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Planting day: stage one of a public community orchard. Perllan gymunedol gyhoeddus, ‘Perllan Tywi’

Map of where the Llandovery community orchard is

Transition Tywi and Llandovery College invite you to join us for a tree planting morning as the first stage of a public community orchard,’Perllan Tywi’. We will be preparing the ground, and putting in native hedging at this first session, with further days to plant heritage apple and fruit trees. In a few years they will be producing fruit for everyone. Come and watch or get involved, with the whole family! Bring spades and mattocks if you have them, packed lunch and a drink, and any food to share. You will be warmly welcomed.

Dydd Sul 19 Tachwedd, 10:30–13:00, ger y llwybr cyhoeddus rhwng Rhodfa Tywi a chaeau chwarae Coleg Llanymddyfri. mae Trawsnewid Tywi a Choleg Llanymddyfri yn eich gwahodd i ymuno â ni ar gyfer bore plannu coed fel cam cyntaf perllan gymunedol gyhoeddus sef,’Perllan Tywi’. Byddwn yn paratoi’r tir, ac yn plannu planhigion clawdd brodorol yn y sesiwn gyntaf hon, a dyddiau eraill ar gyfer plannu coed afalau a ffrwythau treftadaeth. Mewn ychydig o flynyddoedd byddant yn tyfu ffrwythau i bawb. Dewch i wylio neu cyfranogwch, gyda’r teulu cyfan! Dewch â rhawiau a matogau os oes gennych rai, pecyn cinio a diod, ac unrhyw fwyd i’w rannu. Bydd croeso cynnes i chi.

Next steering group meeting

Will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday December 5th 2017 in The Angel, Llandeilo. All welcome. Croeso i  bawb. Do come and get involved!

 

Permaculture news

Read what the permaculture group has been up to last month!‎

We welcome new members!

Care for the environment and people? Live in the Tywi valley?  Join us!

This group as a whole contains active working groups (see links above), but the steering group actively needs new members to organise events. If there’s something you would like to see happening in the area, or if there are films and swap shops you would like to organise, please join us by coming to our meetings for contacting one of the people below. You will make new friends!

Read on Our Permaculture Year

General Election Hustings
Hystings Yr Etholiad Cyffredinol

for Carmarthenshire East and Dinefwr Constituency
ar gyfer yr etholaeth Dwyrain Gaerfyrddin a Dinefwr

With/gyda:

  • Jonathan Edwards (Plaid Cymru)
  • David Darkin (Welsh Labour, Chair of Constituency Labour Party and Llanelli Town Councillor) (Llafur Cymru, Cadeirydd Lafur yn yr etholaeth Llanelli a Chynghorydd, Tref Llanelli)
  • Lesley Prosser (Welsh Liberal Democrats, Llandeilo Town Councillor) (Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol Cymru, Cynghorydd Tref Llandeilo)
  • Neil Hamilton (UKIP)
  • Havard Hughes (Conservatives) (Ceidwadwyr).

Thursday June 1st Llandeilo Rugby Club. Doors (and bar) open at 7 for 7:30 start. Donations on the door please.

yn y Clwb Rygbi Llandeilo, nos Iau mis Mehefin 1. Drysau (a’r bar) ar agor am 7pm, cyn dechrau am 7.30pm. Rhoddion ar y drws os gwelwch yn dda.

Croeso i bawb. All welcome.

Organised by Transition Tywi and the Llandeilo Lit Fest.

Trefnwyd gan Transition Tywi Trawsnewid, a’r Llandeilo Lit Fest.

Future events

At last night’s group meeting (May 3) we discussed our Green Quiz next Tuesday, May 9th,  a new Outreach Project for schools, the Llandeilo Station Hub, what films we will show in future, the Community Orchard in Penlan Park and that we need someone to organise our Hustings Event for the General Election – any offers? Read the minutes here.

Green Quiz Night!

Think you know your sharks from your dolphins?

Come and test your knowledge of the natural world, food, energy, transport, living a ‘green’ lifestyle – and some trivia! Transition Tywi is organising a Green Quiz night in the Restaurant at the Castle Hotel, Llandovery on Tuesday 9th May, 7pm. Entrance costs just £5 per team. Expect interesting and fun questions – all in the cause of caring for our world!

Profwch eich gwybodaeth! Noson Cwis Gwyrdd yn y Bwyty yng Ngwesty’r Castell, Llanymddyfri. Mynedfa: £ 5 y tîm. Cwestiynau yn ddiddorol a hwyliog i brofi eich gwybodaeth am fwyd, ynni, trafnidiaeth, y byd naturiol, sut i fyw yn y ffordd ‘gwyrdd’ – a rhai dibwys!

Green Quiz PosterOur AGM is 19:30–21:30 on 21 March in Ebenezer Chapel, Crescent Road, Llandeilo. All welcome.

Interested in organic growing? Conservation? Food? Cycling? Energy saving? Health? Woodlands? Renewable energy? Supporting communities? Green living?

Come and sample some locally produced and organic, fair trade food – chocolate! Bread! Cake!

Join us for tea and cake and a round up of the year, plans for the coming year, and election of officers. Time to make a difference if you want to help make our beautiful, special area more vibrant, resilient and sustainable!

Film show: Permaculture

Sepp Holzer Permaculture poster for film show

Thurs March 2: Film show: three short films about the Rebel Farmer, Sepp Holzer: Farming With Nature, Aquaculture, and Terraces and Raised Beds, at The Castle Hotel Function Room, Llandovery. 7.00 to 9.15. Doors open 6.30pm. Cost: £3 or £2.50 concessions.

Sepp Holzer: Amaethwr y Rebel ffermwr radicalaidd
Dydd Iau, 2 Mis Mawrth
Tair ffilm fer: Ffermio Gyda Nature, Dyframaethu, Terasau a Gwelyau a Godwyd.
Gwesty Castell Function Room, Llanymddyfri 7.00pm-9.15pm. Drysau’n agor o 6.30pm
£3 neu £ 2.50 cons.

Our next meeting is 7.30pm on 20th February in the Station Café in Llandovery

The Bear with Rooms, Llandovery

Meeting to plan projects and events through the year. A warm room and tea/coffee are provided! Croeso i bawb. All welcome! Bring your ideas!

What can Cuba teach us about farming?

Pat Dodd RacherNovember 15: An open session led by Transition Tywi member Pat Dodd Racher, writer of an e-book called ‘Cuban Postcards: Faded Brilliance of Yesterday’s Dream’. 7.30pm. Upstairs at The Angel in Rhosmaen Street, Llandeilo. Cost: donations.

Dydd Mawrth 15 Tachwedd: Beth all Ciwba dysgu i ni am ffermio? Sesiwn agored gyda chyflwyniad a ffilm fer gan Pat Dodd Racher, awdur yr e-llyfr ‘Cardiau Post o Giwba: Disgleirdeb wedi cael ei Bylu o’r Breuddwyd Ddoe’,  7.30pm i fyny’r grisiau yn The Angel, Stryd Rhosmaen, Llandeilo. Cost: rhoddion.

Why should Transition Tywi, a group promoting local sustainable lifestyles, be concerned about Cuba?

