"Celebrating Wales' on 'Saint David's Day', 1st March



“To be born in Wales, not with a silver spoon in your mouth, but with music in your blood and with poetry in your soul, is a privilege indeed.”


Brian Harris



Welcome to this week's CST 'Saint David's Day' Activities Page, celebrating all things Welsh.



To begin with, ask members what they like or love about Wales and the Welsh. Who was born and bred here? Are there any stories about growing up in Wales?


Has anyone a favourite place in Wales they would recommend others to visit?


What is Wales most famous for? It's mountains, countryside, castles, beaches, it's food or language?


Has anyone got a favourite Welsh celebrity? Why do they like them so much?


How would people try and explain what Wales is like to an American?






DAFFODILS


After Welcome and Introductions, hand each member a daffodil. Use it as a short Mindfulness practice. Ask members to examine the daffodil, it's shape, colour, texture, smell and so on. As they do so, read the following poem by Wordsworth. (Be aware of any risk that a member might taste or ingest their daffodil and observe more closely.)




"I wandered lonely as a cloud


That floats on high o'er vales and hills,


When all at once I saw a crowd,


A host, of golden daffodils;


Beside the lake, beneath the trees,


Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.



Continuous as the stars that shine


And twinkle on the milky way,


They stretched in never-ending line


Along the margin of a bay:


Ten thousand saw I at a glance,


Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.



The waves beside them danced; but they


Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:


A poet could not but be gay,


In such a jocund company:


I gazed—and gazed—but little thought


What wealth the show to me had brought:



For oft, when on my couch I lie


In vacant or in pensive mood,


They flash upon that inward eye


Which is the bliss of solitude;


And then my heart with pleasure fills,


And dances with the daffodils."




– William Wordsworth (1815)






SOME WELSH PHRASES AND THEIR MEANINGS



Ask members to guess at the meanings of these common Welsh phrases and words ...



Cymru am byth - WALES FOR EVER


Croeso I Gymru - WELCOME TO WALES


Bore da - GOOD MORNING


Diolch yn fawr - THANK YOU VERY MUCH


Chwarae teg - FAIR PLAY


Iechyd da - GOOD HEALTH


Eglwys - CHURCH


Traeth - BEACH


Ysgol - SCHOOL


Heddlu - POLICE


Ysbyty - HOSPITAL


Hiraeth - HOMESICKNESS


Cariad - LOVE AFFECTION


Dwr - WATER


Bara - BREAD


Drws - DOOR


Ty bach - TOILET


Ych a fi - DISGUSTING


Cwtch - CUDDLE





A favourite saying on St David's Day is 'Gwnewch y pethau bychain' - do the little things. These were apparently St David's last words.





IDIOMS AND PROVERBS



Next, ask members to complete the following Welsh themed phrases ...



Land of - MY FATHERS / SONG


Severn - BRIDGE


The green green grass - OF HOME


Black sheep of - THE FAMILY


How green was - MY VALLEY


Under Milk - WOOD


Bread of - HEAVEN


Six - NATIONS


Grand - SLAM


Wooden - SPOON


Brecon - BEACONS


Prince of - WALES


Men of - HARLECH


Welsh - DRESSER


Love - SPOON


Welsh Border - COLLIE


Welsh - CORGI


Spitting - FEATHERS


HARP - on about something


Take a - LEEK


Red - DRAGON


Oggy Oggy Oggy - OI OI OI




And for fun ...




Whose coat is that - JACKET?


I'll be there now in a - MINUTE


How's it going - BUTT?


I'm not being funny - RIGHT


Where you - TO?


I'm not gonna lie - TO YOU


That is absolutely - BUZZING, HUMMING, MINGING


She's under the - DOCTOR


Poor - DAB


Tidy - LIKE


Cheers - DRIVE


This is cowing - LUSH








WELSH MUSIC & PICTURE QUIZ



Next, complete the music and picture quiz with members, taking time to share stories, sing along with songs and enjoy the photographs.



ROUND 1. Famous Welsh Places



1. Name this Italian styled village in North Wales?


Which cult TV series was filmed here, where Patrick McGoohan was chased by a giant balloon?


Bonus point if you know his number?