THE TOUR OF BRITAIN AT BETHLEHEM
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!
AFTERNOON TEA AT BETHLEHEM HALL
The tea party at the hall on 11th August was a great success with a lots of people enjoying an afternoon tea of sandwiches, scones and cake, a raffle and a quiz.
The event raised £283 which will be donated to Breast Cancer Care https://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/ which supports people facing breast cancer.
Thanks have to go to Pam Ellis for organising the event and her marathon cake making sessions, to Linda Court for scones, jam, cream and cakes and to all the other people who helped. Sigrid who baked and manned the door for us, Julia, Mary, Julie (who also brought along sausage rolls) and Libby who all pitched in and served people and did a huge amount of tea pouring, table clearing and washing up and to Sam Ellis (and her sewing group) who donated all the beautifully stitched bags for sale.
Thank you too to those people who donated raffle prizes and made financial donations. This generosity is very much appreciated.
The sum that was achieved was the result of the generous support of those people who came along and many thanks to all of you.
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
COMMUNITY HALL COMMITTEE
- SEPTEMBER 2018
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
BOOKINGS SECRETARY – Caron Thomas
CARETAKER/CLEANER(S) – Claire Poulson/Caron
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