Archive 2014

Bad News

Choir members were very sorry to hear of the death of Mrs Margaret Thomas wife of Ifor who was one of the Choir’s founder members and Chairman. Our thoughts are with Ifor and his family. We are also  sorry to hear that Noel Morris is back in hospital for the second time in a short period – brysia wella Noel.

Spanish trip

To crown a very successful year for the choir there is talk of a possible trip to Santander, Spain  to take part in two concerts and to set up an Exchange arrangement with some Spanish choirs.

The choir gave a positive vote to form a small working party to work out the details of our Spanish trip to Santander. It is likely to be in May next year – We will keep you posted of progress.


Future Concerts

February 2015 – The Choir have been invited to sing in Penmachno – details to follow


Monday 22nd December – Jade and Bleddyn’s Wedding at St Peters Church Ruthin. The choir were delighted to accept an invitation to sing at Jade and Bleddyn’s wedding in the beautiful St Peter’s church in Ruthin. The groom is choir member Roger Lewis Jones ‘s nephew  and a member of the Lewis family and they have lived in Rhewl for the last year. Bleddyn is a football man and is already involved in Rhewl Football Club like his father, grandfather and great-grandfather before him.

The young couple looked stunning  in the beautiful surroundings and the choir was delighted to be able to sing in a building with such wonderful acoustics. The Choir is very grateful for their generous donation to the Choirs Charity funds.

St Peters Ruthin

Jade and Bleddyn sat on the Lady Baggott Bridge prior to their wedding

Friday 19th December – An informal Xmas Concert at the Miners Inn at Maeshafn. Quite a few of the choir did not know where Maeshafn was, never mind the Miners  Inn. What they discovered was a pretty village with a lovely  old fashion tavern. Most of the Choir members were in a festive mood after enjoying their  office parties and with Christmas just around the corner.

The Choir enjoyed a lovely evening and the rumour is that Bov has shangaied two more unsuspecting locals for the choir.


The Miners – Maeshafn


The choir in a festive mood in Maeshafn

10th December – Noson Nadoligaidd Ysgol Rhewl

Rhewl School held a festive Christmas Evening in the Pavilion on Wednesday, December 10th. It was a lovely evening beginning with  headmistress Sian Hilton welcoming  everyone. Entertainment was provided by pupils of the School, the Denbighshire Training Band, Denbighshire County Band  and the Porthmyn Choir. Mr John Powell the charismatic leader of the two bands introduced the choirs explaining that the Training Band playing that evening drew on pupils from six local Primary Schools whilst the County Band drew members from further affield and where one of the best bands in the UK doing extremely well in Competitions all over the country.

The Choir  would like to congratulate John and Heather Powell for the excellent work that the do for music in the region and of course the members of the two bands for providing such an excellent show..

9th December Awelon The Choir sang in a concert at Awelon, Ruthin for the residents. The choir were well received by the staff and residents  and were very grateful for the generous donation towards the Choir Charities. The Choir were also thankful for the paned and the mince pies provided by the staff

5th December -Canolfan Cae Cymro, Clawddnewydd

Every year the Committees of Derwen Show and the  Clawddnewydd & Clocaenog Sports hold a Xmas party for the Senior Citizens of those villages in Canolfan Cae Cymro. The choir were invited to provide the entertainment following the meal and they thoroughly enjoyed singing to an appreciative audience and also in the excellent acoustics of the Hall. The choir gave a debut rendition of the song – ‘I will walk a thousand miles’   and it seemed to go O.K. The Committees  provided an excellent meal after the concert and the night was finished with a tremendous night in the Glan Llyn for most of the choir.


Update on Rebecca’s new career. Mrs Nia Cutmore attended the Choir practice on Tuesday Nov 19th to provide an update on her daughter’s new  career with YWAM- Next Wave Training Ship School. The Choir were delighted last year to be able help Rebecca with part of the fees for her maiden voyage.

Choir’s Christmas Party

Over 70 people attended the Choir’s  Xmas Party at the Brookhouse Mill on November 28th; it was a very enjoyable evening with first class food and service;  also Llangynhafal’s John Sellars was at his sparkling best. Many thanks to  Mike Denman for organising the event.

