Promoting an interest in the history of Owain Glyndwr, the Welsh Son of Prophecy, his life, times and society and his great Welsh War of Independence;also promoting causes today in Glyndwr's spirit and promoting the flying of the Glyndwr flag on Sept 16 Glyndwr Day.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

16 Medi 1400 Dydd Dathlu Owain Glyndŵr 2006
Commemorative Celebrations at home & abroad.

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We suggest you start organising now and do inform us of any events and activities you organise, so that we may publicise to encourage others to organise or to benefit those who wish to attend commemorative events.

Pobl Glyndŵr, wear your 'Rubanau Glyndŵr' with pride on and around 16 Medi - 'Dydd Glyndŵr' annually as a display of respect of the ultimate sacrifice of so many during the cause to regain Independence for Wales.

Siop Glyndŵr: Flags, Bunting and other Glyndŵr theme products - Request List and prices from Siân at the Embassy

16 Medi 2006: Annual Gathering of Pobl Glyndŵr in the Gwlad Glyndŵr. (Dyffryn Dyfrdwy) As far as we know to date, no major event has been organised in Corwen but why not have an Autumn break in the area and visit all historical sites associated with Owain Glyndŵr such as Llys Glyndyfrdwy, Pen y Pigyn, Caerdrewyn and Ruthun etc.

A word from Gethin ap Gruffydd, Embassy Glyndŵr Researcher:
I was first made aware of Owain Glyndŵr's connection with Corwen and Caerdrewyn when I lived in Ireland in 1970. The enlightenment came via a fellow "Exile" who was also working and living in Dublin at that time.Upon returning to Cymru, I helped establish the COFIWN remembrance movement and, amongst other commemorative events, initiated the first Annual National 'Dydd Glyndŵr' commemoration in Corwen which lasted for 15 years and included the Caerdrewyn walk. The demise of COFIWN also witnessed the demise of these commemorative events and other celebrative activities in Dyffryn Dyfrdwy. However, in 2004 we helped to organise the first local community 'Dydd Glyndŵr' commemoration with a highly successful programme of celebrative activities, not to be continued this year but hopefully will in 2007.

It is our hope to see Corwen and ‘Gwlad Glyndŵr’ develop as a centre for the National 'Dydd Glyndŵr Festival in Mis Medi. Thus, please Pobl Glyndŵr and other patriots endeavour to cooperate with us in a little Cymric unity and solidarity; the historically correct time for the annual National Glyndŵr Coronation Commemoration at Machynlleth being at ‘Troad y Rhod’ on and around 21 Mehefin - ‘Dydd y Senedd’ annually. For further information contact Embassy Glyndŵr at given contact address.

Following on the Council of War which took place at Llys Glyndyfrdwy on 16 Medi 1400, Owain Glyndŵr and his followers from Dyffryn Dyfrdwy, Edeyrnion and other parts of the north east assembled atop Caerdrewyn on the 18th in readiness to launch an attack upon Ruthun which would be the opening military engagement of the Last Great War of Independence 1400 - 16 - 21. Caerdrewyn is a significantly important historic site as it was here, in 1165, that all the Princes of the three "Ancient Kingdoms of the Cymru" assembled as the greatest United Welsh Army ever to defend our homeland from threat of major Invasion and Conquest. If you have never made the walk atop to the Ancient Celtic Hill Fort of Caerdrewyn - is it not time you did so? Perhaps this year is a good time and opportunity - Also, some brave hearts amongst you might want to use the opportunity to do the walk up to ‘Pen y Pigyn’ (Where Glyndŵr is said to have thrown his dagger in anger) to see the local memorial to the 1911 Investiture - Yes! I will repeat that "The 1911 Investiture" not a memorial to their local Prince Owain Glyndŵr but a memorial to an "English Pretender Prince of Wales".

