agents based in Llangadog, marketing and selling village
and rural properties with or without land including cottages,
farmhouses, bungalows, period residences, smallholdings,
equestrian properties, stock farms, barn conversions,
renovation projects, new builds, and all types of businesses.
Sew, knit or crochet
Cross-stitch, make rugs, patchwork, make cards, etc
.... or would you like to learn
If so, come along to the Y.M.C.A. Hall on Thursday, 5th
January, and we’ll share our crafts over a cup of
tea and a chat. We hope to meet every Thursday afternoon,
from 2 pm to 3.30 pm.
For further information ring
Catherine Berry on 01550-777980.
Llandovery Folk Dancing
The next dancing event is FREE, - don’t miss it!
Friday Dec 16th - Christmas Folk dancing with a number of different
callers ‘From the Floor'……including a visit
from the Carmarthen based ‘Spiral Mari’! It's held
in Rhys Prichard Hall, Llandovery with festive food and hot and
cold drinks. All welcomed. It's at 7.30pm as usual, until 10.30pm.
Still not too late to offers to call a dance, names to Lyn: firstname.lastname@example.org
. For more info 01550-720483 / 750232.
The Spring Programme is out now, we have two big live twmpaths
(January 'Bear Band' and March 'Stray Away'), with Playford dancing
in February and Welsh, in April - see website www.llandoveryfolkdancing.co.uk
A new plan for the Llandeilo Provisions Market?
There will be a public meeting - a People's Assembly - at the
Rugby Club, Llandeilo on Thursday 19th January 2012 to consider
the formation of a co-operative of small businesses to bring the
Provisions Market back into use as a hub for Llandeilo’s
community. This initiative follows on from the Save Llandeilo’s
Future campaign against the proposal for a branch of Sainsbury’s
on the outskirts of the town, launched at a previous assembly.
The New Economics Group will be meeting to plan the assembly
at 7.30pm on Monday, 12th December, at the Shire Hall In Carmarthen
Street. Please come to help with the planning and organisation.
You can be involved in the new initiative regardless of whether
you support or oppose the Sainsbury's plan! Details from Steve
Brown, Transition Town Llandeilo (tel. 01550-740655)
Christmas and New Year Refuse Collection
Collections will be on the usual days except for those in the period Monday, 26th to Friday,
30th December - these will be a day later than usual (ie the normal Wednesday collection will be on the Thursday,
29th December and the normal Friday collection will be on Saturday, 31st December). The Llangadog recycing centre
will be closed from Christmas Eve to Tuesday, 27th December and on New Year's Day.
Llangadog Gardening Club
Llangadog Gardening Club wish members old and new the Season's Greetings and Good Health,
Peace and Happy Gardening in 2012. Please come along to our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 26th January
to have your say or just to find out what delights the programme holds for 2012. After the business, enjoy a
fun quiz and delicious buffet. Everyone welcome/croeso i bawb. For further details please contact Gwen Evans
on 01550 777813.
Fair Trade Christmas Fayre
Hats, Bags, Scarves, Woolly Jumpers Christmas Cards, Baskets, Gloves, Gifts, Jewellery, Kids
Stuff and Much More. Beautiful Inexpensive Fair Trade Gifts from Nepal, Tibet, India, Bali, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia,
El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemalam at Llansadwrn Reading Rooms, on Saturday 26th November 2011, from 10am to 6pm.
Refreshments will be available. All proceeds from refreshments will be donated to Medecins Sans Frontieres.
Further Details from Mandy at The Dragons Garden on 01550-777995 or see www.dragons-garden.com
The Bethlehem Village Band - Christmas music from Bethlehem
Musicians living in and around the famous village have assembled seventeen Christmas songs
from the British Isles and beyond in a new album called, appropriately, Bethlehem Christmas. It’s a mixture
of popular carols with some less well known Christmas traditions and specialties from Wales, including some
of the old Plygain and Wassail songs.
