Students in Gwynedd used their creative skills to commemorate Criccieth's contribution 100 years after the end of the First World War.

Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor students were featured as part of S4C's Heno programme on Wednesday, November 7th , showcasing the work they had done for the Cofio Cyfraniad Criccieth project (Commemorating Criccieth's Contribution).

The art and design diploma students from the college's Dolgellau campus helped create 200 clay cylinders that formed a "waterfall of peace" inside Criccieth Memorial Hall, representing the 200 soldiers that left for the war from the Criccieth area.

The installation was created as part of the students' Welsh Baccalaureate Community Challenge.

The cylinders were glazed and inscribed with a poppy design; in red, to represent the traditional poppy, orange to represent the Welsh poppy and white to represent peace. 

The complete array was dramatically arranged on a staircase in the Criccieth Memorial Hall, which was open to the public every day until November 11th.

The group also created more than 150 tiles that were embedded outside the Criccieth Memorial Hall with a poem from D.R. Owen "Beth Yw Heddwch?" (What is peace?). The tiles form a "path of peace" which will remain a permanent part of the Memorial Hall's gardens.

The Meirion-Dwyfor students also transcribed the letters of soldiers from 1914 to 1918 and transferred them to the CasgliadYWerin.cymru website where they are now archived under the Commemorate Criccieth heading. They also created a series of short films.

The students worked with pupils from Ysgol Treferthyr in Criccieth in a series of art and poetry workshops to contribute to the project. All 98 children created a drawing of a dove, used as a design for a beautiful stained glass window.  

Musicians Gwyneth Glyn and Twm Morys composed a series of poems that formed a song to be performed in a remembrance concert at Criccieth Memorial Hall on November 11th from 5pm onwards.

Ffion Gwyn, who led the project, said:

The students and children worked together to create a series of creative outcomes.

"The Welsh Baccalaureate provided them with the opportunity to engage with the community, sharing their creative talents and vision with others.

"Their contribution has been outstanding and much appreciated by the community and beyond; marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Criccieth Town Council was awarded a £10,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (The First World War, yesterday and today) for a project to Commemorate Criccieth's Contribution in partnership with Ysgol Treferthyr, Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor and Criccieth Memorial Hall.

Councillor Elizabeth George, Chair of Criccieth Town Council, said:

It has been an exciting year to be part of this project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.  This has given the area's children and young people an opportunity to research into the history and the effect the First World War had on the area, with an emphasis on peace and reflection.

This grant has provided an opportunity to collaborate with partners and well-known specialists in a broad range of areas to realise the aims of this exciting project, which would otherwise not have been possible.

Richard Bellamy, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Wales, said:

The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching every corner of the UK. Through our dedicated grants programme, created to commemorate the Centenary, we have helped communities remember and pay tribute to those involved.

It is particularly important that young people know about the key role Wales played in the war, and this project in Criccieth has put more people in touch with the town's past and the valuable contribution its residents made 100 years ago.

For more information about art and design courses at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, visit www.gllm.ac.uk/courses.