St Dwynwen’s Day
St Dwynwen’s Day, 25th January 2016
During their lunchtime, pupils at Bishop Vaughan were given the opportunity to celebrate St Dwynwen’s Day in the School Library. St Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of love. Pupils enjoyed reading, copying out and illustrating the welsh poem “Ar Lan Y Mor” with their friends. In addition to this, pupils with in interest in art and craft were able to decorate a heart to go on the display board in the library along with the poems. Most pupils remembered reading this poem in Primary School so enjoyed the chance to read it again.
St. Dwynwen Day originates from the old Welsh tale of Dwynwen, the prettiest daughter of Welsh King Brychan Brycheiniog. She fell in love with a man named Maelon Dafodrill, but her father had already arranged for her to marry someone else. Distraught, Dwynwen prayed to God and asked for help in forgetting Maelon and an angel visited her in her sleep and gave her a potion to erase her feelings for him and turn him into a block of ice. Dwynwen then devoted her life to God and set up a convent on the island of Llanddwyn, off the coast of Anglesey. The remains of the church can still be seen on the island, along with Dwynwen’s well, to this day.