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I may bring a child! She is surprisingly keen considering she was the only one last time. (And had all the craft to herself!) Any chance of anyone else laying their hands on any? @freespirit?


It would be lovely but they have activities after school on Mondays. Sounds as if it will be a fun evening.


Hi all, here’s the calendar for the month:

Monday 29th February - Noson Gŵyl Ddewi yn y Ganolfan Palmerson 6.30 to 8.30pm, (following the gweithdy digidol)

Tuesday 1st March - 10am Crwydro with Ruth (Valeways). Meet Coffee Cove, Barry Island for a stroll and coffee
Tuesday 1st March - Bore Coffi Merched y Wawr meet for morning coffee at the home of Marian Morgan, Cae Leon.

Thursday 3rd March - 10-11am Foxy’s, Penarth, Bore Coffi

Friday 4th March - Cymrodorion and Merched y Wawr join for a St David’s Day dinner at Wenvoe Golf Club.

Saturday 5th March - 10.30am - St Fagans. Meet in the car park (car park charge £4) ready for a great meet-up with the CACEN crowd.

Sunday 6th March - 2pm Welsh walking with Ruth: ‘Cennin Pedr a’r castle’. Meet Fox & Hounds car park, St Brides.
This is an extended walk Bring snack, drink, wear appropriate footwear and be prepared for steep slopes, steps, stiles. Relax over a coffee at the end of the walk.

Monday 7th March - All the usual Nos Lun Palmerston night activities, including Cylch Darllen 6-7pm.

Wednesday 9th March - 10am Crwydro Cowbridge with Ruth. Meet outside the library for a stroll and coffee.

Thursday 10th March - 1-30 to 3.30pm Cylch Siarad at Snax Cafe, YMCA Hub, Gladstone Road

Monday 14th March - Nos Lun Palmerston - all the usual activities including Cylch Darllen 6-7pm (continue reading Craciau by Bet Jones) and and the Clwb Llyfrau 7.30-8-30pm (discussing Fi Sy’n Cael y Ci by Ffion Cadwaladr)

Thursday 17th March - 10am Crwydro Penarth with Ruth. Meet outside the train station for stroll and coffee.

Weekly: Caffi Cymraeg with Sarian 10-12 Saturdays Barry Library

Clwb Brecwast Hwyr with Nic apGlyn 10-12 Bear’s Head, Penarth. Fridays March 4, 11 and 18



Pasg Hapus i bawb,

Here’s the calendar for the month of April:

Easter is this weekend so there is no Caffi Cymraeg at the library this Saturday, 26 March.
Sarian will be back there next Saturday, 2nd April (10am to midday as usual.)

During the Easter holidays there will be no activities in the Canolfan Palmerston for two weeks - so that means nothing on Monday 28 March and Monday 4 April except

Monday 4 April - Clwb Llyfrau with Luned Whelan 7.30pm. The book discussed will be “O Ran” by Mererid Hopwood.

Tuesday 5 April - Crwydro with Ruth. Barry Island as usual but note the change of meeting place -
10am outside the Train Station on Barry Island (not Coffee Cove)

Thursday 7 April - Foxy’s in Penarth 10-11am for coffee and chat

Monday 11 April - Canolfan Palmerston activities are back as usual.
Cylch Darllen continues reading Craciau by Bet Jones. We are three quarters of the way through a group reading of this adventure novel (page 138). Fracking has created an earthquake on Anglesey, which is causing major concern at the local nuclear power station… The book is available to borrow from the library, or why not come and join our group which meets 6-7pm. [level Uwch officially, but come and try it. Other free reading groups are available with Sarian on Friday mornings]

Tuesday 12 April - Merched y Wawr. 7.30pm Festri’r Tabernacl
(Yes, it’s a week later than usual). Carys Whelan will talk on Gerddi Dyffryn

Thursday 14 April - Cylch Siarad 1.30-3.30pm YMCA HUB, Gladstone Road.
Come and chat, plan what activities we’ll arrange for the summer months.

