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can check your membership by using the link below. Please also check your post
code and let us know of any change of address by email to Kenneth
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Membership dues (£20 & £15 senior
citizens) can be paid directly to our manager at the bar or by posting a cheque
made payable to "The Sikorski Polish Club" (please write your name and
ID number on the back of the cheque). AGM is Sunday 13th April. All Ordinary members are encouraged to attend.
Polish and English Language Classes The
Society will continue to subsidise this essential resource for our members and
non-members. Non-members are expected to take out membership of the Society if
enrolling in a class.
Polish Classes at the Sikorski Polish Club, Glasgow
Course 1 - Wednesday evening 7.00-8.30 pm Intermediate Polish
This course starts on 15th January 2014 and runs every Wednesday for 10 weeks. The teacher will be Marzanna. The course is a continuation of Marzanna's 2013 course. New students are welcome.
Course 2 - Thursday evening 6.30-8.00 pm Polish for Beginners
Course 3 - Thursday evening 8.15-9.45 pm Intermediate 2 Polish.
The ‘Thursday’ courses start on 23rd January 2014 and run every Thursday for 10 weeks. The teacher will be Jerzy, who ran the Polish Language workshop on 10/11/2013.
You can sign up for the above courses by emailing email@example.com, or calling 0141 339 1368, any evening after 7pm, except Tuesday.
The cost of each course is £70, paid upfront. Please note that only members of the Society will be able to sign up for the courses. New memberships are welcome - simply fill in the membership application form or from the bar downstairs. (Membership fee is £20/£15 per year). Polish is learnable!
Polish-Scottish Heritage Project website The Polish-Scottish Heritage aims to promote a greater awarenessof Poland and Scotland’s shared heritage. It is especially important now that the Polish community in Scotland is larger than ever before (67 000), to discover those long lasting connections, preserving and celebrating the shared histories of places, events and people for present and future generations.
The project is gathering historical information and sharing it through a variety of formats on their website. A wide range of audio, video, text and pictures are already availabe on their recently opened website. The clip below from their website tells the story of Polish troops who found themselves in Scotland after WW2. It includes contributions from two of our club's members, Martin Stepek and Robert Ostrycharz, who are also on the advisory board of the project.
One of the great pleasures of wasting an idle hour looking at archive film is the electric jolt of surprise that causes you to fall off your chair.
In my case it was this clip of around 100 female Polish soldiers drilling somewhere in Scotland in 1943. It is silent, black and white, a bit long for a short at 11 minutes, and nothing to tell you where or why someone bothered to film them in the first place.
The first clue was in the name “Marine Hotel” at the side of the building where the women flock to at the end of the parade. Beryl Robinson’s very good history of the building shows that it is now the Scottish Fire Services College and is pinpointed here by the Britain from Above project.
The Marine was requisitioned at the start of the war as was Greywalls Hotel and Archerfield House, either of which could have been the starting point for the march.
2 Polish rugby internationals now signed for Glasgow Hawks
A Polish international duo will be looking to make their mark in the RBS Premiership in the coming months after they joined top flight new boys Glasgow Hawks.
Twenty-one-year-old prop Craig Bachurzewski, who was brought up in Cumnock, and 23-year-old back-row Mateusz Bartoszek have both arrived at Old Anniesland for the 2013-14 campaign, and with a number of international caps behind them, will add something to the Hawks' pack.
Article extracted from Glasgow Hawks news page where the full article is available.
U Jarka restaurant included in short film
Two short films made in association with Fablevision Studios and the BBC were
recently previewed in our club. The Poland Connection
This BBC Scotland programme looks at what makes Poles decide to come to Scotland,
shows the historical links between Poland and Scotland and gives a flavour of
both countries. This film will soon be shown on TV Wee Poland
This film follows the lives of four different Polish people in Glasgow who all
hold on to their culture and heritage in different ways. Through them we learn
about a family business, the importance of language, cultural traditions and textile
design. Clips from this film are now available on the BBC's LAB
of the clips is about Mateusz and the family restaurant in the Sikorski
club (see below - opens in a new window). Other clips available include "Agata
and the Polish Saturday School", "Basia and family traditions"
and "Marta and the fashion show".
Martin Stepek (member of The Sikorski Polish Club) has
written this astonishing poem which is at once a monument, a meditation, a prayer
and an epic. It is a memorial or monument, in the first place, to the fate of
his Polish family in the 1940s, a fate they shared with hundreds of thousands
of Polish civilians deported to the Gulag or the Asian wastes by the Soviet invaders
in 1940. It is a meditation on life and death; his grandfather died as a Resistance
fighter against the Nazis, while his grandmother survived her escape from the
Soviet Union by only a few months. Their children survived the war and settled
in Scotland; they used to the full the chance of a long life in a peaceful country,
but now they in turn are approaching their end. Martin's father Jan, a leading
figure in Scotland's Polish community, died almost as this book was going to press.
The memory of what they experienced and survived must not disappear with that
generation. An extract from the Foreword by Neal Ascherson
can be purchased from www.ettadunn.com
or through Amazon. Our Society will also have copies available - please ask
at the bar. Paperback: 128 pages Publisher: Fleming Publications (14 Nov
2012) ISBN-10: 0955650739 ISBN-13: 978-0955650734
New route to Rzeszow
Ryanair is pleased to announce a new route from Glasgow Prestwick to Rzeszow which
will be starting on 31st March 2013. Flights are on a Sunday and Wednesday and
Fares are from £32.99 inclusive of taxes.
Glasgow passengers now have 5 routes ( Warsaw Modlin, Bydgoszcz, Wroclaw, Rzeszow
and Gdansk) available to Poland. Ryanair.com
What is GazetaE.com? The GazetaE.com is a new
free online magazine directed to Polish citizens living in the UK and Polish-speaking
audience interested in Polish culture and in cultural interchange. The magazine
is available in internet at www.gazetae.com
and is updated with current news, engaging articles photo reportages, audio podcasts
and videos every day. Further information in EnglishPolish
The Russians deported
up to 2 million Polish people from Poland, from the Kresy, the Eastern borderlands,
on the orders of Stalin himself in 1940, removing people to slave labour camps,
gulags, in Siberia and other parts of Eastern Asia. This site is dedicated to
research, remembrance and recognition of the Polish citizens deported, imprisoned
and killed by the Soviet regime during the Second World War.
museum is a unique, web-based, multi-media experience to commemorate and educate
about the experience of these Polish Citizens during and after World War II. Once
fully operational it will present stories through words, photos, paintings, maps,
sounds, films and interviews for a compelling visitor experiences. If you
or a member of your familly lived through experience of Siberia please get in
touch with the Foundation
Kresy-Syberia to share your memories and contribute to the creation of the
Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum. Web Site Kresy-Siberia
It is indeed a big project to RESEARCH, REMEMBER and RECOGNIZE the experiences
of our families and their incredibly courageous generation. Please consider giving
a donation to Kresy-Siberia VM. Thank you in advance for helping to take forward
this important work which touches all of us and our families. It is up to all
of us to make sure that the stories of our families and other Polish citizens
who went through the war like them are never forgotten. Stefan Wisniowski,
President, KRESY-SIBERIA FOUNDATION. UK