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Christmas and New Year Refuse / Recycling Collections

Please note the following changes locally for refuse collections :

Felindre and Cwm Sawdde collections (normally on Wednesdays) will be on

Friday, 28th December 2012 and

Thursday, 3rd January 2013

Llangadog collections (normally on Fridays) will be on :

Sunday, 30th December 2012 and

Saturday, 5th January 2013

The Recycling Centre in Llangadog will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day, but will be open from 10am to 4pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.


Train Services

Please note there will be no train services on Christmas Day or Boxing Day


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 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.



Mae tocynnau ar gyfer cyflwyniad disgyblion Pantycelyn o'r sioe Grease drwy gyfrwng y gymraeg ar gael nawr. Bydd y perfformiadau ar y 12fed, 13ddeg a 14ddeg o Rhagfyr, i ddechrau am 7.30yh. Hyn fydd cyflwyniad olaf yr ysgol fel un ysgol ac hoffem weld gymaint a phosib yn mynychu'r sioe. Os ydych am ddewis eich noswaith bydd angen i chi ffonio'r ysgol (01550720396) neu chysylltu a mi cyn gynted a phosib.

Tickets are now available for Pantycelyn School's production of Grease. The performances will take place on the 12th, 13th and 14th of December to start at 7.30pm. This will be the last school production at Pantycelyn as a school in its own entity and therefore I would encourage you to attend. If you wish to choose your night you will need to purchase tickets a.s.a.p. You can phone the school direct or contact me.

Diolch, Dai Dyer


Christmas Music by Llandovery College Choir
Friday December 7th 2012

This will be held in the ballroom of the Castle Hotel, Llandovery in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care (all proceeds to home nursing support for the terminally ill in Carmarthenshire).

An evening of beautiful seasonal music - both choral and instrumental - with mulled wine and mince pies - £10 person*.

In addition to Marie Curie merchandise, the Red Giraffe Gift Shop in the Castle Hotel will be open and Just So Scrumptious Deli in Llandovery will have a table full of Christmas goodies. There will also be a raffle with some wonderful prizes.

Open from 6.30pm to allow time to look around and buy raffle tickets, the concert will start at 7pm, with an interval between 7.40 and approximately 8pm. During the interval, the raffle will be drawn and there will be further opportunity to look around. The concert will re-commence around 8pm and finish at 8.40pm.


The Branching Out Communities and Nature Initiative - Open Afternoon Success!

Volunteer, Jeno Davies being presented with his OCN Certificate by Project Manager, Becky Hulme

The visitors at Poor Man's Wood

The new Reserve entrance Sign

Tir Coed was thrilled to host an Open Afternoon at Poor Man's Wood at the end of October. Over 35 people attended the event at this little -known oak woodland Reserve near Llandovery, including family of the volunteers, residents from a nearby sheltered housing project, local business owners and funders. There was a guided walk around the Reserve, before refreshments and a volunteer awards-giving at the new roundhouse wildlife hide.

The Event celebrated the Community and Nature programme works at Poor Man's Wood since April 2011. The project has seen 14 young people give over 1,000 hours of their time, and resulted in vast improvements to the facilities at the Reserve. Reserve Manager, Lizzie Wilberforce commented: "The work that these young people and Tir Coed staff have put into this Reserve is priceless. I am pleased with the number of visitors that have already been attracted to the Reserve by the Tir Coed project and would welcome more people to come and experience both the wealth of wildlife at this Reserve and the new works."

'Branching Out' is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Assembly Government and is a component element of the Countryside Council for Wales' 'Communities and Nature' project, which works to improve visitor facilities at natural sites in Wales, with the aim of increasing visitor numbers, with a knock-on effect on local economies.

There will be a new projects for 16 - 28 year olds running in the Cardigan area over the next 6 months. To get involved with the Tir Coed 'Branching Out' programme, please contact Becky Hulme on 01570-493224 or see


Llangadog WI

Llangadog WI will welcome Dianne Gill of Brynaman to transport us to the Far East with an illustrated travelogue of her visit to China at the YMCA Hall in the Community Centre at 7pm on Thursday 6th December. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served. Bring along a foreign memento for the competition.

We will celebrate the New Year with a Party theme entitled "In the Pink" at the YMCA Hall in the Community Centre at 7pm on Thursday, 3rd January. All things pink will prevail, from costumes to pink competition items and pink champagne! Cheers and best wishes to members old and new for a Happy and Healthy 2013.
The new Programme of interesting and varied speakers and events for 2013 is now available. We meet on the first Thursday of every month - if you are interested in joining the WI, please come along for a free 'taster' evening or contact Gwyneth Haines on 01550-777676 for further details.


