Cymuned Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol


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Heddiw, byddwn yn ymweld â thref a chymuned Rhuthun yn Nyffryn Clwyd. Today's programme visits Ruthin in Denbighshire and Penrhys in the Rhondda valley and focuses on 'the commu...


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-I've come home

-to the area I was raised.

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-I'm on the hills

-of the Vale of Clwyd.

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-Down there is Ruthin and

-further up the valley is Denbigh.

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-A couple of miles beyond that

-is the village of Henllan...

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-..where I was raised.

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-It's an area

-of outstanding natural beauty...

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-..and one which delights

-in its warm and friendly community.

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-Welcome

-to Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol.

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-Tonight, we'll visit

-two different communities.

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-The community spirit

-of Ruthin's drama festival...

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-..and the good work done by

-Llanfair church in Penrhys, Rhondda.

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-Community.

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-People coming together

-to enjoy themselves, socialize...

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-..and offer assistance

-and support...

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-..is what we have tonight.

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-We start the programme...

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-..by joining the congregation of the

-Tabernacle chapel here in Ruthin.

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-Conducting the choral singing...

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-..is the composer who's

-made his home here, Robat Arwyn.

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-Local history and stories

-from the area are important to us.

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-Drama and music

-are also close to my heart.

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-Here, in Bethania chapel,

-for over 70 years...

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-..a drama festival has been held

-every February half-term.

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-The chapel members obviously

-work very hard to organize it.

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-Over six busy nights,

-many plays are performed.

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-Three on each night.

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-Hello, Gruff.

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-Hello, Gruff.

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-How are you?

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-Fine, thanks. How's it going?

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-Fine, thanks. How's it going?

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-Not bad.

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-Welcome to Bethania.

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-Welcome to Bethania.

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-Thank you.

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-Are you the caretaker?

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-Are you the caretaker?

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-Yes, sort of.

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-You have a busy week ahead.

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-Yes. People are very good

-at helping out, fair play.

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-Long plays

-have been here since the 1920s...

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-..almost a century ago.

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-After a break during World War II...

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-..the short plays began

-in the late 1940s and early 1950s...

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-..thanks to diligent people

-like Elen Roger Jones.

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-Gruff, this festival has been going

-for decades. What's the secret?

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-Local interest.

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-It's not easy to choose six plays.

-We have two plays by young people.

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-It's good.

-It breeds confidence in children.

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-We're very fortunate.

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-They want to carry on until

-they go to university or get a job.

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-Over 100 people are part of it.

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-Most of them are members here.

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-There are the actors, people

-preparing refreshments, leaders.

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-It brings people together.

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-Iwan Vaughan Evans is a deacon

-and leads the singing in Bethania.

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-He's acted in the plays

-for over 30 years.

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-He now casts and produces.

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-You obviously derive pleasure

-from doing the work.

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-What's the value of holding

-the drama festival at Bethania?

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-Its main value

-is that it brings people together.

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-Through socializing,

-chatting, having fun...

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-..and creating something together,

-it brings us closer together...

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-..and creates a healthy community.

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-It's a cross-section.

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-People get to know each other.

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-In a chapel community,

-people live far away.

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-We come together and many of us

-haven't performed onstage before.

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-We get to know one another and it

-makes for a closer-knit community.

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-How many rehearsals

-have there been this week?

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-It's been very busy. We devote five

-or six weeks to the event.

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-In the week before,

-it's nose to the grindstone.

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-It's gone very well.

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-Is there a rehearsal today?

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-Is there a rehearsal today?

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-Yes.

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-Can I come for a sneak peek?

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-Can I come for a sneak peek?

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-Of course.

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-How are you, Mr Parry?

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-Not bad. I feel lonely.

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-I miss Marged terribly.

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-Why do you take part?

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-Why do you take part?

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-I like taking part with friends.

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-It's a laugh to do it every year.

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-The plays bring people together

-and make them smile.

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-Why don't you come over to our house

-for a chat?

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-Why do you enjoy it?

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-Why do you enjoy it?

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-Being with a group of friends helps.

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-Ruthin is a very good place

-for friends to come together.

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-A drama festival at the chapel

-is a good thing.

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-What would you like, Mr Parry?

-Tea, scone, bara brith?

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-I don't fancy anything

-but I have to try.

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-So, a weak cup of tea

-and bara brith, please.

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-OK.

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-We'll see how the performances

-went later.

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-Up until the Protestant Reformation

-in the 16th century...

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-..Penrhys was a well-known

-pilgrimage site...

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-..as this memorial demonstrates.

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-It is situated in the valleys of

-the Rhondda Fawr and Rhondda Fach.

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-Today, the area is very active.

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-The church

-is a central part of the community.

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-At its height, the black gold

-of the South Wales Valleys...

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-..was sold worldwide.

