EWSNEWS August 2023

Subscriptions for 2023–4

Subscriptions are starting to come in. Many thanks to those members who have paid. A polite reminder to those who have still to pay. A membership/programme card is being prepared and will be posted out to all paid-up members in due course.

Fringe items for your diaries …

Rhod Gilbert will be appearing in the Gilded Balloon Teviot at 20:45pm on 21–23 August and 25–27 August. Book at this link.

Mark Drakeford, First Minister of the Welsh Assembly, is being interviewed by Iain Dale and his partner in crime, former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, in one of five live versions of their smash-hit political podcast For the Many at the Pleasance at 3:00pm on 10 August. Book at this link.

Our member Nigel Lindsay writes: I am producing a show which might be of interest to EWS members. I’d welcome publicity for it. It would be lovely to see Welsh Society people there.

“Caledonia”, a star-studded celebration of Sir Walter Scott in words and music is being held as part of this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This event will see Brian Taylor (former BBC political correspondent) and Alasdair Hutton (the “Voice of the Tattoo”) read short prose selections from Scott’s work. These focus on resilience in the face of adversity, and have been chosen from texts suggested by Professor Alison Lumsden of the Walter Scott Research Centre at the University of Aberdeen, and Trustee of The Abbotsford Scott.

The Signet Singers, a specially-selected group of singers from choirs around Edinburgh, will sing new choral settings of verses by Scott. These short pieces, by Edinburgh composer Nigel Don, were made to celebrate Scott’s 250th anniversary. The Signet Singers will be conducted by Stephen Doughty, who is Chorus Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

There will only be one performance of this special celebration. It will be held at 3.00pm on Tuesday 8 August, in St Vincent’s Chapel, Stockbridge (Fringe venue 197) and will last approximately an hour and a quarter. Book at this link.

Forthcoming events:

Friday 15 September. Croeso. Mortonhall Golf Club at 7.30pm. Note the change of date!

Our opening social will be held at Mortonhall Golf Club, at 231 Braid Rd, Edinburgh, EH10 6PB. There will be a tasty supper and entertainments. A good chance to meet and catch up with all our news. There will be a charge of £20 each, payable in advance, and I will need names and numbers by Saturday 9 September, please. Prompt payment please by bank transfer to:

  Account name:       Edinburgh Welsh Society
Sort code:               80-02-77
Account number:   00299707

but please let me know you are coming, with names of members and guests.

Sunday 8 October. Harvest thanksgiving service. Reid Memorial Church at 3.00pm.

Our harvest service will be held in the large hall of the Reid Memorial Church, West Savile Terrace, Edinburgh, EH9 3HY.  All are welcome. Donations of food or toiletries for the local food bank would be very much appreciated. A cuppa and chat to follow the service.

I look forward to seeing you very soon.


Jennifer Welsher – Ysgrifenyddes CCD / Secretary EWS