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Gwerinwyr Diary August 2016 by Sue Venn

On 25th June, GG took part in Gwyl  Ifan’s  40th anniversary in Cardiff. This year the event was held in the city centre in the morning, and moved to St Fagans in the afternoon. Dance teams from Brittany, The Netherlands, France, Cornwall, and all over Wales, took part.  We have been told that this will be the last Gwyl  Ifan in its current format, so we await what 2017 brings.

Coincidentally, GG is also celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, so we are arranging a couple of special events to mark the occasion. One will be a party evening at the Graig Community Hall and the second is a murder mystery weekend  away in December.

Llancaiach Fawr was the setting for our next booking. Coleg Gwent’s Ebbw Vale campus was holding an end of year function for their adult Welsh learners, and we were asked to provide a mini twmpath to round off the evening. We were able to participate in the tour of the house and a hog roast before starting our display dances and the twmpath...with all the calling in Welsh of course. All in all a very enjoyable evening.

On the afternoon of Sat 9th July, following the last of the four Gwyl Plant weekends that had taken place in Abergavenny that morning, we were once again at Henllys village fete. The weather wasn’t looking too promising and had rained in the morning, meaning Gwyl Plant that should have taken place in the lovely grounds of Abergavenny castle, had to be switched to inside the leisure centre. But miraculously, as the opening time of 2pm approached, the rain cleared away , and by 4 o’clock we were dancing in the sunshine. The change in the weather encouraged people to turn out and make the fete a success after a slow start.

The 2016 National Eisteddfod was held on our home turf at Abergavenny, so GG was there on the first Saturday (30th July) with a 45 minute display at midday to entertain the crowds at the food village. Fortunately the weather was kind, unlike later in the week, and we were much in demand for photos while walking around the site....people can’t resist the ladies’ tall hats! Later in the afternoon we were in the Ty Gwerin yurt to watch the mini Gwyl Plant and see GG stalwart Barbara Griffiths be presented with an award from the Eisteddfod  dance committee for her 40 years’ work with Gwyl Plant Gwent....which she was instrumental in setting up.

Gwerinwyr Gwent is always looking for new members, and beginners or experienced dancers or musicians are very welcome.

We meet on Thursdays from 8 to 10pm at the Graig Community Hall, Bassaleg,  NP10 8LG (opposite the Ruperra PH).  Just come along, or ring 01495 271953 for more details. Visit our website: www.gwerinwyrgwent.org.uk