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I recently received the following email:


The Cardiff University Welsh for Adults Centre has been teaching the Welsh language, one of Europe’s oldest written languages, for over 30 years. Interest in the Welsh language is on the increase, with more and more people wanting to learn every year. Cardiff University’s Welsh for Adults Centre now wishes to provide the opportunity to learn Welsh to people in more countries.


Strategic Marketing, an independent market research company, is working with Cardiff University to assess the potential demand for an online Welsh language course, and how that course should be structured in order to meet the needs of interested learners.


Your society has contact with people who potentially have a reason to want to learn Welsh. We have set up a link to a short online survey and we would be very grateful if you could assist us by making this link available to your members/contacts. A number of similar societies in various countries around the world have expressed their support to do this.




Respondents to the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win a place on Cardiff University's 2012 Welsh summer course, including accommodation.


We would very much appreciate your support as it will allow us to determine whether there is sufficient demand outside of Wales for an online Welsh course (we stress that we are not selling anything but are conducting research).


We will be in touch again shortly to discuss next steps.


Many thanks


Anthony Lydall


Strategic Marketing


Tel: +44 (0)29 2025 2132



St David's Evensong

The Welsh Free Church and St George's Cathederal are jointly holding a Festal Evensong Service in Celebration of St David at 5pm on Sunday 27 February 2011 at St George’s Cathedral, Perth.

To view the poster please click on this link.


An Evening Service of Prayer, Music, Readings, and Hymns, to celebrate St David, Patron of Wales.

The Preacher is the Reverend Jeremy James.
The nationally-renowned Choir of St George’s Cathedral sings:

Responses         Thomas Tomkins      (of St David’s, Pembrokeshire)

Evening Service   William Mathias     (of Whitland, Carmarthenshire)

Let the People Praise thee O God      William Mathias

We sing great Welsh hymn-tunes, including Hyfrydol, Blaenwern, and Cwm Rhondda. Hymns in English and in Welsh.

The Organists plays Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes by Ralph Vaughan Williams.



Can anyone help?

I recently received the following email.  If anyone can help, please let me know & I will forward you Sue's contact details.




I am on holiday in Kallaroo, Perth over the Christmas period and I have promised to look up or contact either Mrs Gladys Jones or any relatives that she might have, on behalf of my cousin's son, her late husbands g/nephew.

I am a member of the Powys Family History Society , but together with my cousin's son, have failed to find out any info. about Gladys, who would probably be over 80 yrs old (if she is still alive). Her last known address was 28 Teranch Road (probably Teranca Road), Greenfields, Manduran.(I think Mandurah) A letter to her at the (probably wrong ) address,was returned unopened.  

Gladys's late husband was named Ronald Jones ,who was the son of Thomas Jones who was born near Llangammarch Wells in Breconshire.   

Many thanks in advance for any possible help you can give me. Although not a direct relative, I feel that the W.A.Welsh Society might be my only hope of finding anything about Gladys. 

Best wishes and a Merry Christmas to everyone in the W.A. Welsh Society, 

Sue Snook

Vale Owen Williams

Owen WilliamsIt is with great sadness that the Welsh community in WA records the death of Owen Williams, one of its prime leaders over the past quarter century. He was the long-time Treasurer of the Welsh Free Church and past President of the Welsh Society. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him and we extend our heartfelt sympathy to his wife Mavis and family.



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