Today, 15 October, Ceredigion County Council is celebrating Shwmae, Su’mae 2019.

Shwmae Su’mae day is being celebrated across Wales to promote the idea of starting all conversations with Shwmae Su’mae! The aim of the campaign is to show that the Welsh language belongs to us all – fluent speakers, learners or those who are shy about the Welsh language. It's an opportunity to have fun and share the language – in the shop, leisure centre, at work, at school, on the playground and with your friends.

To celebrate Shwmae 2019 the Council held a very special ‘Clwb Cinio’ for staff, by hosting a baking competition. Cara Buswell from Cegin Cara, Cilcennin had the hard task of choosing the winners! However, the main prizes were won by members of staff who are on various courses to learn Welsh. The event was a great opportunity for learners and Welsh speakers to chat and use Welsh in an informal atmosphere. A poem was created especially for the occasion by the national poet Gruffudd Eifion Owen:

Rhown wisg wen i'th deisenni - a rhown glod
fel cyrn gwlad i'th bobi.
Mae ein prifeirdd moyn profi
holl awen dy deisen di.

During the event there were musical items from Llanilar School Choir. Ysgol Llanilar is the first school in the Aberystwyth area of Ceredigion to achieve Silver level, as part of the Ceredigion Schools Language Charter project; in order to inspire pupils to use their Welsh in all aspects of their lives in order to increase the use of the language outside the classroom.

To complete the celebrations a video was produced and shared on the Council’s social media, with a message informing the public that they may use the Welsh language when contacting the Council should they wish to do so.

The Leader of Ceredigion County Council, Ellen ap Gwynn said: “Ceredigion County Council is very pleased to take part in the 2019 Shwmae celebrations. We have hard working and dedicated Welsh speaking staff across Council services and we want to encourage people to contact us in Welsh and use those Welsh language services. So let’s start our conversation, today and every other day with Shwmae! Make Welsh fun – give it a go!”

Watch the Ceredigion County Council Shwmae video here: