1. Annual Report for 2018
2. Annual Report for 2017
3. Annual Report for 2016
ANNUAL REPORT 2018
It gave us great pleasure to welcome Cennard Davies as our Honorary President in succession to the late Lord Gwilym Prys-Davies. Cennard has already made a significant contribution to the work of the Fund. Helen Prosser was appointed to succeed Rhodri Morgan as Minute Secretary. Rhodri has given years of service to the Fund in maintaining minutes of the trustees’ meetings since his appointment as a trustee in 1983.
Four ordinary meetings of the trustees were held during the year. In addition, some decisions were made through email consultation.
Consideration was given to 16 applications during the year and the following were successful:
Cylch Meithrin Hen Golwyn £300 Resources
Cylch Meithrin Cerrigydrudion £300 Resources
Cylch Meithrin Clocaenog £300 Resources
Ymgyrch Trebiwt a Grangetown £500 Marketing
Ysgol Gyfun Maes Garmon £250 Theatre visit
Gŵyl Hanes Cymru £350 Welsh History Presentation
Ysgol Gynradd Pen Barras £300 Resources
Cylch Meithrin Edern £300 Resources
Cylch Meithrin Y Felinheli £300 Creating children’s space
Cylch Meithrin Y Betws £250 Resources
Cylch Meithrin Yr Eglwys Newydd £500 Technology equipment
Cylch Meithrin Cynwyd £400 Resources
Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Castellau £150* Marketing
Grants awarded totalled £4,200 but as project * was not fulfilled, the total value of grants distributed was £4,050 (2017 - £4,075). One application was withdrawn, one application was refused, as it did not offer value for money, and the necessary information was not provided in respect of one application. It is now a requirement that a body receiving a grant provides a report for their local “Papur Bro” referring to the contribution of the Fund. In addition, a report is requested, after a year, on the outcome of the grant-aid. The reports received are very encouraging and confirm that the Fund is able to “make a difference”.
Once again, the supporters of the Fund were very generous with their donations during the year , in contributing £3990 (2017 - £4301). We gratefully acknowledge their support.
4. Raising the Fund’s profile
A number of steps were taken during the year to raise the Fund’s profile with a view to increasing the number of donations and the number of applications to the Fund. Following the publication of the leaflet, in 2017, to promote the Fund, two main events were held during the year. A meeting was held during the National Eisteddfod at Cardiff at which Vaughan Roderick interviewed Huw Jones (Chair of the S4C Authority). The meeting was attended by about 50 people and publicity was obtained on Radio Cymru, in the magazine “Golwg” and the “Papurau Bro”. Secondly, a meeting was held, in November, at Yr Egin, Carmarthen, when an address was given by Cennard Davies “Towards a Million Welsh Speakers”. Press releases were issued following the appointment of
our Honorary President and in respect of the above events for which leaflets were prepared. In addition, we distributed our information leaflets at the National Eisteddfod and at“Parti Ponty”. Our website was reviewed and updated (www.cronfaglyndwr.cymru) by adding reports of the above two events.
1. Annual Report for 2017
With great sadness we learnt, in March, of the passing of our Honorary President, Lord Gwilym Prys-Davies. He was one of the trustees who established the Fund, in 1963, and was honorary solicitor to the Fund until he stood down, in 1993, when he was appointed the Fund’s Honorary President. That same month, Margaret Griffiths retired as a trustee and as Treasurer of the Fund. She had served the Fund as a trustee, since 1983, and as Treasurer, since 1989. On her retirement, she was appointed one of the Fund’s Honorary Vice-Presidents. Dafydd Hampson-Jones was appointed to succeed her as Treasurer and Helen Prosser was welcomed as a new trustee.
Five ordinary meetings of the trustees were held during the year. In addition, some decisions were made through e-mail consultations.
