Monmouthshire marked St David’s Day – Dydd Gŵyl Dewi – with a number of events across the county celebrating Welsh language, culture and the memory of the patron saint of Wales.
County Hall echoed to the sound of well-known and loved songs as the Monmouthshire Community Choir sang in the reception area during a lunchtime concert to an appreciative audience. The choir opened with the national anthem – Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau – and continued with such favourites as Calon Lân, We’ll Keep A Welcome and Sosban Fach.
In the town of Usk itself the council’s community hub in Maryport Street hosted a St David’s Day country market with over £100 raised to support people with sight loss. Market stalls sold cakes, jam, preserves, flowers and plants as well as tea, coffee and freshly-made Welsh cakes. Handmade crocheted daffodil brooches were also on sale. Councillor Bob Greenland, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for the county’s community hubs said: “Usk’s St David’s Day country market is a great example of how our five hubs can bring people together to benefit a good cause and support local community activity.”
Among the county’s many schools celebrating the day of their patron saint were those in Trelech, Usk, Raglan, The Dell Primary and St Mary’s RC Primary in Chepstow, Ysgol y Ffin and Dewstow Primary in Caldicot and Kymin View in Monmouth. Both Pembroke Primary in Chepstow and the nearby Shirenewton Primary ran an eisteddfod with Pembroke holding a traditional Chairing of the Bard ceremony. Meanwhile, in Abergavenny, Ysgol Gymraeg y Fenni held a whole-school Eisteddfod with every child taking part. The chair and crown were won by Rafferty and Gruff from Year Six and after enthusiastic competition Deri Team were hailed overall winners.
Also, in Abergavenny, Mardy Park Resource Centre on Old Hereford Road raised over £500 for the St David’s Hospice featuring a cake stall, craft table, tombola and a raffle with the community cafe offering food from a special Welsh menu.
Councillor Phil Hobson, cabinet member with responsibility for the Welsh language said: “Monmouthshire is proud to celebrate its Welsh heritage, culture and language.”
Some wonderful examples of the county’s St David’s Day celebrations can be found on Monmouthshire County Council’s Facebook and Twitter accounts: