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Guto Dafydd yn ennill Coron Eisteddfod 2014

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eist123GUTO DAFYDD, yw enillydd Coron Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Sir Gâr. Cyflwynwyd y Goron iddo mewn seremoni ar lwyfan y Pafiliwn, brynhawn Llun, 4 Awst. Yn 24 oed, mae Guto’n un o’r beirdd ieuengaf erioed i ennill y Goron yn y Brifwyl. 

Gyda 32 o feirdd wedi cystadlu yn y gystadleuaeth eleni, Golygfa 10 ddaeth i’r brig am ei ddilyniant o 10 cerdd ddigynghanedd heb fod dros 250 llinell ar y testun ‘Tyfu’. Traddodwyd y feirniadaeth o lwyfan y Pafiliwn gan Dylan Iorwerth, ar ran ei gyd-feirniaid, Marged Haycock a Dafydd Pritchard, ac wrth sôn am waih Golygfa 10, dywedodd, “Canu am Gymru heddiw trwy sôn hefyd am Gymru ddoe. Ac yn y chwarae rhwng y ddau y mae gogoniant y cerddi. Mae yna sawl math o dyfu – geni babi i’r byd, twf neu ddiffyg twf cenedl, isstori am dwf perthynas rhwng dau ac, ar y diwedd, awgrym y gallwn ni dyfu y tu hwnt i’n hargyfwng presennol. “Cerddi heddiw ydyn nhw. Rhai am ddigwyddiadau eleni. Ymhen blwyddyn neu ddwy mi fydd angen troednodiadau ac mi fydd rhai’n gweld hynny’n wendid. Ond dan ni’n beirniadu eleni. Ac mae Golygfa Deg yn gosod heddiw mewn ffordd iasol ar gefndir cannoedd o flynyddoedd o’n hanes ni. “Meddyliwch am osod helyntion Radio Cymru ac asiantaeth EOS ochr yn ochr â’r hen gerdd am grogi’r telynor Sion Eos o dan gyfraith Lloegr. Meddyliwch am roi stormydd Aberystwyth ochr yn ochr â’r gwynt a’r glaw ym marwnad Llywelyn ein Llyw Olaf, ffordd osgoi Porthmadog efo Dafydd Nanmor a’i hiraeth am ei gariad. Drama Blodeuwedd ac Atomfa Trawsfynydd – ein greddf ddireolaeth ni a grym rhannu’r atom. “Wrth i’r pethau yna ddod ynghyd – ac oherwydd meistrolaeth dechnegol Golygfa Deg a’i hyder o wrth drin iaith a goslef -– mae yna rywbeth llawer mwy’n digwydd. Ffrwydrad o ystyr a’r cryniadau’n parhau ymhell bell ar ôl gorffen darllen. Mi gawson ni ein codi o’n cadeiriau i dir uchel iawn gan fardd meistrolgar. “Yn y diwedd, doedd y penderfyniad mawr ddim yn anodd o gwbl. Coron eleni ydi hi ac mae hi’n bendant iawn yn mynd i Golygfa Deg.” Daw Guto Dafydd yn wreiddiol o Drefor, ond mae bellach yn byw ym Mhwllheli gyda Lisa’i wraig. Ar ôl mynd i Ysgol yr Eifl, Ysgol Glany- Môr a Choleg Meirion-Dwyfor, graddiodd yn y Gymraeg o Brifysgol Bangor, lle cwblhaodd draethawd hir ar waith Wiliam Owen Roberts ac Iwan Llwyd. Erbyn hyn, mae’n gweithio i Wasanaeth Ymchwil a Dadansoddeg Cyngor Gwynedd. Mae arno ddyled i’w deulu ac i athrawon a llu cyfeillion am ei gefnogi a’i ysbrydoli. Bu’n cystadlu mewn eisteddfodau mawr a bach ers blynyddoedd, gan lwyddo i lenwi dresel ei Nain ag ambell dlws a chadair. Enillodd Goron Eisteddfod yr Urdd Sir Benfro 2013, ar ôl cael sawl siom, a daeth yn agos at frig y gystadleuaeth hon yn Ninbych y llynedd. Mae’n drydarwr brwd, yn aelod o dîm Talwrn y Tywysogion a thîm ymryson Caernarfon, ac yn mwynhau darllen, darlithio ac adolygu. Mae’n un o golofnwyr y Glec, ac yn cyfrannu’n rheolaidd i Barn, Barddas, Tu Chwith a chyhoeddiadau eraill. Mae Jac, ei nofel dditectif gyffrous i bobl ifanc, newydd ddod o wasg y Lolfa, a chyhoeddir ei gyfrol gyntaf o farddoniaeth gan Gyhoeddiadau Barddas yng ngwanwyn 2015. Rhoddir y Goron a’r wobr ariannol eleni gan Gyngor Sir Gâr, a chomisiynwyd yr artist lleol, Angharad Pearce Jones i ymgymryd â’r dasg o gynllunio a chreu y Goron. Cafodd y cynllun ei ysbrydoli gan dreftadaeth diwydiannol ardal yr Eisteddfod, ynghyd â hanes coeden Myrddin. Mae’r cynllun ar ffurf coeden, sy’n tyfu o’r tu blaen tuag at y cefn. Daeth yr ysbrydoliaeth o hanes coeden Myrddin, o lle mae tref a Sir Gaerfyrddin yn cael eu henwau, a gwnaethpwyd y Goron o ddur. Er y deunydd diwydiannol roedd yr artist yn awyddus i’r Goron edrych yn gywrain, yn addurnedig ac yn werthfawr. Gellir prynu’r Cyfansoddiadau a Beirniadaethau, sy’n cynnwys y feirniadaeth lawn ar gyfer y gystadleuaeth hon ynghyd â manylion enillwyr cystadlaethau cyfansoddi’r Eisteddfod i gyd, yn dilyn Seremoni’r Cadeirio brynhawn Gwener.

