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Gwerinwyr Diary May 2017by Sue Venn


GG’s first booking of 2017 was on 27th January at Duffryn Junior School. This was a return visit with the same format as last year i.e. we demonstrate a few dances, then get the children to join in with a couple of easy ceilidh dances. The children were very well behaved and joined in enthusiastically. Our caller for this booking, and the next, was Barbara Griffiths, an ex junior school headmistress, who through years of experience has the knack of keeping children involved and interested.

That knack came in very handy because on 3rd March we travelled to Abergavenny for an evening booking at the King’s Head PH. The large back room had been booked by Ysgol  Gymraeg Y Fenni  PTA for a St David’s Day twmpath (ceilidh). We demonstrated some dances in the rather confined space, but most of the evening was given over to the parents and children dancing together with Barbara calling, plus the school’s choir sang a couple of songs to entertain us all.

The 2nd April brought our annual visit to Llanover and the NGS open gardens scheme, where Elizabeth and Ross Murray open their beautiful grounds to the public for charity. The weather the weekend before had been glorious, so we wondered if it could possibly be good two weeks running. Well, we were in luck, it was fine and quite sunny which brought the crowds fact around 450 people visited the gardens that day. We performed two 45 minute spots with a break in between for tea and cake which is provided by the ladies of Llanover church. The gardens looked lovely as always, with swathes of daffodils and the magnolia trees out in bloom.

By the time this edition of the diary is published, the Tredegar House Folk Festival will have come and gone. We always look forward to taking part, with the opportunity it gives of watching many different types of dance groups, especially visiting international teams with their colourful costumes and lively dancing. Visitors this year include Matenik from the Czech Republic, a group of school children from a small village in Latvia and a Hungarian group from London. The Latvian village was the birthplace of Andy Taurins, Honorary Latvian Consul for Wales, and he maintains strong links with the school and community, supporting them whenever possible. So it was through him that their visit was arranged.

Gwerinwyr Gwent would love to recruit some new dancers, especially men! Welsh dance steps are basic and few, it is just the patterns of the dances that need to be learned. We would also be very pleased to encourage extra musicians to join our little band. Practice night is Thursday 8-10pm at the Graig Community Hall, Bassaleg (opposite the Ruperra Arms). Either  just come along, ring 01495 271953 for more details or check out our website or Facebook page.