“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.

Back on track!

This year’s dinner and Gymanfa Ganu were called off because of the unkind and unsafe weather conditions. Naturally we were all very disappointed, and your committee has been working hard to get back on track. We have also managed to reinstate the film show from January that also fell victim to the weather.

We hope to see you on 25 March, 20 April and 22 April – you’ll find all the details in our newsletter.

No Gymanfa this Sunday

We sorry that, because of the continuing bad weather, you won’t get the chance to sing hymns at our Mini Gymanfa Ganu on 4 March. We hope to reschedule this event for a later date. Meantime, stay safe and keep warm!

St David’s Day dinner postponed

Mortonhall Golf Club are unable to clear the snow from their car park, so tomorrow’s St David’s Day dinner is a casualty of “the Beast from the East”, and has had to be postponed to a date to be agreed. Any queries, please contact Jennifer Welsher on 0131 335 3161 or at moc.liamgnull@dccswe.

Book now for St David’s Day dinner!

The postponed St David’s Day dinner will be held at 7.00 for 7.30pm on Friday 20 April at Mortonhall Golf Club, 231 Braid Rd, Edinburgh EH10 6PB (note change of venue). We are delighted that our Gwr Gwadd will be John Evans. John has been a member of our Society on and off for some time; but for those who have not had the pleasure of meeting him he is rugby-loving, rugby-refereeing, and Welsh-speaking. He was born in Aberystwyth and grew up in Aberteifi but has lived in Scotland for many years.

The cost has been held to £25 a head and we need numbers and menu choices by Saturday 14 April please. As ever, for catered events such as this it is crucial that we get numbers in good time. By the way, if possible, it would be ever so helpful for us to have a list of those definitely not coming. Contact us at moc.liamgnull@dccswe, or phone Jennifer Welsher on 0131 335 3161.

And do please let us know if you need a lift, or can you offer a lift …

The menu choices are:

Cawl made with lamb stock or vegetable stock *
Smoked salmon patė with oatcakes
Melon served with orange sorbet

Roast lamb with mint sauce
Mediterranean cod
Vegetable bake
each served with seasonal vegetables and roast and dauphinoise potatoes

Peach and plum crumble with either custard or ice cream *
Fresh fruit salad with either ice cream or cream *
Cheese plate with biscuits

Tea or coffee with mints

* Please indicate your preference if choosing these items on the menu. It will help the caterers no end.