Myllin, the 7th century saint after which Llanfyllin was named, is normally honoured on 17th June, but this year the celebrations are taking place on the nearest Saturday and Sunday: 14 & 15 June. Tradition has it that Saint Myllin was the first in Wales to baptise by total immersion. This was done in the well on a hill above town. The St Myllin’s Days have been set up by Llanfyllin Society to celebrate the town and its people.
On Saturday a free brunch is served on the town square from 11am. All welcome for sandwiches, cakes, sausage rolls and cheesy puffs! Enjoy live music by the Bell Tones whilst you eat and drink. Or, browse stalls with information on local organisations, plants, books and some good bargains of the secondhand kind. To get a flavour, these are some of the participants:
Llanfyllin Show, Cain & Tanat Valley Rivers Group, Dolen Ffermio, Hope House, Severn Hospice Support group, Merched y Wawr, Llanfyllin Music Festival, Llanfyllin Community Shop, Gymdeithias Gymraeg, The Valleys Film Society and Friends of Llanfyllin High School.
You can take an active part in the celebrations yourself by joining local performance group Masquerade in a parade through town. Or, you can view the festivities from up above by going on a tour of St Myllin’s tower. Don’t forget your camera! In the church photos of weddings and baptisms are on show and the registers are available to view.
On Sunday there is a Celebration service at 10.30 in St. Myllin’s Church. In the afternoon Llanfyllin is treated to a marathon of 3 hours of bell ringing when a band of bell ringers from across North Wales will attempt a full peal in honour of the bells’ 300th anniversary. See llanfyllin.org for more information.
All this is organised by Llanfyllin Society with help from Arts Connection – Cyswllt Celf, St Myllin’s Church, Llanfyllin Volunteer Bell Ringers, Llanfyllin Community Church, Something Tasty, Ingham Bakery and the Cain Valley Hotel on a budget funded by Llanfyllin Town.
On behalf of the Llanfyllin Society
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