The Bethlehem Village Band brings together an eclectic mix of musicians with origins as far
afield as Canada and Estonia. They are: Jason Lawday from Bethlehem (flute, bagpipes); Sille Ilves from Estonia
(fiddle, hurdy-gurdy, archaic bowed lyre and vocals); Martin Leamon from Gower (guitar, 1-row melodeon and bouzouki);
Ceri Owen-Jones from Canada (celtic harp, trombone, vocals); Chris Reynolds from Swansea (vocals). They have
been playing together for a number of years for local events and Twmpath dances and the album developed after
the band was booked to play for the celebrated Bethlehem Christmas Fair last year. Extra inspiration was gained
from the fact that many carols used to be danced to as well as sung.
Snooker sessions will be held at Llangadog Sports Club throughout December. Juniors on Wednesdays,
7pm to 8pm; Seniors at any other time (contact Mike for key). For further information please ring 01550-777768.
Llangadog Gardening Club
Llangadog Gardening Club are looking forward to a Wood Turning Demonstration and wonderful display of woodcraft
by Nigel Stallard in the YMCA Hall, Llangadog at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 30th November. This will be followed by
a raffle and refreshments. Items will be available to purchase, so here is your chance to find that special
Dainefotografix will be at Llangadog Community Centre for a community photo event on Saturday,
26th November. Their £10 package includes 1 x A4 print and 2 x 7"x5" prints, which will be ready
for you to take with you the same day. Other photo gifts available. Telephone Dave on 07588-455093 for further
details or visit http://www.facebook.com/Dainefotografix?sk=events
Film Competition - "What happens when the oil runs out"
Transition Town Llandeilo is proposing to run a film-making competition open to young people
of Carmarthenshire:- 15 to 18 year olds and 18 to 21 year olds
The project will be to produce a 10 to 15 minute film setting out the problem –what happens when the oil
runs out - and a potential solution. To identify an issue that affects the competitor’s life and to imagine
that this catastrophe will occur next week, or next year, so that an immediate solution with technology available
today is needed.
We need: Sponsorship for cameras, prize etc; Production guidance – from a professional
film-maker; Judging panel – at least one “name”; Co-operation of schools and colleges; Advertising
The process will be to : Obtain sponsorship and assemble the judging panel. This will enable
competition rules to be formulated. Then to advertise the competition directly via a presentation in schools
and colleges in the county and advertise more widely. Tim Pullen is co-ordinating this project but cannot see
it through to completion alone. We are looking for a few interested people to tackle all the work necessary.
If you would like to be involved and are prepared to take on some of this work call Tim Pullen - 01269 822375
- or email email@example.com
Steve Brown, Transition Town Llandeilo
Llangadog Gardening Club
Llangadog Gardening Club are looking forward to a Wood Turning Demonstration and wonderful
display of wood craft by Nigel Stallard on Wednesday 30th November at the YMCA Hall, Llangadog at 7.30pm, followed
by a raffle and refreshments. Items will be available to purchase so here is your chance to find that special
Llangadog Post Office Celebrations
Richard, Win and Dafydd Morgan invited the whole community to join them in a triple celebration
on Saturday, 1st October - their 10th anniversary as the village post office, their recent make over, and their
son, Dafydd, joining the business - and, as the following pictures show, a very large proportion of the community
indeed turned out. The splendid array of tasty nibbles and drinks were very ably distributed by Richard and
Win and family, and their ever-helpful assistants.
Victoria House now Has a blog that we wouid like to share with Llangadog website users, all the content documents
day-to-day life at Vic House and is composed by the residents. If you could include this on the news page it
would be great. The blog can be found at http://victoriahousellangadog.blogspot.com/
Return of Heart of Wales Line Travel Concession
This scheme, which covers rail travel on the Heart of Wales line between Swansea and Shrewsbury,
is available to holders of a Concessionary Travel Pass from the county of Powys and Carmarthenshire Councils
and returns from 3rd October 2011 until 30th March 2012.
