Martin Tarr

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The last whispers of Welsh in the Borders

Geoff Parkhouse of the Ancrum and District Heritage Society is giving a Zoom talk to our Society on Friday 21 May at 7:30pm. Intriguingly entitled “The last whispers of Welsh in the Borders: The forgotten history of the Prince of Cumbria, the Bishops of Glasgow and the legacy of the Gwyr y Gogledd”, Geoff’s talk will take the form of a PowerPoint presentation and he’ll be more than happy to take questions afterwards.

Glass or cuppa at the ready, do please join us! If you haven’t received an email with joining details, please get in touch with Jennifer Welsher: gro.yteicoshslewhgrubnidenull@yraterces.

Clwb Cwtsh

Anna Yardley Jones has drawn our attention to Welsh language sessions organised by Clwb Cwtsh. These are tailored for parents in particular but are also suitable for Nain and Taid, people working with young children and anyone who wishes to learn some basic Welsh (including plenty of nursery rhymes).

The sessions are free, available virtually, and you can follow them from anywhere around the world. The sessions run for eight weeks starting w/b 10 May, with courses available on different days and at different times. It’s still not too late to join in.

More details on the Clwb Cwtsh Facebook page at


You’ll have read in Jennifer’s report on the Christmas Carols and Lessons session that “we could all sing the lovely Welsh carols”. Whilst that was indeed the case with the more traditional elements of the afternoon, your webmaster really enjoyed listening to a couple of more modern pieces found online by Team Brandie, and especially this song of the angels: 


Christmas Carols and Lessons

Sunday 20 December 2020

Margaret Brandie, with splendid technical support from Chris and Olivia, devised our Christmas carol service to which all were welcomed, and thirty came. Margaret used the mute button with discretion, so we could all sing the lovely Welsh carols and hear clearly the five Bible readings, some Welsh, some English, with the words displayed on the screen.

There was time afterwards to greet new members and guests and catch up with everyone over a virtual cup of tea and mincepie, before we waved goodbye – till next time.

Season’s Greetings

Our President, David Hughes, writes:

Annwyl Aelod, mae 2020 bron a dod i ben – diolch byth. Da ni yn gobeithio gewch chi gyfarfod hefo teulu and cael ychydig o bleser ac mwynhad dros y Nadolig a’r Flwyddyn Newydd. Felly Nadolig Llawen and Blwyddyn Newydd dda i bawb. Cymerwch ofal ac aroswch yn iach. Hwyl fawr – David & Alison.

Dear EWS member, 2020 is coming to an end and we can only hope that 2021 is a lot, lot better. We both hope that you are able to have some time and some enjoyment with family over the Christmas and New Year period. So please have a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope that we can meet up at some point before too long. Take care and stay safe and healthy. Best wishes – David & Alison.

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