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Bards wanted!

Our next meeting (Friday 27 November at 7.30pm) is being held as near to St Andrew’s night as is practical, and will take the form of a Zoom party. Please feel free to serve your own haggis, neeps and tatties, and a wee dram, as desired. An article of Welsh or Scottish dress (or both) will be appreciated.

The focus of the evening will be a ‘write and read out’ of your own limerick which should have some Welsh or Scottish (or both) theme.

This means you’ll need to stimulate those grey cells, and energise those pens or keyboards. We’re not looking to find a potential Prifardd (or the next Makar, come to that), but we are looking for something better than Poem Generator can produce!

We will also have an interlude of favourite snippets of poetry for those who would prefer.

If you are thinking of taking part, please let our Secretary know beforehand, so a programme of events can be roughed out. In any event, we need to know ahead of time who is zooming in so you can be given the relevant codes. Please email Jennifer, and do join us.

Quiz tonight!

The Zoom get-together proposed in the latest EWSNews is tonightFriday 30 October – and takes the form of a quiz, hosted by Margaret and Chris Brandie.  This is a BYOB / BYOC (bottle/cuppa) event – think of our traditional “Croeso” – so sit in front of your Zoom device suitably prepared. You can also wear something “Welsh” as there will be a prize for “best dressed”! You will need to log in for 7.30pm and have a pen and paper to hand to write down your answers.

If you have expressed an interest in attending you will already have received the link, zoom ID code and password from Chris Brandie; if you haven’t, talk to Jennifer ASAP!

AGM cancelled

In line with the advice from the Scottish Governmentwe have decided to cancel the AGM which was to have been held on Thursday 23 April. Not all our members have internet access, so please do pass on the message.

However, this doesn’t mean that we have stopped planning and preparing for our next season, when we will celebrate the Society’s centenary. Particularly as there will be no meeting, we need you to share your ideas, though this will have to be done by phone or e-mail. Please don’t be shy about this, but phone Jennifer or any other member of the committee!

Date changes

Just in case you miss other mentions, our St David’s Day dinner is on Saturday 29 February at 7 for 7.30 – details at this link, and you need to have booked by Monday 24 February at the absolute latest – and our Mini Gymanfa Ganu led by Huw Thomas is at 3.00pm on Sunday 1 March. For the latter, you don’t need to book – just bring your best singing voice as well as a daffodil or leek!

2020 St David’s Day dinner

Our St David’s Day dinner will be held at 7.00 for 7.30pm on Saturday 29 February at Mortonhall Golf Club, 231 Braid Rd, Edinburgh EH10 6PB.

We are delighted that our Gwr Gwadd this year will be Professor Wayne Powell, Principal of SRUC. “Wayne Powell is a native of Abercraf, Sir Frycheiniog and is a passionate follower of rugby. His personal research interests are at the interface of plant genetics, genome science, plant breeding and conservation of genetic resources, with a strong emphasis on the delivery of ‘public good’ outcomes.”

The cost is £27 a head and we need numbers and menu choices as soon as possible, but by Monday 24 February at the absolute latest. Contact us at moc.liamgnull@dccswe, or phone Jennifer Welsher on 0131 335 3161.

The menu choices are:

Cawl  or
Smoked salmon with oatcakes  or
Melon with orange coulis

Roast lamb with mint sauce  or
Sea bass with lemon and herb butter  or
Carrot and cashew nut Wellington (to be confirmed!)
all served with roast and dauphinoise potatoes and seasonal vegetables

Rhubarb crumble with custard  or
Fruit salad and cream  or
Cheese platter

Tea or coffee and mints

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