"The Nineteenth century saw a great Springtime of Nations as the revolutions of 1848 saw new countries created the length and breadth of Europe. In our world today we are now seeing our own Spring Awakening with people and cultures that have long been dormant and subdued asserting their right to exist, their right to dream." Adam Price MP
Regular visitors to this blog should by now be familiar with the annual 'Displaying of the Glyndŵr Crown Ceremony' so, rather than repeat information that has appeared in earlier blog posts, I will suggest that those that are unfamiliar with the ceremony will do well to browse through earlier blog postings in the archives of this blog to learn the history of this ceremony as well as its purpose.
Having stated the above it now gives me great pleasure to invite one and all to join us at Machynlleth for this year's ceremony; the programme will be as follows: Saturday Morning and Afternoon, the 19th June 2010 . .The Displaying of the Crown Ceremony: . 10.45am. Assemble by the War Monument by Moma. . 11am. Parade behind the piper, the Custodian of the crown – and the crown, and the flag escort through the town to ‘Y Plas’ to be met by Machynlleth Town Council reps and the Mayor. . At entrance to the Plas,The Custodian will ceremonially pass the Glyndŵr crown over to the Mayor. The mayor will give a short speech and then will take his place behind the piper and the flag escort to lead the parade procession through the town to the Parliament House. There he will place. the crown on public display -for an hour only this year. Its usually for the duration of the afternoon but the Custodian of the Crown has to leave, with it, so that he will be at Cefn Caer to welcome participants for the Official Opening of the Glyndŵr Heroes Garden. .
The Glyndŵr Heroes Memorial Garden .Yes, this year we will be opening a Memorial Garden at Cefn Caer. Embassy Glyndŵr is assisting Cefn Caer to establish this Memorial Garden for Owain Glyndŵr's fallen heroes, that is, the ones that we know of that, either fell, or were captured, tortured and executed during the War of Independence. The garden is to be opened at 3pm on the 19th June during the annual 'Gŵyl Dathlu Coroni Glyndŵr' which is to take place at Machynlleth during that weekend. More on the Gŵyl later
.Cefn Caer itself is paying for a nicely decorated slate plaque which will be placed on the wall alongside the entrance to the garden which will explain (bilingually) what the garden is about and we are hoping that each community in Wales that has a fallen Glyndŵr hero will donate a slate plaque to be placed in the garden in memory of that hero. The slate plaques, made from Blaenau Ffestiniog slate, will all be A4 in size and will carry a message for the hero of each community. We have decided that the plaques in the garden will be in 'Cymraeg' only as everyone (from wherever they may come) can make the effort to learn the few words that will be on the plaques and should they need assistance to read them, then Elfyn Rowlands, present owner of Cefn Caer will be happy to assist. . Each plaque will cost £100 and we would have liked to have been able to unveil 5 on the 19th June. They were to be in memory of Philip Scudamore of Troy, Gwent, Rhys Ddu of Ceredigion, Rhys and Ednyfed ap Tudur of Ynys Môn and Bishop Trefor of St Asaph. Its the 600th anniversary of the deaths of these five heroes this year. The first four were all captured in 1409 and hung, drawn and quartered in 1410 and Bishop Trefor died in exile in Paris in the same year. . However, to date, we have 3 plaques ready for unveiling on the 19th. The people of the communities of Ceredigion and Denbigh have payed for their plaques for Rhys Ddu and Bishop John Trefor and two donors have paid for a plaque for the 'Gwerin Owain. These three plaques will be unveiled on the 19th June this year. . We then have £50 in hand for a plaque for one of the Tudur Brothers of Penmynydd, Môn. We need another £150 from Anglesey patriots to pay the remaining cost for the one plaque and the full price for the other and we have £20 in hand from the patriots of Gwent to pay for a plaque for Philip Scudamore. Now, as we all know, Glyndŵr's heroes came from all over Wales and a roll call of the names of the ones we know of will be read out in the Memorial Garden on the afternoon of the 19th June. If your community has a 'Glyndŵr hero' and you would like that hero commemorated with all the others in the Ardd Goffa Arwyr Glyndŵr', then please raise the necessary £100 for the plaque and give me (Sian) a ring on 01792 533806. m.07772321511 for instructions as to where to send your cheque. . In due course, all the plaques will be attached to a central plinth that will also be the base for a central memorial. More about this in due course, in the meantime, see below the programme for the opening of the Memorial Garden. . Opening of 'Glyndŵr Heroes Memorial Garden' at Cefn Caer, Pennal. 3pm Sat 19th June 2010.
3pm. Piper will play a lament by the entrance to the garden. . Elfyn Rowlands will welcome everyone to Cefn Caer for the opening of the Glyndŵr Heroes Memorial Garden. . Siân Ifan of Llysgenhadaeth Glyndŵr will give a roll call of the Glyndŵr heroes that we know of – and that will, hopefully, in due course, all be remembered in the garden. . Mayor of Machynlleth will be invited to come forward to open the garden. . Those present will line up behind the Mayor to enter the garden to participate in the unveiling of three plaques. . A representative of the Community of Ceredigion will be called on to unveil the plaque to Rhys Ddu. . Terry Breverton, author of ‘Owain Glyndwr: The Story of the Last Prince of Wales’, will present a brief history on the life and death of Glyndŵr hero Bishop John Trefor.. . A representative of the Community of Denbighshire will be called on to unveil the plaque to Bishop Trefor. . Llysgenhadaeth Glyndŵr will present a brief history on the Glyndŵr heroes ‘The Gwerin Owain’. . One of the two donors of this plaque will unveil it. . The National Anthem will be sung to the accompanment of the Piper.. . A Member of the Gŵyl Dathlu Glyndŵr Machynlleth will be invited to come forward to announce further events to take place in Machynlleth during the rest of the Gŵyl.
Gŵyl Blynyddol Dathlu Coroni Glyndŵr Machynlleth. .Please note that the first 'Dydd y Senedd' (21 Mehefin 1404) National Glyndŵr Festival, since the huge successful 600th Anniversary Commemoration organised in 2004 by Embassy Glyndŵr, is to be held this year in Machynlleth on the weekend of 17- 19 June 2010. This year's 'Gŵyl Dathlu Coroni Owain Glyndŵr' is an entirely local community Initiative which aims to organise such annually as the premier National Glyndŵr festival around and about the 21st June mid summer anniversary of the most signifigant event in our nation's history. Embassy Glyndŵr of course supports fully this magnificent effort by Pobl Glyndwr - Ardal Machynleth in advancing this great Gwaith Glyndŵr Commemorative Initiative and call upon all Pobl Glyndŵr Cymru to fully support by making every effort to attend a full and worthy programme of events and activities. This is merely an advance notice that the festival is on so that you can all get prepared to make your way to Machynlleth this weekend - especially Saturday. I have not revieved the full Festival programme yet, but when I do, I will immediately post it so, 'watch this space' - as is said!