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Diary Nov 2018

Gwerinwyr Diary November 2018 by Sue Venn

While most of the team were dancing in the rain in Stroud on 22nd September (Nov/Dec issue), a couple of our members were in the rain in Caldicot at a mini-twmpath for Ysgol Gwmraeg Y Ffin, who were celebrating their 10th birthday. The age of participants ranged from 4 to 84....never too old! (see photo).

On Friday 19th October GG paid a return visit to the Stow Park Church Centre to provide an evening’s entertainment for Newport Welsh Society. Barbara Griffiths, although recovering from a hip replacement, had put together a survey to find the most popular place in Wales. GG members went through the alphabet with a brief description of Welsh places, and the audience then got to choose their favourite (St Davids was the winner in case you were wondering). In between there was plenty of music and dancing with chances for audience participation. The evening finished with a lovely buffet.

Now for something different......on Sunday 11th November, the 6 available dancers plus musicians Olly and Mike travelled to a blustery Cardiff Bay to be filmed outside the Millennium Centre, along with many other acts, for the opening credits on the Welsh auditions of the next series of Britain’s Got Talent. Regular readers may remember that in 2013 GG was filmed for the opening credits of the X Factor – and shown for all of two seconds. I wonder how long we will get this time, or if we even make it to the screen!

Passing Welsh culture and dancing onto future generations is of prime importance to GG, so in 1981 we worked with primary schools from the former county of Gwent, enabling many schools to set up 'after school clubs' where hundreds/thousands of children have danced and enjoyed Welsh culture throughout the years. When some of these children became adults they even joined GG (bringing the average age of the members down considerably!!!)  As well as schools, we invite any other children’s organisations who meet on a weekly basis to join Gwyl Plant Gwent (translated: Gwent's children's festival). We have retired members who are always willing to give a helping hand to get you started.

Gwyl Plant festivals for 2019 are:- 

Newport:

Newport  Sports Village

Saturday  15th June

10-12pm

Cwmbran:

Cwmbran Square

Saturday  22nd June

10-12pm                  

Abergavenny:

Abergavenny Castle

Saturday  29th June

11-1pm 

Mini Gwyl Plant:

Tredegar House Folk Festival    

Saturday  11th  May

11-12pm

If you are interested please ring 01633 892697 for further details.

Come and join in with the children and parents, or if you prefer just come and watch.

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.