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From: "Pauline James" <>
Subject: RE: Llangrannog Urdd Camp
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 1999 01:24:53 +0100
Thanks for the story on the Urdd, as you know my daughter participates in
these activities, and I really enjoy going to their singing, dancing,
reciting and musical competitions - and I don't even speak Welsh....
Glad you enjoyed yourselves, although we lost against Samoa - it was a
pretty good game, Richard was really disappointed, we are through to the
quarter finals though - how do you think we'll fare........
Sent: 17 October 1999 19:17
Subject: Llangrannog Urdd Camp
Dear Pauline, Richard and listers,
I know this isn't in Carmarthen but I have just returned from our school's
annual visit to the Llangrannog Urdd camp and felt I must share this
information with the group. I have been going now for many years and never
fail to be overawed by the breathtaking scenery around the camp. Even
spending the week caring for 76 eleven year olds, I still come back
The Urdd Gobaith Cymru is an organisation for the young people of Wales. It
was founded in 1922 by Sir Ifan ab Owen Edwards. He sent out the following
"What shall we, the children of Wales, do to keep the language alive?...We
will establish a new Urdd, and we will try to get every young Welsh person
under 18 to join us."
The symbol of the Urdd is a triangular badge, divided into 3 sections.
red and green. The white symbolises faithfulness to Christ, the red
faithfulness to our fellow man and the green faithfulness to Wales. In 1932
Sir Ifan was staying with friends near Llangrannog and while looking at the
magnificent sweep of Cardigan Bay decided this would be an ideal spot to
establish a residential camp for young people - Gwersyll yr Urdd
The camp holds up to 350 youngsters with their teachers and during their
week's stay they have activities such as skiing, tobogganing, horse riding,
swimming etc. etc. plus Welsh lessons and cultural activities like singing
and folk dancing. It certainly gives our city kids an insight into their
cultural heritage while having fun at the same time. And so many of the
activities need team work and co-operation. The Urdd has its own website
where lots more information can be found.
And yes, we take all our pupils regardless of creed or colour. One pupil who
is Japanese had a wonderful time. His family will be living in South Wales
for about 5 years and through this week he has learned a lot about his
My rollerblading skills are improving but one does lose one's credibility
somewhat when, whilst reprimanding one lively youngster fpr dangerous
manouveres you have to have two others holding you up. We also decided this
year that the 'cultural heritage' section should include bringing in a large
screen and watching the Wales v. Samoa match. Big mistake!
I'm now off to catch up on my sleep,
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