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Lampeter Chamber Orchestra

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‘Researching Place Names with Professor David Thorne.

2007 news archive

december 2007

The Hall Council’s annual dinner was held at the Drovers Arms on Tuesday, 12th of December. On the Sunday evening before Christmas, the annual Concert and Carol service was held, with readings being given by members of local Chapels and Churches, with the Venerable Andy John giving the blessing. This year, Cor Leisiau’r Gwerin from Llanybyther contributed with some musical pieces. The profit was donated to the Wales Air Ambulance, with Lowri Davies, Llyshelen sponsoring the evening under the Barclays Bank £1 for £1 scheme. The total sum raised will be announced in the next news.

The fourth Annual Christmas Craft Fair was held in the Hall on the 30th of November and 1st of December, 2007. Many local craftsmen had items for sale and £300 was raised towards Breast Cancer charity. The fifth fair will be on the 28th and 29th November, 2008.

The Church’s annual Whist Drive was held in the Hall on Monday the 3rd of December with Mrs Stella Davies, Pantfud as M.C.

Welcome to Mr and Mrs Alvin Morgan, who have moved back to the village. They have moved to Trefechan, close to Llysmeirion, where they lived with their family until a few years ago.

We will welcome the Lampeter Chamber Orchestra back to the Hall on Sunday the 27th of January for a classical concert. The concert will start at 3.30pm, with tea and refreshements during the break. A warm welcome is extended to all.

If you have an interest in place names, come to the hall on Tuesday, 11th of February to listen to Professor David Thorne, from Lampeter University, giving a lecture about local place names. It will be an interesting event, and an opportunity to learn more about the origins of local place names. The evening will begin at 7.30pm, and will be sponsored by ‘Milltir Sgwar’.

In line with new legislation , the above event has been organised for Thursday, 7th of February, 2008. There will be a short period of tuition, followed by a test. If you are interested in doing this test, please contact Rhys Davies, on 01558 650507 as soon as possible.

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november 2007

It was a pleasure to welcome Côr Godre’r Aran back to Ffarmers once again, and it was good to see the Hall at full capacity for an excellent concert. A varied performance was given by the Choir, under the conduction of Eirian Owen, as well as from both soloists, Sian Eirian (soprano) and Sioned Wyn (Contralto) – both national winners. The presidents for the evening were Mr and Mrs Raymod Roberts, Gelli Aur, Parcyrhos – Mrs Verina Roberts has close connections with the area, and was a pupil at the village school; and Mr Raymond Roberts competed in the Hall in his younger days. Mrs Roberts gave an interesting speech, emphasising on her younger days in the area, and the importance of music in her family. Many thanks to both for their presence, and their generous donation towards the Hall’s coffers. Luned Jones, Maesionydd presented flowers to the presidents, and Mrs Ethel Davies, Chairman of the Hall’s council presented flowers to the choir’s conductor and both soloists. The Choir are now on tour in Argentina, and will be performing at concerts in Patagonia.

The AGM of the Hall was held on Tuesday, 13th of Novemeber. Eirian Morgan, Swn yr Einion was elected as Chairman for the coming year. Mrs Judy Jenkins was elected as Vice-Chairman, Irwel Jones, Buarth yr Oen as Treasurer, and Elfyn Davies, Troed y Bryn as Secretary. The President is Mrs Ray Davies, Peronne, and the supporters club will be organised by Miss Iris Evans, Maesuchaf and Mrs Eirwen Thomas, Ty’nrheol.

During the Côr Godre’r Aran concert, Irwel Jones, Buarth yr Oen was presented with a gift to commemorate twenty years as the Hall’s Treasurer. Irwel is the Hall’s fifth treasurer in 76 years.

A good crowd came to the Hall on Monday night, 19th of November to listen to Reverend Felix Aubel talking about antiques. Rev. Aubel bought with him an interesting collection of Staffordshire Pottery items and it was interesting to listen to him talk about the valuable collection. Many people also brought interesting items for Rev Aubel to see and talk about. Many thanks to the Square Mile Fund for sponsoring the evening.

