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EISTEDDFOTA: Gorsedd should dig deep.


NEWS that a group of people in Flintshire are prepared to do all in their power to attract the National Eisteddfod to the county in 2007 must be looked upon as an indication that the festival will not be making its way to Liverpool after all. Land is available in the Mold area, and with people across the county expected to raise around pounds 300,000 all that remains now is for a positive agreement to be reached with the 22 Welsh county councils to come up with another pounds 300,000, enabling Eisteddfod followers countrywide to make arrangements to be there in 2007. The will in Flintshire to host the Eisteddfod is quite clear. Let's hope that there will be good news when the Eisteddfod Council meets in November.

Bearing in mind the debate in recent months over a suitable venue for the 2007 Eisteddfod, here is an opportunity to decide once and for all that the festival will never again be held outside Wales. The clear view by now is that a Merseyside National Eisteddfod just would not work.

All that remains now is for those good people in authority to pull all the right strings to ensure that thousands of people will be heading for Mold in August 2007.

There is certainly a challenging period ahead of all those involved with our national festival to keep up the good work that ensured the success of this year's Eryri Eisteddfod, both culturally and financially.

It's all very well expecting others to rescue the Eisteddfod when individuals also have a role to play - a real challenge to hundreds of people who failed to respond to the president's crisis appeal launched in Newport last year, an exercise that only raised pounds 150,000 towards the pounds 2.7m cost of staging the Eisteddfod.

That appeal is still open, and if the Eisteddfod is to avoid another financial crisis then surely we can dig into our pockets again over the coming weeks. After all, the Eisteddfod Court boasts a membership of 2,300, of which 1,700 are members of the Gorsedd.

Surely it is not too much to ask those Gorsedd members who are hiding behind their Gorsedd honour to respond positively to the president's appeal. Unfortunately we have a weakness as a nation of standing on top of the wall crying, expecting others to act, but doing nothing ourselves! This is an opportunity for Gorseddigion to dig deep into their pockets, proving to the National Assembly that the people at grass roots are very much part of the Eisteddfod scene, pointing the way, hopefully, to worthy support from public funds


HERE again is a means of raising money for the Eisteddfod, and the good news is that the prize money has again been increased, thanks to the membership now standing at 577. To join Hapnod, at pounds 1 per week, write to the Eisteddfod office at 40 Parc Toe Glas, Llanisien, Cardiff, CF14 5WU. Payment can be made by cheque or standing order.

This week's winners are: pounds 200 (Caerffili); pounds 25 (Mold); pounds 25 (Mynydd Llandegai, Bangor); pounds 10 (Llanybydder); pounds 10 (Beaumaris); pounds 10 (Livingston, West Lothian
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 17, 2005
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