The UCI Road Cycling World Championships are taking in place in Yorkshire this week, Ukraine has cyclists competing every day in the various races. Please go along and support them if you can.

Maksim Bilyi (1.54pm)and European Road Champion Andriy Ponomar (3.55pm) go today in the Mens Junior Individual Time Trial over 2 laps of the Harrogate course.

Coverage on the BBC via the Red button

“… 𝘐𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘮𝘺𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘳 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘪𝘨𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘴. 𝘐 𝘴𝘢𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘧 𝘢 𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘺 𝘷𝘰𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘣𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘶𝘳𝘢 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘮𝘪𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘭 𝘰𝘧 𝘢 𝘸𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘜𝘬𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦, 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘐 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦 𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘶𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘮𝘺 𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘨-𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘷𝘢𝘪𝘯…”. (𝗩𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗱𝘆𝗺𝘆𝗿 𝗟𝘂𝗰𝗶𝘄)

Born on 25 June 1929 in the town of Nadvirna in the Carpathian region of Ukraine to the family of an entrepreneur, Volodymyr Luciw was a renowned bandurist and concert tenor who tirelessly promoted Ukrainian music and culture throughout the world.

In 1944 he fled home to live with his sister in Poland before being taken to Germany. He remained in Germany after the war where he graduated at a Ukrainian High School and joined the Mykola Leontovych Bandura Ensemble in Goslar.

In 1948 he was granted permission to enter the UK and for the next three years he worked at the Salt’s Mill in Shipley whilst simultaneously taking private vocal lessons from Harry Horner, a local singer and teacher, before moving to London and then to Rome in 1952 where he took up studies at the Santa Cecilia National Academy.

By the time he returned to London in 1958, Luciw had already begun performing on stage to a wider audience, complemented by appearances on radio and TV. He toured the UK with prominent artists, including Bruce Forsyth and Roy Hudd.

In 1961, representing the UK under the stage-name Tino Valdi, he along with Ken Kirkham, Kathy Kirby, Dick Francis and Carmita, won the Knokke-Heist Song Competition held in Belgium.

As a professional singer he continued to regularly perform (in eight languages) through the 1960’s and into the 1980’s at major international concerts and festivals and on radio and TV in the UK, the American continent, Western Europe and Australia as well as on the world’s largest two passenger ships – the “Queen Mary” and “Queen Elizabeth” (see b&w photo below).

For over 50 years he sang to the accompaniment of symphony orchestras, choirs and pianos but above all, he promoted the Ukrainian language and culture through 𝘥𝘶𝘮𝘺 and national folk songs complemented by the bandura.

Luciw closely collaborated with the representative ensembles of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain – the Manchester-based “Homin” Male Voice Choir under the conductorship of his close friend Yaroslav Babuniak and the “Orlyk” Dance Ensemble under the stewardship of Dmytro Paradiuk and Maria Babych. Together they organised and successfully toured the United States and Canada twice. He also toured with Philadelphia’s Ukrainian Prometheus Choir conducted by Michael Forboh. During the 1960s and 1970s he recorded five records, which included Neapolitan songs in sung in the Ukrainian language.

From 1986, as a member of the Ukrainian Millennium Committee, he chaired the sub-committee tasked to organise a unique concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 29 May 1988 to commemorate the millennium of Christianity in Ukraine. This brought together choristers from the UK, Canada, America and Holland to jointly perform sacred choral works of distinguished Ukrainian composers. The Millennium Choir would go on to perform in Rome in July that year in the presence of Pope John Paul II.

His ability to organise events on a large scale saw him overseeing other major commemorations, such as those held in Rome in 1996 to mark the 400th anniversary of the Union of Brest, the return of Cardinal Lubachivskyi to Ukraine (1991) and the centenary of the birth of Patriarch Josyf Slipyj (1992).

He also organised a host of international tours for choirs, dance groups and individual artists in Europe and America: the USA’s Dumka Choir tour of Europe (1985), Holland’s Byzantine Choir tours of Ukraine (1990 and 2017), Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs song and dance ensemble tour of the USA (1995), the UK’s Regency Voice Choir tour of Ukraine (2007), to name but a few..

He was awarded many honours, among them, by Decree of Patriarch Filaret, the Order of St. Nicholas the Miracle worker for his services in helping with the revival and establishment of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (2009) and State Honours of Ukraine – the Order of Merit of the Second Degree (2008) and Order of Merit of the Third Degree (2001) – for his significant personal contribution to strengthening cooperation and friendly relations with his homeland and forming its positive international image abroad.

Luciw authored several hundred articles and reviews in various publications and in 1999, his autobiographical book, “From Bystricia to the Thames” was published by Divosvit Publishing House, Lviv.