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october 2007

Congratulations to Gwennan Evans, Glasdir on winning the Chair at the Carmarthenshire YFC’s Esiteddfod in Pontyberem. Gwennan won the chair for a poem on the topic of ‘Gwawr’, and this is the second time that she has made this achievement. Gwennan is a second year student at Bangor University where she is reading Creative Writing and Welsh.

We extend our best wishes to Mr and Mrs Edward Grace, formerly of Llwynhelyg, who have moved to Llys Llanfair, Llandovery. They have lived in the community for many years after moving up from Cardiff and they participated in community activities in the Hall and Church.

On the 14th of October, we were visited by a musical trio, William Hayward from Shrewsbury, David Cooper on the violin and Wendy Reardon playing the Cello. The programme included pieces by Felix Mendelssohn and Frank Bridge.

For some years, a group of local ladies have met in the Hall to enjoy craftwork. They work with decoupage, quilting, knitting, painting and card making, among other things. The group meet on a Wednesday night between 7pm and 10pm, and they use the name ‘C-L-O-W-Ns’ (Creative Ladies on Wednesday Nights), and anyone is welcomed to join them. At the end of July, a craft fair was held in the Hall to display and sell their handiwork, and a successful day was had. As well as the fair, a raffle and tea and acke stall was organised with the proceeds of £100 going to the Children’s Play Area Fund.

Felix Aubel will be visiting the Hall on the 19th of November to talk about antiques. You are welcome to bring along your items by 7.00pm. The evening will commence at 7.30pm prompt.

The Church’s annual Whist Drive will be held in the Hall on the 3rd of December, and a welcome is extended to all. The M.C. will be Mrs Stella Davies, Pantfyd, Esgairdawe.

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september 2007

Congratulations to Ian O’Connor, Buarth yr oen on winning the student under supervision trophy from Carmarthenshire College, Golden Grove. Ian is following a Level 4 National Vocational Qualification and is being assessed on his standard of work and increased performance in the workplace. Well Done!

We are very sorry to hear of the passing away of Justin Smith, Cardiff, following a long illness and we extend our condolences to his wife, Shân Cothi.

Mrs Ray Davies, Peronne wishes to thank everybody for their gifts, cards, phone calls and contributions towards the Welsh Air Ambulance on the occasion of her 80th birthday. The Air Ambulance received a cheque for £260. Mrs Davies also thanks everybody for their wishes and gifts while undergoing treatment at Bronglais Hospital.

Following nearly a year of hard work by parents and friends who have been raising money, the first part of the plan to provide a children’s play area is now complete. The committee are now planning the next stage of the development.

A concert will be held in the Hall on Sunday the 14th of October at 3.30 pm with a group of musicians performing as ‘Fuori Sposati’ – William Hayward on the piano, David Cooper on the violin and Wendy Reardon on the Cello. They will be performing a various programme. The musicians are of the highest calibre – William Hayward has just returned from Japan, where he led the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.

The choir will return to the Hall on Saturday 3rd of Novemeber at 7.30 pm. The presidents for the evening will be Mr and Mrs Raymond Roberts, Parcyrhos. Tickets are available from any of the Hall committee, or by emailing

Felix Aubel will visit the Hall on the 18th of November to talk about antiques. Please bring items to exhibit/value by 7pm. The evening will begin at 7.30pm.

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july/august 2007

Congratulations to Roy and Judy Jenkins, Llys Awel, who have recently celebrated their silver wedding. Their sons, Lewis and Philip also celebrated their birthdays – Lewis his 21st and Philip his 18th. They had a joint party at the Drovers to celebrate. Congratulations to Lewis on the completion of his college course, and on his degree in Electrical Engineering.

Ian O’Connor, Buarth yr Oen was successful in the YFC Shearing Competition at the Royal Welsh Show in Builth Wells.

