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Alun Jones yn derbyn Medal Goffa Syr T H Parry-Williams

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TH-parrywilliamsCyflwynir y Fedal yn flynyddol i unigolyn sydd wedi gwneud cyfraniad gwirfoddol yn eu hardal leol, gyda phwyslais arbennig ar weithio gyda phobl ifanc. Mae Alun wedi chwarae rhan bwysig mewn cymunedau ar hyd a lled Cymru dros y blynyddoedd, ac wrth i’w waith fel athro ei arwain o un lle i’r llall, byddai’n ymroi’n syth i fod yn rhan o weithgareddau lleol ac i hyfforddi, mentora a helpu pobl ifanc mewn gwahanol rannau o’r wlad. Mae’i gyfraniad arbennig yn parhau hyd heddiw yn Chwilog, lle mae Alun yn cynorthwyo gyda hyfforddi ieuenctid yr ardal ers iddo symud i’r ardal. Yn fab fferm o ardal Llanpumsaint, Sir Gâr, graddiodd Alun yn y Gymraeg ym Mhrifysgol Abertawe cyn hyfforddi fel athro. Dechreuodd ei yrfa yn Ysgol Bargoed, lle bu’n weithgar iawn yn creu cyfleoedd i gyflwyno’r Gymraeg y tu allan i’r ystafell ddosbarth, gan hyfforddi’r bechgyn yn yr ysgol a’r gymuned i chwarae rygbi. Bu’n Bennaeth Adran y Gymraeg yn Ysgol Ramadeg y Bechgyn, Pontypridd, lle bu’n gweithio gyda’i gyd-bennaeth, Aneirin Jones, i greu gwerslyfrau i gyflwyno’r Gymraeg fel ail iaith yn y sector uwchradd. Bu’r llyfrau hyn yn ysbrydoliaeth i nifer fawr o blant a phobl ifanc, gan eu hannog i fynd ati i ddysgu’r Gymraeg yn rhugl. Roedd Alun hefyd yn weithgar yn y gymuned leol, yn rhedeg dosbarthiadau nos, a fu’n llwyddiannus iawn ymysg pobl ifanc a rhieni ifanc a oedd yn awyddus i ddysgu’r iaith. Symudodd ef a’r teulu o Bontypridd i Flaenau Ffestiniog ar ddechrau’r 70au, pan y’i penodwyd yn Bennaeth y Gymraeg, Ysgol y Moelwyn. Yma hefyd gwelodd Alun yr angen i ysbrydoli’r bobl ifanc y tu allan i’r ysgol, ac aeth ati i ffurfio partïon llefaru, grwpiau cyflwyniadau llafar, timoedd ac unigolion ar gyfer cystadlaethau siarad cyhoeddus a chyflwyniadau theatrig, gyda llawer o’r criw ifanc yn mynd ati i gystadlu am y tro cyntaf. Daeth Alun yn Bennaeth y Gymraeg yn Ysgol Penweddig, Aberystwyth, yn 1974, a dyma lle yr arhosodd y teulu am flynyddoedd, gydag Alun yn hyfforddi, mentora a chynghori cenedlaethau o bobl ifanc, gyda nifer yn mynd ymlaen i ddilyn gyrfa ym myd perfformio neu gyflwyno. Bu hefyd yn gweithio gyda myfyrwyr y brifysgol, a byddai bob amser yn fodlon gwrando, annog a chynnig cymorth lle roedd angen, gan fagu hyder amryw o feirniaid ifanc. Yn ystod y cyfnod hwn bu hefyd yn weithgar yn ei gymuned yn Rhydypennau, gan sefydlu Parti Nant Afallen, a fu’n fuddugol sawl tro yn yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol ac yn yr Å´yl Gerdd Dant, yn ogystal â chefnogi eisteddfodau llai. Ar ôl ymddeol o Ysgol Penweddig, bu’n darlithio yn Adran Addysg y Brifysgol, lle yr ysbrydolodd genhedlaeth o athrawon gan eu argyhoeddi o bwysigrwydd gwaith allgyrsiol i sicrhau ffyniant y Gymraeg. Bu’n Brif Arholwr CBAC Cymraeg Lefel A, ac mae’n parhau i arholi’n llafar o amgylch Cymru. Erbyn hyn, ac yntau wedi ymddeol o’r brifysgol, mae’n gweithio fel golygydd i wasg Y Lolfa, ac mae’n cynghori a helpu awduron hen ac ifanc sy’n gweithio drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg. Yn ddi-os, mae brwdfrydedd a chyfraniad Alun yn crisialu amcanion Cronfa Goffa Syr T.H. Parry-Williams, a thrwy hynny, mae’n llawn haeddu derbyn y Fedal er clod eleni. Bu Syr T.H.Parry-Williams yn gefnogwr brwd o’r Eisteddfod Genedlaethol, ac yn Awst 1975, yn dilyn ei farwolaeth ychydig fisoedd ynghynt, sefydlwyd cronfa i goffáu’i gyfraniad gwerthfawr i weithgareddau’r Eisteddfod. Gweinyddir y gronfa gan Ymddiriedolaeth Syr Thomas Parry-Williams. Derbyniodd Alun y fedal ar y llwyfan ar Dydd Llun 4 Awst.

