Christmas Wren Hunting in Wales – Hela Dryw

Hela Dryw – Hunting the Wren is a Welsh Christmas tradition enacted on Twelfth Night. Villagers hunted and killed the wren and carried its body in a decorated ‘house’. They called from door to door and people paid money to peep at the dead bird:

The wren is no longer killed today for Hela Dryw (or Hela’r Dryw as it’s sometimes called). Using a Nokia N93, I filmed this re-enactment at the National Welsh Folk Museum’s Nadolig festival last week.

Community Voices digital media grants

Digital storytellers will be interested to hear that one £500 award per week is available between now and March 2010. That’s what Community Voices has to offer those in England using digital media to help empower disadvantaged communities:

“Media Trust is always looking to celebrate the varied and inspiring ways you are using digital media to help empower disadvantaged communities. And now Community Voices has 20 x £500 awards to give away before the end of March 2010 – that’s one every week.  If you’re helping to give your community a voice through digital media we’d like to hear from you, and so would many other communities seeking help. Projects selected will be showcased on this website, plus each project will receive a bursary for a place at one of our training events, and a wealth of additional communications support.”

More info: http://www.mediatrust.org/communityvoices/inspiring-voices/

Thanks to Alyson Fielding for letting me know about this. She said: “Community Voices covers English Regions only, not Wales as far as I know, but might be useful for your contacts working across both England and Wales”.