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.
Black Mountains
Performed by Bryn Terfel
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January 7, 2019
6.30 pm
Bay Village, Vamo Road, Sarasota,
generously hosted by Muriel Patram
The New Year began with a Committee Meeting of the Officers in order to make
plans for the year ahead.  Apologies for absence from Sandra and David Rees and
Meryl and Bill Fell.

All plans for the up and coming Gymanfa Ganu and Annual Meeting are now in
place and this promises to be an exciting event with wonderful food and music so
come along and sing for Wales!

Arrangements are also well underway for our March 1st Banquet in celebration of
St David's Day.  Another event not to be missed.

There will be some changes to the Board with Amy Ferrell retiring as President
and Pam Edmunds assuming the Offfice.  Meg Larrabee will be the new
Treasurer.  Thanks to all who volunteer their valuable time to make this Society
the success it is.
Order of Events:
10.30 am:  Doors Open
11.00 am - 12.15 am:  Gymanfa Ganu (Singing)
1.00 pm:  Luncheon
1.30 pm:  Annual Meeting of the Gulf Coast St David's
      Welsh Society
Saturday, January 26, 2019

Palmer Ranch, Sarasota
What a wonderful time we had at our Gymanfa
Ganu/Annual Meeting last Saturday.  We had 57
people attend enjoying great food and a wonderful
What initially started as a seed of an idea has
quickly grown into one of our most prestigious
events to be enjoyed by all for years to come.
The 35th Annual
Friday, March 1, 2019
Honouring St David, Patron Saint of Wales
was held at
The Laural Oak Golf & Country Club
The sumptuous Menu consisted of:
Aberystwyth Leek Soup, Caernarfon Salad and Snowdonia Rolls

Your Choice of:
Harlech Roast Beef Tips, Porthcawl Corvina (fish) or
Vegetarian Pasta Primavera a la Cardiff

Llandudno Llimoncello
St David's Tea, Colwyn Bay Coffee
We were Entertained by:

Visiting students and teachers from
Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun
A Welsh Medium school in the Cynon Valley in the village of Penywaun,
Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales.

Special Guest will be Dr Megan Williams, Publisher and Editor of The
Ninnau, North America's Welsh newspaper and Executive secretary of the
North American Welsh Association, sponsor of the North American Festival
of Wales held every Labor Day weekend for 90 years.
Our Canadian guests singing their National Anthem
Born in Wales or Welsh Speakers singing the Welsh National Anthem
General view of our guests at the Banqueting Room
Chuck, Ria, Kathy, Roy, David J, Eleanor and friend
Amy, Rhianon & Megan (our speaker)
Rhianon will be celebrating her 100th Birthday next month!
David, Lance & Pat Disley, Pat H, Sioux & Jim Hurley with friends
Philip Jones, Bonny & Al DiFiore, Dorothy, Pat & Rhianon Hardy,
Richard, Maureen Jones
New President Pam, outgoing President Amy and Megan
Guests enjoying the school choir visiting from the
Rhondda Valley, South Wales
We sang Welsh hymns and songs for
over an hour, led by Dr. John Garrison.  
Mona Garrison accompanied us and the
three Garrison children, Kira, Johnny and
James, sang to us in Welsh!
Following our singing and a delicious lunch at The Glenridge, The
Gulf Coast St. David's Welsh Society Annual Meeting was held.  
The new slate of officers was approved: Pamela Edmunds from
Venice, president; Renny Lloyd Prhys from Winter Park,
Vice-President; John Garrison from Port Charlotte, Secretary and
Song Leader; Meg Larrabee from Sarasota, Treasurer; Maureen
and Phil Jones from Osprey, Corresponding Secretaries; Bob
Griffiths from Sarasota, Chaplain; Susan Lewis from Naples,
Banquet accompanist.  Outgoing president, Amy Ferrell, Sarasota,
now becomes a Trustee along with other past presidents, Meryl
Fell, David and Sandra Rees, and founder and Lifetime Trustee,
Don Hughes.
Eulogies were read for Stuart Blood, Ann Triggle, Bill Yewdall, Geraint
Jones, James Reid, and Jane Pettengill.

