Wales Week in New England 2019:
February 23 - March 9, 2019 


See Event Listings below Press Release

Following a successful WALES WEEK IN LONDON, the founders announced Wales Week Worldwide; a call went out across the globe to Welsh Societies and organisations, asking them to host their own weeks in order to promote Wales’ culture and industry to an international audience.

The Welsh Society of Western New England took on that challenge and Wales Week in New England was born. Other cities also heeding the call are New York, Washington, New Mexico, Los Angeles as well as Ottawa, Canada and Paris, France.

It’s actually a two week period, February 23- March 9, 2019, surrounding the National Day of Wales (St. David’s Day) on March 1st.

Wales Week in New England begins by offering several events around New England: St. David’s Day lunches and dinners in Poultney, Vermont, Providence, Rhode Island and East Windsor, Connecticut. There will also be Welsh foods and raffle promoted at UK Gourmet, a British food and goods store in Bethel, Connecticut and a competition about Welsh Cakes by the Copper Kettle Bakery out of Massachusetts. Check for Wales Week in New England events.

If you are planning on being in London during that same period, you can enjoy a full programme of events taking place across London: a St. David’s Day reception, a Captain’s Lunch with Welsh Rugby star player, Sam Warburton, an exhibition of Contemporary Welsh Art, Welsh language tours of the Houses of Parliament, an annual service of the Welsh Churches in London, a Wales Nuclear Forum, a business meeting to discuss the “Future of Work, Future of Wales”, plus Welsh Opera, Welsh plays and food and drink promotions to name just a few. Venues include landmark London institutions such as 10 Downing Street, the Palace of Westminster, the Guildhall, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), the Royal College of Art, the London Welsh Centre and Borough Market. Representatives from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and the Institute of Directors (IoD) will take part. Their website is

The Welsh Government in the USA and Visit Wales will be supporting the New England initiative. In 2020, the event will expand, adding organisations and businesses with links to Wales. It is anticipated that other venues such as the Yale Center for British Art and the Celtic Studies program at Harvard will participate, as well as Welsh artists and authors, such as Hanlyn Davies. Just an interesting note: Yale University was founded following the financial support of Elihu Yale (1613-1690), a grandson of Ann Lloyd of Wales and he is buried on the grounds of St. Giles Church in Wrexham, Wales. …by WSWNE President Susan Davies Sit

Wales Week in New England EVENT LISTINGS

Feb 23 (SatURDAY) Welsh Society of Western New England - Connecticut
Six Nations Rugby: Wales v. England at 11:45 a.m.

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The Six Nations Championship is an annual international rugby union competition between the teams of Wales, England, France, Ireland, Italy and Scotland. The current champions are Ireland, having won the 2018 tournament. Wales v. England, 11:45AM; watch the BIG ONE live with us.

For details and to RSVP, email .

- St. David's Day Dinner and program

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Dinner at 12:30 p.m. in the Fair Haven Inn, Fair Haven, Vermont.
Program: Welsh Heritage Symbols Competition > Three prize categories are for the person wearing the:
1) most Welsh colors (red + green + white; or 2) largest red dragon; or 3) most symbols of Wales, i.e., leek, daffodils, Welsh flag, lady’s Welsh hat, sheep, rugby, love spoon, coal/slate, ostrich feathers, singers, harpist, corgi, etc. etc. etc.
RSVP (with payment by Feb 16) See their Facebook Page for DETAILS or email

mar. 2 (Saturday) Rhode Island Welsh Society - Rhode Island
- St. David's Day Dinner

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The Rhode Island Welsh Society (Facebook Page Website) will be celebrating St. David’s Day and Wales Week in 2019 with a potluck dinner at a member’s home.

