Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych’s joint working with a community museum project in Denbighshire has seen a 62% increase in audience figures in the past 12 months due to its capability of offering a Welsh language service to attendees.

Denbigh’s Wireless in Wales Museum based at Canolfan Iaith Clwyd in the town had to adapt quickly during the Covid-19 pandemic, to ensure an online presence to survive the social block put on community gatherings.

Fortunately, a funding avenue, via Brenig Wind Ltd ensured the volunteer led group was able to adapt to the challenge and organise new and innovative on-line talks around topical cultural and historical issues based around Denbigh and the whole of Wales.

“We were fortunate that Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych was able to support us,” explains Liverpool based Welsh learner and volunteer, Mike Farnworth.

“Ruth and the team floated the idea of offering on-line simultaneous translation to non-Welsh speakers who were interested in our talks, which included Liverpool’s Ben Rees giving us an insight into Tregaron, the National Eisteddfod’s location this year and the late Carl Clowes who we were fortunate enough to hear talk about the establishing of Nant Gwrtheyrn on the Llŷn peninsula.”

David Crawford, who works with Mike as a Wireless in Wales volunteer added: “Closer to home, Eira Jones’ talk about her upbringing at Plas Pren on Mynydd Hiraethog was an insightful introduction for many of us.

Prior to the pandemic 20 to 30 people attended the physical talks at Wireless in Wales’ location Canolfan Iaith Clwyd at Lenten Pool, Denbigh. Now, up to 90 people attend online with the option for non-Welsh speakers to click on simultaneous translation.

“We have been astounded at the success of the events,” added Mike Farnworth, “and delighted that more and more people now attend the Welsh talks compared to the English talks. As a Welsh learner myself, I fully appreciate how a language barrier can affect people’s enjoyment and understanding to attend social talks and gatherings in their second language.”

This coming Friday, 29 of April, at 7pm, national bard and author, Myrddin ap Dafydd from Llŷn will discuss Urdd Gobaith Cymru, the youth movement of Wales’ centenary year. Established in 1922, the Urdd has provided opportunities for more than 4 million children and young people in Wales to enjoy sporting, cultural, residential, humanitarian and volunteering experiences through the medium of Welsh.

A hot topic for this neck of the woods, as the Urdd’s National Eisteddfod, the largest youth festival in Europe will soon take centre stage at Kilford farm, near Eglwys Wen in Denbigh from the 30 of May to the 4 of June this year.

You must pre-register for Myrddin ap Dafydd’s talk ‘Canrif yr Urdd’ visit www.cwmulus.org. The event begins promptly on-line at 7pm Friday 29 April 2022.