Events

***CARDIGAN 200***

2019 marks the 200th anniversary of the arrival of our Welsh ancestors and the establishment of the Cardigan Settlement.  This bicentenary is being celebrated throughout 2019 by focussing our annual events (see below) on the story of these early settlers.  Throughout 2019 a series of short narratives which help us understand the stories of the Welsh settlers will be published on the Central New Brunswick Facebook page and website.  The anniversary of the arrival of the settlers will be marked in Saint John in June 2019.  A celebration will be held in August 2019.  

 On August 10th and 11th, 2019, join us as we honour those early Welsh settlers and share our Welsh heritage. On Saturday,August 10th, activities will be held at the Welsh Chapel, 2900 Route 620 (Royal Road), beginning at 1:00 p.m. with Opening Ceremonies to commence at 1:30 p.m. There will be opportunities to explore genealogy, to learn a little of the Welsh language and to make Welsh cakes, along with music, crafts and refreshments. On Sunday, August 11h a special church service will be held at 10:30 at the Brunswick Street Baptist Church, the first church with which most of the early settlers were affiliated.

Everyone is welcome to join us, admission is free. Bring a lawn chair so you can sit and chat with other visitors! More information on the Central New Brunswick Welsh Society Facebook page.

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ANNUAL EVENTS

St. David's Day:

A March 1st, St. David's Day celebration is held annually. During the morning of March 1st, the Welsh flag is raised at the Provincial Legislature as well as at Fredericton City Hall.  Interested citizens are welcome to come to the flag raisings.  A St. David’s Day dinner is held in the evening in Fredericton. Details about the dinner are available on the Central New Brunswick Welsh Society Facebook page or by contacting the Society.

 Celtic Awareness Week

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Founders Day Service

A Founders’ Day ecumenical church service, followed by a potluck lunch, is held annually on the Sunday nearest to June 11th, the day that the Cardigan settlers arrived in New Brunswick in 1819. The service and lunch are held at the Welsh Chapel, located in Cardigan, New Brunswick – 2900 Cardigan Road, Route 620.  Details about this event are available on the Central New Brunswick Welsh Society Facebook page or by contacting the Society.  Donations to the Welsh Heritage Trust are collected at the service.  These funds are dedicated to the maintenance of the Welsh Chapel and graveyard.

Join us at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at the Welsh Chapel for our Founder's Day Service, followed by a potluck lunch.

Thanksgiving Service

A Thanksgiving ecumenical church service, followed by a potluck supper, is held annually on the Sunday before Thanksgiving at the Welsh Chapel, located in Cardigan, New Brunswick – 2900 Cardigan Road, Route 620. Details about this event are available on the Central New Brunswick Welsh Society  Facebook page or by contacting the Society.  Donations to the Welsh Heritage Trust are collected at the service.  These funds are dedicated to the maintenance of the Welsh Chapel and graveyard.

Join us at 3:30 on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at the Welsh Chapel for our Thanksgiving Service, followed by a potluck supper.

Christmas Celebration:

A Christmas celebration is held annually in Fredericton in late November or early December, with all those interested in Welsh heritage and culture welcome. Details about the celebration are available on the Central New Brunswick Welsh Society Facebook page or by contacting the Society.