In 2002 he founded a museum and a cultural and artistic trust fund in his hometown of Nadvirna which continues to support gifted and talented students to the present day.

In June this year he attended a special concert performed in his honour by various artists and groups at the Lviv National Philharmonic to celebrate his 90th birthday. Sadly, this was to be his last major public appearance.

Volodymyr Luciw died on 7 September 2019. He is succeeded by his wife Lesia and their three children, Anna, Ivanna and Oksana.

May his soul Rest in Peace!

𝘼𝙐𝙂𝘽 𝘽𝙤𝙖𝙧𝙙 𝙤𝙛 𝘿𝙞𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙨

«….Саме спів не дав мені асимілюватися й розчинитися серед чужинців. Проспівав я піввіку і ще трохи і якщо струни мого голосу і бандури передаються потаємним струнам душі не одному українцеві, то я можу вважати, що моя пісня-праця не пропала даремно…» (Володимир Луців)

Відомий бандурист, концертний співак-тенор, який протягом життя пропагував Україну в світі через бандуру та думу, народився 25 червня 1929 року у містечку Надвірній на Прикарпатті в родині підприємця. Тут минуло дитинство, а коли виповнилося 15 років, у 1944-му, переїхав до своєї сестри в Польщу, звідки його забрали до Німеччини. Після завершення Другої світової війни закінчив у Німеччині українську гімназію і вступив до капели бандуристів ім. М.Леонтовича під керівництвом Григорія Назаренка в м. Ґосляр (та той час британська зона окупації Німеччини).

У 1948 році прибув до Англії і працював три роки на фабриці у Брадфорді, де у вечірніх годинах також брав приватні уроки вокалу. У 1952 році переїхав до Риму, де навчався в консерваторії Святої Кекилії, а відтак почав подорожувати з концертами по країнах світу. У 1958 році В.Луців повернувся до Лондону, де знову виступає з концертами по радіо та телебаченню.

У 1961 році здобув перше місце на Конкурсі пісні Knokke – Heist, Бельгія (Knokke – Heist song festival) або Кубок Європи за вокальне декламування (як його насправді називали), що проходив у казино Knokke (1959-73 роках), де презентував Британію під псевдонімом Tino Valdi.

Як професійний співак, під цим псевдонімом, працював у міжнародних музичних ревю, концертних шоу, радіо і телевізійних програмах Рима, Лондона, співав на найбільших кораблях світу «Квін Мері» і «Квін Елізабет». Виступав на сценах Австралії, Австрії, Бельгії, Великої Британії, Голландії, Ізраїлю, Італії, Канади, Німеччини, США, Франції, Швейцарії, Швеції та інших країн.

Впродовж понад 50 років співав у супроводі симфонічних оркестрів, хорів, фортеп’яно, та найбільше під бандуру пропагував українські думи і народні пісні.

Тісна співпраця єднала митця з репрезентивними ансамблями Союзу Ураїнців у Великій Британії – чоловічим хором «Гомін» (кер. Ярослав Бабуняк) та Народним балетом «Орлик» (кер. Дмитро Парадюк та Марія Бабич) з Манчестера. Разом організували й провели два турне з Англії до Америки та Канади, мав з ними багато виступів. Гастролював з хором «Прометей» з Філадельфії, США (кер. Михайло Длябога). Дуже вдало поєднував звучання бандури з камерним оркестром, зокрема, з лондонським Стіва Норберта.

У 1960-70-х роках записав п’ять платівок, серед яких вперше неаполітанські пісні українською мовою.

Від 1986 року очолював мистецьку комісію Комітету для відзначення 1000-ліття Хрещення Русі-України, кульмінацією якого був концерт духовної музики у Royal Abert Hall у Лондоні, 29 травня 1988 року. Одночасно очолював організаційний комітет для святкування Тисячоліття християнства в Україні, яке пройшло в Римі того ж року, в присутності Папи Івана-Павла ІІ. Координував у Римі відзначення 400-річчя єднання Київської митрополії з Апостольським Престолом (1996 р.). За дорученням Проводу УГКЦ організував програму до 100-ліття народження Патріарха Йосифа Сліпого (1992 р.), включно з його перепохованням у Львові, та повернення Блаженнішого Кардинала Любачівського до Львова (1991 р.).

Упродовж десятиліть В. Луців організовував численні міжнародні турне для хорів, танцювальних колективів та окремих виконавців у Європі та Америці. Зокрема, для хору «Думка» з США у Європі (1985 р.), Візантійського хору з Голландії в Україні (1990 і 2017 рр.), гастролей Академічного ансамблю пісні й танцю МВС України у США (1995 р.), хору «Голоси Рідженсі» з Англії в Україні (2007 р.).

