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The Pembrokeshire Banner/Baner Sir Benfro

At the bottom of this page you will find an article by Gwenno Dafydd of What you can do this St Davids Day.

News links to youtube

Children in Trelew, Chibut,  Patagonia, Argentina sing the St Davids Day Anthem

Children in St Davids sing 'Cenwch y Clychau i Dewi'

The Pembrokeshire Banner was made to be carried in the National Saint David's Day Parade in Cardiff on March 1st 2009.
It was designed by Eirian Short and Audrey Walker and made by members of the Pembrokeshire Guild of Embroiderers and Fishguard Arts Society.
The original idea of a Banner came from Gwenno Dafydd and the words on the Banner are taken from the lyrics of 'Cenwch y Clychau i Dewi' (Ring out the Bells for St David). Lyrics: Gwenno Dafydd, Music: Heulwen Thomas, which has been adopted as the official song for the National St David's Day Parade

You can buy the score here

Recently, several Counties and institutions have decided to make a Banner to join in the St Davids Day Celebrations each year.  Banner for  Carmarthen in Prifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant.

This Banner will be paraded through Carmarthen
Read about it and Gwenno Dafydd on:

The Pembrokeshire Banner was hung in the East Cloister, St Davids Cathedral, in a permanent position for public display, after the 'Home Coming Ceremony' on February 13th. The Banner was preceded up the aisle by the Bishop and Dean of St Davids.There was a short concert during which Gwenno Dafydd sang 'Cenwch y Clychau i Dewi' accompanied by the Fishguard Choir and the Goodwick Brass Band. The Bishop welcomed the Banner into the Cathedral as an almost modern day 'relic' which will, like the bone relic of St David, bring many people to the Cathedral.



The Pembrokeshire Banner symbols and their meanings


The Leader of the Pembrokeshire County Council, Robin Evans, puts on a Reception in recognition of the work put into making the Pembrokeshire Banner


To see four short films about the here

St David' Day/ Gwyl Dewi Sant

We did it!!!!!!!!!!!!

 Thursday 19th February in the Senedd

The Banner is Launched


Minister for Education in Wales, Jane Hutt AM and Nerys Evans AM on either side of the Banner 

February 2nd 2009

Photo taken with Bryn Terfel's camera at the Point in Cardiff.

The Design for the Pembrokeshire Banner on the front Cover

February 1st 2009

Gwenno Dafydd receives the first copies of the downloadable manuscript of Cenwch y Clychau i Dewi


Bryn Terfel and Tim Rhys Evans holding the first copies of the song, "Cenwch y Clychau i Dewi"

. Bryn Terfel(piano and voice) Tim Rhys Evans, musical Director of "Only Men Aloud" (male Voice Choir Version)

Working Group, January 24th

Nerys Evans, Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales came along to Bloomfield hall, Narberth to express her support and also interest in the making of the Pembrokeshire Banner.

At the bottom of the page are photographs by Fishguard Arts Society taken as the project progresses

To see four short films about the here

Raising money for the Pembrokeshire Banner

On 28th February, in the lovely setting of Tregwynt Ballroom, we had a very successful Concert with the fabulous 'Bois y Wlad' and the talented duo, Kevin Shales and Andy Harris 'Word of Mouth' -two guitars and one voice. Kevin writes songs inpired by Pembrokeshire's landscape and events.

Many thanks go to all involved and for the money raised towards the making of the Banner.



Fishguard Arts Society supports the making of the Pembrokeshire Banner for the

National St David's Day Parade in Cardiff

Mae Cymdeithas Gelfyddydau Abergwaun yn cefnogi gwneuthuriad ‘Baner Sir Benfro’ ar gyfer ‘Gorymdaith Genedlaethol Gwyl Dewi’ sy’n digwydd yn flynyddol yng Nghaerdydd ar Fawrth y Cyntaf.

The ‘Pembrokeshire Banner’was carried in the annual National St David's Day Parade in Cardiff on March 1st. It is hoped that every County in Wales will create a banner for this growing event with its potential to bring in many visitors from all over the world.
Bydd ‘Baner Sir Benfro’ yn cael ei chario yn ‘Gorymdaith Genedlaethol Gwyl Dewi’, achlysur flynyddol yng Nghaerdydd ar Fawrth y Cyntaf. Y gobaith yw y bydd pob Sir yng Nghymru yn creu baner ar gyfer yr achlysur yma sydd yn tyfu’n gyflym iawn ag sydd a’r potensial i ddenu llawer o ymwelwyr o bob rhan o’r byd.