Llangadog Gardening Club

Llangadog Gardening Club will hold their Annual General Meeting in the YMCA Hall in the Community Centre on Wednesday 30th January . The meeting will start at the earlier time than usual of 7PM, followed by a buffet, fun quiz and raffle. Come along to have your say and discover the new programme of events for 2013. For further info, please contact Gwen Evans on 01550-777813.


Farewell to Cindy and Kevin Skone

On Thursday afternoon, 8th November many local residents gathered at the Post Office in Llangadog to bid a very fond farewell to Cindy and Kevin and their family, who are returning to Australia.

Cindy and Kevin had run the Red Lion in the village for some ten years, until, sadly, it had to close its doors last month. During this period they had played hosts to many communal activities and their role in the midst of the community will be sorely missed.

They were presented with a specially produced painting of the village as seen from St Cadog's church tower. This can be seen in these photographs showing the farewell party organised by Win and Richard Morgan.


The Bethlehem Christmas Fayre - Saturday 1st December, 10am to 4pm

As always the Bethlehem Christmas Fayre is taking place on the first Saturday of December. There will be a range of fantastic stalls selling high quality gifts, crafts and tasty local produce. The village Post Office will be open all day to stamp your Christmas cards with the famous Bethlehem hand stamp. Father Christmas will be dropping in and children can make their own Christmas decorations in the craft room. And best of all it's free entry - leaving you with more pennies in your pockets to indulge in some seasonal treats.

We do hope you will be able to join us at Bethlehem and kick off the season's festivities with this special event. And remember don't forget your Christmas cards! All profits made by Dyffryn Ceidrych Bethlehem Association will go towards running costs of the Yr Hen Ysgol Community Hall.

For more information please contact Catrin on 01550-779250 or email at


Small, Quiet Efforts

Exhibition at The Last Gallery, Llangadog, Weekends 10am-5pm , 17th November to 16th December

A series of paintings that depict an abstracted view of one of the last truly wild areas of Wales , The Black Mountain.

Julie's latest series of paintings examine universal design prevalent in the landscape, including structure, natural pattern and repetition. As a result the paintings give a sense of both distance and detail within the same frame.

Photographs are used to reconstruct images that appeal to her about landscape. It is the incidental elements within a landscape she is consistently drawn to, such as a patch of lichen or an unexpected mark found on the corner of a stone. The paintings isolate small sections of ground, foliage or water, cropped from the larger landscapes. Closing in on the abstract aspect of pattern combined with the reconstruction of images diverts the focus away from the traditional narrative of the subject matter, landscape.

Julie works on a number of paintings at one time and this allows her to transport strong elements from one piece to the next. Each painting shares some details with other works in the series to seek cohesion across the work.

The final images depict a push and pull between representation and abstraction and the resulting paintings re-create the landscape in an effort to express its essence.

The Last Gallery - tel. 01550 777933


Seniors' Lunches

We're pleased to report that the Goose and Cuckoo will be offering Seniors' Lunches for £7 per head (including coffee), usually on the first Wednesday of each month, from December 2013 (please note the change of day and, of course, the venue from those previously offered at the Red Lion). The dates for the next three lunches are :

•  Wednesday, 5th December 2012

•  Wednesday, 2nd January 2013

•  Wednesday, 13th February 2013



On 4th October members journeyed to the West Wales Museum of Childhood at Llandyssul, where we received a warm welcome from the owners. We were transported down memory lane by the numerous exhibits spanning the 20th century to the present day. There was so much to see and talk about we needed to stop for afternoon tea in the café half way round!

A 'thank you' card was read from Marylyn for the flowers and get well wishes she had received from us. We took the opportunity to read the monthly letter giving notice of many events around the county and beyond. Five members will attend the Autumn Council Meeting in Johnstown when the speakers will be Tony Waters on the "Titanic" and Lord John Morris on his life and new book. Some members will visit the Royal Welsh Winter Fair at the end of November. Competition classes for W I members include a knitted Christmas tea cosy and strudel. Family Christmas food recipes suitable for the Carmarthen Life WI column are being sought. The WI has made it into the Guinness Book of Records! 3083 people knitting simultan-eously at the Royal Albert Hall for l5 minutes broke the previous record of 1146. Pick-up points were given to members who have booked to visit the Senydd, Cardiff on 7th November. Members were reminded that the Brianne Autumn Group meeting will be held in Llanddeusant on Monday 22nd October.

We then continued looking around the rest of the Museum to complete a nostalgic and enjoyable visit.

Our Annual General Meeting will be held next month on lst November. Members will bring their baby photos for the "Guess Who" competition, followed by Halloween-themed refreshments and light entertainment.


