Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych


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Miniatue train trip

On September 28th Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych organised a day of fun on Rhyl’s Miniature Trains for families and small children. It was very sunny where many families turned up to enjoy the day out. Peppa Pig and Dewin from Mudiad Meithrin came to say hello and entertain the children. Fortunately it was a very sunny day and the sun was shining on a very bleak mid-week, which allowed a number of families to enjoy a picnic in the nearby park.

We had brought our information stand to share information about the benefits of bilingualism for children, and TWF and Mudiad Meithrin also had a stand  with information on Welsh Education. We are grateful to the organisations that came out to support the day and to Central Station, Lake Marine, for allowing us to conduct the activity there and for the warm welcome we received on the day itself.


Music Technology Course

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On August 20th Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych and Harlech College held a Music Technology Taster Course at the Music Technology Centre at Denbigh College. The course was for young people aged between 14 and 19 to give them the chance to learn new skills with technology equipment.

The software used is called Logic Pro, which is only available on Apple Mac devices. With Logic Pro software, it is possible to create new and unique music by mixing different kinds of music together- from classical music to the latest electronic music, giving an interesting insight into how music and songs are created today in a studio.

Corwen Youth festival

Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych visited Corwen Youth Festival this year, which was organised by Denbighshire County Council Youth Services on Saturday 11th of August. It was at an outdoor festival held on the football field and luckily (and contrary to the expected!); the sun was shining which attracted a large number of people.

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There were many kinds of entertainment throughout the day including live music and a host of activities for children. Children had the chance to make badges and candles and face painting was very popular. The Menter brought many different games with them, such as Big Jenga. Children could also enjoy a variety of different sports and games on the football field, including cricket and rounders with Denbighshire Leisure Services staff.

Another activity was using circus equipment where many enjoyed playing on the props such as the stilts or ribbon dancing. The Youth Services brought the Youth Bus with them, which is a bus that has been adapted as a mobile youth centre, offering a variety of interesting activities such as computers, internet, Wii games and art and crafts sessions.

It was of course an opportunity for us to share information about the Menter’s forth coming activities and Welsh medium or bilingual events for children and young people in the area. If you would like to know more and the opportunities for people of all ages to socialise and enjoy all kinds of different activities in Welsh in Denbighshire area contact us on-

Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych 01745445 812822 or ymholiadau@menteriaithdinbych.co.uk

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St David's Disco

To celebrate St David’s Day this year Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych organised a card making competition and Disco at Ysgol Dewi Sant in Rhyl.

On Thursday March 1st the school hall was packed with 109 children having a great time singing and dancing to ‘Gwibdaith Hen Fran’ and ‘Yr odds’ with a little bit of ‘JLS’ every now and then! The winners of the card making competition were announced in the morning service of the school the following Friday - the winners are pictured below with their cards. Thanks to everyone involved their enthusiasm and for making both events so much fun!

St David’s Day Competition

This year for the first time Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych’s ‘Best Dressed Window Competition’ to celebrate St David's Day was held in 3 towns across the county. The competition saw a mass of flags, balloons, dragons, rugby balls and daffodils in the windows of shops and businesses in Denbigh, Rhyl and Ruthin with the aim of attracting the attention of the judges - the Mayors of the towns involved! In Denbigh the competition is part of the St David's Day Festival which has been held for the past 3 years and the Mayor Medwyn Williams announced the winners at the Festival. First prize went to Royles Pharmacy, second to the Flower Basket and third to Tai Clwyd although the standard was so high that only a few points separated all 27 business taking part.

The winners in Ruthin were selected by Town Mayor Robert Ellis Owen who was delighted that 20 shops decorated their windows in the first year that the competition has been held there. First place went to the Village Bakery with Sue Ryder second and Alton Murphy the Opticians coming third.

This was also the first time for Rhyl to be involved in the competition. We were very grateful to the Mayor of Rhyl, Councillor Mrs Win-James Mullen for judging the entries. The first prize went to Sweet Tooths, with the second prize taken by Aquarius and equal third place going to Flower Tops and Details.

Menter Iaith would like to thank all the businesses and shops who took part this year.

Obviously someone had to take the prizes but the main aim of the day was to decorate the towns and celebrate our Welsh heritage on St David's Day. With that goal in mind everyone was a winner.

Guess the Fruit?!

One of the activities at Coleg Llysfasi’s Healthy Eating Day recently was Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych’s “Guess the Fruit” competition, with students and lecturers trying to identify the combination of fruits in a smoothie. 64 people tasted a smoothie and offered their best guess. Out of those 10 people guessed correctly that the combination was strawberry, blueberry and pineapple. The names of those who guessed correctly were then drawn out of a hat and the winner was Siôn Eilir. The picture below shows Siôn receiving his prize, a Smoothie Mixer, so that he will be able to make smoothies for himself and his friends in any combination he chooses to in the future!

