2024 is off to a good start for a Powys based cancer research charity, who raised over £1,000 with a traditional Welsh carol service.

The Llanfair Caereinion cancer Research Committee held a Plygain at Moreia Chapel in Llanfair Caereinion on January 5, which saw numerous performers entertain the crowd.

Starting at 7pm, the service, led by Gwilym Humphreys with Sioned Lewis on the organ, saw multiple groups taking to the stage to entertain the congregation with traditional songs and carols, with contributions to the collection on the evening as well as later donations bringing the total amount raised to £1,200.

Having entertained the audience in the first half, the groups and individuals performed again in the second half in the same order, before the evening culminated in all the men who had taken part performing together at the end of the Plygain, singing the traditional Carol Y Swper.

The event followed the success of the committee re-introducing the event to Llanfair in 2023, with the venue of Moreia Chapel taking the place of the old Seilo Plygain, which was held at Seilo chapel, Rhiwhiriaeth on the outskirts of Llanfair Caereinion.


Margaret Hughes, Chair of Llanfair’s Cancer Research Committee said: “On behalf of the local Committee we would like to thank most sincerely everyone who supported the Plygain on Friday evening, the singers and the listeners alike.

“What a wonderful evening of entertainment we all enjoyed, keeping the old traditions alive and raising much needed funds towards the work of the charity. 

“We have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity of all and are hoping to repeat the event again next year on the first Friday of January, thereby helping to cement this Plygain in the calendar of Plygain events throughout Wales.

“The event on Friday evening attracted a large audience from the local community and we are truly grateful of their support. The money raised will help the valuable work of the charity to ensure that together we beat cancer. Thanks to all who supported us in any way.”

Cancer Research Committee members also prepared a supper for all who took part in the Plygain and provided refreshments for all who attended.

The Committee are currently planning their next fundraising event, a coffee morning and produce stall at the Institute in Llanfair Caereinion, scheduled for Saturday, February 17.