Ystrad Stories Trail launch event

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We had a fantastic day as the Ystrad Stories Trail was officially launched on Saturday 22nd July. A group of eight walked the trail using either the iBook or audio guide to hear the stories and view the paintings.

It was a dry start but eventually the rain came, showers first and then heavy rain but we persevered and got as far as the lower end of Penrhys Road and the stories written in response to Ernest Zobole’s painting Penrhys (c1951).

Thankfully we got a lift to the Llanfair Uniting Church at Penrhys where the Avant Cymru performers, artist Ruth Sidgwick and others were waiting for us. With a cup of tea and a little drier, the performance took place. Three of the Ystrad Stories were reworked into a narrative celebrating the past and questioning the future of the Rhondda for the younger generations.

Finally artist Ruth Sidgwick provided creative goodies for us to create images and drawings to represent the adventures of the day.

Ystrad Stories Trail update

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We are really hoping for dry weather for the Ystrad Stories Trail event on Saturday 22nd July. However it does look like rain so changes maybe be necessary on the day.

If you are walking the trail wear suitable clothing for the weather conditions. I will be at the start of the trail, Partridge Square, from 10:30 whatever the weather.

If it is raining the Ystrad Stories performance by Avant Cymru will be relocated to the Llanfair Uniting Church, Penrhys. Only a minutes walk from Penrhys amphitheatre. Just follow the path next to the bus stop into the centre of the estate.

The performance starts at 1pm.

Bring your picnic. That church has a cafe and the Ystrad Stories project is also on display.