Only 10 places available! – First come first served!

01745 812822


Part-time 6 month training scheme 

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS – 12 midday, Wednesday 8th February 2012 

Thousands of tapes, reels and discs of previously shot footage and images languish in archives, libraries and storage areas across the country.

Do you have the CREATIVITY TO CREATE SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT and extraordinary out of the ordinary?

Cyfle invites applications to a brand new training scheme designed to teach the creative,innovative and essential skills needed to create a new world of experiences out of footage already in existence. 


We are looking for individuals with a wide-range of experiences and/or qualifications who show genuine enthusiasm for the subject matter, as long as you are over 18, age is also not an issue.

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or over

  • This scheme is only open to applicants currently living in Wales


This scheme is being delivered by training provider Cyfle and is funded by the Skillset Cymru Training Framework, which is a joint approach by Skillset Cymru, the Welsh language broadcaster S4C and the trade association Teledwyr Annibynnol Cymru (TAC)


Tips on successful retailing on shopping workshop list

An exciting opportunity has arisen for Denbighshire shopkeepers and managers to take part in a masterclass created by a renowned retail guru and television star, Mary Portas, in partnership with Skillsmart Retail.

The Mary Portas Taster session event has been arranged by the Denbighshire County Council Business Support Team, in partnership with Coleg Llandrillo Cymru Retail Skills Shop and Denbigh Business Group.

The event will take place at the Brookhouse Mill on Wednesday, 22 February, with registration starting at 6pm. Only 15 places are available for this event and places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

Michelle Rendell, Denbighshire's Business Growth Officer, said: "We are delighted to be working in partnership to be offering this event free of charge. Delegates will gain a true understanding of every aspect of running a retail business, including having a vision for the business, buying and selling, creating displays, marketing for more customers and much more.

"This is one of a number of activities on-going to promote local independent businesses and providing an opportunity for the owners or managers to enhance and build on their retail skills, so that they can do all they can to make sure their business flourishes".

For further information or to book a place, please contact Sue Mews, Denbigh Business Group Secretary, on 01745 813125 / 0771554556.


Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru Sir Ddinbych a’r Cyffiniau 2013
Pwyllgor Apêl Dinbych
Hanes y Gymraeg trwy gerdd a chân
yn Theatr Twm o’r Nant, Dinbych
Nos Wener Chwefror 3ydd am 7:30 y h
Yng nghwmni
Twm Morys, Myrddin ap Dafydd, Ifor ap Glyn,
Meirion Mcintyre Huws, a cherddorion eraill
Tocyn £10 (yn cynnwys gwydriad o win neu ddiod ysgafn)
Ar gael o Siop Clwyd neu ffonio 01745 812172

Battle of the Bands

Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych is looking for the next Duffy or Super Furry Animals!

Are you in a band or a musical person? Do you enjoy competing? If so the 'Battle of the Bands' is for you! Bands and soloists from Denbighshire, Flintshire and Maelor will compete against each other in order to choose the bands or individuals who will represent the north east in the North Wales semi final before taking on bands and soloists from throughout Wales in the Competition final which will be broadcast live on Radio Cymru on the 18th of April 2012.

To enter the competition you must register interest by calling Gerallt on 01745 812822 or e-mail gerallt@menteriaithdinbych.co.uk by January 31st 2012. Please feel free to phone or email for an informal chat to discuss the competition before registering.

Christmas Newsletter 2011

Welcome to the Christmas issue of the Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych Newsletter. In it you will find stories about the work of the Menter, news, information about interesting events in your area and, in this edition, your Santes Dwynwen Romantic Horoscope! Remember that we always welcome contributions from the community in Welsh or in English. If you have something to say and you would like to contribute to the Spring Newsletter then contact us at ymholiadau@menteriaithdinbych.co.uk

