Treuddyn Eisteddfod

EisteddfodThe aim of the Eisteddfod is to stage a cultural event, giving many children and adults an opportunity to perform before an audience. We are proud to be the only Eisteddfod in Flintshire, and very proud to be able to continue for so long in an area so near to the English/Welsh border.

Eisteddfod Gadeiriol Treuddyn staged the first eisteddfod of this series in November 1975 under the auspices of a Quality of Life project steered by Alyn & Deeside District Council.
The actual Eisteddfod takes place at the schools’ hall on the third Saturday of November each year. Competitions (singing and recitations) commence at 11a.m. for the under 5’s and move on to under 7, 9, 11, 15, 18, 21 and 25 year olds. The programme becomes more varied – piano, instrumental, singing with the harp – and a scholarship instrumental solo for those under 25 years attracts competitors from a wide area to compete for a £250 prize towards their studies.
Adjudicators are invited from all areas of North Wales and have a high standard of knowledge and expertise.
The committee, made up of c. 21 members of Treuddyn and neighbouring districts, meets at the Capel Y Rhos Schoolroom four or five times a year to arrange various aspects needing to be addressed each year.
The whole event is highly organised. The stage events take place in the schools’ hall, but much attention to detail is given to organising rotas for door stewards, car park stewards and for refreshments served in the adjoining Youth Hall all day. We depend a great deal on the help of volunteers on the day, and the time they give is invaluable and greatly appreciated.
The costs of staging such an event are increasing regularly, but we organise fund raising events and are fortunate to have financial assistance from faithful individuals and from Treuddyn Community Council. We also receive grants, on application, from Pantyfedwen Trust, the William Park-Jones Fund, etc.
Following the changes made in 2017, re the competitions, and the feeling that the experiment had been successful, it was decided to keep to the same procedure in 2018. Therefore, the stage competitions were again restricted to the ages of 25 years and younger, except for the Cymdeithas Eisteddfodau Cymru 2018 – 2019 competition to recite or present a humorous piece – open to all ages.  In addition to this, the literary competitions and composing a Hymn Tune remain open to all ages. An additional prize that is offered again in 2018 is £100 for the competitor aged 15 – 25 deemed the most promising in the stage competitions, i.e. singing, recitation, instrumental, except for the instrumental scholarship under 25 years which has its own prize.


Eisteddfod News 2018

On a bright, sunny day the afternoon competitions were very successful as usual. We thank the area’s primary schools for their usual loyalty. We hope the children enjoyed the opportunity to benefit from the experience given to them annually to enhance their talents. In some of the recitation and singing competitions, there were as many as 40 children on stage! What a feast for the audience.

Although not as many competed during the evening, the adjudicators were full of praise for the young competitors – the standard was very high and very promising. In addition to winning a number of competitions, Tegid Goodman Jones from Caerwys, very deservedly won the sum of £100, the committee’s prize for the most promising competitor in the stage competitions.

According to the adjudicator, Aled Lewis Evans, the standard of the literary competitions was very high, with fifteen competing for the Chair from all parts of Wales. The winner was Judith Morris from Aberystwyth. She received a warm welcome from the young attendants and following the flower dance by girls from Ysgol Terrig, Mr Idris Jones read out a special poem to her in recognition of her achievement. Judith Morris was then presented with a model of a chair made by Mr John Parry.


Recitation  – Under 5 years: Joint 1st) Gwenllian Rhys & Jac, Ysgol Glanrafon; Joint 2nd) Ela Haf Ellis & Anni, Ysgol Glanrafon; 3rd) Bethan Williams, Ysgol Terrig.  5 – 7years: Joint 1st) Sali & Awen, Ysgol Glanrafon; 2nd) Elis Ashford, Ysgol Glanrafon; Joint 3rd) Elan Jones & Tomos, Ysgol Glanrafon, & Celyn Angel, Ysgol Rhostryfan. 

