Press Releases 2014-2015

Public meeting to discuss Carmarthen’s new Welsh Language Centre is a big success

02.02.2015

The Halliwell Centre at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) was packed last night (29.01.15) as around a hundred local people came together to discuss ideas and to learn more about the University’s vision for new Welsh Language Centre in Carmarthen.

Back in December, UWTSD was awarded a £300,000 grant by the Welsh Government to buy a building that would enable the University to establish a Welsh Centre in the town centre.

The University has since purchased a building on King Street and the purpose of the public meeting was for the residents of Carmarthen and its surrounding areas to voice their opinions regarding the type of activities, facilities and resources that they would like to see offered in the Centre.

A great number of fantastic ideas were put forward by local people, organisations and societies at the public meeting but the University is still keen to hear more. UWTSD has therefore launched a website - www.canolfangymraeg.canolfanpeniarth.org - for people too note any suggestions of what they’d like the centre to offer.

Gwilym Dyfri Jones, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor at UWTSD and the person leading the project 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.

"This is the beginning of a journey," he said. "The Centre will be a resource for the town and we are determined that it will offer the kind of activities and facilities that will benefit the local people. It’s currently a shell but it’s a shell that will in time become a community - and this is your chance to be part of the exciting journey."

A campaign asking people 'What do you Want' is now in full swing with the University wanting to hear ideas for possible names for the Centre. During the public meeting, a competition was launched to name the Centre and people have until midday, February 12 to offer catchy names. The person suggesting the successful name will win an ipad mini.

To offer your suggestions for the Centre’s name or to have your say about the type of activities would you like the centre to offer, go to www.canolfangymraeg.canolfanpeniarth.org

You can also share your ideas via twitter by using #canolfangymraeg.

 

Note to Editor

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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

Further Information

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