Past Events: Uchafbwyntiau

Pub Night

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Location: Heart and Crown in the Market – Peter Devine Room
67 Clarence Street, just north of the Parking Building.
Phone number 613-562-0674.

Our own quizmaster, John Price, has promised another challenging quiz on things Welsh!

Please note: Attendees are responsible for their own purchases of food and drink.

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Cyrsiau Dwys Cymraeg 2017 Intensive Welsh Courses

Cwrs Haf Cymraeg Dwys Gorffennaf 31 – Awst 25 2017

Cwrs yw hwn ar gyfer ystod eang o ddysgwyr – o’r rhai ag ychydig iawn o Gymraeg neu ddim Cymraeg o gwbl i’r rhai sy’n rhugl ond sydd am wella ansawdd eu Cymraeg llafar ac ysgrifenedig. Mae’r cwrs yn rhedeg am 4 wythnos ond mae croeso ichi fynychu wythnos neu ddwy os bydd hynny’n fwy cyfleus.

Intensive Welsh Summer Course July 31 – August 25 2017

This is a course for learners with little or no knowledge of Welsh up to those who are fluent but want to improve the accuracy of their spoken and written skills. The Course runs for 4 weeks but you are welcome to attend for a week or two if this is more convenient.

Cwrs Cymraeg Proffesiynol 14-18 Awst 2017

Mae’r cwrs Cymraeg Proffesiynol yn gyfle gwych i siaradwyr rhugl wella eu sgiliau ysgrifennu a chyfathrebu yn y Gymraeg, yn ogystal â magu eu hyder wrth ddefnyddio’r Gymraeg yn y gwaith neu yn y gymuned.

Professional Welsh Course 14-18 August 2017

Our Professional Welsh Course is a great opportunity for fluent Welsh speakers to improve their Welsh writing and communication skills, as well as building their confidence when using Welsh in the workplace or in the community.

http://dysgucymraeg.cymru
http://learnwelsh.cymru

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OWS Picnic 2017

Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Time: 4- 8 pm

Location: 26 Fencerow Way, Barrhaven

Hosted by Sheila and Ken Pepper and Patricia and Ron Pepper

Directions may be found at: Google Map

Provided: BBQ (cook your own meat)
Serving equipment
Soft drinks, juice, tea & coffee

Potluck: appetizer
salad
dessert

Please bring your own: meat
alcohol or wine
lawn chairs (if possible)

RSVP to marilyn.e.jenkins@sympatico.ca or phone 613-820-6687

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Ottawa Welsh Society Annual General Meeting 2017

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm
at
Kristy’s Restaurant
809 Richmond Road

Come for supper at 6:00 pm and stay for the meeting.

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Concert – A Ship, An Isle, A Sickle Moon
Tales of Gloriana and the Spanish Main

Presented by Mary Muckle and Friends

Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 7:30pm
St. Luke’s Anglican Church
760 Somerset St. W, Ottawa
Admission by donation

Mary Muckle, harp and harpsichord
Julie Leduc, harp
Doug Brierley, violin
Loyda Lastra, flute
Marilyn Jenkins, soprano
Ottawa Youth Harp Ensemble

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St. David’s Day Reception 2017

Please join us in celebrating St David, patron Saint of Wales and enjoy a taste of Wales.

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
5.30p.m.-7.30p.m.
Cash Bar

Location:
British High Commission
80 Elgin Street
Ottawa K1P 5K7

RSVP by Monday, March 27 to john.price@sympatico.ca

Please Note:
•RSVP essential with your first and last name along with your organization
•This event has limited space; guest list will be allocated on a first-reply basis
•This invitation is non-transferable
•No parking is available on site

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St. David’s Day Gymanfa Ganu 2017

Date: Sunday, February 26th, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm
Venue: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 470 Roosevelt Ave.

Last year’s Gymanfa was a resounding success. Please join us again to sing some wonderful traditional hymns in English and in Welsh.

The Executive have invited Marilyn Jenkins to conduct the Gymanfa. Marilyn conducted the Ottawa Welsh Choral Society for 24 years, leading it to success in the Kiwanis Music Festival and on a well-received tour of Wales in 1990, and on many other adventures. She also taught music to intermediate level students for 33 years, before retiring to pursue other interests more fully. These interests include American Sign Language, voice training, quilting and dressage. She looks forward to encouraging the congregation to sing with gusto and sensitivity.

Alan Thomas will once again be at the organ, supporting the singing with his inimitable accompaniments. He is always an enjoyable addition to any Gymanfa. Alan will also be leading the Côr Alltudion Westminster, a pick-up choir, in a version of the beloved hymn, Llef.

Please bring your Welsh Hymn Book, if you have one! View the program here: gymanfa-2017-program. Feel free to print a copy to bring with you.

As always, we invite you to participate in a friendly reception (Te bach) afterwards and we would be very grateful if you could bring some goodies to share.

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Gwledd Dydd Gwyl Dewi / St. David’s Day Banquet 2017

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

We will once again have the pleasure of celebrating Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant/St. David’s Day with a luncheon banquet in the gracious surroundings of the Royal Ottawa Golf Club.

Please join us to honor our patron saint while enjoying good fellowship and excellent food. Our guest speaker this year is Phil Jenkins, well-known local author, journalist and historian.

Entertainment: Recital by soprano soloist Ania Hejnar, accompanied by well-known Ottawa accompanist, Judith Ginsberg.

Time: Reception 11:30 am – 12:20 pm, Lunch Banquet 12:30 pm
Venue: The Royal Ottawa Golf Club, 1405 Aylmer Road, Gatineau, Quebec, J9H 7L2
Menu: This year we are offering a choice of chicken or vegetarian meal.
Cost: Early bird tickets $55 each, deadline February 11, 2017; $60 thereafter.
Dress code: Business casual – no jeans or cargo pants.

Reservation forms are in the Winter 2017 Newsletter or you can print your own: Luncheon Reservation 2017. Please send your completed forms, with payment, to Marilyn Jenkins, 267 McClellan Road, Nepean, ON, K2H 8N7. If you wish, you may include your 2017 membership form and payment with your luncheon reservation.

For more information contact: Marilyn Jenkins, (613) 820-6687 or marilyn.e.jenkins@sympatico.ca

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Lessons & Carols 2016

Westminster Presbyterian Church, 470 Roosevelt Ave.
Sunday, December 11, 2016
3:00 pm

We hope to see you there in large numbers for the singing, reading and for the fellowship time in the Hall after the Service. Contributions to and help with the te bach are always gratefully received.

