MISH RHAGFYR 1968 wedd hi. Finne newydd dreulio fy nhymor cyntaf yn y brifysgol yn Aberystwyth. Fel nifer o’m cyfoedion roeddwn yn awyddus i roi tro am yr athrawon fu yn fy nysgu yn Ysgol y Preseli yn ogystal â’m ffrindie o blith y disgyblion. I mewn â fi rhyw ganol prynhawn yn gwisgo jîns a rhyw grys ffasiynol yn ôl pob tebyg a thamed o whisgers ar fy nghern. Pwy ddaeth ar hyd y coridor tuag ataf ond neb llai na’r prifathro, James Nicholas. Rhaid cydnabod bod y coridor yn lled dywyll ar y gore.
Dyma fi ’n meddwl nawr y bydde Jâms yn siwr o ofyn i mi shwt oeddwn i’n setlo lawr, beth oeddwn i’n ei astudio, pwy oedd fy narlithwyr, pa feirdd oedd yn mynd â’m bryd, oeddwn i’n ymwneud â gwleidyddiaeth, oeddwn i’n aelod o gymdeithas Y Geltaidd a Thaliesin a chant a mil o gwestiyne eraill. Wedi’r cyfan roedd y gŵr o Dyddewi’n gyn-fyfyriwr ei hun ac wedi ennill gradd dosbarth cyntaf mewn Mathemateg yn y coleg ger y lli. Gwibiai hyn oll trwy fy meddwl. Esum i damed o banig. Credwn y bydde yn fy nhywys i’w stafell. Doeddwn i ddim yn anghyfarwydd â honno. Teimlwn fy ngheg yn mynd yn sych. Beth fedrwn i ei ddweud i greu argraff fy mod yn fyfyriwr cydwybodol? Thale hi ddim i fi sôn am y sbri a’r rhialtwch yn y Llew Du a’r Marine a’r Skinners.
Ond daeth ymwared. Wyddoch chi beth oedd cyfarchiad Jâms Niclas wrth iddo edrych heibio i mi i’r pellter a fi nne wedi gadael yr ysgol ers yr haf cynt? `Pa wers sy ‘da chi nawr?` Dyna linell anfarwol. Oedd tywyllwch y coridor wedi’i wneud yn ddall i’r ffaith nad oeddwn yn gwisgo lifrai ysgol? Nid oedd wedi fy adnabod neu doedd e ddim wedi sylweddoli fy mod wedi gadael yr ysgol. Ond yn hytrach na’m cystwyo am grwydro ar hyd y coridor ar adeg gwers aeth yn ei fl aen heibio i mi i ben draw’r coridor rhywle.
Daeth y stori honno i gof wrth wrando ar grwt hynaf Parc Nest, y cyn-archdderwydd Jim, yn traddodi darlith gyntaf Gŵyl Jâms yn Nhyddewi yn ddiweddar. Traethodd ynte straeon cyffelyb am hynodrwydd Jâms o’i brofi ad ei hun ac o brofi ad eraill. Daeth i’r casgliad fod yna ddoethineb yn ei ymddygiad ecsentrig. A gwir bo hynny. Fel Jim roedd Jâms yn gyn-Archdderwydd hefyd. Clywsom fod gan Jâms ddiddordeb ysol ym marddoniaeth T. S. Eliot a cherfl unwaith Henry Moore a’i fod yn gyfaill mynwesol i Waldo Williams. Dywedwyd wrthym fod ei gyfrol, ‘Cerddi’r Llanw’, yn hynod am ei bod yn gyforiog o gerddi serch i’w wraig, Hazel, tra bydde’r rhelyw o feirdd yn cyfyngu eu cerddi serch yn eu cyfrole i un neu ddwy.
Pan oedd yn athro ifanc yn Y Bala fe’i hyfforddwyd yn nyrys faterion y gynghanedd gan y rheithor Euros Bowen. Clywsom hefyd iddo fod yng nghanol aml i ymrafael i gynnal Cymreictod Ysgol y Preseli. Cofi af inne am gais un rhiant am i’w fab gael ei esgusodi o wersi Cymraeg ar y sail na fydde gwybodaeth o’r iaith o unrhyw fudd iddo yn ardal Glandŵr a thu hwnt. Bu llythyru brwd ac amrwd yn y wasg. Ni ddywedodd Jâms ddim yn gyhoeddus. Daliodd ei dir. Delai Jimmy i’r ysgol bob dydd â’i ddillad yn hade gwair i gyd. Gwnâi ddiwrnod o waith cyn brecwast.
