A card for Mothers Day
Flintshire Record Office has produced a Mothering Sunday card celebrating a
well-known Flintshire mother and daughter, Ruth and Kitty Lewis of Plas
Ruth Lewis (1872-1946) was born in Liverpool and educated in London but,
following her marriage to J Herbert Lewis and her move to Caerwys, she adopted
Wales as her country and within a few years could speak Welsh fluently.
She travelled the county collecting Welsh folk songs which she published in
1914, a copy of which is preserved at Flintshire Record Office (D/L/816). Ruth
campaigned for Welsh devolution and in 1921 was appointed the first woman
magistrate in the London Borough of Westminster. Ruth was also the first woman
magistrate in Flintshire, holding that office for nearly 25 years.
Alice Catherine ‘Kitty’ Lewis (1898-1984), their only daughter, was a strong
supporter of Welsh Devolution and a member of Plaid Cymru. Educated at the
University College of Wales in Aberystwyth (1916-18) she participated in local
and national Eisteddfodau and became President of the Caerwys Eisteddfod when
it commemorated its centenary.
Cllr Chris Bithell, Cabinet Member for Education, said ‘Mothering Sunday is a
long established festival. Once it was the only day in the year when girls and
boys in service, perhaps far from home, were given the opportunity to visit
their mothers. The delightful image on this card captures perfectly the bond
between a mother and her child.”
The card costs £1.50 and can be purchased at the Record Office in Hawarden and
at the shop in Theatr Clwyd.