Here's what our learners have been up to ...
Success to our students in Merched y Wawr Festival (13-06-2017)Four learners from Ceredigion, attending Welsh classes at Llangeitho and Lampeter, organized by Ceredigion County Council and tutored by Carol Thomas won prizes at the Merched Y Wawr 50 year festival held recently in Machynlleth. Jill Cropley of Mydroilyn, won the first Intermediate Level prize for writing an article about her local area. Jane Unitt from Llwyn-y-groes won the second prize. Both learners attend an evening class in Lampeter. Aidan Jones from Tregaron, won the foundation level prize for completing a form and Dionne Sherwood of Llangeitho came second. Both attend the evening learn Welsh class in Llangeitho. They were presented with a slate trophy, certificate and a book token each. Congratulations to all four!
New festival for Welsh learners (04-05-2017)The National Library of Wales was the perfect setting on Saturday 22 April 2017 for a new festival to give Welsh learners and their families the chance to speak and socialise in Welsh in a fun setting, outside of the classroom. This is a new national festival, organised by the National Centre for Learning Welsh, with events also held at St Fagan's, the National Musesum of History, Swansea's National Waterfront Musem and the National Slate Museum in Llanberis.
Activities commenced with a guided tour of the Library where learners got special access to the Library's 6.5 millon collection of books, newspapers, maps and artwork. We saw the earliest manuscript (dating from 1878) of 'Hen Wlad fy Nhadau' the Welsh national anthem. In the afternoon, we were treated to a one-man show by actor Llion Williams who took us back to Wales in the 16th Centrury - to learn about how the Bishop William Morgan left the nation a priceless treasure a Welsh translation of the bible.
Claire Goodman-Jones, has learnt Welsh with us, and is currently in a higher level class. Claire attended the festival and really benefited from the day's activities I enjoyed learning more about the Library, Wales and its culture. I particulaly relished the chance to hear and speak Welsh all day long!
Cylch Teifi Walkers (23-01-2017)Led by Dyfed and Siân Elis-Gruffydd on our January trip, we ventured to the Carreg Wen and Llechryd area. We began at the Cilfowyr Baptist Chapel and walked to the village of Carreg-Wen to see the church there. We then walked down the lane to the old Maenordeifi church and on to Llechryd bridge before returning to our starting point. As expected, we heard interesting tales about the chapel, the churches, the building materials and the course of the Teifi river and the Teifi valley. It was a very entertaining journey with pretty lanes and good weather. There was also plenty of chatting while we walked!
Hinterland inspires course for Welsh learners (18-01-2017)This week a Welsh class studied a special Y Gwyll/Hinterland based lesson designed by the National Centre for Learning Welsh. This lesson, for Advanced Level learners, coincides with the third series of the popular TV detective drama. Its aim is to inspire learners to learn new vocabulary whilst enjoying the series.
The class is held each week at the Hafod Hotel, Devil's Bridge. According to Bryn Howell-Pryce, who studies in the class, It's been amazing studying this lesson in a location which is so prominent in the programme. It's good to learn new words in relation to the series we even tried to write a detective story inspired by the Hafod Hotel. Bryn's classmates also enjoyed playing the 'Gwyll Game' which is part of the lesson.
Welsh learners who have reached this Advanced Level are fluent in speaking and understanding Welsh.
2016 Welsh in the Family Award for Vicky (15-11-2016)THE annual Lifelong Learning and Welsh for Adults Awards held at Aberystwyth University on 20th of October provided an opportunity to reward excellence in learning and teaching.
The successes and achievements of individuals and groups were celebrated in the special ceremony, which offered an opportunity to congratulate both students and tutors.
Speaking during the event, the director of the Institute of Professional Development, Professor Judy Broady-Preston, said: Aberystwyth University takes great pride in the success of adults who are learning new skills. Our learners have demonstrated great commitment, and their efforts are rewarding for themselves, their families and their communities.
The Welsh in the Family Award, an award for Welsh learners who have increased the use of Welsh within the family, was awarded to Vicky Thomas and family of Maesymeillion, Llandysul.
Vicky has been learning Welsh for five years.
She, her husband, and their four young children moved to Ceredigion in August 2015.
Vicky and her husband got to know each other in English, and Vicky spoke English with their two older children before starting to learn Welsh. Now the whole family speak Welsh with each other.
Vicky is also comfortable to speak Welsh in the community. I hope my children pass on their Welsh to the next generation as we have and that I can speak Welsh to my grandchildren, said Vicky.
Learning Welsh whilst raising a young family was challenging, but speaking Welsh is now an integral part of family life.
Success for Ceredigion Learners Choir (14-09-2016)Many congratulations to the Ceredigion Welsh Learners Choir on winning the second prize in the Group Singing competition in the National Eisteddfod of Wales 2016. A special thanks go to Elin Mair, the choir's leader, and Heledd the accompanist.
Aberystwyth's Intensive Welsh Summer Course 2016 (08-09-2016)Our 4 week Summer Course in Aberystwyth attracted a record number of students this year, including students from Patagonia, Japan, Poland, Ireland, France, Germany, Belgium, America, Austria, and Australia. We would like to thank all our excellent tutors and staff who made this year's course such a memorable event. Student satisfaction was very evident from the many and varied congratulatory comments we received.
Julie and Bridget's Charitable Success (12-07-2016)Of recent, Julie Pearce and Bridget Wallbank, Welsh learners in Mid Wales, are proud of being able to donate £304.70 to Air Ambulance Wales. Funds were raised by hosting a fantastic Noson Lawen at Clwb y Monty, Newtown in February. The evening was organized by Julie and Bridget with the support of Aberystwyth University Welsh for Adults, especially Menna Morris.
Bridget Wallbank stated "Thank you very much to everyone who helped make the evening so fantastic with song, sketch, music and a bit of dancing."
From Left to Right: Julie Pearce, Bridget Wallbank and Marie Jones, Air Ambulance Wales shop manager.
Cylch Teifi Walkers - Cilgerran & Llechryd (20-06-2016)Our last walk of the term took us to Cilgerran and Llechryd with Emyr Phillips leading us. Starting from Cilgerran, we went down the old 'Ramp' to the gorge and then on the delightful path to the river.
Before embarking on the road back to Cilgerran,we heard the story of the phone box that has been converted into a community resource, and of Hammett Bridge which opened in 1800. After our walk, most of us went to the Cardiff Arms in Cilgerran where we had refreshments and a warm welcome.
Cylch Teifi Walkers - Aber bach Beach April 2016 (19-04-2016)Reg Davies was leading our April walk in the Aber-bach area. This is a beautiful circular, historical walk - Reg provided interesting information and anecdotes along the journey.
After walking paths from Tabor Chapel and up through the woods, we reached the Tre-wrach Farm, and then strolled leisurely down to a remote beach called Aber-bach, where we had plenty of time to relax and enjoy the setting before returning to the chapel. We enjoyed stunning scenery and good weather.
Cylch Teifi Walkers - Poppit Walk (18-02-2016)Poppitt and Chipyn was our destination or our February walk with Terwyn Thomas leading. We heard interesting anecdotes along this attractive walk. We heard about the lifeboat, the old weir, Cardigan Island, the formation of sand dunes, the Youth Hostel, Capel Gerazim and manse (where the poet Eirwyn George lived), and Chapel Hill Salem, among other things. Had walked for two hours in good weather, some went on to enjoy the hospitality and pub Cafe Poppit Webley.
Aberystwyth | Our Christmas Celebration (15-12-2015)On the evening of the 14th of December, we came together to celebrate Christmas in the Old College, Aberystwyth.
Following a buffet, we sang carols and listened to performances from the CYD choir. What a wonderful evening of Christmas celebration!
Dolgellau | new club for Welsh learners (15-12-2015)Wow aren't we busy in Meirionnydd! A great evening to launch a new club for Welsh learners and fluent Welsh speakers in Dolen Dolgellau.
Llwyddiant ysgubol (sweeping success)!! Llais anhygoel (awesome) gan Gwilym Bowen Rhys! Diolch Bet o Hunaniaith am drefnu ac i Gwîn Dylanwad am y croeso a'r cawl. Dyma ydy cefnogaeth (support) leol!
Powys | Welsh Sabbatical Course for Teaching Assistants (09-12-2015)Congratulations to 15 Powys teaching assistants who have completed a 5 week Welsh Sabbatical course in Brecon. They are pictured here with two of their tutors Gwyneth Price and Susan Evans.
Group of the Year Award 2015 (22-10-2015)Winner: Store Cynfelyn @ Cletwr (Community Company Cletwr) of Dre'r Meadow, Ceredigion
Since the establishment of short course for employees of the store at the beginning of 2014, the Shop @ Cynfelyn Cletwr has extended the activities to bring Welsh learners and fluent speakers together to use Welsh. They want the language to be seen and heard from customers and people who travel by. They hold a lot of activities, including 'Dal ati/ Welsh chat' - a coffee and a chat held monthly on Saturday mornings; Story time - every other Thursday - for Parents and toddlers and babies; and Film Night in Welsh - on a monthly basis from June 2015. One night they had watched Un nos Ola Leuad, Solomon a Gaenor, and Hedd Wyn.
Welsh in the Workplace Award 2015 (22-10-2015)Winner: Mid Wales Housing, Newtown, Powys
Two directors of Mid Wales Housing attend evening classes to learn Welsh; 15 staff attend monthly courses in the work place, and two attend classes for beginners. As an employer they support their staff to attend the courses free of charge during work time. One board member of Mid Wales Housing is their Welsh champion - the board will support and recognize all efforts to learn and use the language. As a result, the Association will be able to offer better service to customers who speak Welsh, and staff have more confidence in dealing with the public.
Welsh in the Family Award 2015 (22-10-2015)Winner: Stephanie Windsor-Lewis. Stephanie is an opera singer, and she lives in Pennal, near Machynlleth. She's been learning Welsh in Aberystwyth for 12 months. Jack Robin is her baby son and she enjoys speaking Welsh with him. She reads books Welsh him too, and sings lullabies to him. She has challenged herself to sing in a concert piece Welsh in December.
21 October 2015 | Lifelong Learning Awards Ceremony (22-10-2015)We celebrated the success of lifelong learning students in a special ceremony at Aberystwyth University on Wednesday October 21, 2015.