Llangadog Gardening Club will welcome Llinos Davies to demonstrate "Festive Flowers and Decorations" at 7.30pm on Wednesday 28th Novemberat the YMCA Hall Llangadog. Please come along and join in the festive spirit. Contact Gwen Evans on 01550-777813 for further details.


Monday, 29th October, 2 - 4pm

Tir Coed volunteers have been coming to Poor Man's Wood, Llandovery, for the past 18 months, working hard to make improvements to this Wildlife Trust (WTSWW) Reserve. Over 50 sessions, the young people have used traditional skills to make new facilities from wood, including:

. A roundhouse shelter
. Benches
. Bridges
. An entrance archway
. A kissing gate
. New signage


The Tir Coed 'Branching Out' Project at Poor Man's Wood is coming to an end; however, we don't want the good work to stop now! Over the past 18 months, many individuals and organisations in the Llandoveryarea have expressed an interest in the Reserve and the improvements that the volunteers have carried out. Tir Coed and the Wildlife Trust would like to see more people using Poor Man's Wood and benefitting from

the health, wildlife interest and peace and quiet that the Reserve can offer. The work that the 11 volunteers have put into the reserve is outstanding and is in need of celebration. Therefore, I would like to invite you to an afternoon event at Poor Man's Wood to celebrate the work of the volunteers, to take a look at the improvements to the Reserve and to get together and to plan what happens next.

There will be a guided walk around the wood to view the new facilities and the Wildlife Trust Officer, Lizzie Wilberforce, will be on hand with wildlife information. We can all get together at the roundhouse after, where tea and cake will be available. Please meet at in Dan yr Allt farmyard at 2pm on Monday 29th October. Parking is limited, so if you want a lift to site, please meet in the Coop car park at 1:40pm.

The footpath to the Reserve can get muddy, and footpaths are steep, so please wear boots or wellies, as well as warm clothing. Please let me know, by phone or email, if you are intending to come along, or if you want a lift, so we can get an idea of numbers. I hope to see you there!

Becky Hulme, Tir Coed Project Manager ( tel. 01570-493224 / 07813-170676 or email )

Red Lion

Following the recent sudden and sad closure of the Red Lion in Llangadog, the Red Lion and Llew Goch teams taking part in the Red KIte Quiz League will play future home matches in the Goose and Cuckoo. The Red Lion team will play as "Goose" and the Llew Goch as "Cuckoo".

No news has yet been received about the future of the OAP lunches previously held on the first Tuesdays of each month at the Red Lion.

Playford Dances

When we hold a 'Ball' or a Dance in 2012 and call it a 'Playford Ball'? How do we know the dances we perform and the manner in which we perform them are authentic? One answer may be 'We don't know for sure' and the other is 'We have quite a good idea' because of the efforts of diligent research by interested enthusiasts. I venture to say a 'good idea' because the enthusiastic researchers although examining written records don't always interpret the old dance instructions in the same way.

If we could visit the period we now call 'Baroque' a period of approximately 150 years from 1600 -1750 we would find, broadly speaking dances performed by two social groups the 'Gentry' and the 'Rustic's'. The 'Gentry' would be instructed by Dancing Master's who taught dances popular in the courts of Europe, thus they were the dances of the aristocracy and were performed in an elaborate, exaggerated style. These dances and the style of dancing were dances of the Royal Courts. There is no doubt the Dancing Master's made written records of the dances they taught, each with their own variations.

In 1651 John Playford a music publisher in London published a book of dance instructions and music entitled 'The Dancing Master' thus formalising popular courtly dances of the day. These are some of the written records modern day researchers were able to study to enable reproduction of dances believed popular during the 'Baroque Era'. Today these dances are referred to as Playford Dances'. Not all 'Playford' style dances currently performed are those recovered from historical records. The tradition is very much alive and new dances are devised and music composed for those dances today. Meanwhile, back in the 17th Century, the 'Rustic's' enjoyed dancing and frequently took the courtly dances and performed them in a simpler style, either in a simpler style or occasionally in an overly exaggerated style making fun of the dancing manner of the Gentry. These dances became known as 'Country Dances' and were performed often with regional variations.

At the forthcoming Brecon Baroque Ball the intention is to enjoy Baroque Style dances without having an in depth knowledge of either the dances or the intricate style of the Baroque period. Each dance is walked through, prior to dancing to music provided by Baroque musicians. To assist those who wish to practice beforehand a workshop is held and is free to those attending The Ball. In order to lend a sense of occasion and fun those good folk attending The Ball are encouraged to wear a costume reflecting dress of the period or black-tie. The costume need not be elaborate and may be in the manner of the aristocracy or the rustic.

