The 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 21 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 from 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, Cymdeithas Eisteddfodau Cymru, 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 and 2019. Therefore, the stage competitions were again restricted to the ages of 25 years and younger, except for the Cymdeithas Eisteddfodau Cymru 2019 – 2020 competition to perform 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 2019 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 21 years which has its own prize.
Treuddyn Eisteddfod 2020
Venue: Treuddyn Schools’ Hall
Date: Saturday, 21st November, 2020
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.