Anne  Owen- Harpist

Marian Howell- Flowers

Rich Baker- Printing


Audio Visual - Dan Gibson

Photography - Nazar Daniyel

Design and Identity -  Walnut 

Videos - Angela Kay,  Ffion Appleton Jones


Duncan  & Janet Cameron

Ffion Flockhart

Meryl Darkins

Iestyn Rees

Gill & Nick Graydon



We are very grateful for all the gifts received and for the generous bids that were made.


Arfon Haines Davies

The acclaimed Welsh television presenter, Arfon Haines Davies began his career as a continuityannouncer for ITV Wales in the 1970s. He continued his successful career in television for

over thirty years and was one of the main news presenters on HTV. In addition, the highly popular television broadcaster presented a variety of television shows in English and Welsh. Arfon is married to Angela and lives in Cardiff.

Cinio Haf 2019 certainly was not the first charity auction at which Arfon had kindly given his services.  His charm, wit and professionalism  resulted  in a  highly enjoyable and  lucrative auction.

Yanto Barker

Born in 1980 in Machynlleth, Yanto Barker, Welsh former professional racing cyclist turned entrepreneur, started competitive road racing when he was 15. Having won the Junior British National Road Race Championships, he began competing in senior races aged 19 and was selected to represent Britain at under-23 level. Yanto represented Wales in the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. Falling out of love with life as a professional road racer led Yanto to establish his cycling clothing business Le Col. Yanto’s cycling expertise and pursuit of perfection gives Le Col the leading edge and its apparel has been described by Sir Bradley Wiggins as “the best performance cycling kit on the market”.

Yanto is married and 2 children: a daughter who will be three in December and a son who was born at the start of May.    

At Cinio Haf 2019,  Yanto  shared  with us some thought provoking insights regarding  the lessons  learnt and  the experiences  that have helped him along the way with respect to  racing and setting up his business.

Manon Browning

Manon graduated with a First Class Honours BMus.and gained a Distinction at MMus from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studied with Imogen Barford and Charlotte Seale. Manon was awarded the Nansi Richards Scholarship in 2017, won second prize in the International Young Musician competition at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in 2018 and came third at the International Harp Festival in Caernarfon that same year. Manon is passionate about making classical music enjoyable and accessible to people, and she provides this experience with her ‘Mad Harpist’s Tea Party’, offering homemade cakes and snacks before an informal recital with interesting and entertaining comments about the pieces and composers. 

Cinio Haf 2018

Cinio Haf 2018 was held in the historic Great Hall at The Inner Temple. 

Special Guests

The brief introductions to our guests below have not been updated since the event.

Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson

Baroness Tanni  Grey-Thompson was born in Cardiff and christened 'Carys Davina'. Her sister, Sian referred to her as "tiny" when she first saw her, pronouncing it "tanni" and the nickname stuck! Her phenomenal success is known to us all; total Paralympic Medal tally of 11 gold, 4 silvers and 1 bronze and many other sporting achievements. In 2010 Tanni became an Independent Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords.  As a working peer Tanni uses her experience and knowledge during debates in the House and she has spoken on a range of issues including Disability Rights, Welfare Reform, and of course, Sport. She has received honorary degrees, including Honorary Doctorates from numerous universities, for example from Oxford University and the University of Cardiff. 

Gethin Jones

Gethin Jones is a TV and radio broadcaster. Having presented a variety of live shows on S4C, Gethin boarded the Blue Peter ship where he had many adventures including being the first ever civilian to finish the UK Royal Marine Commando 30 mile Yomp.  From one extreme to another, he later danced his way to the semi-final of BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing and he’s been a part of the show ever since.  He has presented a multitude of high profile TV shows and from June 4th, you will be able to wake up with Gethin as he starts the brand new Hits Radio Breakfast show!  He has an events company and is a partner of Leaf Hospitality. He is a self-confessed rugby geek, taking his knowledge to Celebrity Mastermind. Gethin and his best friend Sion both have autistic nephews. Inspired by them, they have set up their own Autism charity called ‘Nai’. Their ambition is to build a much needed school for Autistic Children in Wales. 