Free travel is permitted to holders travelling from the following stations:
Knighton; Knucklas; Llangynllo; Llanbister Road; Dolau; Pen-y-bont; Llandrindod; Builth Road; Cilmari; Garth
(Powys); Llangammarch; Llanwrtyd; Sugar Loaf; Cynghordy; Llandovery; Llanwrda; Llangadog; Llandeilo; Fairfach;
Llandybie; Ammanford; Pantyfynnon; Pontarddulais ; Llangennech; Bynea; Llanelli
Straeon Tafarn - Y Llew Coch (The Red Lion), Llangadog
8.25pm on S4/C. English subtitles
Dewi 'Pws' Morris and his band, Randwm, visit the Red Lion pub in Llangadog. Before the gig Dewi meets the locals
to find out a bit more about the history of the area. What is Llangadog's connection with the Rebecca rioters?
Which politician lived there during one of the most notorious protests in Welsh history?
Annual Flu Vaccinations
Free vaccinations are available to all those of 65 years and over, plus certain younger people.
No appointment is necessary - just turn up at the Llangadog Community Hall, 9.30am to 12.30pm on Wednesday.
Llangadog Gardening Club
Llangadog Gardening Club are organising a visit to Clyne Gardens, Swansea on Wednesday 19th
October. They will be travelling by cars leaving Llangadog Community Centre car park at 12.30pm. If you would
like to join them ring Gwen Evans on 01550 -777813 to book a seat.
World Mental Health Day event for Carmarthenshire
An event has been organised to celebrate World Mental Health Day on Monday 10th October at
Llangadog Community Centre, from 12-4pm. It has been organised by the Carmarthenshire Mental Health Forum, West
Wales Action for Mental Health and the staff, carers and service users of the Towy Valley Community Mental Health
The aim is to celebrate the importance of good mental health and to illustrate the importance
of tackling stigma around mental health.
It is estimated that at any given time 1 in 10 people when consulting their GP will present
with a mental health problem while 1 in 4 people will do so during their life time.
The scale of the problem should not be under-estimated. Mental ill-health accounts for over
a third of all illness in Britain and 40 per cent of all disability. Many people in different communities are
• one in six working adults (16 per cent of the population) at any one time are suffering from clinical
depression and/or anxiety disorders;
• 700,000 children and younger people in England and Wales have mental health problems, which can lead
to anti-social behaviour and poor educational achievements;
• 1.3 million older people suffer from depression and mental illness, with this figure set to rise as
the population ages;
• among the 7 million carers, one in ten men and one in five women report some form of mental illness;
and 10 per cent of new mothers suffer from postnatal depression, of whom, reports suggest, less than one in
five receive psychological treatment.
The event has been organised to celebrate World Mental Health Day, which is a significant annual
international event that aims to celebrate and promote mental health. The Day is internationally coordinated
by the World Federation for Mental Health and co-sponsored by the World Health Organisation, a specialised agency
of the United Nations.
In Llangadog, on 10th October, there will be an opportunity to participate in art workshops,
(organised through Arts Care Gofal Celf), browse information stalls, enjoy a cup of tea and cake and speak to
people to find out more about mental health and local services. This is a free event and everyone is welcome.
This event is part of a series of activities and events across Carmarthenshire to celebrate World Mental Health
Day. Other events include an open day at Llanelli Mind, HUTS workshop in Newcastle Emlyn and an event about
young people and mental health in St Peter’s Civic Hall, Carmarthen.
For further information call 01267-238367 or 01550-777771
Llangadog Post Office Celebrations
Richard, Win and Dafydd are inviting the whole community to join them in a triple celebration - their 10th anniversary
as the village post office, their recent make over, and their son, Dafydd, joining the business. The celebrations
start at 3pm at the post office. All are welcome.
Llangadog Gardening Club
Llangadog Gardening Club Open Evening will be held on Wednesday 28th September in Llangadog Community Centre
starting early at 7pm. Renowned local gardener, Keith Brown of Cilgwyn Lodge, will give an illustrated talk
entitled "Designing with Perrenials - Colour Themes in the Flower Border", which promises to be inspiring
and a delight on the eye. A buffet and grand raffle will follow. Neighbouring gardening clubs invited and everyone
welcome - croeso i bawb. Don't miss it! For further details contact Gwen Evans on 01550 777813.
