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Down Your Way: Teifi Valley & Lampeter

By Carmarthen Journal  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

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Festival Tickets are on sale for the two-day Emlyn film festival at the Attic Theatre next month. The festival runs over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, March 1 and 2, the first screening at 3pm on Saturday while Sunday's films start at 11am. Tickets at £6 per day or £10 for two days, are available from Fair and Fabulous in Sycamore Street.

Church services Sunday: Holy Trinity Church: 10.30am Holy Communion (bilingual); St Llawddog's Church, Cenarth: 11.30am Morning Service; St Michael's Church, Troedyraur: 4pm Holy Communion (bilingual).

Charitable Since the Emlyn charity Circle Shop opened in Bridge Street nearly three years ago, more than £40,000 has been donated to various local worthy causes. The generous hand-outs include recent donations of £6,150.

Exhibition An appeal has been made for people to come forward with memorabilia or information for a special exhibition on the First World War at St Michael's Church, Troedyraur in May. It is proposed to hold an open weekend from Friday, May 9 to Sunday, May 11, to mark the centenary of the Great War. Further details can be obtained from church warden Judith Russell on 01239 851748.

Over 50s Well-known local historian Ken Jones gave an interesting and informative talk entitled My family, at the recent meeting of the Tivyside Over 50s Friendship Club. The club meets at the Catholic Church Hall in Castle Street on Thursdays at 2.15pm.

Legion The annual dinner of the local branch of the Royal British Legion at the Emlyn Arms Hotel was voted a first-rate social function. Mayor Cllr Kelvin Baker presented awards to collectors during the Poppy Appeal and more than £200 was raised in a raffle towards the Welsh memorial in Flanders Campaign. The branch is in need of younger members to hold the posts of chairman, secretary, membership secretary, treasurer and dinner secretary. Anyone prepared to help is asked to contact Alec Berkley on 01239 710657.

Hanes Emlyn The historical photographic exhibition will be open in the Old Library, Market Buildings, over the school half term from February 22 to 29, from 11am to 2.30pm. Further information from Lloyd on 01239 711297 or Ken on 710620.

Cardigan Castle Sewing Group which has up until now, been engaged in costume-making, is extending to include making blankets, quilts and bunting. The group meets at the castle office in Pendre on Tuesdays between 6pm and 9pm and a warm welcome is extended to new members.

Award Nursing graduate Kirsty Davies of Cilgerran, has been awarded the Hywel Dda Outstanding Achievement award for Outstanding Performance in Clinical Practice. The 21-year-old recently graduated from Swansea University with a nursing degree and was nominated for the health board's top award by her mentor and ward sister during her last clinical placement at Glangwili Hospital. She is now working on a ward at Glangwili specialising in diabetic treatment.

Food support Trolleys full of food donated by customers at the Co-Op store for the town's flood victims have been handed over to the local food bank at the New Life Christian Centre in Quay Street. The food bank is open Monday to Fridays from 10am until 4pm.

Twinning Newcastle Emlyn is twinned with Plonevez-Porzay in Brittany. The mayors of Newcastle Emlyn and Plonevez-Porzay signed the charter twinning the two towns at a ceremony in the Neuadd Emlyn Hall on August 14 1993. The specially prepared vellum documents, in Welsh, French and English, by caligrapher, Ieuan Rees, were signed by the mayors of both towns, Cllr Hefin Williams and Mme Marie-Therese Le Pan and followed by the respective chairmen of the twinning associations, Cllr Owen Hesford and M Michel Le Gouill. Since then the two towns have exchanged visits every year. In addition schools and football teams have also enjoyed exchange visits. Last year it was decided to have visits every two years and this year on the August 10, it is the turn of Newcastle Emlyn to visit the Bretons, returning on the 14th. The exchange visits are cultural and educational and gives one the chance to mix socially with the Breton families whose hospitality is second to none. Staying with the families is a bonus in itself and they enjoy mixing on their return visit. If you are interested in joining the Newcastle Emlyn and District Twinning Association and would like to visit Britanny this year and accept them back in two years time please contact Owen on 01239 710127, for further information before February 26, so the ferry tickets can be booked.

Digital group Age Cymru Sir Gâr invite you to attend a free digital group at the Teifi Valley Centre, every Thursday between 10am and noon. You can learn from scratch, surf the internet, create an email account, use Skype, upload pictures and much more. Please take your own laptop or tablet. For further information, contact Peter Morgan on 01554 784080.

Tivyside over 50s Friendship Club Tomorrow, is games and chat, at 2.15pm. If you are interested in attending the meetings, go along to the Catholic Church Hall, Castle Street at 2.15pm on a Thursday. It costs £1 which covers a raffle and refreshments. Any other information can be obtained by ringing Sally Field on 01239 711017.

Age Cymru Sir Gar DO you know someone who has been scammed or had their oil stolen? Age Cymru invite you and them along for practical tips on avoiding becoming the victim of scams and oil theft at a scam awareness talk at the Teifi Valley Day Centre, from 10am to 12pm on Tuesday. Tea and biscuits available. For further information phone Bethan on 01554 784080 between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Digital group West Wales Befriending Links has set up free digital drop in sessions in the Teifi Valley Centre, Church Lane, to help people learn about computers and the internet. You can learn how to start from scratch, surf the Internet, create an email account, use Skype, upload pictures. Please take your own tablet or laptop if possible. This is every Thursday from 10am to noon. Further information from Peter Morgan at Age Cymru Sir Gar on 01554 784080.

