Marian Shrine

While St Mary’s Church has been closed, this little shrine has been set up on one of the tombs:




Members of the Hay arts community have come together to create an arts initiative: Haydloniant: ‘Hay’ + ‘adloniant’, the Welsh word for ‘entertainment.’

Their mission is to celebrate local performance artists and encourage footfall in the centre of Hay.

Funds for Haydloniant will be raised by way of ticketed concerts at St Mary’s Church, underwritten by the Welsh Arts Council scheme: Noson Allan. Haydloniant will also offer donation-only late afternoon concerts in the Parish Hall, for which the performers will give their time on a voluntary basis. Funds will be raised for projects with an entertainment bias, such as for the purchase of staging and lighting equipment, or perhaps to provide small bursaries for youngsters seeking music education or travel costs to their auditions.

The town will benefit from the tourist attraction. Hay Music and Hay Jazz are bringing top-class musicians from the wider world to entertain the locals, so Haydloniant feels that local people should share their own top-class performances with the wider world.

The first Cakes & Ale Concert will be held in the Parish Hall, 5.30pm-7.00pm on August 17th with a cornucopia of talent: Father Richard will play the piano. Jazz pianist Martin Litton will present a medley of music and song with Janice Day.

Hay Madrigal Group, led by early music specialist Lucy Green, will give their debut performance. Local sopranos Catherine Hughes and Christina Watson will delight us with their beautiful voices. Steve Jones will play the fiddle and Adrian Crick will accompany himself on the guitar.

Future Cakes & Ale concerts will be led by headline acts and will each adhere to one musical genre, including classical, jazz, folk, world, singer-songwriter, medieval and renaissance and choral.

As the late afternoon concerts are a social as well as a musical event, cakes, ale, wine and tea will be served before the music starts.

Please help if you can by coming along. And if you are willing to put some flyers through the doors in your street or posters in your window; if you would like to donate cakes and raffle prizes to sell or help to serve the refreshments: please contact the secretary Steve Jones at or ring him on 07563 711 770 or 01497 821197.