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.
The first meeting of the Association in Bradford took place on December 26, 1948, and the first committee was selected, with Walter Korduba as chairman. There were 160 registered members of the Association.
“During the war, many Ukrainian people had been unable to complete their education so encouraged their children to make the most of the educational system in Bradford,” said Peter. “Although the dominant religion in Ukraine is the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, western regions of Ukraine are the strongholds of the Ukrainian Catholic Church. “Children of Ukrainians in Bradford attended Catholic schools such as St Bede’s, St Joseph’s and Yorkshire Martyrs.”
The Association set about organising cultural activities, establishing a choir, drama group and dance ensemble. Concerts were performed for the growing community and by 1949 membership was 439. In 1950 the branch bought premises on Claremont for a cultural centre. The community flourished, and a sports club was formed, consisting of a Ukrainian football team, Dnipro, and a chess team.
The local branch of the Youth Association was also active, and youth choir Dibrova became one of the best Ukrainian choirs in the UK. Dance group Krylati toured Western Europe and appeared on TV’s Opportunity Knocks. The community is also active in sport, particularly football, chess and table tennis.
In 1953 Bradford’s Ukrainian School, named after Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko, opened with more than 100 pupils, teaching Ukrainian grammar, literature, history, geography and religion.
Several family-owned Ukrainian delicatessens opened in Bradford, and a Ukrainian co-operative store on Victor Road. Some businesses remain, including Kolos bakery.
In 1964, marking the 20th anniversary of the Anti-Bolshevik Block of Nations, local organisation the Captive Nations Committee was formed, with members from Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Hungary, Byelorussia and Poland, demonstrating against Russian occupation. Plaques in Bradford Cathedral and Jacob’s Well commemorate the committee.
Bradford and Keighley have an eternal flame commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Holodomor in Ukraine, and a memorial plaque stands in Bradford’s Memorial Gardens.
A highlight for many Ukrainians was a visit by the Patriarch of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Blessed Josef Slipyj in May, 1970. The T&A reported that over 1,000 Ukrainians turned out at Leeds Bradford Airport to greet him.
The Ukrainian community moved into its current premises on Legrams Lane, in 1979, and a new school opened there in 1983, and later a sports pitch.
Today there are a few hundred Ukrainians in Bradford. Said Peter: “Although well integrated in the local community, both the older and younger generation of Ukrainians have not forgotten their culture and continue to ensure it is passed on.”
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!
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 www.skysports.com
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!
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
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
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!
Bradford’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 http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/ukieclublymanbd
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 http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/ukieclublymanbd
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.
Krylati 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 email@example.com or visit www.morleyaos.org.uk 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 – www.ukraineaid.co.uk), 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;
https://www.justgiving.com/Ride-for-Ukraine1 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
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
A 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.
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.
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
Thank you to the Embassy of Ukraine London for this link.
BBC Ukrainian features an article about this summers camp (Tabir) featuring the Children of Heroes: http://www.bbc.com/…/soci…/2015/08/150819_tarasivka_derby_dt
Mumford and Sons new single celebrates the culture, heritage and horsemanship of the Ukrainian Cossacks. www.music-news.com/ShowNews.asp?nItemID=91046
Thank 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!
11th May 2015– Valley Parade 30 Years Remembering
The 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
Well 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
(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
THE 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 pyvofest.ticketsource.co.uk
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!