Slideshow of
Annual Meeting 2017
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 21, 2017
Annual Meeting and Gymanfa Ganu
The Garrison Family
Our Gymanfa Ganu and Annual Meeting have proved to be a great
success and this year was no exception.  Attended by almost 50
people comprising of members, guests and children, it was a
delightful event which is growing from strength to strength each year.  
A full account, with photographs, will be posted shortly so keep
visiting this site for more information.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
St David's Day Banquet
March 1st was a beautiful evening in a lovely venue with delicious food and good spirits.  Our music led by
Susan Lewis accompanied by Karen Buckwalter on harp and piano was professional and enthusiastic.  
Karen even taught us about the harp.  It had such a lovely sound!

What a delight it was to honor Rhianon and Pat Hardy for their 32 years of faithful membership in our
Welsh Society, including for many years hosting meetings and parties in their home, and Rhianon's 18
years as our Corresponding Secretary!  David Rees was our Master of Ceremonies.  He and Don Hughes
together reminded all of us about the Hardys' years of dedication and enthusiasm and the honors Rhianon
has received.  It was fun seeing photos from her childhood, their early years together, and from receiving
those honors in Wales as part of the slide show Bill Fell prepared and ran.

Long time Sarasota Welsh members and participants Bruce MacGregor, Arleen Williams, Bernie Walker,
Marvin Whitley, Melvin Pugh and Beverly Dunham were memorialized and remembered with their photos
and names and dates in our prayers and printed program.

To those of you who were not able to attend our celebration on that special evening, you were missed.  
Let Amy know if you would like a copy of the program.

We extend warm congratulations to our sister Welsh Society to the north:  The Suncoast St. David's
Welsh Society, St. Petersburg/Clearwater is celebrating its 90th year!  That's right, they were founded in
1927! Amy Ferrell, Meryl and Bill Fell joined their celebration on Sunday at their St. David's dinner party
and extended greetings and congratulations to them from all of us.
The Meadows Country Club
Events 2016
The Glenridge
Spring Theater Party
Booker High School
This year's production by the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Booker was
Fiddler on the Roof
About 20 members and guests from our Society attended this first rate
performance by these talented young people.  Before the show, we enjoyed a light,
early evening meal catered by Carrabbas of Sarasota.
The students delivered a fantastic performance.  Their acting, singing and dancing
was wonderful.  So much taIent yet so young.  I'm sure there's a bright future
awaiting these young people.
If this sort of event appeals to you, please let us know by emailing
April 20, 2017
Click on the link below to view the
slideshow of our luncheon and
meeting, then scroll down to see
all the photographs.
Committee Meeting
On Monday, April 17, 2017 at 6.30 pm the Board of Directors gathered at Savannah Grand, Beneva Road,
Sarasota for a Committee Meeting

Members are always welcome to attend our Committee Meetings.  It's your Society so we would value your input
and any suggestions for up and coming events which might appeal to you.

Some of the topics we discussed included summer social events, for instance our popular Sunday Brunches as
well as decisions on the Annual Picnic and the 2018 St David's Day Banquet.

It was decided to kick off the summer season with a Brunch at Turtles on Little Sarasota Bay and, as both Amy
and Meg would be away, Meryl and Bill would take names and organise that particular event.  Hope many
people will be interested and give some input into further events.
Honoring Pat and Rhianon Hardy
MAY 21, 2017
We had a great turn-out for the first Sunday Brunch of the season
with more than 40 people attending, some for the first time.  We
decked out the restaurant with Welsh flags and daffodil table
decorations.  The newcomers were particularly interested in the
photograph boards we put up showing the Society's past events
so this will become a standard for future gatherings.  Everyone
agreed enthusiastically that these events are a great way to
socialise and promote our Welsh heritage and look forward to
continuing them well into the future.
MAY 21, 2017
We had a great turn-out for the first Sunday Brunch of the
season with more than 40 people attending, some for the first
time.  We decked out the restaurant with Welsh flags and daffodil
table decorations.  The newcomers were particularly interested
in the photograph boards we put up showing the Society's past
events so this will become a standard for future gatherings.  
Everyone agreed enthusiastically that these events are a great
way to socialise and promote our Welsh heritage and look
forward to continuing them well into the future.
May 29, 2017
Proprietors: Dennis Tyson
& Bruce Neveau
Mary Margaret's Tea Room
Embry-Riddle developed two air fields, Carlstrom and Dorr, near Arcadia, Florida to train pilots before the
United States 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.  They 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.

