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The A.V.C.

Established in 1976, Amici Val Ceno (Galles) is a not-for-profit charity that has become an integral part of the Welsh-Italian community in Wales. Comprising both Italians and Welsh Italians, the organization is dedicated to fostering a sense of community and connection through a diverse range of social and charity events. These events not only serve as platforms for cultural exchange but also contribute to charitable causes, reflecting the group’s commitment to making a positive impact in both the Welsh-Italian community and the wider society.

In addition to organising events, members of Amici Val Ceno (Galles) actively engage with the community by offering insightful talks on the rich history and cultural ties between Wales and Italy. These talks have been presented to historical societies, Women’s Institutes (WIs), and various interested groups, emphasising the importance of preserving and celebrating the Welsh-Italian heritage. The organisation has become a valuable resource for those seeking to learn more about the shared history and traditions that bind these two communities.

While some of the founding members have moved on, the legacy of Amici Val Ceno (Galles) endures. The organisation remains steadfast in its commitment to serving the Welsh-Italian community and its friends, ensuring that the cultural exchange and charitable efforts initiated by the founders continue to flourish. As it looks towards the future, Amici Val Ceno (Galles) remains a beacon of unity, dedicated to maintaining and strengthening the bonds between Italy and Wales.

Our Mission

Since its establishment, Amici Val Ceno (Galles) remains dedicated to fostering social and cultural connections within the Welsh-Italian community. Emphasising a strictly non-political stance, the organisation prioritises the social aspect over profit, channelling funds raised into carefully chosen charities. This commitment has resulted in substantial contributions to a variety of worthy causes, reflecting the AVC’s dedication to both cultural preservation and community service.

By organising events that promote cross-cultural interactions, the AVC continues to uphold its founding objectives, ensuring a vibrant and inclusive space for celebrating the shared heritage of Welsh and Italian cultures.

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

Our goal is to provide a diverse array of events throughout the year, catering to all ages and interests. From the renowned family-friendly Scampagnata to strictly educational wine tasting evenings, we strive to offer something for everyone.