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GWYNFE NEWS

The Gywnfe Show Social Evening proved to be a great success with over 50 attending to witness the presentation of cheques of £1,335 each to Cancer Research UK and Wales Air Ambulance. An additional cheque for £250 was presented to Cancer Research UK, the proceeds from the recent Quiz night at the hall. Both charities expressed huge gratitude to the generous residents of Gwynfe and our neighbours. A delicious buffet was enjoyed by everyone and the evening provided a great opportunity for us all to chat and catch up.

 

LLANGADOG COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

The Llangadog Community Association is a newly set up Community Association in our community. Our aim will be to collaborate with other community groups, help and support groups and individuals within the area of Llangadog; as well as to advance the wellbeing and community development and promote local events. We have formed a small committee of residents and have started to look into available grants and events that can be run within the community and its environs.

We can be contacted through email at :
Secretary Mariella Scott ( mariellasscott@googlemail.com )
Treasurer Dafydd Morgan ( dafyddrm@hotmail.com )
Chairperson Andrew James ( AndJames@sirgar.gov.uk )

We also have Facebook page : Llangadog-Community-Association .

On the 29th November we are planning to help Llangadog celebrate the start of Christmas with an event called Christmas on the Square , something we hope will continue for many years. The event will start from 3pm and continue into the evening. Wales are playing South Africa that day so a win will put us all in a good frame of mind! We would like to ask local business, local organisations and groups to come and join us throughout the day to promote their business, organisation or group. Ideas so far include, carol singing, cake sale, mince pies and mulled wine, crafts for sale and the switch on of the Christmas lights.

 

2014 FLU VACCINATIONS

Llanfair Surgery has arranged this year's free flu vaccination sessions for those of 65 and over and others who qualify. In Llandovery these will be at the Castle Hotel in Llandovery on Thursday 2nd October and Tuesday 14th October from 9.30am to 12.30pm and from 2pm to 5pm. In Llangadog they will be in the Community Hall on Wednesday, 8th October from 9.30pam to 12.30pm.

 

FREE RAIL TRAVEL FOR BUS PASS HOLDERS RETURNS

Those with Carmarthenshire bus passes will once again benefit from free travel on Heart of Wales railway line between Swansea and Shrewsbury this year. The concession will be available from 1st October 2014 until the 31st March 2015.

One big change this year is that bus pass holders issued by any Welsh Local Authority can now also travel free on our local line and on the following lines in Wales :
Wrexham – Hawarden Bridge
Cambrian Coast (Machynlleth – Pwllheli)
Conwy Valley Line (Llandudno -- Blaenau Ffestiniog)

 

LLANGADOG WI

On Thursday, 2nd October Llangadog WI will be meeting in the YMCA Room in the Community Centre at 7pm . The speaker this month is Ivor Thomas. He will be showing several short films including the Role of the WI in the War Effort. The competition is an item of war memorabilia. Visitors are very welcome as always. For further information please contact Gwyneth Haines on 01550-777676.

On Saturday 11th October we are organising a Pop up Shop / Table Top Sale. This will be from 10am to 12.30pm at the YMCA Room, Llangadog Community Centre. Entrance will be £1.00 to include refreshments. Pop in to the Llangadog WI Pop up Shop / Table Top Sale for one morning only - Bric a Brac and Household items; Books and CDs; Good as New Clothes and Accessories; Plants; Cakes; Toys; Refreshments, Raffle, Children's Corner with Games and Activities.

If anybody would like to donate any items for the sale please contact Gwyneth Haines on 01550-777676 and we will arrange to collect them.

 

LLANGADOG WI

Llangadog WI will be meeting in the YMCA Room at the Community Centre on Thursday 4th September at 7pm. There is no speaker this month. Visitors or prospective new members are welcome. For further information please contact Gwyneth Haines on 01550 777676.

 

NEW BOOK BY LLANGADOG AUTHOR

 

Following two years of research into the history of Merthyr, author Graham Watkins, has published his first novel 'The Iron Masters.' In it he chronicles the life of Nye Vaughn, a Llangadog farmer's son who rises to control an empire of ironworks, mines and quarries employing thousands of men.

Graham says, ‘In the 18th Century a few bold men created the biggest industrial city the world had ever seen. They were the Iron Masters. Napoleon Bonaparte, himself an artillery officer, was learning the art of war and Britain was rearming. The Iron Masters saw their chance and made fortunes from cannon production. More than a thousand cannons a week had to be cast to equip the new ships of the line. Their cannons saved a kingdom, forged the greatest empire in the world and changed the history of the human race. As I researched the Iron Masters, it became obvious that this was an incredible story. The characters were already there, larger than life and the plot, the story of the rise Merthyr and its descent into mayhem and riots, wrote itself.'

Graham's curiosity in the Iron Masters began with a visit to Vaynor churchyard, researching his own family ancestry, when Robert Crawshay's huge tombstone caught his attention. The simple epitaph 'God Forgive Me' started him wondering what sort of men the Iron Masters were. Learning that one of his own ancestors was a stonemason who was said to have worked on the Pontsticill Viaduct added to his interest.

The Iron Masters is a story of ambition, greed and, above all, the extraordinary resilience of the people of Wales and how they dealt with life's challenges in the 18th Century.

The Iron Masters Is available as a paperback from Lulu.com and as an eBook from Amazon.

 

LLANGADOG GARDENING CLUB

Llangadog Gardening Club have re-arranged the talk and cookery demonstration entitled "Herbs and their Use in the Kitchen", which will now be presented at the YMCA Hall, Llangadog at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 13th August. Come along to learn from Becky and Julie of Cilshafe Herbs, Carmarthen the history of the herbs and then enjoy the cooked tasters. With apologies for the misunderstanding last month.

The Club's Annual Sale and Coffee Morning will be held in Llangadog Community Centre starting at 10am on Saturday, 6th September. Come along and be tempted by the various stalls providing Cakes, Plants, Cut Flowers, Fresh Produce and Preserves, Bric-a-Brac and Books. Take time to enjoy a 'cuppa with friends and perhaps take home a raffle prize!

Contact Gwen Evans on 01550-777813 for further details of either of these events.

 

LLANGADOG COMMUNITY CHARITABLE ASSOCIATION

Come and meet the Llangadog Community Charitable Association on Saturday, 2nd August at Llangadog Village Show and share your ideas with us. The Secretary of the Llangadog Community Charitable Association is Mariella Scott, who can be contacted at email : llangadogcca@gmail.com

 

LLANGADOG GARDENING CLUB

On Wednesday, 30th July Llangadog Gardening Club is organising an outing to Moorland Cottage Gardens, Brynberian, Crymych where the planting is diverse and exuberant with plenty of seating to enjoy the views. We will stop for afternoon tea at Nant-y-Coy Mill, Cafe, Treffgarne Gorge on the way back. 

We will double-up in cars, leaving Llangadog Community Centre car park at 12.15pm.  Don't worry if you don't drive, just book your seat with Gwen Evans on 01550-777813.

 

LLANGADOG WI MEETINGS

June's meeting on Thursday 5th, will in the form of a trip to Llanelly House. Members will be meeting at the Community Centre at 11.45am. On Thursday 3rd July Llangadog WI will be welcoming Tony Walters who will present a fascinating insight into the considerable Welsh links and many personal stories connected with the fateful maiden voyage and sinking of the Titanic. He has many artefacts connected with the Titanic. He is well known amongst WI members and we can assure you that you will be enthralled. The meeting and presentation will be held in the main hall of Llangadog Community Centre and everybody is welcome, Croeso i Bawb. (See also item below). For more information on these events please call Gwyneth Haines on 01550-777676

 

BETHLEHEM PLANT SWAP

Following last year's successful event, this year's Plant Swap will be held on Saturday, 7th June in Bethlehem Old School between 1pm and 4.30pm. Please bring along any spare plants, bulbs & seeds and exchange them for others or if you've none to exchange then plants, etc. will be on sale. There will be various stalls selling cakes, locally produced food, flans, bread, pottery and other goods. Refreshments on sale, include scones and cream tea, and there will also be a raffle. For further information please contact Libby or Des Oldfield on 01550-779255 or interfoodtech@sky.com

 

LLANGADOG GARDENING CLUB

Llangadog Gardening Club are organising an evening with a difference on Wednesday 25th June in the YMCA Hall, Llangadog at 7.30pm. Becky and Julie from Cilshafe Herbs, Carmarthen will be talking about "The History of Herbs and How to Use them in the Kitchen", with a cookery demonstration to follow with tasters! Don't miss it! Everyone welcome/croeso i bawb. Just come along to the meeting or ring Gwen Evans on 01550-777813 for further details.