Since it will soon be time to start organizing the service, please feel free to contact John Price at (613)724-3846 or at john.price@sympatico.ca to volunteer your skills as a reader or to suggest a new hymn we might sing.

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Homage to Patagonia – A Celebration of the Welsh in Argentina

Westminster Presbyterian Church, 470 Roosevelt Ave.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
7:30 pm

Tickets are $20 and must be reserved by November 1, 2016. Payment will be collected at the door.
Contact Marilyn Jenkins at (613) 820-6687 or marilyn.e.jenkins@sympatico.ca

The evening will consist of:
A short talk on the origins of the Welsh in Patagonia and some of their legends by Dr. Pawl W Birt
Performances by two choirs: The Celtic Choir and Côr Alltudion, with songs in Welsh and Spanish.
Empanadas: Nutritious snacks Argentine-style
A demonstration of the tango by two professional dancers.
Sponsors: Ottawa Welsh Society; Chair of Celtic Studies, U of O

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Awr Sgwrsio

Mae’n amser i dechrau sgwrsio!

Bydd na Awr Sgwrsio Nos Lun, Hydref 3, 2016 yn y Clock Tower, Bank St. am saith o’r gloch. Cewch hefyd ddod am 6 o’r gloch i gael pryd. Danfonwch nodyn i mi os yr ydych yn bwriadu dod.

Hefyd, y mis canlynol, Tachwedd 7, ‘rydym am gael noson ffilm yn nhŷ John Williams i weld ‘Y Gwyll’ yn Nghymraeg. Danfonaf manylion mis nesaf.

It’s time to start chatting!

We will be having ‘Awr Sgwrsio’ at the Clock Tower Pub, 575 Bank Street, Monday, October 3, 2016 at seven o’clock. You can also join us for a meal at 6 p.m., if you wish. Please let me know if you plan to join us.

We are planning a film night the following month, November 7. It will be held in John Williams’ home and we will be lucky enough to see another all-Welsh episode of ‘Y Gwyll’. Mark it on your calendars – I’ll send you the details next month.

Alison Lawson, 613-725-2704 or e-mail at alisonlawson@rogers.com

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Artist From Wales Part Of New Exhibition

On September 28, 2016, a new exhibition entitled Open Books: International Artists Explore the Chinese Folding Book will open at The Library and Archives Canada at 395 Wellington. The opening starts at 5:30pm. This cross-cultural exhibition explores the Chinese folding book as used by modern visual artists from the West and China in a unique take on a traditional medium. The Canadian exhibition introduces new and original works by Canadian artists and showcases past works by international artists. This venture was begun in Wales by a Welsh Co-curator and part of the exhibit includes an artist from Wales. The following information appears on the Library and Archives Canada web site.

http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/about-us/events/Pages/2016/open-books.aspx

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Ganolfan Cymraeg i Oedolion yn Aberystwyth/Welsh for Adults Centre in Aberystwyth
Cwrs Dwys Haf/Intensive Summer Course

Pob mis Awst rydym yn cynnal Cwrs Dwys Haf sef cwrs ar gyfer pobl sydd â diddordeb dysgu Cymraeg. Mae’n gwrs poblogaidd iawn gyda phobl o bob cwr o’r byd yn dod atom. Mae gwahanol lefelau ar gael o ddechreuwyr pur i lefelau hyfedredd.
Gellir mynychu’r cwrs am wythnos yn unig, neu bythefnos, tair wythnos neu’r mis cyfan. Rydym hefyd yn darparu llety ar gyfer hyd y cwrs yn ein neuaddau Prifysgol gyda dewis o ystafelloedd en-suite a dim en-suite.
Dyma linc i fwy o fanylion am y Cwrs Dwys Haf.

Every August we hold an Intensive Summer Course, which is a course for people who want to learn Welsh. It’s a very popular course with people from all over the world attending. Different levels are offered, from complete beginners to Advanced levels, something to suit everyone!
It’s possible to attend the course for a week, two weeks, three weeks or for all four weeks. We do offer accommodation for the duration of the course in our University Halls with a choice of en suite and non en suite rooms.
Here is a link to further information about the Intensive Summer Course.

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Welsh Heritage Week 2016

Dates: July 17-24, 2016
Location: Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario

Welsh Heritage Week 2016 is an annual week of immersion in Welsh language and culture. It is a week-long course on everything Welsh, including: language lessons, folk dancing, clogging, hymn singing, harp lessons, Welsh literature, and so much more. Sponsored by the Welsh Harp & Heritage Society of North America, Inc.

Website: http://welshheritageweek.org/2016-course/

Info: Contact Beth Landmesser, hwyl@ptd.net or 570-814-7689.

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SOS Rugby Match at Twin Elm this Friday, July 15, 2016

We have just learned that there will be a rugby match between the Ottawa Indians and the Welsh Rhydywaun U16 team. (Rhydywaun is located between Aberdare and Glyn Neath.) This match is for under 16, i.e. school age. Should be fun. According to the referee, “they always put on a good game”.

The date is Friday, July 15th, time 6:30 p.m.

Rugby enthusiasts are encouraged to head out to Twin Elm Rugby Park in North Gower (on Twin Elm Road near Barnsdale) on Friday. The venue appears to have plenty of seating under cover.

Even if you don’t know anything about rugby, it should be a fun event for Ottawans and Welsh ex-pats alike. So if you have nothing planned, head on over.

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UEFA Euro 2016

Congratulations to Wales for their 3-1 win over Belgium in their quarter-final game!

We will play Portugal in the semi-final game.

Come to the Georgetown Pub at 1159 Bank Street, south of Sunnyside to watch the game.

http://www.georgetownpub.ca/

Wednesday, July 6. Kick-off is at 3:00 pm.

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UEFA Euro 2016

Wales has reached the quarter-final stage and will be playing Belgium next.

Come to the Georgetown Pub at 1159 Bank Street, south of Sunnyside to watch the game.

http://www.georgetownpub.ca/

Friday, July 1. Kick-off is at 3:00 pm. Bring your colours!

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Ottawa Welsh Society Annual General Meeting 2016

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 7:00 pm
at
Kristy’s Restaurant
809 Richmond Road

Come for supper at 5:30 pm and stay for the meeting.

