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Friends' Working Holiday at Červeny Dvůr 2017

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June 2017 - Two parties of volunteers from the UK have been completing the work on the ‘Beaver Cellar’ which is associated with the ‘Mauricovna’ or watchman’s cottage, seen in the distance. Both are important features in the English landscape park at Červeny Dvůr in Southern Bohemia. These were the final working parties before the restoration is co...
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Presentation of an Award

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1st June 2017 - committee members of The Friends of Czech Heritage were welcomed to the Probošt House in Vyšehrad, Prague.Barbara Peacock, a founder of The Friends, received her 'Point of Light' award from the UK Ambassador H.E. Ms Jan Thompson.Image right: the Ambassador, left, with Barbara Peacock. Photo copyright James Robertson.The Friends of C...
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Wed 21st June - Summer Outing to Greenwich

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JUNE 2017 - SUMMER OUTING TO GREENWICHThe Friends' Summer Outing this year took place on 21st June and most participants boarded the Thames Clipper for a sublime journey to Greenwich on a beautiful day.Greenwich was one of the ports visited after the marriage of Frederick, Elector Palatine, to Princess Elizabeth, daughter of James I and Anne of Den...
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COOPERATION WITH THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL AWARD

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MAY 2017 - COOPERATION WITH THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL AWARD The work of The Friends of Czech Heritage was cited as an example of how to encourage volunteering in recent publicity by the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. It featured current participants in the award programme in the Czech Republic at work on the Jan Hus Church, Smíchov, Prag...
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EGYPT AND CZECH EGYPTOLOGISTS: THE IMPORTANT BUT LITTLE-KNOWN CONTRIBUTION MADE BY CZECH ARCHAEOLOGISTS

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APRIL 2017 - EGYPT AND CZECH EGYPTOLOGISTS: THE IMPORTANT BUT LITTLE-KNOWN CONTRIBUTION MADE BY CZECH ARCHAEOLOGISTS  On 5th April 2017 Suzanna Bojtos of Birkbeck College gave a fascinating talk, illustrated by excellent slides, on the contribution made by several Czech scholars to the excavation, preservation and interpretation of ancien...
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Mr John Martin is organising a memorial at Ightfield in Shropshire

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March 2017 - Mr John Martin is organising a memorial at Ightfield in Shropshire, commemorating the friendship between the Ellison family and the two Czechslovak parachutists Jozef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš. These men flew home from England in 1941 to take part in the assassination of Deputy Reichsprotektor Heydrich in the following year. The film 'Anthr...
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Lecture: "MARTINŮ IN HIS TIME – THE RECORDED LEGACY"

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March 2017 - The Friends presented a lecture MARTINŮ IN HIS TIME – THE RECORDED LEGACY on 7th March in the Embassy of Slovakia, London, given by Patrick Lambert, a musicologist with a particular interest in the life and works of the Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959), generally considered to be the fourth most important Czech composer afte...
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Lada Valešová, who is a supporter of The Friends, is releasing a CD on 3rd March

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MARCH 2017 RELEASE - Lada Valešová, who is a supporter of The Friends, is releasing a CD on 3rd March: together with three song cycles, Valešová is performing the world première recording of a chamber piece for piano quintet and tenor, 'Fata Morgana' Op. 6 by Pavel Haas (1899–1944). The CD is available for purchase both as a phy...
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Peter Kysel, our Treasurer, joined members, visitors and friends of the Rotary Club Prague International in the city

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January 2017 - Peter Kysel, our Treasurer, joined members, visitors and friends of the Rotary Club Prague International in the city. Peter is an experienced Investment Banker and Consultant and has been actively involved in the voluntary sector since 1986.Christian Noll wrote about the event on the Rotary Club's website: 'Peter explained that his o...
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An Award for One of Our Founders

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January 2017UK Prime Minister Theresa May recognised the conservation work of a dedicated British citizen volunteering in the Czech Republic and has named her a 'Point of Light'. The citation reads:'Barbara Peacock is an architectural historian and a founder of The Friends of Czech Heritage. Inspired by the beauty of the Czech Republic’s many state...
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