Monthly Meetings 2019/2020 Season


 
September to December 2019
Thursday 5 September
Film Night
VOLVER

Thursday 3 October
Conil de la Frontera

Thursday 7 November

Welsh Patagonia: 1865-2019
Carwyn Hughes
Chubut Province in Patagonia is the only place where Welsh and Spanish together are spoken as first languages. In 1865 the first Welsh colonists landed at what is now Puerto Madryn. They had been promised a much different place to the land described 30 years earlier by Charles Darwin as 'good only for cannibal rats'. After many tribulations they developed an organised society where all adults above the age of 18 had the ability to vote, many decades before their relatives in the UK. Houses, roads and a railway were constructed and the irrigation system helped convert the lower Chubut valley into a fertile area. Cooperative retailing was also developed , the first such venture in South America. Twenty years later a group moved to the west to the Andes to what was known as Cwm Hyfryd, beautiful valley. Cereals were grown and milling commenced in the village of Trevelin. Nowadays in October tourists arrive to see the tulip fields and bulbs are exported to Holland, Their success attracted to the colony other European settlers, particularly Spanish and now their descendants are learning to speak Welsh and are joining into what were originally Welsh cultural events.As Argentinians they now feel that it is also their culture.

Thursday 5 December
Fiesta de Navidad!
 
January to July 2020
Thursday 2 January
NO MEETING

Thursday 6 February
Valencia, third city of Spain
Rafael Pascual

Thursday 5 March
Asturias, A Personal View
John Heath
This talk is mainly memories from 20 years visiting Asturias, but with a look at Asturias' geography and history, including the disastrous events of 1934, 1936 and the posguerra. It touches on the regional dialect, literature, Asturian personalities and tourism, including cycling and walking.

Thursday 2 April
Member's Medley


Thursday 2 May
Talk to be given by Mr Doyle and Oliver Stone
Subject TBC

Thursday 4 June
Annual General Meeting
Followed by a Musical Evening

July date TBC

Fiesta de Verano


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