The Presydia of the General Council held its first post-AGM meeting last Saturday, 27 June, in Nottingham.

Items on the agenda included: 

• Release of the DVD film documenting the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Holodomor in London last November.  All proceeds from sale will go towards covering the costs associated with staging last year's Holodomor events. 
• Current position regarding the AUGB’s property in Cheltenham.  Sale fell through.
• Agreement to host the XII General Meeting of the European Congress of Ukrainians ECU (formerly KoUHTsU) in November 2009.  This year marks the 60th anniversary since the ECU was formed in the boardroom of the AUGB’s Central Office.
• The AUGB AGM and matters arising from it.
• The AUGB and Ukrainian Information Service are currently working closely with the National Museum of the History of Ukraine to commemorate the Stepan Bandera anniversaries by way of an holding an exhibition at the National Museum in Kyiv, which will open on 4 October.  The exhibition will include, amongst other exhibits, photographs, documents and personal items of Bandera from the collection of the Stepan Bandera Museum of the Liberation Struggle in London.  The curators of AUGB’s Shevchenko and Archive and the Stepan Bandera Museum, Dr. Ludmila Pekarska and Mr Wasyl Oleskiw respectively, have prepared the exhibits and documentation that are necessary for their temporary exhibition in Ukraine.  Together with the leadership of the National Museum, it is anticipated that the exhibition will create widespread interest in Ukraine.
• Preparations to commemorate the Bandera anniversaries in this country are also afoot.  A National Committee has been formed with Volodymyr Szlakhetko as Chair.
• AUGB will not be sending a delegate to this year’s Annual General Meeting of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) which will take place in Lviv on 20-21 August this year.  Instead, the AUGB’s Annual report has been sent to the UWC for circulation among delegates.
• The latest position regarding the proposed Manchester Hall build (and associated matters) and various aspects of AUGB finances were discussed at length with a number being decisions taken in a bid to move things forward.

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