Strong competition from far and wide
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