7 – 9years: 1st) Elen Jones; Joint 2nd) Mari Edwards & Sarah Brady, Ysgol Glanrafon; 3rd) Cerys Liversage, Ysgol Glanrafon; 9 – 11years: 1st) Tomos Elis, Ysgol Glanrafon; 2nd) Erin Parks, Ysgol Glanrafon; Joint 3rd) Elen Davies & Alys Jones, Ysgol Glanrafon.  Learners under 9 years: 1st) Molly Koffman, Ysgol Parc y Llan; 2nd) Grace Beech, Ysgol Parc y Llan; 3rd) Osian Jones, Ysgol Bro Famau. Learners  9 – 11years: 1st) Jasmine, Ysgol Parc y Llan; Joint 2nd) Holly & Caitlin, Ysgol Parc y Llan; Joint 3rd) Ioan  Jones, Ysgol Bro Famau, & Logan. Cymdeithas Eisteddfodau Cymru competition – recitation or presentation of a humorous piece (open to all ages): 1st) Rhys Jones, Corwen. 

Instrumental – Piano under 11years: 1st) Mabli, Ysgol Glanrafon; Joint 2nd) Sioned Roberts, Ysgol Terrig & Alys, Ysgol Glanrafon; Joint 3rd) Abi, Ysgol Terrig; Amelia, Ysgol Terrig & Wil, Ysgol Terrig. Instrumental under 11years (excluding piano): 1st) Beca Hogg, Ysgol Glanrafon; 2nd) Alys Jones, Ysgol Glanrafon; 3rd) Elen Davies, Ysgol Glanrafon. Piano 11 – 15years: 1st) Cate Nash, Mold; 2nd) Megan Ruck; 3rd) Branwen Medi Jones, Llanbedr D.C.  Instrumental 11 – 15years (excluding piano): 1st) Naomi Parry Diaz, Mold.

 Singing – Under 5years: 1st) Gwenllian Rhys, Ysgol Glanrafon; Joint 2nd) Ela Haf Ellis, Ysgol Glanrafon & Catrin Eleri Griffiths; 3rd) Lily McGleeshon; 5 – 7years: 1st) Awen Hogg, Ysgol Glanrafon; 2nd) Elis Ashford, Ysgol Glanrafon; 3rd) Sasha Evans, Ysgol Glanrafon;  7 – 9years: 1st) Cerys Liversage, Ysgol Glanrafon; 2nd) Mari Edwards, Ysgol Glanrafon; 3rd) Meleri Rees, Clocaenog; 9 – 11years: 1st)  Beca Hogg, Ysgol Glanrafon; 2nd) Erin Parks, Ysgol Glanrafon; 3rd) Alys Nash, Ysgol Glanrafon; 11 – 15years: 1st) Osian Trefor Hughes, Deiniolen; 2nd) Branwen Medi Jones, Llanbedr D.C.; 15 – 18years: 1st) Tegid Goodman Jones, Caerwys. 

Cerdd Dant – Dan 11years: 1st) Beca Hogg, Ysgol Glanrafon; 11 – 15 years: 1st) Branwen Medi Jones, Llanbedr D.C.; 2nd) Osian Trefor Hughes, Deiniolen.

Art – Under 5years: 1st) Elis Jones, Ysgol Terrig; 2nd) Owen Banc, Ysgol Bro Famau; 3rd) Thea Roberts, Ysgol Terrig; 5 – 7years: 1st) Gethin Brady, Ysgol Glanrafon; 2nd) Charlie Walker, Ysgol Terrig; 3rd) Seren Williams, Ysgol Terrig; 7 – 9years: 1st) Cerys Moore, Ysgol Terrig; 2nd) Morgan Jones Roberts, Ysgol Glanrafon; 3rd) Daniel Connah, Ysgol Terrig; 9 – 11years: 1st) Jack Deary, Ysgol Bro Famau; 2nd) Alwen, Ysgol Glanrafon; 3rd) Rhys Rogers, Ysgol Terrig.

Creative – Under 9years: 1st) Sarah Brady, Ysgol Glanrafon; 2nd) Lydia Slater; 9 – 11years: 1st) Rhys Evans, Ysgol Parc y Llan; 2nd) Beca Hogg, Ysgol Glanrafon; 3rd) Caitlin Pugh, Ysgol Parc y Llan.

