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Forthcoming Events 2018

Kresy Family Polish WWII History Group and the former Ognisko Rodzin Osadnikow Kresowych cordially invite you to commemorate the 78th anniversary of the deportations to Siberia and the USSR which began on 10 February 1940 and continued until June 1941.

Date / Time:  Saturday 10 February 2018 at 13.00
 Venue:  Lowiczanka Restaurant, POSK, 238/240 King Street, London, W6 0FR
Cost:  £25 for a 3 course meal with a glass of wine

Menu: Mushroom Soup, Duck with apple and cranberry sauce [or Vegetarian option – Pierogi],
Apple Cake, Tea/coffee

Guest speakers will be film director Piotr Szkopiak and producer Carol Harding to talk about their new film "The Last Witness". The story, co-written by Piotr, is set in 1947 in and around a post-war displacement camp in the south west of England and deals with the Soviet massacre of Polish officers and citizens in Katyń in 1940.  Piotr has extensive experience in the industry both of directing films and TV drama serials. This is Piotr's fifteen-year project in the making based on one of Poland's darkest tragedies which is now ready to be seen by audiences worldwide. Piotr and Carol will explain how the idea came to fruition and how the film then became a reality and will be happy to answer questions. 

Guest Singer:  Iwona Januszajtis - Mezzo-Soprano

 Payments to be made in advance directly to:  Santander UK PLC
Account Name:  Kresy Family Polish WWII History Group    Ac/no. 89291073    Sort Code 090128
BIC/Swift:  ABBYGB2L XXX      IBAN: GB65ABBY09012889291073

Or by cheque made payable to Kresy Family Polish WWII History Group and sent to:
3rd Floor, Mauldeth House, Nell Lane, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, M21 7RL 

Tel: 07527 772668      Email:

[Cash payments will be accepted from WWII veterans and survivors on the door.] 
Please reply by 1 February 2018

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Helen Bitner's book 'A Song For Kresy'  is available now

Kresy Family Polish WWII History Group cordially invites you to
The Great Polish Christmas Get Together

a chance to share a "mince pie moment" and sample some traditional Polish cakes and sweets

with friends from the local Manchester Polish community and celebrate all that we have in common.

Date:  Wednesday 20 December 2017
Time: 14.00-17.00
Venue:  3rd Floor Mauldeth House, Nell Lane, Manchester M21 7RL
(Car parking is available.  Please record your car registration number at the Reception desk upon arrival.)

Everyone is welcome.  Please inform your friends and contacts.
RSVP to Eva by 16 December -
The event is supported by Forever Manchester


Kresy Family will have a pre-Christmas get-together

from 1-5 pm on Saturday 9th December 2017

at POSK, Kings Street, Hammersmith, London, UK

We have booked tables in the “club” on the 4th floor and look forward to seeing all our friends.
There is a bar and you can order typical Polish food from the kitchen.


Kresy Family Annual General Meeting

Friday 24 November 2017, at 2 pm at the Kresy Family offices:
3rd Floor, Mauldeth House, Nell Lane, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 7RL

This will be our second Annual General Meeting since our constitution was signed on 17 September 2015.  The meeting will be conducted face-to-face and everyone is invited to attend.  For anyone unable to travel to Manchester we will do our best to connect via Skype.  We expect the meeting to take around 60 minutes. 

The purpose of the AGM is: 
to receive a report from the Chairperson on the Group's activities over the year;
to receive a report from the Treasurer on the finances of the Group;
to elect a new Management Committee; and
to consider any other matter as may be decided.

Please let me know by 20 November if you would like to attend in person or via Skype, so that we can plan accordingly. 

Election of the Management Committee for the next year:
Existing Committee members are requested to notify by 17 November 2017 their intention to stay serving as a MC member or to step down.  Please send your notifications to me as KF Secretary(

New candidates for Management Committee members are requested to send their nominations to me as KF Secretary (, also by 20 November 2017. 

The nominees are requested to write a few words about themselves, confirming their availability to serve and identifying any specific skills/interests they can contribute (e.g. IT, website, finance, marketing, fundraising, translation work, etc.).

Responsibilities and expectations:
Several current Management Committee members have taken up specific areas of work under their wings:  for example, work on our website and Facebook, preparation for events and exhibitions, fundraising, growing cooperation with other groups/individuals on future projects.  Not every Committee member needs to take up an individual field of responsibility, however, all MC members are expected, as a minimum, to participate in the monthly Management Committee meetings via Skype and contribute to the Kresy Family work in some form.  If you would like to have a chat about these roles, please ring Eva on (+44) 07527 772668.

Our constitution allows for up to 12 Management Committee members. Should we have more nominees than available places, we would then need to add a voting procedure during the AGM. This would be explained at the beginning of the AGM.

Looking forward to meeting many of you on the 24th of November in Manchester.

Eva Szegidewicz
KF Secretary 


Kresy Family Polish WWII History Group acknowledges and thanks 

the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London, the Polonia Aid Foundation Trust and Kresy Family members

for their financial support of our projects.