The Festival started with a very successful parade and Fete. Johnathan Davies started the parade but was unable to come to the Fete. The parade was led by the Festival Queen and her attendants in an open topped car. The weather was good, except for one short, sharp shower.
In the evening there was a sell out concert by Cor Meibion Taf at Radyr Golf Club organised by Cardiff West Rotary.
On Sunday there was the Civic Service at Christ Church. Clergy from all denominations took part. There was a song from Poppy Williams from Radyr Comprehensive accompanied by Kate Morgan on the piano. This was followed by the Civic Reception in the Old Church Rooms. There were 4 speeches, the first from Tyrone Davies, an ex-Chair of R&MCC, who also presented a gift to Poppy and Kate. This was followed by David Silver, Chair of the RMA, talking about the Festival. He introduced Rosemary Kennedy from Velindre who spoke about the charity. Finally Allan Cooke spoke about the Roald Dahl centenary and the Festival Queen unveiled a blue plaque which will go on Ty Mynydd lodge later in the week.
Monday saw an enforced change of venue for the Crowning Ceremony. The weather was wet so the event was moved to the OCR. Notifying people of the change by social media and on the website, as well as notices at Windsor Gardens ensured we had a large audience. The Queen was crowned by Cllr Rod McKerlich. Everyone was then entertained by Maypole dancers from Bryn Deri and Welsh dancers from Radyr Primary. The ladies of R&M WI provided refreshments.
The Queen and her attendants, David Silver, Maggie Roberts and Rod McKerlich then went to Dan-y-Bryn Leonard Cheshire Care Home where the Queen planted a rose bush and the party met some residents. After a relaxing tea we all went to the Children’s Tea Party at Morganstown Village Hall and were entertained by Punch and Judy.
Wednesday evening’s Literary event was unfortunately cancelled and on Thursday we had the usual Tenovus Quiz which was sold out. Friday lunchtime saw an excellent piano recital by Nuno Lucas, a very talented Portuguese pianist playing a variety of works. Friday evening continued the musical theme with the Twinning Fellowship’s Jazz Night with music from Cube.
On Saturday morning saw some rain, but we had decided to put up the marquees for the Concert in the Parc on Friday afternoon. By lunchtime the rain had gone and the sun came out. The audience were treated to some real talent from our local schools including excellent soloists. Finally the headline ask Funk Sinatras came on and the concert came to an end. Even a heavy shower in the late afternoon did not deter the audience. The BBQ sold out and the bar looked pretty empty when the event closed.
Saturday evening saw the RPMG performing “The Fantastic Mr Dahl” at Morganstown Village Hall where a variety of songs linked with Dahl were performed and there was even some audience participation.
Sunday was a fabulous day for outdoor events and both the Open Garden Sunday and the Sunny Afternoon – on or off the patio went very well.
Junior School Boule was postponed on Monday due to the wet weather. There was a successful film night on Tuesday where “The Danish Girl” was shown to a large audience in the Old Church Rooms. On Wednesday evening we were treated to a brilliant evening of comedy when Kevin Johns and Fluellen performed “Taffy Shakespeare” leaving the audience in stitches.
Thursday was the audio visual and video evening and videos and slideshows were prepared by Mick Sullivan and David Cargill. Friday’s lunchtime concert by Louise Wayman and Bonjani Justice was an absolute delight and the two singers got a standing ovation for their performance. There were four events on the final Saturday. It started with the Gymkhana at Ty Gwyn farm. There was a brand new event, a Vintage Afternoon Tea Party in the Old church Rooms. Bryn Deri organised a family bike ride along the Taff Trail to Cardiff Castle in the afternoon and the day ended with a Brass Band concert by the City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) band in Morganstown Village Hall.
There were two events on the final day of the Festival, the dogshow/tractor rally took place in Lychgate Gardens in the afternoon followed in the evening by the final “Concert for Velindre” in Christchurch. The concert, Movies and Musicals was a sell out. The Welsh Pops Quartet played with their guest, Bronwen Lewis, singing 3 songs. The whole event was hosted by Connie Fisher. After the interval a cheque for £7000 was presented to Velindre. A fitting end to a fabulous Festival
Photos from many of the events are shown on the gallery at the bottom of this page. The latest events are shown first.