Celebrating the town and the people of Llanfyllin is what the St Myllin’s Days are all about. On Saturday 20 June the free brunch starts at 11am. In Llanfyllin town square and the St Myllin’s Church grounds there are stalls, kids workshops in circus skills & puppet making, a parade by inclusive drama organisation Masquerade, a mysterious labyrinth and ponies until 1pm. You can even view the goings on from the top of the church tower. Throughout the morning there is a rolling ‘messy church’ programme in the church itself. A community conversation will be going on in former pub The Cross Keys to see what can be done with the building. In the Arts Connection performance space Sam Gom, originally from Llanfair Careinion and recently back from touring Europe, kicks off the music and entertainment for the day.
Last year’s celebrations were dubbed the best so far. Organiser Hermione Morris says: “We were hard put to top last year’s success, but we have been lucky to find some surprises fall into our laps.”
One of those surprises is the start on Friday 19 June thanks to Gregynog Festival. They are organising tours of the Napoleonic prisoner of war paintings at The Council House opposite St Myllin’s Church on the day. It’s free, but tickets must be booked in advance via www.gregynogfestival.org or on 01686 207100. Gregynog Festival also hosts flautist Rachel Brown and The Revolutionary Drawing Room at St Myllin’s Church Friday 7.30 pm; tickets are £15.
At 10.30am Sunday 21 June there is a celebration service at St Myllin’s Church open to everyone with songs of praise and a hint of Father’s Day.
Saint Myllin is the 7th century saint after which Llanfyllin was named. His name day is 17th June. Tradition has it that Myllin was the first in Wales to baptise by total immersion. This was done in the well on a hill above town.
The event is organised by Llanfyllin Society with help from Arts Connection – Cyswllt Celf, St Myllin’s Church, Llanfyllin Community Church, Gregynog Festival, Something Tasty, Ingham Bakery and the Cain Valley Hotel. The budget is provided by Llanfyllin Town Council, Llanfyllin Society, Gregynog Festival and Arts Connection – Cyswllt Celf.
Stalls by amongst others: Green Hub, Dolen Ffermio, Community Initiative, Hope House, Y Dolydd, Severn Hospice, Gymdeithias Gymraeg, Lingen Davies Cancer Fund, Community Shop, NSPCC and the new Llanfyllin Film Society.
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