Mae hen wlad fy nhadau yn annwyl i mi,
Gwlad beirdd a chantorion,enwogion o fri,
Ei gwrol ryfelwyr, gwladgarwyr tra mad,
Tros ryddid collasant'eu gwaed.
Gwlad! Gwlad! pleidiol wyf i'm gwlad,
Tra mor yn fur,
Ir bur hoff bau,
O bydded i'r heniaith barhau
Sitting in Hanbury, where Tennyson once sat when he wrote ' The Idyll's of King' gives learners the opportunity to practice the Welsh language in an informal and comfortable atmosphere.
The Welsh Group was formed in 1992 at Ffwrwm the Art & Craft Centre in Caerleon, which is owned by Dr & Mrs Russell Rhys. Dr Rhys and I would meet there every Tuesday and converse in our native tongue. It was then that we decided that as we were relearning the language it would be a good idea to invite other people, especially learners, to join us.
My name is David Williams and I was born in Caernarfon North Wales. I came to South Wales when I transferred to Newport Post Office in 1957 and have lived in the village of Henllys in Cwmbran since1960
We started off, as I said, in Ffwrwm and only four of us met for the first 12 months but once it was publicized the gathering became larger and eventually we had to move to our present meeting point in Hanbury.
Now there is ample room for us all, and more,
so you are welcome to join us.
CROESO I BAWB
A visit to CAERLEON is rewarding in itself. It lies on the River Usk just three miles from Newport and only a little way from Exit 25 of the M4 Motorway. It is the ancient Roman Legionary Fortress of Isca founded about 74 A.D. and a walk around the town will lead you to many interesting sites. There is the Amphitheatre known locally as King Arthur's Round Table. The Roman Baths, many old public houses in addition to Hanbury and of course there is Ffwrwm, which you must visit.
(c) David J Williams