What's On

Listings of coming events in and around Llangadog, Capel Gwynfe and Bethlehem

Every care is taken in compiling this list of What's On and all details given below are believed to be correct, but dates, times, etc can change. Details can be checked by ringing the numbers given.

 

Do you have any news or upcoming events that you would like to see listed on this website?

If so, look out for Caron, in the computer corner at Llangadog Post Office.

She will be collecting information for inclusion on the website, so go over and say hello!

Caron is currently working on a Monday and Wednesday and is also involved with the Llangadog Hall Committee, therefore she will try to pop into the post office as regularly as she can in between her other roles.  She is still updating the website from home to keep it as up to date as possible. 

Please send any information to her at her email address caronthomas55@yahoo.com

 

 

Events at Bethlehem Hall

http://bethlehemhall.wales

 

DECEMBER IN BETHLEHEM

Just a reminder that the Bethlehem Christmas Fair is being held Wednesday 12th December, doors open at 6pm. This is a free community event, with a complimentary glass of mulled wine and some nibbles available for everyone.

We will have local craftspeople attending, including for the first time, Rhian Mai, a talented local wildlife and landscape photohgrapher. Her work is exceptionally good, so this is a great opportunity to see her images at first hand.

The raffle is always popular at the fair, with prizes donated by stallholders. We would, however, be grateful for any other contributions to the raffle table, so if you can spare an item or two, please bring them along.

We will have a very full merchandise and produce stand. Currently we have fruit wines, chutneys, jams and freshly made cranberry sauce on sale. But we welcome more contributions, so if you can donate anything in the way of produce, home made cakes, free range eggs etc, then we would be very grateful indeed. We do hope you'll be able to drop by to support this community event.

There is always a very friendly, festive atmosphere at the Bethlehem Christmas Fair, so it's the ideal opportunity to catch up with neighbours and friends, as well as supporting local producers and indulging in a little shopping.

The stamping carries on every day again this week, with the hall open from 10 till 4. So far we have met visitors from as far afield as Kent, Liverpool, the Midlands and Leicester to name a few, as well as from all over Wales. One gentleman in his mid 80's drove all the way from the Midlands in order to post one Christmas card with the Bethlehem stamp on it, to his daughter who lives in Bethlehem USA, that's how special the stamp is to very many people.

The children's party takes place this Saturday, the 15th, this time in the chapel due to it's early start. The hall will, as always though, be giving gifts to all the children attending. Contact Jane Ryall for more details.

The café will be open again on Sunday from 12 noon till 3om, serving a choice of home made soups and light lunches, cakes, and hot and cold drinks. No groups of ramblers booked in this week though, so plenty of room for everyone!

And finally a request from Linda Court for everyone to pass on used postage stamps to her, so she can in turn pass them on to the detection dogs charity. You can drop them at Ty Ni in the village, or leave them with us in the hall and we will give them to Linda.

Many thanks for reading this, hope to see you at one of our events.

Diolch yn fawr,
Nia, Pam, Rose, Wyn, Andy and Chris

 

BETHLEHEM NEWS

There are a few events happening in the hall over the next couple of weeks, which you might be interested in attending.

Monday 12th November sees the monthly quiz, always a really good evening out, and just £1 to play. Setting the questions this month is Team Mantrap, last month's winners, so expect the unexpected! Arrive from 7 for a 7.30pm start, bring a bottle and snacks if you want.

Tuesday, the 20th, we will be running another Whist Drive. The first one earlier in the year was a great success, so don't miss this one. It costs just £2 to play, and that includes refreshments. Lots of prizes on offer, as well as a raffle. The MC once again will be Ifor Llechwennu, and it starts at 7.30pm.

We have now taken delivery of this year's Bethlehem Christmas Cards, designed by two of the children from the village, Gracie and Suzie. They look great, and are sure to be popular. They are available as single cards, or in mixed packs of four, and we will have them on sale in the hall from tomorrow night, as well as at other outlets, to be confirmed.

Kate Glanville has also made us a limited number of exclusive Bethlehem mugs, which will also be on sale in the hall. They are very distinctive and colourful, and very "Kate"!

We now have a comprehensive list of volunteers for the December Christmas Card stamping, so I'll be contacting everyone over the coming days to see what days/times work best for people, and I'll email out a rota before the end of the week. Many thanks to everyone who has offered to help, it means that no-one will need cover more than one or two sessions over the two and a half week period.

Nia.


 

CALLING ALL LOCAL ARTISTS/CRAFTSPEOPLE IN BETHLEHEM

We are hoping to expand our range of locally produced merchandise, on a Bethlehem theme.

