Birthday gift rewards students’ creativity

January 8, 2014 7:47 pm

The family of the first Senior Mistress, Beatrice Barker, has commissioned a new chair for Eisteddfod Elfed, to be donated to the school in her memory.  Miss Barker was an inspirational teacher in the school for many years and, after she retired, she kept in touch and followed developments until she passed away at the age of 101.  She was passionate about performing and her family were delighted to have this opportunity to mark her achievements through this gift to the school.


The chair has been commissioned as a one-off piece, designed and manufactured by Gafyn from Mij Moj Design Company in Llanfairfechan. Gafyn feels privileged to be part of the process of designing and creating this special piece of furniture: “It has been a real honour for MijMoj Design Ltd to be invited to design and handcraft the Eisteddfod chair for the school.


“The whole process has been really interesting from initial design consultation with staff members and pupils, to design and developing and then onto making the chair in our workshop. It has been fantastic. To create a piece of unique furniture that will be seen by hundreds of children every day and, hopefully, for many years to come has been a real privilege.”

Here’s a link to the Mij Moj website so that you can see the sort of work produced by the company.  Recent Eisteddfod winners, Kerina, Menna and Eira acted as consultants in the design stage, outlining the features they felt were important to make the chair a success.


The chair will include the words ‘Dewch a Llawenhewch’, (Come and Rejoice) from one of the hymns written by Howell Elvet Lewis, after whom the school was named.

The chair is in the production stage now and we are looking forward to seeing the finished item at the Diamond Anniversary Concert on 12th February. Here are the final designs.


eisteddfod chair