Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych has been working together with volunteers in communities across the county to create opportunities for Welsh learners to practice their conversational Welsh while socialising over a cuppa or going for a walk.

From Prestatyn to Pentredŵr, over 100 new Welsh speakers have now joined in sessions to practice and develop confidence, thanks to the cooperation of volunteers, Popeth Cymraeg Welsh tutors, Menter Iaith staff and support of some town councils and libraries.

There are some sessions over a pint rather than a cuppa! A group of fluent and new Welsh speakers get together every Wednesday night at the Halcyon Quest pub in Prestatyn, and some of them have also started a meeting on the first Tuesday of the month to discuss Welsh books.

In February, there was a special afternoon for learners at Denbigh Rugby Club, thanks to a group of volunteers. As well as an opportunity to learn rugby vocabulary while watching a game, members of Côr Meibion Dinbych (Denbigh Male Voice Choir) came to lead the singing in the bar afterwards.

According to Steven Hoyle from Rhuthun who was there: “What a great idea to be able to practice Welsh while singing along over a pint! I really enjoyed the afternoon and am looking forward to continuing to practice my Cymraeg while watching more rugby in the future. I have joined several walks and Paned a Sgwrs sessions over the past year, the opportunities to practice Welsh are so valuable to us as new Welsh speakers. Thanks to everyone who organises these activities.”

Here are some of the sessions coming up in April for Welsh learners:

8th: Caffi Treferwyn, Corwen and Denbigh Library.

15th: Paterson Hall, Dyserth.

17th: Rhuddlan Library and Hwb Pentredŵr (near Llangollen).

20th: St Peter’s Church, Ruthin.

Others are also being planned later in the month at other locations.

More details available by emailing menter@misirddinbych.cymru  or by calling 01745 812822. Or keep an eye on the Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych facebook page.