We already have cards designed by both Julie Brenan and Des Oldfield, featuring interpretations of Bethlehem scenes, Chris Brown has made enamelled pendants with the Bethlehem star as the focal, and Kate Glanville is producing a limited number of mugs for us.

We are selling pendants, mugs etc. on a sale or return basis, with a percentage of the sale price going to the hall. December is always very busy in the hall, with Christmas card stamping taking place right up until the last posting dates, so it's an ideal opportunity sell your work to a wider customer base.

If you feel you have anything you'd like to contribute, then please get in touch with either myself, or any of the other committee members - Pam, Andy, Wyn, Rose or Chris.

Many Thanks, Nia
niaclement0@gmail.com - 01550 777254

 

BETHLEHEM COMMUNITY PRODUCE

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 year, 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!

Nia

 

Hiring the Hall

If you want to book the hall for events, then get in touch with Nia who is now managing the bookings.
You can contact her on niaclement0@gmail.com or by phone 01550 777254 or mobile 07747021462.

 

NEUADD BETHLEHEM HALL YOUTH GROUP

Good news for Bethlehem and the surrounding community! There are more children and young people living here now than for quite a few years, so the time is absolutely right to start up a regular youth group at the hall.

Starting on Friday September 28th, the group will meet on the last Friday of every month, from 6-8pm. It's open to all children in the area, aged 7 years and upwards. The cost is £2 per child, per session - this will include squash and biscuits. There will also be a small tuck shop available, selling soft drinks and snacks.

The sessions are being organised by Hannah so contact her for more details - 07495 250346.

 

 

BETHLEHEM MUGS

Our super duper new Bethlehem mugs have literally just been delivered, aren't they lovely?

Available in the hall, price just £5.

A big thank you to Geoff for letting us use his lovely sketch of the Old School, and for his painstaking work in preparing the image ready for printing. Also to Sue who drove a hard bargain with the company, ensuring we got the best possible deal!

 

Bethlehem Notebooks

Look at our new notebook!

In addition to the ever popular Bethlehem jute bag (we actually sold out of them in the run up to Christmas!), we will now be selling new merchandise in 2018, and look what landed on the doorstep a few days ago - really gorgeous notebooks, fabulous quality, complete with the famous Bethlehem star.

They will be available at the hall when the café starts up again at the end of April, as well as at other community events such as the quiz, suppers etc.

Priced at £4.50, they are perfect for keeping in your bag, and they would make great little gifts, a special little reminder of a special little place.

 

 

 


Upcoming Events at Gwynfe

Yes, it's quiz time again!  For a fun evening out this coming Saturday (24th November), come along to the village hall for the next Gwynfe Quiz.  Come for food (pasta + bolognese sauce) at 7, followed by the quiz at 7:45.  For just the quiz come at 7:30.  As usual, food+quiz tickets will be £6 and quiz only tickets £2.  Needless to say, the paying bar will be open and the raffle will have some tempting prizes on offer.  Tickets available on the door, but if you wish to flag up your attendance in advance, please let us know.

The Christmas meeting of the  Monday Club  will take place on Monday, 3rd December at 1:30 p.m. in the village hall.  As usual at this time of year, there will be mince pies and mulled wine as well as tea and coffee and a good natter.  All for £1!  (Please note there is no Monday Club in January, so the first meeting in 2019 will be on 1st February.)

All Saints' Church, Gwynfe is organising a  Christmas Coffee Morning  to be held in the village hall on Saturday, 8th December from 10:00 to 12:30.  All welcome.

Following his hugely successful appearance at Gwynfe village hall two years ago, we are welcoming back Ian Keable, magician extraordinaire.  This time Ian has a new show for us, entitled  Funny Tricks , in which he promises to reveal some 'tricks of the trade'.  So make a note in your diaries for Saturday, 15th December.  Doors open at 7pm and show-time is 7:30.  Food will be available (at extra cost) in the interval and the bar will be open, of course.  Entry tickets are priced at £7 (full) or £6 (concessions).  Everyone should see a magic show at Christmas!  For more information and advance ticket reservations, please contact Colin or John on 01550-740462.

A warm welcome is extended by All Saints' Church, Gwynfe to come along to the  Christmas Carol Service  being held at 11:15 on Sunday, 16th December.

Following feedback from parents and grand-parents last year, the  Gwynfe Children's Party  will take place between Christmas and the New Year on Saturday, 29th December in the village hall.  Invitations will be issued to all Gwynfe village and All Saints' Church children.  More details of the fun and games available from Sheila Jones on 01550-740676

By popular demand, Gwynfe Community Association are hosting another  New Year's Eve Party  commencing at 8pm in the village hall.  Please bring party food to share and whatever drinks you fancy throughout the evening, as there will be no bar.  However, there will be a free glass of fizz at midnight.  Usual mix of fun and games guarantees a good evening.  For any queries contact Heather Johnson on 01550-740512.

