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Free Christmas Films Plus Pop Up Supper from Gardd Sadwrn

Nightmare before Christmas Sinema Sadwrn

Christmas Fun in the Villages

We’re in that final build up to Christmas and there’s plenty to cheer up even the most humbuggish. We’ve got Christmas Tree Lighting in Llanwrda on the 5th, Cawl and Carols on the 7th, Vestry Venture Mulled Wine and Christmas treats on the 11th and the Christmas tree lighting (carols and Llandeilo Town Band!) at the Reading Room on the 13th.

And finally we also have the fabulous Sinema Sadwrn organising two free Christmas films on the 21st of December, massive thanks to Cliff at the Sextons for being the host and the Reading Room Committee and Community Council for ensuring the showings could be free.

There will also be supper from Gardd Sadwrn to stave off the hunger. A choice of organic hotdogs, veggie hotdogs (with all the trimmings you can imagine), Gardd Sadwrn grown roast pumpkin and bean chilli which you can dress with sour cream or salsa or roasted corn, tortilla chips, sour cream, salsa and cheese. There will be bigger meals for bigger appetites and snacks for the grazers.

Pudding yet to be revealed…..

What are the films I hear you cry

(oh no you didn’t)

(oh yes you did)….

From 4-6pm our children’s screening is The Nightmare Before Christmas!

Tim Burton blends Christmas and Halloween together in his 1993 stop-motion film in a way that’s both spooky and heartwarming all at the same time.

The film tells the story of Jack Skellington, the King of Halloween Town, who stumbles through a portal to Christmas Town and decides to celebrate the holiday, with some dastardly and comical consequences.

Running time 73 minutes, Certificate PG.

Join us for a festive FREE screening at the Sexton Arms – a massive thank you to Llansadwrn Reading Room for supporting this screening.

From 7pm-9pm our evening screening will be Miracle on 34th Street!

In this Christmas classic, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade.

Kringle proves to be such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at the chain’s main store in midtown Manhattan. When Kringle surprises customers and employees alike by claiming that he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity.

Running time 96 minutes, Certificate U.

Join us for this FREE festive screening at the Sexton Arms – massive thanks to the Community Council for supporting this screening.

Thank you to everyone who voted!


A request has been received for the temporary road closure of the C2161, Heol y Gelli at Llansadwrn, Llanwrda from a point 710 metres north east of its junction with the C2172 for a distance of 80 metres in a north easterly direction.

The closure is necessary to ensure public safety whilst Welsh Water connect a new water pipe from Monday 7th January 2019 for a period of 2 days.

The alternative route for north eastbound traffic will be to proceed in a south westerly direction along the C2161 to its junction with the A40. At the junction, turn left and continue in a north easterly direction along the A40 to its junction with the A482. At the junction, turn left and continue in a north westerly direction along the A482 to its junction with the C2161. At the junction, turn left and continue in a south westerly direction along the C2161 to return to a point north east of the closure. Vice versa for south westbound traffic.

Sinema Sadwrn’s Lean On Pete 23 November


Calling all equestrians! Sinema Sadwrn’s next film on 23rd November!

Sinema Sadwrn are showing Andrew Haigh’s new film Lean on Pete, adapted by him from the 2010 novel by American author and alt. country musician Willy Vlautin.

Charley, a teen living with his single father, finds work caring for an aging racehorse named Lean on Pete.

When he learns Pete is bound for slaughter, the two embark on an odyssey across the new American frontier in search of a place to call home.

Certificate 15, running time 119 minutes


Never Forget, an Exhibition in Llansadwrn

Benjamin Trevor Davies, Gunner, 123915,Royal Garrison Artillery - The Great War, 1914-1918

This year saw the centenary of the end of that awful war that promised no others. There is now an exhibition at Llansadwrn Church of the men and boys lost in that terrible war and the one that followed.

Every town and village lost young men and boys in the horrors of that time and Llansadwrn was no different. Young men were recruited and sent out into the trenches from across the village. In all the two wars saw twenty young men lost from Llansadwrn.

The exhibition remembers all twenty young men and tells their stories, we tell three of their stories here.

Benjamin Trevor Davies, Gunner, 123915, Royal Garrison Artillery – The Great War, 1914-1918

Benjamin was the son of Daniel and Esther Davies, of Pantyrhendre, Llansadwrn. He resided at Manchester House, Caio prior to the war, where he worked as a grocer.

Benjamin enlisted at Llandovery on 21 October 1916 into the Royal Garrison Artillery.

On 17 April 1917 he landed in France, where he entrained for Marseilles.

Benjamin then sailed to Egypt before joining the 304th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, which was part of the XCV Heavy Artillery Group.

Benjamin fought in the Mesopotamian theatre, where he was wounded, and he sadly died of Meningitis following wounds on 5 March 1918, aged only 21. He is buried at Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel.

Benjamin Trevor Davies, Gunner, 123915,Royal Garrison Artillery - The Great War, 1914-1918

Benjamin Trevor Davies, Gunner

Benjamin Trevor Davies, Gunner, 123915,Royal Garrison Artillery - The Great War, 1914-1918

Benjamin Trevor Davies’s grave

Benjamin Wright, Private, 11479, Welsh Regiment – The Great War, 1914-1918

Benjamin was born at London, but resided at Pwllyfan, Llanwrda prior to the war, and worked as a Grocer’s Haulier for David Griffiths, London House, Llansadwrn.

He also worked as a Gardener for Mr Hunter at Abermarlais. He became the first man from the district to enlist, having enlisted at the outbreak of war at Carmarthen into the 2nd Battalion, Welsh Regiment, which landed in France on 13 August 1914 as part of 3 Brigade, 1st Division.

The Division fought at the Battle of Mons, and then during the epic retreat to the Marne, where they helped stop the German Advance before pushing them back to the Aisne. They were then rushed to Ypres, and took part in First Ypres, where the German advance across Flanders was stopped, although at great cost.

After a hard first winter in Flanders, the Division fought at the Battle of Aubers in May 1915 then moved to Loos, and took part in the Battle of Loos throughout September and October that year.

In 1916 they fought on the Somme, where Benjamin was killed in action on 23 August 1916, aged 27. He is buried in Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Mametz, France.

Benjamin Wright, Private, 11479, Welsh Regiment

Benjamin Wright, Private,

Grave of Benjamin Wright, Private, 11479, Welsh Regiment

Grave of Benjamin Wright, Private

Thomas Vicars Hunter, Captain, Royal Air Force – The Great War, 1914-1918

Thomas was born in London on 2 April 1897, the son of Henry Charles Vicars Hunter, J.P., and the Hon. Mrs. Florence Edith Hunter, of Abermarlais, Llansadwrn.

Thomas was educated at Ladycross and Eton, which he left early at the age of 17 for a Commission at Sandhurst, joining the 5th Battalion, the Rifle Brigade.

Soon after being gazetted, he broke his leg in a motorcycle accident, which necessitated the amputation of his badly injured leg. This didn’t stop him though, as he returned to service in October 1916, but quickly discovered that he was hampered by the loss of his leg, and so he volunteered for the Royal Flying Corps in February 1917.

He gained his wings in May, and served in France flying scouts, with 66 Squadron. Thomas was gazetted Flight Commander in September, and in November 1917 was posted to Italy with his Squadron.

Sadly Thomas was Killed in Action there on 5 December 1917, aged just 20, and is buried at Carmignano Di Brenta Communal Cemetery, Italy.

Thomas Vicars Hunter, Captain, Royal Air Force

Thomas Vicars Hunter, Captain, Royal Air Force