Attic Players is hosting an exciting two day Gwyl Ffilm Emlyn Film Festival during the first weekend of March - Saturday, March 1, 3pm to 8.30pm; and Sunday, March 2, 11am to 4.30pm Tickets £6 or £10 to attend both days. The festival will be a public event showcasing short films, documentaries and music videos produced by local directors including work by Lleucu Meinir, Chris Dodd, and Ben Walton, as well as several pieces by talented young film makers from Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn including British Film Institute Kids for Kids winner, Hattie Morrison. Music videos by local artists will also feature, including, among others, Rye Milligan, Danelle Lewis, Alex Dingley, The Shaws, star*key and George Higgins. A highlight of the weekend will be the screening of the Goldhill Productions feature film Tunnel Vision, which has been made in collaboration with the Attic Players over the past year, many of whom appear in the film. Tunnel Vision was written and produced by Branwen Munn and Suzanne Munn, and was filmed almost exclusively around the Newcastle Emlyn area. Tickets for the Film Festival are on sale now and can be booked directly from ww.atticplayers.org.uk Ticketsource or visit Fair and Fabulous shop on Sycamore Street, or phone for tickets on 01239 711856.


Church services Sunday, St Thomas Methodist Church, 10.30am service in English led by Rev Roger Hides. Creche and youth activity.


WI A meeting was held on February 6 at Tysul Hall. In spite of the weather, the meeting was very well attended and a welcome given by president Suzanna van Eeghen. The meeting started with the sad announcement that Sheila Newby's husband Keith had passed away. During the business part of the meeting, there were several reminders to make a note of - fundraising ideas to raise money for the National Eisteddfod to be held in Llanelli on August 1 to 9, it was put to members to forward these to Maureen Quinn and Ann Hunt, who will be attending the pre-group spring meeting on February 19. Maureen Quinn and Lone Howell will be in charge of entries for the county show on July 12, the theme this year is When the Saints. Jean Wilson will attend the national annual meeting in Leeds, from June 6 to 8. A mini version of the banner made by Judith Robert was passed around. With the business side of the meeting finished, members were introduced to the speaker for the evening, Chris Dodd from Cariad Glass. He trained as an audio visual technician and worked in TV for years. He has worked with glass for nine years. He also uses his love of woodwork in his creations, through inspiration by the natural beauty surrounding him. He gave a demonstration on how you assemble a work of glass, how to cut it, solder it, how the work with lead makes it all come together in the end. The vote of thanks was given by Beverley Harrison, whose father and grandfather had been master craftsmen in stained glass. A candleholder made by Chris Dodd was raffled and won by Eiola Butler. The results of the competition, A Valentines token, was won by Beverley Harrison, 2nd was Susan James and 3rd was Maureen Quinn. The next meeting will be Dathlu Gwyl Dewi Sant, and cawl at the Porth Hotel on Thursday, March 6 at 7.30pm. Eleri Davies will give a talk on the Welsh costume. The competition is a Welsh souvenir.

Clothes jumble dillad on Friday from 4pm to 6pm in Brechfa Church Hall. Refreshments available. cost 20p+ per item. For more information and to drop off clothes, contact Bridget on 01267 202208 or Lisa on 202727. In aid of Victoria Community Park Brechfa and the public toilets.

Quiz night at the Y Talardd, Llanllwni, on Monday from 8pm. Info 01559 395633.

Coffee morning and Happy Feet with Wellbeing Regeneration's Footcare Service, toe-nail cutting service. Next session on Tuesday at Brechfa Church Hall from 9.30am to 11.45am. Phone to 01554 744896 to book.

Quiz night on Wednesday, February 26 at 8.30pm at the Black Lion, Abergorlech. Info 01558 685271.

Pop ya Boot Brechfa stall holder market and car boot sale on Saturday, March 1 from 10am to 12pm in Brechfa Church Hall, and outside in the Victoria Park. First Saturday of every month. Refreshments will be available. Pitches and stalls at £5 each. Car-booters and stall holders can set up from 9am. Stall holders only — please contact lornajaynejones@ btinternet.com prior to the event for a market licence. Info from Lisa on 01267 202727 or 07733 336865.

Clwb Trigain 60+ Club Brechfa, trip to Evita at the Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen on Saturday, March 1. Coach leaving Brechfa 1pm, open to non-members. Names to Barbara Winchester on 01267 202267.

Brechfa fun run on Sunday, March 16 at 2pm. Three or Six Mile routes. Further info from Rev Lynn Chambers on 01267 202763, and Elizabeth Tremlett on 07584 259 408.

Church in Wales services Brechfa with Llanfihangel Rhos y Corn. Sunday 11am at St Teilo, Brechfa with Communion, 2.30pm at Llanfihangel with Communion, followed by tea and coffee time. The date of the Benefice visit by the Right Reverend Wyn Evans, Bishop of St Davids, is Saturday, April 12. Information from the Reverend Lynn Chambers on 01267 202763 or online at www.cothi-churches.org.uk

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