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Programme, autumn 2018

Dear Members

Most welcome to the events planned for our Autumn Programme 2018.

The Society’s centennial is rapidly approaching. Three novelties constituting the “centennial countdown” are included in this programme as a taste of what promises to be an impressive year of celebration. The Society was founded on 13 November 1919, and a great celebratory event is planned for November 2019. It will take place at the Museum of Naval History, Sjöhistoriska Museet .

The actual birthday celebration represents the grand finale of a year filled with other highlights. If ever there was a time to recommend your friends and acquaintances to join the Society – this is it.

Wilhelm Engström



Wednesdays; 29th August, 19th September, 31st October and 28th November at 6 p.m. The Swedish-British Society, Valhallavägen 104

Our last-Wednesday-in-the-month Society evenings have been growing in popularity since introduced three years ago. Come for an informal mid-week drink and chat, and pub food at minimal prices.

Bring suggestions (or complaints!) to pass on to the resident council member for action.

For catering purposes, please let us know that you are coming: [email protected] or 08-6787333

14 September 18.30, Valhallavägen 104
Few people eat, or even know about, crayfish in Britain. Yet Swedes have enjoyed crayfish, and the associated fun and games, for centuries if not longer. A crayfish party – kräftskiva, pronounced more or less creftshiva – is perhaps the most Swedish of Swedish social events. And the most enjoyable once you’ve learned how to eat these canny. lobster-like crustaceans. If you know crayfish parties, then you’ll want to come anyway; if you’re new to the event, don’t worry, you’ll soon learn with plenty of other guests to show you. And there are instructional films on the net.
On the menu: Swedish crayfish, schnapps, Västerbotten cheese pie, bread, "kryddost", meatballs, dillroasted potatoes, and a dessert buffet.
Price for members: 450kr, non-members, 500kr.
Call Helene on 070 4878435, or email: [email protected] to enlist, no later than 10 September. First come, first serve, only 25 places are available...


The admiral who lost his head

Wednesday 26th September, at 6.30 p.m.
Kastellet, Kastellholmen

In our first “centennial countdown”, the Society´s president Wilhelm Engström will lecture on the fate of the only admiral in world history to be executed for cowardice. Admiral John Byng (1704 – 1757), a Royal Navy officer, was court martialled and shot dead by a firing squad.

The lecture will be preceded by the official opening of the Centennial Countdown on the roof terrace of “Kastellet”. After the lecture, wine and canapes will be served .

A complimentary copy of Professor Engström’s latest book – “The Seven Years War and the unfortunate admiral who lost his head”, published this September, is included in the price.

Space is limited, so please sign up early by calling 070-7054020 or emailing [email protected].com not later than 15 September. 
The cost for the evening is 600:-/members, 650:- for non-members (plusgiro 3424-9).


Beersheba – opening the route to Jerusalem

Tuesday 9 October at 6.30 pm,The Swedish-British Society, Valhallavägen 104.

A short introductory lecture from the Society´s guest expert Captain Simon Waters, King´s Fusiliers, will pinpoint the importance of the victory at Beersheba in 1917 for the subsequent liberation of Jerusalem. We will then show The Lighthorsemen (1987), an Australian feature film about the men of a World-War-I light horse unit involved in the Sinai and Palestine campaign

Australian beer/wine and finger food will be served during the show.

The cost for this event is 350:- for members, 400:- for non-members. Please pay into the Society´s plusgiro (3424-9). 
To register, please call 0737054020 or e-mail to [email protected] no later than 30 October.


Author’s book talk with Jöns Hellsing

Thursday 18 October, 6pm, Swedish British Society, Valhallavägen 104

Jöns Hellsing is releasing the second volume of his Hope Island Trilogy, a romantic tale of Scottish islanders’ fight against the powers that be: a drama that came to him as he contemplated his own family history on inherited land in the Hebrides.

He will tell us the fascinating story of his adventurous life as a laird on Islay. Afterwards we will have the chance to buy his books, signed and with a red whisky stamp offering a free dram at his local Islay pub.

Appropriate refreshments will be served.

The cost for the evening is: 150:- pg 34 24-9

Space is limited so please register no later than 26 September to:

[email protected] or 070-4878435.


