Brecon comes to Edinburgh

Not the market town, but a choir! Tomorrow night (Friday 14 June) Edinburgh choir Jubilo are being joined by members of the Brecon Singers in concert that includes a performance of the ever-popular Fauré Requiem at St Cuthbert’s Church on Lothian Road. The programme includes pieces by Brahms, Handel, Mendelssohn and Ireland.

Concert starts at 7.30 pm; tickets ( £12; £10 concessions) available on the door.

If you want to hear the two choirs in lighter mood, there will be a “pay at the door” 1-hour concert on the following evening, Saturday 15 June, at 6.00pm, in Inverleith St Serf’s Church, Ferry Road. Great value for a fiver!

2019 St David’s Day dinner

Our St David’s Day dinner will be held at 7.00 for 7.30pm on Friday 1 March at Mortonhall Golf Club, 231 Braid Rd, Edinburgh EH10 6PB.

We are thrilled that our Gwraeg Wadd will be Ann Evans, who was an active member of our Society until her recent move to North Wales. Ann served as President in 1979–80 and 2005–7, and she and Daniel have contributed hugely to the life of the Society over many decades. It will be lovely to welcome them back and hear all their news.

The cost is £26 a head and we need numbers and menu choices as soon as possible, but by Monday 25 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 mackerel pate with Melba toast  or
Melon with raspberry coulis

Roast lamb with mint sauce  or
Salmon with herb crust  or
Filo tartlet with chargrilled veg and mozzarella
each served with roast and dauphinoise potatoes and seasonal vegetables

Bramble and apple crumble with custard  or
Fruit salad and cream  or
Cheese platter

Tea or coffee and mints

Question Time comes to the Nant

Those members who have enjoyed the experience of learning Welsh at Nant Gwrtheyrn, the Welsh Language and Heritage Centre in Llithfaen, may be interested to listen to Radio 4’s Question Time at 8.00pm on Friday 15 February. Jonathan Dimbleby’s panel includes the journalist Liam Halligan, Deputy Leader of Welsh Labour Carolyn Harris MP, and the leader of Plaid Cymru Adam Price AM. Details (and listen for up to a month) at this link. Just a pity that it’s not television, so there won’t be any views!

Welsh classes starting soon

Philip Davies has advised us that three Welsh courses are starting at Edinburgh University on 1 October. Details at this link. Enquiries can be addressed to Philip at moc.liamtohnull@seivad1pilihp.

“Gogs” and terraced housing

Jim Hughes found a recent BBC4 repeat very interesting, and invites us to watch it. The second of Dan Cruickshank’s “At home with the British” programmes concerns terraced housing, and Dan visits the Toxteth area of Liverpool where “Gogs” were heavily involved. You can access it on iPlayer at this link until 16 May.

David Hughes points out that the programme didn’t mention the street names which are also a lasting sign of the Welsh influence in Toxteth – Madryn St / Rhiwlas St / Dovey St / Wylfa Road, etc. – all live on in Toxteth. There are many more – known as the “Welsh Streets” locally.

Webmaster’s note: The Welsh Streets have been under threat from demolition and redevelopment for many years. Go to this link to find out what a residents’ group has been able to do to influence regeneration of the area.