St. David's Day Dinner 2019
The 2019 St. David's Day Dinner was held on Monday 4th March - a slight departure from the actual date due to the availability of key Druids.
This year some 40 members and guests attended the event which, unlike the previous year, was not marred by a "beast from the East" and continued to its full scheduled completion without risk of inclement weather.
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The whole evening was impeccably organised again by the indefatiguable Bob Lloyd-Jones and various helpers.
The main bar was laid out in banquet-style for the event with every attention to detail for Welsh-themed decor.
Every attendee was greeted on arrival and invited to wear the traditional daffodil with the pride it deserves.
The evening kicked off with a welcome to the "top-table druids".
Bob Lloyd-Jones warned the attendees that there should be no "glortin'" - over the different fortunes of the ladies' and mens' Wales-England rugby matches.
Grace was duly said and it was then time for both Welsh and English National Anthems to be sung with all the enthusiasm expected of the nationally mixed attendees. No stone was left unturned and appropriate Welsh words were provided to ensure the singing of Land of My Fathers with true feeling!
Dinner was served - with a creamy smoked salmon leek and potato soup for starter; followed by a main of honey glazed roast leg of Welsh lamb and all the trimmings; and Monmouth pudding for dessert. All was prepared by Tim personally of course and efficiently served by Tracy and her staff.
A tasty selection of Welsh cheeses concluded the feast, complemented by Welsh cakes and coffee.
In keeping with tradition, Mike "Dafydd" Lewis kept us well entertained between courses with inputs from others as regards Welsh prose and song at various times.
Lynn Jenkins led the singing for a heart-felt rendering of Calon Lan.
Mike Lewis and Bob Lloyd-Jones performed a very witty sketch which was much enjoyed by all.
Then it was time for the "formal" after dinner session by the incomparable and irrepressible Mike Lewis - who was on splendid form, keeping everyone "in stitches" for a considerable time.
The evening concluded with John Devine leading the singing of "We'll keep a welcome in the hillside" followed by Eli Jenkins' Prayer.
Thanks were given to all who had made the evening possible. The massive personal contributions by Bob Lloyd-Jones and Mike Lewis really guarantee the continuing success of this event - one of the most enjoyable in the annual calendar. Let's hope it will keep going for years to come.