Sunday 17 April - Valeways walk with Ruth - 2pm meet Cowbridge Library for a 3 booter “Hen Eglwysi”

Tuesday 19 April - Cymrodorion 7.15pm Festri’r Tabernacl “Yng Nghwmni Emlyn Davies, Pentyrch”

Thursday 21 April - Crwydro with Ruth. 10am outside Penarth Railway Station

Tuesday 26 April - Crwydro with Ruth. 10am outside Cowbridge library

Thursday 28 April - Cylch Siarad Trip - 2pm - to the Amgueddfa Genedlaethol/Cardiff Museum,

Weekly Activities:
Caffi Cymraeg, Saturday Mornings 10-12 at the Library with Sarian - every Saturday in April

Clwb Brecwast Hwyr - 10-12 Friday mornings with Nic upstairs in the Bears Head, Penarth.
Note, in April Nic will only be there on 15, 22 and 29 April.

:sunny: Enjoy your Welsh


Helo Bawb,

Wel, ble mae’r Gwanwyn, gwed… ? Cesair/ cenllysg (hail), eirlaw (sleet), gwynt a glaw!

But if this bank holiday Monday is blowing a cold wind up your kilt, I bet the bank holiday at the end of the month will be scorching hot. Either way, please remember, no activities take place in the Palmerston Centre on bank holidays.

Monday 2nd May - Bank Holiday. Nothing at the Palmerston Centre

Tuesday 3rd May 10am - Crwydro Meet Barry Island Railway Station to stroll with Ruth (Valeways)

Tuesday 3rd May 7.30pm - Merched y Wawr Tabernacl Vestry, King Square - Eirlys Davies will talk on “Lluniau Lliwgar”

Thursday 5th May 10-11am - Foxy’s in Penarth for coffee and chat.

Saturday 7th May 10-12am - Caffi Cymraeg upstairs in Barry Library.
Every Saturday in May, do join the fun at this popular event.

Monday 9th, 16th and 23rd - Palmerston Centre Activities Cadoc Crescent.
Gweithdy Digidol 5.30pm - 7pm help with computers or other digital devices
Cylch Darllen 6pm- 7pm We have nearly finished reading Craciau by Bet Jones. Come and give it a try. If you just read a paragraph and get the gist, you may find it useful. Other classes are available from Sarian on Fridays for Sylfaen and Canolradd levels (may be subject to change next term).
Cor Cymraeg y Fro - 7pm Come and sing with Roxanne
Scrabble and board games - 7pm easy Welsh scrabble with no scoring. Suitable for all levels

Thursday 12th May 1-30pm-3.30pm Cylch Siarad at the YMCA Hub, Gladstone Road. Last of the winter meetings at the Hub - something new for the summer starting June. Come and discuss.

Friday 13th May 5.30pm -10.30pm and Saturday 14th May starting 10.30am - Codi Hwyl event in Penarth The Flash Mob singing in Welsh looks fun on Saturday morning. Gather at 10.30am outside Griffins Book Shop, process to Alexander Park and end in Foxy’s Deli. Anyone interested? Please contact me to see if we can form a small group.

Monday 16th May 7.30pm Clwb Llyfrau with Luned Whelan. Discussion of ‘Sol a Lara’, Tony Bianchi’s new novel.

Tuesday 17th May 7.15pm Cymrodorion Venue: Gwesty Park Quiz and AGM

Thursday 19th May 10am - Penarth Railway Station: Taith Hwyl I’r Teulu/Crwydro Penarth with Ruth (Valeways)

Saturday 21st May 2.30pm-5.30pm Start Penarth Clifftop Car Park Saunders Lewis Walk 5.5 miles (dress appropriately please)

Tuesday 24th May 10am - Cowbridge Library :Crwydro Cowbridge with Ruth (Valeways)

Monday 30th - Bank Holiday. No activities at the Palmerston Centre.