The answer is in the soil – agriculture. The end of support from the Soviet Union, and of Soviet purchases of Cuban sugar, meant that Cubans had to aim at food self-sufficiency, and produce all their food without purchased fertilisers or pesticides, because there was no money to buy them. Cuba set up networks of organic urban farms, which continue to be important sources of food.

Transition Tywi member Pat Dodd Racher, writer of an e-book called ‘Cuban Postcards: Faded Brilliance of Yesterday’s Dream’, will give an informal presentation and discuss what we can learn from this fascinating Caribbean country.

Cuba’s dogged retention of socialism has not created an ideal society. The deficiencies, though, often originate outside the country, in the USA’s (now lifted) trade blockade, in ostracism by the global finance, and in tourism, which has created a new affluent class.

Fidel Castro didn’t want tourism, but the Soviet Union bankrolled the county, and when the Soviet Union collapsed, the money tap shut off. Tourism was Castro’s emergency response, and it changed Cuban society dramatically.

Is this changing its attitude to feeding itself the land? Come along to find out more. Cost: donations.

Permaculture Update

Clearing brash for Hugel bed by house and field

The Permaculture Group has been very busy making a Hugel Bed! And their next meeting is at John and Steve’s on November 6th.
Contact Sue on 07780 544470 for more info.

Warm up for Winter with our clothes etc. swap shop!

Swishing event 2015
Often, people can’t believe it when they come to a swapshop. They don’t even have to bring anything (but it’s nice if they do) and yet can take away anything they want to – without paying.
Saturday Oct 29th, 10 –12, YMCA, 19 Market Square, Llandovery.
Bring good quality clothes and accessories you no longer wear or use and swap them with someone else’s pre loved treasures. No jumble please! A chance to share and swap clothes, jewellery, scarfs, bags and shoes that maybe no longer fit or suit you with something else that you do like. There will also be a stall for CDs, DVDs and games.
Entry fee: £1. Tea, coffee, cakes.

Dillad newydd ar gyfer y Gaeaf

Dewch a hen dillad ansawdd ac atelion i gyfnewid efo trysorau ail
law rhuwyn arall. Dim ‘jumble’ os gwelwch yn dda!
Dyma siawns i chi rhannu ac i gyfnewid dillad, gemwaith, sgarffiau, bagiau ac esgidiau sydd efallai ddim yn ffitio’n iawn efo rhuwbeth arall yr ydych yn hoffi. Fe bydd hefyd stondin ar gyfer cryno-ddisgiau, DVDs a gemau.
Tâl mynediad: £1. Tê,coffi a Gacennau. Wedi ei drefnu gan Trawsnewid Tywi.
Hydref 29fed 10ym-12, YMCA, Ty Gerwyn, 19 Sgwâr y Farchnad, Llanymddyfri SA20 0AB

This changes everything film showFilm show: This Changes Everything, based on the book by Naomi Klein

  • How seven communities around the world are transforming themselves in response
  • Civic Hall, Llandeilo, Crescent Rd, Llandeilo SA19 6HW.
  • Saturday 11 June 7.30pm (doors open 7pm). to climate change.
  • Entrance: Free, but donations requested.

Ffilm: Mae hon yn Newid Popeth Yn seiliedig ar lyfr gan Naomi Klein

  • Sut mae saith cymuned ar draws y byd yn trawsffurfio eu hunain i ymateb cynhesu byd-eang.
  • Mynedfa: cyfraniadau os gwelch yn dda.
  • Neuadd Ddinesig, Heol Cilgant, Llandeilo SA19 6HW
  • Dydd Sadwrn 11 Mehefin 7:30 y.p. (drysau yn agor 7 y.p.)

Read what we’re up to in our latest minutes here. Come join our steering group! New members always welcome.

Meetings are usually on the first Tuesday of the month. For further details contact our Secretary Katka on info@transitiontywitrawsnewid.org.uk

Hustings for the National Assembly for Wales election 2016

Welsh Assembly Carmarthenshire candidates

Welsh Assembly election hustings posterWith:

  • Freya Amsbury: Green
  • Neil Hamilton: UKIP
  • Steve Jeacock: Labour
  • Matthew Paul: Conservatives
  • William Powell: Liberal Democrats
  • Adam Price: Plaid Cymru
  • Chair: Neil Lewis

Venue: Rugby Club Cae William, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire SA19 6HL
Date: Thursday, 14 April, 7.30 pm. Doors and bar open from 7 pm.

Seed and Plant Swap

Cymdeithas y Dalar, Llandeilo Food Network and the Permaculture Group of Transition Tywi invite you to join in our SEED AND PLANT SWAP.
Sunday 10 April 11am – 3pm
The Carpentry Workshop, Dinefwr Home Farm, Llandeilo SA19 6RT
(by the entrance to the allotments)

Please bring along any seeds, plants or even tools that you are able to contribute. Don’t worry if you’ve nothing to bring – for a small donation you’ll be able to take something away with you. Hot drinks will be available to warm you up! For further details email mags@gn.apc.org or katka.d@btinternet.com.We are very grateful to The Tywi Centre for providing the venue for this community event.

Gyfnewid Hadau a Phlanhigionc

Hoffai Cymdeithas y Dalar, Rhwydwaith Bwyd Llandeilo a Grŵp Permaddiwylliant Tywi Trawsnewid eich gwahodd i GYFNEWID HADAU A PHLANHIGION
Ddydd Sul 10 Ebrill 11yb – 3 yp
The Carpentry Workshop, Dinefwr Home Farm, Llandeilo SA19 6RT
(ger y fynedfa i’r rhandiroedd)

Dewch ag unrhyw hadau, planhigion neu offer y gallwch eu cyfrannu. Peidiwch â phoeni os nad oes gennych unrhyw beth i’w rannu – am rodd bach byddwch yn gallu mynd â rhywbeth adref gyda chi. Bydd diodydd poeth ar gael i’ch cynhesu! Os hoffech ragor o fanylion anfonwch e-bost mags@gn.apc.org neu katka.d@btinternet.com. Hoffem ddiolch i Ganolfan Tywi am ddarparu’r lleoliad ar gyfer y digwyddiad cymunedol hwn.

How to live the 'good life' in Wales

HOW TO LIVE ‘The Good Life’ IN WALES
A talk about Carmarthenshire’s first One Planet Development
PLUS
Transition Tywi’s AGM and election of officers

SUT I FYW YN GYNALIADWY
Sgwrs am ddatblygiad Un Blaned cyntaf Sir Gaerfyrddin
AC HEFYD
Cyfarfod cyffredinol blynyddol Trawsnewid Tywi ac ethol swyddogion

ALL WELCOME
Tuesday 8 March, 7.30 pm, Upstairs, The Angel Inn, Rhosmaen Street, Llandeilo

CROESO Y BAWB
Dydd mawrth 8ed Mawrth 7.30yp, lan lofft yn Nhafarn yr Angel, Stryd Rhosmaen, Llandeilo.

Permaculture

Attention permaculture people: the Wales ITV programme Coast and Country has contacted Transition Town Tywi to ask if they can film a Transition event. A permaculture session was suggested and Lucy of Liliwen Herbs, Llangadog, has offered to be the host for the day, brave girl.
 
6-10 permaculture members are invited to be part of the day, to just do what we would normally do. New members welcome. It is on Tuesday March 8th, but could be either morning or afternoon, depending on us.
 
