Jennifer Maloney wins the 2015 Sir T H Parry-Williams Memorial Medal
Jennifer Maloney from Llandybie, Carmarthenshire, is the winner of this year’s Sir T H Parry-Williams Memorial Medal ar the National Eisteddfod this year.
The Medal is presented annually to an individual who has contributed widely within their local community with a particular emphasis on working with young people.
Jennifer Maloney is known to generations of Carmarthenshire Eisteddfodwyr, and in particular to those living in the Ammanford area. Her careful and tireless work promoting the language and culture in the area on a voluntary basis for so many years has been pivotal.
Jennifer established Aelwyd Penrhyd almost 40 years ago in 1976, an Aelwyd which is still going from strength to strength with over 70 children and young people from 4-19 years old meeting regularly and enjoying all kinds of activities.
She has trained generations of young people to compete locally and nationally, and her commitment and care has inspired countless youngsters to try their best and to succeed. Jennifer brings large groups of children and young people together, ensuring that each one has a chance to take part in all activities and opportunities.
Jennifer’s link with the National Eisteddfod dates back to 1970, when she was chosen as the presenter of the Blodeuged when the festival was held in Ammanford. And when the Eisteddfod was held in Carmarthenshire last year, Jennifer’s eldest daughter, Karen, officiated as the presenter of the Corn Hirlas. Jennifer was also kept busy last year training the flower girls and the page boys as they prepared for the Gorsedd ceremonies in Llanelli.
Jennifer has undoubtedly given years of service to Welsh culture, the language and specifically folk dancing in her local area, and through her work, individuals, groups and parties of all kinds have enjoyed success on local and national stages. She epitomises the aims and values of the Sir T.H. Parry-Williams Memorial Trust, and therefore, fully deserves to receive this year’s Medal.
Jennifer will receive the Medal on the Pavilion stage during the Montgomeryshire and the Marches National Eisteddfod, held in Meifod from 1-8 August this year. For more information on the National Eisteddfod and to purchase tickets, go to www.eisteddfod.org.uk.