Week 18: Core Skills Catch Up & Skills Check In

This week e-Tutorial is focusing on the Core Skills and your skills around Numeracy, Literacy and Digital Literacy.

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Tutorial Notices: Week Commencing – 24th January 2022

Dydd Santes Dwynwen

Tuesday 25th January 2022

Dydd Santes Dwynwen is considered to be the Welsh equivalent to Valentine’s Day and is celebrated on 25 January. It celebrates Dwynwen, the Welsh saint of lovers.

St Dwynwen (Santes Dwynwen) was a fourth-century Welsh princess who lived in what is now the Brecon Beacons National Park. Read her story below!

Take a look at this short eBook to find out more – Heroes and Heriones of Wales – Dydd Santes Dwynwen

How did St Dwynwen become the Welsh patron saint of lovers?

Dwynwen was the prettiest of King Brychan Brycheiniog’s 24 daughters. She fell in love with a local lad called Maelon Dafodrill, but King Brychan had already arranged for her to marry another prince. Maelon took the news badly, so the distraught Dwynwen fled to the woods to weep, and begged God to help her. She was visited by an angel who gave her a sweet potion to help her forget Maelon, which happened to turn him into a block of ice.

God then granted Dwynwen three wishes. Her first wish was that Maelon be thawed; her second wish was for God to help all true lovers; her third wish was that she would never marry. In gratitude, Dwynwen became a nun and set up a convent on Llanddwyn Island, a beautiful little spot on Anglesey. Her name means, ‘she who leads a blessed life’.