Cafodd ei ddal yn gyrru tractor ar y ffordd o dan oedran wrth fynd mas â’r tshyrns. Yn ôl yr adroddiad llys roedd ei dad yn dal yn ei wely pan aeth y plisman i’r clos i chwilio amdano. Ni esgusodwyd neb rhag derbyn gwersi Cymraeg yn Ysgol y Preseli. Erbyn heddiw mae dros fi l o blant yn mynychu’r ysgol ac yn derbyn y rhan fwyaf o’u gwersi trwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg nid dim ond y wers Gymraeg yn unig. O edrych nôl ac wrth i T. James Jones ein hatgoffa mai yn Eisteddfod Genedlaethol y Ffl int 1969 yr enillodd Jâms Niclas y Gadair, wedi’i symbylu gan gerfl un o’r fam feichiog, mae’n rhaid mai gwewyr y creu oedd yn ei dywys pan na wnaeth fy adnabod ar goridor Ysgol y Preseli. Am hynny dwi’n madde iddo!
Christmas Card Competition
The Ceredigion Herald Christmas Card competition is open to pupils aged up to age 11 and attends a school within Ceredigion.
- The design must be on a piece of A5 paper, either landscape or portrait
- Only pencils or felt tip pens are to be used.
- Computer generated work is also acceptable.
- Materials including glue, glitter or cotton wool should not be used.
- Please write the pupil’s name, age and school on the back of their picture.
Prize: 100 Christmas Cards (Inc Envelopes) of your design for you to send to friends and family. Also you will receive a Christmas party for up to 50 guests which will include Bouncy Castle, Disco, Ice Cream Van as well as a visit from Santa with a gift for each guest.
To Enter: Please send entries by email to email@example.com and include (Ceredigion Herald Card Comp in the subject line or by post to The Ceredigion Herald, 11 Hamilton Terrace, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, SA73 3AL. Entries will need to be in before Friday 24th November 2017.
Terms and Conditions
In entering the competition you automatically agree to the Rules of Entry. The competition is open to children up to the age of 11 years old. The competition is only open to residents who attend Schools within Ceredigion.
Entries will be publicised in The Ceredigion Herald and online as well as the appropriate sponsor’s websites from 25th November 2017 for 7 Days, members of the public will be able to vote for their favourite.
Three finalists will be selected per area and the overall winner will be chosen by a judging panel made up of Herald Staff. The decision of the judges is final.
Entries cannot be returned and become the property of The Ceredigion Herald. Entrants transfer all of their ownership rights (including all copyright) of their designs to The Ceredigion Herald.
The Ceredigion Herald reserves the right to disqualify any entrant if they have reasonable grounds to believe the entrant has breached any of the Rules. (NB: All competitions are not open to member of staff or their immediate family)
Entries may be published within The Ceredigion Herald as well as online. The overall winner will be published within The Herald that covers your region and will also be asked to attend a winners’ presentation.
The winners will be notified after Saturday 1st December 2017. The winners’ name will be displayed on The Ceredigion Herald website and on the winning cards when printed.
Milestone reached at Yr Egin
THE CONSTRUCTION of Yr Egin – the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s new digital and media centre – reached a milestone on September 18 with a ‘topping out’ ceremony held on the site in Carmarthen.
The practice of ‘topping out’ is a tradition in the construction industry and celebrates a significant point in the construction phase when the building reaches its highest point.
During the ceremony held at the top of the building, Professor Medwin Hughes DL, UWTSD’s Vice Chancellor was joined by key partners in this exciting initiative including Ian Jones, S4C Chief Executive; Steve Nicholls from Kier Group; Cllr Emlyn Dole, Leader and Mark James, Chief Executive of Carmarthenshire County Council; as well as representation from the Welsh Government, which has provided £3million funding towards the new centre.
“Today is a very important milestone in the construction of the Yr Egin development,” said Professor Hughes. “The building has reached its highest point and clearly indicates the realisation of the University’s exciting and bold vision to develop a creative and digital cluster that will greatly benefit the county, the region and the creative industries across Wales.
“Co-locating a range of creative, digital and cultural practitioners within the same building – with S4C at its core as the main anchor tenant – will create opportunities, encourage innovation and enable job creation in this key priority sector.”
Canolfan S4C Yr Egin is an ambitious and transformational development that will be home to S4C’s main headquarters as well as a number of companies and organisations working with the creative and digital industries.
S4C Chief Executive Ian Jones said: “With just over a year to go until we relocate our headquarters to Canolfan S4C Yr Egin today is a significant milestone.
“Seeing Yr Egin take shape underlines our commitment to ensuring that S4C will have offices in three locations across Wales by the end of 2018.
“Our internal preparations for the move to Carmarthen are well underway and we look forward to the prospect of creating numerous employment opportunities from the first quarter of 2018 onwards.”