Who would like to join in that day? (I think it could be a bit of fun!) Please let Sue Wakefield know as soon as you are able – and whether morning or afternoon is best for you.

Here’s a quick catch-up of what our permaculture group has been up to lately. <– that’s a link!

Great Twmpath last night. Our next steering meeting is this Tuesday in the Angel, Rhosmaen St, Llandeilo – upstairs- at 7.30pm.

Fiddlebox

Come to our Benefit Twmpath with Fiddlebox! Dewch i’n Twmpath ni gyda Fiddlebox
Where? In Trap Village Hall Ble? Yn Neuadd Pentref Trap
When? 30 January 2016 at 7.00pm Pryd? 30ain Ionawr 2016 am 7.00yp
Price: £7.50 (adult), £5.00 (disabled), £2.50 (children) Pris: £7.50 (oedolion), £5.00 (anabl), £2.50 (plant)
Buy tickets on the door or now on PayPal Tocynnau ar y drws neu yma a’r Paypal:

Options



Price includes entertainment and cawl supper. Drinks also available with raffle. Pris yn cynnwys adloniant a swper cawl. Diodydd ar gael efo’r raffl.
Proceeds go to support the activities of Transition Tywi Elwau i gefnogi gweithgareddau Tywi Trawsnewid
Contact us on 01269 850297 or email Helen Adam on helenadamfiddle@gmail.com Cysylltwych â ni ar 01269 850297 neu e-bostiwch Helen ar helenadamfiddle@gmail.com
With support from Nights Out Gyda chefnogaeth Noson Allan.

noson allan logo

Permaculture Group

Permaculture group at Llandeilo work session

Annie Anson has stood down as Permaculture Group co-ordinator and Sue Wakefield has taken on the role. From now on contact Sue on 077805 44470 to enquire about joining the group. We’ve just updated Our Permaculture Year diary with the latest activities.

Come to our Midwinter Gathering

midwinter-gathering poster

Click on the picture above for a larger version.

The Llandeilo Allotment Project, the Green House and Transition Tywi would like to invite you to a relaxing event for the whole family. Midwinter Gathering at the Civic Hall, Llandeilo, on Sunday 13/12/15 4pm to 8pm. Live music, storytellers, craft demonstrations, cawl.

Mae Cymdeithas y Dalar. Y ‘Green House’ a Tywi Trawsnewid yn eich gwahodd i Aduniad Canol Gaeaf yn y Neuadd Ddinesig, Llandeilo, Dydd Sul 13/12/15, 4yp – 8yp. Cerddoriaeth byw, storïwyr, arddangosfeydd celf, cawl.

Next Steering Group meeting

.. will be on the 5th January, 7,30pm in the Angel Inn, Rhosmaen Street, Llandeilo.

New secretary needed

With the approach of 2016 and our AGM (which should be in February) TTT is looking for a new secretary. Please suggest your nominations by writing to Katka, our existing secretary at info@transitiontywitrawsnewid.org.uk.

Carmarthen to Llandeilo Cycle Route Consultation

Carmarthenshire Council held a well-attended stakeholders consultation event today in the village hall in Llanarthne on the proposed Carmarthen to Llandeilo cycle route. Read about it here.

Fracking – The Facts / Ffracio – Y Ffeithiau

fracking film poster

What do you really know about fracking/shale gas extraction? Why is it important for us to be well informed? Learn about the impact on humans, animals and the environment. Come and see this informative film:
“VOICES FROM THE GASFIELDS”
Tuesday 3 November. Llandeilo Civic Hall, SA19 6HN. Doors open 7.00/film starts at 7.30pm. Refreshments available. Suggested contribution £3.00 to cover costs. ALL WELCOME

Beth ydych chi mewn gwirionedd yn gwybod am ffracio/echdynnu nwy siâl?
Pam y mae’n bwysig inni gael gwybodaeth ac i ddysgu am yr effaith ar fodau dynol, anifeiliaid a’r amgylchedd? Dewch i weld y ffilm addysgiadol:
“LLEISIAU ODDI WRTH Y GASFIELDS”

fracking-film welsh posterNeuadd Ddinesig Llandeilo, Dydd Mawrth 3 Tachwedd, Drysau agored 7.00/mae’r ffilm yn dechrau am 7.30. Lluniaeth ar gael. Awgrymid cyfraniad o £3.00 i dalu am gostau. CROESO I BAWB

Permaculture

There is an update on the Permaculture Year page, and the group says it is looking for new members. Contact Annie on 07890 120123 or email : aj@anniedavisllen.co.uk

Permaculture group at Llandeilo August 2015

Cycle Lane Has Support of Carmarthenshire Council

As a result of the petition signed by hundreds for a cycle path from the new Bro Dinefwr school in Ffairfach, connecting it to the A483 trunk road, members of Transition Tywi, Carmarthenshire Cycle Forum and CTC were invited to attend a very positive meeting of the Transport Strategy and Infrastructure group on 23 July.

The Divisional Manager, Simon Charles, outlined that Welsh Government Local Transport Grant funding of £150,000 has been allocated this year for the Tywi Valley cycle route, from Llandeillo to Carmarthen. This will contribute to a feasibility study of the wider scheme and pursuing the school link proposals. Charles, said: “We are serious about this scheme”.

A number of options, including using the old railway track, are being examined, but there are number of issues to be clarified before work can commence. These include detailed discussions with the school and adjacent landowners. This link to the A483 would form part of the wider ambitious project to create a wider commuter / tourism routes.

A steering group comprised of all who attended this meeting has been formed to progress the plans and a stakeholders group will also be created. Anyone who wishes to join this group, which would be consulted in future, is invited to get in touch.

The council is keen to complete the cycle route from Carmarthen to Llandeilo, which it believes would be “great for tourism”. It would be for the benefit of all kinds of cyclists – commuters, families and sports – and suitable for walkers as well. A map of the phasing plan is below [click for larger version].

Tywi Valley cycle route phasing plan

“If we were successful in getting a large chunk of funding, potentially from Europe, construction of the route would take years and be completed in phases, as there are sensitive environmental and fishing rights issues to be considered. This year we are looking at continuing with feasibility and an emphasis on the eastern, Ffairfach section, especially connecting the school. We hope to commence work on the ground,” said Simon Charles.

Other cycle route work to be undertaken this year in the eastern County include looking to extend the Pembrey Canalside path, improve cycle safety around Llanelli, and connect routes in Dafen, Llangennech and Penceilogi. The Amman Valley route is to be extended and will eventually link up to the Swansea Valley.

Transition Tywi’s David Thorpe commented: “This is great news and undoubtedly due to the support of everyone who signed our petition. We look forward to working with all concerned to take the project forward. It would be good for the school, good for the children, and good for the local area.”

A public meeting of what’s going on to support cycling for everyone in the area with members of the above groups will take place on Tuesday 14 September upstairs in The Angel Inn, Heol Rhosmaen, Llandeilo, 7.30.

Possible-Sustrans-Route

Come & find out – What happens to our waste? Beth sy’n digwydd i’n gwastraff?

nantycaws recycling centre

What happens to the waste that you put in the blue and black bags once the bin men take it away? What can you recycle and what can’t you?  Karen Fulham or Geinor Lewis from Carmarthenshire Council Environmental Department will be here to answer all your questions. Is any waste incinerated? What about plastic? Why do they send some to China? And how can we become less wasteful society? We’ve added a new page on our website answering some of these questions in the meantime.