 

GWYNFE SHOW

Gwynfe Show will have been in existence for 100 years this year and naturally we would like to celebrate this. To begin with we are holding a meeting on Wednesday 28th May 2014 at 8pm in the community hall Gwynfe for all residents, ex -residents and friends of Gwynfe who can offer suggestions and help in any way. Further information from Sarah Cook on 01550-740612

 

TITANIC - Welsh Links Explored

Did you know that thousands of tons of Welsh Steam Coal powered the Titanic into history? Did you know that the American owner of the Titanic could trace his ancestry back to Carmarthen? Did you know that one of the real heroes of the Titanic disaster came from Wales?

These facts and many more stories will be told by Historian, Tony Waters from Burry Port, who has spent a lifetime researching the Welsh links since watching the original film of the disaster “A Night to Remember” with his parents when he was a child. His talk entitled “Titanic – Ship of Dreams: The Welsh Links” will be held at Llangadog Community Centre on Thursday 3rd July. Doors open at 7pm. The presentation will feature original photography, a recorded interview with a survivor and reproductions of White Star memorabilia, as well as artefacts from the Titanic itself and stories and artefacts from the rescue operation.

This open evening, organised by Llangadog WI, promises to be a night to remember. Everyone welcome. Croeso i bawb. All proceeds will go to the Carmarthenshire Eisteddfod Fund and the WI Stand at the Eisteddfod. Entrance £3 including refreshments. Tickets are available from Morgan's Newsagents, Llangadog or Llangadog WI members. For further details please contact Gwyneth Haines on 01550-777676.

 

FAMILY ART WORKSHOP : Capturing the spirit of the Black Mountain
Mud, mountains and masterpieces!

April 22nd 2014. Black Mountain Centre, Cwmgarw Road, Brynaman SA18 1BU

Local artist Katie Jane Vickers and Dyfed Archaeological Trust will be holding a free, fun and messy art workshop for the whole family to enjoy! Come along and discover magnificent views, fresh air, amazing archaeology and fascinating tales of industry, conflict, legend, death and intrigue on a walk at the Black Mountain Quarries, then have fun creating your own work of art at the Black Mountain Centre in Brynamman.

The day will start with a stroll around the Black Mountain quarries to gather inspiration (weather permitting). After a break for lunch (bring your own, or eat at the Black Mountain Centre), the art workshop, where you can create multi-media artworks inspired by the Black Mountain will run from 2 - 5pm. All materials are provided. Limited numbers, so please contact HollyMae at the Dyfed Archaeological Trust to book a place.

HollyMae (tel. 01558-823121) or email h.steaneprice@dyfedarchaeology.org.uk

 

LLANGADOG GARDENING CLUB

Llangadog Gardening Club are organising a Coach Outing to the National Trust's Dyffryn House, Gardens and Arboretum, St Nicholas, Cardiff on Saturday 24th May. A guided tour of the House available, if required. Restaurant and shop on site. Open to members and non-members, everyone welcome. For full details and to book seats please contact Gwen Evans on 01550-777813 as soon as possible.

 

LLANGADOG WI

Llangadog WI will be meeting at the YMCA Hall on Thursday 1st May at 7pm. This month we are really pleased to welcome Alison Roland from Llangadog who will be demonstrating her considerable skill at cake decorating, creating a traditional Welsh cottage cake.

The competition will be a family photograph. There will be tea and a raffle as usual. Come along and join in. Contact Gwyneth Haines for more information on 01550 777676.

 

FOUND DOG

Lost dog Llangadog Common

Julie Brenan from Bethlehem found a stray Jack Russell bitch wandering around Llangadog square on 29th March. If you know whose dog it is, could you please ask the owner to call 01550 779259 to arrange collection.

Happily this dog has now been re-united with her owner.

 

SHORT MAT BOWLING

Please note there will be no Short Mat Bowling at Llangadog Community until September. Please contact Geraint on 01550-777576 or Megan or Eric on 01550-777648 for further information.

 

LLANGADOG WI

Llangadog WI will be meeting in the YMCA hall at 7.00pm on Thursday 3rd April. The speaker will be Gwenda Fitzpatrick, the Membership Officer for the RNIB. The competition will be 'a sensory item' and we look forward to seeing what members will bring along. Tea and raffle as always.

We are lucky to have several new members so please come along and see what we do. Contact Gwyneth Haines for more information on 01550-777676.

 

LLANGADOG GARDENING CLUB OPEN EVENING

Llangadog Gardening Club cordially invite you all to their annual Open Evening to be held in Llangadog Community Centre on Wednesday 30th April, starting at 7pm. Our speaker, Keith Treadaway of Redberth, Pembrokeshire will give a talk and slide show entitled 'Plants of the Western Cape of South Africa'. Stunning photography and Keith's enthusiasm, coupled with a delicious buffet to follow will ensure an interesting and enjoyable evening. Neighbouring Gardening Clubs also invited. Don't miss it! For further details please ring Gwen Evans on 01550-777813.

 

FIVE OPTIONS FOR THE LLANGADOG SAFETY AND ENHANCEMENT SCHEME

At the Public Exhibition held at Llangadog Community Hall earlier in February, various alternative proposals for changes in the footway and highway provision were presented. These five main options are now reproduced below. We look forward to seeing the results of this public consultation in due course.

For further information please contact Nigel Skinner, Transport and Engineering Division, Carmarthenshire County Council. Tel. 01267-228179. Email NJSkinner@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

We have prepared a PDF document showing the five main options. Click here to view, (please be patient as this is 1.27Mb in size and may take a few seconds to download).

 

WE LOVE OUR TIP - ST VALENTINE’S DAY WITH A DIFFERENCE!

Braving the wind and the rain, about 100 protesters gathered outside the Recycling Centre in Llangadog on Saint Valentine’s Day to express their outrage at the likely closure of this facility.

Carmarthenshire County Council decided in November not to renew the annual grant, but did not see fit to discuss this with the owner or to inform the public until the middle of January. There has been no public consultation of any sort. They have offered us no reasonable alternative and, if this facility is forced to close, Llangadog residents would have to make a round trip of 30 miles to the next nearest facility outside Trap. The journey for those living in Llandovery or in the villages to the east and north of Llangadog would be even longer. The excuse is that the Council has to make budget cuts, but there are no plans to cease or reduce the funding of any of the other recycling centres in the county.

Over 80% of material taken to our tip is recycled, compared to 55% in the rest of the county. The local council collects paper, tins, food waste and general rubbish that will go to landfill, but they don’t collect glass, batteries, paint, garden rubbish or any of the larger items such as televisions. They will arrange to make a special collection of very large items on payment of £16 per item. At present all of these can be taken to Llangadog Tip and recycled free of charge.

It seems to us to be short-sighted in the extreme to close down such an eco-friendly facility when so much worldwide emphasis is being put on the care of the environment. What will happen to all that rubbish if our tip is closed? We fear that much of it will be dumped in our beautiful National Park or by the roadside and the chances are that it will then end up in landfill instead of being recycled, and will of course cost the county a considerable amount of money to clean up the mess.. Why close down a facility that is so obviously successful, so much appreciated by all the many hundreds of people who use it and is doing its bit to save the planet?

For little more than just one of the individual salaries paid to top executives in the County Council our recycling centre could be kept open, seven full-time and two part-time jobs saved and the county’s green credentials kept intact.

Theresa Haine
Llwyncelyn Isaf
Llangadog SA19 9BY
Tel: 01550 777535

 

AWS RECYCLING CENTRE
Demonstration against the threatened closure of the Llangadog Recycling Centre

Our much valued and highly effective recycling centre, run here in Llangadog, by AWS, is still under threat of closure by the County Council. On Friday, 14th February, despite appaling weather conditions, a large group of local residents demonstrated their support for AWS and their complete opposition to the Council's threat to withdraw support for the recycling centre (see photos).

The demonstrators were addressed by local Cllr Andrew James, local organiser Theresa Haine and local vicar Mike Cottam.

If, like them, you do not wish to lose this much appreciated, convenient and valuable local service, you are urged to write directly the Carmarthenshire County Council now to express your opinion. Don't put it off - it will soon be too late to object - write now...!

Their contact details are:
Carmarthenshire County Council, County Hall, Carmarthen SA31 1JP. Tel: 01267 234567. Email: direct@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

The executive board member for technical services is Councillor Colin Evans - the man on the council "responsible for the environment" and who has been quoted as saying "We want to encourage people to recycle as much as possible and also reduce fly-tipping in the county" (South Wales Guardian, February 19, 2014 - p.15).

 

LLANGADOG LEVEL CROSSING

The Heart of Wales Line has many level crossings on its winding route between Swansea and Shrewsbury. Many of these are where the line crosses minor roads or farm tracks and have been unguarded or protected only by flashing lights. This has been the case where the line crosses the busy A4069 at Llangadog. Network Rail has now installed automatic barriers at a number of these crossiongs, including the one at Llangadog. The photos show the new barriers and a Swansea-bound train using the new crossing.

