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Prize winning trip to London for six young Ruthin story-tellers

Prize winning trip to London for six Ruthin story-tellers

Six young writers from Ruthin will be heading to London next week after winning a story writing competition, featuring one of the town’s famous sons.

St Peter’s Church, which is undergoing roof restoration work thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, asked children from Ruthin’s three primary schools to write about Gabriel Goodman, the sixteenth century Dean of Westminster Abbey who founded Ruthin School and the town’s Alms-houses.

One hundred entries were received, written in either Welsh or English, and the winners were announced as:

Phoebe Astles and Ebony Jones from Ysgol Borthyn

Xander Johnson and Ruby Mann from Rhos Street School

Erin Beech Jones and Math Humphreys from Ysgol Pen Barras

The six will go on an all-expenses paid trip to London on Tuesday 12 June to visit Westminster Abbey, meet the current Dean, The Very Reverend Dr John Hall and see the memorial to Dean Goodman.  Afterward, the party will visit the MP for the Vale of Clwyd, David Jones at the Houses of Parliament.

The Warden of St Peter’s Church, the Revd Stuart Evans, who will accompany the winners said: “We had so many fascinating and imaginative stories about the life of Dean Goodman, it was so difficult to pick the best stories.  The six winners stood out for us due to their creative ideas, good literary structures and articulate use of language.

“This trip to London will be an amazing experience for everyone and we’re looking forward to walking in Dean Goodman’s footsteps.”

Gabriel Goodman was born in Ruthin in 1528 and went on to become a close associate of the court of Queen Elizabeth I and a good friend of Bishop William Morgan, whom he helped with the translation of the Bible into Welsh.

His legacy lives on in Ruthin today as he made it his mission to help the town, especially the poor, by opening a school, now Ruthin School and a hospital for the elderly, originally called Christ’s Hospital, now the town’s alms-houses.

The competition is part of a programme of events taking place during 2018 and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. A grant of more than £90,000 has been awarded to St Peter’s by HLF to carry out urgent repairs to its roof to prevent water damage to the ceiling inside.  Work on the roof has begun and is expected to be completed in the Autumn.