Antonia Dewhurst at The Last Gallery, 1st-2nd, 8th-9th, 15th-16th October 2011
In her inaugural exhibition at The Last Gallery Antonia will produce a multimedia installation
exploring the meaning of home. Preswylio, Dwell explores personal ambivalent feelings about what or where constitutes
home. Antonia is intrigued by the rhythms and rhymes set up within a multilayered approach and how different
media and processes can suggest the passage of time, taking images from the realm of record and documentary
into that of imagination and memory.
The hermit’s hut…is the essence of the verb ‘to inhabit’. Gaston Bachelard,
The Poetics of Space. At the end of the 18th century in Wales, in response to the poverty, homelessness and
overcrowding generated by the Enclosures Act, there was a peak in the tradition of the Ty Unnos (Welsh - one-night
house). If a dwelling could be raised between sunset and sunrise and have smoke emerging from its chimney at
dawn, the builders could keep the house and the land as far as a hammer could be thrown from the four quarters.
The tradition continued even into the 20th century and lingers in structures built by migrant workers in South
Wales in the 21st century. Similar traditions exist as far away as Turkey and echo in the barn raisings of the
USA, the Kalkoot of Finland and the tent cities growing on the urban margins of America today. The need to build
against a time constraint resonates with the imperative for shelter throughout human experience.
Antonia’s practice is founded in drawing and making; she is interested in using multimedia
installations as vehicles for exploring the region where documentary and record overlap with memory and imagination
and for investigating our complex relationship with home. Originally from Bangor, Antonia Dewhurst lives and
works in North Wales. She recently graduated BA (Hons) Fine Art from Coleg Menai, Bangor.
Julie Ann Sheridan at The Last Gallery, 12th-13th, 19th-20th, 26th–27th November, 3th-4th, 10th–11th,
17th-18th December, 10am-dusk
In her fifth show at The Last Gallery Julie moves closer towards her focus on the mundane producing
a series of semi-abstracted views of dereliction in her local area, the main focus being on shape and colour.
“The resulting simple paintings of varying states of abandonment or neglect are charming,
awkward and depict a strong use of pattern, colour and subtlety whilst retaining a strange sense of character
and atmosphere reminiscent of painting and design styles from the early 1900’s.”
Focusing on local areas of dereliction Julie reclaims objects and structures newly restoring
their purpose and importance pictorially. Each image transforms the situation into something more significant,
embracing the abandoned. This in itself appeals to the human fascination with beauty in the mundane.
Her work remains generally in miniature (miniatures were originally used as gifts. A businessman
might send a courier with a miniature to potential client; soldiers and sailors might carry miniatures of their
home while traveling, or a wife might keep a portrait of her husband while he was away. Here Julie creates a
series of miniatures in response to the current economic climate and a demand for more usable art) with some
selected larger additions.
Cadog Film Club have announced their programme for the first half of their new season of films.
Saturday, 1st October 2011
True Grit (2010 - 110mins - Cert 15. Directors : Ethan Coen, Joel Coen; Cast includes : Jeff Bridges,
Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld) Following the murder of her father by hired hand Tom Chaney, 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross sets out
to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. marshal she can find, a man with “true
grit,” Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn. Mattie insists on accompanying Cogburn, whose drinking,
sloth, and generally reprobate character do not augment her faith in him. Against his wishes, she joins him
in his trek into the Indian Nations in search of Chaney. They are joined by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf, who wants
Chaney for his own purposes. The unlikely trio find danger and surprises on the journey, and each has his or
her “grit” tested.
*Wednesday, 19th October 2011
Inside Job (2010 - 120mins - Cert. 12A. Director : Charles Ferguson; Narrator : Matt Damon) A comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused
millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly
resulted in a global financial collapse. Through exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial
insiders, politicians, journalists, and academics, the film traces the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted
politics, regulation, and academia. It was made on location in the United States, Iceland, England, France,
Singapore, and China.
