About Us

The Bournemouth & District Welsh Society was founded in 1923 with the aim of fostering the common interests of Welsh people living in the Bournemouth area, and of establishing a forum in which those with a connection to the Principality can enjoy companionship and friendship. The Society is open to all those born in Wales or of Welsh parentage, their spouses, their dependants, and to anyone with an interest in Wales or Welsh culture. The language of the Society is English, which means that those who have no Welsh are not at any disadvantage.

Meetings are held monthly, from September until the following June, in the pleasant surroundings of the Hermitage Hotel. The programme ranges through lunches, teas, and suppers to a formal dinner in honour of St. David, our Patron Saint, and all include some form of light entertainment. Occasional trips and visits or other activities are organised, and Welsh language classes for beginners are sometimes available. A monthly newsletter, Y Ddraig Goch (the Red Dragon), is circulated to members.

The Society is non-political, non-sectarian, and does not normally raise money for charitable causes. A small annual subscription (currently £20) is payable. The cost of meetings and other events is kept at minimal levels.

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An offshoot of the Society is the online Meetup group ‘The Welsh Connection’, whose aim is to run informal and varied social gatherings mainly in the evening and at the weekend. Anyone of Welsh descent, or with a connection to or an interest in Wales, is very welcome to join. Simply click on the link below to be taken to the Meetup website!

The Welsh Connection

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