Program:  Renny Lloyd Prhys explained the tradition of St. Dwynwen
whose day was observed in Wales on January 25; and Anna Bedford
entertained us with a Welsh Folk Tale, "Mules Ears".  
A summary of 2018 activities was read and preview given for
2019, the foremost being the 35th annual St. David's Day
celebration March 1.  

Amy thanked everyone for the lovely flowers presented to her
as she retires from the position of President which she has held
since 2013.
The month of February is always busy as we finalise preparations for the St David's Day Banquet.  
This includes the printing of the evening's programme, updating information and poster boards
reflecting the new Officers as well as organising music and 'who does what' on the night!  Thanks to
everyone for volunteering their time to make the Banquet the success that it is.
Booker High School
Performing Arts
Spring Production
'Children of Eden'

April 11, 2019
Dinner 5.30 pm  :  Show 7 pm
Tickets:  $18
Catered Dinner:  $10
(Advance purchase only)
Pat & Rhianon's
Wedding Day 1961
Rhianon (right) with her cousin
Rhian, aged 4, with
Mother & Father
Aged 98 years
Aged 99 years
Board of Officers 1993
Rhianon (front row, 2nd from left)
Can anyone else spot themselves here
August 6, 1999
Rhianon with husband Pat
Rhianon -
Always smiling
Such an elegant couple
Rhianon (left) with Muriel (centre) and
the late Clara Edmunds
Best friends forever
The Early Years
Bardd Rhianon Plas Ucha
St David's Day Banquet 1996
Surprise! Surprise!
Rhianon's 99th Birthday
Renny raising a toast to Rhianon
Pam, President, far left
Pat and Rhianon (foreground)
Cathy, Brian and Clive (background)
I spy Don in the back (far left)
Amy, Pat & Rhianon
100th Birthday
Last Saturday, many members and friends, including
two from Wales who made the journey especially for
Rhianon's birthday, gathered at the Red Lobster
Restaurant to enjoy a wonderful celebration marking 100
years of her remarkable life.

Rhianon was delighted to receive a birthday greeting
from HRH Queen Elizabeth II from Buckingham Palace
as well as a video poem created especially for her by
the Archdruid in Wales in honour of her Bardic status.  
This was organised by Renny, Vice President.  Pam
was able to get the birthday cake decorated with an
edible copy of a photograph of the Welsh flag and the
room was beautifully decorated with lots of balloons.

The effort made by everyone to make this such a
memorable occasion shows what high esteem in which
Rhianon is held.  She is so well loved amongst
members of this society as well as by other friends and
neighbours and her popularity is evident by the many
flowers, cards and gifts she received.

Congratulations, Rhianon, on 100 years of a life well led.
Truly an example to us all
Rhianon Hardy
Aged 100 Years
April 6th, 2019
Rhianon was born in 1919 in the little village of Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr, North Wales.  She was brought up on Botegir Farm by her
parents, Edward Evans Jones and Margaret Jones where she enjoyed a loving childhood.  After leaving Botegir, the family lived for
many years at Plas Ucha Farm, Whitford, Flintshire.  They were faithful members of the Calvinistic Methodist Mostyn Chapel.  
Rhianon attended Howells Girls School in Denbigh before commencing her nursing training at the Chester Royal Infirmary.  During
the second World War, Rhianon used her nursing expertise as a volunteer for the British Red Cross.

She moved to London in 1953 to take up employment as a Midwife at the City of London Maternity Hospital in Charing Cross.  
While working there she met a young man, Patrick Hardy, who worked as a Physical Therapist at St Alphege’s Hospital,
Greenwich.  Love blossomed and she and Pat married in the Catholic Church in Denbigh in 1961.  The walls of the church adjoin
Denbigh Castle as well as the home of a gentleman, John Rowlands.  Mr Rowlands later changed his name to Stanley and you will
recognise the famous statement uttered by Henry Morton Stanley –
Dr Livingstone, I presume!