Нагороджений державними відзнаками – Орден «За заслуги» ІІ (2008 р.) та ІІІ ступенів (2001 р.) за вагомий особистий внесок у піднесення міжнародного авторитету України, зміцнення співробітництва і дружніх зв’язків з історичною Батьківщиною та з нагоди незалежності України, формування її позитивного міжнародного іміджу. За заслуги з відродження та утвердження Помісної Української Православної Церкви нагороджений орденом Святого Миколая Чудотворця (Указ Патріярха Київського і Всієї Руси-України Філарета від 22 червня 2009 р.). За особисті заслуги перед УГКЦ та Українською державою і значний внесок в розвиток християнської культури одержав Грамоту від Преосвященного Кир Павла Василика (2004 р.).

Автор кількох сотен статей, рецензій, репортажів на мистецьку тематику. 1999 року видавництво «Дивосвіт» у Львові опублікувало його автобіографічну книгу «Від Бистриці до Темзи» (1999 р.).

У 2002 році у рідному місті Надвірній заснував музей і благодійний культурно-мистецький фонд ім. Володимира Луціва, який опікується талановитою молоддю Прикарпаття.

У червні ц.р. взяв участь у ювілейному концерті, присвяченому його 90-річчю, який пройшов у Львівській Філармонії. На жаль, це був його останній публічний виступ.

Помер 7 вересня, залишивши у смутку дружину Лесю з родиною, багато друзів, знайомих та прихильників його таланту.

Вічна і Блаженна Йому Пам’ять!

Рада Директорів СУБ



З глибоким смутком ділимося дуже сумною вісткою, що у понеділок рано, 1 липня 2019 року, після важкої хвороби відійшов у вічність

бл.пам. Ярослав Василюк,

активний член нашої української громади: довголітній секретар Відділу СУБ у Брадфорді, вчитель української школи ім. Тараса Шевченка, бібліотекар, поет, автор, член хору «Діброва» та колишній голова Спілки Українських Учителів і Виховників у Великій Британії.

Віра в Бога і любов до України були постійними супутниками Ярослава.

Висловлюємо мамі, сестрі Лесі та цілій родині наші найглибші співчуття.

Деталі стосовно похоронних відправ наступні :

Середа, 17-го липня о год 19.00

Парастас у каплиці Lever Funeral Home

Четвер, 18-го липня о год 10.30

Похоронні відправи в церкві Пресвятої Тройці і Почаїв М.Б

а опісля на цвинтарі North Bierley в Брадфорді.

Поминальна Трапеза відбудеться в домівці Відділу СУБ.

Вічна Йому пам’ять,

Управа Відділу СУБ у Брадфорді


It is with great sadness we announce that in the early hours of Monday, 1 July 2019, following a long illness, the secretary of AUGB Bradford branch for many years and valued member of our community, teacher at the Ukrainian Saturday school Taras Shevchenko, librarian, poet, author, former member of the choir “Dibrova” and former chairman of the Association of Ukrainian Teachers and Educators in GB,

Jaroslaw Wasyluk

passed away.

Faith in God and love for Ukraine were Jaroslaw’s constant companions.

We extend our deepest condolences to his mother, sister Lesia and entire family.

Details of the funeral arrangements are as follows:

Wednesday, 17 July 7pm

Parastas in the Chapel of Rest at Lever Funeral Home, 524 Thornton Rd, Bradford BD8 9NB

Thursday, 18 July 10.30am

Funeral service at Holy Trinity and Our Lady of Pochaiv Сhurch, 10 Park View Road, Bradford BD9 4PA

Interment to follow at North Bierley Cemetery, 27 Royds Hall Ln, Low Moor, Bradford BD6 2ND

Followed by the memorial tryzna at AUGB Bradford Branch, 169 Legrams Lane, Bradford BD7 2EA

May he rest in peace, while our prayers and thoughts be with the family,

Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain – Bradford Branch


З Днем Незалежності України!

Happy Independence Day Ukraine

We are delighted to announce that tickets are now available to joint Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain and Ukrainian Youth Association of Great Britain Bradford Branches 70th Anniversary Dinner Dances

More information can be found on our dedicated event page. Tickets are available now through Ticket Source and will be available behind the bar at the Community Centre from the weekend.

We look forward to sharing this celebration with you!

Bradford Community 70th Anniversary


Bradford’s Ukrainian community celebrates 70th anniversary

Emma Clayton  Leisure and Lifestyle Editor

THEY arrived in Bradford as displaced people after the war, beginning a new life in a smoky industrial city far from home.

Ukrainian people settling in Bradford went on to set up an association which became the heart of their community, offering cultural, educational, social and sporting activities for generations. This summer they celebrate its 70th anniversary.

Last month around 500 people turned out for a day of celebrations at Bradford’s Ukrainian Club on Legrams Lane.

Guests including the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Zafar Ali, watched traditional dancing and music. A gala concert is planned for September 29.

The Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain was founded in 1945 by Ukrainians already living in the UK. Significant numbers of Ukrainians from Displaced Persons camps in Western Germany, Austria and Italy arrived after the war.

Andrij Kalyta, who came with his wife to work in the textile industry in 1947, was among those who set up a Bradford branch of the Association, under the leadership of Ivan Smereka.

Peter Chymera’s grandparents were among other founding members of the club, established in 1948. “During the war they worked in labour camps in Germany. They came here in 1947 as refugees, arriving with nothing, and worked in mills,” he said. “There were about 2,000 active members of Bradford’s Ukrainian Association initially.”

Major roles in community life were attributed to two priests – Fr Michael Ratushynskyj, the Ukrainian Catholic priest, and Fr Yov Skakalskyj the Ukrainian Orthodox priest. Father Ratushynskyj led services at St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Westgate, a focal point for Catholic Ukrainians until 1957 when they bought a church on Fairfield Road, Manningham, which they named The Holy Trinity. In the 1960s a new Ukrainian Catholic church was purchased on Wilmer Road, Heaton. The Ukrainian Orthodox community was based at St Mary Magdalene Church until 1964, when they purchased St Mary The Protectress church in Eccleshill.

70th Anniversary beer – ‘1948’

As a present to ourselves and to you we’ve commissioned a special 70th Anniversary beer. 1948 – is a Pale Ale brewed with mosaic hops. Very light in body with a wonderful fruity aroma. At 4% it makes a perfect session ale.

The beer will be available in souvenir bottles and on cask throughout the year with the first bottles available soon!

Now on YouTube ‘Taste with Jancis Robinson’ a documentary about the bakery, firstly broadcast by BBC2 in 1999.

Ukraine’s U21s come to Yorkshire today to take on England U21s Kick off at Sheffield’s Bramall Lane is at 6pm. Tickets are available on the gates The game is also live on BT Sport 1  #україна #збірна

Happy/Merry Christmas is ‘Веселого Різдва’

Christmas in Ukraine is celebrated on the 7th January is because, like many countries where the main Church is the Orthodox Church, they use the old ‘Julian’ calendar for their church festivals.

In Ukrainian Happy/Merry Christmas is ‘Веселого Різдва’ Veseloho Rizdva (Merry Christmas) or ‘Христос Рождається’ Khrystos Rozhdayetsia (Christ is Born). Happy/Merry Christmas in lots more languages.

The main Christmas meal, called ‘Sviata Vecheria’ (or Holy Supper) is eaten on Christmas Eve (6th January). Traditionally people fast (don’t eat anything) all day but you might start the day drinking some holy water that has been blessed at church.

You can’t start eating the meal until the first star is seen in the sky. So people (especially the hungry ones!) go outside as soon as it start getting dark in the afternoon to try and spot the first star. The star represents the journey of the Wise Men to find Jesus and that Jesus has been born, so Christmas can start!

The meal normally has 12 dishes which represent Jesus’s 12 disciples. The main dish is often ‘kutia’ a type of a kind of sweet porridge made of wheat. Other dishes can include mushrooms, sauerkraut, red ‘borsch’, dumplings known as ‘varenyky’ (Pierogi), whitefish, ‘bigos’ (a meat and cabbage stew), cheese cake and bread.

The room where Sviata Vecheria is eaten normally has a Didukh decoration placed in it. The Didukh is a made from a sheaf of wheat and symbolises the large wheat fields in Ukraine. It literally means ‘grandfather spirit’ and can represent people’s ancestors being with them in their memories. Sometimes people use some heads of wheat in a vase rather than a whole sheaf of wheat.


 85th Anniversary of Holodomor

This morning the Ukrainian community in Bradford commemorated the 85th anniversary of Holodomor, the forced starvation of millions of Ukrainians in 1932-33 as an act of genocide by Stalin’s Government

We ask everyone to light a memorial candle wherever they are at 19.32 and observe a minute’s silence today on International Holodomor Memorial Day

This weekend sees Ukrainians in Ukraine and in the diaspora commence commemorations of the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor – the 1932-33 forced famine in which millions of Ukrainians were systematically starved to death.

The Holodomor was no accident. In 1929 the Kremlin implemented a ruthless programme of terror in Ukraine against prosperous Ukrainian farmers, academics, cultural and religious leaders and indeed anyone who opposed Moscow’s diktats – all were either deported or liquidated en masse.

By 1932 famine began to take hold in Ukraine. And then Stalin fully turned the screw… The quota for basic grain procurement was increased by 44% – a target that was unashamedly unachieveble. However, Ukrainian peasants would be denied grain if they failed to meet the target. Borders were sealed and armed thugs were sent in moving from house to house confiscating all foodstuffs. There was nothing left to eat. Millions died… forcibly starved to death…

Let us remember them and pray for their souls this weekend.

Let us all light a candle in memory of the victims of the Holodomor.

May they all Rest in Peace!

Вічна Їм Пам’ять!

“That this House has considered the Ukrainian Holodomor.

What a delight it is to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Walker, and it is even better that the Minister managed to make it here, having been very busy in the Chamber until this point. The motion is that the House has considered the Ukrainian holodomor, but I hope that we can widen the scope slightly to, “That this House is aware of the panorama of horror of the Ukrainian holodomor, and recognises this man-made famine as genocide.”…

To read in full please click on the link below in English…

У британському парламенті закликали визнати Голодомор геноцидом

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У Палаті громад (нижня палата парламенту Великої Британії) закликали визнати Голодомор 1932-1933 років в Україні геноцидом проти українського народу.

Про це ішлося під час дебатів про Голодомор, які відбулися у Вестмінстерській залі британського парламенту, повідомляє УНІАН.

Ініціатором дебатів виступила член правлячої Консервативної партії у Палаті громад Паулін Лейтем

Заїї словами, вона вже не вперше бере участь у дебатах на цю тематику та постійно закликає уряд Британії визнати Голодомор в Україні геноцидом.

“Я перебуваю сьогодні тут, щоби нагадати колегам про це злодіяння, яке сталося в Україні у 1932-1933 роках, і знову закликати, аби уряд визнав цей заполітизований прояв зла геноцидом”, – наголосила Лейтем.

Вона заявила, що український Голодомор був навмисно організованою Йосипом Сталіним кампанією, щоб знищити значну частину українського населення. На переконання Лейтем, з історії про Голодомор необхідно засвоїти важливі уроки, аби “забезпечити, що світ ніколи знову не буде сліпим перед такими широкомасштабними злодіяннями”.

Лейтем підтримав членЛейбористської партії Стівен Паунд: “Те, що сталося в Україні, те що сталося під час Голодомору, було геноцидом. Не більше, не менше”.

Такої ж позиції дотримується член Шотландської національної партії Карол Монаган, яка наголосила, що уряд Шотландії продовжує дотримуватися позиції підтримки України та висловлює солідарність з українським народом.

24th August 2017 – 26 years of Independence

Today Ukraine marks 26 years of Independence. Kyiv marked the day with the traditional parade with members of the armed forces defending Ukraine from its Russian aggressors alongside NATO forces

З Днем Незалжності, Україна! – Click on the links to read more:

AUGB AGM Doncaster.   A minute’s silence at the AGM to remember those members of the community who have passed away over the last year, those who have suffered and lost their lives from the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester and the Grenfell Tower fire, and all those heroes who have died defending Ukraine’s independence. Вічна пам’ять! Eternal memory!

Petro Rewko re-elected unanimously as Chair of AUGB for the next year. We wish him every success! Also, a huge thanks to the AUGB Doncaster committee and all the ladies who made delegates to the AUGB AGM so welcome today! Дякуємо! Click the link below for more information:

OUZ Bradford would like to thank everyone for their kind donations in helping to support the charity Sumna kvitka. All packages are on the way and we will keep you posted. Thank you all so much again

13th May BBC Saturday Kitchen and Olia Hercules visit to Bradford

We had a very special guest experiencing Ukrainian diaspora life in Bradford today. BBC Saturday Kitchen have been filming with Olia Hercules as part of a Eurovision special.

BBC Strictly Come Dancing

Neil Jones may be a Pro dancer, but even he was confused by Cossack dancing! Here’s what happened when he tried his hand (and feet!) at the unusual dance.



Bohdan Iwan Zamulinskyj (28 Jan 1951 – 13 Jan 2017)


Passed away peacefully on Friday 13th January 2017 after a long battle against cancer aged 65 years.

Beloved husband to Darka. Loving father to Lesia, Katrusia and Hanya. Adoring grandad to Danylo and Larissa.

Bohdan’s reception into Church will take place on Thursday 2nd February 2017 at 6pm at the Ukrainian Catholic Church of The Ascension of Our Lord 2 Fosse Road South, Leicester, LE3 0QD.

Full mass in his memory will be held at 10.30am on Friday 3rd February 2017 at Ukrainian Catholic Church of The Ascension of Our Lord, 2 Fosse Road South, Leicester, LE3 0QD. Followed by a burial from 12.45pm at Gilroes Cemetery, Groby Road, Leicester LE3 9QG.

There will be a 65 seated coach from the church to the cemetery and then to the wake. Priority is for those on public transport, elderly and frail.

After which a funeral wake will be held at the Association of Ukrainians in GB Leicester Branch, 2a Fosse Road South, Leicester, LE3 0QD.

All are welcome to attend. The family request that Bohdan’s life is celebrated and there is no requirement to wear black. Flowers are also welcome or donations in lieu.

May his soul Rest in Peace! Вічна Йому Пам’ять!


11692622_1460291760932589_7341030218503774380_nBradford’s Krylati Dance Ensemble recently featured in a production of “Fiddler on the Roof” alongside Morley Amateur Operatic Society. Christine Castle from the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) wrote that the performance; “gave its audience a superb evening’s entertainment”.

“Fiddler on the Roof” set in tsarist Russia, tells the story of Tevye, a father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain Jewish cultural and religious traditions despite a changing world. Tevye must decide what is most important, his family or his traditions, while the Tsar evicts the Jews from their village of Anatevka.

Krylati danced in the “To Life” scene and performed a “Bottle Dance” during the wedding of Tevye’s eldest daughter, Tzeitel. The NODA review commented on Krylati’s performance “An additional delight for me was seeing the Krylati Ukrainian Dance Troupe – what a brilliant edge they brought to the production”. Congratulations to everybody involve in a wonderful production.

Krylati will next be appearing at PyvoFest 2016 – a Ukrainian Beer Festival – at the Ukrainian Community Centre in Bradford on Friday 4th November. Tickets are available for both nights (4/5th November) via

Танцюувальний гурт «Крилаті» з міста Бредфорду виступали в виставці «Скрипаль на Даху» разом з Аматорським Операцким Суспільства міста Морлей. Крістін Кастл від Національнальної і драматичної Оперній асоціації сказала що виступ «дав аудиторії чудовий розваговий вечір».

«Скрипаль на Даху» встановано в Царській Росії, і розкажує історію про Тев’я, батька п’ять дочок, і як він хоче тримати свої культурні і релігійні традиції, коли світ міняється,Тев’є має вибрати що для нього найголовніше, родина чи традіції, в той час коли Цар висиляє євреїв з села Анатевка.

«Крилаті» танцювали в “To Life” сцені і виконали “Флакон Танець” під час весілля найстаршої дочки Тев’є, Цейтл. Національна і драматична Оперна асоціація додали «Додаткове насолоду для мене було бачити»Крилаті» Український Танцювальний Гурт – який додав блискуче закінчиння до продукції». Вітаємо свіх які брали участь в виставці.

Настуний виступ «Крилатих» буде підчас PyvoFest 2016 – в Українському Культурному Центрі в Бредфорді 4-ого Листопада. Квитки вже на продаж через

Well done to all our representatives at zdvyh at Tarasivka this weekend.

Both Fiyalka and Krylati being winners, trophies will be display in the bar soon.

13516291_1127855793940243_2873722562071185694_n13606679_1128795220512967_8003751599376092608_n11692622_1460291760932589_7341030218503774380_nKrylati are delighted to say that we will be joining Morley AOS in their production of “Fiddler on the Roof”!

The show will run at Morley Town Hall from Wednesday 29th September until Saturday 1st October. We would love it if you could come and watch the show. Tickets are available now – call 07960766334, e-mail or visit for more details Tickets are available now!


Seven riders jump on two wheels to support those affected by war in Ukraine, as they ride to support Ukraine.

