Today (4 May), the names of those either living in Powys or with links to the county, 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.
David Ellis, Whittington, Shropshire, is a key part of Welsh life in the area. He is the President of Oswestry Welsh Club, and has also served the Powys Provincial Eisteddfod committee, and was Chair of the Executive Committee in 2016. He has been a member of the Powys Eisteddfod Gorsedd for many years, and is responsible for the Eisteddfod ensign. He chaired the Oswestry appeal committee for the Montgomeryshire and the Marches National Eisteddfod in 2015. He is, undoubtedly, one of the most ardent supporters of the language and Welsh culture locally.
Most of us remember Helena Jones, Brecon, one of the stars of last year’s Monmouthshire and District Eisteddfod, who competed on the Pavilion stage a few months short of her hundredth birthday. She had a warm reception on stage, and her local community will also be proud of her latest honour. She has been a dedicated and highly active member of her local community for many years. Having learned Welsh quite late in life, she is committed to supporting the language and the Eisteddfod. She is a gifted poet and writer, who has won many awards for her work. She has worked tirelessly for many charities and organisations over the years including the Wales Air Ambulance, Tenovus and St John’s Ambulance.
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’.
Originally from Meifod, renowned harpist, Ieuan Jones, London, is a well-known name in many parts of the world, with Spanish audiences referring to the Welshman as ‘Esplendoroso Jones’ due to his exceptional talent. Ieuan is Professor of Harp at the Royal College of Music in London, and is regularly invited to adjudicate at international competitions across the world. He continues to return home to his roots to coach and support young local musicians.