EWSNEWS – July 2017

The story so far…

Saturday 24 June. Trip to Dunfermline

Seven of us enjoyed a very tasty meal at Ciao Italia, where we were met later by our guide, Jack Pryde, and two more members.  The weather was kind, though a tad blustery, and our guide was informative and funny (a winning combination!).  Dunfermline is a very interesting place, full of history, and really well endowed with hills, so we exercised minds and bodies.

Forthcoming events:

Saturday 22 July. Visit to Gilmerton Cove.

As mentioned in my last EWSNEWS, we propose an expedition to explore the mysterious, hand-carved tunnels and caverns of Gilmerton Cove (16 Drum St, Edinburgh EH17 8QH). The hour-long tour starts at 3.00 pm. Admission, payable on the day: Adults £7.50, Concessions £6.50, Children aged 5-16 £4.00. There are still a few places left for this visit, so if you want to join us please let me know in plenty of time. It will be possible to park in the Lidl car park just across the road.  It has been suggested we bring a torch and wear sensible shoes.

Following the tour we plan to have a meal in the Northfield House Hotel, (115 Lasswade Rd, Edinburgh EH16 6UD). As above, please email me at moc.liamgnull@dccswe, letting me know how many for visit and/or high tea. Closing date: Monday 17 July.

Friday 1 September.  Croeso at Prestonfield Golf Club at 7.30pm.

We meet at Prestonfield Golf Club, 6 Priestfield Rd North, Edinburgh EH16 5HS. Please note this new venue, chosen with easy access in mind, it has a flat car park and a lift. Further details in my next EWSNEWS, but please put the date in your diary.

Saturday 30 September. Possible coach trip to Glasgow.

In the past the Welsh Society has run successful charabanc trips to places of interest, with a stop for fish and chips and plenty of singing on the way home.  The Committee wonder if there would be sufficient interest to try this again, though with a meal in a suitable restaurant rather than chips in paper. We are thinking of a trip to the Riverside museum plus other places of interest nearby, with the convenience of being picked up and dropped off, i.e. no worries about parking etc.  Please indicate whether you would support such a trip by emailing me at moc.liamgnull@dccswe.  (If the idea of a coach trip appeals, but not to Glasgow – please let us know.  All suggestions welcomed.)

Programme for 2017–18

The full programme for the coming session will be distributed as soon as the details have been finalised and checked.


Subscriptions for the 2017–18 session are now due.  The current rates are £15 single or £22.50 family as before, and I hope you will agree, represent very good value. Please make your cheque payable to Edinburgh Welsh Society or Cymdeithas Cymry Dineidyn.  Many thanks to those members who have already paid up.

Other news

Caldicot Male Voice Choir: Founded in 1963 by steelworkers in Llanwern, the Eisteddfod-winning choir has since travelled both in the UK and abroad, delighting audiences with their wide repertoire of songs sung in Welsh, English, German and Italian.  They perform on Sunday 27 August at 7.00pm at the Salvation Army Edinburgh City Corps, 1 East Adam Street EH8 9TF (Main Hall). Their concert lasts approx 2 hours and costs £7.00 (concessions £5.00).

Welsh learners

I have had various enquiries about Welsh classes.  It would be very helpful to compile a list of those who are interested.  Please email me at moc.liamgnull@dccswe if you are learning, or keen to learn.

I look forward everso much to seeing you soon.