Thursday, September 08, 2005

Ebbw Vale branch of Gwent FHS-September research

from my email:-

This Thursday (8th September) resumes our first research evening at
Ebbw Vale (Beaufort) since July as we had our usual August break.

Of course we represent Blaenau Gwent; Ebbw Vale, Tredegar, Nantyglo,
Blaina, Abertillery, Cwmtillery and lots of grey areas, Llanelly,
Llangattock (Llangattwg), Llangunider ( Llangynidr) as well.

All visitors and members are welcome. Great aunt Thurza Fettlebridge
('nee Brown), 97 next birthday still helps with the refreshments. She
loves all the gossip and since her husband died in 1947 has dedicated
herself to modern science. Has even donated her bodily organs to them.
What a lady!

In July we had Don Hughes, from Florida visit us at Ebbw Vale. His
interests were in Cwm, near Ebbw Vale. Don was touting for the Cwm Male
voice choir to appear at their recent Gymanfa Ganu at Orlando.

This is what Don wrote to me last week:-

I'm sure you felt a tingling happy feeling last night! (Saturday
September 3rd).

The hundreds of Welsh at the Gymanfa Ganu here in Orlando met around a
grand piano in the lobby of the Contemporary and started to
schedule, no agenda, just raised their voices, the sound was glorious
and so powerful not only did the hotel rock but I'm sure seismographs in
this part of FLORIDA reported the event.

My heart also reported the event, such a reminder of the music and love
that has touched me and our family thru song and music thru our WELSH
HERITAGE...Sanctus, Diadem, Cwm Rhonda...all of the music with such
powerful voices..high sopranos,deep basses ....glorious altos and of
course the MIGHTY BARITONES for which I contributed my all!.

So much so
that this morning I have little or no voice...and we have the official
Gymanfa Ganu singing all afternoon!...if you feel the ground moving this
afternoon...that's just the WELSH celebrating in Florida.



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