18th October  – St James Church Nantglyn Practically the whole of the choir had no idea where the church was in Nantglyn and were surprised to find the church right in the middle of the village next to the bridge crossing the River Lliwen. There has been a church on this site for over 700 years and the current beautiful building was partly rebuilt in 1777 and was almost totally rebuilt in 1862. Outside the door of the church is a giant yew tree  in which there are steps leading to a pulpit said to have been used by John Wesley. The Choir thoroughly enjoyed the concert held in the Church, with Bov starring as Jon Bon Jovi (possibly more like a Topol) in “Let it Rain”. After the concert the choir and the audience enjoyed a nice sociable ‘Cheese and Wine’ evening in the Church Hall across the road to the Church.

October 8th, Broughton Church, Chester

The local WI invited the choir to sing at the beautifully refurbished Broughton Church situated just across the road to the Airbus factory. Only half the choir were able to turn out  due to illness, holidays and other commitments – however the voices were well balanced and Eirlys, Merfyn and JT were at their sparkling best. The choir now look forward to any WI, Chapel or ‘Merched y Wawr’ functions as we know that the suppers provided are always excellent and Broughton was no exception.

The Porthmyn at Broughton Church

October 4th – Denbigh Buffaloes at the Plas Pigot The choir was delighted to be asked back again to the Plas Pigot, Denbigh to help the Vale Lodge of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes to raise funds for the “We are  Macmillan – Cancer Support” and the Marie Currie charities.  The evening was organised by Stephen Beach who is the current mayor of Ruthin. Another Ruthin Councillor – Geraint Woolford had a solo spot in the Concert. The choir were tickled with the description of the choir on the event poster.

The Vale Lodge poster

September 26th Betws-yn-Rhos

Roedd y côr wedi plesio i gael gwahoddiad i ganu yn Betws yn Rhos – ardal gyda Chôr Meibion enwog ei hunan.  Roedd y noson yn cael ei chynnal gan Gymdeithas Capel Hyfrydle i agor eu tymor gaeaf a chafodd y côr noson hyfryd yn ei chwmni. Rhaid diolch i ferched y capel am y swper bendigedig.

Y Cor yn mwynhau y swper

September 15th Merched y Wawr Mynydd Seion Abergele Cafodd y côr noson pleserus yng nghwmni Merched-y-Wawr Abergele yn Festri Capel Mynydd Seion. Arweinydd y noson ar rhan  y Merched oedd Clwydwen Jones – un o Fron Bannog, Hiraethog ac roedd ambell aelod y Côr yn cofio hi fel disgybl yn Ysgol Brynhfryd ag yn enwog am meistroli chwarae ‘concertina’ bach yn Eisteddfod yr Ysgol. Roedd y côr yn ddiolchgar am y croeso cynnes ag hefyd y swper bendigedig



September 13th -The Rhewl Gardening Clubs Food Festival
The choir were invited to take part in the Rhewl Gardening Club’s Food Festival for the 2nd succesive year and enjoyed a very pleasant evening – from all accounts the choir were on form singing on their home patch.
August 16th Ruthin Carnival in Ruthin School
The Choir were pleased to support the Ruthin Forward group in singing at the  Ruthin Carnival held at Ruthin School on August 16th. Many of the choir had attended Ysgol Brynhyfryd  across the A494 during their school days and it did feel rather  strange to be singing  from the other side of the ‘educational fence’.

A scene from the Carnival

July 27th  Kaley and Iestyn’s Wedding in Llanbedr. Iestyn bought this ticket for  a ‘Session with the Choir’ at an Auction-of-Promises  in Rhewl to raise local funds for the Denbigh National Eisteddfod. And true to their word  the choir turned up at his wedding, to the lovely Kaley, at Llanbedr church to sing a number of songs in celebration of this lovely occasion. And fair play to Iestyn – he had put some money behind the bar the Griffin to enable the choir to toast the young couple in the traditional way.