Happy Birthday to Mrs Ray Davies, Peronne, who recently celebrated her 80th birthday.

Mr Elgan Jones, Tremavon recently received hospital treatment. It is good to see him back at home. Mrs Ray Davies, Peronne has also been in hospital lately for treatment. Our best wishes for a speedy recovery go to both.

A craft fair and exhibition was held by the member of the craft club at the Hall on Saturday, 28th of July. A successful day was had with various handicrafts on offer. As well as the fair, the members had organised a raffle to raise money to buy equipment for the new playground in the village.

The annual Carnival and Sportswas held at the village field on Saturday, 11th of August. It was a nice day with the children and adults enjoying the competing. As well as the carnival, there was sports for the children and adults, with a game of football to end the activities. The presidents for the day were Delyth and Aled, Waungilwen, near Drefach Felindre. Delyth is the youngest of the Tanyresgair daughters, and she was involved with the carnival and other committees for years, and it was great to have her company, and that of her family during the day. The Elin Thomas Memorial Cup was won by Lisa Jones, Swn y Nant. The Clwb y Groesffordd Challenge Cup was won by Eirwyn and Carwen Richards, Cwmcelynen.

The Hall committee are busy preparing the programme of events for Winter 2007/2008. We will welcome Côr Godre’r Aran back to the Hall on Saturday, 3rd of November. We will also welcome ‘Lleisiau’r Werin’, conducted by Mrs Elonwy Davies, Llanybydder to the Concert and Carol Service, that will be held on Sunday, 23rd December. This evening is an opportunity for the area’s churches and chapels to join together to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

The Public Annual General Meeting will be held in the Hall on Tuesday, 9th of October at 8.30 pm. A warm welcome is extended to local residents.

Saron Cwm Twrch Chapel will hold their thanksgiving service on Thursday, 13th of September at 7.00pm with the Reverend Eileen Davies, Llanllwni officiating. The thanksgiving service at Bethel Cwm Pedol is on Wednesday, 26th of September at 6.30 pm, with the Reverend Cynwil Williams, Cardiff. On the 2nd of October, a thanksgiving service will be held at Salem Caeo, with the Reverend Cen Llwyd, Talgarreg.
ASalem will also host the Dyffryn Cothi Gymanfa on Sunday, 7th of October. The service will be at 2.00pm, led by the Reverend Lynn Rees, Ammanford. The rehearsal will be on Sunday, 16th September at Shiloh Chapel, Llansawel at 6.00pm with Mrs Elonwy Davies, Llanybydder.

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june 2007

A meeting of the Tywi Community Network was held in the Hall on Tuesday, 19th June, chaired by the local Councillor, Mr. Eirwyn Williams, Cwmann.  A number of representatives from various voluntary organisations in the Dinefwr attended, and presentations were given by representatives of the Young Farmers Clubs, Menter Bro Dinefwr, Dyfed Powys Police, and a discussion about community websites.  Officials from the community bureau also attended to advise community groups looking for funding to develop projects in their areas.

Happy Birthday to Mrs Grace, Llwynhelyg, who recently celebrated ninetieth birthday at the end of June.

The members of the Craft Club, who have been meeting in the village for the past year or so, are organising an exhibition of their work, as well as a craft fair in the Hall on Saturday, 28th of July.  For further details, please contact Mrs Judy Jenkins, Llysawel, Ffarmers.

The Bro Fana Sports Committee are busy preparing for the Annual Carnival and Sports, that will be held on Saturday, 11th of August at Parc Bro Fana.  This year, after an absence of a quarter of a century will see the return of the Gymkhana to the programme.  The Secretary is Mrs Ethel Davies, Llys Helen, with Mrs Janice Sidebottom, Dolaugwynion organising the gymkhana.

