On Thursday 24 May a party was held at Cylch Ti a Fi, Penllergaer, near Swansea to celebrate Mary Lewis’s achievement of leading the cylch for 30 years.
Mary Lewis, or ‘Anti Mary’, as she is known locally has led the village Cylch Ti a Fi, which meets twice a week at Llywelyn Hall, since 1988.
Many children, parents, guardians, grandmothers and grandfathers came to the cylch to help mark the occasion and show their appreciation to ‘Anti Mary’ for her contribution to Welsh-medium care and education, and therefore to the growth of the Welsh language in the area during the last three decades.
Mrs Lewis was presented with several bouquets of flowers, including one by Mudiad Meithrin’s Chief Executive, Dr Gwenllian Lansdown Davies.
Mary Lewis said:
“The highlight of my work over the last 30 years has been seeing non-Welsh speaking families showing great courage by walking through the door with their children because they want them to receive a Welsh-medium education.
“I have just turned 70 years of age so it would be wonderful if someone was willing to take up the reins and continue this work in the village in the future.”
Cylch Ti a Fi offers activities that help child development from birth until school age whilst also providing parents and guardians an opportunity to share experiences and socialise in an informal atmosphere through the medium of Welsh.
Mudiad Meithrin Chief Executive, Dr Gwenllian Lansdown Davies, said:
“Anti Mary has inspired and encouraged hundreds of parents to choose Welsh-medium education for their children over the years. We are very grateful for her devotion to Mudiad Meithrin’s work and mission during the last 30 years and we hope someone will take on the baton from Anti Mary to enable this all-important work to continue in the area.”
Cylch Ti a Fi Penllergaer is open on Wednesdays between 12.45pm and 2.40pm and Thursdays between 9.15am and 11.10am.