The awards were presented by Aberystwyth University Vice Chancellor, Professor April McMahon.
Michelle Dunn | My experience of learning Welsh (14-10-2015)"I initially signed up for Welsh classes with some reluctance. Having been a dismal disappointment to my school French teacher I was expecting adult Welsh classes to be something of a chore, but to my surprise I enjoyed them immediately. Welsh is a quirky, imaginative language full of unexpected delights and embarrassing pitfalls. Surely I can't be the only person who mis-translated 'Traws Cambria'? It means 'Across Cambria', not, as I thought, 'Cambrian Trousers'.
As my Welsh journey has progressed, there have been similar red-cheeked moments, but also triumphs such as using my Welsh in my business . My first professional conversation with a Welsh speaker was terrifying - I was fairly sure he'd asked me to prune his wisteria, but my Welsh was so shaky there was always a chance he had asked me if I'd mind moving my car.
My Welsh has come a long way since then and there is no doubt that speaking the language has helped me get more business than I might otherwise have done. My customers are delighted to discuss their gardens in their own language, and I get to use and enjoy my new Welsh skills to the full."
Michelle Dunn, Welsh learner in the Cardigan area
2015 Aberystwyth August Summer Course Success (08-09-2015)This summer's course was once again a roaring success with over 80 learners attending classes at all levels of ability.
Roger Spencer from Germany attended the course for a fortnight:
"I enjoyed the Canolradd course in August so much that I am seriously thinking of coming to the last 2 weeks of the course next year."
"Excellent teachers, great atmosphere, interesting evening activities and very pleasant learning experience."
Thanks to the lead tutor Felicity Roberts, the course administrator Gwenno Edwards and to Jaci Taylor for organising such a great course.
New Term for the Cylch Teifi Walkers (02-09-2015)After a rest over the summer, our term of monthly walking journeys will begin on the second Saturday of October. The first journey of the new term will be in the Parc nest a Newcastle Emlyn area, with Anne Pash and Nest Thomas leading, Saturday 10th of October. We will leave the Cawdor Cars car park in the town (SN308 314) (Post code SA38 9BA) at 10:30 am, and go for a journey of about 2 to 2.5 miles. Remember to come before 10:30 to be ready to leave promptly. The journey will be comparatively easy with some moderate climbing at the start, and then downhill or on flat land but you will need to wear suitable walking shoes. Whilst walking you will hear a little of the history of Parc nest and the castle. After the journey, it will be possible to socialise in one of the restaurants or pubs in town.
There will be a warm welcome for all. For more details, contact Philippa Gibson, 01239 654561/Philippa.firstname.lastname@example.org
See the full program of our term below:
10 October: Newcastle Emlyn and Parc Nest
Leaving Cawdor Cars car park, NCE (SN308 314) (Post code SA38 9BA), at 10:30am.
Leaders: Anne Pash and Nest Thomas.
Leaving the space by Dan y garn (SN127 307), about 1km to the West of the Waldo Memorial, at 10:30am.
Leader: Dafydd Davis.
12 December: New Quay are
Leaving the Church Road car park, New Quay (SN387 598) (Post code SA45 9PB), at 10:30am. Leader Ann Morgan, Deborah Angel, and Miriam Perrett.
9 January: Brynberian Area
Leaving the Old School/ Llwynihirion Community Centre car park , near Brynbeirian (SN101 360) (Post code SA41 3TY), at 10:30am.
Leaders: Dyfed and Siân Elis-Gruffydd
13 February: Poppit Area
Leaving Poppit car park (SN152 485) (Post code SA43 3LN), at 10:30am.
Leader: Terwyn Tomos
12 March: Clynfyw and Aber-cych Area
Leaving the spot near the Nag's Head pub (SN251 401) (Post code SA37 0HJ) at 10:30am.
Leader: Howard Williams.
9 April: Dinas and Aber-bach Area
Leaving the Tabor Chapel car park, Dinas (SN005 384) (Post code SA42 0XG), at 10.30am.
Leader: Reg Davies
14 Mai: Cwm Soden, ger Cwm Tydu
Leaving Llandysiliogogo church car park (SN363 572) (Post code SA44 6LH), at 10.30am.
Leader: Howard Williams
11 Mehefin: Cilgerran and Llechryd Area
Leaving Cilgerran Hall car park (SN198 428) (Post codeSA43 2TE), at 10.30am. The starting point might change closer to the date.
Leader: Emyr Phillips
Related! (14-08-2015)At a reception at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on Monday August 3 Grisel Roberts was welcomed to the Summer Welsh Course at Aberystwyth University. Her application came out on top and she won the first ever scholarship to be offered to bright Welsh learners from Patagonia by Aberystwyth University.
Huw Roberts of Aberystwyth was the talented young guitarist who gave a musical rendition during the event. During his welcoming speech, Siôn Meredith the Director of the Welsh for Adults Centre, said Grisel and Huw share the same surname, and said that maybe that Grisel and Huw are related!
Grisel knew all about her ancestors from Wales who went out to Patagonia, and Huw later discovered that Grisel indeed was related to him! Their two great great grandfathers were brothers. Benjamin Pugh Roberts went out to Patagonia around 1886 with a number of his siblings. Robert Pugh Roberts stayed in Wales farming Gelligrafog farm in Rhydymain in the Dolgellau area. Benjamin eventually became a prosperous farmer farming Hafn Flowers area Esquel in Patagonia.
What a small world!
Trip for Learners - the life and times of T Llew Jones (13-08-2015)On 11 July, as part of Adult Learners Week sponsored by NIACE, we went with a group of Ceredigion's Welsh learners on a bus tour to trace the history of the author T Llew Jones as we celebrate the centenary of his birth.
T Llew Jones literary works continue to be popular among children and adults today. He was the king of children's Welsh literature.
He was born Thomas Llewelyn Jones on 11 October, 1915 in a house called Bwlchmelyn in Pentrecourt. We went past his house and see the plaque mounted on the wall. A plaque on the verse of the late Dic Jones.
Rhythmau'r iaith yw y muriau hen a chwedl
A chân yw pob llechen
Cartre Llew, crud deor llên
A thŷ mabolaeth awen.
We visited many places of interest along the way including Ysgol Capel Mair, Bancyffordd, where he received his early education, and where he found an old tombstone, 'carreg ogam'- an important archaeological discovery that had been missing for over a century. Then on to Cwm Alltcafan where we stopped on the bridge so that we might appreciate the impressive view of the gorge and read T Llew's poem 'Cwm Alltcafan'.
We passed Ysgol Coed y Bryn where T Llew was the principal and onto Brynhoffnant to see the new school, Ysgol T Llew Jones, which opened in 2012. Next, down to the Urdd camp in Llangrannog where we sang a couple of shanties with the accompaniment of a violin and heard the smuggling story 'Dirgelwch yr Ogof'. The cave is located at Llangrannog and Cwmtudu. We passed the house he used to live in and visited his grave at Pontgarreg Capel Wick. He died on January 9, 2009.
We saw the original production of 'y Llew-fan' a celebration of the work of T Llew Jones at Felinfach theatre. The show was fantastic with great dancing, acting and everyone had a wonderful day. We'd like to thank NIACE for sponsoring the trip, Meryl Evans for organizing the trip and Jonathan Rees for being our expert guide on the journey and for sharing with us the history of T Llew Jones.
New Scholarship for Welsh learners from Patagonia 2015 (05-08-2015)An English teacher from Argentina, who has Welsh roots on her father's side of the family, has won the first scholarship for a Welsh learner from Patagonia to attend the Welsh Summer Course held at Aberystwyth University from 3-28 August 2015.
Grisel Roberts (pictured centre), who lives in Esquel, a town twinned with Aberystwyth, has been learning Welsh on courses in Patagonia since 1998, helped by visiting teachers from Wales. She has also helped other Welsh learners in Patagonia. 'I think it is very important that we learn a minority language, and take care of our cultural heritage,' says Grisel. 'Welsh is part of our culture.'
As she arrives at Aberystwyth University to study Welsh for the whole of August, her ambition is to speak Welsh fluently and correctly, as she wants to converse with other Welsh speakers and to teach Welsh to other learners. 'I love languages, grammar and linguistics,' says Grisel.
Aberystwyth University is offering the new scholarship to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the settlement of a Welsh community in Patagonia this year. The scholarship celebrates the relationship between Aberystwyth and Esquel in the Chubut region of Patagonia.
In 2014, there were 268 adults learning Welsh in Patagonia.
The flagship Welsh Summer Course is attended by some 80 learners each year. The course provides new skills for Welsh learners at all levels, from beginners to experienced learners, to improve their Welsh skills, and to take part in a wide range of social and cultural activies in Welsh.
Llwyddiant i Zoe (08-07-2015)Zoe Pettinger, Welsh for Adults Tutor is seen here receiving the Ceredigion Tutor of the Year NIACE Inspire Award. Many thanks to Councillor Gill Hopley, Chairman of Ceredigion County Council for presenting the awards and certificates
Alun Bowen | Profile of a Welsh learner (02-06-2015)"My name is Alun Bowen. I live in a small village near Welshpool but I was born in Shropshire and raised near London. My parents used to live in the area and my great-grandfather used to work in this village where I now live and work as a blacksmith. I used to keep Hereford cattle in the past but I now keep milking cows.
I started to learn Welsh in January 2012 in Montgomery and by May 2012 I started to use the language outside of the classroom. During the first year, I joined the Welshpool Welsh Society so it was possible to meet and socialise with people who speak the language fluently. I started going to the Welsh Chapel in the town where I got some good advice from a woman who was sitting in front of me. She said "You ought to immerse yourself in the language."
I'm a member of a group called Clwb Eiddew which meets at Café Ivy Ivy House in Montgomery once a month and we won Group of the Year 2012. I like reading - I started reading with E-Friends and now I prefer to read autobiographies. I'll read anything - I just finished a book by Islwyn Ffowc Elis, ' Yn ôl i Leifior.'
I know many people in the area who speak Welsh and some of them come to the farm, so I get the chance to speak Welsh two or three times every week outside the classroom.
I'd spend more time speaking Welsh if I could but I have a wife and thirteen grandchildren!!"
