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Mae Glyn Baines wedi treulio oes yn mireinio ei sgiliau yn gyson.

Mae Glyn Baines wedi treulio oes yn mireinio ei sgiliau yn gyson.

MAE CYN-FFERMWR, a adawodd y busnes teuluol pan oedd yn ei dridegau i ddilyn ei freuddwyd o fod yn artist, wedi ennill y Fedal Aur yn 84 mlwydd oed. Ef yw’r person hynaf erioed i dderbyn y gydnabyddiaeth hon.

Bydd Glyn Baines, 84 mlwydd oed, o’r Bala yn derbyn y wobr gan drefnwyr yr arddangosfa celfyddyd weledol eleni yn yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol am ei gyfres o collages lled-haniaethol. Bydd hefyd yn derbyn siec am £5,000 ar ôl curo cystadleuaeth gan amrywiaeth o geisiadau cryf.

Mae’r Fedal Aur am Gelfyddyd Gain yn un o ddim ond ychydig o wobrau cenedlaethol a roddir i artistiaid a gwneuthurwyr Cymreig, a’i nod yw ceisio anrhydeddu rhagoriaeth, gweledigaeth a dyfeisgarwch ymysg artistiaid gweledol yng Nghymru.

“Mae rhai artistiaid yn cyrraedd eu hanterth yn rhy gynnar, rhai eraill yn profi llanw a thrai, gan ddod yn ôl i’r amlwg gyda chasgliadau newydd wrth iddynt aeddfedu. Mae Glyn Baines wedi treulio oes yn mireinio ei sgiliau yn gyson, ac yn 84 mlwydd oed mae’n cynhyrchu ei waith cryfaf hyd yn hyn,” meddai Angharad Pearce-Jones, un o aseswyr y wobr.

“Mae’r gweithiau diweddaraf hyn yn ymgorffori blynyddoedd o hyfforddi’r llygad i sylwi, dethol a symleiddio – o gynfasau ag olew trwm i collages lled-haniaethol, o ambell fotiff y gellir ei adnabod i haniaeth llwyr. Gyda banc y cof gweledol sydd gan Åμr yn ei wythdegau, mae Glyn Baines yn gallu taro i mewn ac allan ac nid yw’n teimlo’r angen i atgynhyrchu’r byd fel y mae pawb arall yn ei weld.”

Wrth sôn am ei gasgliad, dywedodd Mr Baines: “Rwy’n hoffi disgrifio fy ngwaith fel dathliad o liw a bywyd. Pan rwy’n edrych allan o’r ffenestr gartref mae pob bore yn wahanol – mae nodwydd gwyrdd tywyll ein ffynidwydden yn cyferbynnu â’r awyr ocr cynnes weithiau ond yn edrych yn hollol wahanol yn erbyn yr awyr las llachar bryd arall, ac mae’r newidiadau yma’n rhan o’r hyn sydd wedi ysbrydoli’r casgliad hwn.

“Mae yna saith darn i gyd, ac mae pob un yn golygu llawer i mi. Dydw i ddim yn un am wobrau fel arfer ond mae adborth aseswyr yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol wedi cyffwrdd fy nghalon, ac rwy’n edrych ymlaen i’w gweld yn cael eu harddangos ym Meifod, sef lle mor brydferth ar gyfer yr Åμyl.”

Cafodd Mr Baines ei eni yng Ngharrog ger Corwen, a gadawodd yr Ysgol Ramadeg i Fechgyn yn y Bala yn bymtheg mlwydd oed yn 1948 a mynd i weithio ar fferm y teulu. Yn fuan wedyn symudodd y teulu i fferm fwy o faint yn Sarn ger Botwnnog yn LlÅ·n ond celf oedd ei wir gariad a dechreuodd fynychu dosbarthiadau nos gydag athro celf brwdfrydig o’r enw DC Roberts.

Roedd Roberts wedi ennill y Fedal Aur am Gelfyddyd Gain yn yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol pan gynhaliwyd hi ym Mhwllheli yn 1955, ac ysbrydolodd ef Mr Baines i fynd i ysgol gelf. Gan rentu ystafelloedd mewn ffermdy lleol a gweithio fel labrwr i gefnogi ei wraig a’i ddau fab ifanc, cwblhaodd Mr Baines gwrs tair blynedd yn Wrecsam. Treuliodd flwyddyn arall yn hyfforddi i fod yn athro yn Ysgol Gelf a Dylunio Caerdydd, cyn symud yn ôl i’r Bala i fod yn athro celf. Aeth yn ei flaen i dreulio 23 mlynedd yn athro celf yn Ysgol y Berwyn, Bala hyd nes yr ymddeolodd yn 1989.

Roedd ei ddisgyblion yn Ysgol y Berwyn yn cynnwys Iwan Bala, a aeth yn ei flaen i ddod yn adnabyddus fel artist, awdur ac uwch ddarlithydd ym Mhrifysgol Cymru y Drindod Dewi Sant. Bu Bala yn artist preswyl yn yr Oriel Genedlaethol yn Zimbabwe ac yn guradur yn Galeri Caernarfon. Cafodd Bala yntau’r Wobr Aur am Gelfyddyd Gain yn yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol yn 1997.

Parhaodd Mr Baines i ddilyn ei gariadatbaentiohaniaetholganymuno â Gweled – Cymdeithas Gymraeg y Celfyddydau Gweledol, a thua diwedd ei yrfa fel athro, agorodd ei stiwdio ei hun yn y Bala. Ar ôl iddo ymddeol, parhaodd i arddangos ei waith mewn sioeau ledled gogledd Cymru a Chaer. Y tro diwethaf iddo arddangosfa yn yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol oedd yn 1995 pan gynhaliwyd yr Åμyl yn Abergele.

Dywedodd Robyn Tomos, Swyddog Celfyddydau Gweledol Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru: “Roedd detholwyr y wobr yn unfryd eu barn y dylid rhoi’r Fedal Aur am Gelfyddyd Gain i Glyn Baines am gasgliad sydd, er ei fod yn haniaethol ei natur, wedi tynnu’n gryf oddi ar brofiad yr artist yn ei amgylchfyd.

“Mae ei waith yn ychwanegiad i’w groesawu i’r arddangosfa celfyddydau gweledol eleni, sy’n cynnwys darnau gan 22 o artistiaid a ddisgrifiwyd yn ‘brydferth, gonest a chyfareddol’ gan y curaduriaid. Mae’r arddangosfa’n ceisio apelio at groestoriad o bobl sy’n caru celf, ac eleni mae’n cynnwys ffilm fywgraffiadol fer am yr artistiaid a ddetholwyd yn ogystal â deunydd deongliadol am eu gwaith. Edrychwn ymlaen i arddangos rhai o’r doniau artistig gorau un yng Nghymru i ymwelwyr dros yr wyth niwrnod.”

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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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