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Christmas Newsletter 2011
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Santes Dwynwen Romantic Horoscope
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Stomp Farddol
Cynhaliwyd ein stomp flynyddol ar Nos Wener Mehefin 17eg, ac roedd llond y lle yn y Felin Brwcws ar gyfer noson hwyliog braf. Roedd digon o chwerthin i’w glywed wrth i’r cystadleuwyr John Glyn Jones, Haf Llewelyn, Arwel Emlyn Jones, Gruffudd Antur a Les Baker ein diddori. Y Stompfeistr eleni oedd Arwel ‘Pod’ Roberts, a wnaeth yn arbennig i gadw trefn ar y beirdd a sicrhau i’r noson redeg yn esmwyth! Er bod y noson yn llawn o farddoniaeth wych, Arwel Emlyn Jones oedd yn fuddugol a chipiodd stôl y stomp - stôl bren wedi ei wneud a’i roi’n hael i’r digwyddiad gan Alun Jones (Bwyellwyr Clwyd), Fferm Bryn Isa’. Hoffai’r Fenter ddiolch i Lenyddiaeth Cymru am eu nawdd ag y Felin Brwcws am y lleoliad a hefyd i bawb a wnaeth fynychu’r digwyddiad a chyfrannu at yr hywl. Diolch yn fawr.

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Huw Stephens - Welsh is a Winner Tour

Welsh is a Winner Tour

The next week is going to be a very exciting one for Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych. In partnership with Denbighshire County Council and Urdd Gobaith Cymru, Huw Stephens, famous as a DJ on Radio 1 and Radio Cymru will visit all secondary schools in the county as part of the tour “Welsh is a Winner Tour ". Huw will speak to pupils about the financial benefits of bilingual skills in the workplace and about the exciting opportunities to socialise in the Welsh language, explaining how the language has influenced his life.

Bandiau Cymwel

Summer Newsletter 2010

Dafydd the Dragon

Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych held a competition ‘Name the Welsh Dragon’ at their stand at the Woodfest Festival at St Asaph recently. The competition was open to children of all ages. The children were asked to colour in a picture of the Dragon and guess what they thought its name was. The prize was a pet dragon of the cuddly variety!! The competition was a great success with nearly 50 children competing. However there could be only one winner and the correct name, Dafydd, was chosen by Emily Reid of Rhyl. Emily attends St Bridig’s School, Denbigh. Congratulations to Emily!

Youth Festival

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Tuesday, August 10,

St Asaph Leisure Centre

Wednesday, August 11,

Corwen Sports Pavilion

Thursday, August 12,

Rhuthin Leisure Centre

Friday, August 13,

Denbigh Leisure Centre

A night of Trading (Friday 23 of April 2010)- Click here for more information

0-ond-1 Competition, for more information - Click here

A Star for Supper

If you wish to take part in a new, exciting television programme ..... click here

Nationwide Community & Heritage Awards

Volunteers which has been a great help to create puppets with children from Ysgol Caer Drewyn and young children from Clwb Cymru Corwen has been nominated for Nationwide Community & Heritage Awards. 

The awards were established to recognise the efforts of people like the volunteers who make a real contribution within their local community. 

The volunteers has been nominated in the Heritage – Groups category for the Wales region from which three winners will be selected during June 2008. In each of the 12 judging regions three Community and three Heritage regional winners will be selected as national finalists, from these one national winner will be chosen in each category.

A preview of the Owain Glyndwr puppets show (script by Iwan Llwyd) will be shown at Eisteddfod Llangollen during Tuesday morning (08/07/08).

Poetry Slam 2010

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Food Festival Friday the 5th of March- Click here

Menter Iaith and the Urdd's trip to Patagonia 0ctober 2009 Report- Click here

Photos from the Patagonia trip

In front of the Andes.

Ready to compete in the Eisteddfod

Whale watching!

Patagonia Concert

As part of their effort to raise money for their journey to Patagonia, Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych organised a concert at the Town Hall in Denbigh on Thursday April 30th. A number of very talented local artists performed on the night and the concert was a great success. All the money raised on the night will go towards the voluntary journey of Urdd Gobaith Cymru and Mentrau Iaith y Gogledd to Patagonia in October 2009.

The seven who have been chosen to go from local schools have been busy raising money in a number of small projects. These projects have included selling tea and cakes at the local Eisteddfod and doing a sponsored walk from Abergwyngregyn to Aberffraw. This was a 12 mile walk over three days starting in Gwynedd and finishing in Anglesey.

This hard work will continue over the next months as the young people hope to reach their personal target of £1,500. In Patagonia the young people will take part in voluntary work within the Welsh schools in Patagonia. This work will include running different workshops and distributing Welsh books and materials to the Schools in Patagonia.

The journey’s purpose is to foster a closer relationship between Wales and Patagonia, to learn about the differences and similarities between our cultures and to show the people of Patagonia that the Welsh language is alive among the young people of Wales.

Brigyn Workshop

For three days in October the band Brigyn held a music workshop in three schools in Rhyl. The band let the children use computer software to record their own music. They used keyboards, guitars and voice to create creative material. The three schools were Ysgol Bryn Hedydd, Ysgol Dewi Sant and Ysgol Llywelyn. The workshops were funded by communities first and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The three days were a huge success with the children.