Workshop at Theatr Brycheiniog, Saturday, 27th October, 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Baroque Ball at Theatr Brycheiog, Sunday, 28th October, 7pm
Ticket Office : tel. 01874-611622


Sport at Llangadog Community Hall

Short Mat Bowls will continue every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7.30pm (until further notice) . Snooker can be played anytime in Llangadog Hall by prior arrangement and Table Tennis is also available on request (for both ring Mike on 01550-777768).

Regular whist drives continue - the next ones are on Fridays, October 12th and 26th, and November 9th and 23rd.

See What's On for more details of these and other activities.

Jackie Dare (secretary)


Llangadog's new School Garden

Youngsters from Llangadog School have been sharing the joys of growing their own organic vegetables and fruit.

"It has been very interesting and exciting," says Head Teacher Aled Rees. "We have had the help of local horticulturalist Lucie Scott of Liliwen Herbs, whose wealth of experience of growing herbs and vegetables in the challenging climate of Wales has been invaluable".

The children have loved the opportunity to work outside the classroom and get their hands dirty. The school has had to do a lot of work to establish its own growing areas.

Over the last two years, Lucie, the teachers and the children have created raised vegetable beds, put up a greenhouse and have started selling the vegetables after school to raise money for seeds. Special focus on teaching specific gardening skills such as sowing seeds, planting out, weeding and using tools will ensure the project is sustainable and information is passed on to future generations.

Lucie, who is also a parent at the school and volunteers her time, says, "We want the children to grow vegetables for the sheer fun of it really and to experience firsthand the full cycle of sowing something from seed right through to harvesting, cooking and eating it. We plan to have something to eat from the school garden throughout the year. At times when we have a surplus, we invite everyone along to buy vegetables and enjoy what the children have grown. The money raised then helps the garden to become self-sufficient."

Pupils have been growing a wide variety of organic crops, including herbs, radishes, onions, swedes, lettuce, carrots, potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, garlic, leeks, sugar snap peas, beans, strawberries, pumpkins and marrows, some of which will be used for Harvest Festival. Some of the produce has also gone straight to the school's kitchen, so the children can enjoy their home-grown food in school meals. Quite a lot, like the strawberries, carrots and peas never make it beyond the garden and get munched raw at play time!

"Our children enjoy the excitement of planting something and watching it grow slowly over time, but most of all I think they enjoy the harvesting and eating part" says Mr Rees. "Many of the children possibly didn't have much of an idea of where food came from before, apart from the supermarket, and that's very important for them to learn. They have also been learning about organic methods of growing, so they can get the best out of their crops without any nasty chemicals ending up on them. Healthy eating doesn't get any better than that!"

Right the way across the school, all of the children and teachers have got involved in growing vegetables and have done remarkably well. They are grateful for all the donations and support they have had, and the school would especially like to thank Carmarthen & Pumsaint Farmers' Co-Op for generously donating seeds and garden equipment. Many parents and grandparents have also donated things including topsoil, farmyard manure, seeds, pots etc.

Mr Rees adds, "Everyone has got behind the project, sending their children in with overalls and wellies, and saving toilet rolls and yoghurt pots to sow seeds in. From the garden project we can link into lots of areas of the curriculum, such as healthy eating, recycling and greener living, and studying the life cycle of plants and animals. We have our own worm-farm composting food waste and plant material. Maybe we should try pigs next!"

Currently the children are selling vegetables to raise funds for a tool shed and would be grateful for any donations towards this next stage of their garden project. The pupils' School Eco Council are full of ideas for the future including creating habitats for overwintering wildlife and building ornamental planters from recycled timber. The future is green.

Julie Ann Sheridan (Parent at Llangadog School)


Welsh Historic Gardens study day at Aberglasney on the 20th October

There are still some places left on the Welsh Historic Gardens study day at Aberglasney on the 20th October. The cost for non-members is £25, which includes lunch and entry into Aberglasney. It should be an interesting programme of talks, aimed at anyone with an interest in gardens and their past. In the afternoon there will be a guided walk around Aberglasney.

This will be the launch of the Carmarthenshire branch of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust, and is open to all members of WHGT and non-members alike. For more information, download this PDF.


Llangadog Gardening Club

Llangadog Gardening Club will learn the finer points of "Using a Small Greenhouse" when Gareth Davies of Usk gives a talk at the YMCA Hall, Llangadog at 7.30pm on Wednesday 31st October. This will be followed by refreshments and raffle. Everyone welcome/croeso i bawb. For further details please contact Gwen Evans on 01550-777813.

Llangadog W I

On Thursday 4th October Llangadog W I will travel by car to visit the West Wales Museum of Childhood at Llandyssul, leaving the Community Centre car park at 2.30pm. For further information please contact Gwyneth Haines on 01550-777676.

Llangadog WI

Llangadog WI meets on the first Thursday of every month in the YMCA hall at 7pm

The next meeting, on September 6th, will reveal members' mileage totals so far achieved for individual and collective walks in the "Big Walk - Little Splash" national challenge. A journal is being prepared.

