Place names are part of our everyday lives and we are so familiar with seeing them on signs while traveling from one place to another, to hear them in everyday conversations or on the news, they almost go unseen and have turned into words with little context.
But, the sources of these names include linguistic, historical, geographical and cultural elements and the heritage of the area. This may be of great interest to people who visit the area, for example from abroad as they explore family history, or place names can be of interest for school pupils and can bring a more personal and different element to history and geography lessons.
With the Urdd Eisteddfod coming to the area in May this year, it’s a great opportunity to conduct such a project in collaboration with Cwmni2 and Reach to promote so many things in the area to visitors, walkers, history and camera clubs and especially schools and adults who are learning Welsh.
It is an opportunity to promote the language in the area and also, perhaps more importantly, an opportunity to remind everyone about the Welsh identity of the area. According to the 2011 census, 11% of the population can speak Welsh but the area has the historic privilege of having opened the third ever Welsh medium school in Wales (Tyderwen, in Nantyfyllon in 1948). And there are a host of other things to note in the booklet that will be launched at the Eisteddfod.
As part of the project, there will be activities for children and families, youth and adults. We are eager to see as many residents as possible participating in the project. If you would like to learn more about the project, come along on Wednesday, May 3rd 2017 to Tondu Cricket Club at 7pm. David Thomas and Amanda Jaine Evans will be giving a talk about the project. The event is free and everyone is welcome.