PEMBROKESHIRE Young Farmers’ kicked off their year with their annual County Eisteddfod. A fantastic day of bilingual competitions, giving the members an opportunity to show off their singing, reciting and performing skills. The stage was once again set in Theatr y Gromlech, Ysgol y Preseli and members turned out in force to compete in the various events.
Almost every club in the county took part in stage or homework competitions with the highlight once again being the combined chairing and crowning ceremony to honour the winning short story and poem. It was definitely Llysyfran YFC’s night on this front with the crown being claimed by Naomi Nicholas for the 2nd year running and the chair won by Christina Morgan both members from the club.
There was a huge array of talent on show with everyone in attendance enjoying the day and evening’s entertainment. During the day adjudicators Mr Huw Foulkes, Mrs Heiddwen Tomos and Ms Meinir Thomas had their work cut out deciding which competitors made it to the top spots. Mrs Heiddwen Tomos also took on the task of sifting through over 100 homework entries.
Also working hard looking through the various winners were Miss Shan Griffiths and Miss Joy Cornock who were tasked with selecting the 15 entries from the list of winners to represent Pembrokeshire at Venue Cymru, Llandudno at the Wales YFC Eisteddfod. The items selected were. Recitation 26 and under, Sion Jenkins; Recitation 16 and under Grug Harries; Humorous recitation 26 and Under Aled Lloyd, Jessica Robinson solo 26 and under, Instrumental Solo 26 and Under Ioan Evans solo 21 and under, Esyllt Thomas; solo 16 and Under Iolo Evans; musical or show solo, Jessica Robinson; cerdd dant duet or trio Esyllt, Ffion, Mari Eglwyswrw ; two voice Party Eglwyswrw; recitation party, Fishguard; Vocal Ensemble Eglwyswwrw; Hymn Singing Jess Robinson;, Mime to Music Clunderwen, Humorous duet or Trio Jessica and Scott Robinson.
The Overall Eisteddfod Gwyn and Marilyn Lewis Trophy was awarded to Eglwyswrw YFC who also were awarded the Beth Williams Cup for the highest points in the homework section with Llysyfran awarded the Dill Williams cup for the highest points in the light section. This year a new cup was awarded by the new Pembrokeshire YFC president Alwyn Evans and his family for the highest points in stage competition and was awarded to Fishguard YFC. Vocal ensemble, Eglwyswrw.
The Overall Eisteddfod Gwyn and Marilyn Lewis Trophy was awarded to Eglwyswrw YFC with the Beth Williams Cup for the highest points in the homework section and the Dill Williams cup for the highest points in the light section were awarded to Llysyfran. The Cwpan her Rhostwarch for highest number of points in stage competition was awarded to Clunderwen YFC and this year a new cup was awarded for the highest points gained by an individual in the homework section and was awarded to Delun Evans, Eglwyswrw YFC.
The 15 acts then travelled to Venue Cymru to represent the county in the Wales Eisteddfod on November 18. A packed day of competition with Pembrokeshire members making us proud with a number of fantastic results.
Jessica Robinson won the solo and song from a musical, there were seconds for Sion Jenkins in the recitation for members aged 26 and under and for Esyllt Thomas in the solo 21 and under, Aled Lloyd placed 2nd in the humorous recitation and Jessica and Scott Robinson were 2nd in the humorous duet.
Eglwyswrw were placed 3rd in the two voice party.
Meanwhile in the homework section Naomi Nicholas won the Crown for her short story for the second year running. Seren Phillips was placed 2nd in the competition for 16 and under and Christina Williams was 2nd in the sentence. There were 3rd places for Mefin Hughes in the Limerick and Delun Evans in the Drama.
These brilliant results meant that Pembrokeshire YFC were placed 5th overall in the Wales YFC Eisteddfod. Jessica Robinson was also awarded the Myfanwy Williams and Family cup for the best solo from a film or musical.
Naomi with her newly-won Crown and Councillor Harries.