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Ceredigion Museum Whats on At Christmas

Posted by Llanrhystud Childminder On Thursday, December 13, 2007 0 comments
We will be opening on the three days immediately after Boxing Day for story telling and activities relating to the taxidermy exhibition. Events for all the family. Bring all your relatives and have some fun.

The Coliseum will be:
closed on 23rd – 26th December, 2007
open on 27th , 28th and 29th December
closed on 30th December 2007 – 1st January 2008

Also:
Free Christmas quiz and work sheets for everyone
Exhibition of Christmas Presents from the 1930s to the 1960s.

What's on offer?

Thursday, December 27th, Morning session: 10.30 - 12.30
Sue Jones Davies will be offering story telling for children aged 3-7. Sue will be reading short tales of animals and fables of much loved characters in English and Welsh. Drop in for any, or all of it.
All children will have to be accompanied by an adult.

Thursday, December 27th Afternoon session: 2.00 – 4.00
Ami Marsden will be offering a 'making session' for all ages from eight upwards, to produce a paper or cardboard sculpture or mask of an animal. All materials will be supplied. Please phone 01970 633088 to book a place (limited to ten per session: booking essential).

Friday, December 28th Morning session: 10.30 – 12.30
Ami Marsden will be offering a 'making session' for all ages from eight upwards, to produce a paper or cardboard sculpture or mask of an animal. All materials will be supplied. Please phone 01970 633088 to book a place (limited to ten per session: booking essential).

Friday, December 28th Afternoon session: 2.00 - 4.00
Oliver Morys will be inspiring you to write about animals, whether it is a short story, a poem or a simple description. This is a chance to let your mind wonder and express yourself through words. All ages welcome. This session will be in English only.

Saturday, December 29th Morning session: 10.30 – 12.30
Oliver Morys will be inspiring you to write about animals, whether it is a short story, a poem or a simple description. This is a chance to let your mind wonder and express yourself through words. All ages welcome. This session will be in English only.

Saturday, December 29th Afternoon Session: 2.00 – 4.00
Sue Jones Davies will be offering story telling for children aged 3-7. Sue will be reading short tales of animals and fables of much loved animal characters. Drop in for any or all of it.
All children will have to be accompanied by an adult.


Archives December 2007

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Caerdydd & Cardiff What Do The Words Mean?

Posted by Llanrhystud Childminder On Tuesday, December 04, 2007 2 comments

Cardiff also known as Caerdydd means 'fort (of the river) Taf', Caer meaning 'fort' and Taf the name of the river.

But where do the words Cardiff, Caerdydd come from…mmm

OK Caerdydd, The earlier form was Caerdyf, which dates to the early 6th century, the word Caerdyf contains two place-name elements. The first being the Welsh caer, meaning 'fort, stronghold or enclosure' and by the word Taf, a river-name in its genitive form Tyf, mutated to Dyf - 'fort (of the river) Taf'.

Other place names around Wales are also influenced by the word Caer, such as Caerphilly, Caerleon and Caernarfon.

The earliest recorded form of Cardiff was in 1477, this being the anglicised pronunciation of Caerdyf, as you can see the pronunciation of Caerdydd demonstrates the sounds of the consonants between the f and dd in the Welsh language.

Other place names around Cardiff also contain the 'Taf' river as an element of their name, such as Llandaf (Llan Daf c.1400). The Welsh llan which originally meant 'enclosed land' signifies a church, so that Llandaf would mean 'church by the Taf', but there may have been an earlier Christian settlement here dating from the late 7th century.

Ok a little home work for you now, what other place names begin with the word Car, I can think of a few, but lets see what you can come up with? And if you can! write in the comments box.

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Swansea The Island of Sveinn

Posted by Llanrhystud Childminder On Sunday, December 02, 2007 0 comments

Swansea also known as Abertawe, Abertawe means 'mouth of (the river) Tawe', Aber meaning 'mouth of' and Tawe the name of the river.

But where does the word Swansea come from…mmmm

OK Swansea, its part of someone's name Sveinn, ey is an old Norse name, but the spelling has been influenced by the sea and by the word Swan, making the word Swansea.

Other place names around the west coast of Wales are also influenced by the old Norse name ey, such as Ramsey, Bardsey and Anglesey.

Back in the 9th and 11th centuries Scandinavian forays from Ireland, do
suggest a trading post in Swansea. The earliest recorded coins minted in Swansea date c.1140, were marked with the word Swensi, which suggest trading of some kind was taking place.

As I mentioned earlier old Norse names and personal names influenced the naming of Islands around the coast of Wales. Back in the 19th century an island which may have been a bank or an area of raised ground in marsh at the mouth of the River Tawe, was removed during the construction of the docks, described as Ilond in 1400, Iseland' in 1432 and the Island in 1641. The Island of Sveinn could have been the original location of Swansea.

Ok a little home work for you now, what other place names begin with the word Swan, I can't think of any, but lets see what you can come up with? And if you can! write in the comments box below.

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Why is Aberystwyth Called Aberystwyth

Posted by Llanrhystud Childminder On Sunday, December 02, 2007 0 comments
Aberystwyth means 'mouth of (the river) Ystwyth', Aber meaning 'mouth of' and Ystwyth the name of the river.

The original Norman castle built 1110 near the estuary of river Ystwyth near Rhydfelin about a mile and half from the present day town, was built of timber it did not last very long.

In the year 1211 a new castle was built, know body knows its exact location? But possibly it was built on the site of an earlier castle, documents referee to a castle by the name of Aber Rheidol date 1164.

Building of the present day Aberystwyth Castle by Edward I, began in August 1277 on land belonging formerly to the monks of Strata Florida.

The towns Original charter 1277 refers to the town as Llanbadr, derived from the parish llanbadarn, later documents refer to the town as Llanbadarn Gaerog, meaning fortified Llanbadarn.

In 1402 and 1404 during the occupation of the town by Owain Glyndwr the castle and town were refereed to as Aberystwyth. Subsequent documents refer to it as Llanbadarn, that is until the reign of queen Elizabeth I, after which it was always refereed to as Aberystwyth.

During the 18th and 19th century it was spelt Aberystwith, until December 1890 when the town council decided to make Aberystwyth the official spelling.

Ok a little home work for you now, what other towns or villages can you think of that begin with Aber? A couple spring to mind, but lets see what you can come up with? And if you can! write in the comments box below.

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