I hope that you are all keeping well, and enjoying these last few days of summer.
It was with great sadness that I heard the news from Len Goodrum a few days ago, that his dear wife Cicilia had passed away on September 1st. Cicilia, who along with Myrtle Cullington, were our longest serving members and as a much loved member of the Society, our thoughts and prayers are with Len and the family.
Cicilia was born in Porth, often described as the Gateway to the Rhondda, and at the bottom Rhondda Fach, and Rhondda Fawr. The town bordered by mountains and terraced houses, and a reminder of it's coal mining past. She was born into a well known Italian family who owned several cafes in the Valleys. Both her parents came from Campello near Bardi, and her mother's family when in the UK first, settled in Amlwch, Anglesey, opening a fish and chip shop, also selling ice-cream. Her father left Italy after WW1 and set up a Forte business, with an ice-cream parlour in Barry. After her parents re-met they married, moved to Porth, and that is where the family settled.
Cicilia later met Len and moved to Norwich. We shall all sadly miss her big smile and cheerfulness.
The funeral arrangements are as follows: There will be a public service at St Boniface RC church, Brabazon Road, Norwich. NR6 6SY AT 12.00 NOON. on the 24th SEPT, followed by a private cremation. The family have indicated that all are welcome back at the wake at Stower Grange afterwards. We send our deepest sympathy and love to Len and his family.
We also send Elinor a speedy recovery, following her fall.
I am also writing to let you know that we now have a firm date from Chelmsford and District Welsh Society for a kind invitation to afternoon tea at the home of their past President, Shirley Moody, at Radley Farm Essex, on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9th. Clearly, we shall have to know numbers as soon as possible, to let Shirley and their Society know, and organise a coach. The thoughts are that we would " make a day" of the event, and for members to park at Sunningdale as previously, when we had regular coach outings, to leave around 9am, stop for morning coffee, and find a destination for lunch/picnic lunch, later visiting some of our beautiful Suffolk villages, before stopping for afternoon tea with our friends from Chelmsford, and returning early evening. The cost of the coach will be determined by numbers, but unlikely to be more than £13 per head. Suggestions of your favourite places are always very welcome.
Please could you let me know if you wish to attend by TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 14th, as the coach booking needs to be confirmed.
Also, just a reminder to those who have not yet paid their subscription this year, it still remains at £14 with cheques made payable to The Norwich Welsh Society.