Today (4 May), the names of Ceredigion residents honoured by the Gorsedd of the Bards at the Anglesey National Eisteddfod, have been announced.
These honours, presented annually, are an opportunity to recognise individuals from all parts of the country for their achievements and their commitment to Wales, the Welsh language and to their local communities across the whole of Wales. This year’s individuals will be honoured at special ceremonies on the Eisteddfod Maes in Bodedern on Monday 7 August and Friday 11 August.
In line with the Gorsedd of the Bards’ arrangements for honouring new members, all new members enter the Gorsedd on the same level, irrespective of whether they are honoured into the Blue or Green robes.
Those who have succeeded in the fields of Law, Science, Sports, Journalism, Media, local / national activities become Honorary Druids – Blue robes - for their services to the nation.
The Gorsedd also honours new members to the Green robes for their contribution to the arts.
Those who have succeeded in the Gorsedd examination or are eligible because of their degree in literature, music, drama or art, also receive the Green robes, as will the winner of the Osborne Roberts Memorial Prize every year and the winners of the Urdd Crown and Chair.
Only the winners of the main competitions at the National Eisteddfod are honoured with White robes.
The Anglesey National Eisteddfod is held in Bodedern from 4-12 August. For more information go to www.eisteddfod.wales.
Gwynfryn Evans, Bow Street, is a community leader, well respected by everyone as an active part of the village and the chapel. He worked in the dairy sector throughout his career, beginning in Llangefni and Montgomery before becoming manager of the dairy factory at Felinfach and then the South Wales and the Midlands manager for the Milk Marketing Board. He volunteers with a wide range of local and national organisations, and is the current Chair of the Golwg 360 Board.
Huw Ceiriog Jones
Huw Ceiriog Jones, Llandre, Bow Street, has given the Powys Provincial Eisteddfod a lifetime’s service. He is the current Administrative Druid for the Eisteddfod, and is also busily recording the history of the Eisteddfod from its early days to the present. With a background working at the National Library of Wales, he is more than equipped to carry out such a research project. He also owns a small antique press, and printed a collection of Iolo Morganwg’s love poems, ‘Y Gwir Degwch’ on the press. He is a former president of Cymdeithas Carafanwyr Cymru and editor of their magazine, ‘Y Nomad’.
Richard and Wyn Jones
Richard and Wyn Jones, Cardigan, are best known as the founders of the independent record label, Fflach, which has been an important part of the Welsh music scene for decades. With the scene developing, sub-labels were created to focus on more specialised content, Rasp, to encourage and publish new artists, and Fflach: tradd, for choirs, brass bands and folk artists. They have a dedicated recording studio in Cardigan, contributing to the economy, culture and good causes in their community and beyond. The two brothers are members of the band ‘Ail Symudiad’, and are successful and popular musicians, with their songs regularly heard on the radio.
Mari Rhian Owen
Mari Rhian Owen, Aberystwyth, is an actress, author and educator, who has over 30 years of experience working in professional theatre. She is an expert in educational and community theatre, and works for Cwmni Arad Goch as their Actor Manager, leading workshops through drama. She also leads creative writing courses for undergraduate students and learners in schools, as well as running specific training courses for teachers. She has been a PGCE Secondary Drama tutor at Aberystwyth University for ten years. She has also been responsible for devising and facilitating language activities through drama for fifteen years in Ceredigion and Powys.
Jeremy Turner, Aberystwyth, is best known as the Artistic Director of Cwmni Arad Goch, with over 20,000 children, young people and families in Wales enjoying performances by the company across Wales every year. He is a visiting lecturer in universities across Wales, and his expertise in the theatre world has been recognised at international level, with opportunities to lecture and present at seminars all over the world. His work has been performed in countries all over the globe. He also provides professional training for local education authorities and national organisations.