Hay Pride took place on Saturday, 17 June in the stunning grounds of Hay Castle and was supported by Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations (PAVO).

PAVO's new Chief Executive Officer, Clair Swales was in attendance, supported by  Emily Januszewski, Outreach Officer for South Powys Befriending Service and local Community Connector, Helen Quinlan.

Hay Pride
Left to Right: Helen Quinlan, Emily Januszewski and Clair Swales of PAVO, together with PAVO Trustee Cllr William Powell. (PAVO)

They had a strong presence throughout the day, alongside a wide range of stall holders and traders.

The atmosphere was relaxed and many new connections were made. One of many people to call by was Cllr William Powell, PAVO Trustee and Assistant Vice Chair of Powys County Council.

Hay Pride
The most inclusive of all Dog Shows – where every entry was ‘Best in Show!’ (PAVO)

 Commenting on the day, Cllr Powell said: "It’s great to see PAVO have a prominent presence once again here at Hay Pride. I was delighted to call by and see our stand so busy.

"As last year’s Chair of Council, local Powys County Councillor Gareth Ratcliffe gave the inaugural event his strong support, and I’m pleased to back him and PAVO in continuing in that tradition.

"The key message is that there’s a warm and inclusive welcome for all here in Powys and in this corner of Bannau Brycheiniog."

Hay Pride
A retrospective from 2022, when Chair of Powys County Council, Cllr Gareth Ratcliffe (Welsh Lib Dem, Hay -on-Wye) welcomed Boo La Croux - alias Dean Goodwin-Evans - and Helen Jane Campbell, Director of Hay Pride 2022 at The Globe. (PAVO)