Do Remember it's official 'BWRDD YR IAITH' has adopted 16 Medi 'Dydd Owain' (& 11 Rhagfyr Dydd Llywelyn III) and, in theory, Mentrau Iaith Cymru should be pro actively supporting events & activities on these days, as well as organising them ? However, the reality is that some do and some do not? Over the last few years, Menter Iaith Llanrwst has led the way in organising the best local 16 Medi ‘Dydd Glyndŵr’ celebrations. Also, in recent years, the SLEEPING GIANT FOUNDATION has organised a major Owain Glyndŵr festival on Penwythnos Glyndŵr’. What can be done locally? First and foremost carry out a ‘Baner Glyndŵr’ campaign to get your local council to recognise ‘Dydd Glyndŵr’ by flying ‘Baner Glyndŵr’; once you succeed, do let us know so that we can add your success to our ever growing list. Also, likewise, get hotels and businesses to fly ‘Baner Glyndwr’ and inform us of your successes. A great deal more can be done, just use show some initiative and use some imagination but here’s a few ideas:
1: Set up an annual ‘Wythnos Glyndŵr’ Hanes Glyndŵr Exhibition’ at Local Library.
2: Organise an Owain Glyndŵr Day at a local community centre.

3: See if local schools will organise events and activities.

4: Organise Social events and activities.

5: Set up stall in town centre to ‘’show the flag’’, hand out ribbons and distribute literature and sell Glyndŵr products in an ‘Owain Glyndŵr meet the people Initiative’ as a means of publicly promoting the history of Owain Glyndŵr.
6: How’s about an Owain Glyndŵr ‘Life and times’ parade?

NB:Embassy Glyndŵr Staff and workers will be carrying out it’s own activities such as the annual 16 Medi ‘Dydd Glyndŵr’ declaration at Llys Glyndyfrdwy again this year. If wishing to participate please let us know and we will supply you with necessary information. We are also seeking Pobl Glyndŵr enthusiasts to carry out special initiatives on 16 Medi, volunteers please? Further to this, who wants to participate in a walk from Sycharth to Glyndyfrdwy across the mountains that Owain Glyndŵr would travel between his two courts. If enough interest is demonstrated, we will organise.
Two Dydd Glyndŵr festivals have been confirmed to date. One in the North organised by Menter Iaith Llanrwst/Conwy and the other at Abercraf in the South organised by the Sleeping Giant Foundation. Both these are usually brilliantly organised annual events.
Programme for Gŵyl Glyndŵr Festival Abercraf 15th - 17th Sept '06:
At the Ancient Briton Pub/field & Car Park, Pen y Cae.
Friday 15th - Live Traditional Music 7.30pm - late.
Saturday 16th 10am - Late. Craft & other stalls. Storytelling, Poetry, Workshops, Music all day, Open Mic Session, Local food & Real Ales, Juggling Roadshow and and Prince Owain Glyndwr will be present. In the evening; Pontardawe Acoustic Club, Dan Morris, Stonecraft, Boys from the Hills and admission is free!
This event is well draped in Owain Glyndŵr flags and bunting its a sight worth seeing. Visit the Embassy Glyndŵr stall to buy your Glyndŵr flag and loads of other Owain Glyndŵr souveniers.
Full details for Menter Iaith Llanrwst Gŵyl Glyndŵr will be up soon. if you know of any more, contact us.

Siân Ifan, Prif Weithredwr Llysgenhadaeth Glyndŵr
'Juratus Oweyn'

Thursday, July 20, 2006


An Embassy Glyndŵr news & Information Service
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Llysgenhadaeth Glyndŵr/Embassy Glyndŵr
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'Trech Gwlad Nag Arglwydd'* ( The land is stronger than the Lord)

A major ''land issue'' has broken out close to the village of Llandarcy near Neath in West Glamorgan, Wales over the proposed scheme to build a ''model village'' on land belonging to B.P. but, the scheme would also encroach on nearby designated conservation land.
Echoing the popular call to action of Welsh people in the past, campaigners, under the flag of Owain Glyndŵr, the 15th century Welsh Prince who had led a war of national Liberation for Welsh Independence 1400 - 21, have set up a protest camp on the endangered land and protester Tyrone Bevan, who has led the way in the establishing of the camp has warned the developers that the camp will remain and grow as other supporters join the campaign; he has also stated that he personally will have to be manually removed off the land before any development takes place. The proposed scheme is backed by the English pretender ''Prince of Wales'' Charles Windsor and outline planning consent has been given to the building of 300 homes on the site. NB: Further and full details may be found on the web: Search for Llandarcy Protest or contact Tyrone Bevan at Greenway, Llandarcy, Neath. West Glam, Wales.