The choir with Iestyn and Kaley

July 18th at Llandderfel
The Choir performed in a  Concert to raise funds for the Jack Parry’s North Wales Air Ambulance at the Village Hall, Llandderfel, Bala; he,his family and friends have raised the staggering the amount of over £12000  since last December and the evening was a big success with more than £700 being raised for this important cause. Members of the choir were very impressed with the Village Hall as well as the the wonderful supper that they enjoyed after the concert. The evening ended  at the Bryn Tirion Inn with everyone in fine voice
June 14th Springs Caravan Park, St Asaph – This concert was organised by Mr Dennis Williams, Cefnmeiriadog to raise funds for the St Kentigern Hospice; the  Springs Caravan Park Clubhouse had excellent acoustics and the Choir had the perfect opportunity of singing, for the first time publicly,  Bov’s  new arrangement  of the old Welsh favourite Calon Lan with Eirlys leading.

The Choir relaxing before their Concert at Springs, St Asaph

April 26th Saturday – Concert in Pwllglas Village Hall to raise funds for the charity  – “Against Breast Cancer”. The Guest Artists were the local young talent – Sion Eilir, Elan and Erin Meirion. The Choir and their guests artistes attracted a capacity audience for this concert. The concert was organised by Catherine Tudor and her family; she had run in the recent London Marathon to raise  funds for the Charity and she was delighted to announce that a profit of over £750 was made on the night and that the total she and her friends had achieved was now over £5000.

Sion Eilir

Elin and Erin Meirion

April 21st, 2014  – Easter Bank Holiday Monday evening Capel Soar Nercwys – the choir was delighted to be invited to sing at the annual Easter concert in Capel Soar, Nercwys. The chapel had been refurbished beautifully and the proceeds of this concert went towards this work. The large audience were generous with their applause and the choir thoroughly enjoyed the concert as well as the excellent supper, and later on, the liquid refreshments at the Butchers. Following this evening Bov now knows what he wants for Xmas – a satnav.
Diolch yn fawr iawn am y croeso, grandawiad ag y cyfraniad hael tuag at costau y côr.
Pwt bach o ‘r Papur Bro yr Wyddgrug – Papur Fama – Y Gymdeithas Lenyddol Nercwys  “Wel dyma ni wedi dod i derfyn rhaglen y Gymdeithas am eleni gan gloi gyda  Chôr y Porthmyn yng nghyngerdd blynyddol y Pasg; noson bendigedig a chynulleidfa croesawgar a’r capel yn llawn dop!…………

Yr Hogiau yn paratoi eu hunain cyn y cyngerdd yn Capel Soar

Mawrth 28th, 2014 Mwynhawyd  noson fendigedig yn Gapel Pentrecelyn – roedd dros cant yn y gynulleidfa i wrando ar y côr. Dewi Jones oedd Arweinydd y noson ac yn amlwg wrth ei fodd yn ei gapel lleol. Trefnwyd y noson i godi arian i’r elusen CLIC Sargent (plant gyda cancr).  Roedd merched y Capel a’i ffrindiau wedi paratoi swper swmpus i’r côr – (deg allan o ddeg).
March 1st , 2014 –  the choir took part in a Charity St David’s Evening at the Conservative  Club Ruthin which happened to be the  location of the choir’s debut concert 3 years earlier. Geraint Woolford was the MC for the evening and was obviously at ease on his home patch.

Geraint Woolford – MC for the evening at the Ruthin Conservative Club

The Hands

The Head

February 28th 2014 – Concert in St George, Abergele
The choir sang at St George & District Welfare Committee’s St. David’s Supper held at the Village Hall. a very enjoyable evening was enjoyed  by the choir and by the audience in a  packed Hall. John Kerfoot took over the reins of the MC in the village of his youth and was in fine form.   The choir were very grateful to the local ladies for the supper they provided.

John K preparing for his stint as M.C. with advice from Evan and Tudor R.

The St George poster

The choir was very sorry to hear about Gwynfor Jones being taken to hospital with heart problems. His daughter Amanda reported to the Choir  at their practice that Gwynfor had had an operation at Broadgreen Hospital,  Liverpool and that it was a success. She also stated that she had stayed at the Patients Relations Accomodation; a cause that the choir  helped to raise funds for at  John Price’s Clawddnewydd concert in 2012.
The choir are delighted to learn that the Gwynfor has been able to return home to convalesce.