Saturday, 5th November 2011
The Eagle (2011 - 114mins - Cert 12A. Director : Kevin MacDonald; Cast includes : Channing Tatum,
Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland) In 140 AD, twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains
of Scotland, young centurion Marcus Aquila (Tatum) arrives from Rome to solve the mystery and restore the reputation
of his father, the commander of the Ninth. Accompanied only by his British slave Esca (Bell), Marcus sets out
across Hadrian’s Wall into the uncharted highlands of Caledonia - to confront its savage tribes, make
peace with his father’s memory, and retrieve the lost legion’s golden emblem, the Eagle of the Ninth.
*Wednesday, 16th November 2011
The Girl Who Played With Fire (2009 - 129mins - Cert. 15. Director : Daniel Alfredson; Cast includes
: Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Endre) Film sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Mikael Blomkvist, publisher of Millennium magazine, has
made his living exposing the crooked and corrupt practices of establishment Swedish figures. So when a young
journalist approaches him with a meticulously researched thesis about sex trafficking in Sweden and those in
high office who abuse underage girls, Blomkvist immediately throws himself into the investigation.
Saturday, 3rd December 2011
Up (2009 - 96mins - Cert U). Directors : Pete Docter, Bob Peterson ) Animated film. By tying thousands of balloon to his home, 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen sets out to fulfill
his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Right after lifting off, however, he learns he isn’t
alone on his journey, since Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years his junior, has inadvertently become a stowaway
on the trip.
*Wednesday, 21st December 2011
Meek’s Cutoff (2010 - 104mins - Cert. PG. Director : Kelly Reichardt; Cast includes : Michelle
Williams, Bruce Greenwood and Paul Dano) The year is 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, and a wagon team of three families has hired the
mountain man Stephen Meek to guide them over the Cascade Mountains. Claiming to know a short cut, Meek leads
the group on an unmarked path across the high plain desert, only to become lost in the dry rock and sage. Over
the coming days, the emigrants must face the scourges of hunger, thirst and their own lack of faith in each
other’s instincts for survival. When a Native American wanderer crosses their path, the emigrants are
torn between their trust in a guide who has proven himself unreliable and a man who has always been seen as
the natural enemy.
Saturday, 7th January 2012
The Way (2010 - 115mins - Cert. 12A. Director : Emilio Estevez; Cast includes : Martin Sheen,
Emilio Estevez and Deborah Kara Unger) An American father travels to France to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling “El
camino de Santiago” from France to Santiago de Compostela (Spain). In a combination of grief and homage
to his son, Tom decides to complete the journey himself. While walking The Camino, Tom meets others from around
the world, all broken and looking for greater meaning in their lives.
*Wednesday, 18th January 2012
The Namesake (2006 - 122mins - Cert 12. Director : Mira Nair; Cast includes : Kal Penn, Irrfan
Khan and Tabu) American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite
his family’s unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways.
Film Nights are usually the first Saturday of each month and start at 7.30pm in the Llangadog
Community Hall (bookings required). Supper (please bring a dish of food 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). Admission on either Film or Buff NIghts is £5 (members) or £6 (non-members). For bookings
and further information ring Irene Hayes on 01550-777657 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
New Watercolour Courses in Llangadog
Start the new academic year by learning or brushing up on a new skill. These watercolour courses
will guide you through the essentials of watercolour and start you on the path to becoming a watercolourist.
Come and join us in this relaxed learning environment.
Watercolour for Absolute Beginners
Learn how to use watercolours from the beginning. You need to bring watercolours, watercolour pad, brushes and
pencils. Bran Yard Art Room, Llangadog, 10am-12pm, every Wednesday throughout October. 4 sessions cost £24.
Contact Julie on 01550-777933 to book (only 12 places available)
Watercolour for Beginners Level 2
Develop your skills as a watercolour painter in this second course. You must have completed the beginner’s
course to attend this course. You need to bring watercolours, watercolour pad, brushes and pencils or you can
purchase these from Julie at the first session. Bran Yard Art Room, 10am-12pm. Wednesdays 9th, 16th, 23rd and
30th November . 4 sessions £24. Contact Julie on 01550-777933 to book, (only 12 places available)
Donna Crawshaw at Aberglasney Exhibition
27th August to 8th September 2011
This exhibition continues until 8th September during which time Donna will be exhibiting her latest fine art
original paintings and a new selection of limited edition prints. Subjects include animals and landscapes, rural
and local scenes all originated from her studio in the Brecon Beacons.