Handwriting – Under 9years: 1st) Adam, Ysgol Bro Famau; 2nd) Lowri Jones, Ysgol Glanrafon; 3rd) Finlay, Ysgol Bro Famau; 9 – 11years: 1st) Bale, Ysgol Glanrafon; 2nd) Seren, Ysgol Bro Famau; 3rd) Enfys.

Best overall Craft work – Craft Shield: Sarah Brady, Ysgol Glanrafon.

Literary – 15 – 19years: 1st) Cai Fôn Davies, Talwrn, Anglesey; 2nd) Huw Jones, Rhosllanerchrugog;

Chair: Judith Morris, Aberystwyth. Englyn: 1st)  Rachel James, Pembrokeshire; 2nd) Huw Alun Roberts, Mold.  Humorous poem: 1st) Awen Powell,Mold; Joint 2nd) Ann Wyn Owen, Rhoscolyn, & John Meurig Edwards, Aberhonddu. Hymn: 1st) Awen Powell, Mold; 2nd) Eirlys Gruffydd Evans, Mold; Joint 3rd) Sydney Davies, Glyn Ceiriog, & John Eric Hughes, Abergele. Lyric: 1st) John Meurig Edwards, Aberhonddu; 2nd) Megan Richards, Aberaeron. Short story: 1st) Euros Gwyn Jones, Pwllheli; 2nd) Eirlys Gruffydd Evans, Mold; 3rd) Awen Powell, Mold. Limerick: 1st) Eleri Roberts, Coedpoeth; Joint 2nd) Aled Llwyd Jones, Nantglyn, & Huw Jones, Rhosllanerchrugog; Traditional Rhymes: 1st) John Meurig Edwards, Aberhonddu; 2nd) Mary B Morgan, Cardigan; Joint 3rd) Megan Richards, Aberaeron & Eirlys Gruffydd Evans, Mold.

Composing a Hymn tune: 1st) Godfrey Williams, Pontcysyllte; Joint 2nd) Christopher Enston, Treuddyn, & Gwilym Lewis, Holyhead; 3rd) Aled Llwyd Jones, Nantglyn.

‘Have you got talent?’: 1st) Tegid Goodman Jones, Caerwys.

Most promising competitor on stage: Tegid Goodman Jones, Caerwys.


Treuddyn Eisteddfod 2019
Venue: Treuddyn Schools’ Hall
Date: Saturday, 16th November 2019
Time: Doors open at 10:30am: The Eisteddfod to start at 11:00am (under 5 to 11yrs. old) and 6pm for those over 11 years.
Contact:  Eisteddfod Secretary: Mrs. Ceinwen Parry – Tel: (01352) 771333


For more information on the history of Treuddyn Eisteddfod
Download Treuddyn Eisteddfod 1863 to 1999 Lawrlwythwch Eisteddfod Treuddyn 1863 – 1999 yma (file size:2.5mb so it may take a little while.)
This book traces the history of the Treuddyn Eisteddfod from 1863 to 1999. It explains that the Eisteddfod was probably started here by chapel-goers who saw people meeting at public houses to enjoy singing and reciting poetry and wanted to save them from the demon drink. The Eisteddfod was held in chapels at first and the book discusses the various famous Welsh performers, such as Nansi Richards the famous Welsh harpist, who would frequent the Eisteddfod and give it a bit of star quality.
The book looks at the various Eisteddfod chairs won over the years, gives quotations from winning poetry and has a variety of stories and anecdotes from different periods. These include the musings of a man who had lived in London for years and who remembered with horror having to stand on stage and recite a Welsh poem as a six year old to a packed house. He remembered his teacher forcing his apple into his pocket before he went on stage and his discomfort at having to recite with an apple jammed curiously in his trousers! There are photos galore from various periods in time and the local people of Treuddyn are certain to find reference to, or a photograph of, at least one person that they have known over the years.



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