British Slovene Society Hosts Bled Twinning Events

The British-Slovene Society organised two events last weekend to forge the twinning relationship with Bled in Slovenia.

Henley has been twinned with Bled since 2013.

As well as the annual picnic on Gillotts Field next to the hayrack which was donated by the British-Slovene Society in 2022 a Bled folklore music and dance group entertained the public in Market Place on Saturday before going to shelter from the rain to play in The Argyll pub.  The music and dance group also entertained picnickers on the Sunday.

Henley Mayor, Councillor Rory Hunt said: “It was a pleasure to see such a large contingent come over from our twin town Bled. I’m sorry that the English summer weather prevented them from playing in the town square but the Argyll accommodated them well, for which they have my thanks. Their traditional attire and music was great to see and hear and I hope to see many more twinning events like this. I pass my thanks to both Greg Searle and Jani Klemencic, who’s initiative this was. I also look forward to visiting Bled during August – weather permitting!”

Evelina Ferrar, Chairwoman of the British-Slovene Society said, “It was great that the Bled Folklore group returned to Henley to sing and dance at our picnic on Gillotts Field. Even better that they also performed on Henley Town Square and in a local pub, to the delight of many local people. Now the twinning is turning into real friendship.”

Iztok Pesrl, deputy Mayor of Bled (and accordionist in the dance group) added, “Thank you for the warm welcome and excellent company. We won against the weather and it was wonderful to meet Henley’s Mayor.  We look forward to welcoming him soon in Bled. We came as ambassadors and hope many British people will follow in his tracks to enjoy our beautiful scenery and hospitality.”

Photo credit: Kathy Mansfield

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