Siân Ifan C.E.O. Embassy Glyndŵr visited the protest camp and on leaving promised fullest solidarity with the protesters and will further pro - actively support the protest campaign by all means possible until victory has been achieved. This is not the first time Embassy Glyndŵr has been involved in similar protest action, in 2002 Embassy Glyndŵr successfully assisted the local community of Carrog, near Corwen to stop a car port being built on the historic site of Owain Glyndŵr's prison house. Embassy Glyndŵr is also active in a 'Tarian (Shield) Glyndwr' campaign in defence of Welsh Heritage in the landscape particularly where it concerns Glyndŵr history, the Embassy thus opposes windmill developments on the Plumlumon Mountains, location of one of Owain Glyndŵr's greatest victories. Embassy Glyndŵr also supports the 'I'r Gâd' Welsh Battlefields Preservation Campaign

Welsh History Foot Note: In Wales during the 16th century the Anglo - Welsh Gentry encroached on common land much of which had been occupied by the ''Bare Foot Welsh Doggis'' which were the remnants of Owain Glyndŵr's largely Peasant Army. Many had become outlaw bands - such as the 'Gwerin Owain' a continuing ''Guerrilla resistance'' band and later, the Red Bandits of Dinas Mawddwy, but many had taken up a life of "seeking to making a living" in their 'Tai un Nos' townships (Barrios). However, following the 1536 Act of Annexation that made Wales part of England, an ''anglicised Welsh gentry'' along with English gentry began to encroach on and enclosed land occupied by the peasantry. As often as not, this led to violence - as at Dolbadarn in Gwynedd - when armed Gentry thugs burnt the 'tai un nos' township and drove peasants off their land. However, when the same was attempted against the peasantry of Cwmwd Caio, they rose up in resistance with a call to action 'Trech Gwlad Nag Arglwydd' a call to protest that has echoed down through the ages to the present times.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

The Mori Opinion Poll commissioned by ‘History Matters - Pass it on’ Campaign.
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Personal Statement by Siân Ifan Welsh Rembrancer and Heritage Enthusiast.
C.E.O. Embassy Glyndŵr and former Press Officer Cofiwn.

As I do every morning on waking, I turned on my radio the other day to listen to the early news and debates and heard the Mori Opinion Poll (which, evidently, had been commissioned by ‘History Matters') being discussed. For a short while I was misled into believing a ''Cymric Consciousness'' revolution had taken place in Cymru! My spirits were raised - believing that 500 years of ''historical amnesia'' and ''cerebral colonialism'' were to be swept away by the agencies in Cymru responsible for safeguarding and promoting our history. But, alas, no! on later reading the Western Mail and checking out the web, I soon came to realise that ‘History Matters’ was in fact an English ‘History Matters to You – Pass it on’ campaign sponsored and carried out by numerous English heritage bodies and, disappointingly, there was absolutely no sign that the similar was to take place in Cymru but, interestingly enough, I did find on the web the minutes of the fourth meeting of the ‘Heritage Environment Group’ dated 16 - 2 - 2006. This group was set up by the National Assembly to advise Alun Pugh, the Culture Minister on matters of ‘Heritage in the Environment’ and present at this meeting held at the offices of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Cardiff were representatives of various Welsh based ''history concerned bodies''.