All welcome. 7.30pm Tues 20 October. Upstairs in the Angel, Rhosmaen Street, Llandeilo. Plus: a raffle!

Beth sy’n digwydd i’r gwastraff yn y bagiau du a glas ar ôl i’r dynion bin cario nhw i ffwrdd?
Beth sy’n bosib ailgylchu a beth sy’n amhosib i ailgylchu? Fe fydd Karen Fulham neu Geinor Lewis o Adran Amgylcheddol Cyngor Sir Gaerfyrddin yma i ateb eich cwestiynau. Oes unrhuw wastraff yn cael ei losgi? Beth amdano plastig? Pam yr ydynt yn anfon rhywfaint i Tsieina? A sut allwn fod yn gymdeithas llai wastraffus?

Croeso i bawb. 7.30 yp Dydd Mawrth 20ed Hydref. Lan lofft yn Nhafarn yr Angel, Stryd Rhosmaen, Llandeilo. Fe fydd hefyd raffl!

Cycling in the area and Bro Dinefwr School

Our a public meeting on Sept 15 on what’s going on to support cycling in the area was very well attended with big public support for a cycle lane from the new school in Ffairfach.  Next steps are to meet the Chair of the Board of Governors and the Headmistress on the site early in October. We’re making progress. If you support this, please write to your MP and to the Chair of the Board of Governors, Dai Dyers.

Steering group meeting Tues Sept 1st

All welcome – minutes of last meeting are on the Downloads page.

What’s coming up!

Our next steering group meeting is 1st September (upstairs in The Angel Inn, Heol Rhosmaen, Llandeilo, 7.30). We are busy organising public events for September (Tues September 15: a public meeting on what’s going on to support cycling for everyone in the area incl news about the bypass around Llandeilo and the cycle path from the new school in Ffairfach) and in October there will be a spokesperson from Cwm Environmental, which handles all of the waste that you throw away, who will tell us what they do with it and answer any of your questions. Watch this space for further information.

Permaculture group at Llandeilo August 2015

 

Sign our petition!

We call upon Carmarthenshire County Council to create a cycle path connecting the new Ysgol Bro Dinefwr, Ffairfach, to Llandeilo and elsewhere. Sign the petition online here.

South Wales Guardian report on cycle path petition 15 July 2015Cycling petition update

Stop press [15.7.15]: The Council has just invited us to join a stakeholders steering group to discuss the plans for the cycle route including the whole route from Carmarthen to Llandeilo

We are bringing people together. Last week the following representatives of different organisations met at the site of the school to look at the options:

  • Edward Thomas, Chair of the Governors of the Llandeilo primary school and local councillor;
  • Lyn Brodrick, the East Carmarthenshire Schools Sports officer responsible for promoting cycling and Safe Routes to School;
  • Phil Snaith, founder of Carmarthenshire Cycling Forum;
  • Mark Waghorn, local architect and member of Transition Tywi;
  • Dan Morris member of the national cycling charity CTC and a regional representative for Sustrans, which creates cycle routes;
  • David Thorpe as a representative of Transition Tywi.

We have also spoken to Haydn Harris, who is liaising on behalf of Tregib School with the architects and Carmarthenshire Council, and to Amanda Stone, who works with schools to get children fit and cycling and who supports the petition.

One of the issues is the security of the school and access from the proposed cycle routes, and where it should go, according to Mr Harris. For the route along the old railway line to the A483, there will need to be a diversion around the fairground, and following this meeting it is proposed that the secure area is set around the school buildings themselves and not the car park, enabling the cycle route to pass through the school grounds, which it could not do otherwise. Keeping it within the secured school grounds would be in contravention of the Local Development Plan.

Please continue to promote the petition which we intend to hand in to Carmarthenshire Council at the end of this month.

This will encourage many children to cycle to school, which will have benefits on their health, performance, air pollution and traffic. There is plenty of evidence to support the argument that encouraging children to cycle and walk to school improves their learning ability and behaviour, counteracts obesity, reduces local air-pollution and sets up great habits for the rest of their lives.

An FOI reply reveals that cycling access was not considered when the school was planned. This is out of keeping with the idea of “21st century schools”. The County Council has overlooked consideration of better walking and cycling to and from the school as part of the scheme, which is unfortunate but can be remedied.

What they can still do is to purchase the rest of the old railway line going to the main road, providing a link to the A483 to create a walking and cycle path into the school grounds. See map below.

We’ll be at the Party in the Park, Llandeilo on 20 June 1-4pm

As Dan Morris says – “Edrych ymlaen am y Parti yn y Parc ! Gobeithio bod hysbysebu yn digwydd yn y Gymraeg hefyd ?” Why does the Council not make the poster bilingual?

We’ll be there with almost-new clothes for sale, to answer any questions you have about green living, activities for children, books and plants for sale, and our cyclepath petition for a cycle path from the new school to Llandeilo town centre!

Permaculture group news

6 members of the Permaculture Group turned up to help with various jobs at Anne & Alan’s on May 10th,. Anne is offering to teach people how to make their own top bar bee hive. Please contact Annie on 07890 120123 for more info.Read more & see the photos here.

Re-use … Re-love : Step into summer with our fashion swap shop!

Swishing event bilingual poster
May 30th, 10 am till 12, Civic Hall, Crescent Road, Llandeilo SA19 6HW.

Bring good quality clothes and accessories you no longer wear or use and swap them with someone else’s pre loved treasures. No jumble please! A chance to share and swap clothes, jewellery, scarfs, bags and shoes that maybe no longer fit or suit you with something else that you do like. There will also be a stall for CDs, DVDs and games.
Entry fee: donation. Teas. Food. Live music.

eXXpedition: making the unseen seen

Exxpedition film still
Film, plus talk by Sue Weaver, Llangadog Community Hall, 7.30 pm, Tuesday June 9th

  • In November and December of 2014, 14 women sailed across the Atlantic Ocean on a scientific research mission to make the unseen seen – from the plastics in our oceans to the toxics in our bodies.
  • Sailing for 19 days aboard 72-foot vessel Sea Dragon, the team sampled the ocean for plastics and pollutants, feeding these results into wider studies examining the impacts of toxics and plastic pollutants on personal and environmental health.
  • Studies have shown that humans have over 700 foreign synthetic chemicals in our bodies, so the team also underwent ‘Body Burden’ analysis, a UN Environmental Program initiative to assess our personal exposure to known toxic substances, shed light on the science of ecotoxicology and its relationship with disease rates.
  • The crew were also on a mission to create an inspiring narrative of female leadership and exploration, engage a wider audience on the consumer choices they make and explore these vital interconnections between human and environmental health.
  • Transition Town Llandeilo founder Sue Weaver was one of those women. A 65-minute film was made of the mission, and on June 9th Sue will be introducing the film and answering questions about the journey and the science behind it.
  • All are welcome. No admission charge, but there will be a collection. Tea and coffee will be available. Further information about eXXpedition is at http://exxpedition.com/.

GENERAL ELECTION HUSTINGS / HYSTINGS YR ETHOLIAD CYFFREDINOL

General Election Hustings poster
NB date is different from that advertised elsewhere.

