EWSNEWS – September 2018

The story so far …

Friday 7 September. Croeso supper party at Mortonhall Golf club. 7.30pm

Our “Croeso” opening meeting was very much enjoyed by those able to attend.  We were delighted to welcome three new members and caught up with everyone’s news over a generous supper. Hywel and Pamela stirred our little grey cells with a splendid quiz and we ended in traditional fashion with community singing. Many thanks to Martin Tarr for taking photos and posting them on our website.

Forthcoming events:

Sunday 7 October. Harvest thanksgiving service. Reid large hall at 3.00pm.

We meet as usual in the large hall of the Reid Memorial Church, West Saville Terrace, EH9 3HY. Our traditional Harvest Festival will be followed by chat around the tea trolley.  Donations of tinned and dried goods are very welcome and will be taken to the local food bank.

Sunday 11 November. Remembrance Sunday. Reid large hall at 3.00pm.

An hour of poetry and song, and a display of artifacts and photographs, as we remember the supreme sacrifice of so many of our countrymen in the Great War and subsequent conflicts. If you have any suitable items or relevant stories we would really love to hear from you. Please let one of the committee know by the end of October.

A change of date:  Our Chinese banquet will now be held on Friday 8 February 2019 as Priestfield Church hall is no longer free the following week.  Please amend your programme card accordingly.

A reminder of other events of interest:

Saturday, 9 March 2019. Six Nations – Scotland v Wales Rugby International. Murrayfield. 14.15pm.

This is just a reminder that Hywel Williams will be able to get tickets for the game in the autumn. If you are interested, please contact Hywel (0131 447 3485)  before 12 October. Tickets will cost £57, £74 or £97 each.


Many thanks to those who have already paid, but some subs for 2018–19 are still due and remain at £15 single or £22.50 family. Please make your cheque payable to Edinburgh Welsh Society or Cymdeithas Cymry Dineidyn. Many thanks to those who have already paid.

Society news

I am sorry to report that barely a fortnight after Tegid Davies’s funeral we were back in Mortonhall Crematorium to say goodbye to his Mary. Keith, Eirwen and I represented the Society on this sad occasion.

On a happier note, congratulations to Rev Nerys Brown on her appointment as Rector of St Mary’s Dunblane. This is Nerys’s first charge church, following three years as assistant at St John the Baptist Church in Perth, the last year also involving additional duties in mission work for the wider church. We wish Nerys well for her future ministry. [Nerys Ann Jones, as we know her, was our Gwraig Wadd at our St David’s Day dinner in 2017]

Welsh classes at Edinburgh University

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.

And finally:

I received a phone call from a chap from Cults asking me if I had any Welsh contacts in Aberdeen, as he wished to borrow a Welsh Flag, and was sure he’d not be able to “mock one up”! He wanted to pin it to a curtain in honour of the guest speaker at his next meeting. The best I could offer him is a tea towel in the form of y ddraig goch. My tea towel has been posted off to him, and I hope to hear all about its adventures in due course …

I look forward everso much to seeing you soon.