It's a good idea to bring along an umbrella (for the sun) and a folding chair.  There is covered seating
available but on a first come first served basis.  This is always a particularly beautiful service with many
British Societies taking part.

After the service, we enjoyed a meal at Mary Margaret's Tea and Biscuit Restaurant in downtown Arcadia.  If
you loved Downton Abbey then you will enjoy the ambience of this restaurant with it's antique decor and being
greeted by gentlemen in top hat and tails.  All in all, a moving service and an enjoyable after service event.
During the month of February, Amy and Don worked extensively on
our By-Laws.  Updates to this important document will ensure that
our Society will continue to grow, reflecting current needs and times.
Trust Muriel to travel in
style in her Murielmobile!!
Turtles on Little Sarasota Bay

Again, we had more than 40 members and guests attending the June Brunch and it was
great to welcome our regular participants as well as some first timers.  Delicious food,
reasonably priced and including an exotic Mimosa or Bloody Mary drink.

Singing is always a highlight and today was no different.  Amy led the singing and
everyone participated in full voice.  A very enjoyable time was had by all, as can be
seen by all those smiling faces.
Emily serving tea and coffee
at the Croeso Lounge
Meryl & Bill meeting Bryan (centre)
at the Cymru A'r Byd Booth
Sculptures on the Maes
Left:  Pam (Clara's Daughter) with Clara
Pam and Clara at the Orlando
Gymanfa Ganu
Clara helping out at our
Annual Picnic
Carol and Clara at Turtles Sunday Brunch
Clara (front, wearing a straw hat) at the
Venice St Patrick's Day Parade 200
Our Three Nonnegenarians:
Rhianon, Muriel and Clara
Bob, flanked by Clara and Pam at our
Sunday Brunch
Pam and Clara at Red Lobster for the first
Annual Meeting at a restaurant in 2012
Beckham's is a British restaurant serving an extensive menu
including the best Fish and Chips this side of the Atlantic. For those
of you who are gluten intolerant, they also offer a substantial Gluten
Free menu.

This month saw the largest number of people attending (almost 50)
for this event which is growing in popularity
If you have a favourite restaurant you think our Group would
enjoy for our Sunday Brunches, please email your
suggestion to
End of Summer/Welcome Fall
Sunday Brunch
October 1, 2017
My Ticket
This month we had a change of venue for our Sunday Brunch and
decided to go along to the Red Lobster on Tamiami Trail.  Again we
had a wonderful turn-out in the private room at the restaurant where we
sang the Welsh songs with gusto without disturbing other diners.  It
seems the restaurants enjoy our rendering of Welsh tunes :)!  Don
Hughes entertained us with a talk and picture board.
Some of us were lucky enough to attend the National
Eisteddfod in North Wales during the month of
August.  The atmosphere on the 'Maes' was
phenomenal with the warmth and 'hwyl' only the Welsh
know.    Here are some photographs on the Maes.
Singing the National Anthem in Welsh
Committee Meeting
On October 16th, the Officers of the Board, as
well as guests, gathered at Muriel's home to
discuss the up-and-coming Annual Picnic as
well as to plan new events for the Thanksgiving
and Christmas  seasons.  Also, it's never too
early to plan for the St David's Day Banquet on
March 1, 2018.  We had a very lively meeting
with some great ideas from those present so
watch this site as we post events when dates
are finalised.  Thanks to Muriel for providing us
with snacks and refreshments.
(Present but not shown, Ronnie and Meryl)
Sandra and Muriel
Bob, always smiling
Don feeling thirsty
David saying 'Iechyd Da'
Bill sporting his Welsh sweater
Jackie and Jim
Amy, Pam and Renny
The month of August began with sad news when we heard of
the passing of a much loved mother, grandmother and friend
who, for many years, was a very active member of our Society.