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Concert – Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir

ANNUAL CONCERT

With Karen Donnelly, Principal trumpet NACO and Zoe Langlois, Soprano

Alan Thomas, Choir Director and Organist

Saturday, May 14th, 2016
3:00 PM

Westminster Presbyterian Church
470 Roosevelt Avenue

Admission: $10 Adults, No charge for students

Light refreshments following the concert

Tickets Available from the Church Office (613-722-1144 or www.mywestminster.ca)/Choir Members/At the Door

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Ontario Welsh Festival 2016

Let’s all celebrate! The Ontario Welsh Festival is going to be in Ottawa April 22-24, 2016 and the Ottawa Welsh community is going to enjoy a feast of music.

The festival is an annual celebration of Welsh music and culture, drawing visitors from all over Canada, the United States and Wales. First held in Niagara Falls in 1961, the festival has travelled throughout the province from Ottawa to Windsor since then. This year it is our turn.

The highlight of the Festival will be a concert by Côrdydd, a prize winning mixed voice choir from Cardiff, Wales, together with extra-special guests, the world renowned Three Welsh Tenors, on Saturday, April 23. It is going to be a feast of music.
The choir’s name is a play on the word “Caerdydd”- the Welsh for Cardiff, the capital city from which they hail. The choir was founded in 2000, and over the years has grown from strength to strength. Côrdydd have won the Choir of the Festival award at the National Eisteddfod more than any other choir, four times in all – Cardiff in 2008, Wrexham in 2011, The Vale of Glamorgan in 2012 and Denbigh in 2013. They are the backing choir on most of the tracks on Bryn Terfel’s Christmas CD.
The Three Welsh Tenors, Aled Hall, Rhys Meirion and Aled Wyn Davies are fantastic. Their repertoire combines classics from opera and musicals, famous Welsh songs and hymns, and contemporary compositions – a mixture to suit everyone.

The concert will be held at Dominion Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper St. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. If you are interested in buying some, you can get them from Book Bazaar 417 Bank St, Granata Music 1568 Merivale Rd, The Leading Note 370 Elgin St or from Myfanwy Davies at 613-526-3019.

The other highlight of the Festival will be traditional hymn singing sessions, known in Welsh as a “Gymanfa Ganu,” at Dominion Chalmers on Sunday, April 24. The public is invited, and if you have never heard the Welsh sing hymns in four-part harmony, don’t miss this opportunity to experience it and join in. There will be two sessions, one at 10.30 a.m. and one at 1.30 p.m. An added treat will be songs by Côrdydd and the Tenors during each session. There will be a free-will offering.

For more information call Myfanwy Davies at 613-526-3019 or visit our web site at www.ontariowelshfestival.ca or e-mail us at publicity@ontariowelshfestival.ca
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The Carpenters of Song

Music and Poetry of Wales, Brittany, Scotland and Ireland

Mary Muckle, harp & harpsichord
Julie Leduc, Harp
Marilyn Jenkins, voice
Loyda Lastra, flute
Cantorion Cerdd Dant
Ottawa Youth Harp Ensemble

Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Recital Series, St. Luke’s Anglican Church
760 Somerset St. West
Ottawa, ON K1R 6P9

Admission by donation

More information at http://www.mucklemusic.com
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Awr Sgwrsio

Bydd na Awr Sgwrsio Nos Lun, Ebrill 4, yn y Clock Tower, Bank St. am saith o’r gloch. Cewch hefyd ddod am 6 o’r gloch am pryd. Danfonwch nodyn i mi os yr ydych yn bwriadu dod.

We will be having ‘Awr Sgwrsio’ at the Clock Tower Pub, 575 Bank Street, Monday, April 4 at seven o’clock. You can also join us for a meal at 6 p.m., if you wish. Please let me know if you plan to join us.

Alison Lawson alisonlawson@rogers.com

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St. David’s Day Reception 2016

Please join us in celebrating St David, patron Saint of Wales and enjoy a taste of Wales.

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016
5.30p.m.-7.30p.m.
Cash Bar

Location:
British High Commission
80 Elgin Street
Ottawa K1P 5K7

RSVP to Wendy Wynne-Jones by
February 25th at: w.wynne-jones@sympatico.ca
or phone 613- 260-7763

Please Note:
•RSVP essential with your first and last name along with your organization
•This event has limited space; guest list will be allocated on a first-reply basis
•This invitation is non-transferable
•No parking is available on site

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Gwledd Dydd Gwyl Dewi / St. David’s Day Banquet 2016

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

We will once again have the pleasure of celebrating Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant/St. David’s Day with a luncheon banquet in the gracious surroundings of the Royal Ottawa Golf Club.

Please join us to honor our patron saint while enjoying good fellowship and excellent food. Our guest speaker this year is OWS member Pawl Birt, long-time Professor of Celtic Studies at the University of Ottawa and a recognized expert on the Welsh colony (Y Wladfa) in Patagonia..

We are really delighted to welcome Merched Dewi and their director, Betty Cullingworth, all the way from Toronto, who will delight and entertain us with a selection of Welsh songs. Merched Dewi (“St. David’s Ladies”) is a group that sings a wide range of traditional and modern Welsh music yn Gymraeg (“in Welsh”). Please come and show them how much we appreciate them making the effort to come here!

Time: Reception 11:30 am – 12:20 pm, Lunch Banquet 12:30 pm
Venue: The Royal Ottawa Golf Club, 1405 Aylmer Road, Gatineau, Quebec, J9H 7L2
Menu: This year we are offering a choice of herb-crusted chicken or portobello stack.
Cost: $55; Early bird tickets $49 each, deadline February 19, 2016.
Dress code: Business casual – no jeans or cargo pants.

Reservation forms are in the Winter 2016 Newsletter or you can print your own: Luncheon Reservation form 2016

For more information contact: Marilyn Jenkins, (613) 820-6687 or marilyn.e.jenkins@sympatico.ca

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St. David’s Day Gymanfa Ganu 2016

Date: Sunday, March 6th, 2016
Time: 3:00 pm
Venue: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 470 Roosevelt Ave.

Last year’s Gymanfa was a resounding success. Please join us again to sing some wonderful traditional hymns in English and in Welsh.

We are pleased that Betty Cullingworth of Dewi Sant Church in Toronto will be serving as our Gymanfa director this year. Betty is the beloved director of the Merched Dewi choir and a long-time contributor, in many capacities, to the Ontario Welsh Festival events.

The irrepressible Alan Thomas will once again be accompanying the singing on the organ and special music will be provided by OWS members.

