2021 Officials President: Rev. Peter Arnett
Vice President: Kathy Myatt
Secretary: Faye Wright
Asst. Secretary Lola Milward
Treasurer: Kim Mensforth
Assistant Treasurer: Merle Mensforth
Co-Convenors Piano & Instrumental: Alison Francis and Kathy Myatt
Convenor – S & D Chris Lloyd
Convenor – Vocal – vacant –
Assistant – Trish Cole-Clarke
Convenor – Catering Lola Milward
In 1926, the Silkstone Methodist Church appointed a small committee to look into the formation of an eisteddfod. Those first members were Mrs. T. Statham, Miss L. Smith, Mr. R. Owens, Mr. A. Smith and Mr. G. Jones. At the time there were other small eisteddfodau being held in Ipswich and perhaps this was to be one of many. Others did not continue, but with the help and dedication of many people over the years, we have celebrated over 90 years of competition in our Eisteddfod.
That first “Grand Juvenile Eisteddfod” held in the Alpha Theatre in Station Road, Booval on Friday, 5th August 1927 gave encouragement not only to the competitors, but also to the committee of Mrs. Hicks, Misses L. Smith and S. Hedley, Messrs. G. Jones, R. Jenkins, E. Fortescue and J.C. Thomas to continue to foster this love of literature and music. Committee members changed and in 1929, Miss E. Morris was Secretary, Miss Nancy White became the official accompanist, Mr. G.B. Reason was the first Patron, followed by Mr. Tom Bird.
Of course, in 1977, when the Congregational, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches joined to become the Uniting Church in Australia, the Silkstone and Newtown Methodists joined with St. John’s Presbyterians to form the Glebe Road Uniting Church, the parish which now presents this cultural experience.
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Community Event of the Year Award Winner
2017 Australia Day Award presentation
2021 Silkstone Eisteddfod cancelled