The design of the 3,700 square metre building has already received the support of the Design Commission for Wales with the internal layout of the building focused around a public foyer and atrium that overarches the three floors. There will be a specific focus on the broadcasting and performance on the ground floor, with a range of offices for S4C and other partners on the other two floors. The University will also create new enterprise incubation units, offering access to opportunities, facilities, events and industry networks.
Regional construction company Kier Group Plc are the main contractors for Canolfan S4C yr Egin and are responsible for managing the construction of the new centre. The company’s Operations Director, Jason Taylor praised the project team for the hard work and progress they had made: “It has been a real pleasure to meet the university staff, the anchor tenant S4C and local councillors today to show them around the site. The project is gathering momentum and taking shape allowing us all to visualise the flagship Yr Egin building with its surrounding featured landscapes.
“Collaborative working relationships is a core part of the success of this project and a shared ethos between UWTSD, S4C and Kier. Throughout the construction process we have been working hard with our local supply chain partners to provide employment and up skilling opportunities. The project is also being utilised as a learning initiative for local schools and colleges.
“I would like to personally thank our site team for their efforts to ensure that the roof was complete for this ‘topping out’ celebration which enables them to progress internal works heading for completion. Kier are very proud to be part of this project and we look forward to seeing the completion of this creative Welsh digital hub in 2018.”
Economy and Infrastructure Secretary, Ken Skates said: “Once complete this new facility will help to deliver the infrastructure needed to support the University’s vision of a cluster of creative businesses in Carmarthen. This in turn will help to inject new life into the local economy, bring additional and high quality jobs to Carmarthen and enhance Wales’ growing reputation as an enabler of talent, imagination and productivity. It also supports our wider commitment to promoting Welsh as a living and vibrant language and will help cement links between academia and creative businesses.”
Canolfan S4C Yr Egin is a development that will transform and shape the creative and digital industries in South West Wales and beyond. It will also be a centre that will be at the heart of the community providing opportunities for local people to enjoy the building and its resources – a cafe, auditorium and performance stages.
Cllr Emlyn Dole, Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “From winning the S4C contract to securing the City Deal investment, the Yr Egin development is well on track and we’re excited to be part of the journey.
“This is a fantastic development for the whole of the Swansea Bay City Region, especially so in Carmarthenshire, with the creation of exciting new jobs in the creative sector that I’m sure will act as a catalyst for further opportunities.”
Canolfan S4C Yr Egin’s design team is a partnership between the Rural Office for Architecture (ROA), a company based in Newcastle Emlyn, and BDP (Building Design Partnership), an international company of architects, engineers and designers, with local architect, Niall Maxwell leading on the project.
The building will be complete by next summer.
Four friends, three mountains and one smashed target
FOUR FRIENDS recently completed the Tŷ Hafan’s Welsh3Peaks challenge, smashing their fund raising target of £1,000 in the process.
On Saturday, June 17, in the baking heatwave, Kate Morgan, Nicola Morgan, Kate Williams and Lizzie Dykes from the Llangrannog and New Quay areas climbed three of the highest mountains in Wales in one day; Snowdon, Cadair Idris and Pen-y-Fan, a backbreaking 20.35 miles with an ascent of 9,397ft (2,864m).
The team had set themselves an ambitious target of £1,000 but have since exceeded that target and they are now close to raising a £3,000 for Tŷ Hafan, one of the UK’s leading paediatric palliative care charities which offers care to children and support for their families, throughout Wales.
Beginning in the dark at 4am at the bottom of Snowdon with the other 70 teams taking part, they tentatively set out on what would be a very long, hot and gruelling day. Despite the testing conditions, the team finished in a laudable time of 17 hours.
Kate thanks everyone for their support: “We would like to say a big thank you to everyone one who has donated towards this worthy cause and supported us. It definitely spurred us up and down the mountains and made us think of families less fortunate than us.
“So far we have smashed our original target of £1,000 and money is still coming in, for which we are very grateful. We would love to now reach £3,000 which would allow Tŷ Hafan to do even more amazing work for families less fortunate than us.”
Talking about the challenge itself Kate explains: “Being novice mountain climbers, the biggest shock was trying to come down the mountains and not up. Our legs, knees, calves ached and were in pain right from the start of turning around and coming down Snowdon, well I was.”
Nicola added: “The heat was also a factor as well as the inclines so we took it slow and steady so we were able to complete the challenge. However, with the glorious weather we had some amazing views and watching the sun rise coming down from Snowdon was beautiful.”
They all agreed that they now have a huge sense of achievement, relief and sore legs but with the little sleep they had completed the challenge armed with nerves, excitement and adrenaline which had kept them going.
Lizzie ended by saying: “We would also like to say a big thanks to Rhydian, our fifth team member as without him it would not have been possible. He was a true star and had bacon rolls and tea and coffee ready after each mountain. He was a life saver.”
If you would like to donate towards this challenge there is still time: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/WalkingWendys
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