Please bring your Welsh Hymn Book, if you have one! View the program here: Gymanfa 2016 program. Feel free to print a copy to bring with you.

As always, we invite you to participate in a friendly reception (Te bach) afterwards and we would be very grateful if you could bring some goodies to share.

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Lessons & Carols 2015

Westminster Presbyterian Church
Sunday, December 13, 2015
3:00 pm

We hope to see you there in large numbers for the singing, reading and for the fellowship time in the Hall after the Service. Contributions to and help with the te bach are always gratefully received.

Since it will soon be time to start organizing the service, please feel free to contact John Price at (613)724-3846 or at john.price@sympatico.ca to volunteer your skills as a reader or to suggest a new hymn we might sing.

Once again Alan Thomas has kindly agreed to direct an ad hoc choir to perform in the service. This year the choir will present two carols. Please consider taking part and contact Bob Price at robertprice@magma.ca if you wish to participate indicating, as well, your preferred section: SATB.

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New Celtic Harp CD

Saturday, November 21, 2015
220 Elgin St. 2nd Floor
Doors open at 3:30pm, Music at 4pm.
Tickets $11 Advance, $14 at the door

“Emerald Shores”, by Susan Toman, will be officially launched on Saturday Nov.21st at 4pm. The album consists of Dances and Airs from Ireland and Scotland, all traditional music, and all original arrangements which are based on current techniques and playing styles abroad. Susan is a professional Celtic harpist here in Ottawa and did her training in Ireland.

She will perform the pieces on the album, with some commentary in between each, and will demonstrate some of the techniques used in the arrangements.

Available for purchase: CD ($18), Book of Harp Arrangements ($20)

Refreshments will be served.

More information: http://www.liveonelgin.com/products/susan-toman-album-release.

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Noson Lawen & Supper

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

Westminster Presbyterian Church
470 Roosevelt Ave. just south of Byron

Doors will open at 5.30p.m.
Dinner is at 6.30p.m.

Adults: $20; Children: age 5 – 12 $5, under 5 free.

Please phone or email your ticket orders to:
Wendy Wynne-Jones 613-260-7763 or w.wynne-jones@sympatico.ca

The deadline for ordering tickets is Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015. ! There will be no ticket sales at the door. This is a very popular event so order your tickets now.

Please let us know of any food issues/allergies.

We will need people to take part in the Noson Lawen. Singing, playing an instrument, poetry reading, dancing, jokes, stories – all are welcome. Please contact Alan Thomas at alan.thomas@sympatico.ca if you are interested in taking part in plenty of time, so we can set up an interesting programme for everyone!

We will also need some physical help – volunteers to help in the kitchen, setting up, taking down at the end (this is really important!!). Please let Wendy know if you can put your strength and skills at our disposal!

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Pub Night

Our Pub Night and Quiz will be on 22 September at the Heart and Crown in the Byward Market, Peter Devine Room, 73 Clarence Street, starting with dinner at 6:00 and moving on to a quiz later. Persons attending are responsible for their own food and drink.
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Ottawa Welsh Society Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm
at
The Barley Mow, 399 Richmond Road
next door to Tubman’s, close to the corner of Roosevelt Ave
and not far from Westminster Church

Come for supper at 5:30 pm and stay for the meeting.

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CelticMTL2015

Saturday, May 2-3, 2015 at 9:00am – 6:00pm

CelticMTL2015 is a convention to promote and educate the population about the Celtic Nations. Some people have a habit of defining Celtic to be an Irish term. However, the Celts also include the Cornish (Cornwall, UK), the Manx (Isle of Man, UK), the Bretons (Brittany, France), the Welsh (Wales, UK), the Scottish (Scotland), and the Galicians (Galicia, Spain).

This convention will have numerous Celtic societies and organizations who will be present to showcase their heritage and introduce themselves to people who are interested in learning more about their Celtic background or even Celtic culture in general.

The convention will be taking place in the downtown campus of Concordia University both in the EV and John Molson School of Business building. There will also be demonstrations of song, dance, literature, and culture during the course of the day in the BMO theater room located inside the JMSB building. We will have associations from across the country who will attend this event to proudly represent their Celtic Societies.

Come out for this historical event where you will have the chance to meet the entire Celtic Nation in one giant setting! You might be surprised what you learn and or discover about your own background.

Free admission!

For more information, please visit www.montrealcelticsociety.org/mtl-celtique-2015–celtic-mtl-2015.html

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ONTARIO WELSH FESTIVAL – NIAGARA FALLS

April 24-26, 2015

We invite the Ottawa Welsh community to join us in beautiful Niagara Falls for a very special weekend celebrating our Welsh heritage and culture.

We are returning to the lovely Marriott Gateway on the Falls Hotel where we have the same fantastic hotel rates as last year- $125 city view, and $145 Fallsview per night, double occupancy. Please note that the deadline for reserving at these rates is MARCH 24.Why don’t you call to reserve your room right now directly with the hotel at 1-905-374-1077 or toll free at 1-800-618-9059.

We are thrilled to welcome our 2015 Guest Choir, Côr Rhuthun, a mixed voice choir from Denbighshire, North Wales under the leadership of the renowned Welsh composer, Robat Arwyn, with accompanist Mair Jones and soloists Kate Griffiths and Meirion Wyn Jones. This concert is going to be a musical delight. The choir won the main competition for mixed choirs in the National Eisteddfod six times and their soloists are also National Eisteddfod winners. The choir has made many appearances on television and radio over the years. They have also released 7 recordings. To top it all, they are directed by Robat Arwyn, who is a legend in Wales. I’m sure everyone will recognize the names of his songs, such as Yfory, Gwin Beaujolais, Benedictus (a duet arrangement sung by Bryn Terfel and Rhys Meirion), Atgof o’r Sêr and Brenin y Ser.
Other must-see events at the 2015 Festival are:

For more information, please see www.ontariowelshfestival.ca

or e-mail us at president@ontariowelshfestival.ca
or
alisonlawson@rogers.com or phone Alison Lawson at 613-725-2704.

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Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir coming to town!

The Ottawa Celtic Choir is pleased to announce that they will be presenting a joint concert with the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir.

Date: April 11, 2015
Location: All Saints Anglican Church, 347 Richmond Road, Ottawa
Time: Concert starts at 7:30 pm, doors open at 7 pm.

Tickets: $20 for adults, $18 for students

This promises to be an excellent event. Please come and support it.

