Esperanto-Asocio de Skotlando


Saturday, May 08, 2004

British Esperanto Congress 2004

This Congress took place in Felixstowe, England. Felixstowe is across the harbour from Harwich, which is a well known ferry port.

About 85 persons participated from various countries, including 5 from Scotland. The Congress venue was the Marlborough Hotel: comfortable and well situated beside the promenade.

The lecture programme was rich and varied; and in addition there were sessions for beginners and many discussion sessions.

The AGM of the Esperanto Association of Britain was well attended. There was vigorous debate, but a real sense of common purpose; and constitutional changes were solidly ratified.

The 6 Association Trustees were elected almost unanimously: John Wells, David Bisset, Joyce Bunting, Edmund Grimley Evans, Helen Fantom and Geoffrey Sutton.

The new President is Professor John Wells, who (in an important procedural change) was directly elected by the membership. John is Professor of Phonetics at London University, a former President of the World Esperanto Association (UEA) and President of the London Esperanto Club.

The Local Committee did well; and Felixstowe with its Edwardian streetscape, Martello towers and Landguard Fort certainly merits a visit.

Here is a link to some Congress photographs.


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