 

SAWDDE BRIDGE REOPENS

On Thursday, 20th February, local residents, especially those living in Bethelehem, Felindre and Cwmsawdde, celebrated the reopening of the newly rebuilt bridge over the Sawdde after several months of work and a lengthy detour to reach the village centre.

Although the bridge is now open to traffic some work continues in tidying up the surroundings.

 

LLANGADOG WOMEN'S INSTITUTE

Llangadog WI look forward to a presentation by Mick Sheridan of the Last Gallery Llangadog on Thursday, 6th March. The competition is a favourite cushion. Tea and raffle as usual. The meeting is at the YMCA hall in Llangadog and starts at 7pm. We have several new members and will always welcome more. Come along to the meeting or contact Gwyneth Haines on 01550-777676 for more information.

 

WI BRIANNE GROUP - Spring Group Meeting

The WI Brianne Group will be holding it's Spring Group Meeting at Llangadog Community Centre on Monday, 17th March. We look forward to the speaker, Martin Davies of Llandeilo. WI's attending are Llangadog, Llandovery, Llanddeusant and Pumpsaint. We would welcome any members of Myddfai WI that would like to attend. Please arrive at 7.15 for 7.30.

 

ST DAVID'S DAY - Cawl-a-Chan

Musical entertainment, good food (home made Cawl, cheese and rolls) at the Old School, Bethlehem. Starts 6.30pm on Saturday, 1st March. Entry: £4 adults, £2 children to include food, entertainment, tea and coffee. Feel free to bring your own wine or beer.

 

VILLAGE DEFIBRILLATOR (AED)

An AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses and treats life threatening cardiac arrhythmias through the application of electrical therapy, allowing the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm.

Immediate defibrillation can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved - 30,000 people have a cardiac arrest each year outside the confines of a hospital; the chance of survival after the heart stops falls by around 10% for every minute that passes without defibrillation; it can take the emergency services many minutes (and sometimes considerably longer) to arrive in some rural areas like ours.

A defibrillation unit is now available for use at Llangadog Post Office. In an emergency, when you dial 999 you will be directed to it. In the near future it is hoped to re-locate this unit at a point near the village centre that will be accessible 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.

 

LLANGADOG GARDENING CLUB

The History and Oo's and Aah's of Auriculas will be the subject of an illustrated talk by Robyn and Pat Fisher to Llangadog Gardening Club at the YMCA Hall, Llangadog at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 26th March 2014. For further details please contact Gwen Evans on 01550-777813, or just come along to the meeting.

 

LLANGADOG SAFETY AND ENHANCEMENT SCHEME

This was the title of a Public Exhibition at Llangadog Community Hall, held on Tuesday, 11th February. Several alternative proposals for changes in the footway and highway provision were presented - variously involving the extension of the 20mph speed limit, the introduction of traffic light controlled one-way systems, changes to pavement layouts and parking restrictions. Officials were on-hand to discuss the options and to listen to comments, and visitors were invited to complete questionnaires to indicate their preferences. We look forward to seeing the results of this public consultation.

For further information please contact Nigel Skinner, Transport and Engineering Division, Carmarthenshire County Council. Tel. 01267-228179. Email NJSkinner@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

 

INFORMATION WANTED ON LOCAL WALKING STICK

I have received the following email :

“Further to our conversation this morning, I attach the details of the carving on the walking stick as promised.

Walking Stick

(Carved 1880)

The Reverend Aaron Roberts MA. Vicar of Llangadog.
Born at Denbigh March 21 st 1834.

‘But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord
Men shall call you the Ministers of God
Ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.
Isiah LX16V'

The stick was given to Ian T D Cornfoot by Mr Baker who served the Canterbury Cathedral.
To view the stick please visit our local auction house wesite: www.thecanterburyauctiongallaries.com

The sale lot number is 1030 but unfortunately the size of the photo makes it difficult to see the detail of the carving. For your information the auction is due to take place on the 11th & 12th of February 2014. I would welcome any feedback/information you have on Reverend Aaron Roberts as I know it was something my late Father would have loved to pursue.

Alan Cornfoot (tel. 01227-760720)”

The website provides the following additional information :
Lot 1030
A Victorian carved wood walking stick made for The Reverend Aaron Roberts M.A., Vicar of Llangadog, dated 1880, and with lines of verse from the Bible, 33.25ins long Guide Price: £80-120

 

AWS RECYCLING CENTRE

At the two public meetings at Llangadog Community Centre on Thursday, 23rd January, overwhelming opposition was expressed to Carmarthenshire County Council's apparant intention of withdrawing support to AWS, thus leading to the possible closure of Llangadog's excellent recycling centre. A petition has also been signed by a large number of local residents expressing similar opposition to any such closure.

Since then Mike Cottam has set up a Facebook site [see Llangadog Matters! '] and, on this, according to Cllr Edward Thomas "'..... an exception proposal has been made to continue activity on the current site with the current operator until March 2015 and with suitably amended operational and output and financial outputs'. This ties in this site with the other sites in the county which will be reviewed together . So the site is safe - great news and shows how public opinion and the work of your 5 independsant local county councillors helped"

 

LLANGADOG GARDENING CLUB

Hooray for Hellibores! If you want colour in your garden at this time of year and wish to know more about these invaluable plants, Keith Brown of Cilgwyn Lodge will be giving an illustrated talk and sharing his knowledge at Llangadog Gardening Club's February meeting on Wednesday, 26th February in the YMCA Hall, Llangadog at 7.30pm, followed by refreshments and raffle. Plants will be available to purchase on the night. Do please just come along to the meeting or ring Gwen Evans on 01550-777813 for full details.

 

LLANDOVERY COUNTRY MARKET

After about 20 years Llandovery Country Market has made the decision to cease operating. Llandeilo Country Market will continue to run on Friday mornings at Llandeilo Civic Hall.

 

CLOSURE OF LLANGADOG RECYCLING CENTRE ?

Cllr Andrew James has organised a public meeting in the Hall on Thurs 23rd Jan at 2pm and again at 7pm when the County Council cut-backs and how it affects our recycling centre will be discussed.  Hefin Roberts and Andrew James will collect more names for the petition to keep the centre open.

If you are able, please come along to give your support.

 

LLANGADOG GARDENING CLUB

Hooray for Hellibores!  If you want colour in your garden at this time of year and wish to know more about these invaluable plants, Keith Brown of Cilgwyn Lodge will be giving an illustrated talk and sharing his knowledge at Llangadog Gardening Club's February meeting on Wednesday 26th February in the YMCA Hall, Llangadog at 7.30pm, followed by refreshments and raffle. Plants will be available to purchase on the night.  Do please just come along to the meeting or ring Gwen Evans on 01550-777813 for full details.

 

CADOG FILM CLUB

Spring 2014 Programme

1 Feb 2014

Blue Jasmine

2013

1 hr 38 mins

Drama

A New York socialite, deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million dollars, but is bringing money, peace or love Film Night

Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard

21 Feb 2014

Behind the Candelabra

2012

2 hrs

Biography, Drama, Romance

Liberace, a virtuoso pianist, outrageous entertainer and flamboyant star of stage and television. A name synonymous with showmanship, extravagance and candelabras, he was a world-renowned performer with a flair that endeared him to his audiences and created a loyal fan base spanning his 40-year career. Liberace lived lavishly and embraced a lifestyle of excess both on and off stage. In summer 1977, handsome young stranger Scott Thorson walked into his dressing room and, despite their age difference and seemingly different worlds, the two embarked on a secretive five year love affair until their bitter and public break-up. Buffs' Night

Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Rob Lowe, Dan Akroyd

1 March 2014

Captain Phillips

2013

2 hrs 14 mins

Action Adventure, Biography

The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. Film Night

Ton Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman

21 March 2014

How I Live Now

2013

1 hr 41 mins

Action Drama, Thriller

Set in the near-future UK, an American teenager is sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside. Initially withdrawn and alienated, she begins to warm up to her charming surroundings, and strikes up a romance with the handsome Edmund. But on the fringes of their idyllic summer days are tense news reports of an escalating conflict in Europe. As the UK falls into a violent, chaotic military state, she finds herself hiding and fighting to survive. NB Partly filmed in Llandovery, Sennybridge and Carmarthenshire. Buffs' Night

Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, George MacKay.

