Staff at Rydal Penrhos will be part of a special ceremony for Black History Month
4th October 2016

Pupils and staff at Rydal Penrhos will be part of a special ceremony involving African delegates in Old Colwyn as part of Black History Month Wales.

A group from the Congolese Embassy in London will descend on the town on Saturday, October 15, where they will be part of a service at the Old Colwyn Cemetery, where a number of young men from Congo are buried.

This is due to the selfless act of the Rev’d William Hughes, who successfully set up and ran Congo House and then the African Institute based in Colwyn Bay from 1885 to 1911.

His aim was to train young and gifted Africans as Christian missionaries, while also assisting them with either craft or medical skills to use when they returned to their homeland.

Pupils and staff at Rydal Penrhos have been busy cleaning up the cemetery as part of a community initiative, which has involving a number of graves that will be officially revealed at the ceremony.

They will also lead the group in song during the service.

Year 11 pupil Isabelle Williams is the Great, Great, Great Granddaughter of Rev’d Hughes and has also volunteered at the cemetery.
A host of local dignitaries will be in attendance, in addition to representatives from Black History Month Wales, who will be joining around 80 Congolese delegates.

Acting head Roger McDuff, said: “We at Rydal Penrhos are honoured to be part of such a prestigious occasion, and we are looking forward to what should be a fantastic occasion for the community.
“Our pupils have worked immensely hard and given up their time to help in the restoration of the cemetery, and it is great that their commitment will be recognised.”


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