Mynydd Garn Clochdy Tapestry

Posted on: Monday 25 October 2021
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Year 4 pupils from Ysgol Bryn Onnen and members of Blaenavon Intergenerational Group (BIG) have been working hard to produce a 10 metre long tapestry on the local legend of ‘Mynydd Garn Clochdy’, with support from Menter Iaith Torfaen.

As the story goes, the devil tries to thwart villagers’ attempts to build St. Cadoc’s Church at Trevethin by taking away stones laboriously placed during the day, until a bell tower (‘clochdy’) was built as an alarm.

Pupils have each contributed a panel depicting a piece of the story and group members have made the start and end panels, and have put their weaving skills into action to create woollen trees to decorate the tapestry. 

Pupil’s Mason Craufurd, 8 and Ffion Wright, 8, talked about the project, saying, “We enjoyed learning about the story and re-telling it to the members of the BIG group.  We’ve all learnt how to print, weave and sew and we’re looking forward to seeing our work hanging in the museum”.

BIG group member, Ann Ford, said: “I haven’t done any sewing or weaving for a long time, so I’ve really enjoyed getting back into it through this project. It was lovely to see the children on the screen telling us about the legend, which I’d never heard of before”.

The tapestry will be on display at Torfaen Museum, Pontypool on Tuesday, 26th October as part of their ‘Going Bats’ half term event, where there will be free activities and crafts for children.

Caitlin Gingell, Assistant Curator, at Torfaen Museum said: “The Museum is thrilled to be displaying the work of our local school children and to celebrate their partnership with Blaenavon Intergenerational Group. We hope everyone will come along to see the finished project.”

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