GWERINWYR GWENT WELSH FOLK DANCERS
Gwerinwyr Diary March 2020 by Sue Venn
A steady start to this year’s bookings, our first on the 14th January when we travelled to St Augustine’s church hall in Pontllanfraith to give our Welsh culture evening to the ladies of the WI. This was only for an hour and mainly consisted of GG demonstrating dances and the ladies joining in with a few easy ceilidh dances. These evenings can be tailored to fit the audience with more, or, less audience participation and longer or fewer talks about costume, Lady Llanover, the culture of Wales etc.
On the 10th February our services were requested by Goytre and Penperlleni WI. As a relatively newly formed group, these ladies were somewhat younger, and joined in enthusiastically, so there was more dancing and much less talking that night!
Later in the month we were back on home turf as the ladies of Rogerstone Roses WI fancied a ceilidh at their meeting on the 25th February. A lot of dancing was done and much fun was had that that evening.
We are really popular with the WI this year, and the 12th March saw us travel to Gilwern as the ladies there were keen to share our Welsh culture evening on their first meeting after St David’s Day. Barbara Griffiths had a variety of Welsh topics ready to talk about in case the ladies didn’t want to take part in any dancing because of hand holding and coronavirus fears. But actually they were keen to be involved and danced 5 dances. We finished the evening with refreshments including home- made Welsh cakes and bara brith....lovely
Our next booking was due to be the Llanover open gardens day on the 22nd March, but with the double-whammy of coronavirus and the sodden ground in the field used for parking, the owner Mrs Murray had already decided to postpone to the 2nd August before the PM’s announcement.
Of course since then Covid-19 restrictions have overtaken us and what looked like being a busy year will probably turn out to be our quietest. Our big local annual event, the Tredegar House Folk Festival, has become a casualty of the virus and the 31st festival will now take place over the weekend of 7th to 9th May 2021. Fortunately most of the main concert artists are available next year so the festival will have almost the same great line-up as this year. For details visit the website tredegarhousefestival.org.uk where you can also watch the winner and two runners–up of the inaugural songwriting competition.
Gwerinwyr Gwent is always seeking new members, and beginners or experienced dancers/musicians are very welcome. Practice night is (will be) Thursday 8-10pm at the Graig Community Hall (opposite the Ruperra PH).
For more details visit our website www.gwerinwyrgwent.org.uk, ring 01495 271953, or just come along and give it a try.