Alan Painter | A profile of a Welsh Learner (14-05-2015)My name is Alan and I live in Dyffryn Ardudwy with my wife. We have a cat and a tortoise and a goldfish pond in the garden. We moved to the area after retirement but we've been familiar with the area for over 30 years. I was raised in Barnet, Hertforshire - not too far from London where I worked as a Project Manager for the London Underground. We have 4 children and 8 grandchildren. Unfortunately, we're the only family members who live in Wales.
I attend a Welsh class in Harlech. The group is lucky to have a fantastic tutor. First language Welsh speakers also volunteer to help Welsh learners: every Thursday we meet up for a chat in a café in Dyffryn. I think it's really important for people who choose to make Wales their home to learn Welsh, learn about Wales, its culture and history.
Merched y Wawr Llanerfyl | 5 Mawrth 2015 (12-05-2015)'An evening with Bethan James Gwanas and Siân James' was open to the public with a special invitation to the area's Welsh Learners.
Thanks to publicity from Menter Maldwyn and Welsh for Adults in Mid Wales the response was very encouraging with 78 local people turning up and 50% of them were learners.
An attempt was made to ensure the Welsh Learners and fluent Welsh speakers sat beside each other to give them the opportunity for them to chat at the onset of the evening.
Siân and Bethan presented various items. Bethan talked about her work as an author - discussing in particular the work she has written for Welsh learners - with an opportunity for the audience to join in the conversation with a question and answer session. Siân presented musical items both instrumental and vocal and joined Bethan to introduce 'ymgomau' of Bethan's literature work.
It was excellent evening.
Merched y Wawr Members enjoyed the opportunity to welcome learners in their midst.
Cardigan Castle's reopening April 2015 (14-04-2015)The Castle will be opening to the public on Wednesday, April 15, and from Monday 13th many of Cardigan's Welsh for Adults classes will be moving within Lord Rhys's walls.
Cardigan Castle built for a prince, saved by the people
Don't be fooled by these mighty Medieval walls. Inside, you'll unlock 900 years of history.
Glorious Regency gardens, classic Georgian architecture and imposing Medieval defences meet 21st Century luxury in a site that spans the ages.
Llanidloes | Welsh language training for Teachers (01-04-2015)Congratulations to the teachers who have just completed the 3 month intensive course in Llanidloes with funding from the Welsh Language Sabbatical Course. Thank you to the tutors Siôn Rowley, Medi James and Zoe Pettinger
Cylch Teifi Walkers | Cilgwyn area (25-03-2015)Our March walk was in the Cilgwyn area which was carefully planned by Reg Davies and Susan Carey. We headed off from Caersalem, the Babtist Chapel in Cilgwyn, walking across Cwm Gwaun to Carn Ingli.
Wonderful views were seen from the slopes of Carn Ingli under the shining sun and the blue sky.
a report from the Learners Eisteddfod 2015 (25-03-2015)150 Welsh learners from all corners of Mid Wales came to the Tabernacl in Machynlleth on February 27th to compete and enjoy the 2015 Learners' Eisteddfod. It was a special evening with a great deal of talent on show on the stage.
The first competition on stage was the 'cyd llefaru' and seven groups competed! What a great way to open the eisteddfod! Congratulations to the group Tonnau Tywyn who came first with ' Darllen y Map yn Iawn'.
The singing competition was exceptional with Helen Pendry victorious! We must praise one of the stars of the night - Patrick Cain. His commitment to compete was unrivalled - as he competed several times! The highlight of the evening for many people was hearing Patrick play Sosban Fach on the piano - wonderful!
Many competed with home work and some outstanding pieces of work were on display in the café in the Tabernacl - fabulous cakes, textile work and artwork.
Judith Crompton form Llanelltyd won one of the main prizes the 'Tlws Rhyddiaeth' for prose. Elizabeth Jones (pictured) of the Cardigan area won the Eisteddfod Chair. Congratulations to both!
Many thanks to all tutors, to Siôn Meredith for leading the proceedings, to Delma Thomas, Jaci Taylor, and Sandra Jones-Evans for organizing the event. We look forward to next year !!
Full list of results here:
3 days of work experience available for our learners (05-03-2015)July and August 2015
In partnership with the National Eisteddfod we are able to offer 3 days of work experience for Intermediate / Higher level Welsh learners (reasonably fluent) to prepare for the Eisteddfod and during the week (1-8th August 2015)
Would you like to help out at this year's Eisteddfod (05-03-2015)Welsh learners and Tutors, how about becoming a steward at the Maes D and/or café this year?
Holly Cross interviewed by Beti George (24-02-2015)'The New Welsh' Integrating or keeping a distance?
BBC Radio Cymru on 22/02/15
Holly's interview starts 22.40 minutes in.
Cylch Teifi Walkers - our February Walk (24-02-2015)For our February walk, Maldwyn Lewis and Carys Ann-trip led us around the Coed-y-hill area. On this occasion, we had tea in Coed-y-Bryn Hall before starting on our way - tea and treats were enjoyed by a large crowd of enthusiastic walkers! Starting on the square, we learnt about the village of Coed-y-Bryn, the Chapel, and the School and its association with T. Llew Jones; the remains of Plas Bronwydd and the long and colorful history of their owners - the Lloydiaid; the history of the Maesllyn woolen factory; Plas y Gernos, and much more. Towards the end of our journey, we were welcomed by the vicar of Llangynllo Church, the Rev. Gareth Reid, and enjoyed the chance to see inside the beautiful Church.
Learning Welsh from the Cradle in Knighton (11-02-2015)KNIGHTON and Presteigne Health Visiting Team are working in conjunction with the Mid-Wales Welsh for Adults Centre to deliver a course called 'Welsh from the cradle'. The 10-week course is for local parents to learn the essentials of the Welsh language to use with their babies and toddlers. It came about as a direct response from the interest of parents.
This course, tutored by Ellen Greason-Walker, provides a great opportunity for new parents to give their child a head-start in life by introducing them to the Welsh language at an early age. The course includes essential phrases for parents such as, 'Ty'd I newid dy glwt' ('Come and have your nappy changed'); useful vocabulary such as words for clothes, toys, parts of the body; and Welsh storytelling practice as well as songs.
By taking part in this course, parents are laying firm foundations for their children to become bilingual and really give them a head-start in learning to read and count. It also provides a great place for new parents to meet others. Longer term, it can help children improve their communication skills and make learning other languages easier.
Singing and Chat Session in Tanygroes (28-01-2015)17 January 2015
More than 20 learners and Welsh speakers enjoyed excellent performances by Barbara Bennett (harp and voice), Dick Crawford (harp), Jonathan Rees (violin), Pete Edwards (guitar), Frank and Eiri Thrasher (banjo, guitar and vocal) as well as a special performance by Greg Lynn, the lead singer of the Hwntws.
Many thanks to all for their hard work.
The idea behind these sessions is very simple - to sing, socialize and converse in Welsh in an informal atmosphere.
Except for the price of a cuppa, these sessions are free of charge. The next session will be on Saturday, March 13, at two o'clock. Everyone is welcome, including new learners.
Cylch Teifi Walkers in Maenclochog area (20-01-2015)10 January 2015
Hefin Wyn was our walk leader in the Maenclochog area. We learned a lot about the area and its history on a round trip which was longer than usual. We begun in the village, with a visit to the Bard Eirwyn George, with a welcome and verse. We then continued to a lovely trail on the banks of a stream and through forest to reach a quiet road.
As well as learning about the origins of the name Maenclochog, we saw the Ogham stones in the church, standing stones in the path, and a memorial to one of the leaders of the campaign to save the Preselau from becoming a training ground for 'the Army. There were great views of Pembrokeshire. Following our walk we went to socialize in the 'tafan sinc' in Rhos-y-bwlch.
Cylch Teifi Walkers - Cilgerran Area (25-11-2014)Emyr Phillips was our walk leader this November when we went on tour very interesting to see the remains of the slate industry in Cilgerran gorge. The River Teifi was full after heavy rain the night before, but we managed to get a couple of hours of dry weather to walk along the river. Emyr was well prepared and we were fascinated with the history of the area as we saw old quarries and learnt their names. We hope Emyr can lead us again next year so we can see the rest of the gorge and learn even more.
Welsh Words - a new book for Welsh learners (20-11-2014)Learn Welsh faster with Welsh Words.
The book contains a list of core words and tips on how to learn Welsh quickly and how to remember new words effectively.
Printed by y Lolfa £4.95
Aberystwyth University Celebrates Diwrnod Shwmae! (04-11-2014)On Wednesday the 15th of October 2014 the whole of Wales celebrated Diwrnod Shwmae - a national day to celebrate the Welsh language and encourage people to use it.
A great effort was made by Aberystwyth University to promote the day and lots of fun was had by all! Here's a pic of staff in the Vice Chancellor's office.
Welsh in the Family prize for Juanita (27-10-2014)Llongyfarchion mawr i Juanita Forster-Jones a'i theulu am ennill Gwobr Cymraeg yn y Teulu 2014.
Congratulations to Juanita Forster-Jones and her family for winning this years' Welsh in the Family award. A prize for Welsh learners from Mid Wales who have increased the use of Welsh within the family.
ywers.com (30-09-2014)Mae gwefan ywers.com ar gyfer tiwtoriaid Cymraeg i Oedolion bellach yn fyw yn dilyn y lansiad dydd Gwener diwethaf yn Aberystwyth Gwefan yn canolbwyntio ar agweddau Asesu ar gyfer Dysgu ydi hi, sy'n cynnwys clipiau fideo o ddosbarthiadau ar hyd a lled Cymru ynghyd â chrynodeb o'r egwyddorion. Mae 'Stafell Staff' ar y wefan hefyd, ble mae modd i diwtoriaid Cymraeg i Oedolion ar draws Cymru rannu syniadau a phrofiadau.
Welsh for Adults on Tour (16-09-2014)During September, our tutors and staff held a number of enrolment sessions at locations throughout mid Wales with the aim of attracting an enrolling new students.
Here we are at Morrisons Aberystwyth on 9 September 2014
Dafydd Morse, Elin Mair, Rob Dery
Trip on the Brecon Canal (03-09-2014)During 2013/14 we saw a significant increase in the number of Welsh Learners in South Powys. Classes and short courses were well attended as was our yearly trip on the canal.
This year we had the pleasure of hearing David Hedley Williams telling us about the history of the canal in Welsh. Out of class activities through the medium of Welsh all help people master the language. Many of our students in Powys have taken part in the British National six book challenge for the second year running; reading six books/magazines in Welsh well done everybody!
