2006 news archive

december 2006

The annual village Concert and Carol Service was held on Sunday the 17th of December with Dinefwr Male Voice Choir, under the conduction of John Williams, and Ben Montague accompanying. John Mathias led the evening, with members of the Church and local Chapels undertaking the readings – Mrs Joan Morgan and Mrs Sheila Lewis from Bethel, Cwm Pedol; Mrs Ethel Davies and Mrs Judy Jenkins from Llanycrwys Church; Mrs Eryl Mathias and Miss Lynwen Mathias from Saroon, Cwm Twrch; Mr Dewi Williams and Mr Aled Williams from Ffaldybrenin Chapel and Miss Carwen Richards and Miss Rhian Davies from Salem, Caeo. The blessing was read by the Archdeacon Andy John , Llanycrwys. This evening has developed into a local tradition over the years, and it gives local people a chance to come together and remember the true meaning of Christmas as well as to socialise. A cup of tea and mince pies were prepared by Hall Committee members.

On the last Sunday of the year, a service was held in Bethel, with the Reverend Stephen Morgan, Llangeitho officiating. Following the service, a tea was held in the vestry for the Chapel’s members, friends and children

Following months of research and writing by a number of local residents, the local history book has finally been sent to the printers. It was decided to publish a book to celebrate the three-quarter century since the opening of the hall in 1931, and also to include the history surrounding the local area in Ffarmers and Ffaldybrenin. The book illustrates the history of the local Church and Chapels, Schools and voluntary organisations, and it is full of interesting facts, as well as old and new pictures. It is hoped that the official book launch will be at the beginning of March. Full details will appear soon.

The beginning of the year sees a busy period in the Hall. On the 15th of January, the genealogist, Ellyn Harries will give a talk on tracing Family History, followed by a workshop which will be open to all. On the 28th of January, Lampeter Chamber Orchestra will perform in the Hall at 3.00 in the afternoon. On the 30th of January, BBC Radio Cymru will record two programmes of ‘Talwrn y Beirdd’, a Welsh language poetry competition. On Saturday 3rd of February, we will welcome Ger y Lli Youth Choir from Aberystwyth to the Hall. The Presidents will be Mr and Mrs Aneurin Jones, Hathren, Lampeter – both of which have close ties to this area. On the 9th of February at 7.30 pm, Felix Aubel will visit to talk about antiques, and local people are welcome to bring along their antiques, and our guest will talk about a selection of these. This event, as well as the Family History evening has been co-organised with ‘Cronfa Milltir Sgwar’, and we thank them for their support.

For some months now, Ffarmers and Ffaldybrenin parents and friends have been busy raising money to develop a playground for local children. The campaign started in September with a promise auction that raised £2,500, including £750 from Barclays Bank, under their ‘Pound for Pound’ scheme. A number of other events were held in the autumn, and before Christmas, a group went out to sing Carols, and raised £317. Shortly before Christmas, it was announced that a grant of £2,500 had been approved by the Carmarthenshire Society for Voluntary Services. Thank you to everyone who has worked with the campaign, as well as those that have supported the fund raising. It is hoped to raise enough money before the spring and to proceed with the plans over the summer months.

We are very sorry to report the passing away of two people with a close connection with Ffarmers during the last month. June Perry passed away suddenly in her home in Lampeter, although she had not been well for a few years. June and her husband, Reg lived in Dolaunewydd, Ffarmers for some years, and following the death of her husband, June moved to live in Lampeter. The sad news that Geraint Jones had passed away shocked the whole area, as he was still young. Geraint was raised in Bwlchgwynt, ffarmers but had lived in Dihewyd and Llanybydder since. A conscientious worker, Geraint was popular in the area as an Agricultural Contractor, serving many local farms. Our deepest sympathies are extended to their families and friends in their grief.

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november 2006


Mrs Glenys Davies, Oak Villa wishes to thank everyone for the sympathy that she received following the recent passing away of her sister, Mrs Blanche Morgan, Pantglas.


A successful Coffee Evening was held in the hall on Friday the 10th of November, with Mr and Mrs Gwilym Price, Brynderi, Cwmann as presidents.  Gwilym Price has close connections with the area as he was born in Tynant.  Members of the committee had organised various stalls, and sold all products easily.  Thank you all for your support.