The trustees considered 20 applications during the year, which included 8 applications carried over from the previous year. The following applications were successful:
Cylch Meithrin Caerau, Caerdydd £250 Transport
Cylchoedd Meithrin Ardal Taf a’r Fro £500* Welsh language course for staff
Ysgol Gynradd Drefach, Llanelli £400 Reciprocal reading project
Ysgol Gynradd Betws y Coed £200* Marketing
Cylch Meithrin Terrig,Treuddyn £150 Marketing
Menter Iaith Maelor £500 Video films – further/higher education
Menter Iaith Dinbych £750 Welsh education marketing booklet
Cylch Ti a Fi, Rhuthun £300 Resources
Munchkins, Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd £75 Bi-lingual project
Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg, Tonyrefail £500 Production/distribution marketing
Cylch Meithrin Hill Street, Wrecsam £250 Marketing
Cylch Ti a Fi/Meithrin, Dyffryn Banw £350 Marketing
Cylch Meithrin Pentrecelyn £300 Resources
Cylch Meithrin Llanfair Caereinion £250 Resources
The total sum awarded in grants was £4,775 (2016 - £3,850). However, as projects * did not proceed, the total sum distributed in grants was £4,075. One application was withdrawn, two were not considered as the relevant information was not provided and three applications failed as they were outside our criteria. Four applications were outstanding at the end of the year. Since 2011, the Fund has distributed almost £30,000 in grants. Recipients of grant aid are now required to provide an annual report for two years on the outcome of the grants received.
Supporters of the Fund were very generous with their donations during the year which totalled £5,037 (2016 - £2,938). We gratefully acknowledge their support. In addition, a successful Dinner held at Creigiau Golf Club, with Dr Hefin Jones, Dean of the Welsh National College, as guest speaker, made a profit of £1,106.
4. Raising the Fund’s Profile
A number of steps were taken, during the year, to raise the Fund’s profile with the aim of increasing both the donations to the Fund and the number of applications. This is reflected in the donations and grants referred to above. A colourful bilingual leaflet was produced, in May, to promote the Fund -"Addysg Gymraeg: Sut Gallaf I Ei Helpu I Ffynnu? - Welsh Medium Education: How Can I Help It Thrive?". This was followed by a press release to the relevant media organisations. Subsequently, the Chair of the Fund appeared on the Prynhawn Da programme on S4C and the General Secretary appeared on the Shân Cothi programme on Radio Cymru. In addition, a specially tailored article for different localities was prepared for publication in each Papur Bro.
The leaflet was distributed at the Urdd National Eisteddfod, held at Bridgend, the National Eisteddfod, held at Anglesley, some of the festivals organised by the Mentrau Iaith and, in addition, through RhAG and Mudiad Meithrin.
The terms of grant aid now include conditions that those receiving a grant submit an article to their local Papur Bro, referring to the support of the Fund, and distribute five copies of the leaflet to those likely to support the Fund. Our website has been reviewed and updated ( www.cronfaglyndwr.cymru ) and, by now, the majority of applications to the Fund are made by e-mail. Our continuing aim is to promote Welsh medium education and to "make a difference".
2. ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2016
2016 was a year which saw a significant increase in the number of applications to the Fund and changes to the officers and structure of the Fund. Gerald Latter and Bryan James retired as trustees. Both became trustees in 1972 with Bryan becoming General Secretary from the date of his appointment and Gerald becoming Chairman in 2000. Having made such significant contributions, they were appointed Honorary Vice-Presidents of the Fund. Catrin Stevens and Wyn Rees were appointed Chair and General Secretary respectively. Two new posts were created, namely, those of Assistant Secretary and Social Media Secretary and Hywel James and Alun Thomas were appointed to those posts.
Three general meetings of the trustees were held during the year. In addition, some decisions were made through email communications.
