REPORT & SLIDE SHOW OF PHOTOS TAKEN AT OUR

ST DAVID'S DAY DINNER

at

THE COUNTY HOTEL, CHELMSFORD on 8th March 2019

 

The Society celebrated the feast of Dewi Sant, St David, the Patron Saint of Wales, with its 56th Annual Dinner at the County Hotel, Chelmsford, and a church service at Little Baddow URC. The 115 members and guests dined on beautifully dressed tables, with the Welsh national emblem, a leek, as a centre piece, under the regal gaze of y Ddraig Goch, the red dragon on the national banner. The rousing strains of the Men of Harlech, played by the harpist, Rachel Bartels, announced the entrance of the Mayor of Chelmsford, Cllr Yvonne Spence and her escort John Spence, and the guest speaker Huw Edwards, BBC news anchor, commentator and presenter, escorted by the President, Ivy Price and her husband Mike, the Vice President Liz Armishaw and her husband Jim, and Carys Williams. Grace was said by Brother Gildas. The dinner comprised: cyw a cennin gwasgedig a salad ffa gynnes ar surdoes (chicken and leek pressing and a warm bean salad on sourdough); lwyn cig moch rhost, mwtrin afal, gyda llysiau tymhorol a tatenau rhost neu newydd (roast loin of pork, apple compote, with seasonal vegetables and roast or new potatoes); tarten lemon a mascapone; (lemon and mascarpone tart); Coffi, te , a petit fours (coffee, tea  and petit fours). Following the dinner the President proposed the loyal toast to The Queen. The toast to Dewi Sant was proposed by the Vice President. Huw Edwards delivered a strong speech, regretting the current increasingly divisive social climate across the whole of the UK as the 29th of March loomed ever closer. In proposing a toast to The Society he was encouraged that, amid the uncertainty, the members of the Society continued to celebrate their Welsh roots in an inclusive spirit. The president congratulated Huw on his excellent speech and proposed a toast to Our Guests. The mayor responded on behalf of the guests. There followed some musical entertainment provided by Rachel Bartels, the harpist,  and the young tenor Dafydd Wyn Jones, accompanied by the Blue Riband pianist Meinir Wyn Davis. Dafydd, from Llanrhayadr, is a second year student at the Royal College of Music in London, and won first prize in the 16-19 year male singing competition at the Welsh National Eisteddfod in Anglsea, where the prize was donated by the Chelmsford and District Welsh Society. He will surely have a successful career. At the conclusion, Ivy thanked Liz and Kay Bright, assisted by David Brown, and with floral arrangements prepared by Shirley Moody, for arranging such a splendid celebration and Gwil Williams for being such an accomplished M.C. The evening ended with a joyous rendering of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau.

The church service was arranged by Shirley Moody and conducted by the Revd. Michael Aston, with Keith Byatt at the organ. The President, Ivy Price read the lesson in Welsh and the Vice President, Liz Armishaw read the lesson in English. Following the tradition, the last hymn was dedicated to the two members who had died during the year, Elsie Salmon and Daniel Lewis. The dedication was made by Carys Williams. Following the service tea and cakes were served by Edith Brown and the catering committee in the vestry. The Society is grateful to the Minister and officers of Little Baddow URC for allowing them to use the church for the service, for the 28th year in succession.