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Welcome to the

Chelmsford & District Welsh Society

 

    Membership is open to anyone with Welsh origins or connections,          or to anyone with an appreciation of Welsh heritage and traditions.

      Visitors and guests warmly welcomed to our meetings

 

OUR NEXT MEETING

AT THE CHELMSFORD CATHEDRAL CHAPTER HOUSE

WEDNESDAY September 26th

7.00p.m. for 7.30p.m. 

 

CROESO YN ÔL

A welcome back evening after our summer break. Mike Price will show highlights of this year's EISTEDDFODAU held in July & August

 with cheese and wine refreshments

 

 

HARVEST SONGS OF PRAISE

CYMANFA GANU DIOLCHGARWCH

on

Sunday, 21st October at 3pm

 

.

 

at

St Michael and All Angels Church, Roxwell.

 

Please put this date in your diaries and invite your friends and family to join you for this afternoon of song.

 

 

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS  ARE NOW HELD ON A

WEDNESDAY 

 

 

RECENT EVENTS

 

 

SUMMER SERVICE

at LITTLE BADDOW URC

June 2018

On Sunday, 3 June, members of Chelmsford and District Welsh Society joined the congregation of Little Baddow United Reformed Church for their morning service. The tradition dates back to 1964 when Eric Davies, a member of the church, was the President of the Society, so this was the 55th joint service. The Society also celebrates St David, the Patron Saint of Wales, with a church service in early March each year. In 1990 this service moved to its spiritual home at Little Baddow Church, when the Society leads the service and is joined by the church members. The severe weather of the “beast from the east” had led to the cancellation of the service this March, and the society were grateful that the church members allowed elements of the belated St David’s celebration to  take place, and so the Rev. Dr. Cally Hammond, Dean of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge was invited to lead the service. Cally has officiated at the St David’s celebration since 1999. It was an emotional service as it was to be the last time she would be officiating; she was presented with flowers and a Society slate plaque. It was a lovely service on a beautiful day – no beast from the east this time. The singing was particularly good, the sermon uplifting. The service ended with holy communion, with the Rev. Christine Fowler the minister of the church officiating. The organist was Brenda Hooson, who always opens with a Welsh air and concludes with Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau. Afterwards Coffee and biscuits were served in the vestry. The Society are grateful to the elders and congregation  of the church for their kindness and friendship. 

JUNE 2018 ACTIVITIES 

2017 - 2018 President Brian Farmer

The AGM of Chelmsford and District Welsh Society on 27 June was Brian Farmer’s last monthly meeting as President. He recalled the many superb events during his year of office, in particular the annual concert and St David’s day dinner. He paid tribute to the committee for their support, and in particular Ivy Price, the Vice-president, the Secretary Gwenno Pope, the Treasurer Carys Williams, the Dinner Organisers Liz Armishaw and Kay Bright, the Concert Organiser Arthur Williams, David Brown the Web site/Audio Organiser, Mike Price the Multi Media Organiser, Edith Brown and her Catering Team and Shirley Moody who organised the Church Services. Special thanks were due to Shirley and her husband Don for their generosity in hosting so many of the Society’s events, and the members who hosted five Fund Raising/ Charity Events. The Society is very busy with at least 22 well attended events each year. The Treasurer then presented the accounts, which showed that the Society had a healthy balance towards funding the coming year. Brian then presented a cheque for £1500 to J’s Hospice Ambassador, Liz Armishaw, Brian’s lead charity. During the year a further £435 had been presented to seven charities/worthy causes. The President for the 2018/19 season, Ivy Price, then took over and welcomed Liz Armishaw as her Vice-President. The outgoing members of the committee were all returned to office together with Ann Simpson. Following an interval for strawberries and cream Gwil Williams ran an exciting Quiz, and presented each member of the winning team with six delicious cakes baked by his wife, Maureen. It was agreed that there should be a quiz every year!
The last event of Brian’s year, on 13 June, Morning Coffee in the Country, a Fund Raising/Charity event hosted by Carys and Arthur raised £352.  Ivy’s lead charity will be SNAP (details later). The first Fund Raising/ Charity Event of her year of office, on 30 June, Afternoon Tea at Radley Green Farm hosted by Shirley and Don raised £467.
Members were sad to hear that Elsie Salmon, a popular and active member of the Society, had passed away.
The first monthly meeting of the 2018/19 season will be the traditional Croeso Yn Ôl (Welcome Back), featuring Mike Price, on Wednesday 26 September at Chelmsford Cathedral Chapter House, 7 pm for a 7.30 pm start.  The Society is very welcoming and warm. Anyone of Welsh origin or other connection, and others interested in Welsh culture and traditions are welcome. For details contact Gwenno Pope on 07724 144432, or visit facebook www.facebook.com/chelmsfordwelsh    

      Treasurer, Carys Williams,                       Secretary, Gwenno Pope,                 2018/2019   President, Ivy Price

Brian Farmer hands over a cheque for £1,500 to Liz Armishaw, ambassador of the J's Hospice

          President Ivy Price presents Liz Armishaw                                        Shirley Moody reads a poem

          with her Vice President's badge of office

                                                                      Quizmaster Gwil Williams

Quiz teams decide on the WELSH PLACES round

The winning team

President, Ivy Price welcome everyone to the next meeting on Wenesday September 26th