For anyone who would like to come along to the  AGM  of Gwynfe Community Association, please note that it will be held on Monday, 14th January at 7pm in the village hall.

...and now for something completely different...On Friday, 18th January the village hall committee will be holding a charity event, a  Murder Mystery Evening .  Tickets, which will  only be available in advance, are strictly limited.  They will be priced at £8 to include a buffet and the murder-mystery drama from an accomplished amateur dramatic cast.  So, hone your detective skills and register your interest in obtaining  tickets from John or Colin on 01550-740462.

Gwynfe Show Committee will hold their annual  Dinner  on Saturday, 19th January (provisionally booked for the White Hart Hotel, Llandeilo).  Please contact Sarah for more information on 01550-740612.

A HUGE thank-you to those of you who already support us through easyfundraising.com and have so far raised nearly £400 for the village hall.  For those who have not signed up yet, here's an opportunity to become involved prior to your on-line Christmas shopping... Help Gwynfe Community Hall raise FREE funds whenever you shop online by signing up to #easyfundraising . It doesn't cost any extra and you'll be helping to make a real difference with every purchase you make. It's great and so easy! To find out more, visit  https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/invite/1563DV 

Finally, many households in and around Gwynfe have a copy of the excellent Gwynfe Community Map of our lovely village and surrounding area.  There are now very few of these maps left and we are thinking of re-commissioning a new batch.  Please let us know if you would be interested in being able to purchase more maps - perhaps a new copy to replace your dog-eared one, or perhaps extra ones to give to family, friends or other members of the community.

Gwynfe Defibrillator

On a completely different topic...as many of you will be aware, Gwynfe Community Hall houses a defibrillator , which is available 24/7 in the entrance hall.  This medical resource is supported financially by Llangadog Community Council.  It can be used by anyone in or near Gwynfe who suspects they may be dealing with an adult in cardiac arrest

The machine is designed to be used by anyone (whether they are familiar with the equipment or not) and a built-in loudspeaker directs the user how to use the equipment, step by step. A number of Gwynfe residents who live near the hall have agreed to be contact points for anyone who needs to receive the defibrillator on an urgent basis. 

A new/refresher course on how to use the defibrillator may be run shortly in the hall for anyone who would like to attend.  Please check for news of a course.

Finally, anyone who wishes to be sure of the location of a property (in Gwynfe) before they set off with the defibrillator can check the map mounted in a frame alongside the road just outside the hall (by the Three Kites statue).  We are looking into the possibility of having a spare map attached to the defib box for anyone to take with them in an emergency.

 

Cadog Film Club

We run two types of event, always in the evening and in the Llangadog C ommunity Hall:

• on the first Saturday of every month from October to May we show a film that has broad appeal

• on the third Friday of every month from October to April we show something less well-known that has been highly rated – we call these evenings “Buffs' Nights”.

The Saturday events are as much social as about the film. Everyone coming brings a plate of food to share and we have a buffet meal at tables, with wine and soft drinks available to buy. We sit and chat for an hour or so before clearing everything away and enjoying the film.

On Fridays we meet for half an hour or so before the film for drinks and nibbles.

The easiest way to join is to come to a Friday or Saturday event and sign up at the door. Membership is £5 per season per person (there is a minimum age limit for paid-up members of 16).

TICKETS cost £5 per person per film, payable at the door.

NON-MEMBERS are welcome, maybe visitors or friends of members who would like to see the show, or under 16s if the film is legal for them to see. Non-members' tickets are £6.

OTHERWISE you can contact the Club's Secretary by e-mail – cadogfilmclub@aol.com

Our website is at http://cadogfilmclub.org.uk/

 

 

Dinefwr Ramblers

Dinefwr Ramblers is the Ramblers group for the Llandeilo, Llandovery and Ammanford areas. The first three walks with the group will be free of charge and afterwards becoming a member of the Ramblers will provide many benefits and give support to a charity dedicated to promoting walking.

Further information on these and a wide variety of other easier walks organised by Dinefwr Ramblers, including contact details for the leaders, will be found on the website www.dinefwr Ramblers.org.uk and in The Post's Events section. 

 

Llangadog Gardening Association

Llangadog Gardening Association meets at 7.30pm on the last Wednesday of every month in Llangadog Community Centre. We have a varied programme of speakers, trips and events throughout the year. Contact Helen Williams on 01550-777719 for further details.