For further details, contact Ellen MacIsaac at ellen@laughingbrook.ca.ca or by phone at 613-552-3964.
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Gwledd Dydd Gwyl Dewi / St. David’s Day Banquet

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

We will once again have the pleasure of celebrating Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant/St. David’s Day with a luncheon banquet in the gracious surroundings of the Royal Ottawa Golf Club.

Please join us to honor our patron saint while enjoying good fellowship and excellent food. Our guest speaker will be Melanie Courtmanche, a Francophone graduate in Celtic Studies (primarily Welsh) of the University of Ottawa. She received a Master’s degree for a thesis on Welsh poet/artist David Jones. Melanie has also travelled and studied in Wales.

This will be followed by a short recital by the Ottawa Choral Society Ensemble who will delight us with a variety of songs. The OCS Ensemble is a fund-raising venture of the Ottawa Choral Society, one of Canada’s prominent symphonic choruses. Small ensembles of 8-20 choristers sing for various special events. I am sure you will recognise three Cymraes in the group.

Time: Reception 11:30 am – 12:20 pm, Lunch Banquet 12:30 pm
Venue: The Royal Ottawa Golf Club, 1405 Aylmer Road, Gatineau, Quebec, J9H 7L2
Menu: This year we are offering a choice of chicken or vegetarian meal.
Cost: $49 each, before February 13th, $55 each thereafter.
Dress code: Business casual – no jeans or cargo pants.

Forms are in the Winter 2015 Newsletter or you can print your own: Luncheon Reservation 2015

For more information contact: Marilyn Jenkins, (613) 820-6687 or marilyn.e.jenkins@sympatico.ca

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St. David’s Day Gymanfa Ganu 2015

Date: Sunday, March 1st, 2015
Time: 3:00 pm
Venue: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 470 Roosevelt Ave.

Last year’s Gymanfa was a resounding success. Please join us again to sing some wonderful traditional hymns in English and in Welsh.

We are delighted that Alan Thomas will be our conductor and Deirdre Piper will accompany us on the organ. There will also be solo spots, including the Côr Alltudion Westminster, back by popular demand.

Please bring your Welsh Hymn Book, if you have one! View the programme here: St David’s Day Gymanfa 2015. Feel free to print a copy to bring with you.

As always, we invite you to participate in a friendly reception (Te bach) afterwards and we would be very grateful if you could bring some goodies to share.
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Close by the Sea: The Music from Celtic and Nordic Islands

Mary Muckle and her talented associates will present a concert on Sunday, March 1, at 8pm, St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 766 Somerset St. W.
Mary Muckle, harp & harpsichord
Virginia Dunsby, flute
Doug Brierley, violin
Julie Leduc, harp

With the Ottawa Youth Harp Ensemble and a special guest appearance by Cantorion Cerdd Dant.

Admission is by donation.

For further information, please contact mucklerice@rogers.com or 613-825-1379.
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OWS Lessons & Carols

Sunday, December 14, 2014
Where: Westminster Presbyterian Church
When: 3:00 pm

Alan Thomas will once again accompany on the organ and will reprise the pick-up choir from last year. Anyone who is  interested in joining this group should contact Bob Price at robertprice@magma.ca .

As always, the service will be followed by a Te bach. Donations of treats are always welcome: please drop them at the kitchen prior to the service.

We look forward to a large turnout to help us celebrate Christmas in the Welsh language.
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Noson Lawen & Supper

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Westminster Presbyterian Church
470 Roosevelt Ave.

Doors will open at 5.30p.m.
Dinner at 6.30p.m.

Adults $17.50, Children $5

Please phone or email your ticket orders to:

Wendy Wynne-Jones – 613-260-7763 or w.wynne-jones@sympatico.ca

This is a very popular event so order your tickets now! There will be no ticket sales at the door. The deadline for ordering tickets is Wednesday, November 19th, 2014.

If you feel inspired to join in the Noson Lawen in any way, please contact Alan Thomas at 613-829-2017 or e-mail at alan.thomas@sympatico.ca

We will also need some physical help – volunteers to help in the kitchen, setting up, taking down at the end (this is really important!!). Please let Wendy know if you can put your strength and skills at our disposal.
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Dylan Thomas: ‘Under Milk Wood’

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
University of Ottawa
Fauteux Building, Room 147B
7:30 pm

With the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas rapidly approaching, the Chair of Celtic Studies at the University of Ottawa in conjunction with the British Council (Cardiff and Toronto) are proud to announce that we have been given permission to screen the new film version of Under Milk Wood (Dylan Thomas’ famous radio play from 1954). Whereas the well-known film version from 1972 had Richard Burton in the leading role as the ‘voice’, this new version has Rhys Ifan, well-known for many roles in the last decade.

Free Entry. There are approximately 60 seats in the room, so it will be on a first come, first served basis.
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Awr Sgwrsio
Nos Lun, Hydref 6, 2014, Monday Evening, October 6, 2014

Bydd na Awr Sgwrsio, Nos Lun , Hydref 6, yn y Clock Tower, Bank St. am saith
o’r gloch. Os yr ydych yn bwriadu dod, buasai yn defnyddiol iawn os fedrwch
danfon nodyn i mi.

We will be having ‘Awr Sgwrsio’ at the Clock Tower Pub, 575 Bank Street,
Monday, October 6, at seven o’clock. If you are planning to come, it would
be very helpful if you could let me know.

AlisonLawson@rogers.com

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Pub Night and Quiz

at the Heart and Crown
67 Clarence Street

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
7:00 p.m.

Please join members of the executive for supper and/or drinks, starting at 7:00 p.m. in the “Old Kitchen”. No reservation necessary, just show up ready to share a pleasant evening with friends in the Ottawa Welsh Society. Our quiz master has promised to include some questions we can all have a go at!

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U of O Round Table – The Future of the Welsh Language

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 at 7 pm

Celtic Studies at the University of Ottawa is pleased to announce that Colin Williams from Cardiff University will be taking part in an informal round table at the University on Wednesday, 4th June at 7pm in the ARTS Building room 215. The round table will informally discuss the future of the Welsh language. As many will know already, Prof Colin Williams has been a central figure in Wales regarding language planning and the development of language policies. He is well-known internationally and is the author of many books on the subject of language promotion. He has taken the Canadian experience as a useful guide in the development and study of language.

All those interested in the future of Welsh are cordially invited to this informal meeting with Colin.

