Local Groups

Swyddffynnon WI


Swyddffynnon WI was established in 1953 and has remained a small but active institute. We meet on the first Monday in the month, with a break in August.


Our annual programme aims to cover a wide range of interests. We have talks and hands-on craft sessions, a walk, a games evening, St David’s Day celebrations and Christmas dinner.


Members also have the opportunity to take part in events organized by the County Federation, such as a quiz, a treasure hunt, a summer fair, darts and croquet competitions, and other one-off activities. Important social concerns are aired at the county’s bi-annual council meetings and other special events, and the National Federation’s AGM gives each institute a chance to vote on such issues.


Each member receives a copy of the WI magazine 8 times a year, which is included in the annual subscription of £39.00


Our current programme (up to January 2018):

Looking forward to an inspiring year!

2017 7.00pm

9 January Members Night Tea - Lin and Hannah

6 February Keeping Bees - Rob Davies. Comp: Something made using honey. Tea - Cynthia and Daphne

1 March CAWL - Y Ganolfan

6 March Cors Caron Wildlife - Andy Polkey. Comp: Local photograph. Tea - Mary and Pamela

3 April Newspaper Basket with Cynthia. Comp: 2 points for all. Tea - Beth and Kate

8 May Medical Herbalist - Linda Bradbury. Comp: Simple Wildflower display. Tea - Rosie and Annwen

5 June 2.30 Tynant Water - Afternoon outing, tea to be arranged.

3 July Fabric Flowers - Lesley Jones. Comp: 2 points for all. Tea - Maureen and Debra

4 September 1500 Years of Christianity in Wales - Revd. Aled Lewis. Comp: Picture of religious person with caption. Tea - Tess and Tegwen

2 October Vintage Film - Ivor Thomas. Comp: 2 points for all. Tea - All members to make tea.

6 November AGM. Refreshment welcomed from all members. Comp: highest score on dartboard.

4 December Christmas Craft with Kate. Comp:2 points for all. Tea - Lin and Annwen

11 December Christmas Dinner. Presentation of competition goblet.


8 January Members' Night. Tea - Cynthia and Daphne


Tea Rota - Please bring milk, sugar and biscuits. Also provideone raffle prize between two, Thank You. Diolch.


New ladies welcome any time - give us a try!


Current Officers:

President: Lin bundy - 01974 831 453

Vice-President: Annwen Davies - 07929 758205

Secretary: Mary McGlynn - 01974 298 204

Treasurer: Rosie Jones - 01974 831 665

Programme Secretary: Daphne Capener - 01974 831 272


Please contact Lin on 01974 831 453 or Mary on 01974 298204 if you would like to join us or simply want further details.





We organise talks and other special events as part of the programme of the Centre. Meetings are normally on Tuesdays, when possible on the first Tuesday in the month at 2pm, and on the third Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm. Normally there is a local basis: either the speaker is from the local area or the subject is of particular local interest, often both. In appropriate cases, there is visual support, either from slides or digitally (equipment is available in the Centre).


Some examples from the programme, which has been running since the beginning of 2006, and has recently absorbed the meetings of the Ystrad Meurig 50+ Club:


Prof David Austin (Lampeter University) - periodic reports on the archaeological work at Strata Florida;

Paul Culyer - the work of the Countryside Council for Wales, especially on Tregaron Bog;

Ogwyn Davies - his life as an artist;

Noel Ford - his work as a cartoonist;

Christine Harrison - her experiences of Marathon running;

Erwyd Howells - shepherding;

Diarmuid Johnson and Bruce Cardwell - a journey from the Teifi Valley to Poland, using photos and music (flute and cittern);

Jasmine Jones - moving here by train 50 years ago;

Rev J Towyn Jones - telling ghost stories by candlelight;

Elvey MacDonald – Patagonia;

Annette Musker - family history;

Dr Andrew Prescott (Lampeter University) - the Ystrad Meurig Collection, which derives from Edward Richard’s own library* and has now been restored and is kept in the University Research Library;

Dr Ann Rhys - medicine, past and future.

We also run short and all-day trips, usually in May or June; these have included:


The National Wool Museum in Drefach Velindre, and Carmarthen;

The Acton Scott Historic Working Farm (used in the ‘Victorian Farm’ on TV), and Shrewsbury;


Visits to a variety of businesses in the local area (quarry, egg farm, dairy farm, tourist accommodation).



Rev John Jenkins - experiences as an exorcist.


*See ‘History of the Centre’ below.


For any inquiries or suggestions please contact the Centre.



The Craft Group



The Craft Group programme 2018-19


Craft group

Here are some examples of Craft Group Activities:

Craft group









‘Printers in the Sticks’




We are a small group of artists based at the Edward Richard Centre, Ystrad Meurig. We enjoy experimenting with all kinds of printmaking – from linoprints to lithographs and anything in between.


Ystrad Meurig Printmaking group


Printmakers demonstration



Do you want to give printmaking a try? Contact:

Cynthia – 01974 831 644 westney789@btinternet.com

Claire - 01570 493 246 dizzyflouk @yahou.co.uk

Sheena - 01974 282 325 sfd@aber.ac.uk