News from the U.K. January 2018

January 2018

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2018: ‘Towards a Common Future’

In 2018 the Commonwealth will experience a number of profile-raising high points: the Gold Coast in Australia will host the Commonwealth Games, Heads of Commonwealth Governments will meet in London and the RCS itself will celebrate 150 years since its founding. We hope these events will mean robust debate, greater coverage and heightened scrutiny of the Commonwealth and its potential as well as action in harnessing its links and improving the lives of its citizens. Read about the year ahead and the RCS’ role in our latest blog.

150 years – our shared history

We are looking forward to hearing from all branches about your plans for celebrating the RCS’ 150 years. RCS Barbados Branchstarted the celebrations with a parade and a concert on 5 January. As events take place we will be sure to showcase them, so do send photos and a brief summary. We’d also love to hear your stories about earlier years, the early days of your branches or visits to London – all contributions are welcome.

The Commonwealth Service: Schools and Youth Groups

Held on Commonwealth Day, the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey is the largest annual multi-faith celebration in the UK; on the website you can read a blog about  the 2017 Service and watch the videos. The Service takes place in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen, the British Prime Minister, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, High Commissioners, and approximately 700 UK school children. Registration is now openfor schools and youth groups within the UK who would like to attend.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition

The 2018 Competition is now open for entries on the theme of ‘Towards a Common Future’,with more young people expected to take part than ever before. This flagship programme of the RCS provides a unique opportunity for aspiring authors to develop written English skills, to encourage creative thinking and to get their voices heard on a global platform. The Society welcomes entries from all Commonwealth citizens under 18; full details can be found on our website.

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