The Annual General Meeting of the Hall was held on Tuesday the 14th of November.  As usual, a good evening was had, and we welcomed a new member to the committee, Aneurin Jones, Cefntelych representing Dyffryn Cothi Young Farmers Club.  The following officials were elected for 2006/2007:  President – Mrs Ray Davies, Peronne; Chairman – Mrs Ethel Davies, Llyshelen; Vice-Chairman – Mr Eirian Morgan, Sŵn yr Einion;  Treasurer – Mr. Irwel Jones, Buarth yr Oen, and secretary – Mr Elfyn Davies, Troed-y-Bryn.  The annual dinner will be held in the Drovers on Tuesday the 5th of December.


A trip went from the area to Cardiff on Saturday, 19th of November.  It was organised by Mrs Morina Lloyd and Mrs Judy Jenkins, and all had a good day.  Many trip goers visited the Senate building in the bay with a guide explaining the different aspects of the building, and the way the Assembly works.  Some went to see the show ‘Amazing Grace’ in the millennium centre where Shân Cothi was performing, and they spoke highly of the show.  Others went to the Cardiff International Arena where a Craft Show was being held, and some went to the castle and went shopping etc.  Thank you to Morina and Judy for organising the trip.

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october 2006

Congratulations to Barrie and Amanda Jones, Swn y Nant on the birth of a baby girl, Sara on the 18th of October, a sister to Rhys, Bryn and Lisa.


An amusing evening was had in the company of Professor Hywel Teifi Edwards in the hall on Friday 20th of October, as he lectured about ‘Rhwysg Hanes Cymru yng Nghaerdydd ym 1909’ – a national pageant held in Cardiff to remember the nation’s history.

The committee has organised a Coffee Evening with stalls on Friday 10th of October 2006 at 7.30 pm.  The annual Carol Service and Concert will be held on Sunday 17th of December.  On 28th January, 2007, Lampeter Chamber orchestra will visit the hall at 3.00pm.  On the 3rd of February, 2007, Cor Ger y Lli, a choir from Aberystwyth will be performing.


We are happy to announce that the Bottle Bank has finally arrived in Ffarmers.  It is situated on council property below the Drovers Car Park.  We hope everyone will use this facility as part of the increase in the need for recycling waste.  We are looking forward to a paper bank soon.


Some local parents have been busy lately raising money to develop a children’s play area with suitable children’s play equipment.  The equipment will be situated on the village park so that the children have plenty of room to play.  As part of the campaign to raise money, a promise auction was held in the Drovers Arms on Saturday the 2nd of September, and nearly £2,500 was raised, a sum that contains £750 of match funding from Barclays Bank, arranged by Lowri Davies, Llyshelen.  Other activities have been raised over the coming months, and enquiries are being made about possible grant aid towards the project. 


Carmarthenshire Learning Network are offering a wide range of courses in the Hall, including Computers and IT, Health and Wellbeing, Music and Dance, Arts and Crafts, Basic Skills, Life Skills, Sports and many, many more. Courses are generally 2 ½ hours per week over 8 weeks, in the evening, daytime or weekends, to meet the students requirements. Before a course can commence, a minimum of eight people must register, so this is your chance if you are interested in developing your skills. Further details on the courses can be found in the village.


A craft group has begun in the village and meets weekly on Wednesday evenings in the hall.  For further details please contact Christine on (01558) 650331 or Jill on (01558) 650573.

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september 2006


A special meeting of the Management Committee was held on Tuesday, September the 12th with Mrs. Ethel Davies chairing. The main aim of the meeting was to organise the programme of events for the coming winter, with the following programme being agreed:

On October the 20th, Professor Hywel Teifi Edwards will be joining us to lecture on “Rhwysg Hanes Cymru 1909 yng Nghaerdydd.” We had a wonderful evening in his company last year, and look forward to welcoming him again.

On November the 10th, a coffee evening will be held including stalls in the Hall, and as usual, a Concert and Carol Service will be held on Sunday, December 17th, with representatives from local chapels and churches taking to the readings.
An evening or afternoon of music is intended for January, and this will be followed by a Concert on Saturday, February the 3rd with “Côr ger y Lli,” Aberystwyth. This Choir has been successful in previous years, and they won in the National Eisteddfod in Swansea earlier this year.
More activities will be organised, and further details will be posted during the coming months.
The Annual Public General Meeting is in Tuesday, October 10th at 8.30 pm. All local people are welcome to attend the meeting, and to contribute to the Hall’s activities.


Our best wishes are extended to Mrs Jennie Vaughan, who is a teacher in the village school, as well as Jane Evans, the cook. Both have suffered illnesses recently, and we look forward to welcoming them back to their work in the near future. Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery to both.


Judy Jenkins and Morina Lloyd are organising a trip to Cardiff on Saturday, November 18th. The coach will leave Ffarmers at 8.15 am, and a limited number of spaces are available for a guided tour of the new Assembly building in Cardiff Bay. For further details, or to book a seat, contact Judy on (01558) 650433 or Morina on (01558) 650772.


