Community News


Vera Berry

Vera was very social, although in Brechfa it was hard for her to be fully social because she was not all that well when she came here. If she had been here when she was stronger I’m sure she would have been a part of the over 60’s, WI and other clubs. She was very easy going and had a great sense of humour.

Vera had a brother and sister and her nieces and nephews were still involved with her. She was a factory girl during the war and she met Henry just after the war. They were married in 1946. They had two children Tony (1949) and Dave (1955). Family was very important to Vera. She was particularly good to Sue when Sue’s mother died and took over from her. Vera was very fond of Sue, and remembered how Sue’s dog ate the tea Sue had prepared the first time they visited her. Vera loved her children, grandchildren and great grand children. Josh called her ‘big grandma’. She loved sending parcels in the post and enjoyed going shopping for, and sending things to Josh. Once Vera even sent Dave a bread pudding in the post, which must have been very expensive as it was quite heavy and came through Dave’s letterbox with a thud.

Henry loved growing vegetables but Vera was the flower grower of the pair. They had a long life together, complementing each other. It is sad that Vera has gone as well, but perhaps it is fitting that she didn’t wait too long to join Hen – they spent so much of their lives together.

When Dave and Sue were sorting out Vera and Henry’s house, they came across lots of St Christopher medallions. Christopher means the Christ bearer because of the story that the Child Jesus appeared to him and he carried Jesus across a river. So Christopher became the patron Saint of travellers. Vera enjoyed travelling and now she is on her last and greatest journey.

Gerald Evans

It is with great sadness we record the passing of Gerald Evans 6. Llysmorfa Llangunnor. Gerald was born in Esgergarn before moving to Abernennog where he lived with his mother for many years. His father died when he was two years old and his stepfather tragically killed when he was twelve.

He was of quiet disposition but with a great sense of humour. He worked for years at Evans Motors Carmarthen before establishing his own successful business at Morfa Lane garage Carmarthen.

After moving to Nantycaws he married Doreen and made their home in Llangunnor. His funeral was conducted by his minister Rev Caradog Evans and Rev Denzil James a childhood friend who used to come and stay at Y Felin (The Mill) with his aunt.

The funeral at Narberth was well attended by his many friends, The Vintage club, past colleagues, and customers.

Our deepest sympathy is extended to all the family.

Jim Jones

We extend our sympathy to the family of David James Jones especially his wife Mildred and also Emrys, Eurwen, Caradog and Daphne.

Jane Alice Williams

We also remember the passing of Jane Alice Williams who died in January 15th 2006. Jane Williams was the wife of the late Revd. Canon Gwilym Williams who was vicar of this parish from 1944 to 1960.

Abergorlech News

We have an evening of Bingo coming up on the 17th of February at 7.30pm. Remember the last one? Hilarious! Even the “Old Lads” enjoyed it, and of course don’t forget the Annual Drama Evening on May 17th at 7.30pm. Get in touch soon with our promoter Mr. Arwyn Thomas. Keep an eye on the Church Hall Notice Board.

It is Abergorlech’s turn to hold a Festival of Flowers this coming summer. The last time around the Ladies excelled themselves at flower arranging. Come to think of it “It’s an Art”. There is plenty of Media and Assembly talk about The Arts these days. Let’s show what we can do in the Cothi Valley, always on a happy note. Come to think of it, it may rub off on our ‘Masters’ in Cardiff Bay.

D. Haydn Davies

The Abergorlech & District Raft Race

In our Autumn Edition of Clychau’r Cwm we mentioned about the Raft Race of August 13th2005 and often think of a ‘make believe’ Raft Race during subsequent Floods we have had since, compared with the low water level of August 13th. One or two of those floods would have cut down the time on the 31/4 mile journey I am sure!! However, the flood, and I mean the flood of money, through the hard work of the promoters and the team, was over £4,000, and this was donated to the MacMillan Nursing Care. This was an Admirable Event, an Admirable Cause and a splendid effort by this Band of Hard Workers.

D. Haydn Davies

Bring and Buy

Another great success was the Annual Bring and Buy on December 3rd 2005 held under the auspices of the Senior Citizen’s Committee. People had donated really well towards the Evening. The Event was opened by a young lady (now living in Cardiff) in the person of Miss Shan Davies, Plasnewydd. Shan gave us a short talk about her childhood days at Abergorlech, and as a competitor at the Annual Eisteddfod in particular.