Seeds and Plants Swap

Easter Sunday, 5 April in the Carpentry Workshop, Dinefwr Home Farm, Llandeilo SA19 6RT (adjacent to the allotments).

Come along from 11am to 3pm and swap seeds, plants and small tools! If you have nothing to swap, you are welcome to make a small donation and take something away. Hot drinks available. For further details email mags@gn.apc.org or katka.d@btinternet.com

Emergency General Meeting

To finalise the new draft constitution of TTT. To be held on Tuesday 7th April at 7.30pm upstairs at the Angel Inn, 62 Heol Rhosmaen, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire. All welcome.  If you have any comments or suggestions please submit them to j.katka.dvorakova@gmail.com before 17/03/15.

There will also be a presentation at 8.15 by James Shriven of a community Agro-ecology project in Bethlehem that may become a One Planet Development, and discussion of how we might approach Carmarthenshire Council to create an energy descent plan for the area.

 New plans

Our last Steering Group meeting decided a few things, including to organise a swap shop alongside a coffee morning in Llandeilo on Saturday May 30, to offer Llandeilo Council help with Llandeilo In Bloom, perhaps with edible plants, and to open discussions with Carmarthenshire Council about an energy descent plan.

Recent meetings

The minutes of our last two steering group meetings and the Annual General Meeting held on 17 February have been posted in the Downloads section of this website. The meeting was not able to finalise details of the new constitution; the draft currently up for discussion is also posted on that page. The AGM minutes include the names of TTT’s re-elected officers.

Permaculture Year

We have updated our Permaculture Year blog page and our Woodland Conservation Group page.. We are currently finalising our 2015 programme. Stay tuned!

Mmidwinter-gathering flieridwinter Gathering!

Cymdeithas y Dalar, The Green House and Transition Tywi Trawsnewid invite you to our Midwinter Gathering at the Civic Hall, Llandeilo Sunday 14 December 4pm to 8pm. Live music, storytellers, craft demonstrations, and cawl. Croeso i bawb!

Our next public meeting: 2 December in Y Glyndwr, Carmarthen; a joint meeting with Carmarthenshire Green Party. Our steering group meeting will be held after this.Our next meeting

2 December in Y Glyndwr, 17 Queen St, Carmarthen; a joint meeting with Carmarthenshire Green Party.

Our steering group meeting will be held after this.

 

Our Permaculture Year

The Permaculture Group has started a blog, to encourage more people to join. Read more…

Llandeilo Regeneration Group

Following the meeting with Llandeilo Town Council we are now working with the Regeneration Group.

Mark Waghorn attended the Llandeilo Town Council Regeneration Group meeting at Shire Hall on November 5th as our representative. It was chaired by Edward Thomas, and attended by about ten people. We are not aware of there being any official minutes.

After introductions, MW was asked to introduce himself and the aims of Transition Twyi Trawsnewid (TTT). He distributed a sheet that described the aims and objectives of the Transition movement and TTT, which included a link to the website. He talked about TTT’s interest in looking at ways to facilitate sustainable transport and links, including walking and cycling connections, and used a powerpoint presentation to illustrate the issues involved, ending in making proposals for better connection to Penlan Park from George Hill.

MW’s presentation was received well and the mayor, Neil Craven-Lashley expressed interest in a meeting with MW to discuss the idea of developing a walker’s map of the town.

The deputy mayor, Gordon Kilby talked about his concerns for certain buildings of historic importance in the town centre that are falling into disrepair. From this, a discussion ensued about the possibility of forming a working group to look at property ownerships in town.

If this were to happen, MW believes it may be useful in developing a strategy for identifying an improved pedestrian link to Penlan Park from the town centre.

The next meeting is in January, and MW is planning to attend all Regeneration Group meetings for the foreseeable future and will prepare a short report on each meeting.

Llandeilo-posterDouble Book Launch: The One Planet Life and Stormteller by David Thorpe

The One Planet Life is a new book that explains how to live the ‘good life’ and reduce your impacts upon the environment to lower your ‘ecological footprint’. It examines the pioneering Welsh policy, One Planet Development, and draws on many contemporary Welsh examples. Come and meet the author and ask questions.

  • “A wealth of practical detail” – Oliver Tickell, editor, The Ecologist magazine
  • “Shows the journey to a new life.” – George Marshall
  • “What it means to live a ‘one-planet’ lifestyle” – Prof. Max Munday, Cardiff Business School

• Sustainable building • Supplying your own food • Generating renewable energy • Land management • Reducing carbon emissions from travel • Water supply • Waste treatment

Stormteller is a YA/Crossover novel set in Wales:

  • “A compelling story – elements of ancient Welsh legends… a prescient account of a near future. Three teenagers are caught up in the throes of ancient magic and a modern tragedy.” – Frances Thomas, children’s and adults’ novelist.
  • “An intriguing and enthralling novel.” – Malachy Doyle.

Llandeilo Council

Eight representatives of Transition Tywi presented to a meeting of Llandeilo Council on 24 September. It was good to know that they accepted our offer to work with them, and took on board the Llandeilo Young Persons Green Charter. They thought we should work with the Regeneration sub-group. We are due to send a representative to this group’s next meeting on November 5 at 5.30pm in the Shire Hall.

Towards a Llandeilo Young Persons Green Charter

TTT stall at Penlan Park, LlandeiloAt last Saturday’s event, the Party in the Penlan Park, Llandeilo, where we had a stall (above), we sought opinions from young people and adults on what they’d like to see to green up the area. Helen Adam led this and, after brainstorming with all the children and young people she could find, the following list was created as the start of a Llandeilo Young Persons Green Charter.

The children (aged between approx 7 and 12) were asked about things they could do, their families could do, and their town/village could do. Many of them made the same suggestions, so here is a list of all their ideas, in their own words.

  • Use the bus more
  • Cycle to the village shop
  • Turn things off when not using them
  • Plant flowers on the grim bits
  • Have re-cycling bins in town on the streets
  • Plant trees in town with food on
  • Grow vegetables
  • Pick and use wild plants like blackberries

Planting and growing were the most popular suggestions but turning things off also came up a lot.

Because we were talking to the parents too, another list was compiled of parents’ suggestions. This is an unedited list, you might disagree with some ideas!

  1. Build a bypass round Llandeilo: This came up a lot, with people generally agreeing it would improve the town but concerned about noise pollution, and possible damage to the valley.
  2. Every new house built should be fitted with solar panels.
  3. Better dialogue with farmers to encourage them to farm more sustainably.
  4. TTT to take over the tubs in the town car park, with a sign saying it was managed by them, so TTTers could be chatting to the public in the car park whilst tending the plants.
  5. Garden sharing: people without the time, energy or skill to garden their own land could let it be used by people who did want to garden in exchange for vegetables grown on their land.
  6. Cookery ideas to make vegetarian cookery more interesting.
  7. Create a green children’s playground in town out of wood etc, as many parents drive their children to play at places like Gorslas playground.
  8. Regular TTT events ( coffee mornings/plant sales) so people know where to go to find out more.

We are meeting with the Town Council on September 24 to take this forward.

Building the Soil

Llangadog Gardening Club has organised a talk at Llangadog community hall on Wed 29 Oct at 7.30pm.