5 April 2014

Le Week-End

2013

1 hr 33 mins

Drama

A long-married middle-class British couple attempt to reinvigorate their marriage by visiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon. While there, they run into an old friend who acts as a catalyst for them to recapture their youthful fearlessness, lack of re sponsibility and idealism. Film Night

Jeff Goldblum, Lindsay Duncan, Jim Broadbent

2 May 2014

Philomena

2013

1 hr 38 mins

Drama

A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. Film Night

Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark

Film Nights are on the first Saturday of the month in Llandadog Community Centre. 7pm for 7.30pm for buffet and film. 8.30pm for film only. Please book in advance by e-mail to cadogfilmclub@aol.com , ring 01550-777657) or write to Irene Hayes at Bryngwyn House, Llangadog SA19 9EF. There will be a buffet (please bring a savoury dish, nibbles, salad or pudding each) and bar.

Buffs' Nights are now be on Friday evenings in Llangadog YMCA Hall. These films start at 7pm so please arrive about 6.45pm. For Buffs night, just turn up and pay on the night.

All tickets cost £5 for a member and £6 for a guest.

 

WI MEETING

On Thursday, 6th February Llangadog WI look forward to a presentation by Gwen Evans on her recent trip to Italy as part of an International group working to advise young people on recycling and waste.

The competition is a pre-loved or up-cycled item. Tea and raffle as usual. The meeting at the YMCA hall in Llangadog starts at 7.00pm. Come along to the meeting or contact Gwyneth Haines on 01550-777676 for more information.

 

PHILIPPINES DISASTER APPEAL

Chris Yemm and Gill Wakley of Llandovery Folk Dancing have got the following together, at short notice, in order to raise money for the Philippines disaster, further to the recent typhoon. We hope very much that you will support the twmpath and give generously.

Please encourage your family, friends and all that you can think of, to come along to enjoy the evening. Rattlin' Bog are playing for an evening of wonderful dancing - for free - so please support the cause. Thank you.

Twmpath: In Aid of The Philippines, Friday 29th November. 7.30pm, Llanwrda Village Hall. Band: Rattlin' Bog. Bring food to share, perhaps a raffle prize? Entrance £5 (at least!) All money to the appeal. Arranged by Llandovery Folk Dancing. Contact Chris 01873 853324 for further details.

 

LLANGADOG WI

On Thursday 5th December Llangadog WI look forward to a Stained Glass Demonstration by Leslie Griffiths at the YMCA Hall, Llangadog at 7pm. Four decorated biscuits will be judged for competition points and no doubt tasted by all at teatime, along with mince pies and punch.

Llangadog WI will hold a New Year Party in the YMCA Hall on Thursday 9th January, starting at 7pm. The theme and competition will be announced nearer the time. A scrumptious buffet will be prepared by members and we will raise a glass to members old and new as Llangadog WI goes into its 89th year. Come along and find out what new speakers and events are planned for 2014.

For further details please contact Gwyneth Haines on 01550-777676.

 

LLANGADOG GARDENING CLUB

LLangadog Gardening Club's Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 29th January in the YMCA Hall, Llangadog, starting early at 7pm. The AGM will be followed by a buffet, fun quiz and raffle. The annual subscription will be collected and new programmes will be available. Everyone welcome/croeso i bawb.

For further info please contact Gwen Evans on 01550-777813

 

BETHLEHEM CHRISTMAS FAYRE

Saturday, 30th November, 10am to 4pm. Entry free.
This ever popular event will have a large range of stalls selling high quality local goods including jewellery, woodwork, photography, crafts and tasty food produce. There will be live music as well as Father Christmas - just the venue to complete your Christmas shopping. Don't forget to bring your Christmas cards (1st class stamp) to get them hand stamped with the famous Bethlehem postmark as the village Post Office will be open all day. For further information contact us on 01550-779255.

 

LLANGADOG WI

Llangadog WI will hold their AGM and Social Evening in the YMCA Hall at 7pm on Thursday, 7th November. Bring along your favourite book for discussion and enjoy the buffet to follow.

There are a few seats still available for the annual theatre trip to Swansea Grand to see Carousel on Wednesday, 20th November. Everyone welcome, not just members.

New members joining in November will get 14 months' membership for the price of 12! Please ring Gwyneth Haines on 01550-777676 for further details.

 

LLANGADOG GARDENING CLUB

Llangadog Gardening Club will get into the spirit of Christmas on Wednesday 27th November with a demonstration of "Christmas Table Decorations" by Flower Pots, florist of Llandovery at the YMCA Hall, Llangadog at 7.30pm. Raffle and Refreshments to follow. For further info please ring Gwen Evans on 01550 777813.

 

EXHIBITION AT THE LAST GALLERY

Multiple Views : An exhibition of new paintings and collages by Julie Ann Sheridan

Multiple Views asks the visitor to step into a constructed landscape, a landscape of alternative views. The first series of images offer up fragments of the landscape with small, refined, collaged views of the Black Mountain.

The familiar landscape is then transformed in chopped-up painted surfaces, an exploration in surface and depth. These paintings are an aesthetic re-working of the landscape, an amalgamation of earth, water, and sky for geometric effect. The shapes and outlines are a visual record of Julie's walks in the mountains, a realisation of the natural forms and negative space she finds there; an interpretation of the complex, landscape of south Wales.

“…juxtaposing sections of surrounding landscapes, drawing attention to the way individual shapes frame and exist in the landscape of this stunning part of the world".

The titles of the works are a further juxtaposition - plundered from music, TV and literature, Julie makes associations between the landscape and the words she constantly carries around in her head.

The exhibition runs from 23rd November - 22nd December at The Last Gallery, Llangadog (weekends only, 10am-5pm). For information contact sheridanjulieann@blogspot.com or see thelastgallerywales.blogspot.com

 

HEART OF WALES LINE FREE TRAVEL

We have just heard from the Welsh Government that our 'free travel with a bus pass' scheme recommences on 1st October and will run until 31st March next year. As before, only Powys and Carmarthenshire bus passes are valid, and cover travel on the HOWL between Swansea and Shrewsbury.

 

LLANGADOG WOMEN'S INSTITUTE

Llangadog WI will have fun at their October meeting on Thursday 3rd October with a Games and Quiz Night - prepare to be surprised - at the YMCA Hall, Llangadog starting at 7pm.

Bookings will also be taken for the annual coach trip to Swansea Grand Theatre to see the ever-popular musical 'Carousel' on Wednesday 20th November, everybody welcome not just members.

For further details of the WI meeting or theatre trip please ring Gwyneth Haines on 01550-777676 or Gwen Evans on 01550-777813 respectively.

LLANGADOG GARDENING CLUB

On Wednesday 30th October Simon Barnes of Newcastle Emlyn will bring specimens of Unusual Trees and Shrubs to the Llangadog Gardening Club meeting at the YMCA Hall, Llangadog at 7.30pm and will answer your questions. Refreshments and a raffle will follow.

For further info please ring Gwen Evans on 01550-777813.

CADOG FILM CLUB

The first Film Night of the new season is on 5th October in Llangadog Community Centre. The doors will open as usual at 7.00pm but if you can come along to help set up we'd be pleased to see you there about 6.30.

The first film is "Arbitrage" (2012 - 107min). A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help. Starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth

Please book in advance by Wednesday 2nd October (it helps us to know how many are coming so that we can lay out the tables and chairs, cutlery, crockery etc).  You can make your booking by e-mail to cadogfilmclub@aol.com , ring me (01550 777657) or write to Irene Hayes at Bryngwyn House, Llangadog SA19 9EF. Tickets cost £5.00 for a member and £6.00 for a guest.

We will continue with the same format for the film nights - ‘bring a dish (BAD)' on the first Saturday of the month. Please bring a savoury dish, nibbles, salad or pudding. If you bring a vegetarian dish please label it as such.

Just a reminder that if you haven't already renewed your membership it is due now but you can pay at the film night. It would also be good to see some new faces at our film nights so spread the word among your friends and encourage them to come along one evening.

Buffs' nights will now be on Friday evenings to see if this suits more people. The first one will be on 18th October in Llangadog YMCA hall. The film will start at 7pm so please arrive about 6.45pm. Quite a few of us go on to a local hostelry after the film for a chat, a drink and even a cheap and simple supper. For Buffs night, just turn up and pay on the night. Tickets cost £5.00 for a member and £6.00 for a guest. We really do need more support for these evenings so please spread the word about them. The first Buffs' night film is...

"What Richard Did" (2012 - 89 min). This follows Richard Karlsen, golden-boy athlete and undisputed alpha-male of his privileged set of South Dublin teenagers, through the summer between the end of school and the beginning of university. The world is bright and everything seems possible, until one summer night Richard does something that destroys it all and shatters the lives of the people closest to him. Featuring extraordinary performances from its mainly young cast, What Richard Did is a quietly devastating study of a boy confronting the gap between who he thought he was and who he proves to be. Starring Jack Reynor, Roisin Murphy.

