We'll Keep a Welcome
Far away a voice is calling,
Bells from memory chime
Come home again, come home again,
They call through the oceans of time.
We'll keep a welcome in the hillside.
We'll keep a welcome in the Vales
This land you knew will still be singing
When you come home again to Wales.
This land of song will keep a welcome
And with a love that never fails,
Well kiss away each hour of hiraeth
When you come home again to Wales.
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JANUARY - IONAWR
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GYMANFA GANU &
took place on
January 20, 2018
11.00 am Gymanfa Ganu
Directed by Dr John Garrison
1.00 pm Catered Luncheon
Following the luncheon, the
held its Annual Meeting
|Our Welsh Society Annual luncheon meeting
today was preceded by over an hour of singing
beautiful Welsh hymns and songs.
Our group ranged in age from 9 to 98, and we
had a lovely time. Most of us don't speak Welsh
but John Garrison is a patient teacher and he
keeps trying to teach us the pronunciation, but
we sing far more lustily when we switch to
Amy took a photo of our group singing today, Bob
in front, has learned all the Welsh music and
Lunch at Glenridge was delicious, too. Let's hope
that more of you in the Sarasota area will join us
next year, or even earlier when we celebrate St.
David's Day on March 1!
Bob (Centre Front)
FEBRUARY - CHWEFROR
|Even with a short Annual Meeting we
accomplished a lot. We welcomed new
officers Maureen and Phil Jones as
Corresponding Secretaries while expressing
thanks to David J Rees for his years of
secretarial service. Meg succeeds him
We heard beautiful memorials for Eudora,
Martha, and Clara by Bob Griffiths, our
Chaplain, and passed the by-laws changes we
submitted to the membership which Don
Hughes and Amy Ferrell worked on.
We had a great time singing, thanks to John
and Mona, as well as socializing and eating.
February 1, 2018
Bay Village, Vamo Road
|Everyone is welcome to attend any of our Committee Meetings as members or guests of members. We
need your thoughts on activities you may enjoy so we can arrange events and future activities.
Today's meeting was focusing on the St David's Day Banquet regarding menu and entertainment. The
venue for the Banquet is The Laurel Oaks, Sarasota. A recent article in the Herald Tribute featured
the chefs there. Please read their article, you'll be impressed:
Chefs at Laurel Oaks
MARCH - MAWRTH
|ST DAVID'S DAY
MARCH 1, 2018
This year's St David's Day Banquet, which took place at the Laurel Oaks
Country Club, Sarasota, was a resounding success. We began the festivities
with a Social Hour, giving everyone a chance to chat and meet up with friends
before settling down for the meal.
It was an early start for all the volunteers who came along to help set up by
hanging the banner and flags, organising the projector for the slideshow,
distributing programmes and arranging the table decorations. The serving
staff entered into the spirit of things by wearing Welsh costumes, even if worn
in an unconventional way! I think Rico has done this before!!
Amy Ferrell, our President, opened the evening with a welcome to
everyone in English, followed by Meryl Fell in the Welsh language.
We sang the Welsh, American and Canadian national anthems with
Susan Lewis at the Piano and John Garrison leading the singing.
Our Master of Ceremonies was David Rees who, as always, did a
grand job of coordinating the evening with his usual humour.
After the Invocation by Bob Griffiths, our Chaplain, and the reading
of the Memorials, we commenced dinner. This was our first year at
Laurel Oaks and everyone agreed the venue and the food was
exemplary. We hope we can make this a regular location for
ensuing events with our Society.
After dinner the new Board of Officers was announced. Most have
previously served in various capacities but we welcomed Maureen &
Philip Jones as new members to the Board as corresponding
secretaries, taking over from Meg Larrabee who became Secretary on
David J Rees' retirement from that position. We thanked David J for
his conscientious commitment to the task over the last few years.
David Rees, Scholarship Fund Chair, then announced the 2018
recipient for the Scholarship Award, Hannah Kate Yeo, who will be
studying Medical Engineering. David gave a glowing account of
Hannah's application describing it as a 'model' for what is expected
from future applicants when considering applying for this
Much to the delight of Don Hughes, who has been an avid fan of
Prince Madog for as long as we've all known him, our speaker for the
evening was Barrie Doyle, author of a trilogy of books about Prince
Madog and the ?myth of the Welsh speaking Indians. He was
introduced by Mary Lou Guy who recommended him after hearing
him speak at another event.
The evening was rounded off by some Welsh singing finishing with
'We'll Keep a Welcome'. The benediction was delivered by Bob
Griffiths before everyone departed for home.
It is fair to say that the entire evening was a success - an evening of
fun, fellowship and song which only the Welsh can do and the
feeling of hiraeth and hwyl that will live in our hearts for as long as
Vice President and, most importantly,
celebrating her birthday on
St David's Day.
|Roy & Kathy Deakin
Kathy said she wore yellow to represent
the daffodil, the national flower of Wales.
We think she looks blooming beautiful!
|Hannah Kate Yeo
2018 Recipient Scholarship Award
Look how much we've done over the years!
Barrie Doyle speaking about Prince Madog
From Left to Right the new Board of Officers:
Meryl Fell, Sandra Rees, Meg Larrabee, Amy Ferrell, Renny Prhys,
John Garrison, Maureen Jones, Philip Jones, Don Hughes, David Rees.
