Newsletters

Below is an archive of previous Bhutan Society newsletters


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Newsletter 59 (Summer 2016)
  • The new Prince
  • Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Bhtan
  • Wall Painting Conservation
  • Society Meeting Reports

1.4 MB, 8 pages
Newsletter 58 (Spring 2016)
  • Royal Visit to Bhutan
  • The Hidden Lands
  • Communications past and present
  • GNH: 91% of Bhutanese are Happy

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Newsletter 57 (Autumn 2015)
  • Risk assessment of Glaciers
  • Society Visit to Walden Bury
  • A Cultural Ephiphany
  • The Raven

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Newsletter 56 (Summer 2015)
  • World Record in Tree Planting
  • The Himalayan consensus
  • Teaching English at Tharpaling
  • Drones and GNH

1.4 MB, 8 pages
Newsletter 55 (Spring 2015)
  • His Majesty's tour
  • Five Dzongs on World Heritage list
  • Supporting the disabled in Bhutan
  • National symbols - the Poppy

1.4 MB, 8 pages
Newsletter 54 (Autumn 2014)
  • Resanctification of Wangipodrang Dzong
  • Wall paintings at Tango Dzong
  • Annual Dinner
  • National symbols - the Takin

996 KB, 8 pages
Newsletter 53 (Summer 2014)
  • Minister of State visits Bhutan
  • Bhutanese students in the UK
  • Annual Dinner invitation
  • Narendra Modi visits Bhutan

910 KB, 8 pages
Newsletter 52 (Winter 2013)
  • Student visit to Harpenden
  • English teacher wanted at Tharpoling
  • Chelsea Physic garden visit
  • Night life in Thimphu

910 KB, 8 pages
Newsletter 51 (Winter 2013)
  • A Brush with Bhutan
  • Bhutan Nuns Foundation Visit
  • Premiere Opera performance
  • The challenges facing the new government

477 KB, 8 pages
Newsletter 50 (Autumn 2013)
  • Society Visit to Harewood House
  • The challenges of being an election official
  • Google Street view in Bhutan
  • Photography in Bhutan

477 KB, 8 pages
Newsletter 49 (Spring 2013)
  • Progress of the Wangduephodrang Dzong Appeal
  • Seventh Meeting of European Bhutan Friendship Societies´┐╝
  • Bhutan - Transition and Possibilities
  • Bhutanese Delegation in London

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Newsletter 48 (Autumn 2012)
  • Environmental Conservation in Bhutan: The middle path?
  • 21st Annual Dinner
  • Bhutan at the Olympics
  • Yet another yeti?

135 KB, 8 pages
Newsletter 47 (Summer 2012)
  • A visit to the House of Lords
  • New Committee Members
  • Tourist arrivals increase by more than 50 percent
  • Wangduephodrang Dzong destroyed

215 KB, 8 pages
Newsletter 46 (Spring 2012)
  • 20th Annual Dinner
  • Gold and Silver awards for Bhutan
  • Shrinking Glaciers
  • Book review: Fortress Monasteries of the Himalayas

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Newsletter 45 (Winter 2011)
  • The Royal Wedding
  • Society AGM
  • New Tourist rates
  • Royal Wedding picture gallery

126 KB, 4 pages
Newsletter 44 (Spring 2011)
  • Meeting Report: Bhutan in the shifting dynamics of Indo-Chinese relations
  • Society visit to Kew
  • Second hghest tourist entry
  • Book review: Beneath blossom rain

376 KB, 8 pages
Newsletter 43 (Winter 2010)
  • Meeting of the Bhutan Friendship Societies in Europe
  • Tiger Conservation in Bhutan
  • New landing lights in Phobjikha?
  • Regious literature goes online

376 KB, 8 pages
Newsletter 42 (Spring 2010)
  • Royal Visit to Bhutan
  • Artists in Paradise
  • Major Tourism Reforms announced
  • Modern Marriages
  • Conservation Activities in Bhutan

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Newsletter 41 (Winter 2009)
  • Earthquake caused extensive damage in rural Bhutan
  • A new kind of a bakery in Thimphu
  • The decline of the phallus
  • Report on 'Dragon's Gift' exhibition
  • What can you get with Nu.100 in Thimphu?
  • AGM minutes 2009 (pdf file)

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Newsletter 40 (Summer 2009)
  • 'The Dragon's Gift' Exhibition
  • Society's AGM
  • Researching Buddhist wall paintings
  • Global economic crisis hits tourism in Bhutan
  • Bhutan Government goes online

1072 KB, 16 pages
Newsletter 39 (Spring 2009)
  • The Coronation of the Fifth Druk Gyalpo
  • The Bhutan Society Trust Fund
  • Trongsa Ta Dzong Museum opens
  • Paintings from an expedition to Bhutan
  • Thimphu dogs' best friend

207 KB, 8 pages
Newsletter 38 (Summer 2008)
  • Coronation date announced
  • Bhutan: the world's youngest democracy
  • Lord Wilson proposes to step down as Society President
  • Bhutanese in the UK: Karma Tenzin
  • Bhutan issues CD-ROM stamp!