The words of the official ‘National Saint David’s Day Parade’ song, ‘Cenwch y Clychau i Dewi – Ring out the bells for Saint David’ were written, in view of Carn Llidi, near Saint David’s by Gwenno Dafydd who grew up in North Pembrokeshire.

Cafodd geriau can swyddogol ‘Gorymdaith Genedlaethol Dydd Gwyl Dewi’, ‘Cenwch y Clychau i Dewi’ eu hysgrifennnu gyferbyn a Carn Llidi, ger Ty Ddewi gan Gwenno Dafydd, gafodd ei magu yng Ngogledd Sir Benfro,

The song was launched by the Presiding Officer of the Senedd, Lord Dafydd Elis Thomas, at the Welsh Assembly.

Cafodd y gan ei lawnsio gan Llywydd Y Senedd, Yr Arglwydd Dafydd Elis Thomas yn Y Cynulliad Cenedlaethol

Some of the song lyrics will decorate the banner which will show scenes from the song depicting Saint David’s life and work as well as many famous Pembrokeshire landmarks.

Bydd rhai o eiriau’r gan yn addurno’r faner yn ogystal a golygfeydd o’r gan sydd yn dynodi golygfeydd o fywyd a gwaith Dewi Sant yn ogystal a nifer helaeth o olygfeydd mwyaf adnabyddus a phrydferth Sir Benfro

In Pembrokeshire we already have the expertise in textile arts and a famous community project of the 'Last Invasion Tapestry' which attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Yn Sir Benfro mae gennym eisioes arbennigedd yn y byd tecstiliau celfyddydol gyda chynllun cymunedol enwog ‘Tapestri y Glaniad Olaf’ sydd yn denu miloedd o bobl bob blwyddyn.

Two of the architects of the 'Last Invasion Tapestry' and members of Fishguard Arts Society, renowned textile artists, Audrey Walker and Eirian Short have offered to design the banner
Mae dwy o gynllunwyr‘Tapestri y Glaniad Olaf’ sydd hefyd ill-dwy yn aelodau o ‘Cymdeithas Gelfyddydau Abergwaun’ ac yn enwog iawn am eu gwaith tecstiliau cywrain, Audrey Walker ac Eirian Short, eisioes wedi cynnig eu gwasanaeth i gynllunio’r faner.

The Pembrokeshire Guild of Embroiderers was involved in the making of the banner along with the project manager, Heulwen Reynolds, herself a textile artist and teacher.
Roedd ‘Cymdeithas y Brodweithwyr Cangen Sir Benfro’ ynghlwm a gwneuthuriad y faner yn ogystal a Rheolydd y Cynllun, Heulwen Reynolds, sydd hefyd yn artist ac athrawes tecstiliau.

Gwenno Dafydd singing at the Welsh Athletics Ceremony wearing a dress inspired by the Banner and made by Rebecca Williams, a 6th form Textile student, in Fishguard Secondary School, Gwenno's old school. This is just one of the ways the Banner is making its presence felt.

The design takes shape


The First meeting with the Pembrokeshire Branch of the Embroiderers Guild took place in Bloomfield Hall, Narberth on the 13th September. The design by Audrey Walker and Eirian Short was discussed in detail and there was much enthusiasm and applauding for all the work done so far.

-Gwenno Dafydd was present to see the progress being made and was much impressed. Last week, James Hunting, who was chosen as the Embroiderers Guild over 30 scholar for 2006 ( came along, saw the Banner and joined in working one of the leaves with great skill.


Bees made by a member of the Guild on a sample part of the Banner.


Banner Photos 5th December 08

Banner Photos 8th January 09

The Banner workshop on Saturday 17th January. Gwenno Dafydd adds a stitch too!

Donations and support received, so far from:


Fishguard and Goodwick Town Council

The Sloop Inn, Porthgain,

Bloomfield House, Community Centre, Narberth.

A Donation in memory of her dear friend and mentor, Eluned Phillips from Gwenno Dafydd and her husband and daughter Pol and Lowri Van Steelant.

"Dysgwyr Sir Penfro"

Clwb Cinio, Wolfscastle Hotel.

Aelodau Merched y Waur.

and the many people of Pembrokeshire who have given their help freely

The official site for the S David's Day Parade is:-

     How can we all join together.   Article with more information but without the videos

On YouTube are two videos from Gwenno Dafydd. You will need to copy and paste the links below.

 One in Welsh: Rhai pethau allwch chi wneud i ddathlu Dydd Gwyl Dewi. Things to do to celebrate Saint David's Day. - YouTube

and the other in English:Things to do to celebrate the Patron Saint of Wales, Saint David. Dathlwch Dydd Gwyl Dewi. - YouTube