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.

Knight Fever

Once again the members of the am-dram company “Forth Dimension” are treading the boards with their annual Christmas pantomime, “Knight Fever”.  Our very own Huw Thomas is busy in rehearsals for this delightfully light-hearted prelude to the Christmas season.

Tuesday 5 to Saturday 9 December at South Queensferry Scout Hut, Port Edgar. 7.15pm; Saturday 2.15 and 7.15pm. Tickets (Adult £8; Child £6; Concession £7) from 0131 331 3850.  

Cyngerdd cyffrous yng Nghaeredin!

Exciting concert in Edinburgh! That is what is on offer from the Affinity Choir, a ladies choir from Cardiff, who are on tour, and appear next weekend in Edinburgh. Their concert is at 4.00pm on Saturday 7 October at Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EL.

“Join us as we trade one Celtic Capital for another! Affinity Female Voice Choir, the largest female-only choir in South Wales, is bringing a concert packed full of the best songs from their repertoire over the last 5 years. With show hits from Les Miserables, Cats and Hairspray, beautiful choral favourites by John Rutter and Eric Whitacre and of course, some of the fabulous songs of both our great countries, we’re sure there’s something for everyone in this afternoon delight. The 40-strong choir will come to you direct from Edinburgh Castle where they will perform the previous day, and with experience of perfoming in some of the most prestigious venues in Wales (and on BBC television!) you are promised a high-quality showcase event. If you think only Male Voice Choirs from Wales can hit the heights, then think again, as these ladies know how to entertain!”

Tickets are £6 (concessions £5) and are available on-line at, by emailing moc.liamgnull@riohcytiniffa, or by phoning 07837 088199. Eventbrite suggest that limited seating is available, and encourage you to book now …

S4C funding petition

Clifford Evans has asked us to publicise a petition on behalf of those who don’t live in Wales for S4C’s funding to be maintained:

“We, the undersigned, are all learning or have learned the Welsh language. We all live outside Wales, so are not counted in the audience figures for S4C, which we all want to watch. Some of us have real trouble doing that and are willing to pay a fee! We have heard there is a threat to reduce the channel’s budget … ”

The full text of the petition to the UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport is at this link, and there is a simple form through which you can make your views felt.

Part-time job opportunity

Derek Gray, Director of Operations for Press Data Ltd, has written to enquire if any of our members would be interested in a part-time position with Scotland’s largest media monitoring company?  Press Data are looking for someone proficient in the Welsh language to assist with some of their press and broadcast monitoring requirements. This would involve engaging with a variety of Welsh language media, and feeding back relevant information to their Edinburgh-based team.  There is a possibility that the work could be undertaken from home after an initial period, and they envisage that this position will require around 10-12 working hours per week spread across Monday-Friday. Full training will of course be given.  Reply direct to Derek at 9-10 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2AF, telephone 0131 718 6587, or e-mail ku.oc.atadsserpnull@yarg.kered.