Upcoming SAGB events
|29 April, 2017
||SAGB Annual General
Marchmont St. Community Centre, London
|14 - 15 October
Remembering Barry Everley and Barbara Jester
We have lost two well loved Sonnenbergers this year,
Barbara Jester and Barry Everley and SAGB members remember
them both. Further tributes are given in the latest
Barry Everley and Barbara Jester with Fritz Eitel
Barry and I were the longest consistently active members. I joined in 1962 after getting as a young person a free place to the Haus from the NUT in 1962, Barry in 1964 after seeing an advert in the Times Educational Supplement. On my return I joined SAGB but finance prevented me from returning for some time.
Barry soon became active both in Britain and Germany. He spread the word in the North and organised a northern conference and then soon alternated with the southern, introducing southerners to the north. In Germany he was invited to chair conferences at Easter and New Year and he became well known for "Across the Generations" in which young interpreters were trained. In Britain he also decided to have Autumn Meetings in the north which traditionally had been in Cambridge so they too then alternated. He also introduced the weekend. In about 1989 he became Chair of SAGB and as chair attended the annual ISA meeting for chairs (which financial problems considerably reduced in number) of each member country. SAGB rules were changed that officers should only be in post five years. He therefore had to retire in 1999. Barry has been an important member in the history of SAGB and Sonnenberg Haus. Stuart Sweeney, Maggie Tyrrell and I attended his funeral and SAGB donated to two of his chosen charities.
Barbara was a very enthusiastic Sonnenberger, she was always pleasant and reliable and obviously enjoyed meetings, outings and general socialising with our group. On a conference in Hungary I was taken ill for a couple of days with food poisoning and then we were due to travel by coach from Budapest to a town in Southern Hungary. As I wasn’t up to doing this Walter Roy kindly organised that I should travel by train, accompanied by Sheila Hague and Barbara. It was, of course, Barbara who checked and confirmed all the departure times of both tram and train for the journey, she was in her element doing these things, and we all knew she would never get it wrong. When you are feeling under the weather you need someone like Barbara to attend to all the practicalities. Sheila, of course, having been a nurse in her younger days, did all the looking after bit, so I was really blest with two such wonderful friends. At our Christmas dinner at Casa Mama at Kings Cross this December we all very much missed Barbara, with her lovely smile and unusual ear-rings, she never seemed to be without them. We were very lucky to have known her.
Saturday 29 April, 2017
We invite you to the 2017 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 an NUT speaker to
talk on the theme of "Current Concerns in Education".
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
14 - 15 October, 2017
This year we will go to Medway, visiting historic Rochester and Upnor Castle.
On Saturday 14 October we will lunch at 1200 in King
Charles Hotel, Gillingham then drive to Rochester at 1330 to
spend the afternoon visiting local historic places,
returning to the hotel for dinner at 1900. On Sunday,
after breakfast at the hotel, we will spend the morning at
Upnor Castle with lunch at the Yacht Club. During the
weekend we will hear a talk on Medway history.
It is important to book as soon as possible to ensure
rooms. An application form is included in the latest
newsletter and more information is available from Stuart
Sweeney at email@example.com.