See also www.donnacrawshaw.co.uk/aberglasney and www.aberglasney.org
Volunteers are wanted at Llangadog Cemetery to help strim, mow and clear trees of ivy on Wednesday evening,
24th August 2011, from 6pm to 8pm. Please bring your own tools. Light refreshments will be provided. If you
are able to help please notify Elizabeth Walters on 01550-777321.
LLANGADOG SHOW 2011
Saturday, 6th August
The day of the annual YFC show started off well-enough, with sunny intervals in the morning attracting a very
pleasing number of entries and visitors, a short sharp shower at lunch time proved to be a harbinger of what
was to come. The first few photos mainly show some of the many excellent entries in the produce, cooking and
Outdoors the competitors, livestock and horses enjoyed the pleasant summery weather while
Unfortunately, shortly after this last photo was taken, in mid afternoon, the heavens opened
and torrential rain drove spectators to take cover and, as they began to leave in their cars and horse boxes,
parts of the field became pretty muddy. The final photo shows the ugly threatening sky over the, by then, rather
damp WI display stand.
Despite the soggy ending, in what is once again turning out to be a disappointing summer, the
show was a great success.
A wider selection of photos taken at the Show can now be viewed on the computers at Llangadog Post Office.
FREE ARTS CARE GOFAL CELF SESSIONS
If you have suffered with mental health problems you are invited to go along to free arts care sessions at the
Llangadog Community Centre on Mondays and Thursdays. Details of the individual craft courses, dates and times
are given on the What's On page. Please contact Arts Care Gofal Celf to book your place
- tel. 01267-245641 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
In Soviet Times My Friends Had Teams Like Barcelona, I Had Wrexham - Huw Andrews
6th–7th, 13th–14th, 20th-21st August, at The Last Gallery, Llangadog, 10am-5.30pm
Huw Andrews was born in Carmarthen in 1980. Predominately, he produces artworks in projects,
offering multiple angles on a particular place, focus or impulse. Locally and internationally, he records spontaneous
encounters, personal endeavours and wandering observations; exploring overlooked spaces, thoughts and individuals.
Conversely however, he remains fascinated yet unsettled by the influence of mass consumption on our behaviours,
choices and identities. In production, often approaching this conflict by manipulating his research with reference
to consumerism, tourism or television. Overall, Andrews aims to celebrate the undervalued and trivialise the
valued, disrupting the mainstream perceptions of value, success and purpose he routinely encounters.
In the spring he spent three months in Estonia, working in Tartu and Tallinn, the European
Capital of Culture for 2011. In Soviet Times My Friends Had Teams Like Barcelona, I Had Wrexham (2011), his
upcoming solo show at The Last Gallery, responds to the various languages, traditions and occupations of Estonia.
The title of the project and of the artworks themselves, are selected from various quotes and thoughts gathered
in his notebook – connecting 35mm photography, video, audio, text and objects with random conversations.
Since regaining its independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991, Estonians have formed a strong identity
alongside their Russian neighbours (around 30% of the population are Russian). Such variation in language, personality
and culture between the nationalities accounts for a distinctly bilingual and bicultural country. This reminded
him of Wales, sensing that both countries have more in common than just a passion for song.
Llangadog Shop Face Lift
Over the last few weeks Llangadog Post Office and Morgan's Newsagent has been undergoing an extensive face lift.
The front has now been refaced and repainted and the name of the shop has been re-lettered.
Llangadog Carnival 2011
This year's carnival was blessed with good weather on Saturday, 2nd July, and was well attended. The photos
show some of the floats gathering for the start of the parade near Sawdde Bridge, the parade passing through
the village, and some of the afternoon's activities on the rugby club field. A larger selection of photos can
be see on the computers at Llangadog Post Office.
