Nadolig Llawen, Merry Christmas

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i chi gyd.

Wishing all members of the Welsh Society of Western Australia a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Cofion cynnes, warm regards,

Hugh and Eluned


General News

It is with great sadness that the Welsh Society of WA advises the passing of our long-time member Mrs. Vera Sheppard. Vera and her family came to Western Australia from Pembrokeshire. Vera's family has, and is still making, a significant contribution to the Society's activities. 

Sincere condolences to Fred; Karen, the Society's Secretary; Joe, Kathryn, Alison and their families. 

New book by Welsh author

'On The Border' by Cari Davies

General News

A debut novel, "On The Border" by Cari Davies (real name Sheila Hawden) has been described by one reviewer as 'A love letter to the landscape of the Welsh heart". The author grew up on a farm in Montgomery, Powys, Wales which inspired her to write a tale about a young girl who struggles to decide whether to stay in the Wales she loves, or go over the border to try her luck.

"Megan Owen is a teenager torn between two opposing worlds - Wales and England. And between two opposing loves - Welsh wild boy Iolo, and sophisticated English Hugo. As she moves through adolescence to adulthood, she battles to choose where she really belongs, and with whom. Will it be the tempestuous 1950's farming and tradition in Wales? Or the glitzy promise of 1960's swinging London? Is it possible for love and female empowerment to co-exist in these times? Through heartache and drama Megan discovers there's no easy answer. Particularly when fate will keep interfering." 

Sheila's Welsh family, the community, the town of Montgomery, and Wales were the springboard for her imagination. Here is the link to describe it, with more reviews. https:/./ 

The novel is being published by Cambria books, Wales. You can either go to their website Cambria publishing, Wales to buy it. Or go to Amazon, America, and Australia. It is available in bookstores through Ingram.

If you read it and would like to write a review on Amazon kindle or Amazon, please do. Sheila has had a varied career as an actress, teacher, psychotherapist, and writer. She is married to actor/playwright and novelist Robin Hawden. She has two daughters, one lives in Bath, England, the other in Melbourne, has four aspiring grandchildren, and spends her time between England, and Australia where she is presently located due to Covid.

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Tracing Brian Evans

General News

The Welsh Society is trying to locate Brian Evans, originally from Nantgarw, in the Taff Valley, near Cardiff, who emigrated to Australia (initially Perth) in the early 1960s. Brian was recruited by the National Coal Board  as an apprentice electrician in the Nantgarw Colliery, later becoming responsible for the electrical installations underground. Brian will now be 79/80 years, and old friend Gareth Newman is trying to trace him. 

If anyone has any information about Brian please contact Hugh Bevan email:

Welsh Society of WA future events

General News

Saturday 17 July 2021 'Christmas in July' lunch, Stringy Bark Winery, Chittering, 12.00 pm for a 12.30pm start. $30.00 for members, $40.00 for non-members.

Saturday 18 August 2021 Social get-together, Scarborough Uniting Church hall, 121 Northstead St,Scarborough, 2.00 pm. Bring a plate, tea and coffee provided. Display of hobbies, collections, photographs etc.

Sunday 22 August 2021 (Welsh Free Church) Gymanfa Ganu or Hymn Singing Festival. Trinity Church, 72 St George's Tce, Perth WA 6000, 2.30 pm. Featuring the Perth Male Voice Choir. Free entry and everyone welcome. A free will offering will be taken with proceeds going to the UCIC 'Homeless people of Perth' project

Saturday 25 September 2021 Brunch, Secret Garden Cafe, 64 Angelo St, South Perth, 11.00 am. Late breakfast, morning cuppa, or lunch, and a chat

Saturday 30 October 2021 Bus tour of the Swan Valley, visiting some local attractions and sampling their produce.

Saturday 21 November 2021 Social get-together at the Duke Bar and Bistro, Carramar WA, from 12.00 pm onwards. Call in for a drink or lunch and a chat. 

Saturday 11 December 2021 Christmas Party / Lunch, uniting Church hall, 121 Northstead St, Scarborough.

For further information contact or phone (08) 9402 1628

Christmas in July Lunch, Saturday 17th July, 12.00 pm for 12.30 pm start

Stringy Bark Winery, Chittering WA 6084

General News

The Welsh Society of WA will hold a 'Christmas in July' lunch on Saturday 17th July 2021, 12.00 pm for a 12.30 pm start, at the Stringy Bark Winery, 2060 Chittering Rd, Chittering WA 6084. Traditional Christmas lunch, and choice of dessert. Alternative menu options, or special dietary requirements available. $30.00 for members and $40.00 for non-members, $15.00 for children. Order and pay for your own drinks at the bar, wine tasting also available.

Further information, booking, menu selections, and payment required by 8th July, to or phone (08) 94021628.

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