The Talysarn and Nantlle Bulletin


Talysarn Ward Bulletin

June – September 2005

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1.   Communities First
2.   Fun Day - Friends of Talysarn
3.   Talysarn Community Centre
4.   Young People
5.   Dyffryn Nantlle's Silver Band
6.   Talysarn School
7.   The Nantlle Valley Website
8.   Skate Park
9.   Blodeuwedd
10. Clwb Silyn
11. Clwb yr Iard
12. Training Courses

Welcome to Llys Llywelyn, Nantlle

After a lot of hard work by a small committee under the chairmanship of T. Leslie Jones, it has at last been possible to rent one of the units in the newly refurbished Y Barics to be used as a Community Centre for Nantlle. It has been named Llys Llywelyn in memory of the travelling courts held by both princes Llywelyn in Nantlle.

There are two rooms in the new centre. One small one with a toilet suitable for the disabled, a small kitchen, and a room containing three computer workstations, tables, chairs and cupboards. A door from this room leads to the large room where there is a large brand new kitchen, tables, chairs and cupboards. Outside there is a toilet suitable for the disabled.

A welcome day was held in the Llys on the 28th of May so that Nantlle residents, clubs and societies in the area could see what is on offer in the new centre. There were all kinds of stalls there by different groups such as the Band, Blodeuwedd, Clwb yr Iard, Friends of Ysgol Baladeulyn and Capel Baladeulyn. Everyone had their fair share of cakes and many a cuppa was drank during a very cheerful and successful afternoon.

Since then many things have been held there including public meetings, committees, activities for young children and craft clubs. One of the most successful things is the Coffee Mornings every Friday morning at 10.30 a.m, which attracts people from a wide area. If you would like a chat and a cuppa for only 50p (which includes a raffle!) why not drop by.

For more information on Llys Llywelyn and the activities there call T. Leslie Jones on (01286) 880443.

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Fun Day - Friends of Talysarn

Fun Day - Friends of TalysarnA fun day was held at the Talysarn Celts' football ground on Sunday 14th of August by The Friends of Talysarn. It was a very successful day, with everyone taking part and having fun. It was nice to see so many different stalls by the local groups.

The event also included the Nantlle Vale Royal Silver Band, fancy dress, many games and different activities, and the clown was a great success with the children.

Thomas Usher was very busy painting pots with Jan Chipps.


A big thank you to all that took part and helped make the day such a big success.

Look out for our next event – Halloween Night.

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Talysarn Community Centre

Finally work has started on the Community Centre, and things are shaping well. We can now look forward, knowing that the development the community have prioritised over the year is now going to happen.

Talysarn Community Centre

The community’s committee are already looking at different activities that could take place in the centre once the work is finished.

If any groups or individuals have ideas or activities they would like to see being held in the centre contact Carys Pritchard.

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Young People

Developing activities with young people is something the Partnership is keen to support. These are some of the events that have been happening and are on the go at the moment:

Camera Club

A group of young people were very keen to start a local camera club, so it was arranged with Bangor University to supply a community bus that would provide them with a chance to experiment with digital cameras and videos.

The Community Bus

The Bus was at the Barics, Nantlle on Thursday 25th of August. They got a taste of what it was like to work with the latest technology, to film and to act.

They got to film a short advert – the girls choose to advertise a shop that sells men, which was a great success!! Also they made an advert for the ‘Hysbys’.

It was a fun day, with delicious refreshments provided.

The adverts will be shown on Bangor University’s website in the near future.

The latest technology in the Community Bus

If anyone is interested in joining the club contact Darryl Hughes in the Partnership’s office.


Young people in the area have shown interest in starting an under 17’s football team for the boys, as well as a team for the girls.

Anyone interested in joining the team and develop their skills, please contact Darren Usher or Dylan Green in the Partnership’s office.

Arts and Crafts

If you are a young person and interested in arts and crafts, we are very eager to hear your ideas and comments so we can develop a project to give young people in the area a chance to develop their skills in this special field.

For more information contact Carys Pritchard.

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Dyffryn Nantlle's Silver Band

Congratulations to the band on competing in the National Eisteddfod in the Faenol. They came second in the Silver Band competition Class Four on Saturday 30th.

The band has three sections, Junior, Intermediate and the Senior Band.
There are about ten members in the Junior Band – they’ve all just started to play an instrument for the first time, they meet on Tuesday evenings between 7 and 8 to play as a group.

The intermediate meet between 8 and 9 on Tuesday evenings, this band was formed two years ago for more advanced members of the junior group and the younger members of the Senior Band. Sue conducts both bands.

Sue also conducts the Senior band together with Gareth Williams, they meet on Wednesday and Friday evenings between 7 and 9 p.m.

Sue Massey from Penmaenmawr is the conductor. Being only 26 she keeps the younger members keen as well as the older ones. Sue joined the Menai Bridge Silver Band when she was studying music in Bangor University. She has been a member of the band for three and a half years now and has been conducting for two years.

