Dr Williams School Old Girls Association News and Events

Your committee wishes you all an excellent 2017 and look forward to meeting you at the various branch reunions around the country.  Remember, if you wish to contact us, either use the 'Contact us' button or e-mail dwsoga75@gmail.com

Still “Ardua Semper” – sharing stories of Dr Williams’ School, Dolgellau, 1878-1975 - our website is still receiving 'hits' and queries are filtering through.    The quickest way of getting in touch is either via Contact us or e-mail: dwsoga75@gmail.com

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STOP PRESS:   Membership of our branches is dwindling.   The 2 strongest branches are the Dolgellau and Mid Wales and the Chester and North Wales branches.  The London branch which saw numbers of 20+ in the last 4 years only mustered 10 at the last reunion and the remaining 4 branches have numbered between 4 and 6 OGs.

There are various reasons I am sure that OGs are not able to attend, some comments have been: - 'no-one I know will be there'  'my friend can't go' 'we're away on holiday'  'no longer travel more than 1/2 hr distance'   'my husband/grandchildren are ill'  'I am no longer able to travel and transport links are poor'.  These are all valid reasons and ones I can empathise with.  

At the last Biennial General Meeting in 2016 a short questionnaire was given out - only 12 were returned.   The Committee welcome your responses and ideas for the way forward.   Do we need branches?  considering that 2/3 of the membership live nowhere near a branch and no-one is coming forward to take on the mantle of branch secretary.   Perhaps notices of reunions, be they year reunions or official meetings should be via e-mail from a central source - ie the database of which there are 800 current members with 500 e-mail addresses.  Perhaps someone out there has an alternative suggestion?   Please send your observations/opinions to dwsoga75@gmail.com

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1.   SOUTH WALES BRANCH REUNION  -  was held on Wednesday 7th June, 12.00 noon for lunch at 1.00pm at
The Atlantic Hotel, Seafront. Porthcawl.  
Trust all had a good time.  Report from Janet soon.  More details: janet.waymont2@btinternet.com 

2.   NORTH WALES and CHESTER BRANCH REUNION
This was held on Saturday 13 May at Bron Eifion Hotel Cricceth at 12.30 for 1pm. Report soon from Jill on the North Wales page.  A very pleasant afternoon in pleasant surroundings

                                     

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April 8th  London Reunion at Carluccio's Spitalfields - excellent lunch for 10 in an informal setting  on a sunny day

                                                        report on London branch page

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March 11th - Midlands branch reunion proved successful and saw 10 OGs meet up.  Report soon on the Midlands page


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Dolgellau and Mid Wales branch

Thanks to Ann and Phyll for organising a delightful venue and excellent value which was experienced again this year when 49 OGs met for lunch at Penmaenucha Hall, Penmaenpool on Sat 4th Feb.  Eleri our new Chairman said she was delighted to at last meet up  (unable to attend the BGM last September when she was elected)  with OGs and assured all that the OGA would continue as long as possible.

Report of the event will shortly be uploaded.  See the Dolgellau and Mid Wales page

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April 8th -  London Branch - DEADLINE 28th March 2017    see London branch page. 
Lunch at Carluccio's
from 12 noon , 27 Spital Square, London E 1 6 DZ  Tel 020 7392 7662.   contact alexmjw2@gmail.com

May 13th  Chester and North Wales branch  - lunch (Criccieth tbc)

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THANK YOU TO ALL STALWARTS WHO HAVE MADE OUR WEBSITE VIBRANT WITH THEIR REMINISCENCES AND IMAGES. Our www.dwsoga.org.uk project IS NOW COMPLETE and been 'signed off' by HLF who are very happy with the outcome. 

Our project was awarded Very Highly Commended at the ‘Women’s History Network Conference’ at Leeds Trinity University on 16th September. The judging panel thought it was ‘well researched, genuinely innovative and really liked that it recovered and catalogued an area of the past previously hidden history’. The judges were ‘impressed by the strong engagement with new media technologies and the fact that the project team explicitly sought to use the digital aspect of the project to develop and enrich participants IT literacy skills’. And they were ‘really impressed by the quantity and variety of the media content on the site’.

The site is still open for you to register and publish images/stories   - just  'CONTACT US' via the site for further information or  dwsoga75@gmail.com .  Our site will be live for another 5 years plus the OG pages will be keeping you informed.  These pages are your point of reference to everything concerning dwsoga
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2016 BGM REUNION.  Super day - 46 attendees enjoyed a lovely lunch at Coleg Meirion Dwyfor and on Sunday some visited Cregennan Lakes, it being too wet for the walk up Cader

                           

Minutes and reports on the BGM 2016 page
Contact:   dwsoga75@gmail.com