Here is the programme for the following months :

Film Nights

Saturday, 2nd November – Eye of the Storm

Saturday, 7th December – Life of Pi

Saturday, 4th January – Summer in February

Buffs' Nights

Friday, 15th November – Something the Lord Made

Friday, 13th December – Margin Call

Friday, 24th January - Wadjda

 

LADIES WHO LUNCH

This is a special lunch event at the Goose and Cuckoo, Llangadog on Thursday 3rd October, where you can relax over a two course meal and enjoy private access to luxury stalls, including hand-crafted goods and pamper treatments.

Tickets cost £12 and include a special 2-course meal; premiere raffle entry and goodie bag; private access to a range of stands offering exclusive deals.

Full listings of stands and menu are available on our website www.ah-event-planner.co.uk . You can also find us on facebook A H Events and Promotions

 

This Year's Flu Jabs

Llanfair surgery is again offering a no appointments necessary service as follows:

Llandovery – at Castle Hotel, 9.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 5pm on Thursday, 3rd October and Tuesday, 15th October

Llangadog – at Community Centre, 9.30am to 12.30pm on Wednesday, 9th October

 

Sawdde Bridge

Work is progressing on replacing the old bridge over the river near Cwmsawdde, as can be seen in the following photographs. Traffic between Bethlehem/Cwmsawdde/Felindre and Llangadog will continue to be diverted some 8 miles for many weeks to come.

 

Llangadog YFC Show 2013

Llangadog Show took place at its new site, on Gaeau Cwmcowddu Fields on Saturday, 3rd August. The following photographs show some of the entries and outside events. More photos can be seen on the computer screens at Llangadog Post Office.

 

Llangadog Women's Institute

Llangadog WI look forward to a Cookery Demonstration by Dianne Gill of Brynaman, of savoury and sweet puff pastry treats on Thursday, 5th September in the YMCA Hall, Llangadog at 7pm. If you would like to join us just come along to the meeting or contact Gwyneth Haines on 01550-777676 for further details.

Llangadog Gardening Club

Llangadog Gardening Club are grateful to Richard Bramley of Farmyard Nurseries, Llandysul who will be giving an illustrated talk on Ponds, Plants and Water Features, instead of the original speaker on Wednesday 25th September, at the YMCA Hall, Llangadog at 7.30pm. Plants will be available to purchase on the night. A raffle and refreshments will follow. For further details please contact Gwen Evans on 01550 777813.

 

Woodland Digital Photography Course

Where: Lluest Woodland, Beili Bedw Farm, Llanddeusant SA19 9TG
Workshop Details: Suitable for beginners and those with limited skills. Learn some new techniques then have a go yourself. Bring cameras/camera phones, charged batteries and tripods (if you have them). The woodland is accessible but slightly challenging please call if you need further info.
Tutor: Julie Ann Sheridan

18th September 2013 (10.30am-12.30pm)
Cost: £15
Lunch: bring packed lunch for after the session
Limited places available: booking essential. Please call 01550-740661 or email lluestmanager@hotmail.co.uk

 

Woodland Drawing Course

Where: Lluest Woodland, Beili Bedw Farm, Llanddeusant SA19 9TG
Workshop Details: Suitable for beginners and advanced artists. Learn some new techniques then have a go yourself. Bring sketch books and drawing materials. The woodland is accessible but slightly challenging please call if you need further info
Tutor: Julie Ann Sheridan

25th September 2013 (10.30am-12.30pm)
Cost: £15
Lunch: bring packed lunch for after the session
Limited places available: booking essential. Please call 01550-740661 or email lluestmanager@hotmail.co.uk

 

LOCAL ARTIST DONATES WORK TO RAISE FUNDS

Local artist and long-time supporter of Lluest Horse & Pony Trust, Julie Ann Sheridan, has kindly painted four of the Trust foals and very generously arranged a limited run of 200 signed prints to sell on behalf of Lluest with all profits to be donated to the Trust.

Julie Ann Sheridan is a contemporary painter who lives and works at The Last Gallery in Llangadog. Julie is also involved in community arts and adult education. Since graduating in 1993 Julie has been painting and exhibiting throughout the UK and abroad.


For more information please visit: sheridanjulieann.blogspot.com or see thelastgallerywales.blogspot.com

To see the paintings and for other details visit :
http://www.lluesthorseandponytrust.co.uk/lluest-blog/local-artist-donates-art-work-to-raise-funds-

 

HILL PONIES Photographs by local photographer Nigel Cox

Wrapped in the mists of 10,000 years of history the old hill fort of CarnGoch sits on a spur of the Black Mountains above the Towy Valley. There have probably been hill ponies here for even longer than humans. On a misty day they loom briefly into view, then disappear again, rather like our own connections to the past.

Nigel originally trained as a potter, working in Hay on Wye. When repetitive strain injuries put an end to working as a potter he needed to find another outlet for his creativity, so he did a BA honours degree in photography at Coleg Sirgar.

During his final year he became focused on the interrelationships between the history of Wales and its landscape. He started photographing the semi-wild ponies that roam the ancient hill forts at Carn Goch, the largest hillfort in South Wales . There have been ponies there for thousands of years, originally running wild, then becoming domesticated by our ancestors. These sturdy animals were then used as pit ponies when the mines started. Now they run free again, doing valuable service in crushing the invasive bracken with their sharp hooves, but the future is uncertain. Ponies now sell for just a few pounds, and may soon become uneconomical to keep.

More recently he have become interested in ruined farm buildings. The old stone barns and farm houses blended into the landscape of the hills, unlike the modern corrugated barns. Now the landscape is reclaiming them, their ruins speaking eloquently of rural depopulation and decline.

His style has been influenced more by painters than photographers. The German Romantic style, imported into this country by artist such as Turner, is his favourite. Wild weather and wild mountains and horses are frequent are themes of Romantic art, as are mists, rain and dramatic sunsets.

Saturday 3rd August – Sunday 18th August -10am-5pm Weekends only

The Last Gallery, Llangadog, SA19 9BR. 01550 777933 thelastgallerywales.blogspot.com

 

LLANGADOG GARDENING CLUB

The club's annual sale and coffee evening will be held in Llangadog Community Centre at 7pm on Wednesday, 28th August. Come and bag a bargain! Plants, cakes, fresh produce, garden bric-a-brac, raffle and refreshments. For further information contact Gwen Evans on 01550-777813.

 

OPEN GARDEN

The gardens at Pen-y-Banc, Llanwrda will be open from 2pm to 6pm on Saturday, 28th July. In addition to the gardens there will be plant sales, books, raffle, refrershments and more. Entry is £4, including refreshments, and under 16s can get in free. Free allocated car parking will be available. For further information please ring 01558-668637. All proceeds will go to Cantorian Tywi.

 

ROYAL WELSH SHOW 2013

Arriva Trains Wales is again running a special train to the Royal Welsh Show which takes place from 22th to 25th July. The train will depart from Cardiff Central station at 7.41am, calling at Bridgend and Port Talbot then traveling direct to the Heart of Wales line stopping at all stations from Pontarddulais to Builth Road rail station (arr. 10.37am). Other timetabled services on the Heart of Wales line will operate as normal. The return train departs Builth Wells at 6.45pm and arrives in Cardiff at 9.58pm.

Times at local stations are :

Llandeilo dep. 9.22am return arr. 8.07pm

Llangadog dep. 9.33am return arr. 7.57pm

Llawrda dep.9.38am return arr. 7.51pm

Llandovery dep. 9.46am return arr. 7.44pm

For visitors to the show arriving by train, a discounted admission ticket is available from Arriva Trains Wales that allows travel to and from the showground plus admission. The discounted admission ticket price will be £21 for an adult and £5.00 Child fare. This year there will be a family ticket available that will allow 2 adults and up to 3 children admission to the show. The discounted family admission ticket will be £50.

A free shuttle bus service will provide a link between Builth Road railway station and the Royal Welsh Showground.

You can buy train and admission tickets to the Royal Welsh Show by calling 0800-2800104 (please note, this number if only for Royal Welsh Show Train and Admission ticket sales

Please note the Royal Welsh Show train timetable shown above is subject to change. Please check again closer to the event.

 

LLANGADOG WI

Llangadog WI will have a demonstration of how to make a corsage by "Flower Pots", Florist of Llandovery, and then the opportunity to make one for themselves at the meeting on Thursday 4th July at 7pm in the YMCA Hall, Llangadog. The competition will be "A Floral Arrangement in an Egg Cup". A welcome awaits you at the meeting or ring Gwyneth Haines on 01550-777676 for further details.