Clara Eleanor Edmunds
August 23, 1923 - August 8, 2017

Clara's Memorial Service will take place on:
January 13, 2018 at 11.00 am
St Mark's Episcopal Church
513 Nassau Street
South Venice, Fl 34285

Please enjoy this photographic tribute to the lady whose smile
would brighten the darkest day
Lots of Games last year
Plenty of Good Food
The adorable Garrison

Bean Bag Throw
French Boules
Hula Hoops
Skipping Ropes
Colouring Pictures and Crayons
Just sit back and relax with good food
and company

B.A. (Honours) in Natural Sciences
(Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour)
King's College
University of Cambridge, UK

Taylor is currently a technical associate at the
McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT.  
She plans to pursue graduate study in
neuroscience.  We wish her every success in
the future
In June, two of our Scholarship
Recipients graduated  from

Special Congratulations
Muriel Patram
who celebrated her 97th Birthday
September 28, 2017

I think she's enjoyed every minute of her
week long celebrations
It's Time!  Will Eleanor
be Fashionably Late?
Saying, "I Do"
What a beautiful bride.
Some of the stylish Family and Guests
The Kiss
If the Royals can do it, so can
Eleanor and David
The Happy Couple
Does the shoe fit?
David J Rees and Eleanor Crossley

On September 23, 2017 David and Eleanor exchanged
vows and became husband and wife.

In this troubled world isn't it wonderful to witness such
joy and happiness.  
We wish them a long and happy future together
Let's celebrate this couple's special day

(Thank you Eleanor and David for giving us permission
to publish your photographs

Double Honours in French & Spanish
Swansea University, Wales

Emily is a former recipient of our Scholarship
Fund so it's good to see her progress in
achieving her Degree and hope that our
contribution was of some help towards her

Emily has been offered a Post-Graduate place
at Swansea University to study Translation and
Interpretation and we wish her every success in
her future academic studies
It seems that September is the month for big celebrations for some of our members.  Not only did
our dear friend Muriel enjoy her 97th birthday but, being the dynamic person she is, began
preparations to move to a new home in Sarasota.  We all admire her spirit.

Another big celebration this month was the marriage of Eleanor and David who 'tied the knot'.  
We were all excited to hear the news and showered them with congratulations when they
attended their next Sunday Brunch
David, Laureen & Sharon
Sandra with Friend
Darleen & Friend placing their order
with Laureen
Chuck and MJ
Pam and Rhianon
Pat pulling faces, LOL
Pat, Bill & Judy
Eleanor,& Friends
Penny & Rea
Meg & Herb
David J with Friends
Ken, Maureen & Philip
Bonny, Al & Patricia
Bob & Amy
Muriel, Dorothy & daughter Pat
Jim & Jackie
On November 29th, 30 people gathered at the Paradise Grill,
Nokomis to celebrate the conclusion of Thanksgiving week
enjoying dining, singing and good company.  David Lynn-Jones
and Linda Mercurio had birthdays in November so we
celebrated by singing Happy Birthday to them both.
The British Club of Sarasota celebrated their Christmas Dinner on
December 9, 2017 at the Heritage Country Club.  Nine of our members
attended and you only have to look at their expressions to see what a good
time was had by all.  
Merry Christmas Everyone
On December 7th several of our members supported the local Marines' project Toys for
Tots by bringing toys to The Ringling for such a worthwhile cause.  Some met by the
Circus Museum then toured the Ca d 'Zan, the beautifully decorated Ringling Mansion.