Tuesday 6th November, at 6.30 p.m. the Society´s premises, Valhallavägen 104

Professor Dag Hedman: Popular fiction in Britain and Sweden between the wars 1919-1939

Professor Hedman’s (University of Gothenburg and formerly University of California)  lecture this evening will highlight familiar literary names such as F. Wills Crofts, G.K Chesterton, Dorothy Sayers and the incomparable Sapper (Cyril McNeile) along with Swedish contemporaries including Frank Heller (Gunnar Serner), Robinson Wilkens (Harald Johnson) and Radscha (Iwan T Aminoff).

During the lecture a light buffet dinner including beer/wine will be served

The cost for this event is 250:- for members, 300:- for non-members, to be paid into the Society´s plusgiro (3424-9). 
To register, please call 08-6787333 or e-mail to [email protected]  no later than 30 October.


Saturday 24th November, at 6.30 p.m., Sällskapet, Arsenalsgatan 7.

This year’s St. Andrew’s Ball will welcome a high-profile surprise guest speaker. The British Ambassador Mr. David Cairns and Mrs Sharon Cairns have also been invited to attend as guests of honour The programme includes the grand piping-performance by The Thistle Pipe Band. Several attractive prizes have been donated to the traditional lottery and raffle tickets will be sold as we assemble. We will dance to the Black on White Band. The price for the ball is 1.250: - for members, 1.350:- for non-members (plusgiro 3424-9).

Members of other English-speaking organizations are welcome at member’s price. 

The menu will be decided in October and presented on our web page. For further information, and to confirm your attendance, please call 08-678 73 33 or email [email protected] by 13 November. Dress: Black tie or Highland dress. 


Sunday 2 December, at 3p.m. Church of St. Peter and St. Sigfrid,

Dag Hammarskjölds väg 14
The Swedish-British Society and the British & Commonwealth Association invite you, your family and friends to the traditional Carol Service. We will hear the story of the shepherds and angels, the wise men and Herod, Mary and Joseph, and the baby in the manger. 
Refreshments, 60:- for members, 80:- for guests, will be on sale afterwards in the Princess Hall, this year hosted by our Society. There is a lift. Please confirm attendance by email to [email protected]
By bus, take no.69 to Berwaldhallen. For the car-borne, there is parking on Dag Hammarskjöld’s väg.

Sunday 9th December at 1.30 p.m. Stockholms Borgargille, Nybrogatan 60.

The Society’s traditional English Christmas lunch with turkey and stuffing, Christmas pudding and all the other trimmings is now a happy five-year-old, so we have persuaded Father Christmas to come too. There will, as always, be mulled wine, soup and sherry.There may also be presents, singing, crackers…Experience says book early – and latest by 4 December, by mailing [email protected] or by calling 070-487 84 35, or our office 08-678 73 33. The cost is 370:- for members, 420:- for non-members, children under 12 years 190:- (plusgiro 3424-9).

THE AGATHA CHRISTIE CLUB will meet 2-3 times during the autumn at the premises of the Swedish-British Society.
Members of the Club will continue to discuss and analyze Christie’s books and films based on her books. Refreshments will be served for a small contribution. To join the club, please e-mail [email protected]

THE ANGLICAN EPISCOPAL CHURCH - Dag Hammarskjölds väg 14, tel. 08-663 82 48. E-mail: [email protected] Sunday school and worship every Sunday at 11a.m.


…contains books on history, biography, royalty, as well as fiction, crime and detective stories, etc. Call the office at 08-678 73 33 if you wish to visit or to borrow books. 


Nicely designed, symbolizing the Swedish-British Society, the lapel pin is available to members at 80:- (for one) and 150:- (for two). It can be obtained at events or ordered at 08-678 73 33.

Annual Fee: 250:- (125:- after 1 July).

Annual Fee: couples: 350:- (175:- after 1 July). Under 25 years of age: 100:-

New members pay an additional entrance fee of 100:- Life Membership: 2.500:-

Valhallavägen 104

114 41 Stockholm

Plusgiro: 3424-9

Bankgiro: 5465-5386

Tel. 08-678 73 33

E-mail: [email protected]


Stockholm, August 2018

Mats Bergstrand 
Honorary Secretary