Arrangements will be made for the outing by car next month to West Wales Museum of Childhood at Llandysul. Bookings will also be taken for the coach trip to Swansea's Grand Theatre to see "The Sound of Music" on 21st November. If you are interested in joining us, please come along to the meeting or ring Gwyneth on 01550-777676 for further details.


This Year's Flu Jabs

Llanfair Surgery are offering flu vaccinations this year at the Castle Hotel, Llandovery on Tuesday, 2nd October and Thursday, 18th October, from 9.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 5pm. They will also be available at Llangadog Community Centre on Wednesday, 3rd October, from 9.30am to 12.30pm. These vaccinations are free and no appointments are necessary.


Free Rail Travel

Carmarthenshire bus pass holders will again be offered free rail travel on the Heart of Wales line between Swansea and Shrewsbury this year. The scheme will restart on Monday, 1st October 2012 and continue until Sunday, 31st March 2013.


Arts Care Gofal Celf Sessions

Have you experience mental health problems? If so, please come along to the free Arts Care Gofal Celf sessions at Llangadog Community Centre on Mondays and Thursdays :

13th August - Tai Chi 1.30pm to 3.30pm

20th August - Mosaic Paving Slabs (1/3) 1.30pm to 3.30pm

6th September - Yoga and Circus Skills 1.30pm to 3.30pm

10th September - Mosaic Paving Slabs (2/3) 1.30pm to 3.30pm

24th September - Mosaic Paving Slabs (3/3) 1.30pm to 3.30pm

4th October - Drawing and Painting 1pm to 3pm

8th October - Pottery (1/2) 1.30pm to 3.30pm

22nd October - Glass Painting 1.30pm to 3.30pm

1st November - Glass Painting 1pm to 3pm

12th November - Pottery (2/2) 1.30pm to 3.30pm

26th November - Music / Sing Along 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Please book your place beforehand - tel. 01267-245641 or email /


Llangadog Gardening Club Open Evening

On Wednesday 26th September Llangadog Gardening Club will hold an Open Evening - everyone welcome! "Searching for Wild Orchids in Great Britain and Europe - Tales of the Unexpected" is the intrigueing title of an illustrated talk to be given by Sue and Pat O'Reilly, followed by a buffet and raffle. Neighbouring gardening clubs have also been invited. For further details please contact Gwen Evans on 01550-777813.

Llangadog YFC Show

Not altogether unexpectedly in this wet summer, the Llangadog show, held on Saturday, 4th August, encountered much the same weather as last year - sunny spells, interrupted by occasional downpours. Nevertheless, the Show, held this year on the Old Racecourse field just outside Felindre, seems to have been highly successful - at least, judging from the photos of the event on display on the computers at Llangadog Post Office.


Gwynfe Show

This will take place on Saturday, 11th August in Gwynfe Village Hall. Sheep classes will be held in the adjacent fields. The timetable for the day should run approximately as follows :

•  9am Entries accepted for Tent classes

•  11am Sheep Judging commences

•  12 noon Tent Judging commences

•  1.30pm Tent open for viewing

•  2pm to 4pm Cream Teas in Church Hall

•  3.30pm Presentations in Tent Classes

•  7pm BBQ and Entertainment


Llangadog Gardening Club Annual Sale and Coffee Evening

This will take place on Wednesday 29th August at 7pm at Llangadog Community Centre. Entry will bentry £1 and this includes refreshments. There will be stalls for plants, flowers, cakes, produce, preserves, garden bric-a-brac, a bumper Raffle and much more. Come and bag a bargain! For further details please contact Gwen Evans on 01550-777813.



On a beautiful sunny day in May, several members thoroughly enjoyed a walk through the bluebell woods on the Dolaucothi Estate, finishing in the National Trust café at Dolaucothi Mines. The mileage will contribute to our overall total as members record their individual walks as part of the National W I challenge to get people walking. We have a target of 209 miles to reach by 16th September and hope we are on track to reach our goal.

Llangadog's Jubilee Tea Party on 3rd June was a resounding success. After the fancy dress parade, in which three members took part ( a hippy, a look-alike queen and loyal royal supporter!) the WI ladies met in Rhiannon Scott's house to make all the sandwiches. A lovely time was had by all and everyone agreed that community spirit is alive and well in Llangadog.