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Conservative Candidate highlights concerns over large-scale wind farms

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EARLIER this year, the Welsh Government published its Draft National Development Framework (NDF) setting the direction for development in Wales. Within the NDF there is a section dedicated to ‘Energy’ development.

The Welsh Government are proposing “large scale wind and solar development to be directed towards Priority Areas for Wind and Solar Energy”.

Over a dozen areas have been identified throughout Wales and two of these priority areas cover large sections of Ceredigion.

According to the document, there will be a presumption in favour of “large scale on-shore wind and solar energy development in these areas, and an acceptance of landscape change.”

Amanda Jenner told The Ceredigion Herald: “Like many people, I’m passionate about protecting our environment and I fully recognise the importance of tackling climate change. However, I am seriously concerned about the huge pylons that could be needed to connect the electricity to the grid. These proposals do not consider the impact on the tourism sector!”

“Tourism is highly important to Ceredigion’s economy and it includes many agricultural businesses that have diversified into this sector, a trend that is likely to continue. The Labour run Welsh Government must consider how large-scale energy developments will impact Ceredigion’s tourism industry.”

Decisions on large-scale energy developments will not be made under the usual Local Authority Planning processes. Rather, Welsh Government Ministers in Cardiff will decide whether to approve such developments, under the Developments of National Significance process.

Amanda further added: “The top down nature of these proposals is worrying! The fact that tourism hasn’t been fully taken into account nor the disruption of large areas of peat, which may be hugely important to the ecology of an area, shows just how far removed the Labour run Welsh Government are from us.”

“The considerable additional powers which Welsh Labour Ministers are accruing for themselves, undermine local democracy. At the very least, despite being decided by Ministers in Cardiff, the Welsh Government must ensure thorough local community engagement and consultation. It is essential that there is a clear process and communities must be given ample notice of planning applications, in order to assess the wider implications and impacts on their communities.”

