About Us

Who We Are

Our membership includes not only Swedes, Danes and Norwegians by birth, but also people with family, friends or business connections in the Nordic countries. Others have travelled in Scandinavia or are interested in the area, its cultures and its peoples. St Albans is conveniently central for meetings and has a long-standing link with Odense in Denmark, but our members come from all over Hertfordshire and neighbouring counties and London boroughs and many still have family ties to Denmark, Norway and Sweden, even if they were born here in UK.

We meet formally at St Mary’s Church Hall, Marshalswick, St Albans AL4 9QA, for talks or activities followed by a chat over refreshments, and informally at cafés and restaurants in St Albans or nearby towns, when there is even more opportunity for conversation in Scandinavian languages. Hertfordshire Anglo-Scandinavian Society is a member of CoScan, the Confederation of Scandinavian Societies.

The society was originally just an Anglo-Danish society, but now welcomes members from all the Nordic countries. One of the prime movers in its foundation was the Dane, Count Ove Scheel, who spent many years in St Albans as a restaurateur after retiring from the company he had worked for in Denmark and in England.

Life of Count Ove Scheel

Educated as an engineer at the Polyteknisk Læreanstalt in Copenhagen (now the Technical University of Denmark). After retiring from this post became a restaurateur, first in London and then in St Albans.

For 50 years, Count Scheel was also the representative in Britain of Dansk Samvirke (Danes Worldwide). Awarded King Christian X Freedom Medal for wartime services. Awarded the Order of the Dannebrog by the Danish Queen in recognition of his services to the Danish community by offering friendship to the Danes in Britain during the war years and by promoting Danish culture. 02.07.1986: Ashes interred in the grounds of St Albans Abbey.

  • Born 21.09.1894 - in Skads
  • 1922 - joined the firm of Thomas B Thrige A/S, Odense.
  • 1926-1940 - Director of the London branch of Thomas B Thrige.
  • 1980 - Returned to Odense.
  • died 22.05.1986 - in Odense