Hello everyone

Cymrodorion Quiz Night has been well publicised elsewhere, but please note the venue is Barry Football Club, Jenner Park (not as originally advertised in their programme card). Next Tuesday, 17 May at 7.30pm
“Agored i bawb! Gwobrau anhygoel! Clwb Peldroed y Barri, Parc Jenner (CF62 9BG) Nos Fawrth Mai 17eg am 7.30yh.”

Maybe see some of you in the YMCA Hub later today some time between 1.30 and 3.30?
Please note this will be the last Hub meeting until September - outings instead during the summer!



Saturday Morning Cinema!

Don’t miss Gadael Lenin in the Caffi Cymraeg this Saturday - 21st May. It’s popcorn time, so come prepared to enjoy. The film starts around 10am in the usual Philip John room upstairs in Barry Library. It’s a light comedy about an art school trip.
Halfway through a train ride from Wales to Russia, the car carrying the teacher chaperones for an art school field trip is separated from the one that the students are on, leaving the teenagers to fend for themselves once they arrive in St. Petersburg. As the teachers attempt to put aside their differences and hitchhike their way to the Russian capital, the impressionable young students embark on a series of adventures that will change their lives forever.
Initial release: 1993
Director: Endaf Emlyn


Cylch Siarad

We’ve started our summer programme. We will NOT be at the YMCA Hub. Here’s where we will be in June:-

11am dydd Iau 9 Mehefin yn Caffi Cosmeston

11am Thursday 9 June in Cosmeston Cafe

If the weather’s nice we can go for a walk. Hope to see you there. :smile:


Hello everyone,

Here’s the summer programme, as much as I know! Please note, due to holidays, family commitments and a funeral, the outing to Cosmeston will not go ahead on 9th June. But please see the plans for July, below.

Saturday mornings 10-12am in Barry Library
Sarian’s Caffi Cymraeg will continue throughout the summer, including Eisteddfod Week in August.

Nos Lun at the Palmerston Centre
Everything continues as normal in June, with a special extravaganza to end the term on 27 June

Cylch Darllen
Our reading circle continues until 11 July. We have started reading Fel Aderyn by Manon Steffan Ross.
All are welcome and the book is loaned at no charge from Barry Library.
6-7pm Monday nights at the Palmerston Centre

Cylch Siarad
We have had to cancel the outing on Thursday 9 June.
For July, it was suggested we organise a Saturday train trip to the Hywel Dda Centre just outside Carmarthen.
This will only go ahead if people are available to come.
Please contact me soon if you are interested, and we’ll arrange a tour guide.

Have a great summer!


Dydd Mawrth 7 Mehefin ‘Crwydro’ - Taith Iach
Cwrdd 10.00yb Gorsaf Rheilffordd Ynys Y Barri CF62 5TH

Dydd Iau 16 Mehefin ‘Crwydro’ - Taith Iach
Cwrdd 10.00yb Gorsaf Rheilffordd Penarth CF64 3DQ

Dydd Sadwrn 18 Mehefin ‘Cwm Cohuw’ - Taith Estynedig
Cwrdd 2.00yp Maes Parcio Neuadd y Dref Llanilltud Fawr CF61 1SD

Dydd Mawrth 28 Mehefin ‘Crwydro’ - Taith Iach
Cwrdd 10.00yb Llyfrgell Y Bontfaen CF71 7AH


Hello everyone, here’s what’s on in July:

Tafwyl in Cardiff Castle grounds Saturday and Sunday 2 and 3 July. .

Cylch Darllen - the last two sessions of the reading circle are on 4th and 11th July at the Palmerston Centre, before a break until September. Other activities at the Centre have already ended.