The Hall committee are busy preparing the programme of events for winter 2007/2008.  We will welcome Cor Godre’r Aran back to the hall on Saturday, 3rd of November, with Mr and Mrs Raymond Roberts, Gelli Aur, Parcyrhos as Presidents.  On the 23rd of December, the Annual Concert and Carol Evening will be held, with ‘Lleisiau’r Werin’ choir.  The Lampeter Chamber Orchestra will perform on Sunday, the 27th of January 2008.  Preparations for other events are well underway, and we will advertise them as soon as details are finalised.

The Methodist Church, Saron Cwm Twrch will hold their Thanksgiving Service on Thursday, 13th of September, with the Reverend Eileen Davies.  The Thanksgiving Service in Bethel Cwm Pedol will be held on Wednesday, 26th of September, with the Reverend Cynwil Williams, Cardiff.

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march 2007

Congratulations to Lewis Jenkins, Llys Awel on winning a prize in the Welsh Apprentice of the Year competition for the third year in a row.  The competition is organised by EEF, the manufacturing organsiation.  The ceremony was held at the Coal Exchange in Cardiff.  Lewis works for Volac in Felinfach, and is following a course in Carmarthenshire College.

Mrs May Roberts, Berthglyd would like to thank everyone for their birthday greetings lately.  Many thanks.

We will be welcoming the Cudyll Coch Drama Company from Llandeilo to the Hall on Saturday, 14th of April to perform two comedies – ‘Ma’ newid yn change’ and ‘Ar y gêm’.  The Presidents for the evening will be Mr and Mrs Graham Evans, Felinfach, Cwmann.  Mrs Ceinwen Evans has close connections with the area and we look forward to welcoming them on the evening.


Following a year of research and writing, the local history book – ‘A History of Neuadd Bro Fana and the local community in Ffarmers and Ffaldybrenin’ was launched on Friday evening, the 2nd of March in the Hall.  The Hall was packed out for the event and it was nice to welcome many local children to join in ht celebrations.  Mrs Ethel Davies, the Chairman of Neuadd Bro Fana welcomed everybody, and the book was officially launched by Dr Brinley Jones CBE MA DPhil FSA.  Dr Jones spoke about the importance of remembering, recording and presenting, and congratulated the community for publishing the area’s history.  A copy of the book, as well as a commemorative plate was presented to Dr Jones and his wife.  Another copy of the book was presented to Dr Jones as part of his duty as the President of the National Library of Wales, to archive in the Library at Aberystwyth.  The individuals that researched, wrote and set the book were presented with a commemorative plate each.  Following the formal part of the evening, everyone joined to enjoy the refreshments that had been prepared.  The evening was sponsored by the Square Mile fund, and we thank them for their assistance over the past year.  The hardback book is available for £12.50, and an extra £2.50 if it is to be posted.  The plates are available for £15, but these must be collected.  If you would like to order a book or a plate, contact Ethel Davies (Chairman) on (01558) 650412;  Irwel Jones (Treasurer) on 650535; or Elfyn Davies (Secretary) on 650507, or any other member of the Hall committee.  The books are on sale at the Post Office in Ffarmers; the National Library in Aberystwyth; Siop y Smotyn Du, Lampeter; College Shop, Lampeter; and WD Lewis and Son, Pumsaint.  Many thanks to everyone for their support for this project.

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january/february 2007

Congratulations to Dafydd and Lynwen Jones, Fferm Llwynhenri, Porthyrhyd, Carmarthen on the birth of their son, Jac Rees; a grandson to Alun and Beryl Thomas, Bryndolau.

Best wishes to some local residents following some time in hospital. Mrs Eirwen Lewis, Ty’nddol was in Glangwili Hospital lately, but it is nice to see her back. John Rhys Evans, Gwladeithe has also been in hospital for an operation, as well as Gareth Thomas, Bryndolau, who spent some time in Gobowen Hospital. Rhodri Davies, Troed y Bryn also spent a little time in Leicester Hospital. Get well soon to all four!