There is much in these notes that is of interest to myself and Embassy Glyndŵr but for this item I will just mention that at this meeting, Iwan Huws, Director of the National Trust in Wales drew attention to the aforementioned English Heritage/National Trust ‘History Matters to You - Pass it on’ campaign and suggested it be extended to Cymru - So why wasn’t it? Once more, English Heritage run ahead with the big initiative whilst Cymru chews the fat? Let me remind you all that It was ‘English Heritage’ that got English Battlefields registered whilst in Wales, little was being done until Embassy Glyndŵr Research Officer Gethin ap Gruffydd organised an ‘I’r Gad Welsh Battlefield Campaign’ to ensure that Welsh battlefields are registered ! Whilst not advancing as far as a register, ‘CADW’ has promised to produce ,at the least, a list of Battlefields for councils to be aware of. Further, RCAHM has proceeded to research Battlefields and the O.S. agrees more Welsh Battlefields need to be placed on maps. So what's the hold up? At this rate every Welsh Battlefield will become a windmill site, golf course, housing estate or roadway; plus the fact, of course, it is all less than perfect unless we do finally see Welsh Battlefields actually registered - as in England.

It is not my intention to be over critical as I know that both the ‘National Heritage’ in Wales and ‘CADW’ are doing a lot of good work. For example, CADW has been to the fore in organising Heritage Events at the castles of Wales and now also flies 'Baneri Glyndwr' from many of it's Castles annually on 16 September. CADW has also invited Embassy Glyndŵr to meet with them – which we hope to do this year as soon as we complete work on the prospectus that we intend to present to them however, in the meantime, I would like to draw the attention of the two above mentioned bodies and that of the National Assembly, now in charge of Welsh Tourism along with other various bodies generally associated and concerned with our history and heritage, of the need to think big. Now I will be critical and ask what's the problem? Why are so many afraid of Welsh History and why do so many use it as a ''football''? (For example of this, see recent refusal to fly Glyndŵr Flag by Blaenhoddan Community Council) why such immature attitudes by those who should take greater interest in promotion of our history but do not?

Here’s another example to prove my point : In 2004, the 600th Anniversary of the establishment of Senedd Glyndŵr and his Coronation there on 21 June 1404 was all but forgotten by the Welsh Establishment, the Assembly and local Authorities. Go on the web and compare the above with the Scottish attitude and enthusiasm re the 700th anniversary commemoration of the Coronation of Robert the Bruce this year and, o.k. lets not just focus on what may be seen as a ''Nationalist'' focus of attention, what about the 175th anniversary of the 1831 Merthyr Insurrection which included the 175th Anniversary of the rising of the ‘red flag’ on Hirwaun common on 31 May 1831 and the Massacre of the Castle Inn on 3 June 1831. I don’t recall seeing the Assembly's Labour administration, AM's or MP's or councillors fall over themselves to commemorate that historic event and anniversary with the same enthusiasm that the Paris Commune 1871 is commemorated in Paris annually? and It is rather sad that Wales does not have a festival to commemorate Glyndŵr as Scotland does for Robert the Bruce at Bannockburn, nor, either, do we have a festival to commemorate the radical people of ‘Merthyr Rising 1831’ as England has to commemorate the Tolpuddle Martyrs.

Why is this so? Partly, I would suggest that the Welsh are fast loosing memory of their history - for which there are many reasons. Its not simply down to ''zee wicked English'' it is much more complex than that and we must look as much to our own faults in the past as they, possibly, are chiefly to blame now. A big test I suppose will be how Wales shapes up to the 2007, 725th anniversary of the death of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd 11 December 1282 and the subsequent conquest of Wales 1282 - 84. Last time around, COFIWN made sure this was commemorated whilst many Welsh bodies then chose to forget - not least CADW who, on the other hand, found it fitting to spend our tax money on organising a ‘Cestyll 83’ festival during 1983 to celebrate the building of the Castles and portray the conquest from a colonisers point of view. Hopefully, next time around in 2008, we shall see a ‘festival of castles of conquest’ from the viewpoint of the conquered and colonised. In this respect, may I suggest to all concerned in such areas of history presentation to view America’s presentation in recent years of the commemoration of the ‘Lewis and Clark Expedition’. As everyone knows, Embassy Glyndwr’s brief is the promotion of Glyndŵr history, Glyndŵr Day, Glyndŵr Festivals and the Glyndŵr flag but, of course, we have a duty to act as ‘watchdogs’ and assist in the promotion of knowledge of all of our history and thus remind all that in 2009, we may commemorate the Gwent Insurrection and Newport Rising of 1839.