The day of our annual outing dawned and the rain was lashing down! Undeterred, six intrepid members travelled by car to visit Tretower Court and Castle, located just off the main road beyond Crickhowell. We were in awe of this beautifully restored medieval manor house and garden, which is planted as it would have been in times gone by. The weather wasn't conducive to strolling up to the Keep but we were all so pleased to have had the opportunity to see this hidden medieval gem. The hospitality of The Bear Inn, Crickhowell beckoned, with time to hastily browse a few shops between the showers. Onward then to Talgarth, where we had difficulty finding the Watermill due to lack of signs, although 25,000 visitors since the project opened obviously didn't all have the same trouble! The regeneration of the derelect Watermill and Café was the subject of the TV programme 'Village SOS' and what a splendid achievement it is. We were shown around the garden by our enthusiastic guide, who then set the mill to work grinding wholemeal flour ( four sacks had been produced that day). Afternoon tea in the Café gave us the dilemma of which delicious cake or scone to choose!

A short meeting was held in the café. The County monthly letter was scanned, 5 quiz sheets purchased and interest shown in forthcoming County walks.

We expect a relaxing meeting next month when Lauren Archer will demonstrate 'Aromatherapy'.



The following is extracted from a letter received from Dwr Cymru Welsh Water :

We will be working on your water supply. We need to replace 830 metres of water pipe on the C2147 from the junction at Pant Meredith to the crossroads east of Pantycelyn in Talygarn.

We plan to start on 16th July and it will take approximately 4 weeks to complete this work.

Whilst we work, there may be a slight interruption to your water supply, but this is usually for less than 30 minutes. If we have to interrupt the water supply, we'll put a warning card through your door, giving you 48 hours advance notice.

We have been working closely with Carmarthenshire Highways department planning this work and in order to carry it out safely and quickly, we will need to close this section of road for the duration of the project. Access will be maintained for residents, however there may be times when some delays are inevitable. Should you have any special requirements for

access to your property, such as a delivery, please let a member of the site team know and they will be happy to accommodate your request where possible. This scheme will be carried out by our contract partners, DT Civils. Normal working hours on site will be 08.00 to 17.30hrs, Monday to Friday, although there may be occasions when we will be required to work on a Saturday. We understand that our work causes inconvenience, but we always try to keep disruption to a minimum.

Sheena Howells, External Communications Manager (South Wales)


Llangadog Jubilee Celebrations

Click here to see full report.



Exhibition ‘The Local Show’
The Last Gallery

An exhibition by previous artists of The Last Gallery
30th June – 19th August

Also in the windows of LJ Bailey and Sons, The Red Lion, Mace Food Store and Llangadog Post Office
(thanks to the artists and volunteers for their kind donation of artworks and time and shops/ pubs/ organisations/ homes for their donation of space)

‘Re Hashed’ Vintage Pop Up Shop’ Afternoon Tea
Open 11am-6pm 11am-5pm High Street Bran Yard Coffee Shop

Contemporary Art Challenge Enamelling and weaving drop in
The Last Gallery 11am-6pm Bran Yard 11am-5pm

All events are on a first come first served basis (no advanced bookings). Please arrive early to avoid disappointment

The Last Gallery, Dyrfal Road, Llangadog, Carmarthenshire, SA19 9BR
For further information contact 01550 777933 or


Llangadog Gardening Club

On Wednesday 27th June Julian and Fiona Wormald will give an illustrated talk entitled 'Botany of Desire' championing biodiversity in the garden. This will be followed by a raffle and refreshments. You are most welcome to join us at the YMCA Hall, Llangadog at 7.30pm, croesco i bawb. For further details contact Gwen Evans on 01550-777813.

The Gardening Club will hold a Plant Stall on 7th July at Llangadog Carnival on the Recreation Ground at 2pm. All contributions from members and non-members will be most welcome at the ground from 12pm, or ring 01550-777813 to arrange collection.

On Saturday 28th July Llangadog Gardening Club are organising a coach outing to Dewstow Gardens and Grottoes, Caerwent with lunch at the venue leaving Llangadog Hall Car park at 10am. This unique 5 acre, grade 1 listed garden was buried after World War II, rediscovered in 2000 and was the subject of a TV series. The garden consists of underground grottoes, tunnels and ferneries and above ground stunning water features. To book now, please ring Gwen on 01550-777813.

Llangadog W.I.

On Thursday 7th June Llangadog WI members will explore Tretower Court, Crickhowell and, after lunch, will travel to The Watermill and cafe at Talgarth, subject of the TV programme 'Village SOS'. We will be leaving Llangadog Hall car park at 10.30am in cars. For further details please ring Gwyneth on 01550-777676.

Llangadog WI will welcome Lauren Archer who will demonstrate Aromatherapy at the July meeting on Thursday 5th July . The competition is for a relaxing remedy. Everyone welcome, please come along to the meeting or telephone Gwyneth on 01550-777676 for further details.