320 KB, 8 pages
Newsletter 37 (Summer 2007)
  • Obituaries: Lyonpo Dawa Tsering & Dasho Lhendup Dorji
  • "Interesting times" for Bhutan
  • New CD: "Songs and Traditions of Laya"
  • Bhutanese in the UK: Kuenga Wangmo
  • Bhutanese Scouts attend UK Jamboree

146 KB, 4 pages
Newsletter 36 (Spring 2007)
  • Welcome to His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the Fifth King of Bhutan
  • Bhutan witnesses one of the most emotional moments in Bhutanese history
  • Photo Exhibition benefits Trust Fund
  • Work Begins on Giant Buddha
  • A Mender of Soles - a cobbler in Trashigang

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Newsletter 35 (Autumn 2006)
  • The Fourth International Conference of European Bhutan Societies
  • His Majesty receives Conservation Award
  • Michael Rutland receives OBE in Thimphu
  • Bhutanese English language skills poor?
  • "A report on my research trip to England" by Tshering Tashi

202 KB, 8 pages
Newsletter 34 (Summer 2006)
  • The Bhutan Society Rhododendron Tour: A Personal Account
  • Training Bhutan's Nuns and Monks in Thangka conservation
  • 'Rights and Wrongs' in Bhutan
  • In Memorandum: Dasho Ugen Dorji
  • Three new Bhutan-related books

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Newsletter 33 (Spring 2006)
  • HRH The Crown Prince to be enthroned as 5th Druk Gyalpo in 2008
  • An analysis of his Majesty's announcement
  • Cordyceps sinensis in Bhutan - An update
  • Bhutan's forest cover lower than thought
  • HM Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck visits Sandhurst

195 KB, 4 pages
Newsletter 32 (Summer 2005)
  • The 13th Annual Dinner announced
  • Draft Constitution distributed to all Bhutanese
  • British High Commissioner visits Bhutan
  • In Memorandum: Yeshey Nidup
  • Gross National Happiness: a personal view

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Newsletter 31 (Spring 2005)
  • HRH the Crown Prince invested as Chhoetse Penlop
  • The Harewood Chorten - Bhutan in Yorkshire!
  • Bhutan's Royal Society for the Protection of Nature
  • New Druk Air airbuses in service
  • Lotus Outreach's work in Bhutan

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Newsletter 30 (October 2004)
  • Michael Rutland appointed Bhutan's Hon. Consul to the UK
  • Are tshechus losing their significance?
  • To coin or not to coin... Dzongkha's dilemma
  • Motorcycle Adventures in Bhutan
  • Obituary: Gordon Temple

149 KB, 4 pages
Newsletter 29 (April 2004)
  • The 12th Annual Dinner announced
  • 2005 Society Botanical & Rhododendron Tour to Bhutan announced
  • Why Dzongkha is losing out to English
  • Bhutan appoints new Ambassador to Geneva
  • Review of The Blessings of Bhutan

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Newsletter 28 (January 2004)
  • Bhutan acts agains separatist fighters
  • Bhutan mourns the Royal Grandmother
  • Officials attacked in UNHCR camps
  • The World's largest book!
  • Profile of the National Women's Association of Bhutan

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Newsletter 27 (August 2003)
  • The 11th Annual Dinner announced
  • Druk Air Orders New Planes
  • Taktsang Monastery Restored
  • Review of Bhutan-Montserrat: The Other Final
  • Two more Reports on the Bhutan Society Tour 2002

323 KB, 8 pages
Newsletter 26 (May 2003)
  • Report on the Bhutan Society Tour 2002
  • Driglam Namzha: the embodiment of tha damtshi
  • A Golf Pro in Bhutan
  • Bhutan's Stray Dogs: an update
  • Cordyceps sinensis: an extraordinary herb found in Bhutan

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Newsletter 25 (November 2002)
  • Letter of Congratulation from HE Lyonpo Jigmi Y. Thinley, Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Report on the 10th Annual Dinner and the Convention of European Bhutan Societies
  • 'Official Report' on the Bhutan Society Tour 2002
  • Sponsored Walk for Health successfully completed
  • Tha damtshi: the foundation of Bhutanese moral values

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Newsletter 24 (September 2002)
  • Painting to be auctioned at Annual Dinner
  • VAST receives Trust Fund donation
  • Dzongkha - a step closer to Microsoft Windows
  • The Stray Dogs of Bhutan
  • Bhutan v. Montserrat - the referee's story


323 KB, 8 pages

Newsletter 23 (July 2002)
  • The 10th Annual Dinner announced
  • Sponsored Walk for Health
  • Polytunnel Appeal target reached
  • Bhutan beats Montserrat 4:0 !
  • Health in Bhutan - 3 views


248 KB, 4 pages

Newsletter 22 (April 2002)
  • Books for Bhutan Appeal
  • Renewable natural resources on show in Thimphu
  • Sacred texts to be stored on computers
  • Polytunnel Appeal update
  • 'Multiple discourses on modernism, culture and tradition'


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Newsletter 21 (January 2002)
  • Bhutan to have written constitution
  • VAST - budding artists in Thimphu
  • Ten years of the Bhutan Society
  • The 'Flora of Bhutan' completed
  • Bhutanese red rice on sale in the UK


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Newsletter 20 (September 2001)
  • Bhutan sends message of condolence to US
  • Polytunnel Appeal for Thimphu Botanic Garden
  • The Bhutan-inspired art of Merlyn Chesterman
  • Textile and Folk Art Museums open in Thimphu
  • 2002 Society Tour to Bhutan announced