Success for Ceredigion's new learners' choir (13-08-2014)Congratulations to the newly formed Ceredigion learner' choir who won third prize in the National Eisteddfod Learners' Choir competition!
Thanks goes to Elin Mair and Heledd (and to fan club Meryl and Keith)!
Elizabeth Jones wins learners' chair (11-08-2014)Congratulations to Elizabeth Jones from the Uwch 2 class in Cardigan who won the learners' chair at the National Eisteddfod. Here she is with the Archdruid.
Here's her winning poem:
Addolwyd gan ei deulu,
Tal, main, golygus,
Llygaid pefriog glas,
Gwallt golau, ffefryn pawb,
Yn athletaidd dros ben.
Noson boeth ym mis Mehefin 1948
Noson cyn chwaraeon yr ysgol,
Ffenestr ei ystafell wely,
Agored led y pen. Ar hyd y silff ffenestr
Cerddodd yn ei gwsg.
Breuddwydiai am ddringo
Ar graig yn ei hen wlad
Wrth syllu dros y mor
Tuag at Ynys Robben anghyfanedd.
Clywodd y gwahangleifion
Yn gweiddi. Gwelodd
Fonion rhyfedd heb bysedd
Yn estyn dwylo, yn codi bys arno.
'Pen ac yswydd uwchben
Y gweddill,' dwedodd Dad.
Ond yn dal yn fachgen newydd,
Fyddai'n cael ei wrthod,
Tasai'n meiddio ennill?
Llithrodd ei droed
A disgynnodd i ofod.
Clywodd Dad swn griddfan,
Fel anifail mewn magl.
Nid anifail ddarganfyddodd,
Ond mab, llipa a llwyd
Yn gorwedd ar goncrit oer,
Ei en ac arddwrn
Yn rhyfedd o grwca.
Trwsiwyd ei gorff toredig.
Drylliwyd ei hunan-barch.
Yn eistedd ar ei ysgwydd
Roedd bwbach methiant,
Yn llenwi ei ffroenau,
Roedd cythraul cywilydd.
Pob aelod o'r teulu yn bwrw'r bai
Arno'i hun am golli ei arwr.
Collodd y teulu ei freuddwyd
Noson boeth ym mis Mehefin 1948.
Historical Tour to North Pembrokeshire (07-08-2014)Part of Adult Learners' Week
On the 14th of June 2014, Ceredigion learners went on a tour to North Pembrokeshire to learn about the history and culture of Wales.
We visited Cilgerran Wildlife Centre, Castell Henllys and St David's (pictured).
Eisteddfod y Dysgwyr - Newtown 20 June 2014 (07-08-2014)A very successful Learners' Eisteddfod was held in Newtown on 20 June 2014. The stage competition was fierce and full of fun an energy. Competition included solo reciting; solo singing; musical performance; story telling; song group; reciting group; expressing your opinion on a topical subject; performance of a sketch.
There were also several homework competitions. The winner of the Chair was Catrin Hughes for her poem on ' Heros'. Here she is being chaired. Well done Catrin!
Dolgellau Welsh Learners Choir Win First Prize (07-08-2014)In the recently held Mid Wales Learners Eisteddfod in Newtown the learners choir from Dolgellau were highly praised by the adjudicator Marian Wilson for their rendering of Bytholwrydd by Robat Arwyn.
'The choir has gone from strength to strength with everyone working very hard over the last few months', said Lowri Thomas Jones the choir leader.
We also have some very enthusiastic Welsh learners in Meirionnydd who have established a walkers group to practise their Welsh. Next walks: 15th Aug - 6.00 AM meet at Pen Y Pass to climb Snowdon, 13th Sep & 15th Nov - Low level easy walk, 5th Oct & 20th Dec - Mountain walk.
Ceredigion Welsh Learners win National Book Competition (07-08-2014)Many of our Welsh Learners achieve their dream of becoming Welsh speakers by working hard in class and by taking part in a wide range of activities in Welsh to improve their spoken Welsh.
This year a National Welsh Book Competition was organised by the Mid Wales Welsh for Adults Centre with the support of the Welsh Books Council. Bro Teifi came first with joint second going to Aberystwyth and Morgannwg.
'The level of the Welsh discussions we've heard today are all worthy of coverage by Radio Cymru and S4C' said Arwel Rocet Jones, the adjudicator of the competition, and Elwyn Jones, The Chief Executive, of the Welsh Books Council.
Ras yr Iaith 2014 - a huge success! (03-07-2014)The run started from Owain Glyndwr's parliament building in Machynlleth and ran through the town centres of Aberystwyth, Tregaron, Lampeter, Aberaeron, New Quay, Llandysul, Newcastle Emlyn and Cardigan. It wasn't a competition the winner was the Welsh language and the communities along the route as we celebrate our language, improve our health and bring people from all backgrounds together.
As you can see, there was a great turnout from Welsh for Adults staff and learners.
Job vacancies - Welsh for Adults Tutors - Summer 2014 (18-06-2014)Mae hwn yn gyfle i ymgeiswyr brwdfrydig ac egniol ymuno â thîm o diwtoriaid i wneud
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2014 Gorsedd honours for Philippa (20-05-2014)Philippa Gibson is a Mid Wales Welsh for Adults Tutor from Pontgarreg Llandysul. She learnt Welsh after moving to west Wales. She joined a poetry class, mastered cynghanedd, before winning the englyn competition at the Eisteddfod. She has won local Eisteddfod Chairs and is a member of the Tan y Groes Talwrn y Beirdd team. She holds Welsh for adults classes in Cardigan and is one of the editors of her local papur bro, Y Gambo. (Green robes)
Machynlleth students visit the National Library (13-05-2014)On the 2nd of April 2014, students from three Machynlleth classes visited the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth. Here they are with William Morgan's Bible.
Trip to Portmeirion - December 2013 (13-05-2014)Nine Welsh learners from Meirionnydd visited the Christmas fair at Pormeirion with their tutor, Ruth Roberts Owen.
Holly Cross makes the final of Welsh Learner of the Year 2014 (06-05-2014)A wonderful day was had at the Wales Botanical Gardens on Saturday, 3 May 2014 in the semi finals of the Welsh Learner of the Year 2014. The standard of competition was extremely high again this year.
The four finalists are Nigel Annett, Holly Cross, Joella Price a Susan Carey. Holly Cross is a Mid Wales learner in Philippa Gibson's Cardigan class.
Good luck Holly!
Eisteddfod Calan Mai Aberystwyth (01-05-2014)Competition for learners
May Day Eisteddfod
30 April 2014
Felicity Roberts' Uwch 1 Class in Aberystwyth won the first prize for presenting a musical item - the group could sing, play instruments or sing and act.
Congratulations to everyone who took part including Felicity who led the winning team!
The Centre's Director, Siôn Meredith goes back to his roots (08-04-2014)In the Blood? Nature or nurture?
Is faith inherited? That's a question that will be asked in a special program that will follow Siôn Meredith's journey - Director of Mid Wales Welsh for Adults Centre and lay priest at St. Mary's Church in Aberystwyth.
A year and a half ago Siôn came to know his mother's birth family and it came as quite a shock to discover that he was very similar to that family - with similar values and faith.
In late 1965 Siôn was adopted by the Meredith family in Bangor when he was about six weeks old. His birth name was Nigel Treanor and his mother Margaret had come along to Dwygyfylchi in North Wales with a friend to work in a Barnardo's home. Unbeknownst to her family, Margaret was pregnant - she nursed the baby for two weeks before he was adopted. Prior to his early death in Hove near Brighton, Margaret 's father was an Anglican priest and minister in Hanworth, west London. He died about the same time as Siôn's birth - and five years later Margaret herself died of a brain tumor at just 27. She had married and emigrated to Australia and Hong Kong but later returned to Surrey in Southern England to bring up her second child - Tim. He is also now deceased.
Fortunately for Siôn, his father John Meredith whose roots are in Aberystwyth, had researched Sîon's birth backgroud in the early 70's. Siôn's existence was quite a shock to the birth family as they knew nothing about Margaret's pregnancy, but Margaret's friend who travelled with Margaret to Dwygyfylchi, confirmed the story. Until recently, Siôn had not asked his adoptive family about his early history, but as he grew up he felt he would like to find out about his family roots.
Fortunately his birth uncle had recorded much of the family history and Siôn learnt that he belongs to a family of Irish priests and missionaries. In his early years Sion's grandfather worked for a SAMS missionary in Argentina and established a church in the area of Chaco and his father was a CMS missionary in India. Another coincidence is that Hanworth - the area where Margaret was raised (Sion's mother) is very close to Tear Fund's headquarters in Teddington - a place Siôn visited regularly during his work with the charity.
A special edition of 'Bwrw Golwg' will be broadcast on BBC Radio Cymru at 8am on the 4th of May, where Siôn goes on a journey to find his roots. The program will take him to see his mother's grave for the first time in Hove. He will also go with his uncle to see his mother's childhood home in the rectory in Hanworth to get a feel for the early days she spent there. Siôn also attends a service in Hanworth Church where he met with a school friend of his mother and people who remember his grandfather. The programme was recorded on Mother's Day. In the second part of the program there will be a discussion on inheritance and upbringing and what makes us what we are.
'I hugely enjoyed the journey to find my roots' says Siôn. 'It has certainly has brought me closer to my birth mother' and raises a lot of questions. But the experience hasn't distanced me from my adopted family - the experience has enriched my life.'
The program is produced by a company called Mynydd Bach from Aberystwyth for BBC Radio Cymru.
For more information please contact the producer Sarah Down-Roberts - 07773 470649.
Welsh for Adults Tutor Training (02-04-2014)On Saturday 29 March 2014 we had a valuable training session with both Lois Martin Short and Sion Rowley leading trainig sessions.
Cylch Teifi Walkers - Newport Walk (18-03-2014)On a lovely morning, we met on the Parrog and started our way on the very pleasant path to the iron bridge and then on to see Coetan Arthur. This was the first visit for many, and everyone was fascinated by the neat and unexpected location of the 'cromlech'. Back down to the valley and the old lifeboat building before heading for home or for refreshments in the area. We all enjoyed a relaxed and social morning in the sun.