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Annual General Meeting and Quiz/Cyfarfod Blynyddol a Cwis 2014

Date: Tuesday May 20th/Mawrth Mai 20, 2014

Whispers Pub, 249 Richmond Road
Come and enjoy a meal with your friends at 5.30.
The meeting will commence at 7 p.m.
The committee has worked very hard over the past year on behalf of the Society.
Please come out to show your support for us!
If you are willing to serve on the committee, please
contact John Price at 613-724-3846 or e-mail at john.price@sympatico.ca.

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Concert – Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir

A SPRING CONCERT

With Steffan Jones, Welsh Baritone and Zoe Langlois, Soprano

Alan Thomas, Choir Director and Accompanist

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
7:00 PM

Westminster Presbyterian Church
470 Roosevelt Avenue

Admission: $15 Adults, $5 Students
Tickets Available from the Church Office/Choir Members/At the Door

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muckle 30 mar 14

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Gwledd Dydd Gwyl Dewi / St. David’s Day Banquet

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

We will once again have the pleasure of celebrating Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant/ St David’s Day with
a luncheon banquet in the gracious surroundings of the Royal Ottawa Golf Club.
Please join us to honor our patron saint while enjoying good fellowship and excellent food. We
will have the pleasure of an address by Sian Griffiths, a member of our society, daughter of Tal
and Shirley Griffiths and a journalist of international repute. She is sure to have some very interesting things to tell us.
This will be followed by a short recital by the renowned Stairwell Carollers Choir who will delight
us with a variety of madrigals and Welsh songs. For more information about this excellent
group, please visit their website at www.stairwellcarollers.com

Time: Reception 11:30 am – 12:20 pm, Lunch Banquet 12:30 pm
Venue: The Royal Ottawa Golf Club
1405 Aylmer Road, Gatineau, Quebec, J9H 7L2
Menu: This year we are offering a choice of chicken or vegetarian meal.
Cost: Early bird tickets $49 each, until February 15th, $55 each thereafter.
Dress code: Business casual – no jeans or cargo pants.

Forms will be sent out in the next Bwletin or you can print your own: Luncheon Reservation 2014

For more information contact:
Marilyn Jenkins, (613) 820-6687 or marilyn.e.jenkins@sympatico.ca

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St. David’s Day Gymanfa Ganu 2014

Date: Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
Time: 3:00 pm
Venue: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 470 Roosevelt Ave.

The conductor this year will be Marilyn Jenkins.

View the programme here: St David’s Day Gymanfa 2014. Feel free to print a copy to bring with you.

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National Anthem, Ottawa 67’s Game (Ottawa v.s. North Bay)

Ottawa Celtic Choir
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Where: Scotiabank Place
When: 2 pm
Cost: $22. Tickets available from Choir members, or by contacting ellen@laughingbrook.ca

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Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann Christmas Ceili

Ottawa Celtic Choir
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Where: 194 Fourth Avenue, Ottawa
When: Ceili starts at 8 pm
Cost: Members – $10, Non-Members – $15, Students – $5, Children under 12 years of age – free.

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OWS Lessons & Carols

Sunday, December 15, 2013
Where: Westminster Presbyterian Church
When: 3:00 pm ***NEW TIME***

We are trying a new time to appeal to more members. Please note in your planner: 3:00 p.m.

The location will be the same: Westminster Presbyterian. The event will be led by Rev. Neil Wallace and members of the OWS will read the various lessons in English, French or Welsh. Hymns have been selected by president John Price.

Alan Thomas will once again accompany on the organ and will reprise the pick-up choir from last year in a new carol: Jwdea. Anyone who is interested in joining this group should contact Bob Price at robertprice@magma.ca.

Also joining us again this year will be the lovely voices of the Power/Evans family.

As always, the service will be followed by a Te bach. Donations of treats are always welcome: please drop them at the kitchen prior to the service.

We look forward to a large turnout to help us celebrate Christmas in the Welsh language.

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Noson Lawen and Social Supper

Saturday, November 16th, 2013
Westminster Presbyterian Church
470 Roosevelt Ave. just south of Byron
Doors  open at 5:30 p.m. — Dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Adults $17.50, Children under 12 $5.00

Please phone or email your ticket orders to:

Wendy Wynne-Jones, 613-260-7763, w.wynne-jones@sympatico.ca

Deadline for ordering tickets is Thursday, November 14th

We need to know how much food to make! Please also let us know of any food issues/allergies

NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR

This is a very popular event, so DO order your tickets now!

AND

We will need people to take part in the Noson Lawen. Singing, playing an instrument, poetry reading, dancing, jokes, stories – all are welcome.  Please let Wendy know if you are interested in taking part in plenty of time, so we can set up an interesting programme for everyone!

AND

We will also need some physical help – volunteers to help in the kitchen, setting up, taking down at the end (this is really important!!).  Please let Wendy know if you can put your strength and skills at our disposal!

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Pub Night and Quiz

Tuesday, 15 October, 2013
Heart and Crown, in the “Peter Devine Room”
67 Clarence Street
7:00 p.m.

Please join members of the executive for supper and/or drinks, starting at 7:00 pm in the “Peter Devine Room”. No reservation necessary, just show up ready to share a pleasant evening with friends in the Ottawa Welsh community. Our gallant leader, John Price, is preparing a challenging QUIZ so come and enjoy the fun. If you don’t like driving downtown, why not come on the bus to the Rideau Centre – the pub is a five-minute walk from the back of The Bay.

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Awr Sgwrsio Monday, September 30th, Nos Lun, Medi 30fed

Mae’r haf yn mynd heibio ac bydd yn amser i ‘sgwrsio’ ‘n fuan. Dewch i’n
cynorthwyo i dafarn Y Clock Tower, Bank St., Nos Lun, Medi 30fed am saith o’r gloch.

We will be having ‘Awr Sgwrsio’ at the Clock Tower Pub, 575 Bank Street, Monday, September 30th at seven o’clock. Please join us.

Please contact Alison Lawson for more information – 613-725-2704 or e-mail at alisonlawson@rogers.com

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Pontarddulais Male Choir Concert

The Pontarddulais Male Choir will appear in Ottawa for one night only on Friday, September 6, 2013. Their concert will take place at City View United Church, 6 Epworth Avenue, Nepean starting at 7:30 p.m.

