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Diary Nov 2019

Gwerinwyr Diary November 2019 by Sue Venn

 

On Monday 7th October GG was in St Mellons village hall at the invitation of the ladies of St Mellons WI. They had booked our evening of Welsh culture, which can be tailored to suit our audience but usually comprises a short talk on costume and Lady Llanover, demonstration dances and some easy audience participation dances. This time Barbara Griffiths had also promised them her boxes quiz, so we squeezed that in as well. The ladies really enjoyed the evening, joining in with gusto, and we later received a very nice ‘thank you’ letter.

 

The following Saturday (the 12th), we were running a twmpath as a 70th birthday celebration at Lysaght’s Institute in Newport. For many of the people attending  it was their first twmpath, and I have to say that most people joined in enthusiastically, especially the birthday girl! I think I can safely say a good time was had by all, and for the final dance of the evening (Circassian Circle) only one person in the whole room (a young man) refused to take to the dance floor.

 

This year the Welsh Folk Dance Society celebrated its 70th anniversary over the weekend of the 25/26th October, and GG joined the massed dancing in the atrium of St Fagan’s National Museum of History. The weather was awful on the Saturday but fortunately the dancing had always been planned to be in the atrium and not outside. Welsh folk dance teams from all over Wales had travelled to Cardiff for the weekend, and their costumes made a colourful display. The atrium is a very nice performance space, and many museum visitors chose to watch us dance and even joined in when invited. The music was played by a brilliant band made up of musicians from Tawerin and other teams, we danced solidly for an hour, then went for a cuppa!

 

November 21st was our final booking of the year and saw us return to Risca and the U3A’s monthly social meeting. Our dance displays were interspersed with Barbara’s Welsh places survey (this gives us a breather and the audience something to think about), plus a couple of audience participation dances. The audience then gets to pick their favourite place from those named in the survey, and this time the winner was Tenby.  We always have a good afternoon at the U3A, and as we keep being invited back, I’m pretty sure they really enjoy it too.

2019 has been one of our busiest years with 18 bookings, and we start all over again in January with  eight bookings already confirmed for 2020.

Gwerinwyr Gwent is always seeking new members, and beginners or experienced dancers/musicians are very welcome. Practice night is 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.