Carmarthenshire Learning Network are offering a wide range of courses in the Hall, including Computers and IT, Health and Wellbeing, Music and Dance, Arts and Crafts, Basic Skills, Life Skills, Sports and many, many more. Courses are generally 2 ½ hours per week over 8 weeks, in the evening, daytime or weekends, to meet the students requirements. Before a course can commence, a minimum of eight people must register, so this is your chance if you are interested in developing your skills. Further details on the courses can be found in the village.

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july/august 2006


To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the official opening of Neuadd Bro Fana, Ffarmers, a weekend of celebrations as held in the village. The celebrations started with a Treasure Hunt from the village square on Friday, the 11th of August. The hunt was arranged by Mrs Gwyneth Richards, Cwmcelynen, with some eighteen teams competing. The winners were Roy, Judy and Lewis Jenkins, Llysawel.

On the Saturday, a good crowd came to the Annual Carnival and Sports, some there to compete, and some supporting and enjoying the activities. The presidents were Mr and Mrs Ieuan Jones, Glyn Hebog (Llwyndiriaid), Ffarmers, and as well as opening the activities, they had the task of judging the fancy dress competitions. There was an exceptional competition this year, with the following vitorious in the different age groups - Eiriana Jones-Campbell, Cardiff; Iola Whittle, Ty Cerrig; Luned Jones, Maesionydd; Sulwen Richards, Cwmcelynen; Lynwen Mathias, Tynwern; Carwen Richards, Cwmcelynen. The overall cup for all age groups was won by Luned Jones, Maesionydd, with Carwen Richards and Rhian Davies, Pencader winning the pairs. Because this year is special for the Hall, there was a competition for 1930’s dress, with Carwen Richards winning the children’s classes, and Colin Baldwin, Wernfeudwy winning the adult classes. The tableau competition was won by the Mathias family, Tynwern, with Eryl and Lynwen Mathias also victorious in the adult pairs class.

As usual, there was a good sports, with children and adults participating. The challenge cup was won by Carwen Richards, Cwmcelynen. The cup which is presented in memory of Elin Mair Thomas to children under 6 years old was won by Iola Whittle, Ty Cerrig.

Following the sports, a game of rounders was held, while younger children entertained themselves on a bouncy castle. To close the day’s activities, a barbecue was held.

On the Sunday evening, a concert and modern gymanfa was held, with Cwmann Male Voice Choir, under the conduction of Mrs Elonwy Davies, Llanybydder, and Elonwy Pugh, Lampeter accompanying. The presidents were Mr and Mrs David Dyer, Llandovery. The soloist was Mr Kees Husmas, Tregroes, a choir member who came second in the bass soloist in the National Eisteddfod. There were also items by Mr Iwan Davies and Mr Ken Lewis.

To end the celebrations, a bingo night was held with Mr Harold Williams, Ty Howell calling. We wish Harold all the best as he is due to go into hospital for an operation at the end of the month

Thank-you to everyone who helped organize and supported all the activities.

However, this is not the end of the celebrating:
The history of Neuadd Bro Fana and the local community in Ffarmers and Ffaldybrenin

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Hall, a bilingual book will be published in the autumn. If you would like to order a copy in advance, you may become a subscriber by paying £10.00 – this will ensure you a hardback copy (including delivery). Anyone who subscribes before the book is published will have their names listed in the book.

To order a copy, plese contact any of the hall committee, or send your name, address and telephone number, with £10.00 to Elfyn Davies, Secretary, Troed-y-Bryn, Ffarmers.

Cheques should be made payable to ‘Neuadd Bro Fana’.


Congratulations to Lynwen Thomas, Bryndolau ffarmers, and Dafydd Jones, Llanarth on their recent wedding. They were married at Bethel, Cwmpedol chapel on the 15th of July, with The Reverend Goronwy Wynne officiating. The reception was held at the Halfway, Nantgaredig. Lynwen is a teacher at Pantycelyn School, Llandovery, and Dafydd is well known as a Scarlets and Wales rugby player. They have settled in Porthyrhyd, Carmarthen. We wish them all the best in the future.


Welcome to Barrie and Amanda Jones, Rhys, Bryn and Lisa to their new home in Ffarmers – Swn y Nant. Amanda was raised in Ffarmers, and Barrie comes from Llanybydder. We wish them all the best in the new home.