As a couple Pat and Rhianon travelled widely, firstly to Ghana, West Africa where Rhianon worked as a Clinical Nurse for the United
Africa Company, Accra.  Next they moved to Califonia then Canada for 6 years before finally settling down at Siesta Key Florida in
1969 where they have remained, spending the past 42 years at the same home.

Wherever Rhianon and Pat lived, they have always been avid supporters of Wales and the Welsh language.  In acknowledgement of
Rhianon’s continued contribution to Wales, she was initiated in 1999 into the Bardic Circle at the Eisteddfod in Llangefni, Anglesey.  
Her Bardic name is
RHIANON PLAS UCHA.  Prior to that, in 1991 she was honoured as Leader of the society 'Wales and the
' (Cymru a'r Byd) on the stage at the National Eisteddfod in Mold (Yr Wyddgrug).   In 1974 she was a founding member of the
St Petersburg Welsh Society, Florida which prompted her, and several others, to form a Welsh Society in Sarasota.  Thus, the Gulf
Coast St David’s Welsh Society was born and Rhianon has remained active since its beginnings, holding the position of
Corresponding Secretary for 18 years.

In 2017 Rhianon donated a silver cup to the Cerrigydrudion Community Centre, Corwen, Denbighshire.  The cup was won by
Rhianon’s father in 1919 for his award winning cattle.  Both Pat and Rhianon take pleasure in that the cup has
‘travelled the world
but is now back home’

Rhianon is a remarkable woman who has lead an exceptional life but has remained modest and unpretentious throughout.  She is
always eager to advise and help those following in her footsteps and we feel blessed to have her sharing her wealth of knowledge
with us.  Mostly, Rhianon is our friend.

Happy 100th Birthday Rhianon
2011 Banquet.  
Bryn Yemm made
Rhianon Queen
for the evening
First of the Season
Sunday Brunch
New Menu
Turtle's Restaurant
On Little Sarasota Bay
8875 Midnight Pass Road
Sarasota, FL 34242

Sunday, May 19, 2019
A good time was had by all
The Glenridge
May 27, 2019
Join us to honour these young
cadets, two of whom were
Embry-Riddle developed two air fields - Carlstrom and Dorr - near
Arcadia, Florida to train pilots before the US entered World War II.
Many Royal Air Force cadets attended basic training at these two
facilities as well as more advanced training at the air field in Clewiston.
Twenty-three cadets died during training - some in flight and others in
vehicular accidents and are buried at Arcadia's Oak Ridge Cemetery
along with a monument for John Paul Riddle in a plot purchased by the
British government. Every year since 1957, the Arcadia Rotary Club
holds a commemoration ceremony on Memorial Day.
Thomas Parry -
Leading Aircraftman, 1653096. Royal
Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age 20.
Son of Henry William and Gwladys M.
Parry, of Blaengarw, Glamorgan, Wales.
Lot 13. Block U. Grave 5.

British Cadet training at Riddle Field,
Clewiston, killed when his plane
crashed near Buckingham Field
(northeast of Fort Myers, near Tice).

Funeral held on January 16 1944 with
Rev. Milton H. Wyatt officiating.
Alfred Lloyd -
Leading Aircraftman, 1418101.
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Age 19. Son of Mr. and Mrs. James
Lloyd, of New Radnor, Radnorshire,
Wales. Lot 11. Block U. Grave 3.

He was a British Cadet at Carlstrom
Field who drowned in a "dunking
escapade" in a swimming pool.
"Dunking" was the accepted
procedure in swimming pools after a
cadet "soloed" by four of his
classmates. The four classmates are
said to have decided that Lloyd
should be thrown into the pool in
recognition of his having reached
"solo" status. The four boys
recovered Lloyd when he failed to
return to the surface and
administered artificial respiration
without success.
Civil and Military rites were
administered by Rev. Brunton of the
Episcopal Church of Bradenton.
After the service we took a step back in time and gathered at
Mary Margaret's Tea & Biscuit Restaurant for a snack or
meal.  Later, we browsed Historic Arcadia Town with its
quaint antique shops and soaked up the atmosphere of this
unique old Florida town
Laying our wreaths
Lunch at Mary Margaret's
Olwen Hughes-Pool, OBE
It is with great sadness we inform you of Olwen's passing yesterday (May 24), a dear friend and member of this
society.  She had suffered greatly over the past couple of years but had been caringly looked after by her devoted
husband, Geoffrey.