Jubilee Tea Party

Sunday 3rd June 2012, 2pm, Queens Square, Llangadog. Jubilee Tea Party, everyone welcome, donations and help appreciated to set up and make the tea! Family fun activities and entertainments all day in the village, please see blackboards and shop windows for more details.

Llangadog WI

On Thursday 3rd May Llangadog WI will be given an insight into the resolution 'Employment of More Midwives' by our WI Adviser, ahead of the National AGM in London at the end of May.

The monthly letter from County WI Office announces forthcoming events, including a circular walk from Cilycwm visiting Cwm Rhaeadr Waterfall on Saturday 19th May, a Jubilee Lunch in June and a challenge to walk or swim 209 miles by l6th September!

Our speaker, Marylyn Haines-Evans will take us back to Victorian times and the competition is for a Victorian item, so seek out your treasures of yesteryear. If you would like to find out more, come along to the meeting in the YMCA Hall, Llangadog at 7pm or contact Gwyneth on 01550 -777676 for further details.

Llangadog Gardening Club

On Wednesday 30th May Llangadog Gardening Club will meet for a demonstration of Willow Weaving by Peggy Beer of Cwmdu at the YMCA Hall at 7.30pm, followed by a raffle and refreshments. Come and 'try your hand' or just enjoy the demo. For further details please contact Gwen Evans on 01550-777813.

Llangadog WI

On Thursday, 5th April Llangadog WI will welcome Amanda Cooke to talk about the work of the WRVS at 7pm in the YMCA Hall Llangadog. We are expecting some wonderful creations in the Easter Bonnet competition, followed by refreshments and raffle. New members are always welcome at our meetings held on the first Thursay of each month. For further details please contact Gwyneth on 01550-777676.

Llangadog Gardening Club

On Saturday, 21st April Llangadog Gardening Club are organising a Coach Outing/Shopping Trip to the Royal Horticultural Show, Cardiff, leaving Llangadog Community Centre Car Park at 9 am. Cost per person of Show/Coach £17.50, Coach only £10 payable when booking. Members and non-members are most welcome. Please contact Gwen Evans on 01550-777813 as soon as possible to make bookings.

Cadog Film Club

Cadog Film Club has arranged an additional film this season - The Iron Lady, directed by Phylida Lloyd, and starring Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent and Richard E Grant. This is a look at the life of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, with a focus on the price she paid for power, with an Oscar-winning performance by Meryl Streep. The showing will be on Saturday, 28th April at 7pm for 7.30pm in Llangadog Community Hall. There will be a buffet (please bring a plate of food) and bar as usual. Admission is £5 (non-members £6). Please book in advance by ringing Irene Hayes on 01550-777657 or emailing

Cadog Film Club Reminder

Following the last minute change of programme in February you are reminded that Mao’s Last Dancer will now be shown at our next Film Night on Saturday, 3rd March in the Llangadog Community Hall. This has been described as “a charming....visually and emotionally stirring film...not to be missed”.
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. Admission £5 (members) or £6 (non-members). For bookings and further information ring Irene Hayes on 01550-777657 or email

Cwrdd a chawl

Seion Baptist Chapel, Llangadog extends a warm welcome to everyone to join them in a short service at 6pm on Tuesday, 8th March, and to share cawl and welsh cakes afterwards,

WI St David's Day Celebrations

Llangadog W I will celebrate all things Welsh on St David's Day, 1st March, with poetry, history and song provided by Bonny Bullock and Doreen Lloyd in the YMCA Hall, Llangadog at 7pm followed by typical Welsh refreshments and a raffle. Myddfai WI have been invited to join us. Anyone who would like to come along will be most welcome or please contact Gwyneth on 01550-777676 for further details.

Llangadog Gardening Club

Are you interested in growing Hostas? Keith Brown, renowned local gardener of Cilgwyn Lodge, Llangadog, will give an illustrated talk on the many varieties of this attractive plant on Wednesday 28th March at the YMCA Hall, Llangadog at 7.30pm, followed by refreshments and raffle. To find out more, come along to the meeting or ring Gwen Evans on 01550-777813 for further details.

Cadog Film Club - STOP PRESS

Unfortunately the film we were to show on Saturday, 4th February (Mao's Last Dancer) has not arrived.

But, by special arrangement, we are able to show you Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy instead. Mao's Last Dancer will hopefully be available next month for 3rd March.

We are so sorry for causing you inconvenience and disappointment, but if you still choose to come we're sure you'll enjoy your evening. It's our chance to show a main-stream film soon after it is released!

A brief review of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
This film, nominated for several BAFTA awards, is a new adaptation of John le Carré's classic spy novel. It is a brilliant portrayal of the compromise and cynicism of the cold war spy game. George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a disgraced British spy who had been forced into retirement, is asked by a senior government figure to investigate a story told to him by a rogue agent that there is a mole working for the Soviets in the British Secret Intelligence Service, aka MI6. The evidence points to one of four senior figures in the service. It is Smiley’s task to uncover which one of these respected and trusted men is in fact a double agent.