Since hosting the last version of the European Championships alongside neighbours Poland in 2012, Ukraine has seemingly been in perpetual crisis. In 2013/4 the EuroMaidan movement saw over 100 lose their lives as the corrupt regime of Viktor Yanukovych came to an end and Ukraine made a shift towards Europe. However Russia had other ideas, and quickly moved in, occupying and annexing Crimea before starting an uprising in Ukraine’s Eastern Regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.
The subsequent war between Ukraine’s volunteers battalions and the Russian backed proxies has resulted in over 10,000 deaths, upwards of 30,000 wounded and up to 2million people forced to leave their homes. Periodic violence continues to affect the region with more deaths and injured reported almost daily.  Working with British-Ukrainian Aid (Charity No: 1164472 –, the Ride for Ukraine aims to raise money for those affected by the ongoing crisis. Cycling from London, 7 riders will ride over 200miles to Lille, in time for Ukraine’s first game in Euro 2016 against Germany on Sunday 12th June. Many of those riding visited the effected regions during the 2012 championships, travelling through towns such as Horlivka, Kramatorsk and Slovyansk, spending considerable time in Donetsk and Mariupol while supporting Ukraine. None of them could have envisaged how drastically different life would be for those they met, and the area they visited just four years later. British-Ukrainian Aid is a UK based charity that is supporting people suffering from the armed conflict and humanitarian crisis, including the injured, wounded, orphaned children, the elderly, internally displaced persons and families who have lost their breadwinners. All monies raised will go towards supporting British Ukrainian Aids projects in the region.
Donations can be made through the Ride for Ukraine Just Giving page; or directly to Ride participants.

For regular updates follow @DonetskWay2012, or like our Facebook and Vkontakte page: Donetsk Way. Notes for the editor 1. The seven riders are made up of 5 third generation Ukrainians living in the UK; Ewhen & Peter Chymera, Stepan & Bohdan Luczka and Nick Favell, alongside two English friends keen to support Ukrainians affected by Russia’s invasion; Euan Holloway and Ben Mansfield

Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 13.51.38Bradford Ukrainian School perform at Bradford University 21/11/15 for Supplementary Schools Interfaith Celebrations

telegraph-argus-logoScreen Shot 2016-07-01 at 21.02.08It is an unusual link-up to say the least.

But Bantams fans have found a new band of fanatical supporters in the Eastern European republic of the Ukraine.

The fans of the Ukrainian second division outfit of Zirka Kirovograd have taken the city to their hearts – and are willing them to survive in the Premiership. Zirka (meaning Star) has a small but passionate fan base who, surprisingly, adopted City as their English side, perhaps because of the city’s large Ukrainian population.

One of Zirka’s fans, Alex Ivashura, even writes long distance articles for the City Gent fanzine. READ MORE

 telegraph-argus-logoScreen Shot 2015-12-13 at 21.13.11A WOMEN’S group keeping Ukrainian culture alive in Bradford celebrates its 65th anniversary this year. A recent rush of 30 new younger members signing up to join the city’s Association of Ukrainian Women in Great Britain means it now has 90 members. The oldest is 91 and the youngest is in her early 20s which means the group which started after the war when many Ukrainians came to work in Bradfords mills has a bright future ahead of it. When it started in the city it had only 16 members at its first meeting, dedicated to preserving Ukrainian heritage and tradition as well as welfare work caring for others from its community. To mark the special anniversary being celebrated by other branches across England and Scotland, the Bradford members are busy organising an autumn bazaar at the Ukrainian Community Centre in Legrams Lane on Saturday, November 14, at 1pm. The women have made thousands of Varenyky for the occasion and hope the tasty national dish, larger than ravioli and bigger than Cornish pasties stuffed with cheese and potato, will bring in crowds to get a real taste of the Ukraine One of the bazaar organisers is Daria Macina, 63, of Bankfoot, Bradford, whose parents came, met and married here.Promoted stories She said: “I joined about ten years ago because I was losing the skill of speaking Ukrainian.  “Coming to the group and down to the Ukrainian club means there’s always someone to talk to in Ukrainian. It’s so important our group exists because otherwise our culture will be come more and more diluted.  “We want to carry it on and keep it alive. Getting younger members, mostly daughters and grandchildren of our older members means we can do this.  “We’ve had a bit of a recruitment push this year which has been great for us. It’s not all been relatives we’ve had a few new members who are new migrants but not so many but we’d like to see more.”  Last year the group supported two Ukrainian families whose fathers were badly injured after the invasion by Russian forces. They sent parcels to the children and a recent fundraiser coffee morning made £650 for the Macmillan Cancer Care charity.  Members’ latest mission is to fill shoeboxes with socks, gloves, chocolate and toiletries to send to men and women soldiers defending the Ukraine.