 

LLANGADOG GARDENING CLUB

Llangadog Gardening Club are organising their annual coach outing on Wednesday 31st July. They will be going to Hampton Court Castle and Gardens at Hope under Dinmore, with an en-route stop in Leominster with time to browse and have lunch beforehand. Choose to have a guided tour of the Castle or just enjoy the stunning new flower gardens, canals, 150 year old wisteria tunnel, a maze of a thousand yews, kitchen garden, woodland walks, restaurant & shop and much more. For further details or to book now please ring Gwen Evans on 01550-777813.

MAJOR TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES

Please note that Network Rail will be closing the A4069 road at Llangadog level crossing from 5pm on Saturday 15th June 2013, to 1 minute past midnight on Sunday 16th June 2013.

Please also note that the Sawdde Bridge (between Bethlehem and Llangadog) will be closed for 8 months (32 weeks) from 1st July 2013.

 

SPEED LIMIT AT BETHLEHEM?

There is a meeting at Bethlehem Old School on Friday 14th June at 10.15am to discuss and review speed limits on the approach roads to Bethlehem.

In attendance will be Andrew James, our County Councillor, along with I believe the traffic surveyor from Carmarthenshire County Council. Everyone welcome and if you can get there to give your point of view, then this would be the democratic thing to do!

 

PENSIONERS' LUNCH AT THE TELEGRAPH

Every Tuesday lunchtime (from 11:30 pm onwards till 2pm) it's Golden Girls and Boys Day at the Telegraph Diner, Llandagog. Two courses of main and pudding to include a ticket for the raffle at £6 per person. Booking is preferred but not essential (tel. 01550-777577). Meet, greet and eat with all your friends... and make more!

 

LLANGADOG STATION

Arriva Trains Wales new timetable came into force on 19th May. There are no changes to the actual train departure times from Llangadog, but the station now boasts a fully operational digital display which will keep travellers aware as to whether their awaited train is on time on not.

RUBBISH COLLECTIONS

There are changes to refuse/recycling collections over the Whitsun Bank Holiday: The usual collection on Wednesday, May 29th will be on Thursday, May 30th, and the usual collection on Friday, May 31st will be on Saturday, 1st June.
The recycling centre in Llangadog is open as usual.

 

CADOG FILM CLUB

Following the discussion at this year's AGM, the monthly Buff's night will be changed to the third Friday of each month. It is hoped that this will encourage more members to attend. The situation will be reviewed after January 2014. The Saturday evening film nights are uneffected.


LLANGADOG WI

Llangadog WI are organising a trip on Thursday, 6th June to Tredegar House, Monmouth, with lunch to be arranged. Please note, however, we may have to re-arrange the day as Tredegar House have a lot of visitors booked for the 6th, so it may be beneficial to choose another date. We will be in touch with all members to perhaps rearrange the date and transport. Llangadog WI meets on the first Thursday of every month in the YMCA Hall Llangadog at 7pm. For further details, please contact Gwyneth Haines on 01550 777676.



LLANGADOG GARDENING CLUB

On Wednesday 29th May Llangadog Gardening Club will welcome local gardener, Keith Brown of Cilgwyn Lodge who will give an illustrated talk entitled "My 50 Favourite Perennials". Plants will be available to purchase after the talk in the YMCA Hall, Llangadog starting at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome/Croeso i bawb. For further info please contact Gwen Evans on 01550-777813.

 

ROCKS, ROADS AND RIOTS!

Come to a Lime Heritage Discovery Day' on Llangadog Green on Bank Holiday Monday 27th May

Have you ever noticed the old toll house on the edge of Llangadog Common? It is part of the story of Llangadog's lime heritage! In the 19th century large numbers of carts would journey through Llangadog during the summer months on their way to get lime from the quarries on the Black Mountain. Farmers needed huge amounts of lime to improve the productivity of their land. They would race to get to the lime kilns as quickly as possible to minimise the cost of the tolls charged for using the road to the mountain. During the Rebecca Riots there were several incidents outside Llangadog.

Come along and discover more about the past, present and future of lime at a Lime Heritage Discovery Day' on Llangadog Green on Monday 27th May Bank Holiday. The day is organised by Dyfed Archaeological Trust and Brecon Beacons National Park Authority as part of the CALCH project and coincides with the Fforest Fawr Geopark festival.

Experts will be on hand with displays and demonstrations of how lime is made and its uses. There will be talks, storytelling and hands on activities for all the family. There will also be some tours around the Black Mountain Quarries.

The event is free and will run from 10 am to 4.30pm. Everyone is welcome!

Who knows….maybe Rebecca and her sisters will make an appearance!

To find out more about the Lime Heritage Discovery Day contact Menna Bell at the Dyfed Archaeological Trust. m.bell@dyfedarchaeology.org.uk (Tel: 01558 825997)

To find out more about the CALCH project visit www.calch.org.uk

CALCH is a partnership project and one of 24 schemes to benefit from Cadw's £19 million Heritage Tourism Project which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. CALCH is also funded by the Aggregates Levy Fund for Wales, the Brecon Beacons National Park Sustainable Development Fund and, the Brecon Beacons Trust.

 

CHARTER TRAIN CHANGE

Sadly the steam hauled charter train from Newton Abbot to Shrewsbury scheduled for Friday, 10th May 2013 will no longer be passing through Llangadog. It has been diverted via Abergavenny. The next charter train through here will be The Heart of Wales Rambler, hauled by two Class 47 diesels on Saturday, 18th May.

 

LLANGADOG HALL IN DISGUISE

Believe it or not these photographs were taken inside Llangadog Community Hall. It has been transformed for a wedding earlier in April, and shows what can be achieved with just a little imagination? For bookings contact D Wyn Williams on 01550-777834

 

ANOTHER STEAM TRAIN THROUGH LLANGADOG

Following the spectacle of two charter trains on the Heart of Wales line going through Llangadog last Saturday, the third day of the Great Britain VI rail tour programme will see two more LMS Black Fives at the head of another steam excursion passing through Llangadog en route from Cardiff to Shrewsbury on Monday, 22nd April. It is scheduled to arrive in Llandeilo at 11.49am, departing 11.55am, and to arrive in Llandovery at 12.25pm, departing 12.28pm.

No exact time is available for Llangadog, but it should be about 12.10 pm

I was unable to see last week's two charter trains at Llangadog, but Anthony Birdwood of Llandovery took these splendid pictures as the two trains entered opposite ends of the passing loop at Llandovery. (They didn't actually pass here, but later in the afternoon at Llandrindod Wekks).

 

CANTORIAN AND SYMPHONICA TYWI

Just a very quick and late reminder about our concert, this Saturday, 20th April in Llangadog Church at 7.30pm when the choir and orchestra will be performing Faure's Requiem and Karl Jenkins' Gloria. The soloists are Eirian Davies, Bass Baritone and Lowrie Probert, Soprano.

Tickets are £10 (adults) and £8 (conccessions). Children under 14 get in free and any 'Friends' of the choir can purchase tickets at £5 preferably by letting me know in advance so that I can leave them in envelopes, on the door.

The ticket outlets are Morgans Papershop, Llangadog, The Craft Centre, Llandovery, The Village Stores Llanwrda and of course on the door.

Croeso cynnes i bawb/A warm welcome to all

 

LLANGADOG WI

On Thursday, 2nd May Llangadog WI will hold the annual discussion of Resolutions to be chaired by WI Adviser Marylyn Haines Evans, prior to the Annual General Meeting to be held in Cardiff in June. The competition is for "Any Home-made Item".

New members always welcome on the first Thursday of every month in the YMCA Hall, Llangadog at 7pm or please contact Gwyneth Haines on 01550-777676 for further details.


LLANGADOG GARDENING CLUB

Local gardener Keith Brown, of Cilgwyn Lodge, will present an illustrated talk entitled "My 50 Favourite Perenniels", with plants available to purchase on the night, followed by refreshments and raffle at the YMCA Hall, Llangadog at 7.30pm on Wednesday 29th May. Apologies to Keith for wrongly advertising his talk for last month and thanks to Joseph Atkin, head gardener of Aberglasney Gardens who spoke about 'Searching
for Plants in China' at our April meeting. Everyone welcome/croeso i bawb. Just come along to the meeting or contact Gwen Evans on 01550-777813 for further info.

 

ROCKS, ROADS AND RIOTS!

Come to a Lime Heritage Discovery Day on Llangadog Green on Monday, 27th May Bank Holiday.

Have you ever noticed the old toll house on the edge of Llangadog common? It is part of the story of Llangadog's lime heritage! In the 19th century large numbers of carts would journey through Llangadog during the summer months on their way to get lime from the quarries on the Black Mountain. Farmers needed huge amounts of lime to improve the productivity of their land. They would race to get to the lime kilns as quickly as possible to minimise the cost of the tolls charged for using the road to the mountain. During the Rebecca Riots there were several incidents outside Llangadog.