Poster Competition - three winners (28-01-2014)In order to get some fresh ideas for our marketing campaigns, we decided to ask children form year 3-6 to design one for us.
Luke Wakelin from Ysgol Rhydypennau won the competition with Llywelyn Bowen 2nd and Owain Ifans 3rd.
Luke won £25 of Welsh book tokens and £50 for his school. Llywelyn and Owain each recieved £5 book tokens each.
Cylch Teifi Walkers - Preseli to Rosebush (14-01-2014)After weeks of wind, rain and flooding, we had particularly nice weather for our tour of Blwch y Gwynt on the Preseli to Rosebush. Our leader, David Davis shared some interesting (and sometimes amusing) information of the area. We had plenty of time to enjoy the views and the sunshire.
Several took the opportunity to relax while enjoying refreshments and atmosphere of the famous 'Tafarn Sinc' after tour.
On the 8th of February we'll be waling in the Cwmtydu area.
Welsh Learner Group of the Year 2013 win £100 (18-12-2013)Welsh Learners Denise, Helena, Cynthia, Ronnie, Alun and Julie decided to take part in the Welsh Learner Group of the Year competition by setting up a Reading Club in Montgomery called Grŵp Eiddew.
They were also amongst nearly 500 Welsh Learners from Mid Wales who accepted the Six Book Challenge (Her Darllen Chwech). Their hard work landed them first place in the Group of the Year competition, and also contributed to the number of completers having read six books between January and June.
Nic Dafis - Mid Wales' Tutor of the year 2013 (18-12-2013)Popular Cardigan Welsh Tutor Nic Dafis has been chosen as Tutor of the Year in the Mid Wales Region which covers towns and villages from Cardigan in the South West to Crickhowell in the South East to Blaenau Ffestiniog in the North. He was nominated by several of his students in Cardigan for his dedication, inspiration, support outside the classroom and through on-line teaching, and for his humour and friendship which make learning and mastering the language an enjoyable experience.
The Niace Inspire! 2014 Awards (10-12-2013)The Inspire! Awards recognise the outstanding effort and commitment made by learners and tutors, in pursuing their goals and realizing their dreams. The Awards presented illustrate the different ways in which adults learn from family learning to volunteering in the community; from the desire for a better job to responding to a life crisis.
We aim to celebrate the inspirational achievements of learners and the inspirational individual tutors and teams that have helped them change their lives, their family's lives and the communities in which they live.
The Inspire! Awards ceremony will take place just before Adult Learners' Week 2014, the largest celebration of adult learning in Europe, with over 850 events taking place across Wales. It is a partnership involving NIACE Dysgu Cymru, the Welsh Government and a whole range of organisations.
To nominate, simply follow this link!
Nominate for the Inspire! Awards 2014 here!
Take a look at our previous winners on the NDC YouTube channel
If you need any further help, or would like a hard copy of the nomination form please contact the Campaigns Team at Campaigns@niacedc.org.uk
Education and Lifelong Learning Ceremony 2013 (20-11-2013)Congratulations to everyone who recieved their certificates during the awards ceremony, held in Aberystwyth University on 14th November 2013.
The Welsh for Adults winners included Holly Cross and Vanya Constant who were jointly awarded the Student of the Year Prize. Nic Dafis was awarded Tutor of the Year 2013.
Gwyneth Roberts and Jackie Willmington both received a prize for passing a Hyfedredd level examination and Julie Pierce accepted an award for this year's Group of the Year Award (on behalf of Grŵp Eiddew).
Big contgratulations to everyone involved.
Cylch Teifi Walkers - Cilgeran Wildlife Centre (12-11-2013)For our second trip this season, we went to the Wildlife Centre at Cilgerran. Howard Willaims led us on a circular walk starting on a hillside with a lovely view across the marsh towards Cardigan. We progressed along the banks of the River Teifi, along boardwalks around Marsh Pentŵ d, and of course the old railway 'Cardi Bach'.
We had a lot of interesting information on the road and the weather was kind. After the tour we went to enjoy some refreshments at the Café Reserve Centre.
Welsh for Adults Awards 2013 (31-10-2013)Tutor of the Year 2013: Nic Dafis
Nic is a tutor in Cardigan
He was nominated by several of his students in Cardigan for his dedication, inspiration, support outside of the classroom through online learning, and his friendship.
Students of the Year 2013: Holly Cross & Vanya Constant
This year for the first time two students share the award.
Cylch Teifi's Walkers visit 'Meini'r Orsedd' (21-10-2013)Circa 50 walkers joined us on 12th of October on this walk to the north of Cardigan.
We followed the Welsh Coastal Path from Cardigan to Nant y Ferwig.
Welsh speakers and learners alike, we wandered while chatting under Dyfed and Siân Elis-Gruffydd's direction.
Diwrnod Shwmae Celebrations 15.10.13 (17-10-2013)October 15, 2013 was the first time that we celebrated Shwmae Su'mae Day by starting every conversation in Welsh.
The Welsh language belongs to everyone and we all used the language everywhere! In the shop, youth club, work, in our community, with friends.
Aberystwyth University arranged a number of different events throughout the day which included:
By asking for our tea/coffee in Welsh at the following café's and we recieved a 10% discount....TaMedbach, IBERbach, Blas Padarn, Arts Centre and Starbucks.
A FREE chocolate muffin was given with your tea/coffee for those speaking Welsh at the Till in Pantycelyn and Blas Gogerddan.
Aberystwyth CYD Choir performed in the quad in The Old College during the morning.
**FLASH MOB** event outside the Arts Centre at 1pm.
ffrinDiaith.org (12-08-2013)A new project called 'ffrinDiaith.org' was launched at the National Eisteddfod August 2013 to help Welsh learners find Welsh-speaking friends. The original idea for the project came from Hywel Gwynfryn, and it is now being developed in partnership between the six Welsh for Adults Centres throughout Wales and the online course SaySomethinginWelsh.com.
Learners and speakers can register at www.ffrinDiaith.org and contact each other to arrange regular informal sessions - in a cafe, in a community centre, or just down the pub! 'This is a huge step forward for Welsh learners,' says Siôn Meredith, Director of the Welsh for Adults Centre in mid-Wales. 'One of the biggest challenges learners face is taking their Welsh out of the classroom and into the community. ffrinDiaith.org will help them get to know Welsh speakers as soon as they start learning, so they will have an immediate connection to the Welsh-speaking community that will grow and deepen as their own use of the language becomes richer and more confident.'
ffrinDiaith.org will bring local speakers and learners together by showing users how far away they are from each other - but it will also help people make global connections via video conferencing, and people from Australia and America have already registered on the website.
'This is the ideal way for Welsh speakers to make a real difference,' says BBC Cymru's Hywel Gwynfryn. 'I've been helping my friend Rosie by having a chat in the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff once a week, and it makes a huge difference - you don't need to be a teacher, you don't need to do grammar drills, just a regular chat is enough to give a learner entrance to this fantastic world of the Welsh language.'
'I think ffrinDiaith.org will play a vital role in helping Welsh speakers welcome learners into their communities,' says Aran Jones, CEO of SaySomethinginWelsh.com, 'and it will also strengthen and revitalise mini-communities of Welsh speakers around the world. Welsh speakers feel very strongly about their language, and this is an exciting new tool that will allow them to make a real, practical difference to the future of the language by giving up as little as an hour a month.'
Welsh speakers who are willing to help a learner become part of their community, or Welsh learners who would like the chance to use their Welsh informally with a friend, can register at www.ffrinDiaith.org for free. They will also be able to access advice and guidelines about how to getthe best out of the connections they make through ffrinDiaith
Aberystwyth Summer School 8-12 July 2013 (15-07-2013)This course was held in the Old College, Aberystwyth -a wonderful seaside setting during a week of beautiful sunshine.
30 students at all levels - including complete beginners - joined us to practise and improve their Welsh in a fun and informal atmosphere.
Aberystwyth hosts national Welsh for Adults conference (10-07-2013)On Saturday July 6th, the National Welsh for Adults Conference for tutors was held at the Medrus Conference Centre on Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth University.
The main theme of the Welsh for Adults Conference was Assessment for Learning, and the main speaker Geoff Petty, is a specialist in the subject.
An interesting and varied programme of sessions were organised for tutors which included Assessment for Learning, Nurturing the Voice, Creative Use of Technology and a session discussing a 'Doing and Saying' method of introducing language held by Emyr Llywelyn, a renowned Welsh teacher and specialist in introducing Welsh to young people.
Cylch Teifi Walkers in Llandudoch (17-06-2013)To end this season's walks, we ordered some sun and a light breeze on the 8th of June 2013 which was the perfect weather for wandering around St. Dogmaels. Llinos Devonald was our leader and she took us up to 'Benwhiliwr', past the Round House and down to Cwm Degwel and then on to Blaenwaun Cefen Farm.
We heard some interesting stories, we all learnt something new - some of the rules of the chapel were surprising. After the trip, some went to the Coach House and others to the pub to relax and chat.
Thank you to all of our leaders this year for preparing highly entertaining tours. We now look forward to a new season of a two-hour tours which will begin in October. All welcome. For more details, call 01239 654561 or philippa.gibson @ gmail.com
Welsh Language Sabbatical Scheme Awards Ceremony (13-06-2013)5 June 2013
Powys County Council Chamber
26 of Powys County Council's teachers and teaching assistants joined us to celebrate their success in completing the Sabbatical Course which is sponsered by the Welsh Government.
Professor April McMahon, Vice Chancellor and Principal of Aberystwyth University presented the students with their certificates and congratulated them on their success.
She also thanked the tutors who have taught on the courses over the last two years, Catrin Evans Thomas, Medi James, Zoe Pettinger and Menna Morris.
Thanks was also given to Ceredigion and Powys County Councils for their partnership and the Welsh Government for their support.
Family Storytelling Weekend in Brecon (10-06-2013)Adult Learners' Week 2013
Monday May 20, 2013
Brecon Canal 6.00 - 8.30pm
Storytellers: Guto Dafis (Welsh speaker) and Marion Oughton (Learner Foundation level)
Location: on a boat on the canal in Brecon
In attendance: 31 adults and one child
This was a great night on the canal listening to the storytellers tell their stories while walking up and down the boat.
Guto told two stories (Llyn y Fan Fach and Brenin March). Since not everyone spoke Welsh (or were beginners) Guto repeated some passages in English. There was a lot of repetition in the stories that are made it easier for learners to understand.
