Minsterley & District Eisteddfod
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the 52nd Minsterley & District Eisteddfod, an important and well established event in the cultural calendar for the area. One wonders if the founders could have expected such growth and success from humble beginnings: I’m sure they would have been delighted with its progress.
I would also like to remember the members and helpers no longer with us who have inspired us to carry on the good work started all those years ago.There have undoubtedly been challenges along the way including a postal strike, an outbreak of foot and mouth disease close by, and most recently the bad weather last year which made travelling difficult for many people., The Eisteddfod, however, seems to come through regardless thanks to the dedication of the members who simply refuse to allow problems to deflect them from their work.
No one person could possibly run the Eisteddfod in isolation, and the fact that the event runs as smoothly as it does is testament to the invaluable roles played by innumerable local residents who support us not only by regularly attending our performances, but also by making equipment and facilities available to us and generally by giving their time so freely.
I must also thank our sponsors for their generosity, the competitors and their families, tutors and teachers, the accompanists and adjudicators, and all of the other unsung heroes. We are eternally grateful to everyone who has contributed in any way not just to our survival, but also to our growth over the years. It is truly special and humbling to know that the Eisteddfod means so much to so many people.
Finally, may I take this opportunity to wish everyone an enjoyable and memorable musical and literary weekend, secure in the knowledge that there should be many more to come!