Residents of a Caldicot care home were treated to a special concert to mark St Dwynwen’s Day by children from the town’s Welsh-medium primary school. St Dwynwen’s Day/Dydd Santes Dwynwen is celebrated in Wales on 25th January and she is the Welsh patron saint of lovers – the Welsh equivalent of St Valentine.
The choir from Caldicot’s Ysgol y Ffin primary school performed before appreciative residents of the Cherry Tree Care Home and sang Welsh hymn Calon Lân, rugby favourite Sosban Fach, Ysbryd y Nos and a beautiful rendition of Anfonaf Angel, before ending with Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau. The choir consisted of 27 pupils from the school’s Year Four and Five classes.
The home always celebrates St Dwynwen’s Day though this was the first time that the school choir had performed on this special occasion. Resident Royston Stewart, a former collier and ex-member of Tredegar Male Voice Choir said: “This lovely performance brought back memories of the songs we used to sing.”
General Manager at Cherry Tree Care Home, Gill Jones said: “The joy on the residents’ faces on seeing and hearing the children was wonderful. Their performance brought alive such wonderful memories. It’s so important for different generations to come together and bridge the age gap.”
Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for the Welsh language, Councillor Sara Jones added: “Events like Dydd Santes Dwynwen contribute towards the development of the Welsh language in Monmouthshire by raising awareness of its increasing popularity in the county. I’d like to thank the pupils of Ysgol y Ffin for their concert at the Cherry Tree Care Home which was very well received. Diolch yn fawr iawn i chi gyd!”