News and blogs

The Chevening community extends to all corners of the globe. Here is the latest news on what is going on in the Chevening network, and blogs from members of our community.

UK events in August

London and the South East Notting Hill Carnival, London, 25 – 26 August Make your way to one of the world’s largest street carnivals and enjoy the annual celebration of Caribbean heritage on the streets of Notting Hill in London. There will be costume-clad dancers grooving to a range of traditional music, and street vendors […]

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Farewell to Chevening

by Ben Coates, Head of Scholarships, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

I wrote a blog for the Foreign Office recently on Chevening where I said that Farewell is a time of mixed feelings. It’s such a fun event: getting to see you all in one place again, hearing how your year has been going, and what you have been up to. But it’s also a bit […]

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The time I played drums on stage at a festival with the Killers

by John Brenes Rodríguez, Chevening Scholar

I started playing the drums when I was nine years old; since that moment my life has been linked to a pair of drumsticks and a set of headphones. Any rock lover knows that the UK is synonymous with music. Therefore, during this year, I’ve been attending several incredible gigs, from new artists in Shoreditch bars to […]

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UK events: July 2019

by Programme team – UK, Chevening Secretariat

London and South East London Pride Parade, 6 July – London Celebration, diversity, activism, a demonstration — whatever it means to you, Pride in London is back and set to be the biggest yet. Over a million people attended pride in London 2018, marching, dancing and laughing to campaign for the freedoms that will allow […]

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Six divine places of worship I’ve visited

by Chevening Scholars, Class of 2018

It is estimated that there are over 30,000 registered places of worship in the UK from historic churches, mosques, and temples to smaller independent locales. Although its purpose has never been confirmed, it is widely believed that Stonehenge in south west England is the oldest existing place of worship in the UK, and we can […]

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Six things I’ve baked since being here

by Chevening Scholars, Class of 2018

The UK baking market is currently worth circa £3.6 billion and makes up one of the largest markets in the food industry. As expected, a large proportion of this comes from bread however, the popularity of British baking staples such as scones, cakes, shortbread, and tarts is growing day by day. Thanks in part to […]

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What I learned about British politics from a tour of the Houses of Parliament

by Gabriel Torgbor-Ashong, Social Media Ambassador

Chevening’s Best of British Presents: Westminster was an event I definitely was not going to miss. Having a strong quest to become a political leader later in life, I knew it would provide relevant insights into and lessons about effective leadership. The event started with a tour within the Westminster Palace, from the central Lobby, […]

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Five interesting things I learnt about cricket on a trip to Lord’s

by Brian Osweta Otieno, Social Media Ambassador

1. The Ashes urn is the most valuable item at the Lord’s cricket museum Did you know that the Ashes Urn usually on display at the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Museum at Lord’s cricket ground in London, is one of the most valuable items of cricket memorabilia? The ashes are insured for a seven-figure sum […]

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UK events: June 2019

by Angus Hutchison, Communications Officer

London and South East Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, 21 June – 6 July With over 130 performances and 15 UK premières, the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival is London’s leading outdoor theatre and performing arts festival. GDIF showcases the highest quality work from around the globe, reflecting the places where it is performed and bringing communities together to […]

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Ten ways I spent my bank holiday weekend

by Chevening Scholars, Class of 2018

During the spring, the UK typically has a number of bank holidays (national public holidays derived from statute and/or common law) that fall pretty close to one another – typically on Fridays and/or Mondays – and mean that banks, schools, and many places of business are closed for these designated days. In England and Wales, […]

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