To conclude this statement, I would like to suggest that ‘CADW’ and the ‘Welsh National Trust’ commission a Welsh Poll on the matter of how many Welsh People know their history. I would also like to suggest further that such a poll should be devised as to ensure informative ‘feedback’ according to region, language, gender and age. I would note that a poll on ‘popularity of history’ would tell us very little as that is worlds apart from ‘knowing’ your history. Thankfully, due much to the efforts of COFIWN and Embassy Glyndwr many more people now know that 11 December is 'Dydd Llywelyn' and that September 16 is 'Dydd Glyndŵr' but I doubt if it can be honestly stated that the ‘majority’ of Welsh people know. A simple poll that all can carry out is to get out on the street and enquire the public’s knowledge of 1282, 1400 and also, whilst about it, 1831 and 1839. Then, ask about 1066 and see which is better known about by Welsh people. In this respect the onus of informing our people will be as much on the media as it is of the various bodies that come under the heading of the ‘HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT GROUP’

Of course I and others have been saying since the 60's that HISTORY MATTERS - and guess what, we have been active in passing it on ever since via COFIWN, Tŷ Cenedl and Embassy Glyndŵr plus campaigns such as ‘I'r Gad’ etc. Thank God many people were listening and willing to pass it on, that's why, come 16 Medi, you will see Baneri Glyndŵr flying all over Wales and the World except, of course, on the Owain Glyndŵr Community Centre in Waunceirch, Blaenhoddan.

Siân Ifan.
“Juratus Oweyn”

Sunday, July 02, 2006


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Haf/Summer 2006
STATEMENT 1 Posted 4 July.

Blaenhoddan Community Council rejects proposal to fly 'Baner Glyndwr' on the Owain Glyndwr Community Centre at Waunceirch and five other halls in it's care.

Information: Locating the Owain Glyndŵr Community Centre can be achieved by coming from Neath on to the Pontardawe road, turn left at Blaenhoddan School, then left by Tafarn Bryn Goch * through a large private housing area (Waunceirch) until you see a large playing field. At this point ask the way as there are two Community centres close by. A much quicker way is off the Skewen/New Road/Cadaxton Road by Neath - Port Talbot College Campus past Dŵr y Felin school and up the hill to Waunceirch (which you will not find on a map).

Tafarn Bryn Goch: Good social venue for Eisteddfod Week; also, the Owain Glyndŵr Community Centre has a licence so may be useful for organising Socials during Eisteddfod week plus, of course, a great venue for an annual Gŵyl Glyndŵr on 16 Medi/September

Since the start of the World cup much hot air has been let off over the flying of the cross of St George but now the Dragon is breathing flames over the controversy of a Labour Coucillor rejecting the flying of 'Baner Glyndŵr' the Royal flag of the National hero of Wales. Owain Glyndŵr - Owain IV, the 15th century Welsh leader who came close to liberating and establishing an Independent Wales 1400 - 16.

For further Information with photographs of Embassy Glyndŵr's 'Baneri Glyndŵr Flag Campaign', contact Embassy Glyndŵr directly and also its worthwhile to do a web search for… EMBASSY GLYNDŴR and 'GLYNDŴR FLAG'.


According to the South Wales Evening Post 21 June 2006 p10 - a report headed:

"Council refuses to fly the flag"

A request to fly 'Baneri Glyndŵr' on 16 Medi/September on the Owain Glyndŵr Community Centre at Waunceirch was rejected following a ''passionate speech'' by Cllr Elwyn Jones who is also the present Mayor of Neath and Port Talbot Council. Mr Elwyn Jones is quoted as saying:

"wte are a council representing all people of all colours and all races within Blaenhoddan''.

