GANED Ellis Humphrey Evans yn Nhrawsfynydd, ar Ionawr 13 1887, yn fab hynaf i Evan a Mary Evans. Wedi iddo adael yr ysgol yn 14 oed bu’n gweithio fel bugail ar fferm ei rieni, Yr Ysgwrn yn Nhrawsfynydd. Yn ei lencyndod bu’n barddoni a chystadlu mewn nifer o eisteddfodau lleol o dan y ffugenw ‘Hedd Wyn’, a thrwy’r rhain fe ddatblygodd ei ddawn fel bardd. Enillodd y gyntaf o’i 6 cadair yn Eisteddfod y Bala yn 1907 am ei awdl ‘Y Dyffryn’, a daeth yn agos iawn at gipio’i gadair gyntaf mewn Eisteddfod Genedlaethol yn Aberystwyth yn 1916.
Gyda dechrau’r Rhyfel Mawr yn 1914 newidiodd naws gweithiau Hedd Wyn i drafod hunllef y rhyfel ac ysgrifennodd gerddi er cof am gyfeillion a fu farw ar faes y gad. Yn Hydref 1916 dechreuodd Hedd Wyn weithio ar gyfansoddi ei awdl ‘Yr Arwr’, cyn ei orfodi o ganlyniad i Ddeddf Orfodaeth Filwrol 1916 i ymuno â 15fed Bataliwn y Ffiwsilwyr Brenhinol Cymreig a hwylio i Ffrainc ym mis Mehefin 1917. Cyhoeddwyd o lwyfan seremoni’r Cadeirio fod Hedd Wyn wedi’i ladd yn y Rhyfel Mawr, er mawr tristwch i’r gynulleidfa.
Yn absenoldeb yr enillydd, rhoddwyd mantell ddu dros y Gadair ac fe’i hadwaenir fyth ers hynny fel ‘Y Gadair Ddu’. Mae’r Gadair yn cynrychioli cenhedlaeth o Gymry ifanc a gollwyd yn y Rhyfel Byd Cyntaf. Ers 1917, mae’r Ysgwrn wedi’i gadw yn y teulu Evans, gan nai Hedd Wyn, Gerald Williams yn fwyaf diweddar. Ers marwolaeth Hedd Wyn, mae’r teulu wedi croesawu ymwelwyr i’r Ysgwrn, gan gadw at addewid a wnaeth i fam Hedd Wyn, Mary Evans, ‘i gadw’r drws yn agored’, i ymwelwyr o Gymru, Prydain a thu hwnt, sydd wedi’u cyfareddu gan stori Hedd Wyn.
Mae’r Ysgwrn yn cynrychioli cyfnod o hanes cymdeithasol, diwylliannol ac amaethyddol ar droad yr G20. Mae bywyd a chyfraniad llenyddol Hedd Wyn hefyd yn cynrychioli cenhedlaeth goll o lanciau ifanc a aberthasant eu bywydau yn ystod y Rhyfel Byd Cyntaf. O’r herwydd, mae etifeddiaeth Hedd Wyn yn arbennig o berthnasol i gymunedau Cymreig yn ogystal â chymunedau ledled Ewrop. A’i rhyw ddawn anwar oedd yn ei enaid? Neu ynteu hiraeth am lawntiau euraid? O’i ôl mae bro’i anwyliaid – dan wyll trwch Heb ei wên a’i degwch pur bendigaid. – Yr Awr
Aberaeron: Playing field gains Centenary Field status
THE PARK known as Square Field in the centre of Aberaeron has been designated a Centenary Field and named as Cae Canmlwyddiant Ceredigion Centenary Field – Cae Sgwâr / Square Field, Aberaeron.
In gaining the Centenary Field status, the field will be protected in perpetuity to honour the memory of the millions who lost their lives in the First World War. Cae Canmlwyddiant Ceredigion Centenary Field – Cae Sgwâr / Square Field, Aberaeron is the first Centenary Field in Ceredigion.