Gigs Bach y Fro - Friday night, 8th July
Caryl Parry Jones at the Park Hotel, Park Crescent, Barry
Tocynnau: £10
Cysylltwch i archebu o flaen llaw: / 029 20689888

Saturday, 16th July - Our Cylch Siarad Trip to Hywel Dda Centre
Train arrives in Whitland/Hendy Gwyn ar Daf at 12.39 and a Welsh language tour has been arranged for us. Entry £4 to include tour, cup of tea and biscuit. We take the train back at 15.44.

Regular events: the weekly Caffi Cymraeg in Barry library will continue throughout the summer, 10am to midday, with Sarian and Nic.

Walking with Valeways - there are a number of Welsh/bilingual walks with Ruth throughout July. Please see the Valeways website for details.

Then August will be upon us and the Eisteddfod in Y Fenni is accessible by train then foot this year.


Barry library is being ‘upgraded’ for a couple of weeks so there is no Caffi Cymraeg during that time. Next session with Sarian is on Saturday 6th August.


Equinox and time to celebrate the passing of summer! Here’s some of what we’ve been up to. In July we had a tour of the Hywel Dda Centre in Hendy Gwyn ar Daf. Here’s the magnificent sundial.


In August we went in ones and twos to the National Eisteddfod and met up with SSIW friends.


And a few days later a couple of us went on a tour of the Pobol y Cwm studios:


In September we went on a tour of the Senedd:

and the following week, a walk around St Fagans Amgueddfa Werin:

We’re now doing a consultation on the meet-ups (Cylch Siarad) to see what people want to do this year. The academic year starts next week, so the Cylch Darllen and other activities will restart on Monday evening.


Hi everyone,

I’ve had technical problems, but all sorted now. The main thing is that we are going to keep to Thursdays once a month for the Cylch Siarad, but change to mornings 10.30 to 11.30 on the third Thursday. The first one will not be until Thursday morning, 17th November and we’ll meet for that one in the Hub as usual.

In the meantime, we are doing well with smaller meet-ups and using this as an opportunity to sample different locations. It is difficult to find somewhere quiet enough, with parking and no stairs, but we do want to make it as accessible as possible to everyone. Modern coffee shops have the bang, bang bang on the counter and piped music as well as hubbub to contend with. At least the YMCA Hub only has Bro Radio piped in over our heads! Where do other groups meet, I wonder?

Lots of good ideas for the coming year. The main problem towards the end of last term/haf was success in attracting first language people to some events, but then not sufficient dysgwyr turning up to benefit. I didn’t see that one coming!



Looking for a course? You’re not too late for a couple of short ones leading up to Christmas:

Cyrsiau trwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg yn dechrau mis Tachwedd.

  1. Cwrs W.E.A.
    Hanes Hawliau Menywod 1870-1930
    Lleoliad: Community Centre, Wenvoe, ger Caerdydd
    Dechrau: Dydd Mercher 2 Tachwedd 1-3pm
    Safon: Hyfedredd - Addas ar gyfer unrhywun sy’n gallu darllen a siarad neu sy’n rhydlyd eu Cymraeg.
    Hyd: Wythnosol am 8 wythnos.
    Pris: Concessions £30 ish
    Tiwtor: Carol Grant

2.Cwrs ‘Tipyn o Bopeth
Lleoliad: Canolfan Palmerston, Cadoc Crescent, Cadoxton, Barry
Dechrau: Dydd Iau 3 Tachwedd 1-3pm
Safon: Cwrs fydd yn cael ei deilwra i gwrdd ag anghenion y myfyrwyr
Hyd: Wythnosol am 5 wythnos
Pris: £25 dim concessions
Tiwtor: Carol Grant


Hai ffrindiau,
Clocks back this weekend, and suddenly the autumn schedule has really kicked in.

Monday 31st October - Nos Lun, Palmerston in full swing.
Come and sing at 7pm, or there are other weekly activities.
The weekly Cylch Darllen is 6-7pm and we are finishing Fel Aderyn. I hope to be bringing a boxful of the new novel - Veritas by Mari Lisa. All levels welcome to come and read out loud.
The monthly Clwb Llyfrau is at 7.30pm with Luned Whelan. This is for more prolific readers, discussing a novel a month. This month’s choice of novel to discuss is Pam? by Dana Edwards, published 2016. A student dies. What effect will it have on his friends over the next decade?
Tuesday 1st November - Crwydro with Ruth (Valeways) 10am meet outside Barry Island Railway station for a stroll.

