Gwyrddio Penarth Greening – the community organisation which organised the annual Penarth Food Festival in the Kymin – is NOT to fold and is to remain in existence,
Remaining members of the organisation – often shortened to GPG [“Gwyrddio” is “Welsh for “Making Green” ] have decided to keep going after a meeting held at Belle Vue Park Pavilion .
A statement has now been issued as follows:-“Following last week’s meeting it has been decided that GPG is to continue as a community organisation as this was felt to be the best way of enabling the continuation of our major projects, namely Shop in Penarth, the Penarth Food Festival and the Community Orchard.
“These three projects will be the focus of any activity in the coming months and we will be meeting again in three months to report on progress and future plans. “
In October last year it’s understood members had voted in principle to wind-up the organisation once an audit of its accounts had been completed – in the wake of an Emergency General Meeting held at the Albion Pub in Glebe St Penarth.
Gwyrddio Penarth Greening had been the driving force behind the Food Festival and also promoted the innovative “Shop in Penarth” scheme in which shoppers could claim discounts from local retailers on production of a “SIP” card costing £1.
GPG’s former chairman, the well-known Green Party activist Anthony Slaughter, had stepped down – and is standing as a Green candidate for the St Augustine’s Ward of Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan Council elections coming-up in May 2017 .
However it now transpires that Mr Slaughter is still one of the three people who continue to be involved with GPG and will be organising this year’s GPG Kymin Food Festival – although, as yet, the organisation still has to form a committee and does not – at this point – have a chairperson.
One PDN source said last year that GPG had had the wind knocked-out of its sails by the rival council-promoted festival “Picnic Penarth” and became “moribund” as a result.
Picnic Penarth – is supported by Council-Tax payer’s money and was said to have “stolen the thunder” of the longer-established GPG Penarth Food Festival because it is promoted , underwritten and “owned” by the Labour-controlled Penarth Town Council with last year additional funding from the Labour-controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council.
GPG is now hoping to recruit new volunteers to join the organisation and is planning to continue with all three of its major projects.