A pleasant afternoon was had in Neuadd Bro Fana on Sunday, 28th January in the company of the Lampeter Chamber Orchestra, under the conduction of Elaine Parker and Wynford Jones, with Philip Mortlock as leader. There are some thirty members in the orchestra including violin, viola, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, trumpet and timpani players. A varied programme of classical music by Schubert, Holst, Dvorak and Elgar was played. A cup of tea and cakes was prepared by the Hall committee during the interval and everybody enjoyed the performance. This event was organised by Elaine Parker, Ty’ncornel, Ffarmers in co-operation with the Hall committee.

Lampeter chamber orchetra

The Hall was full on Tueday, 30th January for the recording of two programmes for the popular Radio Cymru series ‘Talwrn y Beirdd’ (Poetry Competition). This is the third time that the Hall has been used for this series, and a great night was had in the company of Gerallt Lloyd Owen, and the competing teams, Lampeter against ‘Y Glêr’, Aberystwyth; and Ffair Rhos against ‘Y Sgwad’ from Carmarthen. Both competitions have since been broadcast on Radio Cymru.

On Saturday, 3rd of February, Ger y Lli Choir from Aberystwyth visited the hall for a concert, and once again it was nice to see a crew of young people coming together to create a good quality choir under the conduction of Greg Roberts. A variety of songs were performed, including traditional songs, musical shows etc. and everyone enjoyed the evening. As well as the singing, Eurig Salisbury, a member of the ‘Talwrn y Beirdd’ team ‘Y Gler’ earlier in the week, recited some poetry. The evening’s Presdents were Mr and Mrs Aneurin and Sallie Jones, Hathren, Lampeter, both who have close connections with the village.

After organising the Antiques evening with Felix Aubel on the 9th of February, the snow came, and the decision was made to postpone the event. We hope to re-organise the event for October and will publish full details closer to the time.

We will be welcoming the drama company, ‘Cwmni Cudyll Coch’, Llandeilo back to the Hall on the 14th of April to perform two comedies – ‘Ma’ newid yn change’ and ‘Ar y gêm’. Fuller details will be published in due course.

A crew of local residents in Ffarmers and Ffaldybrenin have been busy for over a year undertaking research and writing a history book of Ffarmers and Ffaldybrenin. There was a feeling within the area that much local history was being lost, and it was decided to record as much as possible before any more history was lost. This volume contains the history of Neuadd Bro Fana; Llanycrwys Church, Bethel Cwm Pedol, Salem, Ffaldybrenin, Saron Cwm Twrch and Esgairlas Chapels; Ffaldybrenin, Ffarmers and Blaentwrch Schools; Caeo and Llanycrwys Agricultural Society; Ffarmers Sports Committee; Ffarmers and area Young Farmers Club; Clwb y Groesffordd; Drovers Community Venture, as well as anecdotes from local people. The book is bilingual and contains many recent and old photographs. It became apparent during the preparation of this book that there is a lot more information that cannot be contained.
Thanks to Wyn Jones, (Buarth yr Oen), Cardiff; Joan Jones, Buarth yr Oen; Ray Davies, Peronne; Eunice Hughes, Geneu’r Glyn; Dewi Williams, Rhosybedw; Eryl Mathias, Ty’nwern; Joan Stacey, Tynwaun; Rhys Davies, Troed y Bryn and Elfyn Davies, Troed y Bryn for their time in writing and preparing the book for printing. As well as local support with over a hundred subscribers, a grant of £1000 was received from the Milltir Sgwar fund. The hardback book is being printed by Gomer Press, Llandysul.
A special evening will be held in the Hall on the 2nd of March at 7.30pm to officially launch the book. Our guest for the evening will be Dr R Brinley Jones CBE MA Dphil FSA, President of the National Library of Wales and President of Lampeter University College. Local schoolchildren will also take part in the evening’s activities. A warm welcome is extended to all to help celebrate the launch of the book. Light refreshment will be available, and the book will be for sale on the evening.

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