Press Releases 2014-2015

A public meeting to discuss ideas for Carmarthen’s new Welsh Centre

16.01.2015

The Welsh Government recently awarded a grant of £300,000 to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) to establish a Welsh Centre in the town of Carmarthen. The University has now bought a building on King Street and aims to officially open the Centre at the end of April.

UWTSD is keen to receive the support of a range of individuals, associations, businesses and societies in the town and would like to hear your ideas of what you’d like to see in the Centre.

As a result, UWTSD will be holding a Public Meeting at the Halliwell Centre on the University Campus on Thursday, January 29th at 7pm.

Gwilym Dyfri Jones, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor at UWTSD and the person leading the application on behalf of the University, says that the centre’s main aim is to develop a bilingual Carmarthen and to ensure that the Welsh language is more visible and audible around the town.

"It is the intention of the University to work closely with a range of partners including Carmarthenshire County Council, Coleg Sir Gâr, Menter Gorllewin Sir Gâr, Carmarthen Town Council, the Urdd as well as other local business and relevant organisations to transform Carmarthen’s image and to develop the town as a ‘growth’ town for the Welsh language," adds Gwilym Dyfri Jones.

"The University is particularly keen to work with the business community in the town so we can offer a language planning service and show businesses how they can increase their service / bilingual workforce in a practical way and through realistic planning and actions," he continues.

This development comes at an exciting time for the Welsh language in Carmarthenshire following the decision by the S4C Authority to relocate the channels’ Headquarters to Carmarthen; the publication of the Council’s Welsh Language Strategy and the huge success of the National Eisteddfod in Carmarthenshire last August.

This is a unique opportunity to raise the status of the Welsh language in the town and to ensure that more and more residents - especially young people - use the language in a variety of social situations.

If you would like to hear more about our plans or would like to contribute your ideas please come to a public meeting which will be held at the Halliwell Centre at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David on Thursday, 29 January at 7.00pm.

Light refreshments will be served between 6.30pm and 7.00pm.

For more information, please visit www.uwtsd.ac.uk/events

 

 

Note to Editor

Notes to the editor

  1. For more information please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Senior PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676908 / sian-elin.davies@tsd.uwtsd.ac.uk / 07449 998476
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014