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Vol. 14, No. 8 Aug. 1927

Welsh pageants and pageants

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ture replicas of it to move in due order from the
church and chapel gates to the door of the chair-
man of the parish council, and on from street to
street of the old royal borough-we can put, what
might best be called a castle play," before an
audience of eight thousand people, who, as has
been before proved, will hear every word of every
episode, owing to the excellent acoustic proper-
ties of the castle walls within which the pageant
will be played. And those words, whether in
verse or prose, will be worth listening to, as they
have all been written by men of established
literary reputation. Indeed, the Merioneth
Education Committee, and the masters of county
schools there and in Carnarvon, have acknow-
ledged the value of their literary quality by cir-
culating pageant books which had been left over
from the pageant of 1920, amongst their elder
Wales at Work.
[By The Rev. Gwilym Davies, M.A.]
The Committee of Management of the Welsh
School of Social Service has learnt with much
gratification of the establishment of Coleg Harlech
as a centre of adult education. It looks forward
to its development as the home of many-sided
activities calculated to promote the personal develop.
ment of its students and to equip them for en-
lightened and disinterested social service. The
College starts with the great initial advantages in
respect of its fine situation, its admirable buildings
and its courageous and generous sponsors. The
Committee look forward with confidence to the
speedy attainment by the institution to a place of
honour and usefulness in the life of the nation.
The Committee further desire to congratulate
Mr. Ben Bowen Thomas very warmly on being
called to preside over one of the most interesting
and promising experiments in the life of modern
Wales. It assures him of its best wishes for the
success of the work to which he has been called at
a time when he is capable of bringing clear vision,
unspent enthusiasm and whole-hearted devotion to
his task and pledges itself to support him in every
possible way in this great venture of faith.
From the Minutes of a meeting of the Committee
of Management of the Welsh School of Social
Service, May 26th-28th, 1927.
The Celtic Congress met at Bangor on July 18-27.
Mr. E. T. John, in his presidential address, looked
forward to the formation of a Celtic Federal Union
devoting itself exclusively to questions of domestic
government and international relations. He held
that infinite advantage would arise from an inter-
change of experience, past and present, of hopes and
aspirations, methods and policy, between the leaders
of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Brittany, with
possibly the Speaker of the Ancient House of Keys
presiding over their deliberation. Sir Harry Reichel
and Professor J. E. Lloyd extended a hea;rty wel-
come to the Congress on behalf of the University
scholars. This suggestion came to me after a
conversation with X ice-Principal Edwards, who
said, 1 do not know of a better way of teaching
history than through the pageant." And, after
all, Harlech Castle embodies more of their history
of which Welshmen are prouder, and of their
legends which appeal more to their imagination,
than any castle in the Principality-the keep
whose marvellous defence by Dafydd ap Einion
gave birth to The Men of Harlech," the Par-
liament House of Owain Glyndwr, and the safe
asylum of Jasper and Henry Tudor, afterwards
Henry VII., and Margaret of Anjou and Prince
Edward, and finally the stronghold that Colonel
William Owen, the ancestor ot the present Lord
Harlech, held against the Cromwellians for a
whole year-and then was the last to tall of all
the Royalist castles.
At the Holyhead National Eisteddfod the Welsh
League ot Nations Union will hold its over-seas re-
ception, which has, year by year, grown in popular-
ity with tiiose visiting the Eistedufod from beyond
Iiiaj seas. Un the Friday morning of the Eisteddfod
week the Union of the Welsh National Societies will
also welcome the visitors. The "Oymry ar Wasgar"
moveiuient, ot which .Meiriona is the secretary, is
hoping to become more firmly established as the re-
sult of its activities at HoljMiead.
Replies from the more distant .parts of the earth
aie now being received to the Weish children's wire-
less message sent out on Goodwill Day, May 18th.
The .lollowing response is one of a number of replies
Irom Brazil :We, the pupils of Collegio Bennett,
wish to express omr immense appreciation of the
message ot .peace and goodwill which was broad-
casted to us by the girls and boys of the Principality
of Wales. We also wish to tell you about the en-
thusiasm that hag been aroused among us, and that
we intend to join with our prayers and our influence
in this movement for the future safety of the world."
—(Signed), Student body of Collegio Bennett, Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil.
The National Eisteddfod of 1928 was 'proclaimed'
on July 7th on Pentwyn, the hillside above Treorchy.
It was the Rhondda's first Gorsedd, and although
the weather was not too kind, the ceremony attrac-
ted manv thousands of people. Elfed, the Arch-
druid, with his chaplet of laurel and his golden
breastplate, conducted the Gorsedd with dignity,
while the Herald Bard (Captain Geoffrey Orawshay)
is to be congratulated on the success which has
attended his zeal for reform. There was a children's
choir placed just outside the Gorsedd circle.
Nothing in the proclamation was more effective than
the singin"- ty the children of the responses in the
Gorsedd prayer. Mr. W. P. Thomas, the hon.
general secretary of the Eisteddfod, was warmly
complimented on the excellence of the arrange-
ments. Gwili, the crowned bard, referred as other
bards did. to the work of "W.P.
Heddwch, ar ol cyllOeddi-a fyddo'n
Feddig da Treorci
Na chaed malltod ail-godi
A dyblu poen "*W.P."
It was Elfed's last proclamation as Archdruid.
His four vears tenure of office expires at Holyhead,
when it is likely that Pedrog will be unanimously
chosen as his successor.
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