The Vivian Hall

      Blackpill, Swansea

          1918  ---- 2018

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    Our Centenary Centre -piece.  

   Our centenary Centre-piece was a great success.

  Well over 100 people joined us during the afternoon and were truly entertained.

  Dreena Morgan Harvey from the Swansea Little Theatre held everything together: seemingly effortlessly with great humour.

  Rob Pendry's slides, music and easy reference to what was happening at Blackpill while the Black Bottom and Charleston were being  danced, or when High Society was playing in the cinema was brilliant, and a real taster for his Dancing Through the Decades show in the Hall on September 29th .

The sun shone for the Morris Dancers, Sweyn's Ey. Alison Francis' belly dancing was bubbly and beguiling: even His Worship the Mayor, Cllr David Phillips and a few other members of the audience were persuaded to....... well, shake.

Tea and cakes were taken outside: what an excellent spread!

The Baywood Belles, who have raised so much money for local charities, managed to pull in three costume changes, each one more glamorous than the one before.

Val Whittington's line dancing team really got everyone going and the U3A Ukelele Big Band kept up the fun and high spirits.

Then the whole event was rounded off by the Mumbles Community Choir and the Ariosa Youth Choir conducted by Penny Ryan and accompanied by Les Ryan and Lisa Mears. The three young soloists were a treat.


   All the 33 works of art submitted for the competition by local artists were on display in the minor hall. Over 50 people had viewd the works the previous weekend when all of them were on display. Who would win was hotly debated.  The judges, Rachel Cortazzi from Mumbles and Chirs Last from Sketty  reported that even they had had a difficult task in deciding the outcome.

However, bearing in mind the specific remit for entries, they did come to a decision and after the interval break, the Mayor, Cllr David Phillips, announced the winners.

The winning piece was by Rhona Tooze, an artist living in the Mayals – ‘Cycling Past the Junction’. It is now permanently displayed in the Hall.

The ‘Blackpill Collage’ by Christine Broomhall, and ‘The Junction’ by Pat Lowe, were the runners up.


Congratulations and thanks to all those who contributed to the event, and who supported the celebration.

Baywood Belles

Swyns Ey

U3A Ukelele Big  Band

Alison Francis

Line Dancing

Arisoa Youth Choir

The Winner

Runner up

Runner up

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His Worship the Lord Mayor, Cllr David Phillips and the Lady Mayoress.