This is the first time Marion Welsh had told her story in Welsh, although she is a professional storyteller - but usually in English! She is currently learning Welsh in Ystradgynlais at Foundation level.
She was told about this event on the canal - and was interested enough to come and to tell a short story in Welsh. She is testiment to other learners that it is possible to achieve so much in a short time!
One young family came to listen to the story telling, and they had a thoroughly good time. The majority of people learning Welsh and had plenty of opportunity to practise their Welsh on the trip.
The evening was worthwhile and we are looking for ways to develop learning activities in Welsh for the whole family in the area, including reading sessions.
Dysgu Bro Ceredigion - Awards Ceremony (24-05-2013)A prize evening to celebrate the success of Dysgu Bro students in various subjects was held at Cardigan Golf club on Friday 26 April 2013. The evening was arranged by Meryl Evans, Community Education Manager for Welsh for Adults classes and Denise Owen, Community Education Manager for Information Technology and Leisure classes.
The evening was presided over by Mrs Mari Morgan, Head of Continuing Education. Certificates were presented by Mr Arwyn Thomas, Head of Learning Services, Ceredigion County Council and Mr Siôn Meredith, Director of the Mid-Wales Welsh for Adults centre, Aberystwyth University.
The evening commenced with a buffet and was followed with a performance by Dysgu Bro music tutor Mike Eades and several of his students, which included the first performance of a piece of music composed by the class especially for the evening.
There was also a floristry demonstration by Dysgu Bro tutor Linda Seabrook and a presentation on the iPhone app for Welsh learners by one of its creators Professor Chris Price, a Welsh for Adults student.
The evening was a resounding success and both staff and students hope it becomes an annual event.
Trip to St Ffagans in Cardiff (20-05-2013)On Saturday 18th May 2013 140 of Ceredigion's Learners and Volunteers went on a trip to visit St Ffagan's Museum in Cardiff.
A great day of fun and Welsh speaking was had by all!
Part of Adult Learners' Week
18 - 26 May 2013
Cylch Teifi Walkers on Ynys Dinas (20-05-2013)We had a memorable walk this May, walking around Ynys Dinas. Heading off from Pwllgwaelod with Rex Harris and Reg Davies providing information about the area. With the wind behind us, we climbed the trail around Ynys Dinas, and heared more on the way from Reg, and from Geoff Wainwright and Dyfed Elis-Gruffydd about the history, wildlife, and the rocks whilst viewing the birds at Craig y Nodwydd. In Cwm yr Eglwys, we heard more fascinating stories about the village from Rex. Some of us went to the pub 'The Old sailor' for refreshments and to chat after the tour.
June 8th is the date of our trip last walk this season and we'll be in Llandudoch with Esther Davies and Linnet Devonald. We will meet in the village car park at 10.30, walking up to 'Penwhiliwr', past the Round House, down to Cwm Degwel and then on to Blaenwaun and Cefen Farm - and learn a lot along the way! It will be possible for those who want to get refreshments at the Inn Teifi at the end of the walk.
Student of the Year 2012 (07-05-2013)Congratulations to Jeff Smith who received the award for ' Welsh Student of the year' 2012.
Jeff is a full time Physics student by now at Aberystwyth University. Originally from the south of England, he has immersed himself in Welsh life in Aberystwyth. He gained a First Degree in Mathematics having studied two of the modules through the medium of Welsh. His feat is even greater as he is autistic.
'Winning this award is a great privilege for me, and a special milestone as I move forward on the journey to become fluent in Welsh,' says Jeff.
Cerddwyr Cylch Teifi - Newport Pembs area (23-04-2013)For our journey in April, with Tony Haigh leadingw, we visited the Newport area of Pembrokeshire including the ecological community of Brithdir Mawr.
Despite the drizzle, we had a lovely walk along trails and through the forests at the foot of Carningli and in Brithdir Mawr. We had an opportunity to see inside some cosy round houses with Emma Orbach and later we heard how the community works and how it produces its own electricity. The vegetable gardens and store firewood is testament to their success. Some of us went to the Royal Oak in Newport to relax after the tour.
11th May, we go on a trip around Ynys Dinas.
8th June 8th is the last trip this season. We will meet in the village car park at 10.30, walking up to 'Benwhiliwr', past the House; Roundhouse, down to Cwm Degwel and then on to Blaenwaun and farm Cefen.
A warm welcome to everyone on every trip. For more details, call 01239 654561 or philippa.gibson @ gmail.com
Bethan Gwanas visits a Class in Dolgellau (12-03-2013)Recently the author Bethan Gwanas visited an Intermediate 1 Class in Dolgellau.
The Class had been reading Bethan's novel 'Bywyd Blodwen Jones', and therefore Bethan was invited to the class to chat to student and the to Tutor, Beryl Davies, about her book. Bethan answered questions regarding the book and her interesting life.
Sabbatical Course for Primary School Teachers (12-03-2013)Catrin, Menna, Medi and Zoe, four tutors from the Mid-Wales Centre, have been teaching on the Sabbatical Course for Teachers for the past two years. The Welsh language course for teachers is a full time course which lasts three months and the assistant teacher course lasts for five weeks.
As an intensive course it calls for hard work and solid committment. As tutors we have found everybody to be totally committed to the hard work involved but at the same time it has proved to be sociable and fun. The teachers from north Powys who were with us up to Christmas have now been back in school for half a term, and since the middle of February Menna, Zoe and I have started with twelve assistant teachers for the newtown area.
A very welcome break from the class work for the teachers are wokshops and local visits. These outings prove to be a time when we can all use Welsh socially and also for the teachers to gain specialsit vocabulary for subjects they might use in school. The photo shows the fun we had on a visit to the woodland surrounding gregynog.
Medi James (March 2013)
'Cerddwyr Cylch Teifi' - Tegryn (05-02-2013)Despite the cold, the group had a good two hour walk around the Tegryn area with Gareth Evans leading and Mer bringing up the rear to ensure the group's safety. From the car park by Llwyn-yr-hwrdd chapel, we saw the village of Llanfynach and Y Glog quarry before moving on to visit the grave and headstone of the bard Tomi Evans ('Wncwl Tomi'), the home of the Reverend W Rhys Nicholas and many other historical points of interest. At the end of the walk, a few of us went for coffee and soup at the 'Butchers Tegryn' pub.
In February, some of our group will be joining with the Edward Llwyd Society trip with Dyfed and Sian Elis-Gruffydd leading the group in Llechryd on Saturday, 2nd of February, for a trip of about 4hrs. (Details: 01239 682287)
Our usual 2hr trip will take place the weekend after, the 9th of February, with Dyfed and Sian leading Cerddwyr Cylch Teifi to Gwbert and the surrounding area, meeting at 10.30am in the car park on the B4548 near Gwbert (SN 163 494).The trip will be about 2.75miles with beautiful views over the Tivy fiords and White beach, over to Cemmaes in the west and Llandudoch in the south. We'll hear about the history of Gwbert (including the old extinct mansion in Tywyn), and the Graig hotel, the old sand dunes and the hidden valley by the Tivy river. Some of us will be heading into Cardigan afterwards for something to eat after the trip.
In March (9th) we will be back in Llangrannog to follow the walk taken by Saint Carannog, with Ian ap Dewi.
A warm welcome to all on every walk. For more information, call 01239 654561 or e-mail: email@example.com
'Cerddwyr Cylch Teifi' - Bwlch-y-Groes (17-01-2013)On our trip during November 2012, went to the Bwlch-y-Groes and Star area with our leaders Terwyn Tomos and Dyfed Elis-Gruffydd. We had our usual beautiful weather, with the walk ending just as the afternoon rain began. We were given interesting information about the Bwlch-y-Groes school and its two former headmasters W.R.Evans (the founder of Bois y Frenni), and Gwylon Phillips (author of 'Llofruddiaeth Shadrach Lewis'). After this, we went past the ruins of Pen-llain cottage Terwyn's old family home, and with the help of the warden, we visited Clydau church, before following the trail towards the village of Star to see the old corn and wool factories. Some of the crew then headed to the Nag's Head in Aber-cuch to relax. A wonderful morning in delightful company.
A warm welcome to everyone on each trip. For more information, phone 01239 654561 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Albie a Dee Abbott Benefactors to the Welsh Learning World (17-01-2013)
Albie and Dee Abbott an enthusiastic and friendly couple, who came from Hampshire to Sir Benfro to add Welsh to their lives and inspired others with their desire to become part of the Welsh community and culture around them. Albie and Dees's success was celebrated in a ceremony during the Eisteddfod Gadeiriol in Crymych, where they were presented with the 'Tlws Coffa Robina' for their contribution in the field of Learning Welsh for Adults. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Robina Elis-Gruffydd who was well known in the area and further afield for her work, and for her warm and cheerful personality.
Members of the Twls Coffa Robina committee, Geraint Jones and Dyfed Elis-Gruffydd commented that it was very suitable that Albie and Dee won the award as they had many things in common with Robina who also came from England and embraced the Welsh culture and passed it onto others including Albie and Dee. Having mastered the language through hard work, Albie and Dee went on to support and form CYD groups in order for learners to be able to meet and interact with Welsh speaking people, to be tutors themselves on occasions, and to support local Welsh causes. Albie has also become well known recently for his monthly articles in the 'Cardi Bach', which shows the closeness and humour of both. Locally, they are currently part of the Urdd Eisteddfod Appeal Committee, and support their four grandchildren who are attending Ysgol y Preseli and Ysgol Clydau. They continue to do this even though Albie has health problems which means he can only work some 6hrs a day before he needs to lie down.
Every year, the trophy (an elegant statue of a lark) is presented by Wynmor Owen, to reward projects and individuals in the Sir Gar, Sir Benfro or Ceredigion areas who work in the fields of the Welsh language, Welsh culture, teaching Welsh to Adults or Wildlife and the Environment through the medium of Welsh. If you know of any work that could be considered for the awards next year, get in touch with Rhidian Evans, Menter Iaith Sir Benfro, Ty'r Ysgol, Ysgol y Preseli, Heol Hermon, Crymych, Sir Benfro, SA41 3QH. Phone: 01239 831129 E-mail:email@example.com
'Cerddwyr Cylch Teifi' - Cilgerran (17-01-2013)We had a nice, sunny day for our first trip of the 2012 autumn season. Over 35 of us went to Cilgerran area for a circular trip of the public route and tracks, through the reserve, past the forest holiday centre on the beautiful track above the Teifi River gorge in the old Cilgerran woods, which by this time is within the National Nature Reserve in Coedmor. We learnt quite a bit about the history and wildlife of the area. After the trip, a few of us went for refreshments in the striking and welcoming Wildlife Centre Café. An excellent morning in good company.
