Since its foundation over 70 years ago, the Welsh Society of Hull & East Yorkshire has acted as a focal point for people with hiraeth, living or working in the area connected with or interested in Wales and things Welsh. Members of the Society represent many walks of life and their ages range from the young to the not so young!
The Society was largely dormant for the past two years due to the covid pandemic but we resumed our meetings and other activities in September 2022.
There are sufficient Welsh speakers in the Society to cater for anyone who wants to practice their Welsh, although the majority are not Welsh speaking. Please do not be put off if you are not Welsh - there are many long standing and valued members who are English, Scottish, Irish, etc.
Society meetings are usually held in the afternoon on the third Friday of each month from September to May at the Mark Kirby Hall in Cottingham (HU6 4DB) with extra gatherings at special times of the year. These are, in the main, social occasions, although we do attempt to broaden our education from time to time. Guests, non-members and visitors to the area are always most welcome.
The annual St David's Day Dinner is one of the high spots of the Society's programme.
Another high spot is the Male Voice Choir Concert which we organise every few years, the proceeds of which are donated to a local charity. The last one in May 2017, with Côr y Penrhyn (one of Wales' oldest male voice choirs based in the slate quarrying village of Bethesda in North Wales) at Toll Gavel United Church in Beverley, raised £1,000 in aid of Age UK East Riding.
If you are interested in joining us, why not come along to a few of our meetings and see what you think. Membership is free for the first year, thereafter it is a modest £15 per annum.
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