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An hymn for St David

I enjoyed doing an assembly at Great Paxton School about St David – and was going to sing this little hymn with them – but we ran out of time. Next year, maybe!

A Song for St. Davids Day

One more step along the world I go;
In the likeness of the saints we grow;
From the old times to the new
Keep us travelling along with you.

And it’s from the old we travel to the new,
Keep us travelling along with you.

David was a holy man of God;
Preached the gospel ev’rywhere he trod;
Travelled far and travelled wide;
Followed Jesus till the day he died.

We are heirs to all that David taught;
And we follow in the way we ought.
Jesus – Truth and Life and Way –
Guard us always in our work and play.

We are trying to live close to you;
Make us loyal soldiers, brave and true.
Give us courage, joy and strength
Through your Word and in your Sacraments.

Give us faith and zeal as David had.
May his intercession make us glad.
Help us too your Church to build,
That your work on earth may be fulfilled.

William Watkins

Sung to the tune “One More Step” in the book”Come and Praise”

Due to the cold winter, not many daffodils are out round here. Im sure that the good people of Wales will have found some to decorate their homes.

From The Daily Mirror( It must be right!)

St David’s Day: 10 things you need to know about the Welsh festival

By Chris Wilson, 1/03/2010

Saint David of Wales (

Today is St.David’s Day. So to celebrate, here are 10 things you really ought to know about the Welsh national day.

1. St David’s Day falls every year on March 1. This was the date patron saint of Wales, St. David died in 589.

2. It wasn’t until the 18th century though that St David’s Day was declared a national day of celebration in Wales.

3. Saint David is typically depicted holding a dove, and often standing on a hillock. His symbol is the leek.

4. In 2007 Tony Blair rejected calls for St. David’s Day to become a Welsh national holiday, despite a poll saying that 87% of Welsh people wanted a March 1 holiday.

5. A Welsh stew, named Cawl and containing lamb and leeks, is traditionally consumed on St. David’s Day.

6. Across Wales on Mar 1 St. David’s Day parades take place, and in bigger cities food festivals, concerts and street parties also occur.

7. 2009 saw the inaugural St. David’s Week festival in Swansea, a week-long event featuring music, sporting and cultural events.

8. Bizarrely, Disney’s Mickey and Minnie will turn Welsh this week when the St David’s Welsh Festival at Disneyland Paris begins.

9. X Factor finalist Rhydian Roberts will perform in Swansea alongside the Chamber Orchestra of Wales and the Morriston Orpheus Choir to celebrate St.

10. Despite the fact that Saint David abstained from drinking and advised others to do the same, a number of Welsh breweries make special St. David’s Day ales. Cardiff brewers Brains describe theirs as ‘a light, daffodil coloured ale, dry hopped with Styrian Goldings to create a thirst quenching spring ale with a refreshing bite and dry hop aroma.’

Paxtonvic adds: St David is often pictured with a dove on his shoulder – a legend says that he when he preahced a dove often kept him company – a sign of Gods blessing and peace.

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  1. Comment for Rev Annette Reed.
    The year you were born, I spent my first family holiday at Boscome with my parents, 2 sisters and 2yr old brother. We had a very happy time and I had several more holidays there. We stayed with Mrs Kearley at 8 Borthwick Road, Boscome. This brings back so many happy memories for me. I was born on St David’s Day in 1941. My daughter worked voluntarily for Greyhounds in Need and re-homed unwanted greyhounds from Ireland and Spain. She adopted 3 of her own! I spent my honeymoon in Boscombe too – 50 years ago!
    I came on to your page looking for hymns for St David’s Day for our service on Sunday 2nd March and have found two that we can use I always loved St David’s Day in school as we had an eisteddfod in the morning, then had the rest of the day off!
    Thank you for reminding me of so many childhood memories!
    Sylvia Russell of Pontyclun, Mid Glamorgan.

    Comment by Sylvia Russell | February 25, 2014 | Reply

    • Hi Sylvia
      Many thanks for your nice comments. I love reading about other people’s memories. I remember Borthwick Road and I expect you spent some time on the beach when you were there.
      I went back to Boscombe last year with my daughter. It had changed so much yet in some ways it was the same. Those early childhood memories can be so vivid years on.
      Yes, I love greyhounds – does your daughter still have some?

      Glad the blog was helpful. I suppose they are a sort of library of material. If they help other people, thats great.

      My mothers family were from the Rhondda area of Wales and further back from Maesteg. So theres a bit of St David in me!

      I hope your St David’s Day celebrations go well.

      God Bless you in all you do


      Comment by paxtonvic | February 25, 2014 | Reply

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