We can only comment: So what? what on earth has that got to do with it? This is Wales and at the moment I am having to live with seeing St George's crosses all over the place but I am not going around telling people they cannot fly that flag because I am Welsh and it does not represent me or that it might upset me. I doubt very much if people of other colour and race would be upset about the flying of 'Baner Glyndŵr' but rather, would welcome the sight of a 'bit of history' of the country they have chosen to move to... Wales!. I lived in London for 5 years and was not bothered by St George's Crosses or Union Jacks or whatever flag anyone chose to fly. No! come off it Elwyn Jones, your reasoning is a bit lame and limp, I suspect your motives go beyond what appears to be no more than playing to the gallery of a rather pseudo multi - culturalism. Does this mean that you would not want our national flag 'Y Ddraig Goch' or 'Baner Dewi' flown from 'anywhere' that falls under your rather pathetic pandering to possibly out dated peripheral ''anti - nationalist sympathies''? Somehow, i cannot see the English Government dictating that the Union Jack should not fly in a number of areas in England on the basis of your misguided sentiments which, of course, your entitled to hold but, please do not make our history suffer because of your immature political bias; have you not heard the old Welsh saying: "Heb Dreftadaeth - Heb Enaid".

Please reconsider this request to fly 'Baneri Glyndŵr' and make a little generous acknowledgement to our national history as I did regards our peoples political and social history by attending the '3 June 1831 Massacre at the Castle Inn' commemoration earlier this month. I was quite happy then to help others raise the 'Red Flag' in Merthyr Tudful and I am amongst those campaigning to have the 1831 Red Flag raised at half mast all over Wales on 13 August 2006 to remember the transportation to Australia of Lewis Lewis and other leaders of the Merthyr Rising of 1831 and the execution of Dic Penderyn for which your district council is campaigning for a posthumous award of a pardon. Hopefully, this 1831 Red Flag will be flown on your Owain Glyndŵr Community Centre and other halls in your care - on the appropriate commemorative day of course. Having said that, as Embassy Glyndŵr's Chief Executive officer, I must give priority to our 'Baneri Glyndwr' campaign and thus call on patriots at home and abroad to make their voices heard on this matter by sending messages to Mr Elwyn Jones and Blaenhoddan Council requesting that they reconsider a fairly obnoxious piece of political patheticism and a slur on our national hero and his largely peasant 'Barefoot Doggis'' army that fought for 21 years for Welsh Independence, community freedoms and peoples liberties.

Last but not least, this matter has now also prompted me to call upon Pobl Glyndŵr everywhere to make a major effort, between now and 16 Medi/September 'Dydd Glyndwr' 2006, to contact their local Community and District Councils to request that they join the many that already fly 'Baneri Glyndŵr' annually if they do not already do so. Hopefully, other patriots will campaign likewise. Why not now go OTT to get 'Baneri Glyndŵr' really flying in as many places as possible this 16 Medi 2006 and that includes Pobl Glyndŵr flying it from their upstairs windows or outside on a flag pole plus, lets see more 'Baneri Glyndŵr' flying at more Sport occasions and open air pop concerts. (Baneri Glyndŵr made it to Glastonbury last year, well seen on the TV).