Alis Huws

Originally from Mid Wales, Alis graduated with first class honours from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 2017. She has performed at many prestigious events including playing alongside Katherine Jenkins and Only Men Aloud at an event celebrating the UEFA Champions League Final in Cardiff. She was part of RWCMD’s Royal Gala Event in Buckingham Palace, hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales and was principal harp in WNO’s Youth Opera production of Kommillitonen in 2016. With a keen interest in Outreach work, Alis regularly performs in care homes for charities such as Music in Hospitals & Care, and Lost Chord, as part of a flute and harp and a voice and harp duo. 

Daniel Evans

The live auction will be led by Daniel Evans who is originally from the Tregaron area in Ceredigion. After a career in Engineering, he recently changed directions and now works at the Reading Hexagon Theatre. He is proud that his daughter Rhiannon attended Ysgol Gymraeg Llundain and hopefully his theatrical skills will come to the fore whilst he’s in charge of the hammer!

2018 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

Garthgynion Charities

Specific Item Sponsors

Flowers    Marian Howell

Printing    Richard Baker

The Auction

Monetary donations  ≥ £100 or items for our auction/ raffle were generously donated by:

Aberfalls distillery 

Alex Jones 

Awen Duggin

Ben Lake MP 

Bluestone National Park Resort 

Bryn Williams 


DaMhile Gin 

Dylans Restaurants 

Elizabeth Picton 

Gwen Davidson-Norrie 

Gwesty Cymru

Gwenllian Williams

Halen Mon 

Huw Roberts 

Janet Cameron

Julia Dabrowa

London Welsh Developments Ltd

Mindful Massage- Eiri Jones 


Parva Farm Vineyard 



Robert John

Rheilffyrdd Ffestiniog ac Eryri 

Rhian Medi 

Shirley Newton 

Sian Lloyd 

St Brides Spa Hotel 

Steffan Davies 

Stephen Fry 

Surf Snowdownia 

The Welsh Gift Shop 

Vivat Bacchus 

Wolfgang Emmerich 

Zip World

Cinio Haf 2017

 Our first Cinio Haf was held in the characterful ‘Pembroke Lodge’, Richmond Park. We would like to thank everyone who contributed in any way to the success of the evening, in particular to our special guests who entertained us wonderfully.

Special Guests

The brief introductions to our guests below have not been updated since the event.

Osian Roberts

Osian Roberts is assistant manager of the Welsh national football team. Osian combines his job as Chris Coleman’s number two with the role of technical director at the Football Association of Wales. He also runs coaching courses, which attract some of the biggest names in the game, including Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry, to Wales as well as looking after the Wales Under-16 and Under-15 sides. 

Sean Fletcher

Sean Fletcher is an American-British journalist, newsreader and radio broadcaster. He is best known for his work on BBC One's Country File, ITV's Good Morning Britain and as a reporter on many major sporting events, including the Olympics and Euro 2016. He is a  fluent Welsh speaker and a former parent at the school.

Glain Dafydd

Glain Dafydd is currently studying a MA postgrad course at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Karen Vaughn, having completed her studies at the École Normale de Musique de Paris. She was invited to play at the British Embassy in Paris, and at the Cathedral in St Asaph when Prince Charles visited to celebrate the inauguration of Llanelwy as a City. Glain came second at the Moscow International Harp Competition (Junior Category). 

Sioned Wiliam

Sioned Wiliam, former controller of comedy for ITV, she became the commissioning editor of comedy for BBC Radio 4 in March 2015. Sioned is a former parent at The London Welsh School and currently sits on the school’s Board. She has also found time to write two Welsh language novels, both of which have been published. 

2017 Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Specific Item Sponsors

Flowers    Grant and Mari Howell

                      Eleanor and Mike Delaney 

Printing    Richard Baker

The Auction

Skillfully led by John Davies, Investment Director at Sellar Property, the live auction raised in excess of £6,000 towards the London Welsh School.

Donations or items for our auction were kindly donated by:


Charcutier Ltd

Ffion Appleton Jones 

Greenberry Café

Haf Weighton

Harbour Master Hotel 

London Welsh Developments 

Madoc Batcup

Maureen Morgan

Meirion Appleton

Olivia Williams 

Philip Jones 


Rhian Medi Roberts

Sara Wyn Roberts

Steffan Davies 


The Welsh Gift Shop

Tomos & Lilford

Trealy Farm 

Vivat Bacchus

Walnut Creative & Digital 

Football Association of Wales

Wolfgang Emmerich