St.David's Day Night
Friday 4th March 2022
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The eagerly anticipated sell-out St. David's Day Night (after 2 years delay due to the pandemic) was held at the Club on Friday, 4th March 2022 in the newly appointed Edwardian Lounge in order to celebrate "everything Welsh". It is normally regarded as one off the best "fun nights" of the year and it didn't disappoint.
The event was attended by 49 members and guests - which included a very welcome attendance by several ladies this time.
Thanks to David Trewin for producing the detailed table plan which also serves as an aide-memoire to record who was there and to the the Social Committee in organising the various documents, flags and various Welsh items to add to the atmosphere of the evening.
The attendees enjoyed welcoming chats in the main bar before being called into the Edwardian Lounge to commence the proceedings. The "Order of Service", Menu and amusing selection of available wines and spirits may be seen in the below.
President Rob Hill was welcomed together with "Main Druid" Bob Lloyd Jones. President Rob thanked everyone for attending and then handed over to the accustomed master of ceremonies Mike"Dafydd" Lewis.
A one minute silence was called in remembrance of previous attendees who had sadly passed away. Grace was said by Clive Bowen-Davies and then the National Anthems were sung (with appropriate phonetic pronunciations provided of course to enable the Welsh Anthem to be sung with great gusto!) .. followed by the usual toasts.
The meal was then served with copious amounts of everything and of fine quality - how does Tim manage to do this time after time? Courses of Leek and Stilton Soup, Roast Leg of Lamb, Welsh Cheeses and a welcome variety of mixed fruits were served by Tracey and her ladies - a formidable task with the amounts of plates, accessories and trimmings on the tables.
In between courses, the incomparable Mike Lewis entertained us with his own inimitable style of humour and observations on Society as well as introducing various contributions from others who related passages and songs relevant to the Welsh theme. The humour was much appreciated by those present.
President Rob Hill and Paul Thatcher led the audience in a "Welsh adaption"of the well known "Is this the way to Amarillo" and subsequently President Rob enthusiastically related the "Ballad of IDWAL Slabs".
The evening was concluded by communal singing of "We'll Keep a Welcome in the Hillside". President Rob wished everyone a safe journey home and thanked all those who had made the evening possible.
Special thanks were extended again to Mike Lewis - who is the highlight of every Welsh night, to Tim for the excellent food and for everyone on the Social Committee for organising the evening.
It was a very successful evening which left a lot of smiling faces.