For further details about the 2019 event, please contact them at

mar. 2 (Saturday) Welsh Society of Western New England - Connecticut
- St. David's Day Luncheon and program

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Annual St. David’s Day Luncheon 11:00AM - 3:00PM at the Nutmeg Restaurant, East Windsor, CT
There will be two members in traditional Welsh National costume and a video message from the First Minister of Wales.
Program: Diane Owen, Vice President of the Washington DC Welsh Society, will speak on "Becoming a Welsh Speaker in America"


Mar. 2 Penderyn Distillery’s Aur Cymru, single malt Welsh Whisky
- donated by Joe’s Fine Wine and Spirits of 149 North Road, East Windsor, CT

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In honor of Wales Week New England, February 23 to March 9, Joe’s Fine Wine and Spirits of 149 North Road, East Windsor, CT, has donated a 750 ml bottle of Penderyn Distillery’s Aur Cymru, single malt Welsh Whisky to our St. David’s Day event on March 2. Penderyn is the Welsh rural village that hosts the distillery and gives its name to Wales’ only Single Malt Whisky. Like “Welsh Gold” (Aur Cymru), this golden whisky is as rare and precious as the Celtic jewelry worn by the old Welsh Princes and by Royalty.

This privately owned distillery in the Brecon Beacons National Park revives a whisky distilling heritage in Wales that goes back 250 years, indeed early Welsh distilleries were the founding fathers of the American Bourbon industry.

Thank you Leslie Hickey for this tip of the hat to your Celtic neighbors and your very generous gift.

Mar 9 (Sat.) Welsh Society of Western New England - Connecticut
Six Nations Rugby: SCOTLAND V. Wales at 9:15 a.m.

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The Six Nations Championship is an annual international rugby union competition between the teams of Wales, England, France, Ireland, Italy and Scotland. Join us for Scotland v. Wales 9:15 A.M.

For details and to RSVP, email .

Mar 9 (Sat.) Welsh Society of Western New England - Connecticut
Welsh Genealogy Workshop at 11:00 a.m.

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Our Genealogy Workshop meets monthly to learn how to research Welsh roots. This month it meets at 11:00am - 5:00pm following the rugby match. Come for the whole day or part thereof. Bring your Welsh family tree and a lunch dish to share.

For details and to RSVP, email .

Feb. 23 - Mar. 9 UK Gourmet - 78 Stony Hill Rd, Bethel, Connecticut
Welsh gift basket drawing; Daily tastings of Welsh fare;

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Come visit UK Gourmet and discover a shop bursting with Welsh delicacies and gifts. While you are there sign up to win a gift basket worth $200 brimming with all things Welsh.

Want to taste something Welsh? Check their website at and Facebook page for daily updates of what Welsh morsels they will be tasting each day.

Try one of the 14 different cheeses they carry from Wales, like Snowdonia’s Ruby Mist, a select mature and creamy cheddar laced with a Ruby Port. Or perhaps you would like a taste of Red Dragon, an amazingly creamy cheese blended with a Welsh brown ale and whole mustard seed. Want to try Glengetti Welsh black tea with a McVities Chocolate Digestives? Then you will want to stay updated by visiting their website and signing up for their mailing list at www.UKG.Life. Once you visit them you’ll see why everyone says they are worth the trip and you will be amazed at their selection. It’s simply smashing. Gadewch i'r ddraig arwain y ffordd (Let the dragon lead the way).

Feb. 23 - Mar. 9 Copper Kettle Bakery
Welsh gift basket drawing; Free Welsh Cake Mix Offer

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Helen Coates of South Wales’ Welsh Cake Company has mixes and Welsh Cakes ready to ship to you at!

Welsh Cakes are a traditional breakfast food and tea-time snack from Wales. They combine the very best elements of a scone and a biscuit, but they're cooked on a griddle like a pancake. They are made in small batches to preserve the integrity of the cake. If you want your kitchen to have an aroma of the holidays all year around then Welsh Cake Mix is perfect for you.

Celebrate all things Welsh for Wales Week in New England (February 23rd - March 9th) and have the chance to win a gift basket of Welsh goodies from Copper Kettle Bakery, valued at $175. Just share our Facebook page ( and you will automatically be entered into the drawing. The winner will be chosen on March 10th.

If you can’t wait for the drawing, order some Welsh Cakes or Welsh Cake mixes and receive a free Welsh Cake Mix with all orders over $30. You will get free shipping on that order too! Enjoy.

Dates TBA Cymrodorian Boston Massachusetts

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