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 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.




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

Thanks, Elin




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 you want.

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 Child.

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.

Here's 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.



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.



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



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.



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.

Many thanks,

Nia and hall management team



What an brilliant day in Bethlehem on Sunday 2nd September. Enormous crowds lining the road, top class cyclists coming through, and the sun shone. Such a marvellous, good natured, atmosphere.

The cafe at the hall proved incredibly popular - particularly the bacon baps which sold out! We had an amazing day with queues of people coming to buy food and drinks and by the end of the day, we had virtually nothing left. The result was that over £700 was raised for the hall.

A huge well done to everyone who was involved, to Nia for organising the food and the day (and doing such a good job of promoting it), to Wyn for sorting out bunting, marquees and being a demon bacon griddler along with Des, and to Dave and Val Chambers who helped Nia in getting the massive volumes of bacon prepared for cooking. Dave Chambers also very generously provided us with the large bunting and flags.

The people who buttered and wrapped rolls and clingfilmed cake, Pam, Sig and Val (and probably some others) deserve a thankyou and the people who manned the food stalls and served the really very long queues of people with efficiency and good humour also deserve thanks. Pam, Libby and Jane ('Hermione') did an outstanding job and particular thanks to Hannah and Jane R who pitched in when more and more people were coming through the gate.

I'd also like to mention, and thank, Hannah, Eliza, Jane and all the children who came along on Saturday to create the bunting and murals which were displayed on the walls outside the hall. This was a lovely, original  and very personal touch from the young people in the community and got lots of very positive comments and photos taken.

Rose kindly opened up her field and with Andy's help organised the parking and the donations - people were very generous and a good sum was raised for Rose's charity.

And finally, thanks too to all the people who helped with washing up, John and Glenda, and to those who stayed to clear up - Chris, Andy, Rose and, of course, Wyn and Nia.

Tremendous team and community effort which will certainly put Bethlehem on the map. As Rose said yesterday, we can now say 'Bethlehem isn't just for Christmas'! (great line Rose).

Of course, the day wouldn't have been nearly the success it was without all the people who came along and supported us and the event. So thank you, diolch yn fawr.




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!






We have now set up a facebook page for the Llangadog Community Hall - 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.



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 water.

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




Following the AGM held on Tuesday 26th June, the following people were elected to form the new Committee for the Llangadog Community Hall. Some posts commenced with immediate effect, all others will commence, after handover, in September 2018.

CHAIR Peter Berry (immediate effect)

VICE CHAIR Sarah George (immediate effect)

DIRECTORS Jackie Dare and Lesley Kelly

TREASURER Lizzie Duncan (immediate effect)

SECRETARY Carol Davies


CARETAKER/CLEANER(S) Claire Poulson/Caron Thomas



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.