Today (4 May), the names of those from south west Wales 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.
Although his roots are deep in Pembrokeshire, South Africa has been home to Tony Davies for many years. He was President of the 'Welsh Cambrian Society’ and has been Chair of the Welsh Society in South Africa for thirty years. He has been Chair of the Welsh Choir of South Africa for twenty years, and has links with numerous Welsh societies across the globe. He led the Wales and the World ceremony at the 2004 Eisteddfod in Newport, and has returned to Wales to attend every Eisteddfod for the past thirty years.
Lisa Lewis Jones
Lisa Lewis Jones, Brynaman, has been active locally over the years. She has ben a faithful member of Cymdeithas Ddrama’r Gwter Fawr, a society that has supported the Eisteddfod competing in the annual drama acting competitions for years. She is well known for entertaining local societies and is always ready to support charities raising money for Christian Aid and taking part in sponsored walks for the RNIB. She has also worked with charities to raise awareness of problems in the workplace. She served as ‘Mam y Fro’ at the 2006 Eisteddfod in Swansea.
Siân Merlys, Pontiets, Llanelli, has worked in the Welsh for Adults sector for many years, organising and promoting Welsh language courses in the Carmarthenshire area. She is a member of the Eisteddfod’s national learners’ panel, a panel she chaired for many years, ably leading the Eisteddfod’s agenda and work in the field. She was also responsible for the winner of the Welsh learner of the Year competition in the hours following the announcement, advising them and preparing them for the Pavilion stage. Many winners have benefitted from her advice and help on the Eisteddfod field over the years.
Jean Parri-Roberts, Whitland, may be best known for running the post office at Tegryn, Crymych and Whitland for 55 years. But her contribution to the language, culture and her community is much broader than this. A magistrate for 30 years in Carmarthenshire, Jean was also the organiser and treasure of the Whitland Meals on Wheels committee for many years, providing help and support for people in need. She is prominent in Nazareth Baptist Church, and is a faithful and diligent member of Merched y Wawr, having acted as Chair, Secretary and treasurer locally and as the Carmarthenshire Regional Treasurer.
Carmarthen is indebted to Wyn Thomas, for his commitment to the Welsh language and business in the town over the years. Venturing into business at a young age, he opened Siop y Pentan, which became a centre for the Welsh language in the town, selling books, albums, cards, posters, tickets – everything relating to the language locally and nationally. The shop has been an integral part of the town for almost half a century. Wyn and Siop y Pentan were also central to the success of the local community paper, Cwlwm, with news being regularly collected in the shop. He has also served as the Mayor of Carmarthen, and has worked tirelessly for the language on the Council and during his time as Mayor.
The contribution of Elonwy Davies, Llanybydder, to culture and language in her area is invaluable. She works with the local YFC and the Urdd, locally and at county level, and is always happy to provide accompaniment or coach individuals and groups to compete in eisteddfodau and competitions, believing that it is important for her to share her talents with the next generation. Active in the work of Capel Rhyd-y-Bont, Llanybydder, she is the organist, secretary, Sunday School teacher and a deacon. She has been associated with the Cwmann and District Male Voice Choir for many years, and has conducted Lleisiau’r Werin for fifteen years, two choirs which regularly perform on the Eisteddfod’s open air stage.
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.