Come to enroll - September 2012! (11-09-2012)Come to register with a Welsh for Adults Course at a number of venues throughout Mid Wales.
Ceredigion Welsh Learners Festival 12 May 2012 (31-05-2012)Thanks to Jac Forster, Student of the Year 2011, for opening the Festival in Llanerchaeron on 12 May 2012. Adult Learners Week. Jac on the left with Meryl Evans the Festival Organiser.
St David's Day - Cawl a Chân - a review (14-03-2012)Welsh for Adults learner Kat Dawes reveiws this event.
"Es i lan i Aberystwyth dydd Iau i ddathlu Dydd Gŵyl Dewi gyda dysgwyr a Chymry Cymraeg yn y Ganolfan Addysg Gymunedol, Penparcau. Roedd e'n diwrnod o sesiynau blasu dysgu gydol oes cyfrwng y Gymraeg."
To see the full review, go to Kat's blog, details below.
Competition for Learners - Eisteddfod Llandudoch (02-03-2012)Competition for "Learners (who have been learning for up to 2 years)"
Subject: An article about a visit to anywhere in Wales.
Closing date: 19th May 2012
Pick up a programme from Awen Teifi or download one from link below.
Cwrs Mynediad app (02-03-2012)Abertec, a branch of Tech Transfer at Aberystwyth University have created an application for the Apple iPhone, iPod and iPad to act as both a learning tool for the Cwrs Mynediad course as well as a stand-alone product. They have already been endorsed by the WJEC by having promotional stickers placed on the books navigating readers to the iTunes website.
Brecon Coffee Morning (24-02-2012)Here are some of the members enjoying a chat and a cuppa.
They meet at Cariad Cupcakes, Brecon every other Friday morning, once a fortnight
11.00am - 12.00pm
Contact Anika Lloyd: 01639 841751 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dyddiadau 2012 Dates
Chwefror 3,17 February
Mawrth 2, 16, 30 March
Ebrill 13, 27 April
Mai 11, 18 May
Mehefin 1, 15, 29 June
Merched y Wawr learners competition 2012 (11-01-2012)Advanced Level (circa level 4)
- a short story on the theme 'bird' or 'birds'
Intermediate Level (circa level 3)
- Thank you letter
Beginners Level (circa level 1 & 2)
The competition is open to anyone who's learning Welsh as a second language.
Closing date: 1 March 2012
Wendy Lewis - our Tutor of the Year 2011 (10-01-2012)The Welsh for Adults tutor of the year award went to Wendy Lewis from Llandovery. Wendy learnt Welsh herself as an adult, and now teaches Welsh for Adults courses in the Lampeter area.
Wendy Lewis (centre), with Marye Wyvill and Rajesh David, two of her students from her Lampeter class. Wendy is one of the Centre's highly qualified tutors who teach approximately 2,500 students each year in Mid Wales. Well done Wendy!
Jac Forster - our Student of the Year 2011 (03-01-2012)The Centre's Welsh for Adults student of the year, Jac Forster, seen here with her husband Marc and their two sons, who all speak Welsh, is certainly a shining example to all those learning Welsh.
Jac who was born in London, has worked very hard over the past four years to learn Welsh in order to establish Welsh as the language of the home. If you see Jac, and you speak Welsh, cofiwch siarad â hi yn Gymraeg (remember to speak to her in Welsh).
From left back row Jac, Marc, Philippa Gibson (Jac's tutor who nominated her for the award), Front row Jac and Marc's two sons.
The Search is on for the Welsh Learner of the Year (09-12-2011)With the Vale of Glamorgan National Eisteddfod fast approaching, the search is on for the winner of one of the festival's main competitions, the Welsh Learner of the Year.
The competition celebrates the contribution of learners to the language, their community and the whole of Wales, and is now considered one of the Eisteddfod's major activities every year.
Eisteddfod Organiser, Hywel Wyn Edwards, said, Once again we're looking for someone who's learnt Welsh to an excellent standard. Over the years, we've seen some very enthusiastic and talented learners competing, and I'm sure that the standard will be very high again this year. This is an important competition, not only for raising the profile and celebrating the contribution of Welsh learners, but also as a boost for the self-confidence of those who take part and for learners everywhere.
This is the first time for the Eisteddfod to visit the Vale of Glamorgan since 1968, and the local and national linguistic map has changed much since then. The number of those learning Welsh has rocketed since then and we hope that the Eisteddfod's visit will inspire others to learn the language.
We've also produced a small booklet, Beth amdani (Give it a go), which includes details of all the competitions for learners in the Eisteddfod, and our learners officer, Gwennol Haf, will be distributing these booklets around Wales with the help and support of the Welsh for Adults centres.
The Learner of the Year trophy is donated by the Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan Welsh for Adults Centre, Cardiff University, and the financial prize of £300 is given by the Gwynfor Fund, Barry. The three other finalists will receive £100 each from the Gwynfor Fund and a trophy each from the Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan Welsh for Adults Centre, Cardiff University
The entry form can be downloaded from the Eisteddfod website and the closing date is 31 March.
The Vale of Glamorgan National Eisteddfod is held on the old airfield at Llandow from 4-11 August next year.
Celebrating lifelong learning success (29-11-2011)A student who re-discovered her artistic gifts, and a mother of two who is ensuring that Welsh becomes the language of her home were among lifelong learners who received awards in a special ceremony at Aberystwyth University on Tuesday 15 November 2011.
The ceremony was held by the School of Education and Lifelong Learning at Aberystwyth University where the lifelong learning student of the year and the Welsh learner of the year were given special awards.
Jac Forster from north Pembrokeshire, and originally from London, won the Welsh Learner of the Year award. She has been learning Welsh in classes run by the Mid Wales Welsh for Adults Centre for four years. As a married mother of two, Welsh is now becoming the first langauge of their home.
Paula Clarke from Ysbyty Ystwyth won the lifelong learning student of the year award. Paula, who is a wheel chair user, has taken up art for the first time since leaving school, and she is now studying for a Higher Education Certificate in Art and Design.
Awards were also given to tutors who had been nominated by their students for their exceptional work. Artist Angharad Taris from New Quay won the lifelong learning tutor of the year award for her work as an art and design tutor. The Welsh for Adults tutor of the year award went to Wendy Lewis from Llandovery. Wendy learnt Welsh herself as an adult, and now teaches Welsh for Adults courses in the Lampeter area.
The ceremony also celebrated the success of 25 students who had reached special milestones in their learning journey, including Welsh learners who had been successful in WJEC's 'use of Welsh' examinations at Intermediate, Advanced and Proficiency levels, and students who were awarded further and higher education certificates in geneology, modern languages, field ecology, contemporary Welsh, creative writing, and art and design.
The awards were presented by Professor Tim Woods, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Professor John Grattan, Dean of the Faculty of Science, and Dr Malcolm Thomas, Director of the School of Education and Lifelong Learning.
For all student profiles, click here:
New Newsletter for the National Eisteddfod of Wales (29-11-2011)Welcome to the first edition of the new-look National Eisteddfod newsletter.
The aim is to include information on the two current Eisteddfodau and some corporate news in
one monthly newsletter. So you'll be able to find out the latest news about the Vale of Glamorgan and the Denbighshire and District National Eisteddfod in one place throughout the year.
Dan Lynn James Scholarship 2012 (08-11-2011)The Dan Lynn James Scholarship gives financial support to Welsh learners who wish to improve their Welsh and use it in their daily life.
Dan Lynn James Scholarship 2012 £1,000
Closing Date: 1 April 2012
Download details and the application form are available here.
NIACE Dysgu Cymru - Inspire! Awards 2012 (03-11-2011)This year, for the first time, the tutor and mentor awards will become part of the main Inspire! Adult Learner Award Ceremony. As a result, you may wish to nominate outstanding learners, tutors, mentors and trainers from further education, higher education, the workplace or the community. Tutors may work in essential skills, vocational qualifications, languages, online through e-tutoring and / or in a voluntary capacity as a tutor, mentor or trainer. Learners can be studying any subject from Archaeology to Welsh or from Construction to Art.
The deadline for nominations is 10th February 2012. Please ring Steve Martin, Rhydian Thomas or Essex Havard on 029 2037 0900 if you need further clarification.
We look forward to joining with you in celebrating the success of inspirational learners, tutors, mentors and trainers from across Wales.
The Campaigns & Promotions Team
NIACE Dysgu Cymru
Welsh from the Cradle in Cardigan (28-10-2011)Mae ein sesiwn "Cymraeg o'r Crud" gyda ein tiwtor Llinos Halgarth yn Guildhall Aberteifi wedi profi'n llwyddiannus iawn. Dyma'r rhieni yn mwynhau dysgu Cymraeg gyda'r plant.
Kay Holder, Welsh Learner of the Year (11-10-2011)To learn more about this year's Welsh Learner of the year at the National Eisteddfod see the link below.
Welsh classes up and away in Cardigan! (11-10-2011)Welsh classes for adults have just started their new term in Cardigan and the surrounding areas, and many are finding that record numbers of students have enrolled. One of the tutors, Philippa Gibson, said, "We're not sure why more students are coming to learn and improve their Welsh this year, but we're delighted of course.
Many of the classes in Cardigan are part of the scheme where local Welsh speakers come in to the class regularly to meet and chat with learners for half an hour, and this really helps them to gain confidence and move on fast. Perhaps word of that has encouraged more people to join in."
There are plenty of opportunities for learners of all levels to join other classes which have just started and are flourishing. Classes are held at Cardigan Castle (in Ty Castell), at the Leisure Centre and at Old St. Mary's School Hall.
