St.David's Day Dinner 2020
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The St.David's Day Dinner and celebration of all things Welsh was held this year on Monday 2nd March 2020.
As usual, the attendance was excellent for what is often thought of as the most entertaining night on the Club's Social Calendar.
The evening was brought to us courtesy of Bob Lloyd-Jones who, as usual, had done a superb job of organising the whole event and even presented all attendees with their own daffodil to wear with pride.
Bob welcomed everyone to what promised to be a most entertaining night, led as usual by various interjections. most notably from the master of mirth Mike "Dafydd" Lewis.
He regretted that neither President Rob Hill nor Vice President Robin Morrison were able to attend but the Committee management was ably represented by immediate Past President Brian Arch who attended the top table of the Chief Druids.
The full "order of service" and menu can be seen on the images. Special attention should be paid to the fine and revised selection of wines and bottled water as referenced on the image above together with appropriate disclaimers!
.... and then Land of my Fathers sung with great gusto in Welsh by all nationalities with considerable help from the phonetic pronunciations as provided!
National Anthems were sung, firstly the English National Anthem without prompting .....
It was sad to record that there had been so many usual attendees who had been taken ill and could not be with us.
More particularly, one minute's silence was observed for those who had passed away in the last 12 months - especially mindful of Arwyn Thomas, who contributed to these occasions for many years.
Following Grace, dinner was served:
Leek and Stilton Soup with bread; Roast Leg of Lamb with all the trimmings ; Welsh Apple dessert; a selection of Welsh cheeses; welsh cakes and coffee.
As usual, Tim did a magnificent job preparing the dinner in both quality and quantity - which was efficiently served by Tracey and a most friendly group of helpers.
The toast "to the Queen" was proposed and at various times, readings and song were provided between courses with humorous anecdotes from Mike Lewis.
After dinner, it was time for the highlight of the night's entertainment.
This year, Bob Lloyd-Jones and Mike Lewis entertained us with a most humorous comedy sketch which was followed by a classic Mike Lewis solo "stand-up session".
Mike, always great value to any evening, surpassed himself with a lengthy quick fire of jokes, life observations and an impressive new repertoire of various tales which had the appreciative audience "in stitches".
John Devine, in fine voice sang all 0f Calon Lan, We'll Keep a Welcome in the Hillside and Eli Jenkins' Prayer.
Bob Lloyd-Jones brought the proceedings to an end by thanking all who had made the evening possible - Tim and Tracey and helpers for the catering, Jem Norris for the set up and the various contributors.
The legendary contribution from Mike "Dafydd" Lewis is, and will continue to be, the highlight of the evening, coupled with the masterly and complex organisation provided by Bob himself.
Bob and Mike, may you continue to provide this excellent event for years to come.