A couple who have helped to run a community centre for 40 years have been honoured with the second Owain Glyndwr Seren Award.
Husband and wife Alan and Ann Davies were announced as the winners at Cardiff’s City Hall by last year’s prize winner thalidomide campaigner Rosaleen Moriarty-Simmonds.
The award was created to reward people in Cardiff who may have shown exceptional courage, may be celebrated and respected within their community or demonstrated excellence in a particular field.
Named after one of Wales most famous and celebrated sons – Owain Glyndwr – the awards ceremony coincides with Owain Glyndwr Day, September 16, which marks the anniversary of Glyndwr being named the Prince of Wales in 1400.
“This has come as a surprise to us,” said Ann, 72, who has been married to Alan for 51 years. “We are over the moon.”
The couple were nominated by local councillors Siobhan Corria and Dilwar Ali for the work they do for the city’s Llandaff North community. Ann first became involved in setting up the community centre when her daughter’s play group shut 40 years ago.
“My daughter was three at the time and the play group in Belle Vue Crescent was closing,” said Ann, from Evansfield Road. “There were 12 mums and we all got together and had meetings with the council.
“We raised £2,500 and we used the old booking hall by Llandaff station; we were there until 1986 when the council told us they were building a community centre.”
As well as looking after the day-to-day running of the centre, which is used by a vast amount of community groups, for 25 years, Ann was chair of the community centre – an accolade which has now been taken over by Alan, 75, a retired station technician.
The couple, who have three children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, are planning to hang their award at the community centre on Hawthorn Road East.
“When you work in a community you get back as much as you put in,” said Ann.
“I do love where I live, we know a lot of the people and my great-grandson has just started at Hawthorn school and he is the sixth generation to go there.”
Councillor Ali said: “They put in many hours of work for the community in Llandaff North and we appreciate what they’ve done for the community.”
Also nominated were Loreine Hawkins, Ron Morgan and Edga Wilson.
The standard of nominations made it difficult for the judging panel, consisting of councillor Cerys Furlong, chair of Cardiff council, Francies Beecher for the chair’s nominated homeless charity Llamau, editor of the South Wales Echo Tim Gordon, Eirwyn Evans from the Owain Glyndr Society and the council’s honorary Chaplain Revd Stewart Lisk.