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Capel Gwynfe and Bethlehem
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Events at Bethlehem Hall
COMMUNITY GARDEN AT BETHLEHEM HALL
Just a short update on plans for the community garden at the hall.
Hanging baskets will be going up at the end of May and several large pots will be positioned in the area to the right of the hall where the oil tank compound is located. This has been identified as a good place to develop in to somewhere that could offer both the community and passing visitors somewhere pleasant to sit. It will also be a useful outside space for the cafe. One picnic bench will be installed this month and we plan to put one or two more in later in the summer.
Currently, at the back of the area, there is a collection of old, plastic children's toys which have seen better days and are well past their best. Our current thinking is that we will remove these. If anyone would like them and wants to come and collect them for use either at home or to donate to a group that might get use out of them, then please let us know.
If anyone has plants, or pots they would be happy to donate, then do get in touch. It should be possible to create an attractive, inviting space with not too much effort and as a famous supermarket says, 'every little helps'! In this case, even small donations would be much appreciated.
BINGO AT BETHLEHEM!
We are hoping to run more community-based events at the hall in future, and one of the suggestions that came up was a Bingo night, so to start things off, we will be holding a fun Bingo night, suitable for all the family, on Friday April 27th, at 7pm.
There'll be cash prizes and raffle prizes, refreshments will be included, and the bar will be open.
Roger Walters has kindly agreed to be caller.
More details in the next few days but in the meantime, make a date in your diary!
Our super duper new Bethlehem mugs have
literally just been delivered, aren't they lovely?
in the hall, price just £5.
A big thank you to Geoff for letting us
use his lovely sketch of the Old School, and for his painstaking
work in preparing the image ready for printing. Also to
Sue who drove a hard bargain with the company, ensuring
we got the best possible deal!
Bethlehem Hall in April
Friday 13th April Old School Supper Club.
Sunday 29th April - Bethlehem Hall Cafe re-opens 12-3 serving homemade snacks and cakes.
Sue and Nia
Help Wanted! The Sunday café opens in the hall on April 29th. It proved quite a success last summer, with both locals and visitors calling in for lunch, as well as coffee and cake. In all we raised £1600 towards the upkeep of the hall, so we've decided that it's well worth doing again this year.
Unlike last year though, because of work and PhD commitments, Sue isn't in a position to be quite as involved, so I'm looking for some volunteers to give me a hand with taking orders, serving, and some washing up and clearing away.
If anyone feels that they could spare a few hours once a month, or every six weeks or so, then hopefully we can put together a rota of helpers, meaning it doesn't become a burden on anyone.
The pay is, errr, non existent! But you might be taking home a few pieces of cake! Seriously though, we got a lot of pleasure out of seeing people getting together on a Sunday, enjoying home cooked food, and chatting to friends and neighbours, so if you feel able to help provide the same service this summer, then please contact me, Nia, either by phone (01550 777254), or email firstname.lastname@example.org or message me through the Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/bethlehemcymru . Thank you - Diolch yn fawr!
Look at our new notebook!
In addition to the ever popular Bethlehem jute bag (we actually sold out of them in the run up to Christmas!), we will now be selling new merchandise in 2018, and look what landed on the doorstep a few days ago - really gorgeous notebooks, fabulous quality, complete with the famous Bethlehem star.
They will be available at the hall when the café starts up again at the end of April, as well as at other community events such as the quiz, suppers etc.
Priced at £4.50, they are perfect for keeping in your bag, and they would make great little gifts, a special little reminder of a special little place.
Community Garden at Bethlehem?
One of a number of ideas that has been floated for developing uses of the hall and as a means of enhancing it for both the community and visitors alike, is a community garden. We appreciate that many of you already have large gardens/smallholdings/farms and the idea of a garden at the hall may not seem entirely logical. Obviously, unlike community gardens in urban areas we are not aiming to provide green spaces or wildlife havens - we already have lots of both those things!
However, there would be a number of benefits to it not the least of which would be developing the outside area of the hall in to something that looks more attractive and which could be used for growing vegetables/ornamentals, as something children could get involved in along with other members of the community and also offer a space for locals, cyclists, ramblers etc to sit. It has been suggested that a couple of picnic tables would be a good addition.
