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2010 Annual Branch Picnic
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Date:   Sunday 17th January 2010

Time:   12.00 noon

Meet:   The Bandstand (St Georges Rd side)

Where: Edinburgh Gardens, North Fitzroy

Cost:    $5, children free

Bring:  Picnic lunch, sunnies, rug or chairs, small amount of money in case there is an auction of Welsh memorabilia


Edinburgh Gardens have been chosen as the 2010 venue as they are relatively central, accessible by public transport or by car (with plenty of free parking available) and have plenty of shade trees.

Come and enjoy a fun afternoon in good company

- you do not need to be a member to come along - this is a fun relaxed Welsh cultural event

Edinburgh Gardens are approximately 24 hectares in size, located in North Fitzroy, and bound by Brunswick Street and St Georges Rd to the west, Alfred Crescent to the north and east, and Freeman Street to the south. Melway Map 2C grid reference D1. 

The Edinburgh Gardens are Melbourne's equivalent of the British village green.

They are a marvellous combination of open space, sportsground, barbecue area, gardens complete with long-established European elm trees, neighbourhood house, skateboard bowl, tennis and basketball courts, ethnic festivals, bandstand, bowling greens and bocce links, remnants of the old Melbourne rail loop, gracious living, living on the poverty line and a magnificent grandstand dating from its days as the home of the mighty Royboys. And gazing down it all is an invisible Queen Victoria in her rotunda - after all she had granted the land. The rotunda is still there but the 1905 wooden statue of Her (very) Highness was swiped some time ago.......

For the historically minded:

Queen Victoria provided the grant of land for the gardens and they were laid out in 1865 by Clement Hodgkinson. The original design incorporated an existing creek as well as ponds and billabongs. With the coming of the ill-fated outer circle rail route, a railway line and station were built in the middle of the park. Faint remains can be seen today. The railways sub-let some of the land for commercial use, including a factory producing tin cans known to the locals as "the cannery". Over time, the creek was covered over, the cannery reverted to public parkland and numbers of other changes have occurred.

 

From `The White Hat Guide':                http://www.whitehat.com.au/Melbourne/Parks/Edinburgh.asp

 


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Prynhawn Llawen

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Is an informal Welsh get-together where people gather together to have fun and make their own amusements

 

Time: 2 pm, Sunday 21st March 2010

Place: Celtic Club, Cnr Queen and Latrobe St, Melbourne

Cost:  $10 (includes room hire), children free

Welsh Cakes, tea and coffee available

 

A time to sit back and relax and enjoy yourself or join in a song. You can tell a story, read a poem, play an instrument or respond with ideas or experiences.

 

- you do not need to be a member to come along - this is a relaxed, fun, Welsh cultural event

 

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