Strong com­pe­ti­tion from far and wide

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

AGE was no bar­rier as the An­gle­sey and Gwynedd’s Older Peo­ple’s Eisteddfod was held at Llangefni Town Hall re­cently.

The Eisteddfod was held on Friday, Septem­ber 29, as part of Age Cymru Gwynedd a Môn’s ac­tiv­i­ties on An­gle­sey to cel­e­brate Age Pos­i­tive Week.

Or­gan­iser He­len El­lis said: “The stan­dard of en­tries was ex­cep­tional again this, the ninth, year, with new peo­ple com­ing for­ward year on year.

“This year, we re­ceived en­tries from as far afield as Dover and Gilling­ham, in Kent. But the Art and Craft spot­light was on Ann Jones, from Llangefni, she won eight firsts, two sec­onds and three thirds, thus se­cur­ing the cham­pion’s cup again for the sec­ond year run­ning.”

The win­ner of the Bard’s chair was am­a­teur writer Stephen Mars­den, from Lland­dona.

Orig­i­nally from Manch­ester, Stephen pro­duced me­dia for com­pa­nies and or­gan­i­sa­tions be­fore re­tir­ing to Lland­dona with his wife Meg (also a poet) three years ago.

They are both mem­bers of the Just Write writ­ing group, which meets fort­nightly in Llangefni.

Stephen has also been keenly learn­ing Welsh for two years, again in Llangefni, and is chair­man of Beau­maris Film Night, run by a team of vol­un­teers on the first Thurs­day of each month in the leisure cen­tre.

“I started en­ter­ing the Eisteddfod last year, and I love its range and the stim­u­la­tion of the sub­jects,” he said.

“I’m ab­so­lutely thrilled and so proud to have won, just as I’ve had so much plea­sure and ful­fil­ment work­ing through its chal­lenges.

“Re­tir­ing can give such great op­por­tu­ni­ties to do more of what you en­joy, which lo­cally in­cludes be­ing mem­bers of Lland­dona Com­mu­nity Choir and the monthly book group.”

But, like any other Eisteddfod, this one, too, re­lies on the con­tri­bu­tion of the team of vol­un­teers who give their time freely to en­sure that ev­ery com­peti­tor re­ceives the best pos­si­ble op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate their skills, as a com­peti­tor or as a judge.

He­len added: “The vol­un­teers were very busy through­out the two days, pre­par­ing for the com­pet­ing and look­ing after ev­ery­one through­out the day. Our grat­i­tude and thanks to them all”.

The Eisteddfod is open to ev­ery­one over the age of 50 wher­ever you live, and peo­ple can com­pete in Welsh or English.

He­len, who’s re­tir­ing as the Eisteddfod or­gan­iser this year, con­cluded: “It’s been a plea­sure and a priv­i­lege to serve the Eisteddfod, from its hum­ble be­gin­nings nine years ago, to the ex­tremely suc­cess­ful event it is to­day, and I look for­ward to com­pet­ing in fu­ture years”.

Parti Llansad­wrn, win­ners of the Wil­liams Hughes Shield for Recit­ing

● The win­ner of the Bard’s chair was am­a­teur writer Stephen Mars­den, from Lland­dona

● Siw Wood, Llith­faen, re­ceiv­ing her 1st prize from judge Menna Medi

● Ann Wyn Owen, Rhoscolyn, win­ner of the Light Poem

● Ann Jones, Llangefni, re­ceiv­ing the Cham­pi­ons Cup in the craft sec­tion

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