MEETING TO DISCUSS BROADBAND IN THIS AREA
Adam Price and Jonathan Edwards’ office has arranged a meeting to discuss broadband in the Carmarthen East and Dinefwr constituency.
They say that we “will be aware that they have both been working tirelessly on this case and fully appreciate the obstacles and difficulties caused by the lack of connection.”
They have therefore arranged for Lee Waters AM, deputy minister for Economy and Transport, to visit the constituency.
The meeting will be held at Pontargothi Memorial Hall on Thursday 24th January from 5-6 pm.
If anyone would like to attend, please phone Rebecca Phillips on 01269 597677 to let her know.
MISSING DOG IN GWYNFE
I'm sure most people will now be aware of the missing sheepdog, Spot, who went missing on December 5th whilst being trained in Gwynfe.
It was believed that Spot was trying to head for home in Llanwrda. But there's a possibility that an elderly couple came across Spot in or near the woods at Pen Arthur and took her in, believing her to have been abandoned, as by then she would be in a bedraggled state, and hungry.
So if anyone can help, any information or sightings, then please contact the owners Carwyn (07760 491131) and Nicole (07909 804884), who are understandably very upset and worried.
As you can see from the attached image, Spot has very distinctive markings so should be easy to identify.
She is chipped, and it is a legal requirement to report any dog found to the dog warden.
Parents with children starting secondary school in September who think they may be entitled to free transport are being urged to apply as a matter of urgency.
The number of applications received is lower than expected, particularly for those going to schools outside of Carmarthenshire such as Ysgol Bro Pedr, Bro Teifi, Preseli and Gwyr.
Anyone who leaves it too late could find that the bus nearest their home is already full and they will have to make their own way to a bus further away from their address or perhaps even wait whilst extra capacity is arranged, which can take weeks; or that if their application is refused and they want to go through the referral process, it may not be determined by the start of the new academic year.
The deadline to apply for a place is December 21.
For further information on the council's school transport policy and to make an application.
Please go to www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/schooltransport
LLANGADOG COMMUNITY HALL
The Llangadog Community Hall AGM will be held on Tuesday 19th March 2019 at 7pm in the YMCA Room.
- THANKS AND THE ONE SHOW
We would like to thank everyone who helped
at a few recent Hall events, firstly the successful Whist
Drive held last week. Once again it was a great success,
with everyone enjoying a good night out while raising money for hall funds.
Thanks go to Rachel for organising the
MC and prizes, to Pam and Rose for helping me with the
food preparation and serving, to Ruth, Jen and Andy for
serving, and to Wyn for transporting the chairs from Llangadog
and clearing up.
The annual Cycle Café took place
on Saturday, another successful event for the hall. Des
would like to express his thanks - "Libby and I would
personally like t thank all the helpers and children who
did a great job, who not only made good money for the hall,
but who also made my job easy and enjoyable!"
Finally, The One Show TV programme has
been in touch with us. They are looking for volunteers
from the Bethlehem area to take part in a short film in
time for Christmas about plastic packaging on boxes of
chocolates. This involves eating (free) chocolates, and
some "Gogglebox" type filming over the next two
weeks. It isn't a joke, I promise! I've been speaking to the Director and
it's absolutely true!
So if you think that making the ultimate
sacrifice by eating free choccies could be your thing,
then have a look at the poster below and contact them
direct. It's great publicity for the hall, and the area,
so hopefully a few people will get in touch with the show.
LLANGADOG COMMUNITY HALL COMMITTEE - as of 11th DECEMBER 2018
VICE CHAIR / TREASURER
CARETAKER / CLEANER
CARETAKER / CLEANER
Bethlehem is at last set to get it's own defibrillator fitted at the hall. The Community Council kindly purchased the device for the community, which means no fundraising was needed. We are now looking for volunteers to undergo a short training session, with Heart Wales, at the hall.
Ideally, you need to live either in, or very close to the village, and be willing to use the machine should the need arise, although it goes without saying that everyone hopes that will never happen. The team from Heart Wales will bring the defibrillator with them on training day, the box which houses it has already arrived.
So if you'd like to volunteer, please email me -email@example.com or have a word with myself, Wyn or any of the management team, and once we have a group of people interested, then we will arrange a mutually convenient date with Heart Wales for the training session.
MISSING DOG IN BETHLEHEM
One of my dogs has gone missing - has anyone seen her please?
Her name is Cookie, she's deaf and old so please don't approach her as she's not a fan of strangers.
My phone number is 01550 777341 or 07770 892745
There are a few events happening in
the hall over the next couple of weeks, which you might be
interested in attending.
Monday 12th November sees
the monthly quiz, always a really good evening out, and just £1
to play. Setting the questions this month is Team Mantrap,
last month's winners, so expect the unexpected! Arrive
from 7 for a 7.30pm start, bring a bottle and snacks if
Tuesday, the 20th, we will be running
another Whist Drive. The first one earlier in the year
was a great success, so don't miss this one. It costs just £2
to play, and that includes refreshments. Lots of prizes
on offer, as well as a raffle. The MC once again will be
Ifor Llechwennu, and it starts at 7.30pm.
We have now taken
delivery of this year's Bethlehem Christmas Cards, designed
by two of the children from the village, Gracie and Suzie.
They look great, and are sure to be popular. They are available
as single cards, or in mixed packs of four, and we will
have them on sale in the hall from tomorrow night, as well
as at other outlets, to be confirmed.
Kate Glanville has
also made us a limited number of exclusive Bethlehem mugs,
which will also be on sale in the hall. They are very distinctive
and colourful, and very "Kate"!
We now have a comprehensive
list of volunteers for the December Christmas Card stamping,
so I'll be contacting everyone over the coming days to
see what days/times work best for people, and I'll email
out a rota before the end of the week. Many thanks to everyone
who has offered to help, it means that no-one will need
cover more than one or two sessions over the
two and a half week period.
Hannah French, Trem Y Garn, is once again
organising a shoebox appeal on behalf of Operation Christmas
If you'd like to contribute a box, contact
Hannah for more details - 07495 250346 - as she is acting
as the local drop-off point for donations.
the link on advice about how to put a box together.
Hannah will be receiving donations from
now until the 18th of November. Don't forget to include £3
per box for shipping.
LLANGADOG COMMUNITY HALL SNOOKER CLUB
Anyone wishing to join the Llangadog Snooker Club please feel free to call me 07720801197.
It costs £6 a year membership and then you can call me to pick up the keys. It's as simple as that!
Junior members are charged £3 a year and must be accompanied by a parent.
The hours for the snooker room are:
Monday to Thursday - 1pm till 10pm
Friday/ Saturday/ Sunday - 9am till 10pm
The membership is growing so if you need the room you can ring me and reserve a slot. Otherwise it's first come that gets the use of the table.
Ti a Fi LLANGADOG
Every Friday at Llangadog Community Hall.
A warm welcome to all ages.
Big Hall for playing, toys, craft, singing, toast and milk (for parents too)
£ 2.50 per family. 10am -12noon
SUE LAWRENCE - BETHLEHEM HALL
As you'll no doubt be aware, Sue's resignation as Chairperson of the Hall management committee takes effect from 30th September.
On behalf of the Management Team, and I'm sure all who frequent the hall on a regular basis, I'd like to thank Sue for all her hard work since taking over the reigns from Des and Libby back in the early months of last year. Initially, she agreed to help out for some six months or so, but has stayed on well beyond that time.
Although it's a shame to see her step down from the team, there is no doubt that the hall is now in a stronger position than it has been for some time, thanks in no small part to Sue's drive and influence. She has been instrumental in developing, amongst other things, new merchandise for the hall, and together with Geoff, working on designs for the new mugs and notebooks.
Her commitment to creating the garden area as a lovely outdoor space has been commendable, and her support for hall and charity events is evident, all of which show a dedication to the hall far beyond that of the role of a Chairperson.
We would like to wish Sue all the best for the future, and once again, thank her for all her hard work.
Diolch Yn Fawr Sue!
From Nia, Pam, Wyn, Andy, Rose and Chris.
Hall Management Team.
MACMILLAN FUNDRAISING AT BETHLEHEM HALL
I'm sure you'll all be delighted to know that the annual Macmillan Coffee Morning on Wednesday raised an impressive £291.
Congratulations to Linda, Pam and the team who did a fantastic job in organising yet another successful fundraiser. A sincere thank you goes out to everyone who came along, who bought delicious cakes and savouries, supported the raffle, and who participated in the other fundraising activities on the day.
Nia and hall management team
Late last autumn we decided to raise a little bit of extra
money for the hall by selling locally made produce donated
by some of you generous folk - Cynnyrch Cymunedol Bethlehem,
Bethlehem Community Produce - which we sold at the Christmas
Fair and at the hall during the Christmas Card stamping
period. Although we didn't have very much in the way of
stock, everything we did have sold very quickly - jam,
chutney and fruit wine - so we would very much like to
repeat the enterprise this yea r, but slightly earlier
in the season.
If you have any surplus produce from the garden, for
example tomatoes, apples, onions, plums, damsons, basically
anything we can turn into jam, chutney, fruit wine/gin,
or even use at the café in the coming weeks, then
please get in touch.
And if you find yourself getting carried away by the
bargains on offer at Chris Thomas in Abergwili but then
realise that the crate of eleventy billion plums for about £3.50
wasn't very practical after all, then we will happily take
them off your hands!
