David’s Day to be Commemorated
Those of Welsh descent in Newfoundland and Labrador will have an opportunity to come together to commemorate St. David, patron saint of Wales, as part of the 4th Annual St. David’s Day events organized by the Sir William Vaughan Trust.
The first day of March was chosen in remembrance of the death of Saint David. Tradition holds that he died on that day in 569. The date was declared a national day of celebration within Wales in the 18th century.
This year’s activities will be held on March 1, 2015 at O’Reilly’s Pub on George Street, commencing with the Annual General Meeting of the Trust at 4:00 pm, followed by a reception and then an evening of songs and entertainment starting at 6:00 pm. The evening activities are a fundraiser to support the work of the Trust in the coming year with donations accepted at the door.
The Sir William Vaughan Trust was established in 2012 to promote awareness of Sir William Vaughan and his early plantation efforts in Newfoundland (1617-1630). The Trust’s activities include developing enhanced linkages between Newfoundland and Wales and engaging those of Welsh descent currently living in the province.
Since 2012, the Trust has undertaken archaeological field work at Trepassey’s Lower Coast, a possible location for Vaughan’s early plantation efforts. The Trust has also facilitated linkages between Welsh and other researchers at the University of Ulster and Memorial University on early plantation development.
For more information on St. David’s Day events or to become a member of the Trust, visit http://www.swvp.ca/ or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/swvtrust/
For more information:
Carol Osmond, Sir William Vaughan Trust
(709) 730 -5999