2011 Duck Race
This year's duck race took place on Sunday, 26th June. The winners were:
Click on the start button below to view a very entertaining video of the finish!
Gwynfe Festival at Easter
The PCC at Gwynfe decorated the church with lilies which were bought by the community to remember friends and
relatives after their days. Many photos of people and events were on display, and each window sill was decorated
with spring flowers with an Easter focus. Tea and toasted tea cakes was on offer at the village hall, and there
was a table laden with plants and vegetable seedlings for sale. It was a week-end event at Easter and a group
of Gwynfe ladies and gentlemen gave their time to run the event, provide refreshments and ensure music was continually
playing in the church to welcome visitors. A great effort, and a lovely way to show off the church and community
Repairs at Llangadog Church
The photos show fund raising boxes which St Cadog’s church PCC have put in the cemetery asking for donations
towards the upkeep of the cemetery, including the entrance pillars and repointing the wall. The Church in Wales
has offered to help with the cost of rebuilding the entrance pillars, and rehanging the gates in a better way
so that the pillars don’t take all the weight (a wheel on the bottom of the gates!) The church must contribute
towards this. We hoped that families visiting graves of relatives who have passed away, from the various chapels
in the Llangadog area would contribute, as well as our village church. We’ve raised about £100 so
far. There are envelopes in the pencil-case type box which can be used. These should then be left in the letter
box of Church House where our church PCC secretary lives.
We expect the pillars to be repaired soon. The Church in Wales say we have to pay for the
repointing of the entire wall around the cemetery ourselves, but this can be done over a ten year period, or
Llangadog OAP Association Anniversary
The Llangadog OAP Association celebrated its 40th anniversary at the White Hart, Llandeilo
on 9th February - somewhat belatedly as a result of the heavy snowfall before Christmas.
The photos show the assembled members, the celebration cake and the cake cutting.
Many more photos of the event and those attending are on view on the computer
screens at Llangadog Post Office.
Return of the Village Pump
The old pump in Walters Road, which was removed for renovation last year, has now been re-erected.
The pump, together with the surrounding fence and gate have been repaired and repainted,
and the stonework has been replaced.
Sadly it is still not in working order and the handle has been welded
but it's still good to see in back where it belongs. What a pity it seems that it must be
kept under lock and key!
Yr Hen Ysgol Bethlehem
The Old School in Bethehem is now open as a community hall and still has its Post Office.
Regular activities are:
• Mondays (term times), 4pm to 4.45pm and 5pm to 5,.45pm - Drama Club
• Monday evenings - 2nd of month, 7.30pm - Quiz Night
• Monday evenings - 5th of month, Talk
The Post Office is open on Tuesdays (2pm to 4pm), and is open daily during
December (10am to 4pm) until Christmas (for "Bethlehem" postmarks).
The hall, meeting room, kitchen and toilets are also available for hire at very reasonable
rates (tel. 07812-506562). See also www.bethlehemvillage.co.uk
Graham goes ‘Walking with Welsh Legends’
Llangadog resident Graham Watkins, 57, has spent the last three years researching Welsh legends and exploring
Wales to discover where each legend originated. When the project, which started as a hobby, was shown to publishers
Llygad Gwalch, they were so impressed that they offered to publish Graham’s work as a series of walking
books. The first book, containing sixteen walks and legends from Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, has just
“We liked Graham’s interpretation of the legends and the idea
of linking them to walks in beautiful countryside made good sense,” said Myrddin ap
Dafydd, Llygad Gwalch’s Managing Director.
The legends Graham has included are a diverse mixture. There are love
stories, tales of heroic deeds, foolishness, greed, fables and humour. The cast includes
fair maidens, evil barons, mermaids, smugglers, kings and ordinary folk quietly going about
their business. Some of the stories included relate to more recent history; the Rebecca
Riots and how they affected Llandeilo is one example.
The walks are equally diverse and include mountains, sandy beaches, castles,
woodland, hidden lakes and ancient towns. “As I completed each walk, I found that
I had a different perspective and a better insight of the related legend. The walks and
legends reinforced each other and added to the enjoyment. My favourite story is the tale
of Twm Sion Cati and the walk on Dinas Hill includes a visit to the cave that was his hideout.
