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Honouring our Families

A piece from overseas – referring to our twin up north ond yn dal yn berthnasol and it is a lovely read.

Families are special! They provide us with what we need to survive,both as children and as grown ups.  If we’re fortunate enough, we inherit the stories of our families and the individuals, who can make the stories more interesting.

This can bring them to life well after they have passed on.  My childhood was blessed with this legacy.  My mother was the keeper of such stories and what a storyteller she could be! Her knowledge of family genealogy was tapped into by relatives who have now spread out all over the world. 

As I enter my 60th year, I am drawn, more so than ever, to my mothers’ homeland of Wales.  Advances in technology have given us the ability to connect with our families, some lost, misplaced, some still waiting to be found.  These are those whose names and histories spring from our computer screen and with great enthusiasm we dive in to their lives and welcome them home. 

My great grandfather was one of these ‘lost’ souls, destined to never be remembered or given his freedom to connect again to his family of today.  It was by sheer chance that a good friend of mine who is a wonderful family counselor, made a remark regarding the work I’d been doing on Ancestry.com. She was especially impressed that my name, Ann, had been cherished and loved from mother to mother for many generations until it finally rested with me.  We don’t often think about our names.  Unless we’re filling out forms or introducing ourselves to new people.  But whats in a name???  As it turns out, Everything!

It was Ann’s maternal grandfather, Owen Griffith, who, for some reason, caught my attention. ” Llansadwrn?”, I said to myself, ” Llansadwrn? Where in Wales is Llansadwrn?”  It was such a pretty word and it rolled easily off the tongue.  Might I just add here that my grandmother Laura Ann raised her three children with very little of her mother language.  She raised them to speak English because she remembered being beaten as a child for being so bold as to say anything in Welsh and it was made even more difficult for her when her family packed up and moved to Liverpool. But I remembered a little of my mother’s use of the language, which were the basic words, really.  So, I was pleasantly surprised when,  in my very awkward pronunciation, I found  ‘ Llansadwrn’ rolled off the tongue like honey? So, I looked it up on the World Wide Web.

By doing this I felt connected to Owen and I was excited to visit, via the computer, places and buildings he may have seen. In my research I found that Owen was born around 1760 in Llansadwrn, Anglesey, Wales and that he had married Jane and they lived, it seems, quite happily in Llansadwrn, where they are both buried. He was a farmer and, from what I have discovered, worked for a Wm Peacoke Esq.  Jane passed away in 1838 and dear Owen only 4 years later, in 1842. 

Their daughter, Elizabeth carried on the DNA, down the line to me.  I have been blessed throughout my life with some fascinating and totally awe-inspiring moments but knowing that in a small space in Llansadwrn, there is a part of my heritage, a link to those proud Welshmen and Welshwomen  who loved their country and their language and who, without knowing it, have  passed it on in spite of any difficulties. It is now up to me to continue this legacy and teach my three grandsons the little I know. Perhaps one day I will be fortunate enough to honour Owen and Jane with my presence and pray over their graves in Welsh.  Until then, however, my work continues. It is incredible to me that a little place like Llansadwrn is now spoken of and viewed by my family who live in Canada, Australia and the US. Oh, and by the way, I am enrolled in a language class to begin in March 2020…the language I’m learning?  Why Welsh, of course!

 

Llandeilo bypass consultation

Llandeilo By-Pass – Likely to be of interest to residents who travel through Llandeilo:

Advance Notice of the Welsh Government WELTAG2 Consultation on the Llandeilo By-Pass – 3 dates & 2 locations:

Tuesday 3rd December 13.00 until 17.00 Civic Hall, Llandeilo,
Wednesday 4th December 13.30 until 19.30 Civic Hall,
Saturday 7th December 9.30 -12.30 New Location Ysgol Bro Dinefwr

Welsh Government will announce their decision on the traffic solutions needed for the A483T.

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!

Food bank and warm coat donations

With a background of austerity this year some people are facing a tough Christmas.

We are setting up collections at the Saturday Books, Reading Room and Vestry Venture (last one on Tuesday 11th) for food and warm coats.

We will take any donations down to Llandeilo to the National Trust’s pop up food bank or to the coat rail at Llandovery Coop.

If you find yourself in need this Christmas then there is help locally.

A National Trust pop-up shop is open in Llandeilo (10 Carmarthen street next to Shire hall) where we will drop off donations.

Please help giving essentials such as UHT milk, UHT fruit juice, tinned ham, Christmas cake or pudding and selection boxes at the Reading Room.

Myddfai Church are also running a warm coat scheme in Llandovery, if you can not afford a warm coat you can take one from the rail, no explanation required. We will also take donated coats down  too.