Gorseth Kembry - 2006
This year the Welsh National Eisteddfod, together with the Welsh Gorsedd, was held near Swansea, at a location which was originally the site of the Felindre Steelworks. The site was easy to find, it being about half a mile to the north of the M4, opposite Junction 46. Accommodation for the Celtic delegates was in Swansea University, about 25 minutes by car from the Eisteddfod field.
Monday morning the Gorsedd met in the circle built especially on the Field, and although it was a little windy, it was a good ceremony. New Bards, Druids and Ovates were received into the Gorsedd, amongst whom was Iris Williams the Welsh singer. In the afternoon another meeting of the Gorsedd was held in the Pavilion, where each of the delegates from the Celtic nations was welcomed by the Archdruid, and where the Crowning Ceremony took place. This year this was won by the Druid Eigra Lewis Roberts, who was one of the Welsh delegates who came to Cornwall for the 2000 Gorsedd at Falmouth.
Tuesday was a free day for us, and so we spent the day with friends on the Field, along with buying books and presents.
Wednesday saw us in the Pavilion again, robed in our Gorsedd attire, this time for the presentation of the literary medal. This was won by a young woman - Fflur Davydd.
Friday was again a day of two Gorsedd ceremonies - one in the morning in the Circle on the Field, and the second in the afternoon in the Pavilion, where the ‘Chairing of the Bard’ took place. This year this was won by Gwynfor ap Ifor.
A great week and we were so pleased to meet once again so many old friends. Next year we were told that the Eisteddfod will be held in Flintshire and the year after in Cardiff.