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dewi emosSUT DDYN oedd y bardd Dewi Emrys Yr oedd y cwestiwn Gofynnwyd gan y ddrama Dewi Emrys: Cythraul yr Awen ddydd Sul diwethaf ar S4C. Yr oedd y cwestiwn Gofynnwyd gan y ddrama Dewi Emrys: Cythraul yr Awen ddydd Sul diwethaf ar S4C. Mewn rhifyn arbennig o Pethe ar ddydd Mawrth, edrychodd Twm Morys i mewn i leoliad y barddol yn cadeirio enillodd Dewi Emrys 

Galwodd Dewi Emrys (1881- 1952) ei gymeriad yn ‘gerddorfa o gymhlethdod’, ac yn Dewi Emrys: Cythraul yr Awen byddwn yn gweld pam roedd bywyd Dewi mor helbulus. Bydd cyfraniadau gan rai oedd yn adnabod Dewi a chawn glywed eu hargraffiadau nhw o’r bardd oedd yn dod o Gei Newydd yn wreiddiol, ond a symudodd i Sir Benfro pan oedd yn saith oed. Aeth i’r ysgol ym Mhencaer ac Ysgol Ramadeg Jenkins Abergwaun cyn mynd fel prentis newyddiadurwr a chysodwr ar y County Echo yn y dre honno. Ar ôl marwolaeth ei dad, symudodd y teulu i Gaerfyrddin ac aeth Dewi i weithio ar y Carmarthen Journal. Yn1903, fodd bynnag, aeth i Goleg Presbyteraidd a dilyn llwybr ei dad i’r weinidogaeth. Ar ôl y Rhyfel Mawr, ceisiodd Dewi wneud bywoliaeth o’i newyddiaduriaeth drachefn. Er iddo werthu sawl darn i olygyddion Stryd y Fflyd, aeth pethau o chwith iddo, a threuliodd sawl noson dan y sêr ar lannau Tafwys. Cefnodd Cymry Llundain arno, y cyn-bregethwr a oedd erbyn hyn i’w weld yn canu y tu allan i’r eglwysi, a’i gap yn ei ddwylo. Yn 1926, fodd bynnag, daeth tro ar fyd i Dewi, pan enillodd y Goron yn Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Abertawe gyda chasgliad o gerddi Rhigymau’r Ffordd Fawr. Yn yr un Eisteddfod, enillodd ar gystadleuaeth Darn o Farddoniaeth mewn tafodiaith gyda’r gerdd a fyddai’n dod yn un o’i weithiau mwya adnabyddus, “Pwllderi”. Yn sgil ei lwyddiant, daeth ei wraig i chwilio amdano yn Abertawe, gan fod Dewi heb dalu tuag at gynnal ei deulu ers blynyddoedd. Fel canlyniad bu rhaid i Ddewi roi’r arian a enillwyd yn yr Eisteddfod i Cissie, casglu mwy gan ei ffrindiau, a hyd yn oed rhoi ei goron newydd mewn pawn shop yn Abertawe. Aeth Dewi Emrys ymlaen i ennill y Gadair yn y Genedlaethol bedair gwaith, yn Lerpwl, 1929 (“Dafydd ap Gwilym”), Llanelli, 1930 (“Y Galilead”), Bangor, 1943 (“Cymylau amser”), a Phen-y-bont ar Ogwr 1948, (“Yr alltud”). Mae sawl Cymro wedi galw’r bardd Dewi Emrys yn arwr ac yn gymeriad rhamantaidd. Ond roedd yn gymeriad dadleuol yn ei gyfnod, ac yn dadlau â sawl un. Ond meddai Emyr Llew am Dewi, “Fe oedd gelyn mwyaf ei hunan.” Un person oedd yn adnabod Dewi orau, oedd ei ferch Dwynwen. Mae Dwynwen bellach wedi newid ei henw i Nina Watkins, ac yn byw yn Ne Lloegr. Dywed fod ei magwraeth wedi bod yn gyfnod anodd iddi hi. “Roedd e’n amser trawmatig iawn i mi, a chefais nifer o brofiadau negyddol.” Dyma’r tro cyntaf i Nina Watkins siarad yn agored am ei thad, ac mae’r hyn mae hi’n ei ddweud yn gwrthddweud y fytholeg ramantaidd am Dewi. Cafodd fywyd lliwgar iawn, treuliodd gyfnod fel gweinidog ac fel cardotyn ar hyd strydoedd Llundain, ac roedd yn ferchetwr o fri. Ond yn ôl Nina, “Doedd e ddim yn dad da iawn.” Mae Dewi Emrys: Cythraul yr Awen yn dramateiddio perthynas Dewi gyda dwy fenyw oedd wedi dylanwadu’n enfawr ar Dewi. Y ddwy oedd Dilys Cadwaladr, mam Nina; ac Eluned Phillips, cyfaill Dewi. Bydd Sharon Morgan yn actio Eluned Phillips, a Judith Humphreys yn chwarae Dilys Cadwaladr. Profiad arbennig i Judith Humphreys oedd actio Dilys Cadwaladr, disgrifia Judith, sydd yn byw ym Mhenygroes yn Nyffryn Nantlle, fywyd a phersonoliaeth Dilys fel un “cymleth.” Dywed Judith iddi hi fwyhau dysgu am elfennau o’r cyfnod, ac am hanes bywyd Dilys a Dewi; “Roedd hi’n gyfle gwych i mi ddysgu am hanes y cyfnod, a hanes bardd mawr o’r cyfnod. Roedd hi’n braf i gael