Queen’s Birthday Honour

Queen’s Birthday Honour for Abi Reader of Goldsland Farm

Many people living in Wenvoe have been talking to the What’s On Team about the worthy MBE honour bestowed upon Abi Reader, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Abi farms with her parents John and Jennifer, and her uncle, Robert, at Goldsland Farm. The MBE recognises Abi’s services to farming.

As well as managing a herd of 180 Holstein Friesian and Dairy Shorthorns, Abi is the vice chairwoman of NFU Cymru’s Dairy Board, Glamorgan NFU Cymru county chairwoman, part of the Welsh Dairy Farm Innovations Group, the Wales TB Eradication Board, Cattle Vaccination Board and an AHDB Dairy Ambassador. She hosts Open Farm Sunday and writes in the Farmers Guardian.

Abi is also recognised for creating ‘Cows on Tour’ and travels around the country with her organisation, educating children and young people about food and farming.

With the added involvement in activities to raise money for the farming charities RABI and the DPJ Foundation, Abi is a worthy recipient of this honour. Congratulations, Abi!



National Urdd Eisteddfod – Congratulations

The What’s On Team were delighted to receive this letter of congratulation from Ann M. Jones:

‘Very many congratulations to Brennig Davies who won the Crown at this year’s National Urdd Eisteddfod – the largest Youth Festival in Europe – which was held in Cardiff last month. The adjudicators were unanimous in their praise of the winning entry. Brennig, who was educated at Ysgol Sant Curig and Ysgol Bro Morgannwg in Barry, is at present reading English at Oxford. His feat testifies to the success of Welsh Medium education in the Vale of Glamorgan. Readers of ‘What’s On’ are familiar with the monthly column contributed by Brennig’s twin sister, Tirion – who is studying Journalism at Cardiff. We, the villagers of Wenvoe, are very proud to have a National Winner living amongst us and we all hope he continues with his writing. Llongyfarchiadau mawr, Brennig’.

It gave us the opportunity to get in touch with Brennig and to read more about his entry in the prose competition at the National Urdd Eisteddfod.

Writing under the pseudonym Fleur De Taf, Brennig’s work was described by the judges as ‘brilliant and original’ and in a highly competitive field they chose ‘an author who is confident enough in himself not to need verbal fireworks. We went for one that unsettles. We went for a maturity that left us wanting more.’

Pictured here at the Crowning Ceremony, Brennig had this to say: ‘I’m really proud to have won the Crown this year, as it’s been a great way of keeping in touch with my ‘Welshness’ during the time I’ve been away at university, and it feels particularly special because the Eisteddfod was so local. Thank you to everyone who’s been so kind and supportive, and I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to write more in the future!’