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John ‘Bwlchllan’ yn ei gwrcwd ar lawr

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1974 OEDD Y FLWYDDYN. Mis Mai. Gwesty Scotts yng Ngill Airne yng ngorllewin Gweriniaeth Iwerddon oedd y lleoliad. Yr achlysur oedd yr Ŵyl Ban-Geltaidd. Roedd yno rialtwch. Roedd yno sŵn a swae. Roedd hi’n hwyrhau. Clywsom lais dwfn Elfed Lewys yn canu baledi. Clywid offerynne gwerin yn y cefndir. Pwy eisteddai ar lawr yn ei gwrcwd yng nghanol y cyfan yn tynnu ar ei bȋb ond y Dr John Davies.

Eisteddodd tri neu bedwar ohonom o’i amgylch. Cawsom ddarlith fyrfyfyr am hanes Iwerddon. Hoeliwyd ein sylw. Bu rhaid i eraill gamu drosom i fynd heibio gan arllwys eu diodydd arnom. Ond fe’n syfrdanwyd gan y wybodaeth a’r dadansoddi treiddgar. Roedd ‘Bwlchllan’ yn ei elfen a ninne’n wrandawyr eiddgar.

Ble ond yn Iwerddon y gellid cael sefyllfa o’r fath? Wel, yn Neuadd Pantycelyn yn Aberystwyth efalle yn ystod teyrnasiad John fel warden dros 15 mlynedd. Ond y noson honno yn Killarney roedd deng munud yng nghwmni’r athrylith yn ddigon i argyhoeddi’r amheuwr pennaf pa mor bwysig yw hanes i ddiwyllio’r unigolyn.

Pa hanesydd arall fyddai wedi gosod ei hun yn y fath sefyllfa? Pa hanesydd arall fyddai wedi mynychu gŵyl o’r fath? Erbyn bore trannoeth roedd John Davies wedi’i sefydlu ei hun yn arwr ac yn gymeriad yn ein plith. Fel ‘Bwlchllan’ y cyfeiriem ato wedyn. Rhoddai hynny ef ar yr un pedestal â ‘Doshan’, fel y cyfeiriem at Eirwyn Jones, Pontsian. Roedd dawn y cyfarwydd gan y ddau. Bu’r naill yn astudio yng Nghaergrawnt tra broliai’r llall iddo fod yno ar gefn beic.

Pan gyhoeddwyd y gyfrol ‘Hanes Cymru’ yn 1990 dychmygwn Bwlchllan yn traethu ar ei gwrcwd wrth imi ddarllen y 700 o dudalenne. Ni fedraf ddychmygu’r un Cymro twymgalon heb gopi o’r gyfrol ar ei silff. Fe’i cyhoeddwyd yn Gymraeg ac yn Saesneg gan Penguin. Mae’n gyfrol i ymestyn ati o bryd i’w gilydd pe bai dim ond i ryfeddu fod gan y genedl y fath hanes yn ei hawl ei hun. Nid atodiad i’r un genedl arall mohonom. Mae gennym ein cof ein hunain a hwnnw wedi’i groniclo gan Bwlchllan. Mae’r gyfrol yn werth llawer mwy na’r pris o £30 a godwyd amdani.

A nodweddiadol o’r awdur oedd iddo ysgrifennu’r clasur tra ar ei deithie ar draws dinasoedd Ewrop mewn amgylchiade tebyg i Westy’r Scotts yn aml iawn. Nid wrth ddesg mewn llyrfgell lwchlyd ond ar fwrdd mewn clwb nos swnllyd. Roedd y ffeithie ar flaenau ei fysedd a’i gamp oedd eu gosod yn eu cyd-destun gan roi ystyr i’n bodolaeth.

Teithiodd Gymru benbaladr gan sugno’r wlad i’w gyfansoddiad. Ffrwyth yr adnabyddiaeth drylwyr honno oedd y gyfrol ‘Cymru – y 100 lle i’w gweld cyn marw’ a gyhoeddwyd yn 2009. Gwelodd Bwlchllan nhw i gyd. Mae’r gyfrol ar fin cael ei hail-argraffu ar ôl bod mas o brint.

Nodweddiadol o ehangder ei ddiddordebe mewn materion Cymreig oedd ei ymwneud ag ymchwiliad cyhoeddus answyddogol, o dan gadeiryddiaeth yr Arglwydd Gifford, wedi’r achos cynllwynio yn erbyn aelodau o’r Mudiad Gweriniaethol Sosialaidd Cymreig yn Llys y Goron Caerdydd yn 1983. Cofiaf ei holi droeon wrth i’r ymchwiliad fynd yn ei flaen a chael ei atebion yn ddifefl gytbwys.

Dyledus wyf iddo am ei eiriau caredig wrth feirniadu cystadleuaeth llunio pennod gyntaf llyfr crwydro ar y thema o ddilyn un o afonydd Cymru yn Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Môn 1990. Dal heb eu sgrifennu mae gweddill y penodau am Cleddau Ddu. Ar ôl dilyn y nentydd nid euthum ymhellach na Phont Hywel. Ofnwn na fedrwn efelychu joie de vivre llenyddol y beirniad ei hun. Rhaid fydd i mi shiffto fy stwmps gwlei.

Pan ddarlledwyd hunan-bortread ohono ar S4C yn 2013 nid pawb gynhesai at y rhaglen. Nodweddiadol o’r gwrthrych oedd iddo ddewis ymddeol i ardal Grangetown o’r brifddinas yn hytrach nag i un o’r maestrefi goludog. Roedd wrth ei fodd yng nghanol y concrid aml-ddiwylliannol. Dyna oedd ei Gymru fodern. Ond wedyn roedd ei ardd ym Mwlchllan ym mherfeddion Ceredigion.

Wrth derfynu ei gampwaith ysgolheigaidd cyfeiria at gwestiwn yr Athro Gwyn Alf Williams, un arall o’r cewri hanes, pan ofynnodd, ‘pa bryd y bu Cymru?’ Ateb Bwlchllan oedd: ‘Ysgrifennwyd y llyfr hwn yn y ffydd a’r hyder na fu hi eto yn ei llawnder’.

Gyda marwolaeth y Dr John Davies, y gŵr o’r Rhondda, ar Chwefror 15 yn 76 oed, collwyd clamp o Gymro.

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Aberaeron: Playing field gains Centenary Field status

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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.

David Lewis, Aberaeron Branch of The Royal British Legion; Miss Elin Jones AM; Councillor Hag Harris, Ceredigion County Council Chairman; Councillor Paul Hinge, Ceredigion County Council Armed Forces Champion; Councillor Elizabeth Evans, Mayor of Aberaeron and Local Member; Miss Sara Edwards, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed; John Lewis, Aberaeron Town Improvement Committee; Carwyn Lloyd-Jones, The Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet; Robin Williams, Fields in Trust; Brynmor Williams, Fields in Trust Chairman; Alun Williams, Ceredigion County Council Corporate Lead Officer for Policy and Performance; Huw Evans, Aberaeron Memorial Hall Committee.

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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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