Vale John Roberts

General News

John Roberts, a Life Member of the The Welsh Society of WA, sadly passed away in July 2018. John made a very large contribution to the Society until he moved to Queensland to live with his daughter and her family in recent years. He was made a Life Member in recognition of his contribution over many years, and in later times he was returning officer and chaired the Annual General meetings. John was a successful entrant in the Welsh Society’s literary competitions on a number of occasions.

He was, for many years, the Society’s correspondent to the Wales based magazine, Yr Enfys, which is distributed to Welsh Societies and Welsh people in many countries throughout the world. John had numerous articles published, reporting on the activities of the Society in Perth. 

His last contribution to the Society, at the age of 90, was to give a talk to members about his early life. John was born in Ruthin, in North Wales in 1924. He did not speak English until he was seven years old, because his parents spoke only Welsh. School was difficult at first because lessons were conducted in English, but eventually he became fluent in the spoken and written word in both languages. He partly taught himself to read English by reading comics.

John trained as a toolmaker but when the Second World War came he was called up and joined the army. His role in liaising with the French Resistance included being parachuted into France, before being wounded and discharged. After the war John married his childhood sweetheart and eventually became a policeman. He had a successful career, but decided, with his wife, to migrate to Australia, first to Melbourne, then to Perth for the better weather, driving across the Nullarbor towing a caravan. They ran a successful restaurant business in Perth.

John was also a member of The Welsh Free Church in Perth for many years, and became its President in 2002.

A Memorial service for John will be held by The Welsh Free Church on Sunday 28th October 2018 at 3.00 pm in Trinity Church, 72 St Georges Terrace, Perth. 

NEWYDDION –Awst 2018 NEWSLETTER – August 2018

General News

The August 2018 newsletter can be found here.  It has stories about coming events including our Bus trip to Lake Leschenaultia and John Forrest National Park, and our November brunch. It also has sad news about the passing of two of our members, Bert Whitney and life member John Roberts.  A memorial service for John will be held by the Welsh Free Church on Sunday 28th October at in Trinity Church, 72 St Georges Tce Perth. 

Elan Catrin Parry

General News

Dave Parry has written to the Welsh Society of WA to tell us about his daughter, Elan Catrin Parry  who is a 15 year old Welsh speaking schoolgirl from Wrexham, North Wales. Elan has just released her first studio album of traditional songs recorded in both Welsh and English. Dave would like Welsh people around the globe to become familiar with her music now, and as it progresses, and feels sure that many of our members will relate to her voice and her story, and feedback from them would be welcomed.

Elan's songs can be listened to on Spotify or downloaded on both iTunes and Amazon so the support of Welsh people around the world would be greatly appreciated.


General News

GYMANFA GANU or HYMN SINGING FESTIVAL will be held on Sunday, August 26 2018 at Trinity Church, 72 St Georges Tce, Perth at 2.30pm.  Leader Rev. Wilf Pearce. Guest Derek Sloan. Organist Rob Jackson. Enquiries Pat Roberts 9364 9342. The Welsh Free Church welcomes everyone to attend. Free entry, but offerings will be donated to a charitable cause.Enjoy a cuppa and cakes after.

NEWYDDION –Mehefin 2018 NEWSLETTER –June 2018

General News

The June 2018 newsletter can be found here.  It contains information on our new committee following our AGM & luncheon on 19 May.  It also provides information on upcoming activities including Christmas in July and other events.


General News

We have now decided on a venue for the Society's St. David's Day celebration, and have booked Lunch at The Old Fig Tree restaurant, 55 Benara Rd, Caversham, in the Swan Valley at 12.00 pm on Saturday 24th February.  We will be seated in their newly renovated 'Valencia Room' which has a pleasant ambience and effective air-conditioning! It will be a set menu, with Roast Lamb and baby vegetables as the main course, and a choice of entree and dessert. The cost of the meal is $45 per person. Drinks are additional, which you can order and pay for individually. The cost of the meal for paid up members will be $25,with the Welsh Society paying $20. Non-financial members and nonmembers will pay the full amount of $45. We need to have a minimum of 20 people attending. 

It would be appreciated if you would advise Hugh Bevan ASAP if you will be attending, with names and numbers, by phone or email so that we know whether it is feasible to hold the lunch.

It would make it easier all round if you could pay for the meal in advance, either by sending a cheque, made out to The Welsh Society of WA, to Hugh at 5 Redfern Close, Hillarys, 6025, or by paying directly into the Society's bank account (contact Hugh for details). As a last resort you can pay on the day, however we want to avoid the situation where places have been booked, payment not made, and cancellations made at the last moment resulting in the Society paying for meals for those not turning up. Final figures must be made to the restaurant by Tuesday 20th February, cancellations after that date will need to be paid for

February 1st is the start of The Society's financial year, so fees of $25 per person are now due. If you wish to take advantage of the reduced cost of the meal for paid up members, pay $50 for the meal and your annual membership.

Last year paid up members received extremely good value for their $25 membership fee, receiving subsidised costs for the Christmas in July lunch, the Araluen trip, and the free Christmas lunch. More subsidised events will be held during this year.

If you have any queries please contact Hugh on 94021628 or email here.

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