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`Pwy wers sy ‘da chi nawr?` holai Jâms Niclas

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garregMISH 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 âm 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!

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Workshop held on Ceredigion’s economic future

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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.

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Council services returning to normal

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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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Christmas Card Competition

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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 cardcomp@herald.email 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.

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