 March Britta Charleston Lecture Prof. Crispin Thurlow Committee members: President: Chris Warren Mühlestrasse 17B, 3076 Worb Tel. 031 839 6120 [email protected] Treasurer: Rosemay McGuigan Walchstrasse 12, 3073 Gümligen Tel. 031 951 2162 [email protected] Circular: Dewi Williams Bayweg 3, 3123 Belp Tel. 031 332 7657 [email protected] Ursula Messerli Eggstrasse 12, 3082 Schlosswil Tel. 031 711 1796 [email protected] Dr Franz Andres Morrissey 3036 Detligen Tel. 031 825 6756 [email protected] Regina Walter-Fuchs Lindenweid 6, 3045 Meikirch Tel. 031 829 3477 [email protected] Auditors: Jeannine Williams, Dorothy Braun The Committee (Chris, Dewi, Franz, Regina, Rosemay, Ursula) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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