Ed Revill (from Swansea) will be giving a talk: “Building the Soil – lessons on a lost Amazonian civilization” about forest gardening, biochar and more.

Tea & biccies afterwards. All welcome. Croeso y bawb.

How should the money be spent?

How best to use the next allocation of money from the European Union to improve life for communities in the Tywi Valley?

The money will come under the umbrella of the Wales Rural Development Plan, and currently Carmarthenshire County Council is seeking views from local organisations and individuals on priorities for spending it.

Transition Tywi Trawsnewid wants to see more community-owned renewable energy schemes, more – and more diverse – local food production, and improved broadband services to enable people to work effectively from rural areas.

We want to make it easier for small rural businesses to thrive, and for community groups to acquire and renovate empty homes to create housing affordable for young families and single people.

To complete the survey, click here. URGENT! The deadline is September 14th 2014.

The amount of money coming to Carmarthenshire for the Rural Development Plan is not yet known, but the budget should be clearer by the end of 2014.

heart of wales train line public meeting posterMore trains… better service… Community ownership?

Exciting plans for the Heart of Wales railway will be revealed by David Edwards, development officer for the line, at an event in Llandovery organised by Transition Tywi Trawsnewid.
All are welcome at the event, at 7.30pm on Thursday July 17th in Rhys Prichard Hall, High Street, Llandovery.
In addition to the extra trains from May 2015, which will make commuting to Llanelli and Swansea easier, the Heart of Wales Line Forum is proposing additional major improvements from 2018.
Transition Tywi Trawsnewid, the new name for Transition Town Llandeilo, supports railway travel as more eco-friendly than road transport, and like the Forum is backing sustainable economic regeneration for the towns and villages along the line, many of which have lost important amenities like schools, post offices, shops and pubs, and the jobs they used to provide.
The Heart of Wales line’s friends in Llandovery include town mayor Gill Wright, who is also a line development officer and will be present too.
There will be plenty of times for questions and a discussion on the future of public transport and sustainable mobility in the region. The public is invited to say what they would like to see to make it easier to use public transport in the area.

NEWID LLWYR ar reilffordd Calon CymruRheilffordd i Ffyniant yn y Dyfodol

Bydd cynlluniau cyffrous ar gyfer rheilffordd Calon Cymru yn cael eu datgelu gan David Edwards, swyddog datblygu’r rheilffordd mewn digwyddiad yn Llanymddyfri wedi’i drefnu gan Transition Tywi Trawsnewid.

Mae croeso i bawb i’r digwyddiad hwn, am 7.30pm ddydd Iau 17 Gorffennaf yn Neuadd Rhys Prichard, Y Stryd Fawr, Llanymddyfri.

Yn ogystal â mwy o drenau o fis Mai 2015, a fydd yn hwyluso’r daith i Lanelli ac Abertawe, mae Fforwm Rheilffordd Calon Cymru yn cynnig gwelliannau ychwanegol mawr o 2018.

Mae Transition Tywi Trawsnewid, sef yr enw newydd ar Transition Town Llandeilo, yn cefnogi trafnidiaeth reilffordd yn ddull mwy ecogyfeillgar o deithio na thrafnidiaeth ffordd. Mae hefyd, ynghyd â’r Fforwm, yn cefnogi adfywiad economaidd cynaliadwy ar gyfer y trefi a’r pentrefi sydd ar hyd y rheilffordd. Mae nifer o’r rhain wedi colli cyfleusterau pwysig megis ysgolion, swyddfeydd post, siopau a thafarndai a’r swyddi a ddaeth yn sgil y rhain.

Ymhlith cyfeillion rheilffordd Calon Cymru yn Llanymddyfri mae Maer y dref Gill Wright, sydd hefyd yn swyddog datblygu’r rheilffordd.

Two Guided Walks

  1. Guided walk Trimsaran Area Saturday 28 June Taith Gerdded Trimsaran a’r cylch Gwyl y Gwendraeth Dydd Sadwrn 28 Mehefin Gwyl y Gwendraeth
  2. Guided Tour of Growing Projects Monday 30th June Vetch Veg Swansea and Riverside Market Garden Cowbridge Free Bus Taith Dwys Cynlluniau Tyfu Bwyd Dydd Llun 30 Mehefin Vetch Veg Abertawe a Riverside Market Garden Pontfaen Bws am Ddim.

Guided Tour of Growing Projects Monday 30th June
Guided walk Trimsaran Area Saturday 28 June

Understanding Climate Change – Public Talk

A sheep in a flood in Wales

A public presentation on this hugely important subject will be delivered by Prof Paul Pearson of the internationally recognized School of Earth & Ocean Sciences at Cardiff University.

Venue: Civic Hall, Crescent Road, Llandeilo SA19 6HN
Time: 7.30pm 26th June
There is no fixed charge but donations will be welcome to cover costs.

Community food growing Incredible Edible Network Conference, 14 June, Abergavenny

“If you eat, you’re in!” That’s the Incredible Edible motto. The first ever Incredible Edible Network Regional Conference will be packed with workshops on:

  • Surviving the First Year of being Incredible
  • Quick and Quirky Community Garden Design
  • Access to Land and
  • Community Supported Agriculture…

plus more to be confirmed.  We will also hear from Mrs Incredible herself, Mary Clear.  If you’re part of an Incredible Edible project or a community garden or would like to learn about how to get involved in all things Incredible and Edible this is the day for you!

To register interest or to offer to be involved please contact: AlisonHoward@monmouthshire.gov.uk.

New officers voted in – & next meeting

At last night’s successful and well attended meeting we voted in a new secretary, Kateřina Dvořáková and Treasurer, Patricia Dodd Racher, as well as a publicity officer, David Thorpe.

We observed that the post of Outreach Officer would probably be shared and invited anybody with an interest to step forward. The new officers will be meeting with fundraising advisers soon.

The steering group next meeting is on June 3 at 7.30 p.m. in the Angel public house on Rhosmaen Street Llandeilo (to be confirmed when booked). Full minutes soon.

Last meeting

Transition Tywi is meeting at the Shire Hall, Carmarthen Street, Llandeilo on Tuesday May 6th at 7.30pm to work out practical ways of improving local resilience to the threats from climate change. All are welcome at the meeting. We are expecting to elect new officers at this meeting – a secretary, treasurer, outreach officer and publicity officer.

At the last meeting it was decided to change our name to Transition Tywi Trawsnewid by 7 votes to 3 with 3 abstentions. It was also decided to hold more events, inviting other groups and the public, and to investigate ways of funding administrative assistance. Full minutes of the last meeting are on the ‘downloads’ page.

Seed and Plant Swap / Gyfnewid Hadau a Phlanhigionc

Cymdeithas y Dalar, Llandeilo Food Network and the Permaculture Group of Transition Town Llandeilo invite you to join in our SEED AND PLANT SWAP.

Sunday 30 March 11am – 3pm / Ddydd Sul 30 Mawrth 11yb – 3 yp

The Carpentry Workshop, Dinefwr Home Farm, Llandeilo SA19 6RT
(by the entrance to the allotments / ger y fynedfa i’r rhandiroedd)

Please bring along any seeds, plants or even tools that you are able to contribute. Don’t worry if you’ve nothing to bring – for a small donation you’ll be able to take something away with you. Hot drinks will be available to warm you up! For further details email mags@gn.apc.org or katka.d@btinternet.com.