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Community owned shop and café celebrated in national charity campaign

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THE story of a rural community owned café and shop in Ceredigion which ensured vital supplies of food and other essential items reached people in need during the lockdowns of 2020 is being celebrated in a campaign by a national charity.

Cletwr shop and café in Tre’r-ddol received urgent calls and emails from families worried about elderly relatives who were shielding. Volunteers and staff at the shop ensured deliveries could be made to people across the remote rural area and also hosted events to keep the community connected.

Over many years the village lost its shop, post office, café, petrol station, school and church. The community owned business opened to meet local need in 2013 and the essential role it plays was further confirmed throughout the extraordinary events of 2020.

Now the inspiring story of Cletwr and its team of volunteers working to meet local need and provide essential social connections at a time of crisis is forming part of a national campaign to promote rural community businesses led by the Plunkett Foundation.

Karen Evans, manager of Cletwr, has been recorded telling the story, which will be one of five Lockdown Stories being shared by the charity in promotion of its Vision for a Covid-19 Rural Recovery. The businesses are all community owned and have each been innovative and committed to supporting their local community during the 2020 pandemic.

Karen said: “People have now realised how important Cletwr is, how important shopping local is, and I think they see a bigger picture of how that supports everyone in the community. It is definitely bringing the community together.”

Cletwr’s Lockdown Story is sponsored by The Retail Mutual which is a UK provider of business, home and landlord cover for independent retailers and service providers.

Plunkett helps rural communities tackle challenges such as social isolation, employment and poverty by supporting enterprises – including shops, pubs, bakeries, farms and woodlands – that are owned and run democratically by members of the community.

The Lockdown Stories were premiered at Plunkett’s virtual Community Business Fete on 24 November together with its Rural Vision Film, which are aimed at bringing the charity’s Vision for a Covid-19 Rural Recovery to life.

James Alcock, Plunkett’s chief executive, said: “The story of Cletwr is a truly inspiring one, and I am delighted that we are sharing it as part of our virtual Community Business Fete. This has been a year of touch challenges, but also one of great community spirit – and nowhere is that more evident than in the village of Tre’r-ddol.”

Kirsty Hampton, The Retail Mutual’s Mutual Manager, said: “Cletwr is a great example of the power of community, and is exactly why we are so proud to be members of Plunkett and to support the community business sector. The way they have pulled together in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic is hugely inspiring”.

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Welsh Conservatives Select Candidate for Ceredigion

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THE Welsh Conservatives have selected Amanda Jenner as their candidate for Ceredigion in next year’s Senedd elections.

 Amanda, who is a Powys County Councillor, stood for the seat in the 2019 General Election and managed to increase the Conservative vote share by more than the national average.

 Amanda is a past student of Aberystwyth University, where she met her husband, David. After University, she moved to Cardiff, completed a Masters in Law at Cardiff University and went on to become a Solicitor, working for Eversheds Sutherland.  Amanda and David later moved to Mid Wales and Amanda retrained as a Secondary School Teacher, teaching English and Law.

 Commenting on her selection, Amanda said

 “I’m so pleased to be standing once again as a candidate in Ceredigion. It’s a place close to my heart, having studied here and with our family connections to Tregaron.”

 The former solicitor lists business, farming and localism as her priorities.

 On farming, Amanda says that farmers need clarity on what financial support will be available post 2021. She says the Welsh Government must listen to their views and new schemes must be adequately piloted before being rolled out.

 She said: “I believe that our renowned quality food production is key to a sustainable Wales. Farmers are already part of the green solution and I will work to ensure their needs are not overlooked.”

 Welsh Labour’s out of touch approach to business has discouraged new start-ups, and Amanda believes the whole system needs to be overhauled. She has also pledged to work hard to ensure Ceredigion businesses benefit from a share of the Mid Wales Growth Deal package for the area.

