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Name change agreed

At the last meeting it was decided to change our name to Transition Tywi Trawsnewid by 7 votes to 3 with 3 abstentions. Also to appoint more officers: a publicity officer and an outreach officer were suggested, in addition to the secretary and the treasurer, which posts all require nominations.

It was also decided to hold more events, inviting other groups and the public, and to investigate ways of funding administrative assistance. The next meeting is provisionally Tuesday May 6th in the Shire Hall, if available. Full minutes on the ‘downloads’ page of our website.

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.


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.


  • 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.

Forthcoming Group Meetings

For details of the next meeting contact Steve Brown info@transitiontownllandeilo.org.uk