26 applications were received during the year (2015 - 12) and the following were successful:
Cylch Meithrin Moriah, Cross Hands £300 Leaflets and a Banner
Cylch Meithrin Caerau, Caerdydd £200 Transport
Cylch Meithrin Cefneithin £200 Equipment
Mudiad Meithrin Wrecsam £300 Ti a Fi ar Daith
Menter Iaith Fflint £500 Video Films
Ysgol y Cwm, Trevelin, Chubut, Patagonia £300 Equipment
Cylch Meithrin Cwm Gwyddon £150 Teaching/Admin resources
Cylch Meithrin Pili Pala, Tredelerch, Caerdydd £100 Transport
Cylch Meithrin Y Bontfaen £200 Banners
Cylch Meithrin Sgeti, Abertawe £200 Leaflets
Cylch Meithrin Ffynnonwen £200 Marketing Resources
Cylch Meithrin Caerau, Caerdydd £400 Marketing Resources
Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Panteg, Pont-y-pŵl £200 Marketing Leaflets
Cylch Meithrin Hwlffordd £200 Marketing Resources
RhAG, Wrecsam £100 Leaflets
Cylch Meithrin Treboeth/Tirdeunaw, Abertawe £300 Marketing Leaflets
The grants awarded (16 applications) totalled £3850 (2015 - £4,740). Two applications were not considered as the necessarysupporting information was not provided and, at the end of the year, eight applications were pending.
The Fund’s supporters were again generous with their support contributing £2,438 (2015 - £2,526). We gratefully recognise their support.
4. Our website
Our website was updated and changed to .cymru ( www.cronfaglyndwr.cymru ) and links were formed with other Welsh organisations. In addition, the Fund has joined Facebook. By now, the majority of applications to the Fund are made by email.
5. The Future of the Fund
A further Discussion Paper on the issue of the Fund’s future was prepared in October, which Paper reviewed the Fund’s activities since 2003 (when the first Discussion Paper was prepared). Amongst the decisions, subsequently made, were that reports should be obtained on the impact of the grants, a leaflet should be prepared to promote the Fund and to attract applications to the Fund and that publicity for the Fund should be sought through the Papurau Bro and Rhagolwg.
6. The Mentrau Iaith
In recent years, the Fund has made financial contributions to the Mentrau Iaith for Blaenau Gwent Torfaen and Monmouth, Fflint, Merthyr Tudful, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Newport, Maelor and Denbigh, for the production of booklets to promote Welsh medium education in those counties. In addition, contributions were made to Mentrau Iaith for Fflint and Neath Port Talbot to produce short videos for the same purpose.
In the case of the Menter Iaith for Rhondda Cynon Taf, this led to the Local Authority producing an additional 10,000 copies of the booklet for distribution to new parents and, through the Local Health Board, to the Health Visitors. The Local Authority, also, undertook to continue to publish the booklet. The Menter Iaith says the booklet would not have seen the light of day were it not for the Fund’s support.
In the case of Menter Iaith Fflint, the Welsh Department of the Welsh Government sought the permission of the Menter to use the video films on the Government’s website and to allow the Minister to promote them. The videos may be seen on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSFfDnSYlR_lzrSTgG2q4uQ/videos
The Fund contacted the Chief Executive of the Mentrau Iaith to express the hope that the Mentrau Iaith may co-operate and share plans, resources and knowledge in order to save costs.
7. The Charity Commission
Following lobbying by the Fund, confirmation was received from the Wales Office that the Charity Commission now provides a bilingual service and that the bilingual choice would be available for the financial year that ended in 2016.
The Fund responded to Consultations issued by the Welsh Government and Cardiff City Council concerning their Welsh Language Strategies.
9. Relations with other organisations
RhAG Ceri McEvoy, RhAG’s Development Officer, attends meetings of the trustees, by invitation, and we much appreciate her contributions to our discussions. By the same token, the Fund tries to support RhAG in its activities.
Dathlu’r Gymraeg The Fund is a member of this umbrella group..
10. To close
There was an increase in the number of applications to the Fund, with particular regard to the promotion of Welsh-medium education. It has been our privilege to support these activities and, thereby, "make a difference".