The Committee decided to donate £250 from the proceeds towards the Accident and Emergency Department of West Wales Hospital, Carmarthen. A grand evening was enjoyed (and to quote the famous words of one past Vicar of Abergorlech) “by one and all”. Yes the Village Hall holds very happy memories.

D. Haydn Davies

Brechfa News


Llongyfarchiadau a dymuniadau da i Mrs Glenys Jones Cân-yr-awel a oedd yn naw deg pump oed yn ddiweddar.

Llongyfarchiadau hefyd ar enedigaeth Gor-wyr bach newydd sêf SAMUEL OWEN.

Dymuna Mrs Glenys Jones ddiolch yn fawr iawn am y cardiau cyfarchion, ac anrhegion ar achlysur ei phenblwydd.

Iris Lenny


Hoffau Heini Daniels ddiolch yn fawr i ffrindiau, perthnasau a chymdogion am gardiau, dymuniadau da a rhoddion caredig ar achlusur ei phenblwydd yn ddiweddar.
Heini Daniels would like to thank neighbours for cards, good wishes and gifts received recently on her 18th birthday.

Bingo in the Church Hall, Brechfa on 9th March at 7:30pm. Proceeds to the hall.


Congratulations to Llinos Dyer who was awarded the Best Student (bilingual) Award by Coleg Sirgar. The award covers the three college campuses ar Pibwrlwyd, Graig in Llanelli and Ammanford. The photo shows Llinos with her college lecturers L - R Wendy Powell Julie Jones and of course Caroline Evans from Gwernogle.

Llinos joined Coleg Sir Gar's faculty of Business, Management and Education as a full time student studying NVQ level 2 Administration and office technology skills in September 2004. During the year Llinos studied for the NVQ her self confidence developed considerably. She completed some of her work and assignments through the medium of Welsh and her translating talent benefited her fellow students, lecturers and the Training Office. She also played a prominent role in the students' efforts to raise money for Children in Need. As a result of her willing and cheerful efforts and commitment she was awarded the faculty's Bilingual prize, sponsored by Menter a Busnes. Indeed, Llinos is an excellent advert for the college and what it has to offer as she has now returned to Coleg Sir Gar to study for a Higher National Diploma in Management and Business.

Brechfa Women’s Institute


We are glad to welcome back Lilian Jones and Anita Evans after their short stay in hospital fully recovered. We hope Mary Jones Llysgwyn who has recently been in hospital and is making good recovery will be joining us very shortly. Our thoughts and best wishes go to Mrs Poray who has undergone a major operation at Glangwili Hospital and hoping she will be home very soon.

Christmas/Aniversary Dinner

On the 27th January Brechfa W.I. celebrated their Christmas/Anniversary dinner which was postponed in November due to bad weather at the Penybont Inn Llanfynydd.

The institute was celebrating its 40th birthday with quests Mair Stevens Federation Secretary and Jeanette Evans Federation Treasurer.

A celebration cake beautifully made by Mary Thomas, Abergorlech was cut by four founder members Lilwen Jones, Nancy Davies, Betty Thomas and Lilian Jones with the present president Ethel Fletcher. (Photo next issue)

Members meet on the second Monday monthly. New members are welcomed. See programme in the local notice boards.

Photos from the Archive

One of the first WI Christmas Dinners from the time the Brechfa WI was formed in the 1960’s

Mr and Mrs Rule planting a tree with WI members. The tree was planted as part of a national WI initiative. Mrs Rule was the oldest member of the WI at the time.

Yvonne Thomas



Congratulations to John and Rosie Morva Gwernogle on the birth of their first grandchild Gwendolen Rose a daughter to Bonney and Tony and a great granddaughter to Iris Adamson.


We welcome Liz and Haydn to Ffynnonygog Gwernogle and wish Julian and Jill all the best in their new home at Penybont Meidrim.


Congratulations to George Newman of Byrfon Gwernogle who has been an apprentice at Corus (Trostre) Steel Works for four years and has just been awarded overall winner of the Welsh Livery Guild award for the Tin Plate Engineering Apprentice of the year. Also during the past four years he has been awarded student and apprentice of the year at Corus.

After he finishes his apprenticeship with Corus he hopes to go on to University.

He is past pupil of Brechfa primary school and Queen Elizabeth Cambria Carmarthen. We wish him all the best in his future career.

Yvonne Thomas