Welsh learners from Ceredigion win writing competition

21 June 2018

Merched y Wawr Festival 2018
Merched y Wawr Festival 2018

On Saturday, the 19th of May 19, four Ceredigion Learn Welsh students were awarded prizes for their written Welsh at the Merched y Wawr Summer Festival in Machynlleth. For many years now Welsh-language writing competitions are held nationally by Ferched y Wawr, for both male and female learners. The competitions are held at three levels, the Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced levels, and this year 4 of the 9 awards came to Ceredigion and for learners attending Welsh classes at Ysgol Rhos Helyg, Llangeitho every Tuesday evening and Ysgol Bro Pedr, Lampeter every Wednesday with their tutor Carol Thomas of Llanwnnen.

Shelagh Yeomans from Llanio Road, Tregaron, was awarded the first prize and Graham Parker of Penuwch the second prize at the Foundation level for writing a postcard from the seaside. At Intermediate level, two of Llwyn-y-groes were awarded with Ann Owen receiving the first prize and Jane Unitt the second prize for writing a diary 'Ar Lan y Môr'. At a ceremony on the festival held in Machynlleth, they presented with an award made of slate, certificates and book vouchers.

When they heard about their success, Carol Thomas, their tutor, said: "I am extremely proud of the learners, not only for the rewards they have won, but also for their dedication and strength to master the language and use it daily in their lives ".

Graham Parker responded by saying "Learning Welsh in the Llangeitho class is a great experience. The other learners are so friendly and supportive and Carol is a special tutor who always encourages us to enjoy the language, to take every opportunity to speak, write, socialize and compete at a local and national level.