Llangadog Gardening Club

The History and Making of Walking Sticks will be the subject of interest in a talk to be given by Gareh Enoch at the YMCA Hall, Llangadog, at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 29th February, followed by refreshments and a raffle. Everybody welcome - just come along to trhe meeting or ring Gwen Evans on 01550-777813 for further details.

Steaming through Llangadog

Look out for "The Heart of Wales" run through Llangadog on Monday, 7th May, and "The Central Wales Explorer" on Saturday, 12th May. Both runs will be steam hauled and should be in the early afternoons.


This course, at Llangadog Community Centre, is suitable for both beginners and more advanced artists. Develop your skills as a painter in a friendly, supportive environment. Bring any materials you have to the first session on Wednesday, 11th January 2012, 1pm-3pm. Tutor: Julie Ann Sheridan. 10 sessions £55 (booking essential). Contact Julie on 01550-777933 to book


Winter/Spring Programme 2011/12

Cadog Film Club have announced their programme for the second half of their new season of films.

18th January 2012 #
The Namesake (2006) Cert 12 122min.
Dir. Mira Nair. Cast incl. 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.

4th February 2012
Mao’s Last Dancer (Australia, 2009) Cert ? 117min
Dir. Bruce Beresford Cast incl. Chi Cao, Bruce Greenwood and Kyle MacLachlan
At the age of 11, Li Cunxin was plucked from a poor Chinese village by Madame Mao’s cultural delegates and taken to Beijing to study ballet. In 1979, during a cultural exchange to Texas, he fell in love with an American woman. He managed to defect in 1981and went on to perform as principal dancer for the Houston Ballet and as principal artist with the Australian Ballet. “A charming....visually and emotionally stirring film...not to be missed”

15th February 2012 #
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (Sweden, 2009) Cert 15 147 mins
Dir. Daniel Alfredson Cast incl. Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace and Lena Endre
Film sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire. Lisbeth is recovering in a hospital and awaiting trial for three murders when she is released. Mikael must prove her innocence, but Lisbeth must be willing to share the details of her sordid experiences with the court.

3rd March 2012
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011) Cert 15 127 mins
Dir. Tomas Alfredson Cast incl. Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Tom Hardy
In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6’s echelons.

21st March 2012 #
A Separation (Iran, 2011) Cert PG 123 mins
Dir. Asghar Farhadi Cast incl. Peyman Maadi, Leila Hatami and Sareh Bayat
A married couple are faced with a difficult decision, to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer’s.

14th April 2012
Hugo (2011) Cert U 126 mins
Dir. Martin Scorsese Cast incl. Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee
Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton. “...if you love the cinema and magic then I highly recommend this masterpiece. Hugo is really something special...”

18th April 2012 #
Of Gods and Men (France, 2010) Cert 15 122 mins
Dir. Xavier Beauvois Cast incl. Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, Olivier Rabourdin
Under threat by fundamentalist terrorists, a group of Trappist monks stationed with an impoverished Algerian community must decide whether to leave or stay.

5th May 2012
Annual General Meeting followed by My Week With Marilyn (2011) Cert ? 99 mins
Dir. Simon Curtis Cast incl. Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh
Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during production of The Prince and the Showgirl. “Michelle Williams [is] the one reason to see this film and in itself she’s reason enough”.

16th May 2011 #
We Need to Talk About Kevin
(2011) Cert 15 112 mins
Dir. Lynne Ramsay Cast incl. Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly and Ezra Miller
The mother of a teenage boy who went on a high-school killing spree tries to deal with her grief - and feelings of responsibility for her child’s actions. “Lynne Ramsay’s film is a tour de force of economy....It’s not an easy watch, although there is no sensationalism. It is, however, always poetry.”

Film Nights are usually the first Saturday of each month and start at 7.30pm in the Llangadog Community Hall (bookings required). Supper 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

The Iron Lady
The Film Club hopes to include this as an additional film in this season’s programme, probably in April or May. Full details to be announced later.

Llangadog Angling Club

Llangadog Angling's Annual General Meeting will be on Friday, 27th January 2012 at 7pm in the Community Centre. This will be followed by a buffet and prize giving at the Goose & Cuckoo. If you wish to attend please phone the Secretary on 01550-777296 by Sunday 22nd January.

Llangadog Thursday Afternoon Group

Can you
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 a Thursday afternoon,
and we’ll share our crafts over a cup of tea and a chat.
We meet every Thursday afternoon, from 2 pm to 4 pm.

For further information ring
Catherine Berry on 01550-777980.

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.

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.