Each year Soroptimists from Clubs throughout the Region enjoy running the Friendship and Information Centre at the prestigious Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.
The Eisteddfod dates back to 1947, when the first event was held in this little Welsh town. The concept was the promotion of peace following the second World War. Today musicians and dancers come to Llangollen from all over the world to participate in the various competitions.
International Eisteddfod 2019 – Tuesday 2nd July until Sunday 7th July
Soroptimists Cheshire North Wales & Wirral welcomed visitors from around the world
We had a very successful week this year, the sun shone brightly and we had lots of visitors to our tent. There was an excellent stand showcasing “Our Work” as Soroptimists and a super display to promote this years theme “the Bee Project” from SI Rhyl & SI Llandudno.
Region President Pam Cheesley-Hollinshead and members from clubs in the Region attended each day and welcomed visitors to the tent.
Each year we sponsor a girls choir – this year “Alla Pollaca” from Warsaw, Poland, who came 3rd in their Folk Singing Competition.
The girls visited the Soroptimist tent and sang for all our members and visitors, we invited them to choose a gift each from our preloved bags and scarves stall. They were lovely girls and thought Llangollen was a magical place and so green – unlike the city of Warsaw where they live. They were so appreciative of the Region’s sponsorship and called us the “Angels of Llangollen”.
It was wonderful to watch them perform at the fabulous International Concert on Friday evening and Region President Pam presented the choir with a plaque from the Region. They were also interviewed by the compere of the Llangollen Eisteddfod along with Soroptimist Jenny Wilson who says:
“It was a good interview, I had a chance to talk about the Region Cheshire North Wales & Wirral Sponsorship of the choir, and how we do this every year. She asked me to explain exactly what a Soroptimist is and what we do! which was a brilliant opportunity for me to fly the Soroptimist flag and tell her and everyone listening about our Organisation – Who we are and what we do”.
Region President Pam was at the tent each day and met some amazing people, she and club members were able to chat to visitors and show them the fabulous displays of club and Region project work. Summing up this wonderful week in Llangollen Pam says: “This has been a hugely successful event, we have had so many visitors to the Hospitality tent from around the word, and have been able to talk to them about Soroptimists and to showcase “Our Work” It has been a delight to welcome our sponsored choir from Poland to the tent and to present them with the Region Plaque. A very big thank you to the Region LIME Committee and to all club members who have helped throughout the week to make this such a success”