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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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Chairman’s contribution to local charity

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Chairman of Ceredigion County Council, Councillor Hag Harris presenting a cheque of £400 to Elin Vaughan-Miles, Lampeter Family Coordinator.

AS Councillor Hag Harris’ year as Chairman of Ceredigion County Council for 2018-2019 draws to a close, the Chairman’s Annual Dinner was held. During the evening, donations were received supporting the charity of the Chair’s choice, which was Lampeter Family Centre.

Lampeter Family Centre is open five days a week to all families with children under the age of 11 years old. It is a free, open access environment which provides a service to families in a welcoming and non-judgemental environment.

The centre offers a variety of sessions throughout the week including baby group, lunch club, language and play sessions for parents and toddlers. They also offer free play sessions, craft activities and ‘Out and About’ sessions which promotes the services on offer in the community.

Councillor Hag Harris presented a cheque of £400 for Lampeter Family Centre and said, “It is a pleasure to present this money to a truly deserving charity. Lampeter Family Centre is a fantastic support service for families with young children. It is a great resource and benefit for the community.”

The Centre also offers a variety of courses for parents to gain new skills, including Welsh lessons to help families who have recently moved to the area to integrate into the community. Over the last year, the Centre has supported 102 families.

Lampeter Family Centre is situated at Canolfan Dulais, Pontfaen Road in Lampeter. For more information, phone 01570 423847 or email lampeterfamilycentre@gmail.com.

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Beach clean up by Aberaeron Community Ambassadors

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Aberaeron Community Ambassadors after the clean-up at Aberaeron beach.

ON Tuesday 26 March, Aberaeron Community Ambassadors organised and hosted a beach clean at Aberaeron beach during their lunch hour. Whilst carrying out the clean-up, the young people had the opportunity to learn about looking after the environment around them.

Aberaeron Community Ambassadors is made up of Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron pupils and members of Aberaeron Youth Club. The group is part of Ceredigion Youth Service and is led by young volunteers and local young people.

School-based Youth Worker at Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron, Rebeca Davies said, “The ambassadors did a great job organising and hosting their first community project, which was well planned and executed. It’s fantastic to see that our young people are so eager to get involved and give up their time for the benefit their local communities. Well done to Aberaeron Community Ambassadors!”

The recently established group now has 20 members aged between 11-18. Its aim is to organise and undertake activities and events which will benefit the community around Aberaeron.

Thomas Evans, Head Boy at Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron and Young Volunteer with Ceredigion Youth Service said, “We had a great time litter picking at our local beach. It was a really good opportunity to give something back to the community, and that is the aim of the group. The group is looking forward to our next project.”

Ceredigion Youth Service is the designated Service for young people aged 11-25 in Ceredigion, dedicated to supporting young people’s personal, social and educational development through specialised support and open access provision. For more information or to find out what opportunities are available to you, head over to their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages at @GICeredigionYS or contact the team on youth@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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Cold temperatures likely to lead to icy conditions

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A YELLOW weather warning is in place over Wales from 10pm tonight (Jan 16) and 11am tomorrow morning (Jan 17).

As temperatures drop, there is a strong chance of ice patches causing dangerous conditions for motorists.

Icy patches developing with wintry showers also affecting some areas.

What to expect

  • Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces
  • Probably some ice on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths
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