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Just to let you know that The Celtic Show is on Sundays on WRFG 89.3 FM, Atlanta. The programme airs from 5 7 PM EST and can be heard worldwide via live streaming at . (I use TuneIn to listen, but there are other radio apps.)

The 2012 Autumn (OK, Fall) pledge drive runs from 22 October to 11 November 2012. Our own Jenny Hubbard Young, whom many of you know from Cwrs Cymraeg, NAFOW, and a multitude of other Welsh events, be sharing the mike on 11 November. They've been on the air for almost 40 years, bringing the best in diverse programming and in particular, the finest Celtic music and insights. WRFG is supported in the greatest part by the listening community and friends who appreciate the benefits of non-commercial radio. The F stands for Free (Radio Free Georgia), but of course its not. Like any other non-profit entity, it needs sustaining through monetary contributions and volunteer efforts. They can keep doing this only with the strong support from the listening community and friends.

Can they count on you, please? Call 404-523-8989, during The Celtic Show on November.4 & 11 Make your donation to support independent radio and diverse programming and to continue hearing the music you love, handpicked from Wales and the other Celtic lands. You can have your name read on air as a special friend of WRFG and The Celtic Show, if you so wish. Alternatively pledge online at and still choose to support The Celtic Show.

Thanks so much for listening and for your support! Diolch yn fawr am wrando ac am eich cefnogaeth!

Hwyl! Cheers!

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2013 Walking with the Wounded Cumbria Challenge

Awesome opportunity! Walking with the Wounded Challenge--join the teams and hike the Lake District, or donate to support them! Check them out and see awesome stories and photos of other places they've trekked! Inspiring doesn't begin to cover it. One of the vets is a friend's cousin, too--yay, Steve! Very proud of them all!

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2012 Holiday Card Request!

By mona everett, 2012-10-19

Appearing simultaneously in Ninnau & Y Drych

by Mona Everett

It is hard to believe, but it's that time of year again! Once again, the Briceville, TN, Public Library is asking people to send holiday cards to the children of Briceville. Lynette Seeber, the librarian, puts them all in a basket and the children can each open one. If there is a little gift inside, the child keeps it, if there is money inside, it goes in the summer reading program fund. (You don't need to put anything in the card, though.) Lynette has all the cards they have received from all over, including Wales, in notebooks that she happily shows visitors. If you have a Welsh or coal mining connection and can include a short note to the children, that is really great, but all cards are gratefully received and mean a lot to the children.

Briceville was settled by Welsh coal miners and was a real boom town in its day. Regular readers of Ninnau & Y Drych will have seen several articles about the Welsh coal-mining heritage of this area. There is also a wonderful website that showcases the many preservation activities regularly undertaken by the community. The Coal Creek Watershed Foundation continues to work with school children to reclaim the creek for fish and also planted chestnut trees again. They have sponsored an Eisteddfod at the school for a couple years, too, and have preserved the Welsh church and much of the mining history of the area.

Here's the address:

Briceville Public Library

Children's Christmas Card

Lynette Seeber, Library Director

P.O. Box 361

Briceville, TN 37710


Be sure to put 'Children's Christmas Card' on the envelope so Lynette doesn't open it.

The need is especially great this year. On a recent visit to Briceville, I was thrilled to hear that the funding for the new library had been approved and they hope to move in by next summer. Lynette graciously had asked all her 'regular donors' to direct their money to the building fund, but that has left her without funds to support her extra programs for the children, so she has been bearing most of those costs herself. She works very hard to help the children keep reading all year long and provides school supplies that they can just come in and take when they need them.

For anyone traveling in the vicinity of Knoxville, I highly recommend stopping in Bricevilleyou will find a very gracious welcome and history lesson at the library, and I guarantee you will come away with a warm feeling for the dedication of people like Lynette!


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Back to School--Old Style

By mona everett, 2012-09-11

It's that time of year--all the kids are back in school--but not like this! This is the one-room schoolhouse in Wymore, Nebraska, another historic building that is taken care of by the Great Plains Welsh Heritage volunteers. Here they are hosting a 4th grade class for some old time 3Rs and games!

This is also where Welsh lessons are generally held during the Welsh Heritage Weekend, every other October. If you are planning a visit to Wymore any time, ask to see the schoolhouse, too!

Thanks to Elaine for this photo! Visit the Great Plains Welsh Heritage Centre page on Facebook and "Like" us, please! :) Lots more info there, too.
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St. Davids Society Gathering of the Clans afternoon celebrating our Columbus Day holiday in memory of Poultney native of Welsh heritage, George Jones (Co-founder, the New York Times newspaper). This is a charity event for United Baptist Churchs historic building upkeep.

Free Will offering. All are welcome.

Sunday, October 7th
Yankee Pot Roast Dinner * (12:30 p.m.)
(pre-paid pre-registration is required*)

Gymanfa Ganu (2:00 p.m.)
(traditional Welsh hymn sing)
Martha Davies, Conductor
Great Plains Welsh Heritage Project, Wymore, Nebraska
James P. Cassarino, Organist, Green Mountain College, Music & Welsh Heritage programs

Te Bach (desserts/tea/coffee)

Location: United Baptist Church
On the Green, East Poultney, Vermont

Sponsored by Poultney Area St. Davids Society
Hosted by United Baptist Church
Information: (802) 287-5744 or (Poultney Area St. Davids Society)
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Hi, All,

Many of you know that I am on the Board of the Great Plains Welsh Heritage Centre in Wymore, NE. We are trying to put more life in our FB page and could use more "Likes". If you have a minute, would you take a look and "Like" us and invite your friends, too?: It is just "Great Plains Welsh Heritage Centre". Thanks!

PS: We are also a supporter of Americymru! :)

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Learn Welsh--possibly with a scholarship!

By mona everett, 2012-04-25

Learn Welsh in beautiful Salt Lake City this July with Cymdeithas Madog Five hours of Welsh lessons per day, lots of cultural workshops, folk dancing, Welsh films, singing, an Eisteddfod for beginners, intermediate-level and advanced learners; and unforgettable people are what make up Cymdeithas Madog Welsh courses. This year we're finally coming to Utah, one of the largest historically Welsh populations in the United States, as well as one of the most picturesque settings. If you've attended Cymdeithas Madog in the course of its thirty-five-year history, why not give it a try in 2012 to see what's different, what's stayed the same; and how learning Welsh is still as rewarding as ever? For anyone who's wondering how to make it work financially, check out our scholarships page. Scholarships are open till May 15, 2012 but remember, you'll need a letter of recommendation, especially if you've not attended Cymdeithas Madog before. For more information send an email to or Follow us on Facebook, !/groups/19996342607/ and come along to our website

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Scotland rugby injury update

By mona everett, 2012-03-11

For those who were watching the Scotland match after Wales game yesterday and saw the terrible collision:

Sunday, 11 March 2012
Lee Jones, the 23-year-old Scotland wing, is making good progress in hospital in Dublin today after the head injury he sustained in last nights RBS 6 Nations Championship against Ireland.
Scotland team doctor James Robson said today: Lee took a blow to the head which resulted in a severe concussion. He remained in St Vincents University Hospital, Dublin, overnight in the care of consultant John Ryan. He has made good progress overnight and will stay in hospital this morning until the consultant is happy for him to be released. He is scheduled to travel back to Scotland tomorrow.

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