Come along and discover more about the past, present and future of lime at a Lime Heritage Discovery Day on Llangadog Green on Monday 27th May Bank Holiday. The day is organised by Dyfed Archaeological Trust and Brecon Beacons National Park Authority as part of the CALCH project and coincides with the Fforest Fawr Geopark festival.

Experts will be on hand with displays and demonstrations of how lime is made and its uses. There will be talks, storytelling and hands on activities for all the family. There will also be some tours around the Black Mountain Quarries.

The event is free and will run from 10 am to 4pm. Everyone is welcome!

Who knows….maybe Rebecca and her sisters will make an appearance!

To find out more about the Lime Heritage Discovery Day contact Menna Bell at the Dyfed Archaeological Trust. m.bell@dyfedarchaeology.org.uk (tel. 01558-825209)

To find out more about the CALCH project visit www.calch.org

CALCH is a partnership project and one of 24 schemes to benefit from Cadw's £19 million Heritage Tourism Project which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. CALCH is also funded by the Aggregates Levy Fund for Wales, the Brecon Beacons National Park Sustainable Development Fund and, the Brecon Beacons Trust.


CHARTER TRAINS THROUGH LLANGADOG

Two different charter trains are due to travel along the Heart of Wales Line through Llangadog on Saturday, 13th April.

The Heart of Wales Wanderer will be a circular, diesel hauled (Class 66) trip, from Tame Bridge Parkway (dep. 7.20am), via Newport (10.50am), Llandrindod Wells (arr. 2.30pm, dep. 4.35pm), Shrewsbury, Birmingham New Street, finally returning to Newport (arr. 10.55pm).

It can be expected to pass northbound through Llangadog at about lunchtime (exact time not available).

The Heart of Wales will run from Cardiff Central to Oxford, via Shrewsbury. It will be diesel-hauled from Cardiff (dep. 5.02am) to Shrewsbury (arr. 9.49am), then steam-hauled (double-headed by LMS Class 5MT nos. 44871 and 45407) from Shrewsbury (dep. 10.20am), via Llandrindod Wells (arr. 12.58pm, dep. 2.34pm), Llandovery (arr. 3.32pm, dep. 3.34pm), Llandeilo (arr. 4pm, dep. 4.02pm), to Cardiff. From Cardiff it will return, again diesel-hauled, to Oxford (arr. 9.44pm).

It can be expected to pass southbound through Llangadog at about 3.45pm.

 

FORTHCOMING EXHIBITIONS AT THE LAST GALLERY

Heritage - Katie Jane Vickers

Katie's mixed media pieces focus on her childhood memories of the landscape, in particular, the Black Mountain in the Brecon Beacons.

The assemblages include found objects and materials associated with the landscape such as clay, plaster, stone as well as other materials such as charcoal, chalk, ink and paint.

As her work has matured it has begun to incorporate the history of place and had resulted in a series of work that have a deeper connection with the landscape.

While working in Herbert's Quarry, on The Black Mountain, she has been creating further works using materials found in the quarry such as discarded metals and industrial implements. Over the years these objects have been battered by harsh weather, hidden away and slowly been reclaimed by nature. These objects have a history of their own.

The resulting works have been placed and photographed in the landscape.

Katie's work was included in Welsh Artist of the Year's exhibition 2012.

Katie is currently a post-graduate student at Trinity Saint David, Carmarthen studying fine art and is based in Tairgwaith.

The Last Gallery, Llangadog. Saturday 13th to Sunday 28th April (weekends 10am-5pm)

For information tel. 01550-777933 or see thelastgallerywales.blogspot.com or katiejanevickers.wordpress.com

 

Beef To The Heel like a Mullingar Heifer - New paintings by Gordon Dalton

Beef to the heel like a Mullingar heifer is Irish derogatory slang, but also means high quality. Gordon Dalton's work, like a backhanded compliment, has the same anxious contradictions. The paintings are self-conscious of what they are, their possible failings, yet disregard any angst by replacing it with a certain nonchalance and arrogance.

Dalton's paintings have a melancholic humour that questions their seriousness and intentions. His seemingly dour offhand approach denies any superficial finesse to reveal a love of defiant, unwieldy imagery.

For The Last Gallery, Dalton has also painted directly onto the windows, giving the gallery the appearance of a faded dime store or that someone or something is watching you from behind dirty net curtains. This partially obscures what's inside, acting like a mask or veil.

His new paintings have Dalton's trademark adolescent qualities yet have a certain ‘folksiness' about them. Rather than telling stories, they act like punch lines looking for a joke, misheard lyrics from a song or Chinese whispers.

Dalton's work has an awkward grammar on show, asking the viewer to look longer and harder at what painting is, and why it continues to fascinate.

Gordon was born 1970, Middlesbrough and lives and works in Cardiff.

The Last Gallery, Llangadog. Saturday 11th to Sunday 26th May (weekends 10am-5pm)

For information tel. 01550-777933 or see thelastgallerywales.blogspot.com or www.gordondalton.co.uk

 

Llangadog's Past Recalled

This is a brand new addition to our website, and we invite visitors to add their own memories by contacting the site's Facilitator, Peter Berry, on 01550-777980, or emailing him at message@llangadog.com or calling in for a chat at Llangadog PO (alternate Tuesdays 11 am to 12 noon). Click here to go direct to this new section.

 

Telegraph Diner

This new and very welcoming place for breakfast, morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea is open Mondays to Fridays from 7am to 4pm. Mike and Dave have now installed a Community Notice Board on the wall, and are establishing a Book Exchange Club in the coffee lounge - bring in a book and take one out!

Want to get out of the house and meet up for a chat with friends? Join us on a Tuesday morning for coffee - catch the bus from Queen's Square, come back on a later one. All are welcome. For details ring Catherine Berry on 01550-777980.

 

Llangadog WI

On Thursday 4th April Llangadog WI will welcome Alma Skull, who writes a column in The Post each month, to give an illustrated talk entitled "Garden Birdwatch". The competition is for any item depicting birds, eg a photograph, ornament etc. The WI meets on the first Thursday of every month in the YMCA Hall, Llangadog at 7pm. Please come along to the meeting or contact Gwyneth on 01550-777676 for further details.

 

Llangadog Gardening Club
Llangadog Gardening Club are pleased to invite neighbouring gardening clubs and all gardening enthusiasts to their Open Evening on Wednesday 24th April in the YMCA Hall, Llangadog. The meeting will start at 7pm when the speaker will be well-known local gardener Keith Brown of Cilgwyn Lodge, giving an illustrated talk entitled "My 50 Favourite Perrenials", followed by a buffet and raffle. Everybody welcome/croeso i bawb. For further details please ring Gwen Evans on 01550-777813 or just come along to the meeting.

 

Llangadog WI

On Thursday, 7th March Llangadog WI will welcome Head Gardener, Joseph Atkin to give an illustrated talk on "Aberglasney Gardens". Also, the 'tallest daffodil' will be judged for the competion with raffle and refreshments to follow. New members always welcome at the YMCA Hall, Llangadog at 7pm on the first Thursday of every month. Just come along to the meeting or contact Gwyneth Haines on 01550-777676 for further details.



Llangadog Gardening Club

Llangadog Gardening Club will learn how to be inventive and economical when Steve Hopkin gives his talk entitled "The Recycled Garden" at the YMCA Hall, Llangadog at 7.30pm on Wednesday 27th March. This will be followed by a raffle and refreshments. Everybody welcome/croeso i bawb. Members please don't forget to bring contributions for the Plant and Seed Swap Stall - you may find some bargains you cannot resist! All donations will go into funds. For further details please contact Gwen Evans on 01550-777813

 

Llangadog WI

On Thursday 7th February Llangadog WI will learn "The History of Scouting" from speaker Nigel Cole at the YMCA Hall, Llangadog. The talk starts at 7pm with interesting refreshments to follow! We will be pleased to welcome guests and new members. For further details please contact Gwyneth Haines on 01550-777676.



Llangadog Gardening Club

An illustrated talk entitled "A Year at Aberglasney Gardens" will be given by Head Gardner, Joseph Atkins in the YMCA Hall, Llangadog on Wednesday 27th February at 7.30 pm. This will be followed by a raffle and refreshments. Members old and new will be most welcome/croeso i bawb. For further details please contact Gwen Evans on 01550-777813.

 

Llangadog Angling Club

Llangadog Angling Club is holding its Annual General Meeting on Friday, 25th January 2013 at 7pm in the Community Centre. This will be followed by a buffet and prize giving at the Goose and Cuckoo. If you wish to attend please phone the Secretary on 01550-777296 by Sunday, 20th January.

 

Steam Trains at Llangadog Station

The following steam trains will be passing through Llangadog during 2013.  

