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.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Post Dydd Glyndŵr Celebrations Report

During the week prior to Dydd Glyndŵr - Sept 16th, I was on my travels North on various Embassy Glyndŵr associated missions and was very sad to notice, as I passed through towns such as Llandeilo, Llanbed, Aberystwyth and Machynlleth, that there wasn't a Glyndŵr flag in sight! Where are the 'supposed patriots' and 'Pobl Glyndŵr' of these areas who should be encouraging the flying of the Glyndŵr flag and organising celebrations to commemmorate such an important period in our history? I was very dis-heartened and was thinking along the lines that Embassy Glyndŵr was 'flogging a dead horse' and that the aspirations of Owain Glyndŵr for an Independent Cymric nation with equality for all Cymric people in it was dead - killed by apathy but then, I visited Pwllheli and my faith was restored! See pic opposite of the sea of Glyndŵr flags in Pwllheli during Dydd Glyndŵr week.
That's the way to decorate a town! and congratulations to the patriotic shops and Pobl Glyndŵr of Pwllheli and Penrhyndeudraeth (see pic below of Penrhyndeudraeth) for showing the rest of Cymru the way.

It was impossible for me to visit everywhere obviously and maybe other towns did make the same effort, if so, maybe patriots and Pobl Glyndŵr' out there can send us pics so that we can post them also and have a clearer picture of who did and who didn't.

I then passed through Corwen on Thursday to photograph the brand new statue of Prince Owain Glyndŵr which had been set in place that morning; see pics. Although already unveiled, the official unveiling is said to be taking place on the eve of November 9th. All wishing to attend the unveiling should keep their eyes on the press or contact info@corwen.org closer to the official unveiling date.

There were some Glyndŵr flags up in Corwen on Thursday the 13th of Sept but nowhere near enough considering that Corwen is one of the two main Glyndŵr communities and that it was Glyndŵr Week and that the new memorial had just been placed on its plinth that morning. Maybe a greater effort can be made for the official unveiling on Nov 9th? We will have to wait and see?

By Thursday evening I was at Y Wyddgrug where i picked up Prince Owain (aka Mike Roberts in kit) so that we could make our way to the Albert Dock in Liverpool for an important presentation.
Sailor Dafydd Hughes from Aberaeron is participating in the 'Clipper's Ventures Around the world Race' which started from the Albert Dock on 'Dydd Glyndŵr'.

Dafydd has agreed to fly the Glyndŵr flag at every port that the clipper he is on visits during the race. Myself, Prince Owain Glyndŵr and other 'Pobl Glyndŵr' went to Albert Dock to present Dafydd with a Glyndŵr flag; see pics.

Below is a list of all the ports that will be visited by the clippers in this race along with scheduled dates. Dafydd, and the Glyndŵr flag, will be aboard the 'Glasgow' so, we urge all 'Pobl Glyndŵr' able to visit any of these ports, on the scheduled dates, to make every effort to go along to cheer on Dafydd and to salute the Glyndŵr flag. Take along your own Glyndŵr flag to fly. Haven't got one yet? contact us to purchase one in good time.

Ports of Call of 'Clippers Ventures Around the World Race':
Liverpool 16 Sept 2007 - Dydd Glyndŵr.
European Port: Late Sept 2007.
Brazil: Late October 2007.
Fremantle: Late Dec 2007.
Singapore: Late January 2008.
Quingdao: Mid February 2008.
Pusan: Late February 2008.
Hawaii: Late March 2008.
West Coast North America: Mid April 2008.
Panama City: Mid May 2008.
Panama Canal Atlantic Side:
Late May 2008
Caribbean: Late May 2008.
New York: Early June 2008.
East Coast North America: Mid June 2008.
Back in Liverpool
early July 2008.

We are in contact with 'Clipper Ventures' who have promised to keep us updated with the progress of the race and we will endevour to post up more precise dates for each port of call as we recieve the info so, keep visiting for these updates and other news and, hopefully, pics of Dafydd and the Glyndŵr flag at the various ports of call.

Many thanks to Mike Roberts for doing the honors and for forfeiting his dinner after a hard day's work so that we could arrive in Liverpool in enough daylight to take pics. Diolch Mike.

Gŵyl Glyndŵr Abercraf: We have witnessed the growth of this festival in the last three years and, without doubt, it is now one of the most important Gwyliau Glyndŵr in existance. It is testimony to the fact that successful Gwyliau Glyndŵr can be sustained annually if the cooperation of the whole community can be mobilized and utilised. This festival now runs for three days and sports a very lively full programme of events to cover every second of those three days. There is something for everyone and a great deal of focus has been put on activities for the kids and, of course, Prince Owain Glyndŵr and his entourage play major roles throughout the three days of activities. This Gŵyl Glyndŵr takes over four fields alongside the Ancient Briton Pub, Pen y Cae at the foot of Bannau Brycheiniog and according to Eleanor, the Chief organizer, has now reached its full capacity. Anyone wishing to organise a Gŵyl Glyndŵr should certainly study how and why the 'Sleeping Giant Gŵyl Glyndŵr' is so successful and, ironically, this festival is, again, in South Wales! Take note fellow Gogs, Prince Owain may belong to all of Cymru but he was a Gog! Why is it left to hwntws to organise brilliant festivals to honour the memory of our heroic prince? The Sleeping Giant Foundation are now already organising for next year's Gŵyl Glyndŵr; that's the way to do it!

LLYNGES GLYNDŵR! ( Glyndŵr's Navy)
I took this pic in Swansea Marina recently. Have you seen any other boats about flying Prince Owain's flag? Let us know and, if possible, send us a pic.

Gŵyl Glyndŵr Event on this weekend at the Bell Inn Caerleon see full details below:

Owain Glyndŵr Festival Fri 21 - 23 Sept 2007

Saturday 22 Sept at 2pm: Glyndwr's War Band - Medieval Re-enactment


5pm:Alex Gibbon presenting his theory on the "Mystery of Jack of Kent & The Fate of Owain Glyndŵr via a presentation and slide show.

Also: *Cider & Food matching menu every evening plus...Welsh cheeses, ciders and perries


Come and watch all the rugby matches at the Bell this weekend and celebrate Dydd Glyndŵr in style at the same time. Needless to say, the Inn will be draped in Glyndŵr flags and bunting. Bring your own to add to the atmosphere.


Friday 21st

France vs. Ireland 8pm

Saturday 22nd

S Africa vs. Tonga 1pm

England vs. Samoa 3pm

Argentina vs. Namibia 8pm

Sunday 23rd

Australia vs. Fiji 1.30pm

Scotland vs. New Zealand 4pm