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 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.
This year (2017) as an experiment, we are restricting the stage competitions to 25 years and under. This decision was taken due to the numbers in the audience decreasing in the evening year upon year and also because of the decreasing number of competitors in the older age bracket. Despite this, the literary competitions and composing a Hymn Tune will remain open to all ages. In the afternoon, the Eisteddfod is very successful with a high number of competitors and the hall full of people. Therefore, as there will not be a choral competition, various recitation and singing parties, etc this year, the prizes normally given to those competitions will be used to raise the prize money for the under 25 section, in the hope that this will attract more young people to compete. An extra prize that will be offered for this year will be £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. We are hoping that more people will attend the evening session of the Eisteddfod to see and hear the talented competitors, and also the chairing ceremony later in the evening. A warm welcome is extended to all.

Treuddyn Eisteddfod 2017
Venue: Treuddyn Schools’ Hall
Date: Saturday 18th November 2017
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 a copy of the Eisteddfod’s  competitions, please go to the web page of Cymdeithas Eisteddfodau Cymru, then Rhestr Eisteddfodau, then Eisteddfod Gadeiriol Y Treuddyn  Y-Treuddyn-2017

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.

Eisteddfod News

The Eisteddfod this year saw a few experimental changes, that is, the stage competitions were limited to the ages of 25 years and under.
Starting at 11a.m. the competitions were for the under 11year olds, followed from 6.00p.m. onwards for young people between the ages of 11 and 25 years. The afternoon performances were very successful, with as many as 30 children competing in some of the recitation and singing competitions. The evening competitions, which included an instrumental scholarship solo with a prize of £250, saw exceptional performances on the piano, harp and viola; a ‘Have you got talent’ competition –which on the night included a number of youngsters performing gymnastics and a solo from a musical show; and a £100 prize for the competitor deemed to be the most promising young (15 – 25years) competitor on stage.
The literary competitions were open to all ages as usual and this year we were very fortunate to receive thirteen entries for the Chair. The judge, Aled Lewis Evans, was full of praise for the winner, Marc Lloyd Jones from Mold, and forecasted that he was sure that this would be the first of many chairs that he will receive in the future.
The success of the new format for the Eisteddfod will be discussed by the Eisteddfod committee in the next few weeks, but the general feeling at the end of the day by those in the audience, the adjudicators, competitors and committee members was that it was a very successful Eisteddfod.


RecitationUnder 5 years: 1st) Dylan Steel, Ysgol Tŷ Ffynnon; 2nd) Owain, Elain, Elis, Callum, & Bethan; 3rd) Osian, Elan, & Macsen.  5 – 7yrs: 1st) Seren Brooks; 2nd) Awen Hogg, Ysgol Glanrafon; 3rd) Arla Bowen Jones & Tomos Slater; 7 – 9yrs: 1st) Cerys Liversage, Ysgol Glanrafon; 2nd) Beca Hogg: 3rd) Alys Nash, Ariana Hughes & Erin Parks; 9 – 11yrs: 1st) Mari Williams, Ysgol Glanrafon, 2nd) Sioned Roberts, Ysgol Terrig; 3rd) Osian Watson & Annie Lovatt; Learners under 9yrs: 1st) Tomos Jones, Ysgol Bro Famau & Logan Edwards, Ysgol Parc y Llan; 2nd) Caitlin Pugh, Ysgol Parc y Llan; 3rd) Osian Jones, Ysgol Bro Famau & Mia Roberts, Ysgol Parc y Llan; Learners 9 – 11yrs: 1st) Ioan Jones, Ysgol Bro Famau & Cari Jones, Ysgol Bro Famau; 2nd) Callum Kendrick, Ysgol Derwenfa; 3rd) Kiera Bell, Ysgol Parc y Llan; 15 – 18yrs: 1st) Marged Selway Jones, Mold.

InstrumentalPiano under 11yrs: Joint 2nd)  Sioned Roberts, Ysgol Terrig & Mabli Wiegand, Ysgol Glanrafon; Instrumental under 11yrs (excluding piano):1st) Mari Williams, Ysgol Glanrafon; Piano 11 – 15yrs: 1st) Cate Nash; Instrumental 11 – 15yrs (excluding piano): 1st) Naomi Parry Diaz; Piano 15 – 21yrs: 1st) Elias Ackerley, Coedpoeth; 2nd) Megan Roberts, Treuddyn; 3rd) Marged Selway Jones, Mold; Instrumental duet under 21yrs: 1st) Megan & Elan Roberts, Treuddyn; Instrumental Scholarship under 25yrs: 1st) Elias Ackerley, Coedpoeth.

