Annwyl Aelod/Cefnogwr - Dear Member/Supporter


Next week, Thursday 20th April, the final lecture of the 2022/3 WEA Llanelli Lecture Programme takes place, and we are delighted that the popular music tutor, Chris Weeks, will be providing us with an illustrated lecture which will also be an aural treat. He will be exploring a range of music alluding to hunting and its mythology:


Corno da Caccia

[The Hunting Horn]: Music of the Hunt



Chris Weeks has been a popular music tutor for WEA Llanelli members for many years. He has been sharing his enthusiasm for music - with the assistance of Swansea University and Adult Learning Wales - for over 20 years. During that time he has covered many diverse topics, from Berg’s Wozzeck to Monteverdi’s Orfeo, and from Byrd’s My Ladye Nevells Booke to Rautavaara’s Angel of Light.


He also composes; his most recent work, a violin concerto, is scheduled for performance and recording later this year, and a CD containing his music has recently been produced by Tŷ Cerdd, the Welsh Music Information Centre (it can also be streamed on Spotify and Apple Music).


He is the guest lecturer at this year’s Gower Festival.


His website is:



After the lecture, you can link to Chris’s webpage/playlist to hear the music discussed, and played in excerpts, in the lecture in full. This link does not work prior to the lecture.


As usual, the lecture will take place at the Selwyn Samuel Centre, and we anticipate it will be in the bar. Doors open at 7pm and lecture commencing at 7.30pm. Please feel free to invite friends and family along – lectures are open to all. Please share details from our Facebook and Twitter groups to pass on the word if you are able.


2023/24 Programme


The Committee is putting together next year’s programme, but we welcome suggestions from members for future speakers, and again, we are eager to get enthusiastic committee members so we are able to continue our work. Please get in touch if you have suggestions for speakers, or a topic you would welcome. If you would like to join our committee, please get in touch with our Chairman, Mr Bill Griffiths


We look forward to seeing you next Thursday.


Cofion gorau



Ruth Price

WEA Llanelli



Number 33


The annual periodical published by the Llanelli Branch of the WEA


Our latest edition, priced at £5, is now available


For further details please contact:-


Carole Ann Smith, Editor


tel: 01792 891679


What’s in Amrywiaeth Llanelli Miscellany No. 33:


Welcome to this 33rd edition of Miscellany – a blend of history, memoir, genealogy, poetry and local interest.


Many of you will remember Roscoe Howells, a respected former chairman of WEA Llanelli for twelve years and a life member, who died in May this year. Susan Thomas, dear friend to Roscoe and his late wife Winifred, has written a tribute in his honour.


Phil Cope who talked on the ‘Living Wells of Wales’ at the November lecture, has contributed an article focusing on the wells in Carmarthenshire. He has written and illustrated five books on the sacred springs, holy wells and spas of Britain.


Graham Davies writes on Sir Josiah Mason, a man influential in Burry Port’s history. From his own humble background and early beginnings Josiah Mason shared his ultimate wealth, establishing schools, homes and places for the vulnerable.


John Edwards, Llanelli’s esteemed writer and historian, has been writing his autobiography and I am delighted to include the first part in this issue – there will be more to follow. John has recorded Llanelli’s history in several books, and that of the WEA Llanelli up to its 100th anniversary in 2014. He was the first editor of Miscellany, when it was launched in 1986, the idea of Brynmor Voyle, then chairman of the Branch. John edited a total of fifteen editions.


Alun Gibbard has written a number of books including those on social history, biography, books in the Welsh language and the history of the Scarlets. Here he recalls his early days moving to Bynea from Dowlais in ‘To Bynea and the Moon’.


Stephen David, a regular contributor and tutor with Addysg Oedolion Cymru/ Adult Learning Wales, tells the tale of Shoni Sguborfawr. The history classes he takes for the Branch in Llangennech Community Centre are popular and much enjoyed by those attending.


Lyn John writes on Scale House in Seaside and Byron Davies on a Llanelli Directory and Guide, dated 1897. Both of these historians have been contributing to Miscellany for many years and their work recording the town’s history should be commended.


The Llanelli writer, the late William Glynne-Jones, whose stories have featured in past issues, wrote on the traditions of New Year as a child in ‘Dydd Calennig’. I thank Claudia James, his granddaughter, for sending it to me. Keeping it in the family, I’m pleased to introduce an article ‘Films and Me’ by his son, Dennis Jones – his memories of going to the pictures in Llanelli during the war years.











Derek Smith asks ‘How did the Romans get from Llanelli to Carmarthen?’; David Wallington tells a poignant story of the First World War in ‘Letters from a Dear Friend’; Anne Williams recalls her weekend visits to her aunt and uncle’s farm in Kidwelly in ‘Parc Y Box Farm’; and Marjorie Witty, Margaret Davies and Chris Davies, members of The Llanelli Branch of the Dyfed Family History Society, write on ‘Climbing the Apple Tree’, ‘My Cousin William’ and ‘My Grandfather Bill Edmunds’ respectively.


Sonia Davies has composed a hauntingly beautiful poem ‘Mynwent at Trebuan’. Shân Thomas’ poem in Welsh ‘Llundain 1666’ is set in London after the plague and great fire. Jean Harding’s poem ‘Still a Fox’ was placed first in poetry in the Bridgend Writers’ Circle Savikar Award. I had the honour of judging their award this year and this sonnet to a fox captures the creature’s relationship with humans - ‘I may let you feed me, but never tame.’


The summer project by PeopleSpeakUp ‘Llanelli Voices’ was an inspiration to many – the young, the not so young – all ages in fact, but read about it and the poetry composed by those who took part.


The Branch has hosted some excellent speakers at their lectures over the years and details of these can be found at: – but still to come in 2020 are Adam Price, AM and Plaid Cymru Leader; Hugh J. Evans, Head of Community Rail; Transport for Wales Rail Services; Angharad Phillips, Regency Restoration: Volunteer and Administration Officer at National Botanic Garden of Wales; and Jennifer Thomas, MA Oxford retired lecturer in English Language and Literature at the Graig College.


Classes in Art ‘Painting for Pleasure’, Music and History are still running but the Creative Writing classes have taken a break. It was from these sessions, held in the Town Hall, that the Llanelli Writers’ Circle was formed in February 1990. The Circle’s 30th anniversary is an achievement and has put Llanelli on the map with a number of successes since its beginning, including winning a first prize for its anthology Athena in the prestigious Writing Magazine anthology awards.


I would like to thank all the writers and historians for their generous contributions to this issue, Clive Davies for his help and support in producing Miscellany, and for the striking cover design. My thanks also to Alun Gibbard for checking Welsh language queries and to Lyn John for his advice on local history queries.


If you would like to contribute to Miscellany please get in contact. Your stories of memorable events, the changes to where you lived, went to school, to work…social history is important – as we remember and record how much has changed over the years.


And finally, my thanks to all of you who support this annual periodical. Diolch yn fawr.



Carole Ann Smith

November 2019