Friday 20 April 2018
No, we didn’t get the date wrong … our plans for 2 March were disrupted by snow, so the St David’s Day dinner had to be postponed. Mortonhall Golf Club provided excellent food and a warm welcome to 35 members of the Society. We were pleased to see some new and younger faces, and welcomed John Evans, our Gwr Gwadd, and his wife Susanne.
John’s speech compared Welsh people who stayed at home with those who had gone abroad. He gave examples from different fields, many of which reflected on the supreme qualities of those born in Ceredigion. This was probably unsurprising – although John has lived in Scotland for many years, and has been a member of our Society on and off for some time, he was born in Aberystwyth and grew up in Aberteifi! Some of the “Gogs” (those from North Wales) in the company did not altogether agree with this bias!
In his vote of thanks, Hywel Williams made reference to John’s love of rugby and rugby refereeing, and brought out some momentos of games past …
A St David’s Day dinner is never the same without music, and Wyn Davies and Jim Hughes managed to squeeze in three favourites plus “Mae hen wlad fy nhadau” before the carriages were sent for.
Sunday 10 December 2017
Willing helpers, including Ceinlys and Ynyra Williams and Olivia Brandie, arrived early to set tables for our tea and chairs for our service. Margaret Brandie led the service of carols and lessons with Huw Thomas at the piano. This was followed by our family party starting with a scrumptious tea (with rainbow jelly and custard). Many thanks to all who brought food and helped to serve. The party continued with games and a visit from Santa for the children (and grandchildren).
Friday 24 November 2017
Our St Andrew’s night supper party at Priestfield Church Hall was well attended. Our lovely dancers, some we have had the pleasure of meeting before, and some new, tiny performers, started the evening beautifully. Our haggis supper was hot, plentiful and very tasty. Hywel and Pam produced another of their splendid quizzes, and we rounded the evening off with community singing.
Sunday 8 October 2017
Our Harvest service was held in the large hall of the Reid and was beautifully conducted by Margaret and Chris Brandie, with Huw Thomas at the piano. We had one hymn with English words, sung to a Welsh tune, and one new hymn, as suggested by members. The service was well attended and a table-full of donations of non-perishable “dried goods” was left to be taken to the local food bank following the service.
Friday 1 September 2017
We had a splendid turnout of 35 at our opening meeting at Prestonfield Golf Club, including guests and new members. Huw John started the evening’s entertainment with his reading of Dylan Thomas’s wonderful words. We then had a picture quiz devised by Hywel and Pamela Williams which stirred our little grey cells. A tasty buffet supper was followed by a film show of past events and outings beautifully recorded by Geoff Alsop. We ended with a short but enthusiastic spot of community singing led by Jim Hughes.