SingingUnder 5yrs: 1st) Elis Ashford, Ysgol Glanrafon: 2nd) Esme Bowyer Jones & Owain Williams; 3rd) Dylan Steel, Macsen Edwards & Gwen Parks; 5 – 7yrs: 1st) Awen Hogg, Ysgol Glanrafon; 2nd) Lili Ellis & Arla Bowen Jones; 3rd) Fflur Ellis & Celyn Eilian;  7 – 9yrs: 1st) Beca Hogg, Ysgol Glanrafon; 2nd) Alys, Ysgol Glanrafon; 3rd) Erin Parks, Ysgol Glanrafon; 9 – 11yrs: 1st)  Mabli Hampson, Ysgol Glanrafon; 2nd) Annie Lovatt; 3rd) Mabli Wiegand & Mari Williams;11 – 15yrs: 1st) Osian Trefor, Deiniolen; 15 – 18yrs: 1st) Owen Barton Davies, Holywell; Duet under 18yrs: 1st) Owen & Georgia (Holywell & Rhuthun); 2nd) Nel & Casi, Mold; Vocal Ensemble 10 – 26 yrs: 1st) Erin, Marged & Carys.

Cerdd DantUnder 11yrs: 1st) Mari Williams, Ysgol Glanrafon; 15 – 18yrs: 1st) Marged Selway Jones, Mold.

ArtUnder 5yrs: 1st) Dylan Steel, Ysgol Tŷ Ffynnon; 2nd) Awen Hogg, Ysgol Glanrafon; 3rd) Freddie Usher Jones, Ysgol Parc y Llan; 5 – 7yrs: 1st) Iestyn Roberts, Rhuthun; 2nd) Owen Tomos Jones, Ysgol Glanrafon; 3rd) Charlotte Floyd Williams, Ysgol Terrig; 7 – 9yrs: 1st)  Erin Rhys Parks, Ysgol Glanrafon; 2nd) Seren Rogers, Ysgol Bro Famau; 3rd) Catrin Matthias, Ysgol Terrig; 9 – 11yrs: 1st) Josie Hurst, Ysgol Bro Famau; 2nd) Jack Roxburgh, Ysgol Parc y Llan; 3rd) Ioan Eldridge, Ysgol Glanrafon.

CreativeUnder 9yrs: 1st) Taidhg Wiegand, Ysgol Glanrafon; 2nd) Catrin Matthias, Ysgol Terrig; 3rd) Osian Jones, Ysgol Bro Famau; 9 – 11yrs: 1st) Mabli Wiegand, Ysgol Glanrafon; 2nd) Jack Roxburgh, Ysgol Parc y Llan; 3rd) Harry Dean, Ysgol Parc y Llan.

HandwritingUnder 9yrs: 1st) Haf Denman, Ysgol Glanrafon; 2nd) Chloe McHarg, Ysgol Tŷ Ffynnon; 3rd) Amy Howard, Ysgol Glanrafon; 9 – 11yrs: 1st) Anwen Ryder-Niles, Ysgol Terrig; 2nd) Eve Elverstone, Ysgol Tŷ Ffynnon; 3rd) Megan Bowyer, Ysgol Glanrafon.

LiteraryUnder 11yrs: 1st) Mared Roberts, Rhewl; 2nd) Mari Williams, Ysgol Glanrafon; 3rd) Dyfan Roberts, Rhewl; 15 – 19yrs: 1st) Cai Fôn Davies, Anglesey; 2nd) Alaw Fflur Jones, Llanbedr Pont Steffan;

Chair: Marc Lloyd Jones, Mold; Englyn: 1st)  Eluned Edwards, Gwernymynydd; 2nd) R.O. Hughes, Llanfyllin; Humorous poem: 1st) Awen Powell, Mold; 2nd) John Owen, Rhuthun; Hymn: 1st) Awen Powell, Mold; 2nd) Eirlys Gruffydd Evans, Mold: Lyric: 1st) Judith Morris, Aberystwyth; 2nd) Eirlys Gruffydd Evans, Mold; Short story: 1st) Martin Coleman, Derby; Joint 2nd) Gareth V Davies, Old Colwyn & Iona Evans, Pandy Tudur; Limerick: 1st) Eirlys Gruffydd Evans, Mold; 2nd) Miriam Collard, Llanymynech; Traditional rhymes: 1st) Mary B Morgan, Ceredigion; 2nd) Megan Richards, Aberaeron;  History of a Treuddyn Eisteddfod Chair: 1st) Mary Roberts, Treuddyn.

Composing a Hymn tune: 1st) Christopher Enston, Treuddyn.
‘Have you got talent?’: 1st) Marged Selway Jones, Mold; Joint 2nd)  Sioned Roberts,  Ava Bowen Jones & Arla Bowen Jones.
The most promising competitor on stage: Owen Barton Davies, Holywell.


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