24 July 2017
With less than a fortnight to go before the start of the Anglesey National Eisteddfod, we are taking the opportunity to contact you with an update.
A public meeting was held in the Village on 10 July to give residents a further opportunity to hear about the Eisteddfod arrangements. Several points were raised during the evening, and below is some information to answer them.
The National Eisteddfod accepted an invitation by Isle of Anglesey County Council to host the festival in 2017 via the existing agreement with the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA). As part of the process, the Council were asked to look for suitable venues in accordance with the requirements of the Eisteddfod (sufficient and level land, good links to the A55, water supply etc.). After a consultation process, the decision was jointly made that the Bodedern site offered the best option, and on that basis a public meeting was called on 25 June 2015 in Llangefni to initiate the local arrangements.
The transport plan one-way system is being implemented on safety grounds, on the instruction of the Local Authority’s Safety Advisory Group (SAG). In view of the Group, it is the best plan to reduce delays off the A55 and to avoid congestion through the centre of Bodedern village, which were the primary concerns. As part of the local communication process, every local resident and business, living or working directly off the one-way system have been visited and/or left a letter to explain the plan in detail. To remind you, the on-way system will be in operation from 00:00 on 3 August to 23:59 on 13 August.
As regards to public transport, a courtesy bus operated by Arriva, will connect Bodedern and the Eisteddfod Maes with their X4 service at Dalar Hir / VOSA between 09:00 in the morning and midnight from Thursday 3 August up to and including Sunday 13 August. Services before 09:00 will be unaffected. During this period Arriva’s journeys operating under the 4 service number, will serve the village of Bodedern from the direction of the village of Llanynghenedl rather than the village of Caergeiliog.
A total of 9 preliminary competitions will be held in the Village during the week at Bodedern Parish Church, Saron Chapel and the Memorial Hall. The prelims do not attract large audiences and we do not anticipate that they will affect traffic through the Village. Competitors have been advised to use Memorial Hall and the Primary School car parks.
According to independent research, the Eisteddfod is worth between £6 and £8 million to the local economy, with the tourism and hospitality sector being the major benefactor. We hope that there will be a warm Welsh welcome awaiting the visitors from the rest of Wales and beyond during the first week of August, and that they will as a result want to return for future holidays.
The village of Bodedern has been very supportive during the last 18 months, with resident artist workshops and celebrations taking place recently. We sincerely hope that the Village will want to welcome the day visitors and those staying on the near by caravan sites, and encourage them to support your busiensses – details of local businesses who have contacted us will be promoted on the Eisteddfod website and social media over the coming days. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like us to promote your business.
We have been collaborating with a team of possionate volunteers for accross the Isle, who have worked tiressley to organise a memorable festival. The arrangements are in place and we are now hoping for a successful Anglesey National Eisteddfod for everyone – we hope to see you there.
Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the arrangements during the week itself, you can contact us on 0845 120 9555, and your call will be dealt with by an Eisteddfod member of staff.
Elfed Roberts (Chief Executive)