2000px-BBC.svgScreen Shot 2015-12-13 at 21.05.16Screen Shot 2015-12-13 at 21.01.39Півстоліття української пекарні в Йоркширі

19 жовтня 2015 Останнє оновлення: 11:27 GMT 14:27 за Києвом

Українська пекарня “Колос” у місті Бредфорд залишається прикладом найуспішнішого підприємства, заснованого українцями першої повоєнної хвилі еміграції. 9 жовтня 1961 року маленьку приватну пекарню відкрили Іван та Ольга Притуляк, які перед тим 14 років працювали на текстильних підприємствах Західного Йоркшира, куди приїхали з табору для переміщених осіб в окупованому західними союзниками секторі переможеної Німеччини. Там, у таборі, вони і побралися.  Тепер родинну справу продовжують їхні сини.  Про те, в чому секрет успіху української пекарні Бредфорда, – в репортажі Ірени Таранюк.  Також із циклу до 70-річчя створення Союзу українців Великої Британії дивіться репортаж про історію СУБ і репортаж про відділ СУБ у Бредфорді.

2000px-BBC.svgGreat British Bake Off 2015

On the eve of the Ukraine’s ‪#‎FlagDay‬ and National Day, the Great British Bake Off 2015 highlights The Korovai, the bread sculpture, which is the centerpiece of any traditional Ukrainian wedding.  7 women from 7 different places are transferring positive energy into the bread for the bride and the groom with singing songs in the process of bread-making. The Korovai is decorated with dough figurines. Pine cones represent fertility, poppies for serenity and birds created in the likeness of the guests at the wedding.
“If the loaf cracks, the marriage will end in divorce,” the folklore says. With the Ukrainian women being the best chefs ever, such traditional wedding is sure to result into the close-knit family. To Watch, Click below

Screen Shot 2015-08-22 at 11.01.15Thank you to the Embassy of Ukraine London for this link.

BBC-New-LogoCYM_EmblemaBBC Ukrainian features an article about this summers camp (Tabir) featuring the Children of Heroes:…/soci…/2015/08/150819_tarasivka_derby_dt

Screen Shot 2015-08-22 at 10.43.31logo Mumford & Sons unveil video for ‘Ditmas’

Mumford and Sons new single celebrates the culture, heritage and horsemanship of the Ukrainian Cossacks.

Screen Shot 2015-08-22 at 11.42.36Screen Shot 2015-08-22 at 11.41.34Screen Shot 2015-08-22 at 11.42.04To watch the video click the like:

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IMG_3963Thank You To Everyone Who Voted For Us! 4,420 Votes. Sadly this time we did not win. The support you showed was amazing and also shows how loved our club is. So keep on supporting the club and KEEP THE DREAM ALIVE!

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11th May 2015– Valley Parade 30 Years Remembering

11265537_896391677086657_2666256515155450532_nThe Ukrainian Community in Bradford joins the whole City in remembering the 56 who died at Valley Parade 30 years ago today. We also share our support to those who were injured and those who still bear the scars and memories of that day. Always remember.

1st March 2015– Coventry Half Marathon

Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 15.47.13Well done to the runners who took part in Coventry Half Marathon on behalf of the injured soldiers being treated in the UK. One of the soldiers a 22 year old from Khmelnytsk was able to watch, and was presented with a Coventry City shirt and a hand made card, signed by the children who attend the Ukrainian School in Bradford.

25th December 2014

candle1Michal Oleskiw 1926 – 2014

(Published in the Bradford Telegraph and Argus on 2 January 15)

OLESKIW Michal Please pray for the repose of the soul of Michal aged 88 years, who died December 25 in hospital, beloved husband of the late Kateryna, much loved dad of Luba, Maria and Darka, loving grandad of Nicholas. May he rest in peace. Vigil service Sunday, January 4 at 5.00p.m., at the Private Chapel of W. Lever Ltd, 524 Thornton Road (where flowers may be sent). Requiem Mass Monday at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity and Our Lady of Pochaiv, Park View Road at 10.30a.m., followed by interment at North Bierley. Friends please accept this intimation.

6th November 2014

telegraph-argus-logo3358755THE UK’s original Ukrainian Beer Festival is coming back to Bradford for a second year.PyvoFest 2014 at Bradford’s Ukrainian Club in Legrams Lane will be bigger and better than last year, said one of its organisers Ewhen Chymera.

The festival runs over two days from tomorrow with more than 20 Ukrainian beers from light pilsners to porters and stouts on offer as well as a host of local ales, real ciders.

Tomorrow’s session from 5pm until late will feature an exhibition of photographs from Kiev during the revolution as well as live comedy brought by Portion of Quips.

And on the Saturday there will be plenty of Ukrainian dancing, singing, live music from local band Liberate as well as UK based Ukrainian folk band Chorna Roza. Tickets are available direct from the club, The Sparrow in North Parade or online at

1st November 2014

The ladies working hard hand making a few thousand varenyky ready for #PyvoFest and the Autumn bazaar. I think it may have been a record batch 3000 made!

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