Olwen was not only an extremely talented fine artist and painter but a truly remarkable and caring human being.  
Her loss will be greatly felt amongst all her friends but she will remain a shining star in our hearts forever.

Condolences to Geoffrey at this sad time.
(A formal Obituary and funeral details will be published when they are available)
75 Anniversary
Throughout summer 2019, Normandy will celebrate the
75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy
with due splendor and emotion. A rich and unprecedented
programme of events will be put together to bring the
memory of this tragic period of world history to life, all
while emphasizing the spirit of hope. The anniversary will
be commemorated with military parades, firework displays,
airdrops, giant picnics, concerts and military camp
On 6 June 1944 and during the long summer that followed,
men from all over the world came to fight in Normandy to
defeat Nazism and re-establish freedom. Normandy will bear
the scars of this moment in history for ever and every year
we remember and pay tribute to the veterans from America,
Britain, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Norway,
Poland and Australia, along with their brothers in arms,
those many heroes who lost their lives here during that
summer of 1944.
Sand Sculpture on a beach in Normandy
Normandy Landings
Rendre hommage aux déchus
The Sarasota Welsh Society, along with
the rest of the World, pay hommage to
those brave men and women who gave
their lives for our freedom and to the
Veterans who remind us of the futility of war.
75 Anniversaire
June 10, 2019
6.30 pm
Bay Village, Vamo Road, Sarasota,
generously hosted by Muriel Patram
Eleven members attended the meeting along with
two more via audio link.  This was the second
meeting conducted by our new president, Pam
Edmunds which proved to be very productive,
planning events for the remainder of this year and
into the next.  Keep checking this site often to see
up and coming events.
Children and guests singing
More than 70 guests attended the St David's Day Banquet at the Laurel Oaks
Country Club in Sarasota.  The Social Hour before dinner gave people the
opportunity to mingle and rekindle friendships while welcoming new guests to
the event.

David Rees was the MC for the evening, which he did with his usual good
humour and kept the evening 'ticking over'.

After dinner, guests enjoyed joining in with some Welsh singing and listening
the 38 Welsh school children visiting from Aberdare, South Wales.  Their
leader, Kevin Davies, explained about schools run through the medium of
Welsh before the teens enjoyed homemade cookies.

Megan Williams gave an interesting talk about the Welsh newspaper Ninnau
and about the North American Festival which is heald over the Labor Day
weekend each year.

The new Board of Officers was announced and Pam presented Amy with a
beautiful loveknot pendant on her retirement as Present, a position she has
held since 2013.
Alex, Anne, Bob, David, Colin, Kate & Carol
John leading the singing
Bob preparing to give the
Students enjoying cookies
Megan Williams
Guest Speaker
Pam, right, presenting
Amy with pendant
Mr Kevin Davies
Rhianon & Pat
Margaret & Evan
Vivienne & Larry
Ronnie & Don
Jim & Jackie
Dor & Bob
David & Sharon
Amy & Bob
Meryl & Bill
Roy & Kathy
Marjorie, Sue & Carol
Kathy, pretty as a
picture in pink.
Glenys & Tom
Thirty members and friends had an enjoyable afternoon at the
Paradise Grill, Nikomis where we gathered for our monthly
summer Sunday Brunch.  We arrived at the venue to
foot-tapping music and a classic car event featuring some
amazing automobiles from days past.

After the meal, Don Hughes welcomed everyone and
entertained us with some of his jokes.  Maureen handed out
copies of the magazine 'Yr Enfys' which Meryl had brought
from Wales as well as copies of the scientific magazine
'Advance' donated by Pat and Rhianon.

It was wonderful to meet a number of people who joined us for
the first time and we hope to see them again at future events.  
As always, we had a delightful afternoon with congenial
company and look forward to the next gathering.
We love hats!
always elegant
at age 100.