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Ffermwyr Ifanc Nantglyn

Mi gafodd aelodau Ffermwyr Ifanc Nantglyn drwy gefnogaeth Gronfa Dreftadaeth y Loteri, ar y cyd efo Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych gyfle i ddysgu sut i chwarae drymiau dan arweiniad Deian Elfryn. Ar ddiwedd y noson syndod oedd gweld mai’r merched oedd wedi cael hwyl arni, tra bod y bechgyn angen mwy o ymarfer! Diolch yn fawr iawn i bawb am gynorthwyo efo’r noson.

Gwelwch y lluniau isod:-

"Awards For All Wales" Grant for Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych

Primary and secondary schools in Denbigh in partnership with Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych (Denbighshire Welsh Language Initiative) were successful recently in obtaining funding from Awards For All Wales, Heritage Lottery Fund and Denbighshire County Council to hold heritage and language mural workshops with local artist Wendy Lawrence.

The workshop offers the children a chance to communicate through the medium of Welsh and create a piece of work that will be put on public display when Theatr Twm o’r Nant reopens at the end of the year. It also offers the children the opportunity to learn about Welsh heritage and Welsh history.

This is the first time that Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych have had the opportunity to do a mural project with Denbigh schools and this is of great benefit to the local children and young people. Menter Iaith will be creating another mural with the public (over 18 only) during Sunday 22nd June at the Town Hall as part of the Denbigh Mid Summer Festival. This project is funded by a grant awarded by Cadwyn Clwyd. Menter Iaith is very grateful for all the grants received, without these, the mural projects would not take place.

For further information contact Menter Iaith’s Heritage and Language Educational Officer Sian Elin (01745) 812822

Welsh for the Family

Mudiad Ysgolion Meithrin and Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych working in partnership to deliver Welsh for the Family and to raise awareness of our heritage

Recently Mudiad Ysgolion Meithrin in partnership with Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych (Denbighshire Welsh Language Initiative) were successful in obtaining funding from the Children and Young people’s partnership in Denbighshire to hold three Welsh for the Family courses within Ti a Fi groups in Rhyl, Upper Denbigh and Glyndyfrdwy.

The Welsh for Families scheme offers training over 6-12 sessions for parents on simple Welsh language patterns based on everyday situations that arise in the home. It also offers parents the opportunity to learn songs and Welsh rhymes in addition to adopting skills to enable them to read simple stories to their children in Welsh.

This year for the first time the Welsh Language initiative have secured a follow up course by inviting Nia Williams in at the end of the course to create a craft exhibition on traditional Welsh nursery rhymes.

“Wales has a wealth of folk songs and nursery rhymes passed down from generation to generation", said Nia.

"And we will be making a collage in each session that ill be brought together at the end to create an exhibition.”

To see photos from the collage workshop - click here

This is the second year for Mudiad Ysgolion Meithrin to endure funding from the Partnership and this development shows that working in Partnership is an advantage for local children and young people.

For further information contact:
Carys Gwyn MYM 01978 363422
Sian Elin (01745) 812822

Llandrillo Primary School Workshop

Children from Llandrillo Primary School in Corwen have created this mural of the village. Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych's Gwenda Owen and Neil Dalrymple worked with the pupils to make the mural which includes the river Ceidiog and the bridge, the stone circle and the local church.
Sian Elin Huws from Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych said the group would like to thank Gwenda Owen and Neil Dalrymple for their co-operation. The project was supported by The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Creu Cardiau Santes Dwynwen

Yn ystod nos Iau (10/01/08) mi gafodd aelodau o Glwb Ffermwyr Ifanc Rhuthun gyfle i greu cardiau Santes Dwynwen yng ngofal Sioned Jones gyda chefnogaeth gan y Loteri Genedlaethol trwy Gronfa Dreftadaeth y Loteri a Chynllun Gweithredu Iaith Rhuthun. Hoffai aelodau staff Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych ddiolch yn fawr iawn am help gan bawb.

Contact Details

You can contact us by writing to:
Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych
Adeilad Diemwnt
6 Heigad
Dinbych Sir Ddinbych
LL16 3LE

e-mail:  menter@menterdinbych.org
by phone (01745) 812822
or you are always welcome to pop in to the office for a chat.


Ruth Williams - Chief Officer
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Iorwen Jones - Business Officer
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Cathryn Griffith - Memory Museum Project Officer
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Gwion Tomos-Jones - Community Development Officer
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