Hon­ours for the stal­warts of vil­lage eisteddfo­dau

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STAL­WARTS of vil­lage Eisteddfo­dau across North Wales were recog­nised for their vol­un­tary ser­vice over many years dur­ing a meet­ing at the Na­tional Eisteddfod.

Cymdei­thas Eisteddfo­dau Cymru (As­so­ci­a­tion of Welsh Eisteddfo­dau) hon­oured 25 peo­ple who be­tween them had more than 900 years of ser­vice to their lo­cal fes­ti­vals.

Pre­sent­ing the cer­tifi­cates, chair­man Megan Jones said their con­tri­bu­tion to Wales’ cul­tural her­itage had been im­mea­sur­able: “They work dili­gently be­hind the scenes through­out the year or­gan­is­ing the Eisteddfod and make sure it all goes smoothly on the day.

“More than 120 small eisteddfo­dau are held through­out Wales each year. Re­search has shown that more than 93,000 peo­ple are in­volved in the vol­un­tary run­ning of these Eisteddfo­dau.

“They keep the cul­ture of ru­ral Wales alive and nat­u­rally help sus­tain the Welsh lan­guage.

“More than that they give our young peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop their tal­ents on stage. Com­peti­tors don’t just need to be able to sing or re­cite be­cause vil­lage Eisteddfo­dau also of­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties to write prose and po­etry or prac­tice their artis­tic tal­ents.”

One of the re­cip­i­ents of the long ser­vice awards, Gla­dys Pritchard, said it was a “great hon­our” to be recog­nised by the As­so­ci­a­tion.

Mrs Pritchard has been the trea­surer of Eisteddfod Môn, one of the larger pro­vin­cial fes­ti­vals in Wales, for many years.

This year she is also chair­man of the Eisteddfod Môn court, which is or­gan­is­ing next year’s fes­ti­val, be­ing staged over three days at Llangefni.

She is also a mem­ber of the Na­tional Eisteddfod’s Gorsedd of Bards as well as its Anglesey coun­ter­part.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing her cer­tifi­cate the re­tired school ad­min­is­tra­tor from Holy­head said: “I am so pleased to be awarded this hon- our at the Eisteddfod on Anglesey. It was to­tally un­ex­pected.”

One of the long­est-serv­ing Eisteddfod of­fi­cials to be awarded a cer­tifi­cate is An­nwen Hughes, who first started vol­un­teer­ing at the Melin y Coed Eisteddfod near Llan­r­wst 54 years ago.

She be­gan help­ing her fa­ther, who was the sec­re­tary at the time, and has held the post since 1995.

Megan Jones said An­nwen types out the pro­gramme, de­signs the posters and prints all ma­te­ri­als in­clud­ing the tick­ets.

“She has at­tended our com­mit­tee meet­ings since the first one.

“An ex­cel­lent or­gan­iser and the suc­cess of the Eisteddfod is down to her dili­gence,” she added.

Thanks to Welsh Gov­ern­ment fund­ing, the As­so­ci­a­tion is able to em­ploy two de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cers to pro­mote the smaller Eisteddfod.

As­so­ci­a­tion of­fi­cials meet Welsh Lan­guage min­is­ter Alun Davies to dis­cuss their work.

“It is im­por­tant he sees, at first hand, the work car­ried out by the As­so­ci­a­tion,” said Mrs Jones.

Pic­ture: Ar­wyn Roberts

Gla­dys Pritchard from Holy­head with her long ser­vice cer­tifi­cate

Singers per­form at the Daniel Owen cer­e­mony while (right) Rhys Meilir, from Llangefni, fin­ished first on the Cerdd dant 16 and over 21 (Far right) Mali Elwy Wil­liams, from Llansanan, was first in the recita­tion from the scrip­ture,16 and over

Pic­ture: Ar­wyn Roberts

Learn­ers’ Chair win­ner Ju­dith Stam­mers with Arch­druid Geraint Lloyd Owen

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