Upcoming SAGB events

Date Event
29 April, 2017
SAGB Annual General Meeting
Marchmont St. Community Centre, London
14 - 15 October
Autumn Meeting
Rochester, Kent

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 SAGB Newsletter.

              Everley, Barbara Jester and Fritz Eitel

Barry Everley and Barbara Jester with Fritz Eitel

Barry Everley

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.

Margarita Barr-Hamilton

Barbara Jester

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.

Maggie Tyrrell

SAGB Annual General Meeting

Saturday 29 April, 2017

Marchmont St. Community Centre

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 ballettlover@hotmail.com.

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2017 SAGB Autumn Meeting at Rochester, Kent

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 ballettlover@hotmail.com.

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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.