Mae’r arddangosfa gymunedol newydd wedi cyrraedd! Byddwn yn arddangos uchafbwyntiau ein casgliad hanes lleol gyda’i gilydd am y tro cyntaf. Bydd cyfle i weld dillad galar o oes Fictoria, teganau a wnaed gan Garcharorion Rhyfel o’r Almaen, y gist bleidleisio rheithgor hynaf yn Ewrop, a llawer mwy. Y peth mwyaf hynod yn yr arddangosfa yw tarian yr Ymerawdwr o Ethiopia, enillon ni ddwy wobr genedlaethol am ddiogelu hon yn 2017.
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Myths & legends
It won’t take you long to realise, especially after a night in one of our wonderful pubs, that here in Mid Wales we like to tell stories. The taller the better.
Some of them are scary, some heart-warming, some impossibly romantic. Some go all the way back into the mists of our Celtic past and help remind us who we are. Some may even be true. You’ll have to make your own mind up about that. We’re pretty convinced that the legendary bard Taliesin was born in Llanfair Caereinion, that the holy well of Llanfyllin had magical healing properties and that they really did dunk witches at Pwll-y-Wrach nature reserve.
The last dragon in Wales may well still be asleep in Radnor Forest, guarded by four churches all dedicated to St Michael. And the Robber Grave at Machynlleth church probably did lie bare for a century thanks to a curse by a wrongly-hanged man.
To be perfectly honest, we’re less sure that a water nymph called Sabrina lives in the River Severn. Or that the Bronze Age monolith of Maen Llia wanders off for a drink every time a cock crows.
But we’re right behind Gorsey the Afanc of Llangorse Lake. Part crocodile, part creature of nightmare. Our very own Loch Ness Monster, and every bit as real – honest.
Fancy a personal tour of a private castle site? Then we have a very special treat for you in 2017! Stapleton Castle occupies a commanding position on the hill overlooking Presteigne. It has no public access, due to the perilous state of the ruins. However for 2015 we are pleased to announce that the owners, Trefor & Margaret Griffiths, are offering guided walks to private parties around the site. Tours last a minimum of one hour and include the site of the 12th century castle, the ruins of the 17th century house, the mill site and a relaxing stroll through the gardens.
The new community exhibition has arrived! Bringing together on show for the first time, some of the real highlights of the local history collection, including Victorian mourning clothes, toys made by German POWs, the oldest Jury ballot box in Europe and much more. Star of the show is an Ethiopian Emperor's shield, which earned two national awards for its conservation in 2015.
A STORYTELLING COURSE LIKE NO OTHER… Storytelling is expanding at Bleddfa and we now have four courses for you to choose from in 2017. More information is available at this website www.bleddfaweekofstorytelling.wordpress.com This is the legendary original Bleddfa Centre storytelling course. A week’s immersion in storytelling for those who want to deepen their experience of telling stories with input from top tutors and facilitators. Led by Michael Harvey and Hazel Bradley with visiting tutors. £375 with an early bird price of £325