So if you're still looking for a class in Cardigan, contact the freephone number 0800 876 6975 for full details of classes throughout Ceredigion. And if you're a local Welsh speaker who could offer half an hour occasionally to chat with 2 or 3 learners in a class, contact Philippa on 01239 654561 or email@example.com
Pictured: Our tutor, Philippa Gibson
New teaching locations in Aberystwyth - on Penglais Campus (28-09-2011)Our courses in Aberystwyth are located in 10 Laura Place, the Old College, Penglais and Llanbadarn Campus.
Courses are being held for the first time on Penglais Campus as the Welsh for Adults Centre is moving to Penbryn 5 at the end of October.
New teaching rooms have been created on Penglais Campus in Penbryn block 5 for the new academic year 2011/12. Click below for a location map.
Dyfinodau win 3rd prize at Eisteddfod (26-09-2011)Here's a picture of the Recital Party "Dyfinodau". Learners from our classes in Tywyn and Machynlleth. Picture taken by Graham Clarke.
Miriam and Nikki - a prize winning team! (20-09-2011)Welsh learners Nikki Piggot (on left) and Miriam Collard (centre) were successful at this year's National Eisteddfod in Wrexham - winning the first prize for writing and illustrating a four page booklet about their area.
The adjudicator called the work "truly beautiful - exactly what I was looking for. Excellent".
Felicity Ramage shares her Eisteddfod experience (20-09-2011)I had a wonderful time at this year's National Eisteddfod in Wrexham. On Monday, I saw Geraint Lloyd Owen win the Crown in the Pavillion. On Tuesday evening, I was in the Pavilillion once again for Shân Cothi and Wynne (Go Compare!) Evans' concert. Wednesday morning, again in the Pavilllion, I saw a variety of competitions.
Thursday morning, I was in the Pagoda for the Harp competition, and Friday morning, I saw the Clog Dancing competition in the Dance Theatre. I even attempted some Welsh line dancing "de, chwith, de, troi .... "
In the afternoon, I stayed to see Dafydd Iwan's concert held in Maes D and I saw the 'Cadeirio' - Chairing Ceremony.
The week offered plenty of opportunity to speak Welsh. On several occasions I said Esgusodwch fi, dysgwr dw i yn araf, os gwelwch chi'n dda! I had lots of fun stewarding during the week and enjoyed my experience of the Eisteddfod immensely.
Eisteddfod Chair for Welsh Learner from Llanelltyd (13-09-2011)'We're all very proud of Judith Crompton on her astounding success in the National Eisteddfod of Wales' said Jaci Taylor, Development Officer of the Mid-Wales Welsh for Adults Centre.
Judith and her husband Robert moved to Wales four years ago. Judith started attending Welsh classes and has gone from strength to strength, thanks to her Welsh tutors and friends, especially with writing poetry in Welsh. She won the chair in the Learners section with a poem called Croeso (Welcome).
'I think writing poetry in Welsh is a lot easier than writing poetry in English, and I really enjoy it' said Judith.
'Welsh is a really wonderful language and I will certainly be writing more poetry' she added.
The Archdruid Jim Parc Nest, who presented the Eisteddfod Chair for Welsh learners to Judith was very impressed with her achievement and said she was an excellent role model for all those learning Welsh.
Other Mid-Wales successes in the Eisteddfod were as follows many congratulations to each and every one of them.
Recitation Party: 3rd Dyfinodau, Machynlleth. Story Telling: 1st Gail Lewis, Llanidloes, 2nd Miriam Collard, Llanymynech. Inteview Script: 1st Miriam Collard, Llanymynech. Pages from a scrapbook (group work) 1st Miriam Collard and Nikki Piggot.
Pictured: The Archdruid Jim Parc Nest and Judith Crompton following the presentation of the Eisteddfod chair for Welsh learners in Maes D (Learner's Tent).
Success for Miriam Collard at the National Eisteddfod! (06-09-2011)Welsh learner Miriam Collard had great success in this year's National Eisteddfod - winning two first prizes!
Firstly, she won for composing a script for an interview (foundation level)- up to five questions, 150 words with a famous Welsh man/woman from the present or past. She chose Owain Glyndwr.
Secondly, she won with a friend for writing a four page booklet about their area. The judge called the work "truly beautiful - exactly what I was looking for. Excellent".
She also won second prize - for public speaking on the stage of Maes D, and third prize for a group recitial.
Well done Miriam!
April McMahon (06-09-2011)Aberystwyth University's new Vice Chancellor, Professor April McMahon has learnt Welsh in less than six months. She is pictured here (centre) with her tutors Carwen Vaughan (left) and Llinos Dafis (right).
Llanwrtyd Reading Group (26-07-2011)'The Reading Group helps us practise the language'
'I look forward to the Reading Group every month in order to have the chance to chat in Welsh, and read the interesting stories in the book Tocyn Lwcus'
'We're fortunate to be able to continue to learn Welsh in this way'
'We wouldn't read Welsh books were it not for the Reading Group'. It's fun reading together'.
Pictured here are (left to right) Rosemary Rowlands, Rosie Hazell, Sue Seed and John Rowlands
Annual Student and Tutor Awards (20-07-2011)For 2009/10, the awards for excellence in Learning and Teaching went to Lois Martin Short (tutor) and Anne Greig (student)nominated by her tutor, Nic Dafis. The winners and their nominees attended the Lifelong Learning annual awards ceremony held in the old college on 20 October 2010.
Pictured here is Anne Grieg (centre) receiving her award from her tutors Alison Vaughan Jones and Nic Dafis.
20 October 2010
welsh-my-way.com competition winner! (18-07-2011)Congratulations to Nicola Mason on winning £50 in our welsh-my-way.com prize draw! Thank you to everyone who completed the questionnaire.
13 May 2011
Dolgellau Summer School (18-07-2011)We welcomed 40 learners from all areas of Mid Wales, and some from as far afield as Derby! The week offered a mixture of formal lessons and fun activities to support the learners to use their Welsh informally.
During the first two days formal lessons were held which helped learners to get to know each other and their tutors! At the regular coffee breaks, everyone got together to chat or to browse the Awen Meirion book store.
A mixture of lessons and activities followed. On Wednesday, Mair Tomos Ifans gave a story session and much fun was had listening to Mair's local folklore. On Thursday Jaci Taylor and Siôn Meredith visited from the Mid Wales Welsh for Adults Centre. Jaci held a session of fun language games whilst Siôn visited the classes chatting about his experience of working for Tearfund.
On Friday, a Welsh Walk was arranged with Angharad Harris from the National Park.
Three groups went walking during the morning, but due to bad weather the afternoon walk was cancelled! Angharad made an interesting presentation on the Park during the afternoon.
Everyone congregated in the hall on Friday afternoon for a performance of the Dolgellau area's Learners Choir who are competing in the National Eisteddfod this year best of luck to them! Rhiain Bebb then led everyone in song to close the week's activities.
A week packed with fun and learning many thanks to the learners and tutors for their hard work Rhiain Bebb, Gwynne Wheldon Evans, Ceri Jones, Meirionna Jones and Sandra Jones-Evans.
See you at next year's Summer School! Pictured here are Welsh learners Cynthia Rowland, Elinor Donnelly and Wendy Owen.
4 - 8 July 2011
Staff & Student Committee (18-07-2011)The new Welsh for Adults in Mid Wales website was presented to the 25 staff and students who attended this year. Feedback was received on the new-look site and events diary. The voice of the learners was then heard during a very productive committee meeting.
Lowri Jones & Elin Williams who chaired the meeting, 10 Laura Place
16 June 2011
Porthmadog (18-07-2011)After Portmeirion, on to Porthmadog and Dave and Llŷr have caught a crab for supper, but everybody else prefers having supper in the Oakeley Arms Hotel in Maentwrog.
9 July 2011
Bwyty Mawddach (18-07-2011)Two full bus loads of Welsh Learners and fluent Welsh speakers from Ceredigion went to Portmeirion and Porthmadog on Saturday 9 July 2011.
Here we are having stopped on the way to have coffee in Mawddach Restaurant. A wonderful place with views across the Mawddach river.
9 July 2011
Trip to Portmeirion (18-07-2011)We had an interesting tour around the Italian Village with a local guide (on the right in the white shirt. Both Welsh and English tours were available.
'The day was so lovely the weather, the landscape and meeting the other learners was particularly enjoyable. I spoke Welsh throughout the day with some very interesting people of all ages and from all sorts of backgrounds.'
9 July 2011
Ynys Hir - Welsh walk and chat (05-07-2011)"Today, I went to Ynys Hir with the RSPB to the 'Welsh walk and chat'. We learnt Welsh terms for trees and birds. The BBC programme 'Spring Watch' was filming there and we saw the studio where they filmed."
Jackie Willmington, Learner with WfA Mid Wales
5 June 2011
cariad@iaith: love4language (29-06-2011)In a special series of love @ language: love4language on S4C between 9 and 15 July, eight well know people will spend an intensive week learning Welsh in Forest near Cilgerran in Pembrokeshire.
We can not disclose at this time who the eight are. The cameras will follow them as they study Welsh for four hours every day under the guidance of the presenter and tutor Nia Parry and the dynamic language tutor Ioan Talfryn.
There will be a series, broadcast over a week with Gareth Roberts following the stars in an hour-long nightly shows.
S4C's tour (with Tesco and Acen) will visit Tesco in Welshpool on Thursday, 7 July 2011 - introducing people to S4C's Learner services + promoting Cariad @ Iaith. You are welcome to come along!
Cymraeg o'r Crud, a sweeping success in Aberystwyth (06-04-2011)The classroom was packed out with families with small children and babies during this new course held recently at the Morlan, Aberystwyth in conjunction with TWF.
This afternoon session introduced Welsh to babies, toddlers and their grown ups. The session was fun-filled - reading stories, playing and even singing together - in Welsh!
Pictured here is Claire Lowe enjoying some quality time with one of her sons, John.
January - March 2011
Welsh Language Sabbatical Scheme Awards Ceremony (06-04-2011)It was great to hear first-hand the experiences of some of the 12 primary and secondary school teachers who attended our three month full time course sponsored by the Sabbatical Scheme. The teachers attended the course during school hours from September to December 2010.
We heard what it's like to learn Welsh intensively and also how the teachers have used their new-found skill in the classroom.
Each student received a certificate presented to them by Professor Noel Lloyd, our Vice Chancellor.
Pictured here is Anna Rose Bates , from Ysgol Llwyn yr Eos with Professor Noel Lloyd.
28 March 2011