2017 Autumn Newsletter

Dear members of Welsh Norwegian Society and new prospective members.

The WNS committee would like to thank you for your ongoing support and interest in our Welsh Norwegian Society.

The 2017 autumn newsletter is here, with information about the Annual General Meeting and 2017/18 WNS membership (which is renewed this month).

2017 Annual General Meeting, new committee and social meetings.

WNS Membership and membership fee for 2017/18.

2017 Annual General Meeting

On September 23rd 2017 the Annual General Meeting was held in the Norwegian Church Arts Centre in Cardiff. Several points were discussed, the main ones being the election of a new committee and planning the Christmas program. As a consequence of last year’s changes to make the social gatherings more family friendly, a lot of new members have joined WNS. This has also attracted a greater interest in participating in the Society and as a result we elected a new committee for 2017/18, with a healthy mix of new and long-standing members.

However, before we introduce the new committee we would like to thank the former committee members whom with admirable dedication and passion has over many, many years served the Society. They initiated and organised several successful events and traditions like the Norwegian Constitutional Celebration on May 17th, allowing members and non-members to celebrate this special day with a parade and Norwegian folk music, followed by the traditional coffee and waffles at the Norwegian church in Cardiff Bay. They organised the lovely St Hans Midsummer Garden party and ‘juletrefest’ in in the Norwegian Church with traditional Christmas songs and dance around the Christmas tree. We would like to thank the former chair Averil Goldsworthy, treasurer Tony Olavesen, members secretary David Nicholls, and committee members Mary Allen and Karen Allen for all their hard work and commitment to the Welsh Norwegian Society.

The newly elected WNS Committee 2017/18.

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From the left: Adila Lundin, Anne Kirsti Kirby, Tyra Oseng-Rees, Wenche Davies, Alan Hall, Johan Butenschøn Skre and Ebba Lovering.

As a results of the election Alan Hall was re-elected in his position as secretary. Tyra Oseng-Rees was elected as the new chair of the Socitey, Adila Lundin as treasurer and Johan Butenschøn Skre as the new membership secretary. Wenche Davies, Anne Kirsti Kirby and Ebba Lovering are continuing in the committee as Committee Members. We are very pleased that the new committee is a mix of long-standing and new members, all of whom are eager to continue developing WNS's work for its members.

In the weeks to come we will find our footing as a group and start planning meetings and events leading up to Christmas. 

Following that is the November meeting on the 26th, same time and place. This meeting will focus on preparing for Christmas and we will be making traditional Norwegian Christmas decorations. Also, starting from October meeting, we will change the payment for cakes and coffee to make it more fair. Instead of everyone paying we pay £1 per slice of cake and £1 for coffee. So please bring some cash,

Our Christmas celebration will follow on Sunday 17th December and we have decided that we will be continuing the family friendly tradition with a daytime celebration and we have sent an invitation to Julenissen (Father Christmas) and asked if he has got time in his busy schedule to visit us. We will keep you posted with further information and how to book a space.

We hope that you will join us at the social gatherings and if you have any ideas or wishes for the future please do not hesitate to email us with your ideas and thoughts.



Nordland - Foto: Johan Butenschøn Skre

2017/18 Membership

We want to make sure you get the most out of your membership and the WNS community. The annual £10 membership fee allows us to organise social events, run our webpage and newsletters and hopefully come up with other events or offerings that you will enjoy. The membership fee is payable by BACS transfer, cash or cheque, and should be paid by October 30th.
Cash can be given to Adila or Johan at Sunday's meeting.

Cheques are made payable to The Welsh Norwegian Society and can be posted to:
Adila Lundin
7 Pen-y-Wain Road
CF24 4GB

Bank transfers are paid to:
The Welsh Norwegian Society
Sort code: 30-91-18
Account number: 02856244

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