Did you know Oswestry Welsh Club has been in existence for 35 years? That’s when a group of adults who had previously attended the Oswestry branch of the Urdd (Youth movement) wanted to rekindle their friendship and established the club.

Melinda Price from Oswestry Welsh Club said, “We meet once a month, usually the 3rd Friday of the month at 7:30 pm at the Guildhall from September to May, with guest speakers, musical performances, cabaret performance, Christmas and St David’s Day events. We have been fortunate to have been entertained by prominent Welsh performers and speakers as well as local talent.

“We are a friendly bunch and welcome new members, including Welsh learners of moderate ability who can follow the gist of presentations and anyone else who may want to connect and socialise in Welsh. Current members come from a wide catchment area around Oswestry and its environs.

“If you are newcomer or a longstanding resident, you are more than welcome. You might even find you are sitting next to your neighbour or an old school friend !

“In 2024 the National Urdd Eisteddfod (Youth) is being held in Meifod, Montgomeryshire and we are keen to support the event.

“With that in mind our 2023-24 programme starts on 9th September with “Cantorion Gogledd Cymru” (North Wales Choir ) at Christ Church Oswestry at 7:30 pm; tickets £12 with proceeds going to the Urdd Eisteddfod. Tickets are available from Enid 01691 654838 and Dei 01691 662247 or Siop Cwlwm.

“Siop Cwlwm will also have our programme for 2023-24 . Check on Cymry Croesoswallt Facebook hub. Our first guest speaker on Friday 15th September will be Mel Williams, talking about the “Welsh Bonesetters / Surgeon Apothecaries.” Further information if required also available via the secretary by email: price.melinda@googlemail.com

“We know that the Oswestry community, both Welsh and English speakers, have supported and enjoyed previous Welsh Choir events.

“We look forward to seeing you all.”

Pictured: Arfon Gwilym and Sioned Webb (Welsh Folk Duo) with a founding member of the club, Enid Thomas at Willow Gallery, Christmas event.