An archive photo from Queen Elizabeth's 91st birthday celebrations in Luxembourg in June 2017
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An organisation fostering friendship between Luxembourg and the UK could be about to fold 70 years after it was established, unless it can find a new committee.
The British Luxembourg Society was founded in 1947 in recognition of the sacrifices Britons made in helping liberate Europe during the second world war and to foster friendship between the two countries.
In the intervening years, its activities have expanded to include coaching for Cambridge University entrance exams, quizzes, study tours, language classes, film screenings, theatrical performances, concerts and the traditional Sir Winston Churchill Memorial Lecture.
“The British Luxembourg Society, which has existed for 70 years, might come to a standstill depending on whether we will have enough candidates for the constitution of a new council come the EGM in November,” BLS chairman since 2008, Percy Lallemang, told Delano on Thursday.
He explained that student numbers in the language classes have diminished in recent years and although the study tours remain almost fully booked, general interest from members in the organisation’s activities has “seriously decreased over the years”.
At the same time, council members have struggled to find the time “and motivation” to organise events.
“So we decided to have one last go at a possible survival by having an EGM [exceptional general meeting], launching an appeal for new council membership candidates to members and teachers/students of our classes, and organising one last event: the reading by Anne-Marie Reuter at Hotel Cravat to finish in style just in case,” Lallemang said.
Anyone interested in taking up the baton and applying for a council role should email [email protected] before 15 November.
The EGM takes place at 6:30pm on 16 November at the Grand Hôtel Cravat, 29 boulevard FD Roosevelt, Luxembourg-Centre.