New Year's Message from Maureen
As the New Year unfolds may I, on behalf of fellow Directors Richard & Allan, thank all our members & supporters for a job well done in 2011. For those wanting to know more about activities planned for 2012, or if you would like to become involved with the work of the Foundation, please contact us on 01639 730953 or via the tel nos quoted below; or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We would love to hear from you!
Santa's Sleigh: Beginning with a Winterfest in Abercrave in November, Santa & his helpers, with loyal accordionist Clive Osborne, ventured out on 19 occasions this year on a newly refurbished sleigh, visiting schools, Nursing Homes, Welfare Halls, clubs, local communities and even venturing as far as Skewen and Morriston, bringing smiles and Christmas cheer to all ages.
Monies raised from these events and from donations by members of the ’99 club made the SGF’s annual Santa Parade possible on the last Sunday before Christmas, supported once again by Abercrave Fire Service.
Those wishing to book a visit from Santa on his sleigh in 2012 should contact us early on 07943231064 to avoid disappointment.
Mari Lwyd : With a beautifully decorated Mari, dancing, teasing and flashing her green eyes, the group, comprising an Ostler, a Sergeant, a Jester. the Ladi Wen, and numerous songsters in costume, accompanied by loyal musicians Gareth & Dewi, performed this ancient ritual at numerous local venues.over the Christmas & New Year period.
On 23rd Dec a camera crew from BBC Wales followed the group as it made its way down the upper Swansea valley, ending the evening with a special appearance at Creunant RFC where a rapturous welcome was received.
An enthusiastic reception also awaited the Mari in Llangwig Church on New Year’s Eve. The group will be going to Loughor Boat Club on the 6th Feb and will meet informally during the year starting at the New Tredegar in Cwmtwrch at 7pm on 29th Feb. Those wishing to know more, help preserve this old tradition and have fun should contact us on 07957179214.
The Calennig: A small group brought this old tradition to selected venues in Ystradgynlais & Cwmgiedd on New Year’s Day between 10am & 12 noon, bearing apples, hazel twigs, barley and evergreens and singing versions of Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i chi. This event was especially well received by the elderly who could remember taking part as youngsters themselves. Interested? Contact as above.
'99 Club Monthly Draw Winners 2011
1.Feb. 78 Mrs Ray Morris, Caerbont 6. July. 28 Dawn Ace, Caehopkin
2.Mar. 1 Jackie Hopton, Coelbren 7. Aug. 49 J H Davies, Ynyswen
3.Apr. 53 Pam Evans, Caehopkin 8. Sep. 75 Paula Preece, Ynyswen
4.May. 20 Kathy Allen, Ynyswen 9. Oct. 50 Johanna Lukas, Banwen
5.Jun. 74 Rosanna Lewis, Abercrave 10.Nov. 29 Sheila Watkins, Caehopkin
Looking Forward to 2012
Tawe Tales: We continue to support the talented local storyteller Owen Staton in his quest to preserve the traditional art of storytelling .Using local myths & legends, in addition to other well known Welsh tales, he continues to captivate audiences wherever he goes and has appeared on a number of occasions locally in Coelbren and Ystradgynlais.
His latest CD Tales from the New Inn will be launched on Feb 9th at 7.30pm in the Con Club, Ystradgynlais, with other supporting artists. For more information and orders visit www.owenstaton.com
Kaleidoscope Abercraf: Pupils of Abercrave School & older residents of Abercrave worked together to produce material for a special DVD looking back at 100 years ofchange within their locality. The film is in its final stages of completion and will be launched this Spring, in time for the centenary celebrations of St David's church in Abercrave. The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Voices of the Stones: Funded by Glasu, this is a bilingual community video & multi-media project that investigates the myths & legends, Celts, Romans, industry & the modern day through the ‘eyes’ of 5 standing stones in the South Powys area, and will involve people of all ages & backgrounds.
For more details and if you would like to get involved, investigate your local history & heritage, learn new skills relating to video production, storytelling, photography & animation, please visit
www.sgfnet.co.uk or ring Eleanor on 07794073421. The first session begins in the schoolroom at Craig-y-Nos Country Park at 10am on Jan 14th.