This award-winning choir was started in 1960 and has taken first place at the National Eisteddfod of Wales a record 15 times, and has also won the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod top prize twice. Their last visit to Ottawa was in 1977 and it will be lovely to hear them again. They sing a wide repertoire of songs and styles ranging from Welsh folk and sacred songs, to operatic choruses to modern show tunes.

** Concert Sold Out **

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Ottawa Welsh Summer Picnic Yr Haf
Dydd Sadwrn, Awst 10, 2013 / Saturday, August 10, 2013
4:00 i 8:00 y.h. / 4:00 to 8:00 pm

Ymunwch â ni am picnic Cymreigmwyaf difir y fflwyddyn

Please join us for the best Welsh summer picnic of the year.

16 Pretty Street, Stittsville,
K2S 1N3

Please bring something to barbecue for yourself, something to drink and a savoury dish/salad/dessert to share-if you can make a Welsh-themed dish, all the better-a prize will be awarded for the best Welsh dish. Feel free to bring alcoholic drinks, if you wish, but please consume responsibly. Please bring a garden chair. Plates, plastic cutlery and condiments will be provided.

Hosted by Laurie Jenkins and Rob Woods, and Ronnie and Patricia Pepper.
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COME ONE,  COME ALL to a NIGHT of MERRIMENT and CELEBRATION

Please join us for a festive get-together with a group of Welsh tourists visiting Ottawa

When: Friday, June 21st , 2013  at 8 to 10:00PM

Where: bar/restaurant -The National Hotel, 361 Queen St, Ottawa (formerly the Delta Hotel and Suites).  We will meet in the bar for drinks and conversation and hopefully a few rounds of Sosban fach.

Parking is available at the hotel ($7), a lot on the corner of Bay & Queen Sts, or at metered parking street-side.

We look forward to seeing you there.  Hwyl.
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Awr Sgwrsio

Dewch i gael sgwrs yn yr Awr Sgwrsio, Nos Lun, Mehefin 24, 2013 yn y Clock Tower, 575 Bank St. am saith o’r gloch. Cawn penderfynu bryd hynny os ‘rydym am cwrdd yn Gorffenaf.

Come for a chat in Welsh at ‘Awr Sgwrsio’ at the Clock Tower Pub, 575 Bank Street, Monday, June 24th, 2013 at seven o’clock. We will decide whether to meet in July when we see each other on Monday.
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Awr Sgwrsio

Annwyl Cyfeillion

Mae’n amser i ‘sgwrsio’ eto. Dewch i dafarn Y Clock Tower, Bank St., Nos
Lun, Mai 27fed am saith o’r gloch.

We will be having ‘Awr Sgwrsio’ at the Clock Tower Pub, 575 Bank Street,
Monday, May 27th. at seven o’clock.

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Annual General Meeting and Pub Night 2013
Cyfarfod Blynyddol a Noson Dafarn 2013

Tuesday May 14 / Nos Mawrth Mai 14
Whispers Pub, 249 Richmond Road

Come and enjoy a meal with your friends at 5:30.
The meeting will commence at 7 pm.

The committee has worked very hard over the past
year on behalf of the Society. Please come out to
show your support for us!

If you are willing to serve on the committee, please
contact John Price at 613-724-3846 or e-mail at
john.price@sympatico.ca

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Thurlough O’Carolan and the Italians
The Life and Times of an Irish Harper and his Italian Contemporaries
Marcello, Geminiani and Tartini

with Mary Muckle, harp & harpsichord; Kirsten Carlson, flute
Kelly Aminian & Kahlan Miron, harps and Doug Brierley, violin.

Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 7.30pm
St. Luke’s Anglican Church
760 Somerset St. W.

Tickets $12 general and $10 Seniors & Students are available at The Leading Note, 370 Elgin St.; The Folklore Centre, 1111 Bank St.; Granata Music,  1558 Merivale Rd. and at the door.

For further information see Events at http://www.mucklemusic.com/ or 613-825-1379

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Ceridwen’s Cauldron: An International Evening of Welsh Poetry
Pair Ceridwen: Noson Ryngwladol o Farddoniaeth Gymreig

Tuesday 5 March 2013
University of Ottawa
Room 509, Arts Building (70 Laurier St.)
7:30pm
Admission Free.

As part of this year’s St David’s Day celebrations, we are organizing an International Evening of Welsh Poetry which will showcase the vast range of modern Welsh poetry written in English, Welsh and Spanish. With the help of readers and translators we will show how Wales’ foremost art form knows no geographic or imagined boundaries, whether it is written or read in Wales or Argentina; Canada or Hungary.

Amongst those who will be speaking, reading and singing at this event will be:
Cantorion Cerdd Dant (who sing poems in cynghanedd)
Mélanie Courtemanche
Daniel E. Joseph Hernández
Agatha Schwartz
Asoka Weerasinghe (Poet-in-Residence at the Dylan Thomas Festival 2012, Swansea)
Students from the Celtic Studies program at the University of Ottawa will also take part.

Would you like to read a well-known Welsh poem, or just need more information? If so, contact: Pawl W. Birt at pwbirt@uottawa.ca or 613-562-5800  ext 3767.

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St David’s Day Gymanfa 2013

Date/Time: Sunday, March 3rd, 2013 at 3p.m.

Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 470 Roosevelt Ave.

Last year’s Gymanfa was a resounding success. Please join us again to sing some wonderful hymns in English and in Welsh.

We are delighted that Roy Morris will be our conductor this year, and Alan Thomas has generously agreed to accompany us on the organ.

Please bring your Welsh hymn book, if you have one.

We always have a friendly reception afterwards. Everyone is invited to contribute
something to nibble with their tea or coffee.

Please come and join us in this traditional Welsh choral celebration.

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St David’s Day Luncheon, Saturday 2 March 2013

We will once again have the pleasure of celebrating Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant/ St David’s Day with a luncheon banquet in the gracious surroundings of the Royal Ottawa Golf Club.

Please join us to honor our patron saint while enjoying good fellowship and excellent food. We will then have the pleasure of an address by Corin Robertson, Acting British High Commissioner to Canada.

This will be followed by a short recital by Chris Oliveira, a young tenor soloist with a great voice. He will be accompanied by Alan Thomas.

Time:

Reception 11:30 am – 12:20 pm
Lunch Banquet 12:30 pm

Venue: The Royal Ottawa Golf Club 1405 Aylmer Road, Gatineau, Quebec, J9H 7L2

Menu: This year we are offering a choice of chicken or vegetarian meal.

