“Treasures from the Royal Collection” In support of the “Save the Valletta Skyline” Appeal

December 2019

Left to right: Malcolm Billings, author and broadcaster, Joanna Oswin, Chairman UK Events Committee and Oliver Everett, CVO
Left to Right: Canon Simon Godfrey, Chancellor of St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, Josephine de Bono, Member of the Appeal Committee, Mrs Janet Berridge, former Chair of the National Liberal Club and the Right Rev. Norman Banks, Bishop of Richborough.

Oliver Everett CVO, Royal Librarian Emeritus, gave a highly entertaining and erudite talk on the ‘Teasures from the Royal Collection’ in the historic surroundings of the David Lloyd George Room at the National Liberal Club in Whitehall Place, London on 2nd December.   Drawing from some of the finest items in this magnificent collection of over 485,000 objects, he highlighted the range and magnificence of this, the largest private art collection in the world, .which has been collected by the Royal family from King Henry VIII to the present Queen.  Following the talk, there was a reception in the magnificent setting of the Smoking Room.

This event, which was generously sponsored by the National Liberal Club Commonwealth Forum, formed part of the InSpire series of talks and events, being organised in the UK in support of the ‘Save the Valletta Skyline’ for the Restoration of of St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral in Malta.  The next event on 28th January – also at the National Liberal club – is ‘Haunted by Light’ a talk by Arabella Dorman, an internationally renowned portrait painter and war artist.  Arabella is the eldest granddaughter of Sir Maurice Dorman, the last British Governor and first Governor General of Malta from 1962 to 1971. For information and to book go to: www.arabelladorman.com/events .

Abba Concert

November 2018

ABBA Concert appreciation letters


My old school friend, Pam, and I (now in our 60’s) are just back from an 8 day break in Malta, where we stayed at Pebbles in Sliema and were fully able to appreciate the Valletta skyline from our 6th floor apartment. It was Pam’s first visit but I had been many times before although not since the early 1970’s.

On our flight out, with Air Malta, I read about the Abba charity concert in aid of the skyline appeal and we were able to book tickets on line when we arrived.

After an afternoon in Mdina we got a taxi to Gianpula Village, arriving far too early for the concert but we set up camp on a box which we were subsequently able to stand on in order to enjoy the concert.

I just wanted you too know how warm and friendly everyone was and how much we appreciated being part of the event. We were made very welcome by the organisers, in their ponchos, who came over and chatted to us, we the only audience there for at least an hour, and gave us cocktails. We were embraced by everyone, locals as well as far travelled younger fans, in their amazing glittery Abba outfits, from Sweden. Our only disappointment was that we had booked a taxi to take us back to Sliema and the concert was still in full swing when it arrived at 10.30!

We had a truly memorable evening and I would like to thank everyone for their hard work and for making us feel so welcome. I hope you will be able to pass on our thanks to all those involved.

Kindest regards,

Vicky Byford

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