Eisteddfod y Dysgwyr 2016

The winners!

Were you there? Well, if you weren’t, you missed a treat. The evening was fantastic, talents displayed in every nook and cranny a everyone in their element socialising.

Following the acknowledgements at the start of the evening, Ivoreen Williams took the helm and led us through a very enjoyable evening.

First to take to the stage was a group of tutors singing a silly song in the style of cerdd dant without rhyme or reason! The song was about their suffering having to work so tirelessly!! But it was a lot of fun!

Then, everyone sang ‘Lawr ar Lan y Môr’  with the expert conductor Robin Campbell. Lovely that the audience as a whole could ‘perform’.

On to the real competing next with the ‘Sgen ti dalent?’ (Do you have talent) competition, sponsored by the Cymdeithas Eisteddfodau Cymru. The humorous Sinffonia Celtica won with two solos – Shirley O’neil and Helen Jones sharing the second prize, and Mair and Holly the third.

The winners of the written work were then announced:

Lefel Mynediad (Entry Level) – A conversation between two people on a train:

Samantha Musty

Bethan Thomas

Joanna Jones

Lefel Sylfaen (Foundation Level) – Prose: The Best Holiday Ever:

Lorraine Lloyd and Gwenda Meats

Marie duQuesnay

Lefel Canolradd (Intermediate Level) – A letter to your local council expressing opinion about recycling:

Rena Breese

John Taylor

Michelle Buist

A film or book review:

Elizabeth Thomas

Roger Upward

Martin Jones

Prose – Bridges:

Anne Watts – won the Crown

Miriam Moules

Juliet Revell

The Chair – A Poem on the theme ‘The Boundary’:

John Matthews

Patrick Jemmer

Cara Llywelyn-Davies

Limerick:

Rosemary Williams

Gareth Thomas

Jennifer Curnock

After singing ‘Yma o hyd’ together, the ceremonies were held – presenting the Crown and the Chair back to back. The Chair, beautifully carved by John Davies from Burry Port, was presented to the winner John Matthews for a year.

Everyone joined in to sing the Chair Ceremony song and then Mi Glywaf Dyner Lais before announcing the craft competition winners.  The subject of the craft work this year was ‘Characters from a children’s’ story’.

Photography – 1 or more photos:

Nikki McAllister

Sarah Croft

Helen Jones

A picture in any medium:

Gwyn Morris

Bruce Lervy

Ruth Manser

Collage:

Group E Drindod Dewi Sant

Jessica Sumpter

Jodie Morgan

Knitting, sewing or crochet:

Francis Maslin

Dian Knight

Jennifer Curnock

Cookery–  prepared before hand:

Bake a cake or fairy cakes

Carol Morgan

Samantha Musty

Enfys Sir Gâr singing Calon Lân won the group singing competition with Grŵp Dysgu Drwy Ganu coming second singing Lleucu Llwyd and Grŵp Sir Benfro came third with Hafan Gobaith.

The evening finished with the winning group back on the stage and then the national anthem to close.

Castell Howell kindly donated food and everyone enjoyed the refreshments before and after the Eisteddfod itself while casting an eye of the crafts in the back room.

Thank you also to Leekes for loaning us the plants to decorate the stage.

A very special evening. Keep an eye out for the next one!