Cost: Early bird tickets $49 each, deadline February 16th, $55 each thereafter.

Dress code: Business casual – no jeans or cargo pants.

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St. David’s Day Reception
Please join us in celebrating St David, patron Saint of Wales and enjoy a taste of Wales.

Friday, March 1st, 2013
5.30p.m.-7.30p.m.
Cash Bar

Location:
British High Commission
80 Elgin Street
Ottawa K1P 5K7

RSVP to Wendy Wynne-Jones by
February 25th at: w.wynne-jones@sympatico.ca
or phone 613- 260-7763

Please Note:
•RSVP essential with your first and last name along with your organization
•This event has limited space; guest list will be allocated on a first-reply basis
•This invitation is non-transferable
•No parking is available on site

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MERCHED DEWI AND FRIENDS CONCERT

What a treat for the Welsh community in Ottawa!

Merched Dewi, the Welsh women’s choir attached to Dewi Sant Welsh United Church in Toronto, and their director, Betty Cullingworth, came to Ottawa at the end of May and  delighted a full house at Westminster Presbyterian Church with a wonderfully varied programme of Welsh music. They were joined for the occasion by four Ottawa `friends`, Maureen Carpenter, Jennifer Davies, Myfanwy Davies and Alison Lawson, who had sung with them on previous occasions in Toronto, Kingston and Wales.

After being welcomed by our President, Dr Pawl Birt, the choir proceeded to sing a programme of modern pieces, traditional folk songs, hymns and anthems, entirely in Welsh. It was enough to bring a tear of `hiraeth` to many eyes.

As if this wasn’t enough of a treat, the choir was joined by three talented soloists : John Griffiths, well known to Ottawa Welsh Society members for his wonderful singing, Carole Porterlance who sang two lovely songs in impeccable Welsh, and  Meriel Simpson ofToronto, who joined John in a  Welsh rendition of Panis Angelicus. The audience was also privileged to hear an instrumental trio, Mary Muckle(harp), Kirsten Carlson(flute and Loyda Lastra(flute) play a beautiful medley of Welsh folk tunes.

Alan Thomas accompanied throughout with his usual professional expertise.

All in all, it was a very special occasion for the Ottawa Welsh community. Many thanks to all the people who helped make the concert possible including the singers, soloists, Alan, Westminster Presbyterian Church, those responsible for providing the `te bach`, front of house volunteers, publicity people and anyone else I might have left out inadvertently.

Please come back toOttawasoon, Merched!

Alison Lawson

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FAGGOTS AND PEAS AND NOSON LAWEN October 23rd 2010.

The Faggots and Peas night is a very popular event among the Ottawa Welsh community and this year was no exception.  Over a hundred people gathered at Westminster Presbyterian Church to enjoy a delicious meal and to take part in the fun of a Noson Lawen.  John Griffiths’ faggots and peas were fantastic, the mushy peas and gravy prepared by Jean Howard were superb, and the potatoes, peeled and cooked by Myfanwy Davies and Gaye Brittle and mashed by Haleigh were a big hit.  The apple pie and ice cream provided by John Price was a perfect way to finish off the meal.

After the meal, we were all very proud to honour Stan Hughes, who was recently awarded the Order of Canada, with a special commemorative plaque presented by Dr. Pawl Birt.

We then enjoyed varied entertainment in the true spirit of a Noson Lawen. We were especially pleased to welcome the Ottawa Celtic Choir who sang two pieces in Welsh.  We finished off with a sing song of popular Welsh songs, ably accompanied by Alan Thomas who also MC’ed the event.

The committee would like to give a huge round of applause to everyone who helped to make this event such a success.  It wouldn’t be possible without the cooks and kitchen crew, the bar organiser and staff, the set up crew, the table layers, the hall decorators, the public address system techie, the servers, the raffle ticket sellers, the washer-uppers (these included the whole Bello family), the M.C., the ticket order taker, the treasurer and the door staff –a big THANK YOU to you all!

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St David’s Day/Gwyl Dewi Sant activities:

The Ottawa Welsh community celebrated St David’s Day/Gwyl Dewi Sant in style with a number of wonderful events.  The luncheon banquet, held on Saturday, February 27th, was acclaimed by all who attended as highly successful (see photographs below).  It was held in the gracious Royal Shawne, Elwyn, Alan, & MafanwyOttawa Golf Club, where a delicious meal was served of traditional leak and potato soup, roast lamb and a most artistically served dessert of mixed sorbets and meringue.  Our Master of Ceremonies, Myfanwy Davies, kept us entertained throughout the meal with greetings from various Welsh groups around the world, and in between, we all worked hard at answering a quiz on Wales, prepared by Myfanwy:  So, who is the Welsh author who writes stories about horse racing?

Our guest speaker, Dr Elwyn Griffiths, who was accompanied by his lovely wife, Carys, regaled us with a very entertaining account of ‘y Cymro oddi cartref,’ the travels of a Welshman over his lifetime away from home.  We were then entertained by a lovely  programme of songs sung by local soprano, Shawne Elizabeth, ably accompanied by our own Alan Thomas.  Shawne had taken the trouble to learn some songs in Welsh especially for this event and we all really appreciated her hard work.

Our annual Gymanfa Ganu was held on Sunday, February 28th at Westminster Presbyterian Church.  Alan Thomas led us through the hymns, encouraging us to sing our best.  The result was a very pleasing sound, especially when we sang a capella. Our accompanist on the organ, Deidre Piper, did a wonderful job of keeping up with Alan’s brisk tempo!  Our three soloist, John Griffiths, Shannon Mercer and Duncan Schuthe, delighted us with some beautiful songs and we are very grateful to them for taking part in  this event.  It was especially poignant for many of the long-standing members of the society when John and Shannon sang Bara Angylion Duw (Panis Angelicus) as a duet as we remember them doing this when Shannon was a young girl. We were very grateful to Reverend William Ball for officiating at the Gymanfa and for joining in the singing with gusto.

None of these events would have taken place without many hours of work and preparation by the committee – please accept our thanks.

The final event of this wonderful weekend of celebration was a reception on Monday, March 1st, at the British High Commission, co-hosted by Anthony Cary, British  High Commissioner, and the Wales North America Business Chamber.  It was attended by a wide range of people interested in Wales. Delicious cawl, Welsh cakes and bara brith, prepared by staff at the High Commission, was served.  It was a most enjoyable evening and the Ottawa Welsh Society is very grateful to the High Commission.

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