Congratulations to Sue for becoming one of four finalists of S4C’s Dysgwr y Flwydyn (Learner of the Year) for the first time, held at the National Language Center, Nant Gwrtheyrn. Good luck.

The Band is constantly looking for new members. Any age and talent is welcomed, with excellent training provided by Sue. The band would like to thank Sue for her dedication and commitment.

For more information contact Gwynne Williams on (01286) 880707.

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Talysarn School

Children in Talysarn School have been working with the artist Luned Rhys Parri to create a huge mural that reflects life in the village.

The papier mache mural

The mural was shown in the Countryside Council for Wales’ pavilion at the National Eisteddfod in the Faenol Estate. They used ‘papier mache’ to create work in 3D to interpret the area, the slate industry, the old quarrymen’s terraced houses, as well as looking at the area’s cultural heritage through the work of R. Williams Parry.

The papier mache mural

The Countryside Council for Wales funded the project through a partnership with the National Eisteddfod. It supports the National Assembly’s Community First status for the area.

The mural has now been returned to the school.

The local people would like to bid for funding to re-create the mural on the gable end of the new extension on Talysarn’s Community Centre.

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The Nantlle Valley Website

The Web Page Group ( is open to anyone interested in attending the training sessions and learn how to develop a web page and input information.

The group is very keen to get as many people as possible to feed information to the site. If anyone has any interesting stories or special photos they’d like to include on the website, please contact Beryl Fretwell on (01286) 882688.

Have you visited yet? The following is an example of the information available on the site:

Talysarn School in 1927

Talysarn School in 1927 – can anyone see their grandfather or grandmother? Let us know.

Drws y Coed

Or has anyone got any memories about the copper mines in Drws Y Coed?

Idwal ap Ieuan JonesThis is Idwal ap Ieuan Jones, a pilot who lived in Talysarn. Does anyone remember Idwal’s aeroplane flying over Talysarn in the 1930s?

1,500 people visited The Official Nantlle Valley Website in August this year. Maybe some of the enquiries that we had may be of interest to people from Talysarn and Nantlle or maybe someone could answer some of these enquiries.

Ivy Swift from Bolton had sent us a post card of Idwal Jones the Pilot to ask if we know any more about him. Her mother and brother had been up in a plane with Idwal and had received a signed postcard from him.

Laurie Brookes from Ruthin contacted us, looking for her auntie’s grave, and Nell Rose formerly from Nantlle. Her body was brought from America to be buried in Dyffryn Nantlle.

Glenys Lloyd from London has been looking for information on her family that used to live in the Ysgubor, Nantlle. Jane Jones who died there in 1909, was related to her and other members of the family lived in Victoria Terrace.

Contact the Group in the Technology Center, Penygroes or call into the Community centre in Talysarn if you want to respond to any of the enquiries.

We are constantly looking for old photos and interesting stories to include on the website – are you willing to help us collect information for the group.

We are also eager to receive information about various groups in Talysarn and Nantlle. Who are the officials, contact numbers and what is the programme for the winter.

A contribution from the young people would be very valuable and would ensure that we’d have a lively site with a wider appeal. Come to the Technology Center to meet the group and to discuss ideas.

Remember also about the new Forum – somewhere to ask questions, chat, buy and sell. It’s worth joining – the more the merrier.

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Skate Park

The Cruisers Group is a great example of local people taking part in developing the community. They have been working hard tidying and fencing around the skate park, which shows that it is possible for local people to make a difference. With the tarmac and the greenery in place around the park it makes it a much safer and pleasant place.

The group took part in an exhibition at the Gwynedd Council Leisure tent at the National Eisteddfod where they presented the work they had done and how to use skateboards safely.

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Another hardworking group is Blodeuwedd. Thanks to their commitment the image of Talysarn and Nantlle has changed dramatically. Flower troughs full of vibrant colours improve the image of the village and hopefully encourage everyone to keep both villages tidy.

Because of the construction work going on at the community centre in Talysarn, Blodeuwedd’s monthly tea evening will be held at the Llys Llywelyn Centre, Nantlle.

Thanks to everyone for their support.

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Clwb Silyn

Clwb Silyn are very grateful to the Police for their donation and to the local young people for raising money to allow them to arrange two trips in July to Bodnant Gardens and Llandudno.

The Club had a lovely day in Bodnant Gardens seeing all the flowers and plant in their full glory, the highlight of the Llandudno trip was going up the Great Orme, everyone had a wonderful time.

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Clwb yr Iard

Over the summer holidays, Jan Chipps held Paint a T-Shirt workshop at the Barics, Nantlle. More that 25 children joined in the fun and the outcome was very colourful!

From now on the Club will be holding their sessions in Llys Llywelyn, where all the children will have a chance to use the new equipment bought recently.

Everyone is welcome.

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Training Courses

If anyone is interested on going on training courses, contact the office in the Community Centre for more information.

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