CROESO i Gymdeithas Gymraeg Chelmsford a'r cylch

WELCOME to the Chelmsford & District Welsh Society

Photographs from the Annual Concert held on Saturday June 12th featuring the Trelawnyd Male Voice Choir and Dafydd Allen, have been added, as well as a detailed report of the concert.

Photographs from the recent visit to the Wye Valley have also been added, as well as from our Annual Picnic held at Radley Green.

Check the tabs on the left hand side of this Homepage.

ANNUAL CONCERT

Our 53rd Annual Concert, held on Saturday June 11th was a great success with over 350 people in attendance. The Trelawnyd Male Voice Choir produced an outstanding peformance; their repertoire, based on the theme of love, varied from traditional Welsh hymns to gospel songs. The choir's Musical Director, Ann Atkinson proved to be an entertaining and affable host.

Unfortunately, Elin Manahan Thomas was not able to perform after developing laryngitis but the young Welsh baritone, Dafydd Allen proved to be an excellent replacement. He produced a superb performance considering he had just 2 days to prepare for the evening.

 

 

Trelawnyd Male Voice Choir

 

Dafydd Allen

Owen Barton Davies - youngest member of the Choir

Paul Young Accompanist to Trelawnyd Male Voice Choir

James Davy Organist at Chelmsford Cathedral

Ann Atkinson Trelawnyd's Musical Director

 

 

            Gwil Williams President of the Society

If you would like to see more images of the concert click on the tab marked 'Photos of Annual Concert June 22' on the left hand side of the page.

Membership

 

Membership is open to anyone with Welsh origins or connections, or to anyone with an appreciation of Welsh heritage and traditions. There are currently over 80 members and we warmly welcome you to come and join us for one of our meetings at the Chapter House, which is located on Cathedral Walk, adjacent to the Chelmsford Cathedral.

 

Car Parking

We have secured the use of the Cathedral car park in Waterloo Lane, Chelmsford. 

The car park has rising bollards at the entrance/exit and a code number will be required to allow you to exit. This will be given during the meeting.

Membership forms will be available for 2021-2022 season at any meeting (See Carys Williams) and available to print off HERE on the website.

 

An afternoon well spent

 

We travelled on the Elizabeth line to Liverpool Street and on to Oxford Circus. Along a very busy Oxford Street where the annual Pride March was taking place celebrating its half-century. The colours and costumes of the people marching along the street were just amazing, there was a wonderful joyous atmosphere.

 

We walked on to Eglwys Gymraeg Canol Llundain and were welcomed by Rob Nicholls from Penclawdd famous for the mudflat cockles. (Penclawdd not Rob)

Rob is the Minister, and each month of the year hosts a programme of events at the Eglwys Gymraeg Canol Llundain in East castle Street on Saturday afternoon.

 

The Chapel was buzzing full of excited young people chatting in Welsh. They were from Ysgol Y Strade in Llanelli. They had arrived on Friday and spent the afternoon at Thorpe Park. Their programme was varied and delivered with great enthusiasm and energy conducted by their music teacher Mr Christopher Davies and Catrin Huws was their accompanist. There were very talented young soloists who excelled with their solo performances and who were well supported by their peers.

 

Côr Llundain is a small mixed choir based in London with young strong voices sang songs by Eric Jones, Mansel Thomas and William Mathia. Their Conductor is Wyn Thomas.

Glenys Roberts the soprano sang Ynys Y plant, Bwythyn Bach Melyn fy Nhad and one of our favourite tenors Dafydd Wyn Jones sang Hiraeth and Bugail Aberdyfi.

Also in the programme was an extraordinary organist. David Geoffrey Thomas from Llannon with the wit of Derek Thomas had us all rolling in the aisles.

 

We both thoroughly enjoyed an array of wonderful music performed by such young talented people. We look forward to next year’s programme. There is a wealth of talent in Wales. We will keep you informed and hopefully some of you will join us on one of our Saturday afternoon jaunts.

 

Ivy and Sina

 

      Dafydd Wyn Jones with Sina

Dafydd Wyn Jones with Ivy

Charity Coffee Morning at Radley Green

April 6th 2022

For images of this event see the link on the left hand side of this page.

AGM plus Quiz June 22 2022

We held our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday night, June 22nd 2022. The outgoing President Gwil Williams thanked members for their continuing support over the last 10 months.

He also expressed his gratitude to the society's committee who have worked so hard during his term of office. 

Gwil handed over a cheque for £1,000 to the society's nominated charity for his year of office, St. Luke's Hospice. Kerry Chambers, representing St. Luke's, thanked the society for their generousity and updated our members on the work of the hospice.

He finally handed over the Presidency to Sue Almond and thanked her for her enthusiastic support and help. Meinir Wyn Davies will take on the role of Vice President. 

Carys Williams, the society's treasurer gave a summary of the accounts for the last 12 months.

Kay Bright then gave a commentary on photographs taken on the recent visit to the Wye Valley, which was followed by our annual quiz.

Images from the AGM can be seen below.

 

Gwil Williams hands over a cheque for £1,000 to Kerry Chambers from St. Luke's hospice

Gwil Williams hands over the Presidential chain to Sue Almond

Meinir Wyn Davies accepts the role of Vice President

Treasurer Carys Williams reads out her report

Summer PicnicSaturday June 25th 2022

Our annual summer picnic took place in Radley Green on Saturday, June 25th. Members enjoyed plenty of sunshine and convivial conversation. Many thanks to Shirley for letting us use the beautiful grounds of Radley Green and to Sue Almond and her helpers for providing tea and coffee.

Some images of the event are shown below.

Additions to the Website

If you check the tabs on the left hand side of this page, I have added the following:

* A link to the recent visit to the Wye Valley

* A photo gallery of the Wye Valley visit. There are over 400 

   images to look at! Click on 'Photos of Wye Valley Visit 2022' on

   the tab on the left hand side of the page 

* The society's monthly newsletters from September 2021.

* A detailed report of the Annual Concert