2008 May Festival

The 14th Nantlle Valley May Festival


May 10 – 18, 2008

On Wednesday evening 19th November, the Gŵyl Fai Dyffryn Nantlle committee shared £6,500 between the Walton Centre in Liverpool and local good causes. Since the yearly event started back in 1995, over £70,000 has been shared between various charities.

£5,000 was donated to the Walton Centre in memory of Guto Williams from Penygroes who died on August 10 last year following an accident aged only 16. His parents Nesta and Gwynfor Williams appreciated the help and support they received during this time and started a fund raising effort which raised over £10,000 for the Unit. Two Consultants and three nursing sisters, together with Helen Machin transplant co-ordinator from the Royal Liverpool Hospital and Tony Murphy, Patient Advice and Liaison Service Co-ordinator, all travelled to Penygroes to meet Nesta and Gwynfor and the Gŵyl Fai committee to receive the donations. The £15,000 total raised will be used to buy important equipment that will benefit patients of the Walton centre in future.

Funds were raised during a week packed with activities which included a sponsored bike ride, craft activities for young children in the Penygroes Library a disco evening for youngsters, family treasure hunt, family bingo, plays by two amateur theatre companies assisted by the Lleisiau Mignedd choir, bardic competition, a comedy evening with Tudur Owen, Beth Angell and Dewi Rhys, a crown green bowling tournament, golffing tournament and a motor bike rally. The Nantlle Vale Royal Silver Band opened the fun day in Market Square Penygroes on Saturday with fancy dress competition, stalls, face painting, games etc.

The success of the festival each year proves that we have a lively, generous and caring community in Dyffryn Nantlle and the Gŵyl Fai Committee wish to thank everyone for supporting the activities and for the generous sponsorship received every year from local businesses.

The Events of the 2008 May Festival

Saturday May 10

Sponsored bike ride (40 miles approx).

Monday May 12

6.30 – 8.00pm John Pritchard’s Disco - dancing for children up to 11 yrs in the Memorial Hall, Penygroes.

Tuesday May 13

6.00pm Treasure Hunt. Starting from the Talysarn Community Centre.

Wednesday May 14

7.30pm Theatre night Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle school hall. Plant Afradlon and Cwmni Brynrhos drama groups performing and also items by the Lleisiau Mignedd Choir.

Thursday May 15

7.30pm Talwrn y Beirdd at Penygroes Memorial Hall with Mei Mac and 3 teams competing.

9.00pm Pub Quiz at the Goat with Rhys and Iolo.

Friday May 16

Family Bingo night at Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle school hall.

Saturday May 17

11.00am ‘Fun in the Market Square, Penygroes’. Stalls, Nantlle Vale Silver Band, Flowers for sale, Fancy Dress Competition (pre-school – primary) Judging at 1.00pm Face Painting, games, hot dogs, burgers, sandwiches etc.

8.00pm An evening of comedy with Tudur Owen, Beth Angell and Dewi Rhys at the Caernarfon Rugby Club.

Sunday May 18

11.00am Green Bowling tournament – Ex-Servicemen’s Club Penygroes.

11.00am Motor cycle rally from the Talysarn Community Centre car park.

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