Steam hauled charter train (‘The Heart of Wales') Saturday 13th April. Train starts diesel hauled from Cardiff and travels via Newport, Bristol Parkway, Swindon, Didcot Parkway, Oxford, Banbury, Leamington Spa, Coventry, Birmingham International, Stechford, Perry Barr, Bescot and Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury. Steam motive power - between Shrewsbury and Cardiff Central, via Craven Arms, Llandrindod Wells, Llandovery, Pantyffynnon, Hendy Junction, the Swansea District Line , and Port Talbot Parkway comprising two LMS ‘Black Five' 4-6-0 steam locomotives Nos. 44871 and 45407. Train returns (diesel hauled) from Cardiff Central via Newport, Bristol Parkway, Swindon and Didcot Parkway to terminate at Oxford. . [Tour organised by The Railway Touring Company of King's Lynn, Norfolk].

Steam hauled charter train from Swansea to Preston Monday 22nd April (Third day of ‘The Great Britain VI' rail tour programme ) – Train will be hauled by two LMS ‘Black Five' 4-6-0 steam locomotives and will travel via Gowerton, Llanelli, Pantyffynnon, Llandovery, Llandrindod Wells, Craven Arms, Shrewsbury, Wrexham, Chester, Helsby, Frodsham and Warrington Bank Quay. (Train scheduled to spend approximately one hour at Llandrindod Wells Station while the locomotives are being serviced. The train will also be stopping at Knighton Station for an estimated period of twenty minutes while the locomotives are taking on water). [Tour organised by The Railway Touring Company of King's Lynn, Norfolk].

Steam hauled charter train from Newton Abbot to Shrewsbury Friday 10th May (Second day of ‘ The Cathedrals Express 2013' rail tour programme) Train will be hauled by G.W.R. Castle Class 4-6-0 No.5029 ‘Nunney Castle' between Newton Abbott and Cardiff Central (via Exeter St. Davids, Taunton, Bristol Temple Meads, the Severn Tunnel and Newport) and by L.N.E.R . Class K4 2-6-0 No.61994 ‘The Great Marquess' between Cardiff Central and Shrewsbury (via Port Talbot Parkway, Swansea District Line , Hendy Junction , Pantyffynnon, Llandovery, Llandrindod Wells and Craven Arms ). [Tour organised by Bryherley Ltd. (trading as ‘Steam Dreams') of Guildford, Surrey].

 

CADOG FILM CLUB 

The Cadog Film Club has announced its 2013 Winter/Spring Programme.

2nd February 2013 - The Imposter (2012, Cert 15, 99 min)
Dir Bart Layton. Cast incl. Adam O'Brian, Frédéric Bourdin, Carey Gibson
A documentary centered on a young Frenchman who convinces a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3½ years. But is all quite what it seems? It's only when an investigator starts asking questions that this strange tale takes an even stranger turn.

16th February 2013 - War Horse (2011, Cert. 12A, 146 min)
Dir Steven Spielberg. Cast incl. Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis
Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on. The war is experienced through the horse's journey - an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure. (note : this evening begins at 7pm)

20th February 2013 - The Well-Digger's Daughter (2011, Cert PG , 107 min). Buff Night #
Dir Daniel Auteuil. Cast incl. Daniel Auteuil, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Nicolas Duvauchelle
In pre-World War I France, a father is torn between his sense of honour and his deep love for his saintly daughter when she gets in trouble with the wealthy son of a shopkeeper.

2nd March 2013 - Untouchable (2012, Cert 15, 112 min)
Dir. Olivier Nakache/Eric Toledano. Cast incl. François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny
After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young black immigrant from a broken home to be his caretaker. Almost instantly the two men strike up a mischievous camaraderie.

20th March 2013 - The Ides of March ( 2011, Cert 15, 101 min). Buff Night #
Dir. George Clooney, Cast incl. Paul Giamatti, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman
An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.

13th April 2013 - Anna Karenina (2012, Cert 12A, 129 min)
Dir. Joe Wright. Cast incl. Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Set in late-19th-century Russia high-society, the aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky.

17th April 2013 - Monsieur Lazhar (2012, Cert 12A, 94 min). Buff Night #
Dir. Philippe Falardeau. Cast incl. Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Émilien Néron
At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed.

4th May 2013 - ANNUAL GENERAL MEEING followed by Easy VIrtue (2008, Cert PG, 97 min)
Dir. Stephan Elliott, Cast incl. Jessica Biel, Ben Barnes, Kristin Scott Thomas
A young Englishman marries a glamorous American. When he brings her home to meet the parents, she arrives like a blast from the future - blowing their entrenched British stuffiness out of the window . (note : the AGM begins at 7pm)

15th May 2013 - Chico and Rita (2012, Cert 15, 94 min)). Buff Night #
Dir. Tono Errando/Javier Mariscal. Cast incl.Eman Xor Oña, Limara Meneses, Mario Guerra
Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment.

Film Nights are usually the first Saturday of each month and start at 7.30pm (unless otherwise stated) in the Llangadog Community Hall (bookings required). Supper (please bring a dish of food each to share) and bar.

Buff Nights (marked #) are usually the third Wednesday of each month and start at 7pm in the YMCA Hall (no bookings necessary).

For bookings and further information ring Irene Hayes on 01550-777657 or email cadogfilmclub@aol.com

 

Loss of Pews in St Cadog's Church could see seat shortage at Christmas Prom

The recent addition of kitchen and toilet facilities at St Cadog's, Llangadog's Parish Church involved the removal of a number of pews which has slightly reduced the seating capacity for a very popular Christmas concert and led to concerns of having to turn disappointed carollers and promenaders away at the door.

Vicar, Music Director & Conductor Mike Cottam is a bit nervous . "The Christmas Concert is a big day in our calendar and usually really well supported so I am worried about capacity. This year we're presenting a special celebration of 2012 - a great British year - by combining popular Carols from the Choir with stirring music from the Last Night of the Proms, including Swan Lake, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Crown Imperial, Rule Britannia, etc. I'm looking forward to a great festive evening with lots of audience participation and flag waving!"

The Christmas Prom will be held on Saturday 22nd December at 7.30pm, with mulled wine and mince pies in the interval. Tickets are available in advance (price £10 adult, £8 OAP and free for under 14s) by email to tickets@cantoriontywi.org.uk or from local retailers: Morgans Papershop in Llangadog, The Craft Centre in Llandovery, Pinc in Llandeilo and The Village Store in Llanwrda.

Symphonica Tywi was founded by Mike Cottam in 1994 and is a regional orchestra made up of gifted amateur and professional musicians, young and old, drawn from Wales and England that exists for players of all ages to express their talent and experience in the pleasure of orchestral performance. The orchestra relies on its funding, solely from ticket receipts. Rhys Watkins - leader of the orchestra - is a member of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Cantorion Tywi is a community choir based at Llangadog in the Tywi Valley that meets for rehearsals each Sunday .The choir is always pleased to welcome new members who don't have to be able read music to sing and enjoy!

Over the last 18 years Cantorion and Symphonica Tywihave performed well over 100 times. Highlights include annual midsummer concerts at the National Botanic Gardens for Wales, recording a CD and providing the first public platform for a number of artists - including Katherine Jenkins. The orchestra and choir were the subject of a 6 part TV series "Valley of Song", narrated by Rob Brydon and aired on the BBC.

 

Father Christmas at Llangadog Post Office

Father Christmas made an early visit to Llangadog Post Office on Tuesday, 4th December, when "he" arrived in the form of post-lady Cheryl, and was greeted by adoring children from Ysgol Meithrin with their Christmas letters. The children seemed particularly interested in Father Christmas's little red sleigh van!

 

Win Morgan wins 2012 Digital Heroes Award for Wales

Local post-mistress Win Morgan has won a £5,000 grant from TalkTalk to help our community understand computers and stay online.

Win was honoured with 11 other Digital Heroes at House of Commons ceremony on Thursday, 29th November. She has been named the winner of the TalkTalk Digital Heroes Award for Wales for her role in using digital technology to help others. Win received the most votes in Wales and joined 11 other regional winners competing to be crowned TalkTalk's national Digital Heroes Awards 2012 winner.

In 2004 Win Morgan, the Post Mistress in Llangadog, Carmarthenshire, set up the not-for-profit Kadog IT enterprise (KITE), providing one-to-one classes to help people understand computers and get online. The 62-year-old also helped set up this website giving free listings and notices for the community. The aim of KITE is to provide digital inclusion for all, focusing on the elderly and those at social risk. KITE has given individuals the confidence and knowledge to access and use the internet for free with assistance in the village Post Office.

Win has won the grant of £5,000 to enhance KITE's digital project. She said: ”I'm delighted, there are so many people doing amazing work and I know that for every one of me there are many others. I just love being part of my community, it's a privilege being able to help people.

Many thanks to all who voted for her.

 

 

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