Ceredigion County Council’s Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Paul Hinge said, “I am delighted that Aberaeron Town Council’s application to dedicate this fantastic green space as a Centenary Field has been accepted by Fields in Trust, and that the County Council was able to support it. It pays an important tribute to those who lost their lives in the First World War, including many young Ceredigion men went to war and didn’t return.
This has been an interesting journey and one that as the Armed Forces Champion and a veteran, I am proud to support.”
A plaque commemorating the status was unveiled by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed, Miss Sara Edwards.
The Mayor of Aberaeron and Local Member, Councillor Elizabeth Evans, said, “Aberaeron residents are rightly proud of Cae Sgwâr’s new status as the designated Centenary Field of Ceredigion, it has a proud history of being the towns recreational field and there isn’t one community in Ceredigion whose children haven’t played on it at some point. It is a fitting commemoration in this hundredth anniversary year of the ending of the First World War and as we remember the past, we also look to the future and Cae Sgwar’s newly protected status in perpetuity as a recreational field, thanks to the Centenary Field Trust.”
A short ceremony was held to unveil the plaque where Miss Edwards, Councillor Hinge and Councillor Evans spoke alongside Ceredigion County Council’s Chairman, Councillor Hag Harris and the Fields in Trust Chairman, Brynmor Williams.
Workshop held on Ceredigion’s economic future
A WORKSHOP was held for Elected Members on Thursday, March 8, to discuss Ceredigion’s Economic Future bringing together some of the county’s biggest organisations to share what they had to offer and what partnership working could look like in the future.
With an introduction and background to Growing Mid Wales by Chief Executive of Ceredigion County Council, Eifion Evans, Ceredigion’s Economic Future Members Workshop proceeded to discuss partnership working with the organisations. Aberystwyth University, Qinetiq Group PLC, West Wales Airport Ltd, Thales Group and Volac International Ltd were in attendance talking about future investment opportunities and outlining significant plans in the county for growth.
Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn, Chair of the Growing Mid Wales Partnership and Ceredigion County Council Leader, said: “Holding this workshop and working together with some of the county’s organisations shows the strong position that we are in to develop. I’m looking forward to seeing the exciting developments of Growing Mid Wales in the coming years and particularly so in terms of longer term prospects. The workshop was very important for Members in making them aware of these opportunities and the session was welcomed by all who attended.”
Significant opportunities were recognised as the Mid Wales region starts to develop its response to the Government on the possibilities for a Growth Deal.
Council services returning to normal
WITH the snow and ice thawing across Ceredigion, Council services are returning to normal after wintry weather, but weather conditions continue to affect some services.
Council workers have recently spread 1,560 tons of grit on the roads and have carried out seven continuous 12 hour shifts. Council vehicles responding to the wintry weather have travelled approximately 10,100 miles. The B4343 has now reopened.
All waste collection teams were deployed today (5 March), however access issues in some locations may impact on the ability to provide a full service. Information on any waste service disruption can be found at http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/resident/bins-recycling/recycling-bin-collection-dates/waste-disruptions/ or by contacting 01545 572 572.
The Council’s Household Waste sites have reopened. It is likely all waste services will be functioning as usual during the first half of the week.
Councillor Ray Quant MBE, the Cabinet member responsible for Technical Services said, “Council staff have been out in all conditions and every hour throughout the day and night to keep Ceredigion residents safe. The outstanding teamwork and dedication shown during the adverse weather situation is to be highly commended and I’m sure everyone is very grateful for their work. It’s also important to keep in mind that the planning work that was carried out before the weather hit Ceredigion has allowed staff to prioritise and uses resources effectively for maximum impact.”
Ysgol Bro Teifi remains closed today due to water supply disruption. Pupils and staff from Rhos-y-wlad Campus, Ysgol Rhoshelyg will transfer to Llangeitho Campus for a few days due to water leakage. Dihewyd School and Canolfan Aeron sent pupils home due to water supply disruption. Every other school in Ceredigion has reopened after being closed on Thursday and Friday (01 and 02 March 2018) due to wintry weather.
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