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The A.V.C.

Formed in 1976, the Amici Val Ceno (Galles) is a group of Italians and Welsh Italians living and working in Wales who organise social and charity events within the Welsh-Italian community. Over the years members have given talks on the Welsh-Italian connection to historical societies, WI’s and indeed to anyone who requests them.

Some founder members have since passed on or moved from Wales, but the AVC continues and will continue to serve the Welsh-Italian community and their friends in the future.

Our Mission

The main objectives were, and will always be, to organise social and cultural events promoting contact among the Welsh-Italian community in social settings, thus maintaining that extra dimension of both Welsh and Italian cultures.

The AVC will always be strictly non-political as an Association. Profit is secondary to the social aspect, with any funds raised being given to carefully chosen charities. We have over the years distributed a substantial amount to a wide range of worthy charities.

The Committee

Gianluigi Fecci


Mark Tambini


Anthony Vallario


Paolo Balestrazzi


Alessandro Carpanini

Angela Gatti

Angelo Tedaldi

Delucia Sidoli

Dino Carpanini

Franco Tambini

Gerard Opel

Giacomo Sidoli

Jacob Guy

Mary Strinati

Paul Pelopida

Remo Fecci

Rob Basini

Sam Guy

Sandra Cooksey

Sharon Latham

Past Committee Members

Romeo Basini

Former President

Our Programs

We aim to offer a wide variety of events throughout the year that are suitable for all ages and interests. From our family friendly Scampagnata (the most famous of our events), to our (strictly educational) wine tasting evenings, we ensure that everyone has event that will interest them.

La Scampagnata 2023

Whilst we have yet to confirmed the exact Sunday, we are giving you a heads-up that the 2023 Scampagnata will take place in June. As always, everyone is welcome and there is absolutely no need to have attended an AVC event in the past. The day will offer the usual fun...

Gara Di Briscola 2023

It feels like forever since we held our Gara di Briscola, so April 2023 will see the event return. Get your cards out and start practicing as we think the long hiatus will make this years event will be extra competitive. As with every AVC event, all profits from the...

Wine Tasting Evening 2023

Early in 2023 we will be hosting our third wine tasting evening. Whilst the exact details for the evening are still being finalised, we wanted to make sure you were aware of the events well in advance. As with every AVC event, all profits from the evening will be...