We are very grateful to The Tywi Centre for providing the venue for this community event.

Hoffai Cymdeithas y Dalar, Rhwydwaith Bwyd Llandeilo a Grŵp Permaddiwylliant Tref Trawsnewid Llandeilo eich gwahodd i GYFNEWID HADAU A PHLANHIGION

Dewch ag unrhyw hadau, planhigion neu offer y gallwch eu cyfrannu. Peidiwch â phoeni os nad oes gennych unrhyw beth i’w rannu – am rodd bach byddwch yn gallu mynd â rhywbeth adref gyda chi. Bydd diodydd poeth ar gael i’ch cynhesu! Os hoffech ragor o fanylion anfonwch e-bost mags@gn.apc.org neu katka.d@btinternet.com

Hoffem ddiolch i Ganolfan Tywi am ddarparu’r lleoliad ar gyfer y digwyddiad cymunedol hwn.

Transition Tywi?

The Transition Town Llandeilo AGM is on Tuesday 11th February at 7.30pm, combined with a meeting of the local Growers’ Group, in the Shire Hall, Llandeilo (home of the Dyfed Archeological Trust).

We’re showing a short film about local food and discussing this, and need nominations for a new secretary and treasurer! Please come!

One of the things we wanted to discuss was a possible relaunch of the group under the new name of Transition Tywi. Our members live in quite a large area roughly centred on Llandeilo but extending from the edge of Carmarthen to beyond Llandovery, and many of us don’t live in a ‘town’ at all. Some of us think that ‘Transition Tywi’ describes us better and would make it easier for us to work effectively across the valley.

In advance of the discussion at the AGM we want to know:

1. Do you think a name change is a good idea?
2. Is Transition Towy the right name?
3. Do you have any other suggestions?
4. Would you like to get involved in organising the relaunch?

Your opinion is valuable even if you aren’t intending to attend the AGM Please email Steve with your opinion.

Gig for Esyllt

Gig for Esytllt poster

Environment Bill consultation

The Welsh Assembly Government just finished a consultation on the Environment Bill White Paper and this is our response.

Vacancies for officers

The Secretary (Steve) and Treasurer (Gerry) of the group are both hoping to stand down at the AGM. Please let me know if you would consider standing for election to either of these posts.

Lammas visit

Apologies to those who expressed an interest in a visit to Lammas a couple of months back. Steve will be arranging this for the early spring and will be in touch soon. Meanwhile, if anyone else would like to join us on a tour of Lammas on a Saturday in spring, please let Steve know.

Could the Tywi Valley have its own currency?

Is it time we had a local equivalent of the Bristol Pound? You can find out more about local currencies by watching David Thorpe of Transition Town Llandeilo interview Ciaran Mundy, manager of Bristol’s scheme, here.

Please contact David or Steve or comment on our Facebook page if you are interested in helping to take this forward locally.

2014 – the year we have to act on Climate Change

Matthew Chell, a former manager of the London Climate Change Partnership , wrote this analysis of the current state of play about climate change. Steve thinks it deserves a wider audience.

Local bus and train timetables

We’re fed up with the erosion of local public transport serviuces. Partly this is because the times are not well publicised. To help we have put links to all the local trains and buses in a new page on our website – above. We hope to publish the timetables themselves in due course. Email Katka if you want to help with this project.

Midwinter Tea

Midwinter-tea invitationCymdeithas y Dalar, Dinefwr Green Group and Transition Town Llandeilo invite you to Midwinter Tea on 15 December, 4pm to 8 pm, Civic Hall Llandeilo:

Storyteller • craft demonstrations • children’s corner • cawl • live music • Light refreshments

More details from Katka katka.d@btopenworld.com

Carmarthenshire County Council Budget Consultation – in Llandeilo December 6th

Please see http://www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk/english/council/budget/pages/budgetconsultation.aspx

This reports that a full public consultation is taking place from 19 November 2013 until Friday 3 January 2014. There is a roadshow at Llandeilo Library, Friday December 6, 10am – 1pm. You can also complete an online survey at http://online.carmarthenshire.gov.uk/snap/CouncilBudget/English/budget_consultation_survey.htm, which is also linked from the page above.

Fracking Capitalism – new pamphlet from A World to Win

A new pamphlet – Fracking Capitalism – exposes the unholy alliance behind the fracking industry. Please see http://www.aworldtowin.net/blog/fracking-capitalism-for-fossil-free.html

Talk by Paul Mobbs and film show

On Thursday 21 November at 7:15 there will be a showing of Gasland 2, a film about fracking, in the Gallery at the Civic Hall Llandeilo. This is a last minute addition to Paul Mobbs ‘Extreme Energy in South Wales’ tour (19/11 Swansea, 20/11 Ammanford, 22/11 Pontypridd and 23/11 Maesteg). Paul Mobbs will be there to answer questions.

woodland group Llandeilo

We’ve set up a new Woodland group!

Members receive training in woodland management, how to organise and operate safely, and are able to source their own woodfuel in exchange for their labour.

Read more >>

Jane Davidson on the Future Generations Bill 26 Sept 2013 Llandeilo
We’re privileged to have Jane Davidson give a talk on the Future Generations Bill on 26 Sept 2013 in Llandeilo

 

Film : Even The Rain

Film : Even The Rain Thursday September 19th: Llandybie Memorial Hall, Woodfield Road, Llandybie SA18 3UR, 7.30 pmThursday September 19th: Llandybie Memorial Hall, Woodfield Road, Llandybie SA18 3UR, 7.30 pm

This powerful, gripping film intertwines the real-life story of a battle to prevent the privatisation of water in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba in 2000 and the fictional production in the neighbourhood of a feature film about Christopher Columbus and his legacy. The makers of the movie-within-the-movie are themselves continuing the very exploitation of natives that Columbus introduced.

The film presents the real-life, successful struggle of communities of local people against a consortium of global corporations to regain lost access to their privatised water supply.  Following the Bolivian Water War, Cochabamba was chosen to host the first World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth.

The film is in Spanish with English sub-titles.  Certificate 15.

Want to conserve woodland and get free woodfuel?

A local group is starting up and seeking members to spend ten days per year to manage woodlands in return for woodfuel.

Woodlands near Llandybie, Ammanford and Llandovery have been offered. Click here for more details.

Be affordably cosy this winter!

Sat 19 October, the Civic Hall, Llandeilo, 11am-3pm

Come and find out about being cosy and warm and saving money in your home and business using draughtproofing, insulation, energy efficient lighting and much more.

Meet local suppliers, ask the experts in a question and answer session, find out about grants, cheap loans and quick wins.

Entrance free. Refreshments provided.

Llandovery Hospital Community Garden

This is looking for volunteers to make the garden nice again. Contact Val Wood-Gaiger on 01550 720994 or valwoodgaiger@aol.com

Plans to Revitalise Llandovery Inch Forward — but More Hurdles Ahead

Read more on the West Wales News Review website. There will be a display of the alternative plans at the Sheep Festival, last weekend in September.

Come and meet us!

We will have a stand at the Party in Penlan Park, Llandeilo, on Saturday 15th June from 1pm!
A family fun day out. There will be live entertainment, stalls, displays.