It is rather ironic that this matter comes to our attention on this day of all days, today being the anniversary of the establishment of the first Welsh Parliament on 21 June 1404 which the foundations of our democratic Welsh Nation must of need be based. This is the day on which all should recognise and remember the achievements of our national hero Owain Glyndŵr whose national day,16 Medi/September 1400, is also now celebrated annually by communities throughout Wales who organise 'Gŵyliau Glyndŵr Festivals and fly the Glyndŵr flag. Embassy Glyndŵr launched this successful campaign for the flying of this flag in the year 2000 and since then, the National Assembly of Wales, the National Eisteddfod, the Wales Millennium Stadium, at least sixteen County/District councils, CADW (on a number of the castles under its care) far too many businesses inc hotels and pubs etc to name, plus 1000's of individuals fly the Glyndŵr flag. This 'Baner Glyndŵr' is now also flown widely throughout the world, particularly so in America and Australia. The popularity of 'Baner Glyndŵr' may be seen best in towns with a significant historic association with Owain Glyndŵr such as the towns of Corwen, Machynlleth, Harlech and Dolgellau in which dozens of this colourful flag can be seen to be flying throughout the year. However, the flying of 'Baneri Glyndwr' by such towns is not exclusive and certainly on 16 Medi/September 'Dydd Glyndwr' one may travel the length and breadth of Wales and see it proudly flying in most communities of our country but not, it seems, in Blaenhoddan where the community council has voted against the flying of a 'Baner Glyndŵr' on 16 Medi/September 'Dydd Glyndwr' on it's recently named Owain Glyndŵr Community Centre and five other halls under it's control and care. ARE YOU BAFFLED?... WE ARE !

A further report was published in the Media on 24 – 6 - 2006 under the heading:

"Flag quarrel has council in a right flap" (See South Wales Evening Post web site).

Embassy Glyndŵr comments - and concludes:Chairwoman of the council, Janice Dudley who is also a PLAID member ( PLAID formerly known as Plaid Cymru, Welsh Nationalist Party) has taken issue with Cllr Elwyn Jones, a member of the Labour Party over a Community Council's decision not to fly the Owain Glyndwr flag on 16th Sept - Owain Glyndwr Day. It will be noted that this area is in the constituency of Peter Hain, Labour MP, who is now also Secretary of State for Wales. There is a long history of antagonism between Plaid Cymru and Labour in this constituency and much bitterness over Local Labour electing Peter Hain as their representative to the London Parliament. Below you will note Cllr Elwyn Jones, Labour, raising the matter of colour and race; this, perhaps, indicates a move to exploit such a matter which may be a ''political issue'' in England but not so in Wales. The London Government has in recent years re directed Asylum Seekers from the South East of England to Welsh cities such as Newport, Cardiff and Swansea, Neath is a town close to Swansea and Blaenhoddan Community Council is on the outskirts of Neath. The smaller area of Waunceirch in which the Owain Glyndŵr Community Centre is situated is mostly made up of a contemporary private housing estate - part of the expansion of Neath in recent years. Waunceirch/Blaenhoddan is hardly what one would call cosmopolitan, i doubt if any people of colour or race even live there in any significant numbers at all. Possibly, other than Welsh people the next ''ethnic group'' of any size would be ''English Incomers'' and i would very much doubt if they are on the scale of such in areas of rural Wales where this matter is a ''big issue''. See history connected with the Meibion Glyndŵr Arson War (late 1970 - 80's) and recent news on the issue of the flying of flags bearing the Cross of St George in ''Sensitive Welsh Areas'' Also, shops displaying English football souvenirs are being daubed. However, the truth is that ''asylum seekers'' are given a welcome to Wales in keeping with tradition of accepting refugees such as Basque children during the Spanish Civil War and English children during WW II. So, in reality , Cllr Elwyn Jones is simply firing ''blank bullets''. Ironically, the new "PLAID'' has not only ditched it's name but also symbols of it's former nationlism. Its 'triban' ( three peaks representing Welsh mountains) has been replaced with what is claimed to be a 'poppy' for a badge and this new "PLAID'' is more likely to promote ''Rainbow Coalitian" than "nationalist" Policies' and regards itself as being more ''progressive'' than "patriotic". It seems however, that Owain Glyndŵr still speaks to, and pulls on the heart strings of new "PLAID''. Perhaps old and new Labour in Wales thinks that the 'dragon' cannot change it's scales? Labour party leaders regularly make aggressive attacks on what they perceive as any form of ''Welsh Nationalism'', Cllr Elwyn Jones stands shoulder to shoulder with such as Labour A.M's Leighton Andrews and Huw Lewis who see ''Nats under the bed'' all the time and recently, they were joined by Rhondda Labour M.P. Chris Bryant accusing Llandaf based BBC Wales in Cardiff of being a 'hot bed' of Plaid Cymru members, a boiler house of Welsh Nationalism. That’s an exaggeration!