Mrs Joan Jones, Buarth yr Oen spent a short while in the hospital, but she is now home and on the mend. Mr Dewi Davies, Murmur y Coes, Cwmann (previously Llwyncelynmwr) also spent some time in hospital, but is now out. All the best to them both.


There will be two services in Bethel, Cwmpedol at 2.00, and 6.30 on Tuesday, 26th September, 2006, with the Reverend Beti-Wyn James officiating. The services were originally scheduled for Wednesday, 27th Sepetmber, but had to be rescheduled due to circumstances beyond our control.

A Thanksgiving Service will be held in Saron, Cwm Twrch on Thursday, 7th September at 7.00 and will be officiated by Reverend Sulwyn Jones, Merthyr Tudful. A warm welcome is extended to the services in both Bethel and Saron.

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june 2006


Tuesday, 2nd of May was an important day in Ffarmers when we welcomed Shan Cothi to do a concert in the hall. The music ranged from the classical to Musical Shows, traditional melodies and Ivor Novello’s songs. Jeff Howard of Cardiff accompanied, as well as dueting with Shan.

The concert was organized by the Hall Committee with the aid of the Caeo and Llanycrwys Elderly Society. The event was sponsored by ‘Arts and Business’ and Barclays Bank. Some 110 children from Ysgol Carreg Hirfaen attended, unfortunately, children from Caio School were unable to attend because this was their first day back after the holiday. It was a pleasure to see the children behaving so well, and they performed a small item that pleased the audience. All the children were given a signed card by Shan.

Thank-you to all the friends that prepared light refreshments for the audience, and to those that donated raffle prizes. The Hall Chairman, Ethel Davies, presented flowers to Shan and Jeff.


Congratulations to Marie Warner, Tegeirian for passing her HGV Class 1 driving test. Well done, and good luck with the driving.


It is good to see Mr Ieuan and Mrs Buddug Jones, Blaenau back home after a short spell in hospital. We wish them all the best and hope they get well soon.


Congratulations to Mr Roy Jenkins, Llysawel, Ffarmer on being elected Chairman of the Parish Council for the current year. Roy takes over from Mr Ieuan Jones, Llwyndiriaid. The new Vice-Chairman is Mr Irfon Davies, Ail Fana, Ffarmers.


The Council of Management of the Hall are busy preparing for the three quarters of a century celebrations in August. As well as publishing a book on the history of the area, there will also be a weekend of celebrating starting with a treasure hunt on Friday, august the 11th. The following day, there will be a Carnival and Sports with a barbecue later. There will be a concert on Sunday night, and a bingo night on Monday, with Harold, Ty Howel. There will be further activities in the Autumn, details will be posted nearer the time.


On Friday, 19th of May, we welcomed the Cudyll Coch Drama Company to Ffarmers to perform two comedies by Ifan Gruffydd – ‘Harri’r 8fed’ and ‘Gormod o Bwdin’. The President for the evening was Mrs Sue Hughes, who was a teacher at Ffarmers in the 1980’s. She now teaches in Ysgol y Ddwylan, Newcastle Emlyn


It is with regret that we report the passing away of Mrs. Lynne Jones, daughter in law of Mrs Audrey Jones, Glanyreryr. She lived with her family in Gerrard’s Cross, London, and we extend our condolences to her husband, David, their children and family in their loss.

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may 2006


Congratulations to Tim and Adelaine Jones of Tenbury Wells on the birth of their daughter on the 10th of March - Oonagh, a grandaughter to Derek and Margaret Shackles, Ddol-Las, Ffarmers. Also, Rose Roberts was born to Lisa Davies and Andrew Roberts of Llwyncelyn, Ffarmers on March 15th 2006


We were very sorry o hear of the passing away of Peter Turton, previously of Dolaugwynion following many years of ill health. Peter and Eileen returned to the Kingsheath area of Birmingham to be closer to their family as Peter's health worsened, but they kept in contact with their friends in the Ffarmers area. We extend our condolences to Eileen, the family and all connections in their loss.


On the 2nd of May at 2.00pm a concert will be held in the hall with Shan Cothi especially for senior citizens and children although there will be a welcome for anyone to attend. The concert is sponsered by the Arts and Business scheme and Barcalys Bank, and entry will be free. On the 19th of May, Cudyll Coch Drama Company will visit Ffarmers to perform two comedy dramas - 'Harri'r 8fed' and 'Gormod o Bwdin'. This was originally booked for the beginning of March, but due to the snow, it was postponed. The performance begins at 8.00pm and the original tickets are still valid.