Thursday 3rd November - 10-11am Foxy’s Penarth for a coffee and chat. If you don’t intend to come to Foxy’s, why not arrange to meet up with a friend somewhere else for a cuppa? Another day of the week? Someone from your class? Try meeting someone different each month? It’s surprising what progress you make just by practising.

Saturday 5th November - Sadwrn Siarad at Palmerston

Monday 7 November - Merched y Wawr meets at 2.15pm in the Tabernacl Vestry King Square. On the programme, Rhodri Jones. This is the first of the winter month’s timetable, meeting on a Monday afternoon.

Friday 11th November - 8pm Elin Fflur and Iwan Huws are the guests for the latest of the Gigs Bach y Fro at the Park, Park Crescent. Tickets £10, email or phone to reserve - / 029 20689888

I am guessing that Cymrodorion will meet on the third Tuesday evening, 15th November, but have no details as yet.

17 November Cylch Siarad at the Hub - to be discussed.

The Caffi Cymraeg (upstairs in Barry Library) is back to strength after the summer lull, and meeting every Saturday morning 10-12 with Sarian. Groups also meet in Penarth, Cowbridge and Llantwit Major.

Ruth is leading a two-boot walk on Wednesday 23 November starting from Cogan, and a three-booter on 27th November, starting from Llanblethian. Please see the Valeways website for details.

Please contact me for further details of anything above, or if you have something that might be of interest to people learning Welsh.

Thanks, Judy


Here’s information about Merched y Wawr in Barry next Monday, 7th November at 2.15 pm. There is a change of location. We will now meet in the Canolfan Palmerston, Cadoc Crescent, off Cardiff Road, Barry - right opposite Dow Corning.


Here’s the programme for November and December,
Term time activities end on Friday 9th December.
The final regular Nos Lun activities of 2016 at the Palmerston Centre will be on Monday 5th December, followed by the Dathliad Nadolig (Christmas Celebration) on Nos Lun 12 December.

Here are the other activities:

Tuesday 15 November - 7.15pm Cymrodorion y Barri, Tabernacl Vestry, King Square (down the outside steps)
Speaker: Glenda Jones - Y Siwrne Greadigol.

Thursday 17 November - 10.30 - 11.30am Cylch Siarad meets at the YMCA Hub. Come and decide on the venue for 2017. We tried out another venue last week, but perhaps the YMCA Hub is best for you? Next meeting 19th January.

Monday 21 November - 7.30pm Clwb Llyfrau with Luned Whelan (after the Cylch Darllen 6-7pm) Luned’s Book Club will discuss the book they have read this month - Ymbelydredd by Guto Dafydd.

Saturday 3rd December - 9.30am - 1pm Sadwrn Siarad in Cowbridge (Y Bontfaen)

Monday 5 December - 2.15pm Merched y Wawr meet in Foxys Deli, Penarth.
Speaker: Y Parch Kevin Davies.

Tuesday 13 December - Dathliad y Nadolig at Ysgol Bro Morgannwg. As this is from the Cymrodorion programme, I guess it is at their usual time of 7.15pm. More details on request.

Valeways are advertising the following walks -

Dydd Mercher 23 Tachwedd - ‘Afon Elai a Bae Caerdydd’ (Taith ddilyniant)
10:00yb Gorsaf Rheilffordd Cogan CF64 2NS

Dydd Sul 27 Tachwedd - ‘Santa a’i geirw’ (Taith estynedig)
2:00yp Eglwys Sant Ioan Fedyddiwr, Llanfleithan CF71 7AS

Enjoy your Cymraeg,