Upcoming SAGB events

Date Event
28 April, 2018
SAGB Annual General Meeting
Marchmont St. Community Centre, London
20 - 21 October, 2018
Autumn Meeting
Imperial Crown Hotel, Halifax, West Yorkshire


SAGB Annual General Meeting

Saturday 28 April, 2018

Marchmont St. Community Centre

We invite you to the 2018 AGM taking place again in Marchmont St. Community Centre, 62 Marchmont St, London WC1N 1AB (nearest underground, Russell Square). Why not join us at 1230 for a buffet lunch costing £9.00, with the formal meeting beginning at 1330. We have invited David Jones to speak to us on the theme of "The NHS and Social Care - Current challenges and the future".

We will elect Officers and the Committee and there will be information about the Sonnenberg conferences taking place around Europe this year and an open discussion about SAGB and the Sonnenberg movement.

For more information, contact Stuart Sweeney at ballettlover@hotmail.com.

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2018 SAGB Autumn Meeting in Halifax, West Yorkshire

Saturday 20 - Sunday 21 October, 2018

The Imperial
              Crown Hotel, Horton Street, Halifax, West YorkshireThis year we will visit Halifax and the surrounding area of Calderdale in the heart of West Yorkshire.

Within in walking distance or a bus ride from our venue of the Imperial Crown Hotel (in the town centre, opposite the train station) are many interesting places: the newly refurbished and unique Piece Hall, which comprises many shops and T'Works industrial museum; the Minster Church of St John the Baptist; the Town Hall; Borough Market; Bankfield Museum; The Square Chapel Centre for The Arts; the Dean Clough Mills complex; Eureka! Museum; and Wainhouse Tower, the tallest folly in the world.

We shall meet in the Imperial Crown Hotel on Saturday with a buffet lunch followed by a short meeting to catch up with Sonnenberg matters and each other.  Then we will have time to visit the Piece Hall and other places as members wish.  Dinner will be in the hotel and, for those wishing to stay over until Sunday, we will be visiting Shibden Hall on the outskirts of Halifax.  This was the home of the famous diarist Anne Lister (1791 - 1840) and is at the centre of an attractive park.  Lunch will follow the visit before members depart.  It will of course be possible to stay in the hotel both before and after the meeting for those wishing to become better acquainted with West Yorkshire.

Car travel: the most straightforward road access is from the south of Halifax, via junctions 21 - 26 of the M62, which in turn connects to the A1, M1 and M6.

Train travel: infrequent but comfortable and very convenient services are run by Grand Central direct from Kings Cross the Halifax.  Much more frequent services run from Hull, Leeds, Blackpool and Manchester.

Other travel: Leeds Bradford and Manchester airports are within an hour's drive east and west respectively, and the ferry port of Hull is about an hour and half's drive to the east of Halifax.

It is important to book as soon as possible to ensure rooms, particularly if you require a ground floor room.  An application form is included in the latest newsletter and more information is available from Stuart Sweeney at ballettlover@hotmail.com.

Piece Hall, Halifax, West Yorkshire
Shibden Hall, Stump Cross, Halifax

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SAGB in brief

Sonnenberg is an international educational organisation, which aims to promote goodwill and understanding through educational conferences on a variety of themes. Politically non-aligned, freedom of expression is a key concept for the organisation. The four guiding principles of Sonnenberg are:

“Talk together, overcome prejudices, understand one another, act responsibly”

There are branches in 25 countries acting to promote Sonnenberg and organise conferences and meetings in their own countries. Together these organisations form the International Sonnenberg Association.

The Sonnenberg Association of Great Britain is one of the largest of these, promoting the work of Sonnenberg in Britain and abroad.