The Conservative Candidate has urged the Labour run Welsh Government to follow the example of the Conservative Government in Westminster and to launch a review in to the impact of wind farms.

Amanda said: “I urge the labour run Welsh Government in Cardiff to follow this sensible decision by the Conservative Government and to launch a similar review in Wales”.

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New plaque unveiled at Cardigan War Memorial to honour three fallen soldiers from Cardigan

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A NEW plaque was unveiled at Cardigan War Memorial to honour three fallen soldiers from Cardigan. The plaque was unveiled during a public Commemoration and Dedication Service on 12 October.

The plaque commemorates Michael J. Dunphy who gave his life in the 1982 Falklands War and Lee T. Davies and David M.E. Greenhalgh who gave their lives in the 2001-2015 conflict in Afghanistan. The plaque was unveiled by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Dyfed, Miss Sara Edwards.

Councillor Paul Hinge is Ceredigion County Council’s Armed Forces Champion. He said: “It was an honour and privilege to welcome everyone to the Service of Commemoration and Dedication, not only as a son of Cardigan, but as a veteran myself and Ceredigion County Council’s Armed Forces Champion.

“The three fallen soldiers of Cardigan, Michael Dunphy, Lee Davies and Dave Greenhalgh paid the ultimate sacrifice and their names are now immortalised on Cardigan War Memorial honouring their sacrifice.

“It was a privilege to work with all stakeholders involved in planning the day including the families, regiments, Cardigan Town Council and Ceredigion County Council officers. We were delighted with the strong attendance on Saturday which was a testament to how important this Commemoration is to all concerned. It was a fitting tribute to the fallen soldiers of Cardigan.”

 

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Communities in Ceredigion will get extra support

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COMMUNITIES in Ceredigion will get extra support as they take part in a census rehearsal The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has appointed a census engagement manager to support Ceredigion residents help rehearse the census this October.

Ceredigion was chosen as one of just four areas for the census rehearsal, which will enable the ONS to test some of the systems and processes it has put in place ahead of the digital-first 2021 Census.

David Lloyd Roberts, the area’s census engagement manager, will help organisations, charities, faith groups and community leaders within the county to raise awareness of the census rehearsal and the value to local residents in taking part.

David, who grew up on a hill farm in Pontrhydfendigaid studied history and Welsh history at Aberystwyth University before embarking on a career within the community as a trading standards officer. He went on to manage the local authority’s trading standards, licensing and community warden functions.

He said: “I’ve worked in local government in Ceredigion for over 34 years and served as a school governor for 10 years, so I like to think I know the area and its people well.

“This is a really exciting opportunity to work with community groups and residents to test out the processes to make sure everything works as well as possible and to help ensure everyone in Ceredigion get their voices heard.”

People in each of the rehearsal areas, Ceredigion, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Carlisle, will be asked to complete a questionnaire about those living in their household on 13 October 2019.

The rehearsal will be primarily online, with help for those who need it. Residents will be invited to take part later this year.

Director of census operations, Pete Benton, said: “The census helps inform vital public services such as the number of children’s school places, hospital and GP services and social care provision in local areas.

“As the census only takes place every ten years it is important we hold an operational rehearsal to ensure that all our processes run smoothly.

“The people of Ceredigion who take part will all be helping to ensure the overall success of the 2021 Census.”

The ONS’s recommendations for the next census were published in a government White Paper in December 2018.

The 2021 Census will, for the first time, collect information on veterans of the UK Armed Forces. This enables monitoring of the Armed Forces covenant – the deal between the country and those who served it.

And it is proposed that there will also be a new voluntary question on sexual orientation for those aged 16 and over. In addition to the usual question on being male or female, there will also be a voluntary question on gender identity for those aged 16 and over.

Everyone across the UK, including those living outside of the four rehearsal areas will be asked to take part in the actual census in 2021. More information will be made available nearer the time.

Community leaders in and around Ceredigion can find out more about the rehearsal by calling David on 07458109340 or emailing david.roberts01@field.census.gov.uk.

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