 Turning to Localism, a campaign for major planning decisions to be made at local authority level – as opposed to by ministers in Cardiff – is also high on Amanda’s agenda. She said: “Local people know their area best. They know how large-scale developments will impact their communities. I will continue to fight to ensure local people are meaningfully consulted and listened to on all decisions that impact them.”

 As well as her council role, Amanda also works in the office of Montgomeryshire MS, Russell George. She is a governor at two schools and a co-founder of CymruFuture– a networking group for young and junior professionals.

 In her spare time, Amanda loves reading and being outdoors with her family. She is also learning Welsh and attends weekly lessons.

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Comisiynydd yn canmol addewidion i fyfyrwyr

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BYDD myfyrwyr Prifysgol Aberystwyth yn elwa ar ymroddiad newydd i gynnig cyfleoedd a chyfleusterau trwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg, wedi i’r Brifysgol lansio cyfres o addewidion newydd ar 20 Gorffennaf.
Mae ‘Addewidion Aber’ yn nodi wyth ymrwymiad gan y Brifysgol i fyfyrwyr Cymraeg yn ystod eu cwrs. Yn eu plith mae darparu:
– Cyrsiau cyfrwng Cymraeg o bob math ar draws y Brifysgol;
– Llety Cymraeg i fyfyrwyr, gan gynnwys yn Neuadd Pantycelyn ar ei newydd wedd;
– Tiwtor sgiliau academaidd i gynorthwyo myfyrwyr gyda’u hastudiaethau cyfrwng Cymraeg.
Dywedodd Dr Anwen Jones, Dirprwy Is-Ganghellor sydd yn gyfrifol am ddarpariaeth cyfrwng Cymraeg Prifysgol Aberystwyth: “Mae ymestyn cyfleoedd a darpariaeth drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg yn fater o flaenoriaeth i mi’n bersonol, ac i Brifysgol Aberystwyth fel sefydliad. Rydyn ni am i fyfyrwyr gael y profiad gorau a llawnaf oll drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg, ac mae’r addewidion hyn yn gam arall ar y ffordd i gyflawni’r uchelgais honno.
“Mae gan y myfyrwyr hawliau cyfreithiol pendant sy’n ymwneud â’r Gymraeg, wrth gwrs, ond rydyn ni am fynd gam ymhellach a chynnig rhagor o wasanaethau a chyfleoedd i ddefnyddio’r Gymraeg yn naturiol, ac fel rhan o’u bywydau academaidd a chymdeithasol.
“Mae dyfnder ein darpariaeth academaidd cyfrwng Cymraeg yn galluogi myfyrwyr i ddilyn cynlluniau gradd cyfan drwy gyfrwng yr iaith. Yn ogystal, rydym yn cynnig profiad cymdeithasol Cymraeg heb ei ail yma.
“Mae hi’n adeg gyffrous iawn yn Aberystwyth wrth i ni baratoi ail-agor drysau Neuadd Pantycelyn i fyfyrwyr unwaith eto. Heb os, dyma gyfle unwaith-mewn-bywyd i’r genhedlaeth nesaf.”
Ychwanegodd Llywydd Undeb Myfyrwyr Cymraeg Aberystwyth (UMCA), Morgan Lewis: “Rydym ni fel Undeb Myfyrwyr Cymraeg Aberystwyth (UMCA) yn ymfalchïo fod y Brifysgol yn mynd gam ymhellach gyda’i hymrwymiadau i fyfyrwyr Cymraeg er mwyn sicrhau y cânt y profiad gorau posibl.
“Mae’n bleser i weld a bod yn rhan o’r addewidion a fydd yn hwyluso a helpu llunio bywydau’r myfyrwyr yn ystod eu cyfnod yma yn Aberystwyth.”
Mae Addewidion Aber yn mynd tu hwnt i ofynion statudol Safonau’r Gymraeg.
Mae Aled Roberts, Comisiynydd y Gymraeg, yn croesawu ac yn canmol y cyhoeddiad, gan ddweud: “Mae gan fyfyrwyr yr hawl i ddefnyddio’r Gymraeg yng ngholegau a phrifysgolion Cymru ers Ebrill 2018, ac mae’n wych fod Prifysgol Aberystwyth wedi mynd gam ymhellach trwy gynnig yr addewidion hyn.
“Felly, fyfyrwyr, mae gennych chi’r hawl ac addewidion pellach gan eich Prifysgol i ddefnyddio’r Gymraeg o ddydd i ddydd. Manteisiwch ar y cyfle, a gadael i’r Gymraeg dreiddio i bob rhan o’ch bywyd yn y brifysgol.”

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