The News Page/ Y Dudalen Newyddion

Croeso i’r Dudalen Newyddion. Welcome to the News Page

Dyma lle byddwn yn gosod y newyddion a digwyddiadau yn yr ardal

This where we will put all the news about events in and around our village.

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Cyngor Cymuned – Cilycwm – Community Council

The Community Council Minutes for the Meeting on 8th December 2020 are now available.

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History Group

Thank you to Dafydd Tomos. By contacting this group I have found my 5th great grandfather and his descendants. It would appear that Michael Davies, b1727 of Cilycwm, his son David b.1747 and 2 grandsons Michael b.1787 and David b.1794 were all clockmakers. One son David lived at Abercamlais and the other Michael lived at Tanlife. Michael of Tanlife was my g.g.g grandfather. His son James Davies moved to Nantyglo Monmouthshire some time after 1841. Many many thanks.

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Cilycwm Community Council AGM Minutes

The Minutes of the Cilycwm Community Council Annual General Meeting held on 8th September are available on the website.

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St Michael’s Church, Cilycwm – closed

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Rev. Ann McKnight, The Vicarage, Cilycwm.


In view of the Wales wide lock-down from midnight tonight, the 20th December 2020, we regret that St. Michael’s Church, Cilycwm will be closed and there will be no services held until further notice.

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Christmas Photo Competition: Life in Lockdown 2020 – Rhannwch eich lluniau gorau.

We have received many submissions to our competition and we will be showing two new ones each day on the home page. Please click here.

To choose the winner we will add up all the votes and will announce the winner on New Year’s Eve.

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St Michael’s Church, Cilycwm – Christmas Day Service

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Reader – Ann McKnight, The Vicarage, Cilycwm SA20 0SP. Tel 01550 721109

The Christmas Day service of ‘Prayer and Praise’ will be held at 9:30 a.m. not 10:30 as advertised in the December/January Post.

All welcome.

NB:  There is no service on Sunday 27th December 2020.

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Christmas Photo Competition: Life in Lockdown 2020 – Rhannwch eich lluniau gorau.

What a strange year it’s been. Christmas is looking most unlike its usual jolly self, the pubs are shut early and families are separated.

So we thought it might be fun to share a photo from your Life in Lockdown 2020 in Blaenau Tywi, the sunny side of the Cambrian Mountains.  

It can be of anything you like. A view. Family time, Zoom time, things that kept you positive or made you laugh, or that were ridiculous and so on.

To Enter – Entries by Saturday 12th December

The photo has to be:

  1. Taken in the valley or the surrounding hills
  2. Family friendly – keep it clean!
  3. Please include your Name, Location and a Caption describing the shot

Send your photo and caption on ONE of the following:

On messenger to   @Cilycwmpeople

Or: On Instagram by Direct Message to @blaenau_tywi

Or To the website please email them to:

And the winner is…

We’ll be sharing the photos on Instagram, Facebook and on the website 

The one with the most likes across all our sites, will be the winner.

Even if you’re not entering a photo – make sure you vote! 

Winners will be announced on New Year’s Eve. Because let’s face it. None of us will be out clubbing.

We have shamelessly borrowed this idea from our friends in the north @Pentir_pumlumon_tourism – Diolch yn Fawr

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Community Council Meeting Agenda – Tuesday 8th December

The Agenda for the Community Council Meeting at 6.30 on Tuesday 8th December is now available.

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The meeting will take place over Microsoft Teams.

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View from Mallaen in the early morning.

Isabel Macho has sent us two wonderful photos of the early morning mists rising in the Tywi Valley.

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Crugiau Merched on Mynydd Mallaen

High up on the Mallaen is a cairn called Crugiau Merched or the Ladies’ Cairn. Tanya (Cumbrian Escapes) has sent us some photos of this local historic site and the spectacular scenery surrounding it.

From the Megalithic Portal website – “The more westerly of the two cairns known collectively as the Ladies’ Cairns (Crugiau Merched) has suffered rather for being in the sight-line between OS Trig Points!

RCAHM (Ref NPRN304523) describes the cairn as being 19m in diameter and 1.8m high – with “an observation channel cut through to facilitate use of the nearby triangulation pillar.”

In fact, this has not really diminished the splendour of this cairn, which is visible from across the Mynydd Mallaen itself and also from the surrounding hills. Together with its sister cairn and nearby Standing Stones, this makes the location very special.”

For more information

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