CROESO

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.

     There are currently 90 members and you would be warmly welcomed to come and join us for one of our meetings.

 


 

Join us at our "WALES WEEK" events.

 

Wednesday 27th at 19.30

JENNY HOPKINS  Chief Crown Prosecutor for the South East 

 

Sunday 3rd March 15.30

ST DAVID’S DAY SERVICE at Little Baddow URC

 

Friday 8th March 19.00

ST DAVID’S DAY DINNER at the County Hotel


OUR NEXT MEETING

AT THE CHELMSFORD CATHEDRAL CHAPTER HOUSE

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 27th 2019

7.00p.m. for 7.30p.m. 

 

A presentation by

JENNY HOPKINS 

Chief Crown Prosecutor for the

South East who hails from Swansea

 

ST DAVID'S DAY DINNER

 

THERE IS NOW A WAITING LIST FOR DINNER TICKETS.

IF YOU HAVE RESERVED TICKETS THAT YOU NO LONGER REQUIRE PLEASE LET KAY BRIGHT KNOW ASAP.

 

THANK YOU

 

MIKE'S MUSICAL MISCELLANY

 

This event will be held on Saturday, 23rd March at Radley Green Farm at 7pm. Tickets are £15 each to include a fish and chips supper. Please contact Ivy Price on 01277 210541 to reserve your place.

 

RECENT EVENTS

JANUARY 2019 Meeting Report

NOSON LAWEN

The Black Sheep Choir

The room was full to overflowing for the annual January Noson Lawen of Chelmsford and District Welsh Society. The scene was set by an hilarious play written by the Society playwright, Brian Farmer. The varied entertainment which followed included David Brown’s Indifferent Strings (John Diamond, mandolin; Hillary Camp, guitar; Clive Williams, guitar and David, electro/acoustic bass) who played a mixture of German, Hebrew and Irish numbers. They were joined by the ukulele duo Gwenno Pope and Brian for some audience participation numbers, including The Fields of Athenry. A Noson Lawen would not be complete without traditional Welsh airs played on a harp. These were played beautifully by Buddug Rowland Frank, who concluded with a nostalgic Llwyn On (Ash Grove). Southwold UKs duo, Mother and daughter Clare Hart and Christine Thompson who had travelled all the way from Southwold, for this their first “gig” played several tunes on their ukuleles. Kim Brown read a lovely poem about penguins, which she had composed, and followed by singing a folk song. The other soloists were Peter Freeman and Arthur Williams, who were also members of the Black Sheep Choir, formed several years ago by Derrick Thomas especially to perform at the Noson Lawen. Peter, who has a rich bass voice, sang All Thro’ the Night and the spiritual Ride the Chariot, which have been sung by Paul Robeson, who was a great supporter of Welsh unemployed miners during the great depression. Arthur sang Anfon y Nico i Landwr. It is a beautiful song, and the words were composed by the poet (and later Archdruid) Cynan whilst serving in Macedonia during the first world war. Before he sang Arthur recited the words and a moving English translation, which is true to Cynan’s Welsh original, which he had discovered. Arthur was accompanied by Meinir Davies, a Blue Riband pianist at The National Eisteddfod of Wales. The Black Sheep ( Stuart Anderson,David Almond, Peter Freeman, Brian Farmer Gareth Williams Jim Armishaw and Derrick Thomas) sang at the end of each half: Calon Lan (A Pure Hart) to the tune of The Rose; Precious Lord, Take My Hand, a favourite of Martin Luther King; the spiritual Down By the Riverside; and finally My Grandfather’s Clock with the audience joining in the chorus. The programme was arranged by Ivy Price, the President and MC, and the thanks at the conclusion were given by the Vice-president, Liz Armishaw.

WELSH LEARNERS singing and the Welsh play

INDIFFERENT STRINGS

ARTHUR WILLIAMS  with accompanist MEINIR WYN DAVIS

ARTHUR WILLIAMS

MEINIR WYN DAVIS

BUDDUG ROWLAND FRANK

CLAIR HART and CHRISTINE THOMPSON

PETER FREEMAN with

accompanist LIZ ARMISHAW

KIM BROWN