All the profits go to the hall, that goes without saying,
and we all hate seeing food go to waste, so give us a shout
if you think you can contribute. Diolch!
LLANGADOG COMMUNITY HALL COMMITTEE
We have now set up a facebook page for the Llangadog Community Hall - https://www.facebook.com/llangadog00/ where we shall be placing any events that are due to happen in the Community Hall, plus we shall also ensure that events are advertised for all to see in the village, as and where we are able to, plus in the Community Hall on the noticeboard.
AGL ENERGY LLANGADOG
I have some sad news! Due to circumstances
beyond our control, AGL Energy won't be able to take any
green waste effective immediately.
We are so grateful for
the contributions we received from everyone in the village
and beyond, and were pleased that we were able to be so
useful for you all, but have had to move away from The Old
Sawmills today (11th July).
We wish you all well, and it's
been lovely getting to meet you all.
"Its too hot, I can't garden"
Here I am watching The Beechgrove Garden, Gardeners World
and Byw yn yr Ardd as I am unable to garden because its
too hot, even in the evening!
The hot weather in Wales seems set to continue with the
heat wave predicted to stay for at least another few weeks.
Temperatures in Wales have rocketed to well over 30°C
with Porthmadog becoming
the hottest place in the UK when it hit a high of
33°C in July.
With this in mind it's fair to ask whether you can keep
gardening. If the temperature goes too high then take care.
If you get too hot, you risk dizziness, fainting, or even
heat cramps. In very hot conditions the body's blood temperature
rises. If the blood temperature rises above 39°C, there
is a risk of heat stroke or collapse. We can look after
ourselves by going inside or having a ice cream but what
about our plants?
Here are a few tips for coping with your garden
in the heat.
Don't panic into watering grass. If your grass turns brown
it will be able to bounce back when the rains return later
in the year.
For pots and herbaceous beds, water first thing in the
morning or last thing at night to avoid damaging plants
to avoid stress.
Add organic matter into the soil it helps the moisture-holding
capacity of the soil. An organic mulch to a depth of 25mm
into the surface of the soil regularly will help conserve
Practice a no-dig or limited-dig policy to minimise the
loss of moisture from the surface of the soil.
Take extra care of young plants they'll adapt more readily
to the amount of water they receive, and get used to irregular
watering. If you know it's going to be a hot summer, it's
worth bearing this in mind with your younger plants.
Looking after your vegetable plot is important in hot
weather too, especially if you're hoping for delicious
food to go in summer salads. Don't leave large areas of
your vegetable patch bare, but plant with green manures
and companion plants. Surface rooting plants such as lettuce
and tomatoes will wilt quickly and require more watering,
whereas deeper rooting vegetables such as carrots, parsnips
and potatoes may be more resilient.
If you need more tips
or advice please come to our garden club in Llangadog.
We meet on the last Wednesday of every month throughout
the year. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 26th September
at Llangadog Community Centre, 7.30pm with a talk by Vicki
Weston, "Salvias and Penstemons".
Llangadog 50th Show
We are having a plant stall at Llangadog Show on Saturday
4th August. Please come and say hello and buy some bargain
plants. If you have any spare plants to donate please leave
them down the side of The Last Gallery Workshop across
from the community centre, Llangadog.
Oh, the cloud has come over, I better get back in the
garden! Happy, safe gardening to you all and we all look
forward to seeing you at the show or in the Autumn.
Autumn 2018 Programme
4th August Llangadog YFC Show - Plant stall fundraiser
26th Sept Vicky Weston - Salvias and Penstemons
31st Oct TBC
28th Nov Christmas coach trip to Picton Castle
Llangadog Community Centre 7.30pm
New members always welcome.
Contact Helen for further details 01550 777719
MYDDFAI HALL – MONTHLY FARMERS MARKET
Myddfai Hall's monthly Farmers Market is on the last Wednesday of each month from 9am-1pm.
Please come along to support the wide range of local producers with top quality produce.
Five a Day Home Delivery Service Cothi Valley,
Caws Cenarth Cheese Defaid Dolwerdd Dairy Sheep Golden Palms Health Forever Living Health Supplements plus eggs, cheeses, bacon, organic Tyllwyd Welsh Black beef, lamb, sausages, scotch eggs, cakes, gluten free and vegan foods, ciders, jams and chutneys, herbs and spices, Trisha Joseph art and much more!
Please support local and share this news. The cafe and gift shop will be open too.
Llangadog Women's Institute
Meeting on the 1st Thursday of every month at the YMCA Hall at 7pm in Llangadog Community Centre.
NEW MEMBERS ALWAYS WELCOME