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Diary June 2016

Gwerinwyr Diary June 2016 by Sue Venn

Gwerinwyr  Gwent’s  bookings for 2016 started on 27th February, when our musicians with caller Ceri, provided a mini twmpath (in Welsh) at Big Pit, for adult Welsh learners from the Coleg Gwent campus at Ebbw Vale. This was an afternoon event, and in the evening the whole group travelled to Penallt  near Monmouth to run a fundraising twmpath for the National Eisteddfod.

Friday 18th March we were at Ponthir village hall at a charity fundraising evening hosted by the Cwmbran branch of the Soroptomists. We did a few dance displays then encouraged the audience to join us in some easy ceilidh dances. The ladies provided an excellent buffet and a good time was had by all.

The NGS open day at Llanover House on Sunday April 3rd was our next outing....this is an annual event for GG and one we always enjoy. Fortunately, the weather turned out much better than the forecast and stayed dry all afternoon with a wonderful amount being raised for various charities. We were again joined by the Lloyd family, and all 3 children now perform a display of Welsh clog dancing, which is lovely to watch.

The weekend of 6th-8th May saw at us the 27th Tredegar House Folk Festival. The sun shone and crowds of people turned up to enjoy the dancing, music, real ale and lovely atmosphere.  GG danced on Saturday, but many of the group are heavily involved with the festival so spent most of the weekend there. Alingsas dance group from Sweden provided the international element to the festival, and Welsh group Calan were the headline act from the main concert.

The following Wednesday, a small group went to Duffryn Junior school to show the children some Welsh dancing ‘in the flesh’. Welsh dancing is part of their curriculum this year, and they had so far only seen it on YouTube. It was a shame there was only limited time to use the school hall, so we could only get them to participate in one dance which they really seemed to enjoy.

On Wednesday 1st June, we travelled to Barry and the Amelia Trust Farm’s Spring Fair. Amelia Trust is a working farm set on 160 acres of countryside in the Vale of Glamorgan, providing an alternative education for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people. Volunteers, adults with learning difficulties on work placements, and members of the public also make up the daily community on the farm. The event was really well attended, and GG helped to make up part of the entertainment with our usual mix of dance displays and audience participation....this was enthusiastically enjoyed by many of the younger members of the audience. The farm has some lovely gardens, woodland trails, a cafe and animals to see...it is well worth a visit to support this worthwhile charity.

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