Film Shows!

The World According To Monsanto

7.30pm Mon June 17, The Cottage Inn, Llandeilo, SA19 6SD

Monsanto film poster
Lammas film poster

Living in the future

A 2013 BBC/Undercurrents short film about Pembrokeshire eco-village Lammas, pioneers of low-impact living.

Followed by a Q&A session with its founder Paul Wimbush

7.30pm Thurs May 30 Llandybie Memorial Hall, Woodfield Rd, SA18 3UR

Directions: In Llandybie, on the A483 towards Ammanford, turn right at “Premier” shop. The big hall is soon on your left. Contact: Gerry Gold

March-against-MonsantoMarch against Monsanto!

On 25 May people around the world will march against rapacious pro-GM, Round-Up herbicide-peddling food giant Monsanto. Anyone wishing to join the nearest march, in Bristol, please contact Anson Allen. There are about 200 demos in USA, 30 in Canada, 8 in Australia and 4 in the UK with none in Wales. The march starts 2pm Sat 25 May, Portland Square, Bristol BS2 8RZ.

Energy efficiency

The Energy Subgroup has set its agenda for promoting energy efficiency in the area in 2013-14. And we have a new page packed with energy-saving advice.

Next meeting

The next meeting of the TTL steering group will be on April 9 at 7.30pm, upstairs in the Angel pub, Llandeilo. The minutes to the last meeting can be found in the Downloads section. All welcome.

ChickenBeginners Guide to Keeping Chickens

Learn the ins and outs of keeping chickens this Easter by signing up to a FREE ‘Beginners Guide to Keeping Chickens’ course at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

Growing the Future gave a very interesting presentation at the Transition Town Llandeilo AGM this month, and we urge you to support this and their other courses.

Would you like your own fresh eggs? Learn how to keep chickens either at home, on your allotment or at your farm. The session will provide you with all the essential knowledge you need to know and will give you a chance to handle both chicks and hens.

One hour sessions being run throughout the day on Thursday, April 4th 2013. For more information or to sign up, visit the website www.growingthefuture.co.uk

A Feast of Fools

Come and join us for a Feast of Fools at the Cwmdu Inn!

We’re getting together for an afternoon of feasting and informal discussion to take forward the activities of the People’s Assembly including a credit union, a car club, community spaces like ‘Mens sheds’, reducing energy usage – and bills, a range of local food projects and the campaign for a real democracy.

Bring food to share, and instruments to play.

2pm April 1st, Cwmdu Inn, Cwmdu, Talley, Llandeilo SA19 7DY

More info from Gerry Gold.

Llandovery’s unsustainable housing plans

Please see the two PDF documents Urgent plea to change Llandovery housing plans and WHERE SHOULD 148 NEW HOMES BE BUILT? from Calon Cymru and LATRA (Llandovery Area Tenants And Residents Association).

They make a very strong case for an alternative to the proposal for new housing in the town that is in the new LDP. Please consider writing to Carmarthenshire County Council and the Welsh Government in support of this alternative plan, and expressing your opposition to application E/26681.

For further information please contact Patricia Dodd Racher

Mapping Llandeilo Workshop

If you live in Llandeilo you might be interested in the workshop being run in Llandeilo at the end of April by Hannah Jones and Mark Hauenstein from Goldsmiths, University of London. See Mapping Llandeilo [PDF].

They are looking for “Llandeilo residents who live, work and care about
Llandeilo. We would like to include as many different community members as possible so as to create as rich and diverse a picture of the town.”

Please contact Hannah directly if you wish to take part.

Poster for The World According to Monsanto film show 7pm Thurs March 21
Poster for The World According to Monsanto film show 7pm Thurs March 21

Tyfwyr Llandeilo Growers PUBLIC MEETING

Tuesday 19th March at The Angel, Rhosmaen Street, Llandeilo SA19 6EN at 7.30pm. The whole world is welcome to come and take part in discussions about the way forward for the project.

It will be preceded by a formal AGM, which is only for directors and fully signed up members (who have also subscribed £1).

AGM and “Growing The Future”

Upstairs at The Angel, Rhosmaen Street, Llandeilo – 7.00 pm, Tuesday March 12th

The Growing the Future project at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales is exploring ways of encouraging beginners to grow their own produce, and offering information to seasoned growers and keen gardeners. After a washout growing season in 2012, what should you try this year? How can you get the better of slugs and other pests?

Come and find out about the project and ask questions.

With:

  • Andrea Powell – Project Manager, Growing the Future
  • Simon Goodenough – Curator, NBGW
  • Patrick Driscall – GTF Trainer

Local Food – a public survey

A request from Tyfwyr Llandeilo Growers

We are currently conducting a Public Survey to find out the views of people in the areas around Llandovery, Llandeilo, Ammanford and on towards Carmarthen.

Our object is community involvement in the production and distribution of locally and healthily grown fruit and vegetables. We will engage with young people and the general community with training and events emphasizing the health, economic and social benefits of a community food project. We need to acquire land for the project and so are preparing to apply for funding.

This survey will help us get a clear idea of what people want and so it would be much appreciated if you could complete it online at www.tywigrowers.org.uk/survey or print out the attached document in its Welsh or English version, complete it and deliver to one of the local hubs listed on the form.
For more information please contact Anson Allen anson@ansonallen.co.uk

A call to the people of the Towy Valley

“Let us assemble and together we can make things better!”

Upstairs at The Angel, Rhosmaen Street, Llandeilo – 7.30 pm, Thursday February 21st

In these challenging times and following a very successful public meeting in Llandeilo in October on the “tipping points” we are seeing in so many global processes, the clear need to find something we can do here and now has led to us holding an “Assembly of the People”. The idea is simply to get local people together to look at the issues we all face today and work out how to help each other.

In spite of the big changes happening in the world we all tend to keep our heads down and get on with life along the lines of ‘business as usual’.

This is especially so in this idyllic part of the world where many of us, until now, have felt fairly well insulated from many global problems.

But business as usual is no longer an option we can hope for.

So where does the idea of this “Assembly of the People” fit in?

By working together to build a grass-roots democratic process we can move mountains.

To begin with:

  • We could set up a Credit Union in Llandeilo: a not-for-profit savings and loan scheme for people who cannot get credit elsewhere
  • We could set up a car club, with pool cars, to help with your transport and cut travel costs. There’s a grant waiting for this to happen!
  • We could help people dealing with rising energy bills. Grants for this too!
  • We could find ways of supporting local markets and businesses
  • We could grow more of our own food … and help farmers get a proper return for theirs
  • We could join the campaign to prevent fracking in Swansea.

This won’t be enough but it will be a start. With enough of us involved we could do whatever else our community needs and wants.

But only if we stop hoping for the best and actually start working together!

For more information please contact Gerry Gold gerrygold@onetel.com

Llandeilo Food Network/ Rhwydwaith Bwyd Llandeilo

Llandeilo Food Network is all about local food, from field and garden to plate. The main aim is to promote what we already have in the area and share experiences.

Find out more on our Facebook page.

A Community Union for the Towy Valley

The New Economics group has set up a Community Union. A full description is here.

Please contact Pete Arnold tvsc@foolsprofit.org or 01558 823306 for more information.


The website of Transition Tywi Trawsnewid, Carmarthenshire, Wales