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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: 


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.

Chair from the past

The chair that Jennifer Welsher displayed at our “Bards wanted!” session was one that she had won at the 1986 Society Eisteddfod, an occasion that she remembers as the “E-flat Eisteddfod”, for reasons that will become clear when you read this linked account, which is in Jennifer’s own handwriting. Changed days!

Not so changed is the description of EWS in the entry that enabled Jennifer to win the beautiful Jim Graham chair from a field of 27:

There thrives a Society of Taffs
In Church Halls, Skittle Alleys and caffs
Keeping hiraeth at bay
As they sing, talk and pray
Or just get together for laffs.

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