Author: Lyndsey Maiden

Urgent – Broadband Update

The following email has been received from the council – it currently mentions two providers but a third is also interested. This is Telecom Networks and their presentation is available to look at

We are also aware a number of us have been unable to access the website to confirm who we would like as our provider – please ensure you contact Ceri on to let the council know – also please make a comment here on the post to let us know.

Also don’t forget that if you didn’t get a chance to register in the first place that does not mean that you are excluded from the scheme, you will still be able to register however you won’t be able to pick the supplier.


Following on from the Broadband Upgrade Fund campaign, you may be aware that suppliers have expressed an interest in your area. To see which suppliers are interested in your area you will need to log in to the portal – Log in | Broadband Upgrade Fund (

You will need to follow the steps after logging in, the choice at the moment is an individual one based on what each provider has put forward as their offer. At this stage there are still no contractual obligations by either party to proceed.

  1. Broadway Partners have expressed an interest in your area, they have asked that you receive this presentation on their behalf. Please see attached. 

For more information please contact –

  1. Beacons Telecom have also expressed an interest in your area and are offering online meetings for a chance to discuss further. Please see below –

Beacons Telecom would like to invite you to a presentation on their proposal to install a Fibre to the Premise network throughout Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion


1. Beacons Telecom Introduction

2. Areas for installation

3. Beacons Telecom products and services

4. Your choices

5. Broadband Upgrade Fund next steps

Tuesday 5th January 2021 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Link to meeting –

Calendar Notice

Wednesday 6th January 2021 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Link to meeting –

Calendar Notice

Thursday 7th January 2021 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Link to meeting –

Calendar Notice

Llansadwrn 2121

Penny Mayes / Acorns of the sessile oak / CC BY-SA 2.0

In late 2020 Graham Craig (Brynhyfryd) was inspired by a book called The Good Ancestor to think about what Llansadwrn will be like in 2121 and beyond.

What can we do now to help that future community, what legacy do we want to create?

His initial idea was for 21 people in and around Llansadwrn to each plant a sessile oak tree in their garden or on their land in 2021.

Within a few days of emailing some friends, there were 13 locations signed up!

If you’d like to join in, please email The trees can grow up to 20-40m high so need some space!

The idea is to buy saplings from the Woodland Trust and plant them in February.

Coming Back Home – Virginia Isaac

Llansadwrn - not far from Troedyrhiwgadair

When Lyndsey suggested that I write something for the Llansadwrn website, I must admit that my first reaction was a cautious ‘ooh, I don’t think so’. What would I have to contribute that might be of interest to the wide variety of people who live in and around the village? But then, I thought, that if it hadn’t been for Covid, Phil and I might have got to know many more of you by now. Instead, one way or another, since we resettled in Llansadwrn in July, there have been few occasions for socialising with the result that opportunities to meet have been scarce.

While we came to live here from Gloucestershire, this is, in fact, the third time that we have settled in Wales. Some of you will know that we bought Troedrhiwgadair around fourteen years ago but after living here for several years, work took us away to England and it is only now that we have (theoretically) retired, that we have had the opportunity to come back.

The first time we moved to Wales, though, was in 1974. We bought some land beneath Carreg Cennen (Llwyndewi) from Phil’s parents in Trap (Phil’s grandparents ran the bakery in Glanaman), built our own house and farmed around 200 acres of hill land. With 400 hefted sheep, a suckler herd, a jersey house cow (that needed hand milking every day) pigs, chickens and two little children, we had plenty to keep ourselves occupied. We tried to be self-sufficient but we had to earn a living too. Our son and daughter spent the whole of their primary years at Trap School which had 14 pupils in the whole school when they started and the grand total of 44 when they left! A baby boom had taken place! It was a brilliant education, and I am pleased to say that they have both thrived ever since. What with the school, the shop, the Cennen Arms and the Post Office, there was a very strong community and we were all sorry to leave. We had set up Brecon Waters (a story in itself) but having sold it on, along with the farm, we decided to move to Gloucestershire.

Coming back to Llansadwrn, in many ways, feels like a homecoming. It has given us the opportunity to reconnect with many old friends and start making new ones. What with our free ranging pigs that have stuffed themselves on apples and acorns* (they are now on a diet!), a dozen or so calves, an assortment of chickens and cats and a growing vegetable garden, it feels a bit like the 70s all over again. While nearly 50 years have passed and a lot has changed, it feels more right than ever to come back to the land. What with the pandemic, global heating and whatever will fall out of Brexit we are lucky to be able to live in this beautiful part of the world with so many interesting and down to earth people who are simply getting on with life.

A particular joy has been the discovery of Mandy’s Bookshop. It is impossible to visit without coming away with a fascinating book or two. Recent ‘finds’ have been ‘English Pastoral’ by James Rebanks (applies as much to here in Wales as it does to the Lake District), ‘#Futuregen’ by Jane Davidson and Jonathan Porritt’s latest book ‘Hope in Hell’ about the Climate Crisis. All good stuff.

I do hope that there will be opportunities to meet many more people in the New Year. Phil and I are hugely grateful to our near neighbours who have all been so good to us over the years – and we are delighted to be back.

If anyone wants any free range, heritage pork, do get in touch

Virginia Isaac November 2020

Food Bank in Church Entrance

food bank

In these difficult times more and more families face uncertainty, if you are in a position to give there is now a box in the church porch to receive items for the Food Bank. Tins are especially welcomed and long life / pantry items would also be welcome. Fresh food items are generally not accepted because of difficulties around keeping them. If you find yourself in need then please find some useful numbers below

The Discretionary Assistance Fund (DAF) in Wales gives one-off assistance to individuals over 16 who need urgent financial help. There are two types of support (both are non-repayable):

Emergency Assistance Payments (EAP) – there must be an immediate threat to your health or well-being, e.g. due to a fire, flood or other emergency.
Individual Assistance Payments (IAP) – enables you, as a vulnerable person, to live or remain living independently.
DAF payments are only available to people with no other means of getting the money they need and are not intended to be ongoing. Freephone: 0800 859 5924 or apply online.

Armed Forces personnel and veterans

There are various kinds of financial help available for Armed Forces personnel, veterans and their families, including benefits, council tax relief, reduced travel costs and discounts using the Defence Privilege Card. For more information, visit Citizen’s Advice.

Veterans UK will also offer advice.

Carmarthen Food Bank

Phone. 01267 232101 or 01267 225996.

Llanelli Foodbank

22 Myrtle Terrace,
SA15 1LH
07594 609952