Pam Edmunds, Susan Lewis and Bob Griffiths.
|Richard and Marge exchanging
pleasantries with David and
Amy in the background.
|We have many more photographs of the Banquet from various people so
we are preparing a slideshow which we'll publish under our Photos page.
Keep a look out, coming shortly .....
Don, engrossed in the story of Prince Madog
April 6, 2018
|The beautiful auditorium at Booker High School
Visual and Performing Arts Acadamy
Prince William and Kate on the birth of
your baby boy, a brother to Prince
George and Princess Charlotte and
born, no less, on St George's Day.
|Pat & Rhianon's
Wedding Day 1961
Rhianon, Y Bardd
Rhianon (right) with her cousin
|Rhian, aged 4, with
Mother & Father
Rhianon, 2nd from left, front row
We arranged a surprise party for
Rhianon's in the private room at Red
Lobster. About 25 people attended
and it was wonderful to see the look on
their faces as they walked into the
room and saw us all as we sang Happy
|Photographs of Harry and
Meghan visiting Cardiff
Photos courtesy of Town & Country
It's a Royal Engagement
MAY - MAI
Wow! What talent we have with these
students at Booker High School. They
delivered a phenomenal performance of Hello
Dolly with superb singing and dancing and
entertained the entire theatre with their
Prior to the performance we enjoyed a meal
prepared by the restaurant Pier 22. These
shows by students in the Sarasota area are
always a delight and we are continually in
awe of their first rate performances, often
every bit as good as Broadway, NY or the West
End in London.
On May 19th, twenty two members enjoyed celebrating the marriage of Prince Harry to
Meghan Markle at the beautiful home of Susan Eltonhead who kindly offered to host
the event. The ladies looked splendid dressing up for the occasion wearing hats and
fascinators. Richard Capes wore a top hat and Bill Fell a Welsh 'Dai' cap.
We enjoyed tea out of dainty little cups and a feast of delicious food which everyone
made a contribution towards. We toasted the newlyweds with some bubbly and all
agreed it was a wonderful afternoon in celebration of a beautiful couple and we wish
them a lifetime of happiness.
|Ria Prowling. Sue, our Host, in the
background making tea
Roy & Kathy Deakins
|Richard wearing Top Hat, Bill in
'Dai' cap and John in the
|Sue, our Hostess with the
Ken, Pat & Bonny
|Don, Bill, The Queen
& Prince Philip!
Dorothy & Muriel
Bob & Dor
Pat, Bonny & Al
APRIL - EBRILL
|First, it's the Engagement in November then,
the Marriage ...
|WEDDING OF HRH PRINCE HENRY (HARRY)
AND RACHEL MEGHAN MARKLE
MAY 19, 2018
ST GEORGE'S CHAPEL AT WINDSOR CASTLE
Mary Margaret's Tea & Biscuit Restaurant
Our Welsh Society Wreath
Renny, Linda & Carol
Foreground: (L-R) Meg & Her, Anne's back!
Background: (L-R) Judy, Muriel, Bob, Dor
Rear: (L-R) Roy & Kathy
Foreground: (L-R) John & Sue
Left:: John & Sue
Right: Jackie & Jim
Our first Sunday Brunch was, again, a resounding
success with a large crowd attending. As usual, the
food was good and members and guests enjoyed the
camaraderie of meeting friends old and new.
This may be a quieter time of year, but we intent to
continue these popular brunches throughout the
Summer. So, look out for future dates when we
hope to see you to share with us the Hwyl!
Left: Rhianon, Pat, Amy
Right: Grace, Dorothy, Bob
Front to Back:
L: Georgette, Ann, Herb (taking photo), Meg
R: Dor, Bob, Muriel, Judy
Wilda & Bill
|MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE
May 28, 2018
Oak Ridge Cemetery (British Section)
This service honours the British airmen
who lost their lives while training in
South Florida during World War II
Storm Alberto, predicted to hit Sarasota over Memorial Day weekend, disrupted many
events planned for Memorial Day, but it didn't stop the commemorative service from
going ahead in Arcadia. Five members of our Society attended and placed two wreaths,
one from our Society and the other representing the Suncoast Welsh Society of St
Members of the various British/Celtic organizations and some family members from
abroad attended to pay respects to the memory of the young British men who came to
southwest Florida to learn to fly for the RAF (with violent war going on at home they
could not train in Britain). Those who died during training, and their instructor, were
buried at Arcadia. At least three were Welsh, others Scots but most came from England.
Afterwards we enjoyed a delicious meal at Mary Margaret's quaint Victorian Tea Room in
the antique district of Arcadia.
|The British Flag, the Union Jack
at half mast
Muriel and Pam inspecting one of the
old planes retrieved from the wreckage
Photographs of the wrecked planes
At Mary Margaret's Tea Room
From left to right:
Pam, Bob, Amy, Sue (standing), Muriel
Presenting the Wreaths:
Bob & Amy (St Pete wreath, left)
Muriel & Pam (our Society's wreath, right)
|FIRST OF THE SUMMER
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Pat & Rhianon
Dorothy & Grace
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Isn't he a funny little
Pam with Wilda & Bill
Front to Back:
L: Norma, Linda, Mike
R: Donna, Kate, Ann