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Mi padre - un Niño de la Guerra

Rob García presenta una charla sobre Los Niños Vascos - Club Hispánico de Hillingdon.
Jueves 2 de mayo, 2019, 19.45, £3.00.

More details here …

or by email here: hillingdonspanishclub@gmail.com

Monday 1 April - Tuesday 30 April GUERNICA

The Astra Arts Centre, Guernica, Spain

Exhibition: The Basque Children.

A joint exhibition by BCA'37UK and Maite Pinto.

Each year in April the city of Guernica commemorates the terrible bombing which occurred on the twenty-sixth of that month in 1937. This year is the eighty second anniversary of the events …
More information …

Friday 12 April GUERNICA

The Astra Arts Centre, Guernica, Spain

Award winning film directed by Steve Bowles: The Children of Guernica.

Including Q &A with Manuel Moreno and Simon Martinez of the BCA'37UK. More information …

Click the image for an enlarged view …

Monday 18 March - Friday 5 April LEEDS

Leeds Central Library, Municipal Buildings, Calverley Street,
Leeds LS1 3AB

The Basque Children, Exhibition

Friday, 29th March, ST ALBANS

The Maltings Art Theatre, Level 2,The Maltings,St Albans,AL1 3LH. 8.00pm

Gig by Na-Mara and launch of new CD: Sisters and Brothers.
NOTE: the venue has been changed since we posted this earlier.

Thursday 28 March LEEDS

University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT

The University of Leeds will host a conference to commemorate the eightieth anniversary of the end of the civil war. It will bring together some of the best and latest research on Republican refugees during and after the conflict.

Programme details are summarised here. More information and booking can be done at Eventbrite here.

**Please note that Paul Preston's keynote planned for 27th March is ticketed separately and has now sold out**

The afternoon talks include those by Simon Martinez, BCA'37UK and Dr Scott Soo, University of Southampton.

BBC Radio 4: Spain's Lost Generations - Lucas Laursen

Monday 18 March and Monday 25 March, 11.00am

Episode one: Franco's disappeared
Episode two: The Missing Children


Saturday 23rd March OXFORD

Kellogg College, 60-62 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PN

Football and the Spanish Civil War

IBMT Len Crome Memorial Conference Oxford

More information here

Booking via Eventbrite here

Wednesday 13 March SALFORD

WCML 51 Crescent, Salford, M5 4WX, telephone 0161 736 3601, 2 - 4pm

Guernica Remakings

Talk by Nicola Ashmore (curator of the exhibition — see details above)

More information here

A report of the event by Simon Martinez can be read here …

Thursday 7 March LONDON

Instituto Cervantes de Londres, 15-19 Devereux Court, London WC2R 3JT (nearest tube Temple/Holborn) — 7-9 pm

The Basque Children - The end of the Spanish Civil War and the beginning of the exile for the Niños

Talk by Dr Peter Anderson (University of Leeds)

Summary of the content of this significant talk can be read here … and a full version here …

A report of the event by Barbara Coombs can be read here …

Venancio Zornoza and wife Olwen

Venancio Zornoza

It is with sadness that we inform you of the passing of Venancio Zornoza on Friday 22nd February.

From their son Manny Zornoza:

"It is with sadness that I have to let you know that my father, Venancio Zornoza, passed away on the evening of the 22nd February 2019 in Worthing hospital.

Sadly his wife, Olwen Zornoza, later passed away on the morning of the 25th February 2019.

They leave behind 2 sons, Manuel and Luis, two granddaughters,
Caroline and Sarah, a great grandson, Freddie and a great-granddaughter, Ellie."

Our very deepest condolences and sympathy go to their sons Luis and Manuel and all the family.

The cremations will be held on Friday, 15 March at 3.00pm, at Worthing Crematorium, Horsham Rd, Findon, West Sussex BN14 0RG.

Article about Leah Manning

Here is a link to a further article about Leah Manning by Gregorio Arrien that appeared recently in the Basque newspaper Deia: https://www.deia.eus/2018/12/15/sociedad/historias-de-los-vascos/leah-manning-la-educadora-con-un-homenaje-pendiente-

Review of 2018

We have recently prepared our "Annual Report and Accounts" for 2018.

Read it here …

Friday 22 February BOLTON

Bolton Socialist Club, 16 Wood Street, Bolton BL1 1DY, 7.00pm

Basque Children in Bolton - The Watermillock Colony

Talk by Simon Martinez. See also:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10216677239020550& set=gm.2350557845176786&type=3&sfns=mo

Tuesday 19 February BARNES, LONDON

FiSH Neighbourhood Care, Barnes Green Centre, Church Road, Barnes,
London SW13 9HE, 10.30 coffee, 11.00-11.50

Talk: Evacuation of the Basque Children to Britain in 1937
by Manuel Moreno.

Note: the venue is near Barnes and Barnes Bridge stations; there is limited on-site parking.

28th January Beach House, WORTHING

Beach house plaque

The rededication and unveiling of the renovated blue plaque commemorating the Basque children's stay at Beach House.

A report of the event by Meirian Jump can be read here.

Press reports: The Worthing Herald report here, and: The Worthing Society report here.

Photos of the event can also be found in our gallery here.

School visits

The Association is keen to raise awareness of the events of 1937 by offering talks to schools. Read Carmen Kilner's reports on recent visits.

El niño vasco de Mansilla de las Mulas

Paco Robles, a niño, has been in the news recently following the publication and launch of a book about his life and memories by the Asturian author Miguel Ángel Fernández.

More information at these web sites:

Thursday 31 January - Wednesday 20 March SALFORD

WCML 51 Crescent, Salford, M5 4WX, telephone: 0161 736 3601

Guernica Remakings, Exhibition

Though not directly about the Basque children, we think that this may be of interest to you.

More information here

Monday 28 January WORTHING

Beach House, Brighton Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 2EJ 11am-12noon

Rededication of restored plaque at site of Beach House colony.
Unveiling by Mayor of Worthing, followed by refreshments.

10 years have lapsed since the original plaque was unveiled and it was in very poor condition. Worthing Borough Council have just had it restored, at their expense, and it is due to be unveiled on Monday 28 January between 11-12 together with the other 2 plaques on Beach House. Afterwards Mr and Mrs Richards are kindly hosting coffee/drinks in their apartment, The Ayrton Suite.

Anyone with links to this colony, or who lives locally and has links to BCA'37 UK is invited to attend. If you wish to attend please contact Mascha Richards
Tel: 01903-214519

12 January GLASGOW

Anderston and Kelvingrove Church, 759 Argyle St,
Glasgow G3 8DS, 1:00 pm

Developing a Children's War Museum

The aim is to present children's experience of war through their own voices and creativity — from the Basque children of 1937 to Syrian children now.

This special meeting is open to all interested parties to discuss our plans to become a registered charity with OSCR (Scottish Charity Regulator) and how we can develop the museum.

The biggest challenge in completing the application is getting the business plan and financial reporting details sorted out so we need to find someone with experience in that area to help us.

If you can think of anyone who may be interested in supporting the museum's work in any way, do let them know about this meeting. I am hoping that everyone who comes along will be able to contribute their ideas so that we can get the charity registered.

If you wish to attend, or are interested but cannot attend, please contact Brian Devlin at Eildon@hotmail.co.uk, or call 01896 756402.

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