I found literally dozens of Welsh legends and tales that have been passed down through the
centuries. Many of them are based on factual events. Some have mythical roots, but all are
great fun”, said Graham.
A second book covering North Wales is due out in May and Graham is busy
working on a third dealing with legends from central Wales.
Walking with Welsh Legends – South-western Wales, published by Llygad
Gwalch, is available from bookshops or direct from www.carreg-gwalch.com
The Mobi Project - Community Projects, Activities and Trips
The Mobi Project provides a safe warm meeting place for young people between 11-25 and offers locally-based
youth information, advice and support, with workshops on youth related issues. Mobi will be in the village on
Monday evenings (school term only), from 5pm to 7pm, at the Village Hall Car Park. For more information contact
Karen Morris or Carys Davies on 01267-224956
WRVS Volunteer Drivers* Needed
Do you have two hours to spare weekly - Monday, Thursday or Friday - every nine weeks to help your local community?
If your answer is "yes" and you would like to help us to improve the life of elderly people within
our area by doing Meals on Wheels, please contact your local organiser - Pat Terry on 01550-777596.
(* Petrol money is 40p per mile)
Goose and Cuckoo
In addition to their well established and very popular Supper on the Square on the third Thursday of each month,
the Goose and Cuckoo is also now offering Cawl, Cacen a Chwmni (Soup, Cake and Company) of the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays
of each month from 12 noon to 2.30pm - £4.95 per person.
CONCESSIONARY TRAVEL PASS A Reminder
The Concessionary Fare Scheme is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and administered locally by Carmarthenshire
The scheme entitles elderly people and people with disabilities resident in Wales to free travel on local bus
services throughout the Principality. In addition, disabled people who would be unable to travel without assistance
may also be entitled to take a companion with them free of charge.
Application forms are available from Post Office branches.
Each applicant must be a permanent resident of Carmarthenshire and must satisfy one of the criteria listed below,
producing appropriate documentation for verification.
• Women and men aged 60 and over.
• Blind and partially sighted persons
• Persons with impaired hearing
• Persons without speech
• Persons without arms or have long-term loss of the use of both arms
• Persons with a learning disability
• Persons with a disability or suffering from an injury, which has a substantial and long-term adverse
effect on his or her ability to walk
• Persons who would be refused a driving licence on health grounds
The Travel Pass entitles the pass holder to unrestricted free travel on registered local bus services throughout
Wales. (N.B. The Travel Pass does not entitle the holder to free travel on the following: Taxi journeys; Ferry
services; Coach excursions or tours; National Express services; Service X40 between Carmarthen and Cardiff).
The Travel Pass also entitles Carmarthenshire pass holders to purchase Rail tickets at a half fare discount
on single and day return standard fares (ie not on first class rail tickets) on rail journeys operating within
the County of Carmarthenshire, i.e. on the “West Wales” and “Heart of Wales” railway
In addition, the Travel Pass may be used to travel to or from destinations in neighbouring Counties, provided
the pass holder’s journey starts or finishes within Carmarthenshire, i.e. on the West Wales line, all
stops within Pembrokeshire and all stops as far East as Swansea, and on the Heart of Wales line, all stops as
far South as Swansea and as far North as Llandrindod Wells.
Carmarthenshire pass holders may also use the Travel Pass to travel at half the usual fare on qualifying Country
Thought for Food
Many thanks to Paul and Luke and their staff at The Goose and Cuckoo
for the excellent Suppers on the Square that they have provided
each month for the last couple of years. Thanks too to Kevin and
Cindy and their staff at The Red Lion for their more recently introduced
OAP lunches. These meals and get-togethers have been very much appreciated
by all those who have attended.
Further details of both these regular events are given elsewhere
on the Supper on the Square News
Page and in What's On.
The Red Lion, Llangadog offers a £5 lunch to pensioners on the first Tuesday of each month. Please give
names to Win Morgan at Llangadog PO (tel. 01550-777697) in advance.