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2006 February

WELSH LEAGUE OF YOUTH (URDD GOBAITH CYMRU)

The Urdd, the Welsh League of Youth, was founded in 1922 by Sir Ifan ab Owain Edwards as an organisation for young Welsh people and in its first year had a membership of over 700 in different groups throughout the country. By 1925 it had become such an important part of the fabric of Welsh life that even in those early days of radio there was an Urdd message of Peace and Goodwill broadcast from the youth of Wales to the Youth of the World, a tradition that is still carried on today.

The organisation has always encouraged young people to travel and meet with others and operates three permanent residential centres in Bala, Llangranog and Cardiff which offer a huge range of leisure, cultural and sporting activities which are available to the now more than 50,000 members whose ages range from 8 to 25.

The Urdd has strong links with our area and in 1929 the first Urdd National Eisteddfod was held in Corwen Pavilion. This Eisteddfod is still the highlight of the Urdd year and is the culmination of a series of local and regional Eisteddfodau where members compete for the honour of finally ‘making the stage’. The ‘National’ is the biggest youth festival in Europe and is the only one of its kind in the world. There are more than 460 competitions and although Welsh is the official language, non-Welsh speakers are equally catered for.

Arts, Science, Crafts, Rock and Learners Pavilions combined with over 150 different stalls, together with concerts and competitions make for an entertaining six days! The festival alternates between North and South Wales and this year will be held in Ruthin at the end of May. In order to help with the substantial costs of staging the event local fund raising committees set targets and this year Corwen, Carrog and Glyndyfrdwy were asked to raise £7,000.

The Auction of Promises held in January in the Village Hall raised over £3,060 towards this target. Many thanks to everyone who supported the cause either by organising the night, donating promises, attending or bidding for the many items. Richard Jones, auctioneer of Corwen, presided and in his usual excellent style made sure that not a single bid was missed and that everything made its value!


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