2012 in Wales

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This article is about the particular significance of the year 2012 to Wales and its people.

Incumbents[edit]

Events[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

  • 9 FebruaryAll Wales Ethnic Minority Association, a Swansea-based charity whose role was to distribute funds to ethnic minority projects across Wales; loses all National Assembly funding after a damning report identified "fundamental failures in the control and governance" within the charity.[6]
  • 29 February – Plaid Cymru MP Elfyn Llwyd calls for England to pay a financial charge for receiving water from Wales.[7]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

  • 2 / 5 June – The homecoming parade of the 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards in Cardiff begins celebrations of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. Many Welsh towns and cities hold street parties to celebrate the Jubilee, though there is a protest from an anti-monarchist group in Cardiff.[19][20]
  • 9 June – An evacuation exercise gets under way at Aberystwyth after holidaymakers are trapped in a flooded caravan park. Several people are airlifted to safety by the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Royal Air Force Sea King helicopters.[21]
  • 18 June – A research study finds evidence that the Welsh are among the "most genetically distinct" inhabitants of Britain.[22]
  • 19 June – Betws Primary School in Bridgend is seriously damaged by a fire that breaks out in the computer block during the school day; 219 pupils are safely evacuated.[23]
  • 23 JuneChristine James becomes the first woman appointed Archdruid of the National Eisteddfod of Wales.[24]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

  • 1 October – A large-scale search operation begins as 5-year-old April Jones disappears while playing near her home in Machynlleth.[33]
  • 15 OctoberWelsh National Opera reveal that they have received a donation of £1.2m from the Getty family, to help fund the production of several modern works, including Usher House by Gordon Getty.[34]
  • 19 October – One person is killed and four seriously injured in a hit-and-run "rampage" in the Ely area of Cardiff. A 31-year-old man is arrested and is later charged with murder.[35]
  • 25 October – Archbishop Desmond Tutu visits Wales, as a guest of the First Minister, to celebrate the work of Wales for Africa programme.[36]

November[edit]

December[edit]

  • 3 December
  • 11 December – Further data is released from the 2011 Census, it reveals several key facts about Wales:
    • Two thirds of people living in Wales identified themselves as Welsh rather than British or another nationality. The local authority with the highest self-identification as Welsh was Rhondda Cynon Taf (73%).[53]
    • The Census reveals that for every twenty people living in Wales, roughly 15 would have been born in Wales, 4 in neighbouring England and 1 from elsewhere.[53]
    • Those in Wales identifying their religion as Christianity fell to 58% (1.8m) a 14% drop since 2001, a larger decline than any English region.[54]
    • The number of people self-identifying themselves as Welsh speaking has dropped from 21% to 19% in the ten years between the two census, with only Gwynedd and Anglesey recording a Welsh language rate greater than 50%. One theory behind the drop in the statistics suggests that parents misidentify the ability of their children while at school.[55]
  • 13 December – The rights to the 1972 film version of Under Milk Wood, which starred Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, are gifted to Wales by its director, Andrew Sinclair.[56]
  • 14 December – It is announced that Charles, Prince of Wales is to become the patron of the festival to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.[57]
  • 23 December – Heavy rain and flooding cause disruption across the country, affecting rail services and main roads.[58]
  • 29 December

Arts and literature[edit]

Welsh Awards[edit]

Welsh winners of international awards[edit]

New books[edit]

In the Welsh language[edit]

Fiction

Autobiography Autobiography

In the English language[edit]

Fiction

Poetry

Plays[edit]

Music[edit]

Awards[edit]

Classical[edit]

Albums[edit]

Film[edit]

Broadcasting[edit]

Welsh-language television[edit]

  • Dos i Gwcio (cookery programme)

English-language television[edit]

English-language radio[edit]

  • Olympic Dragons

Sport[edit]

2012 Summer Olympics[edit]

Welsh medallists at the 2012 Summer Paralympics
Medal Name(s) Sport and event date
 Gold Geraint Thomas Track CyclingMen's team pursuit 3 August 2012.[103]
 Gold Tom James RowingMen's coxless four 4 August 2012
 Gold Jade Jones TaekwondoWomen's 57 kg 9 August 2012
 Silver Chris Bartley RowingMen's lightweight coxless four 2 August 2012
 Silver Hannah Mills SailingWomen's 470 class 10 August 2012
 Silver Fred Evans BoxingMen's welterweight 12 August 2012
 Bronze Sarah Thomas HockeyWomen's tournament 10 August 2012

2012 Summer Paralympics[edit]

Welsh medallists at the 2012 Summer Olympics
Medal Name(s) Sport and event date
 Gold Colbourne, MarkMark Colbourne CyclingMen's individual pursuit C1 31 August
 Gold Aled Davies AthleticsMen's discus throw 2 September
 Silver Mark Colbourne CyclingMen's 1km time trial C1-2-3 30 August
 Silver Nyree Kindred SwimmingWomen's 100 metre backstroke S6 30 August
 Silver Mark Colbourne CyclingMen's road time trial C1 5 September
 Bronze Aled Davies AthleticsMen's shot put 31 August
 Bronze Williams, ClaireClaire Williams AthleticsWomen's Discus Throw – F11/12 1 September
 Bronze Paul Davies Table tennisMen's individual – Class 1 3 September
 Bronze Liz Johnson SwimmingWomen's 100 metre breaststroke SB6 5 September
 Bronze Beverley Jones AthleticsWomen's Discus F37 6 September
 Bronze Sara Head Table tennisWomen's team – Class 1–3 7 September

Deaths[edit]

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