perpectif merch ar y cyfan, ac roedd Dilys yn ferch ddeallus, a chlyfar. Roedd hi hefyd yn fraint i gael y cyfle i bortreadu person oedd a sawl elfen i’w phersonoliaeth. Roedd hi’n berson sensitif, trist, dyrys a chymleth.” Roedd Dilys hefyd yn fardd, a hi oedd y ferch gyntaf i ennill y gadair yn Eisteddfod Genedlaethol y Rhyl yn 1953. Ond roedd ei pherthynas hi a Dewi hefyd yn un cymleth yn ôl Judith; “Roedden nhw’n byw yn dlawd iawn. Roedd Dewi yn berson bregus, ac roedd hi eisiau ei achub o, ac edrych ar ei ôl o, a’i helpu gyda’i ansicrwydd . Roedd hi yn edmygu ei allu a’i ddoniau yn fawr.” Roedd Eluned Phillips hefyd wedi gwirioni ar Dewi Emrys yn ôl Sharon Morgan, sy’n portreadu Eluned yn Dewi Emrys: Cythraul yr Awen. “Dwi’n meddwl ei bod hi a Dewi yn gymeriadau tebyg, fel sgwennwyr a hefyd dau o’dd yn casau culni a rhagfarn y ‘sefydliad. Dwi’n meddwl ei bod hi’n ei edmygu fe fel merch ifanc yr adeg, wedi gwirioni ar y rebel ynddo, ond yna nes ymlaen dwi’n meddwl bod ei perthynas yn fwy cydradd. Dwi ddim yn meddwl ei bod hi’n berthynas rhywiol ar unryw adeg” dywed Sharon. Ond roedd portreadu Eluned Phillips, enillodd y goron ddwy waith un waith yn Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Bala yn 1967 ac Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Llangefni 1983, yn her yn ôl Sharon Morgan “O’dd e’n her ac yn fraint ymgeisio i bortreadu person goiawn, bydd amryw yn cofio, o’dd yn gymeriad mor unigryw, a hefyd mewn cyfnod penodol, sef y 70au.” Bydd y bardd Twm Morys, yn clywed bod Dewi Emrys yn un o ddau fardd i ennill pedair cadair yn yr Eisteddfod, Dyfed oedd y bardd arall. Oherwydd ei lwyddiant ysgytwol ef, penderfynodd yr Eisteddfod newid y rheol, a dim ond dwy gadair gall prifeirdd Cymru eu hennill bellach. Ond er i Dewi ennill y nifer fwyaf o gadeiriau, ef hefyd oedd y bardd a gollodd y fwyaf o gadeiriau. “Un go flêr oedd Dewi Emrys yn methu dal gafael ar swydd na chartref yn hir, yn cysgu weithiau mewn clawdd ar stryd, ac mi werthodd yr unig goron Eisteddfod yr enillodd o er mwyn talu ei ddyledion” dywed Twm Morys. Yn Eisteddfod Llanelli 1930, enillodd Dewi Emrys gadair yr ŵyl am ei bryddest ‘Y Galilead’. Ond yn gynnar wedi ei fuddugoliaeth aeth y gadair hon ar goll. Ac mae’r un yn wir am gadeiriau ei awdlau buddugol yn Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Lerpwl (1929), Bangor (1943) a Phen-y-bont ar Ogwr (1948). Bydd taith Twm Morys a’r Cadeiriau Coll yn ei arwain ar hyd Cymru a thu hwnt. O dafarn i ysbyty, o gastell i neuadd ddinesig, aiff ar drywydd cadeiriau Dewi Emrys a nifer o feirdd eraill. Bu farw yn Aberystwyth ym mis Medi, 1952, a chafodd ei gladdu ym mynwent Capel Pisgah, ar bwys Talgarreg. Dywedodd ei gyfaill, y Prifardd T. Llew Jones am yr achlysur: “Bu farw Dewi Emrys yn ysbyty Aberystwyth ar Fedi’r 20fed 1952 a chladdwyd ef ym mynwent Pisgah, Talgarreg. Ychydig iawn o bobl a welodd yn dda i ddod i’r angladd. Yn wir, roedd y capel yn hanner gwag.” Mae cofeb i hyn mwyaf cythryblus o feirdd yn sefyll ar Pwllderi, o ba le y cymerodd ei ysbrydoliaeth mwyaf

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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.

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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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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.

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Four friends, three mountains and one smashed target

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Left to right: Kate Williams, Lizzie Dykes, Nicola Morgan, Kate Morgan, Rhydian Morgan

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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