Nottingham 08.09.21
AUGB President Zenko Lastowiecki and the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Gul Nawaz Khan cutting the ribbon to open the hall

AUGB Nottingham Branch held a weekend of celebrations to mark the long-awaited opening of its community hall.  

On Saturday evening the new hall buzzed to full capacity as the people of Nottingham and beyond danced the night away to the music of "Chorna Rozha".  Sunday's follow-up event, which was equally successful, also marked 60 years of the AUGB in Nottingham and the 17th anniversary of Ukraine's Independence. 

The new hall was officially jointly opened by AUGB President Zenko Lastowiecki and the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Gul Nawaz Khan.  

In his short address Zenko Lastowiecki said that the hall-build in Nottingham served as an example to all communities on what can be achieved when a local commuity works hand in hand with its local Branch committee which in turn works closely with the governing body of the Association.

Nottingham's AUGB Branch Chair, Ewhen Kurlak, spoke on behalf of everyone when he recalled the self-sacrifice of the first generation of Ukrainians, which 60 years ago laid the foundations and then developed Ukrainian community life in Nottingham.  He went on to say that they shall never be forgotten.  "We have what we have today thanks largely to their tireless work".

In a moving tribute, a solemn moment's silence was observed in memory of the many community members who have passed away over the past 60 years.

Local parish priest, Rev. Mykola Martyniuk, blessed the hall and the community was then entertained by local Ukrainian School and Ukrainian Youth Association musicians and singers.  Neighbouring Derby Ukrainian dancers and "Mirage" singers from Stockport delighted the audience with further pizzazz!

In a well prepared speech Bohdan Stowban spoke about the history of the Ukrainian community in Nottingham from its inception to the present.  This married up nicely with the post-concert entertainment.  A documentary first broadcast on local TV in 1983 (featuring some very young looking members of today's community) was shown on a big-screen and then followed up by a screening of "60 years of the community in photographs" - much to the delight of everyone!!!

The Nottingham community relocated from its longstanding centre on Bentinck Road to Clawson Lodge on Mansfield Road in 2004.  



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