Why not contact Cllr Jones for full reasons as to his unpatriotic position write Email/letter of protest to Elwyn Jones and whom ever else it concerns, Plus protest to the community council send communication to Clerk of the Council Mrs M. Hewitt 11. Maes Llwyn Onn, Cadoxton, Neath, SA10 8AQ. tel: 01639 635978.

Follow up with Emails/letters/phone to the media both local and national such as the South Wales Evening Post and the Western Mail. Further, post your comments to the BBC South West Wales Web Site and other forums that are of advantage to our campaign to see ‘Baneri Glyndŵr’ fly over the Owain Glyndŵr Community Centre on 16 Medi 2006 ‘Dydd Owain; and thereafter annually.

Local Pobl Glyndŵr and other Welsh patriots of Nedd are considering the holding an annual 'Gŵyl Dydd Glyndŵr' at the Blaenhoddan Owain Glyndŵr Community Centre as a positive way to see that there are plenty of 'Baneri Glyndŵr' flying there on 16 Medi/September 'Dydd Glyndŵr' and why not annually? We are sure that all the community would appreciate such a festival which in no way need be exclusive to Welsh people but may seek participation of all colour, race and religion. Indeed, as this year black people commemorate the 'Sharpes' and 'Nat Turner' Rebellions of 1831 against slavery; I would suggest it to be a good idea to have talks on such at any Blaenhoddan Community 'Gŵyl Glyndŵr' on 16 Medi/September 2006. Hopefully, this history of anti – slave rebellions may encourage the Council or ‘Baneri Glyndŵr’ rejectionists of Blaehoddan not to be so “slavish” when it comes to our history of patriots in struggle against tyrrany and oppression.

Embassy Glyndwr Comment: Have you seen where Blaenhoddan is? hardly the most ''multi - cultural cosmopolitan'' centre of the world is it now! However, what can you expect from this ''Labour Lot'' after all they are the sort who voted that ''Dilletante'' Peter Hain as their MP candidate, that is whom we are dealing with. So wake up, let this lot get away with their anti - patriotic political bigotry and they will encourage others of their ilk to reject Baner Glyndŵr Plus, of course, keep in mind this: FIRST THEY CAME FOR BANER GLYNDŵR AND THEN THEY CAME FOR BANER DEWI SANT AND THEN THEY CAME FOR BANER Y DDRAIG GOCH AND ALL THAT WAS LEFT WAS OF COURSE THE UNION JACK WHICH THIS LABOUR LOT POSSIBLY LOVE MORE THAN THE RED FLAG, NOT LEAST THE RED FLAG OF INSURRECTION 1831. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!...ARE YOU GOING TO DO NOTHING?

Royal Standard of Wales.
The four lions Royal Standard of Wales derives from the four lions passive of the last prince of Gwynedd Llywelyn ap Gruffydd who adopted the title ‘Tywysog Cymru’ until His death on 11 December 1282 in the area of Builth Wells. A rally of ‘Adfywiad Gwladgarwyr’ (Resurgent Patriots) has been held at Cilmeri (where there is a monument in memory of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd) since 1966, this year marks the 40th anniversary of this ‘Rali Adfywiad Gwladgarol’. Baneri Glyndŵr but with four lions rampant was adopted by Owain Glyndŵr to show his royal descent from the high kings and Princes of Gwyned to stregthen his claim to his use of the title ‘Tywysog Cymru’ as proclaimed on 16 Medi 1400 (now celebrated annually as Dydd Glyndwr) and made real with his coronation at Machynlleth on 21 June 1404 (Dydd y Senedd). For further information on our 'Baneri Glyndŵr' campaign and details of where to obtain Owain Glyndŵr flags and other memorabilia, contact myself at the Embassy. Sian Ifan llysgenhadaeth@ntlworld.com

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Stop Press: Welsh Media Censors the Blaenhoddan Flag story, we will tell you why in forth coming post.

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