~The Elderberries ~
23rd February 2021

Hayley Yeoman, our art teacher, gave an art class on Zentangles.  We practiced creating a variety of designs and then created a feather.  Three members of the Elderberries have gone onto participate in Hayley’s Friday morning ‘Outreach Art Class’.

Hand Drawing

By Lyn Elliott

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~The Elderberries ~
16th February 2021
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The Elderberries had been asked to make masks for Mardi Gras.  Marion, Sue, Marjorie and Katherine gave short presentations about the celebration of Mardi Gras /Carnival / Shrove Tuesday around the world.  We discovered that ‘shrove’ meant the day of confessions before Ash Wednesday and ‘carnival’ came from the Latin ‘carne vale’ – ‘goodbye to meat.’  The Elderberries went to a lot of trouble to produce some extravagant masks, which we enjoyed sharing.

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~The Elderberries ~
9th February 2021

Irene Burrows, a music teacher and member of our Music Group, entertained us to a Desert Island Disks afternoon.  Each participant was asked to send Irene a piece of music that they would like to hear and think about reasons for their choice. Irene found all the pieces of music and compered a wonderful afternoon.  Katherine had learned how to spotlight on Zoom, so each person in turn had the spotlight!  Members selected disks from romantic and childhood holidays, family favourites, their children’s performances, and other significant moments in their lives.  An uplifting and enjoyable afternoon was had by all.

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~The Elderberries ~
2nd February 2021

Anwen Hill, a volunteer from our knitting project, joined the Elderberries last year to give us a fascinating talk about her search for her ancestors, which took her to Trieste, Slovenia and Croatia.  Anwen and her husband are great travellers and she agreed to give us another talk about her trip to Buenos Aires and Patagonia.  Anwen is a Welsh speaker and she went to the Welsh speaking region of Patagonia, showing us pictures of the life that the Welsh immigrants had made there.  Diolch yn fawr, Anwen!

~The Elderberries ~
26th January 2021

To celebrate St Dwynwen’s day on 25th January the Elderberries were asked to make a card, a hat, a cake or a flower. 

Jenni Jones-Annetts gave a talk on the welsh patron Santes Dwynwen/ St Dwynwen.

The Elderberries social event took place on Zoom 1.30 pm Tuesday 26 January.


On 26th January, Jenni-Jones Annetts gave a talk about St Dwynwen, who is the patron saint of lovers.  St Dwynwen was a Welsh princess from the Brecknock area of Wales whose father forbade her to marry the man she loved.  She became a nun and set up a religious centre in Anglesey.  The Elderberries made cards, hats and posters, which are posted up on the website.  We had lots more discussion about things that made us smile and some of us are doing the daily word art challenge.  It was lovely to see each other once again and we’re looking forward to a talk by Anwen Hill about her trip to Patagonia.  



Dwynwen was the daughter of Brychan who ruled the Brecon area in the 5th century. He had 24 daughters but Dwynwen was the most beautiful. She was in love with a prince named Maelon but her father had chosen someone else for her. One version of the story said Maelon was turned into a lump of ice for not being willing to obey Brychan. Dwynwen ran away. As she slept an angel appeared & gave her a potion to forget her pain. She also gave Dwynwen three wishes. She chose to thaw Maelon, to live as a nun & to pray for all lovers. Dwynwen settled on an island off the coast of Anglesey, now called Llanddwyn Island. The remains of her church can be seen. Dwynwen is the Welsh saint of lovers, friends & sick animals. January 25th is Saint Dwynwen’s Day. 

Jenni Jones-Annetts

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Knitted flower

Jenni Jones-Annetts

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Card and hat - Marjorie Gray

Irene's card insert.

A collage card of Irene and her husband through the years. 

By Irene Burrows

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Poster - Katherine Hughes

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Card and hat - Sue Balch


Card - Marion Watts

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Card - Lyn Elliot

~The Elderberries ~
19th January 2021

Author talk by Wayne David MP

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On 19th January, Wayne David MP gave a talk about his book on Morgan Jones, a former MP of Caerphilly.  Morgan Jones was imprisoned as a conscientious objector in World War I and as a result had a very hard time during and after the war. He was elected to Parliament in a by-election in 1921 and served until his death in 1939.  Wayne, who is a Trustee of Caerphilly Miners Centre, as well as our MP and the author of Morgan Jones biography, gave an inspired talk.  Some of the Elderberries already have a copy of the biography and we have since had feedback from several people that they are very much enjoying reading it.

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~The Elderberries ~
12th January 2021
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Marion Watts, one of our planning group had been given a pack of giant playing cards with which to run a ‘Play Your Cards Right!’ on 12th January.  We had an enjoyable session.  We were all feeling a bit down that day as Gael Humphrey’s funeral was the next day, the Covid-19 cases were still very high and we felt unsafe going to public places.  Six of us went to the Crematorium and Marjorie and Jenni attended the service.    

~The Elderberries ~
5th January 2021
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On 5th January, Jane Marklew ran an ‘Interesting body parts’ cryptic quiz which got us all guessing.  Jane was pleasantly surprised with our answers. We’re all feeling that we’re in for a long winter.  

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