Since its foundation 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.
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. However, a recent innovation is the Paned a Sgwrs (cuppa and chat) which is hosted by Julie Milne on specified Fridays from 10.30am to 12.30pm and enables the Welsh speakers and learners, at whatever level, to get together on a regular basis to speak in Welsh.
Meetings are normally held at 7.30pm, usually on the 3rd Friday of each month from September to May at the Beverley Conservative Club (Wylies Road, Beverley HU17 7AP) 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.
The annual St David's Day Dinner is one of the highspots of the Society's programme.
Another highspot 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, which was our contribution to Hull, City of Culture 2017 as well as celebrating our 70th anniversary.
If you are interested in joining us, why not come along to a few of our meetings and see what you think. Guests, non-members and visitors to the area are always most welcome. Membership is free for the first year, thereafter it is a modest £15 per annum.
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