A big thank you to the Village of Crynant!
I am immensely proud to have delivered a cheque to the Royal British Legion in the sum of £2505.22p. This total is made up from the proceeds of the Sing-along, the Crynant RFC ladies coffee morning, the collection at the Remembrance Sunday service, and all the collection boxes throughout the village at Segadelli’s, Cod Bite, M.W. Phillips (Pharmacy), Premier Stores, Llwynon, the Rugby Club, the Community Centre, the Gradon, Cwtch, Creunant Primary School & Ysgol Gynradd Brynamman.
This year we also commemorated the 100 year anniversary of the end of WW1, so in addition to the coffee morning, which is held every year by the Ladies of Crynant RFC, a committee was formed and a number of events arranged to mark the end of war and the coming of light, symbolised by the lighting of a Beacon at St. Margaret’s Church. It has been difficult to recognise all who contributed, as there have been so many.
I make no apologies for the length of this thank you, firstly, to the whole of the organising committee, Crynant Community Council & the College of Arts and Humanities, Swansea University.
Then, in no particular order, to all who worked on the displays at the Community Centre – Creunant
Primary School who provided a display of their work and 17 ceramic poppies — one for each
serviceman from Crynant that lost their life in WW1 — to the Ladies of Knit & Natter, Pam, Sian and
Shelley, for their tributes. The display outside Crynant RFC, the display in the window of the Chemist
and the floral tributes at St. Margaret’s Church. The Den Men’s shed and those who helped them
complete the new memorial garden. You can see the amount of work that went into them all –
Thank you to Rhys, Annwen and Marcus, who gave us all an excellent evening of entertainment at the sing-along,
to the ladies who donated cakes, raffle prizes and provided us with refreshments. We have already
been asked if we can have them back next year!
Thank you to Crynant RFC Ladies for the coffee morning at the Community Centre. Sian has thanked them all individually.
A huge thank you to Vicar Liz Rees & Rhys Locke for taking the services, and the contributions of all on Remembrance Sunday. To the Crynant Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and leaders, Creunant Primary school Choir, their teachers and parents. Thank you to Mr Cellan Morgan, our Bugler. Thank you Mr John Trelaw, Standard bearer, Mr Ellis Morgan representing Veterans and Beacon lighting, the Dulais Valley Silver Band, the Sunday Club and the volunteers that put up the Beacon, bunting, flag poles and banners.
A final thank you to Professor Sir Deian Hopkin (Chair of Wales Remembers) for an excellent, informative lecture on Wales and the coming of peace 1918-1919.
I sincerely hope I have included all, and please accept my apologies if I have missed anyone or any contribution. There were so many people who helped make these events the success they were and raise this fantastic total for the poppy appeal. I am grateful to them all.