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.