St David's Day – Presteigne Memorial Hall

Mrs Rowe’s granddaughter, Elaine Darrell and her great grandson Charlie Shepherd

Mrs Rowe’s granddaughter, Elaine Darrell and her great grandson Charlie Shepherd

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THE annual St David's Day concert was held in the memorial hall on March 1. It was a special occasion for several reasons.

Before the concert began, a plaque was unveiled in memory of Mrs Ruth Rowe. The wording on it refers to her as a 'stalwart and past president of the hall', which very aptly sums up her contribution to the hall. The plaque was unveiled by Mrs Rowe's granddaughter Elaine Darrell and her great grandson, Charlie Shepherd. Several family members and friends were present at this short ceremony.

The 25th anniversary concert followed this, preceded as always by an excellent, light Welsh supper provided by Jean Burgoyne of Country Kitchens. Mrs Rowe had been one of the instigators of this event so it seemed fitting to unveil the plaque on this day. Jean had revived the cawl soup, which had been Mrs Rowe's trademark – and which was very warmly received.

The concert following this was given by the Newtown Male Voice Choir. It was their first visit to the hall and we are hoping it won't be their last. They provided us with a wonderful evening's entertainment, with well-known songs in English and Welsh, with a delightful, very accomplished sixteen year old violin soloist to entertain us as well.

For the committee, perhaps the icing on the cake was having members of the local Young Farmers' Club present to sell draw tickets and to do all the washing up. A big thank you to them. Thank you also to all the people who have supported us over the last twenty five years.

All in all, a wonderful celebration for St David.

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