The area to the right of the hall (when facing it) is something of a dead space and it would be relatively simple to create a number of raised beds around the edges and plant a variety of different things, including climbers which could be used to make the fencing look more attractive and which could also be productive things like runner beans/peas. These planted along with some flowering varieties of climber would add a bit of colour and interest. All sorts of containers could be used as well as the raised beds, old feed and water troughs make really good planting spaces.
Bee attracting plants and bee related projects, even in an area like we live in, are very popular and offer educational opportunities to children as does vegetable growing, even on a small scale. The objectives of the community association charity are that it should offer community activities which include, entertainment, leisure and education and which can enhance the quality of life for people in and around Bethlehem. A community garden may be able to do that in some small way.
Pam Ellis has been researching what might be available in terms of funding for this sort of project and it seems probable that if we can get enough interest, then we may be able to apply. Some people have already expressed an interest in being part of setting up the garden, but, obviously, the more people the better and anyone who is willing to offer time to help with things like building raised beds, supplying plants as well as ongoing maintenance, would be very welcome.
If you are interested in being involved in this project, then get in touch. This does not have to be a big commitment in terms of time. Everyone is busy, we know that but even the odd hour here and there can make a big difference in projects like this.
Any thoughts or feedback on this idea would be very welcome.
Upcoming Events at Gwynfe
Time to come out of hibernation and re-boot your brain! On Saturday, 28th April we will hold the next Gwynfe Quiz at the hall. Food (cottage pie or veggie option) will be served from 7 p.m. and the quiz will start at 7:45. As usual, food+quiz tickets are priced at £6 and quiz only tickets at £2. Our charity for this quiz will be Llandovery Hospital. Come along as a team of maximum six members, or join one when you arrive. Bar available. Tickets available on the door or in advance from John or Colin Siop Capel (01550-740462), Betty 3 Maes Y Wern (01550-740240) or via email@example.com
Do you fancy a trip to the coast? In place of the usual May Monday Club meeting, on Tuesday, 8th May the 'Monday Club special' will leave mid-morning from Gwynfe Village Hall headed to Saundersfoot where there will be time for a look around and lunch before returning to the hall for mid-afternoon. This outing is open to regular Monday Clubbers as well as their friends, neighbours and families. For further details and to reserve a seat contact John or Colin on 01550-740462 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
On Friday, 11th May at 7:30 p.m. at Gwynfe Village Hall, by popular demand vocalist Heather Protheroe will be joining us again. Heather's lively personality and beautiful voice were much appreciated on the last occasion, so advance booking for this event is recommended through John or Colin on 01550-740462, Betty on 01550-740240 or via email@example.com . Tickets will be £11 or £10 for concessions to include a glass of bubbly on arrival and plate with a selection of cheeses and crackers or bread. As usual there will be a raffle and a paying bar will be available throughout the evening.
Following a request for a first-aid class to be run at the hall we are keen to ascertain interest in attending a 2-hour session (run by St. John's Ambulance) to include dealing with bleeding, choking and resuscitation. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested and let us know if you would prefer evening, daytime or weekend and would be prepared to make a small donation (say, £10) to this excellent organisation for the training. Responses by 10th May, please.
For one night only our village hall was transformed into the kind of fish and chip shop we all remember and love. 60 portions of fish and chips (and a few veggie wraps) were delivered to an appreciative audience (many thanks to The Three Horseshoes chippie in Llandovery) and we all became involved in the drama of young and older lovers as it unfolded around us. The evening included a paper-hat making competition (congratulations to Donna on her prize-winning creation) and a mini fish-and-chip-themed quiz. The theatre group that treated us to Chip Shop Chips provided a memorable and very entertaining evening; our thanks go to them and the Arts Council of Wales for sponsoring this production.
Cadog Film Club
For details about the Film Club, please visit
the News page or their website at cadogfilmclub.org.uk
Dinefwr Ramblers is the Ramblers group for the Llandeilo, Llandovery and Ammanford areas. The first three walks with the group will be free of charge and afterwards becoming a member of the Ramblers will provide many benefits and give support to a charity dedicated to promoting walking.
Further information on these and a wide variety of other easier walks organised by Dinefwr Ramblers, including contact details for the leaders, will be found on the website www.dinefwr Ramblers.org.uk and in The Post's Events section.
Llangadog Gardening Association
Llangadog Gardening Association meets at 7.30pm on the last Wednesday of every month in Llangadog Community Centre. We have a varied programme of speakers, trips and events throughout the year. Contact Helen Williams on 01550-777719 for further details.