A rehearsal in preparation for the Gymanfa was held in Bethel, Cwmpedol on Sunday, 23rd April with Mr Emlyn Davies, Llanybydder conducting. This year's Gymanfa will be held in Salem, Caio on Sunday, 21st May with the children's service at 2.00 pm, and the adults service at 6.00 pm. The conductress will be Mrs Ann Davies, Llanarthne. A warm welcome is extended to all to join in the singing.


On Good Friday, members and friends of the Church met on Ffarmers village square to walk to the Church. The walk started at 10.00 and a service was held in the Church at 10.30 am, followed by refreshments. On Easter Sunday, a Holy Communion was held in the Church.


We welcome Alan and Nerys Jones to live in Henllan. Nerys is known in the area as the daughter of Maesllanwrthwl, Crugybar, and Alan is the son of Troed y rhiw Farm, Llanddewi Brefi. We wish them every happinness in their new home. Nerys is a Lawyer in Swansea, while Alan works on his home farm.


Mr Gomer Davies, Troed y bryn has been awarded with the Sir Peter Crossman Medal for Long Service by the Shire Horse Society. The presentation was made in a special ceremony at the Shire Horse Show in Peterborough in March. He has been interested in shire horses since his childhood and has worked with these horses as well as breeding them under the 'Trem y Fana' prefix. Mr Davies is a founder member of the West Wales Shire Horse Society as well as being the Society's President.

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april 2006


Congratulations to Daniel Davies, Llyshelen on his appointment to Airbus in Bristol. Daniel previously worked for Ford in Daventry, Essex, but longed to return closer to Wales. Best wishes to Daniel as he develops his career.

We are pleased to report the arrival of a baby girl, Jessica, to Gareth and Lorraine, Blaenau. Another family celebrating are Ian and Rebecca Price, Erwau following the birth of a baby son, Isaac Francis. Congratulations and best wishes to both families.


Congratulations to Mike and Catherine Griffiths, Crudyrawel, Ffarmers on their recent marriage, and best wishes and happiness to them.


We are sorry to report the passing away of Joseia Davies (Jos), Penbanc, Ffarmers in Alltymynydd home lately, soon after celebrating his eightieth birthday. We extend our condolences to his family and connections.


Neuadd Bro Fana will be celebrating its 75th birthday this year, and to mark this historic milestone, the Council of Management intends to publish a book on the history of the area - the area that is referred as 'the hamlet of CwmTwrch' in the original hall constitution.

This area contains the northernmost part of the parish of Cynwyl Gaeo, and the parish of Llanycrwys. A number of volunteers are presently gathering information for the book that will recite the history of the Hall, Church and Chapels, Schools, Show and Sports and voluntary organisations etc. There will also be an opportunity for local residents, and those with connections with the area to contribute anecdotes to the book. If you are interested in contributing, or if you have any old pictures of local interest, plesae contact any of the hall committee. We are especially keen to gain information on Cwmtwrch School, which shut in the 1950's, and Esgair Las Chapel, which also shut during this time. Any information will be gratefully received. Thank-you.


Due to the snow at the beginning of March, the visit of Cwmni Drama Cudyll Coch, Llandeilo, had to be postponed. Fortunately, the company is available on a new date, and they will perform two dramas - 'Harri'r Wythfed' and 'Gormod o Bwdin', at the hall on the 19th of May, at 8.00pm. The president of the evening will be Mrs Sue Hughes, of Peniel, Carmarthen. Mrs Hughes taught in Ffarmers school for a period in the 1980's. If you purchased tickets for the original date, these are still valid. If you would like to purchase a ticket, please contact any of the members of the Council of Management, or send an email to neuaddbrofana@postmaster.co.uk.

The Carreg Hirfaen School St David's Day Eisteddfod was held in the hall on Wednesday, 8th March. The judges were Mr Dafydd Jones, Ffair Rhos (Music) and the Reverend Beti Morris (Reciting). Mared Owen (Key Stage 1) won the Chair for Welsh Poetry, with Delyth Mathias winning in Key Stage 2. Sam Jacobs won the English Story competition. There will be a full round up of the Eisteddfod in due course

Some of the citizens of Ffarmers helped with the Visions Day in Pumsaint on the 25th of February. An exhibition was prepared to describe life in the local community and the various activities and attractions in and around the area.


A local citizen had a new experience lately by visiting a Six Nations Championship game. Mrs Ray Davies, Peronne was fortunate to win a pair of tickets to watch Wales take on Italy in the Millenium Stadium, Cardiff on the 11th of March, as well as spending two nights in Cardiff's Park Plaza Hotel. By all accounts, she had a wonderful time in Cardiff, and thoroughly enjoyed the match.

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