Category Archives: Welsh language

Sneak Preview

Dinas’ Primary School closed in 2002 but it didn’t take long for local people to negotiate, fundraise and recruit supporters so that it could open again as ‘Yr Hen Ysgol’. There are activities on offer now for everyone, ranging from … Continue reading

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Gedeon

Coflein tells us that Gideon Independent Chapel was built in 1830, restored in 1930 and again in 1960. The present chapel…. is built in the Vernacular style with a long-wall entry plan. The facade dates from 1830 with improvements made in … Continue reading

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The essential accompaniment to Sunday breakfasts – Welsh diaspora, 1960s

To re-live the experience click here. (The Delysé record company was set up in 1954 by Isabella Wallich who was born in Italy to a musical family in 1916, but migrated to Britain with her family at the age of 5. … Continue reading

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Gate of the Bones (or not)

There are very few street names in Dinas but this straggling village divides into smaller hamlets whose names form part of our addresses. Tegfan is situated in Iet-yr-Esgyrn or ‘Gate of the Bones’. Very satisfactory. It’s a dead-end quiet corner not far … Continue reading

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Fabulous food at Ffwrn

We had an early lunch at St Mary’s Church Institute Ffwrn. As you approach Fishguard’s main square (coming from Dinas) it’s on the left, opposite the church. From the outside, it doesn’t look much changed and once you are through the main … Continue reading

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Teachers in the family

The first was Paulina George who was employed as a pupil-teacher at Dinas County School. By 1903, aged 19 she had been promoted to ‘assistant’ and earned £35 per annum. She made a significant contribution to the school by introducing Welsh-medium education to the Infants. This was one of many … Continue reading

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Pwnc (to rhyme with Nunc)

Being the child of a mixed marriage – mother from a Catholic background and father from a Protestant, non-conformist, family – I had thought that those two versions of Christianity were at opposite ends of a very broad spectrum. But Whitsun … Continue reading

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