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-Nowadays, with the mines closed...

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-..the community has witnessed

-real poverty.

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-Llanfair church is situated in

-the middle of the Penrhys estate.

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-It's more than just a church.

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-It's a community centre

-with a charity shop, cafe...

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-..and rooms

-that are home to various activities.

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-I've come to meet Sharon Rees, an

-education worker in the community.

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-Llanfair

-has been here for over 26 years now.

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-Llanfair is unique.

-It's at the heart of the community.

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-Eight denominations came together

-to form Llanfair.

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-That is unique.

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-It's happened

-in a very special area.

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-Yes. It's a deprived area.

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-It has a lot of problems

-but it's a close-knit community too.

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-The impression I get is it's

-a church but also a special project.

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-Yes. It's a missionary project.

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-People from different countries

-have been here over the years.

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-Miara from Madagascar

-is a volunteer.

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-His wife Rebecca is a missionary.

-She comes from Mizoram in India.

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-They have two daughters

-who attend the local school.

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-They're a part of the community.

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-They've been with us

-for seven years.

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-Good morning.

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-Good morning.

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-Good morning, teachers.

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-Good morning, friends.

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-Pupils from Penrhys Primary School

-come to Llanfair church on Mondays.

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-They get to act and sing.

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-They have a great time.

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-# All through the night #

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-I love singing because it's fun.

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-I like acting with my friends.

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-A homework club

-and Welsh lessons are held here.

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-I was given the opportunity

-to help the learners.

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-Hi, I'm Ryland.

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-Hi, I'm Ryland.

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-Hi, I'm Miara.

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-Where do you come from?

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-Where do you come from?

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-I come from Madagascar.

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-I'm learning Welsh.

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-Do you live in Penrhys?

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-I live upstairs in Llanfair!

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-Here?

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-Great. Excellent.

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-The church's charity shop thrives

-due to the kindness of volunteers...

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-..who work in the name

-of Jesus Christ.

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-Some come from afar,

-like Margaret Davies.

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-Hi, I'm Ryland.

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-Hi, I'm Ryland.

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-Hello. Nice to meet you.

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-You too. What do you have here?

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-Clothes

-for the boutique in Llanfair.

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-I've come up from Cardiff.

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-I've brought clothes

-from Minny Street chapel.

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-Would you like a helping hand?

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-Would you like a helping hand?

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-Please.

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-Can you manage?

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-Can you manage?

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-Yes.

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-I'll close it.

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-There we are.

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-Do you come up every month?

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-Do you come up every month?

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-Every two months.

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-They sell everything.

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-They sell everything.

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-Yes.

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-The shop generates income

-for this close-knit community.

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-The kindness of other communities

-is very much appreciated.

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-We hope the church will still serve

-the community for years to come.

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-It won't be easy - three years ago,

-the church almost closed...

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-..as we needed a new roof.

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-We had to raise money

-and that's what we did.

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-The people in the community

-said the church couldn't close.

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-They were very supportive

-and still are.

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-The strength of people through

-the church keeping this place going.

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-Yes.

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-Llanfair church

-has been an inspiration to me.

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-I've never seen

-a more modern church.

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-A church for the 21st century.

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-A church that goes out to the

-community and makes a difference.

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-Wonderful.

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-Back in Ruthin...

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-..a central part of the close-knit

-community is Ysgol Pen Barras.

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-They've been successful

-in many choral competitions...

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-..locally and nationally.

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-# Lord, see us coming

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-# Before you to give praise

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-# After refreshing sleep

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-# We may sit a laden tables

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-# Make us true

-to our country and our language

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-# In our play and in our work

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-# Forgive us our faults

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-# For the sake of dear Jesus

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-# For the sake of dear Jesus

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-# Thank you

-for the sun and its warmth

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-# And for fire as winter approaches

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-# For our parents

-and everyone who helps us every day

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-# Make us loyal

-to our country and our language

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-# In our play and in our work

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-# Forgive us our faults

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-# For the sake of dear Jesus

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-# For the sake

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-# Of dear Jesus #

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-It's Friday night.

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-There's another evening of plays

-to come here in Bethania.

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-I'm looking forward to witness

-the community spirit here.

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-Say something else apart from sorry.

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-Say something else apart from sorry.

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-Sorry.

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-Goodness me! You're like a parrot

-who can only say one word.

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-Are you three sisters?

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-Three sisters!

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-Three sisters!

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-Who are the parrots now?

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-Eirlys,

-you've played a very important role.

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-You wrote some of the plays.

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-You wrote some of the plays.

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-Yes.

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-I wrote for the adults

-for about four years.

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-The chapel committee decided they

-wanted to focus more on the youth.

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-As I was a Sunday school teacher for

-children from secondary schools...

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-..I began writing for them.

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-And for you, madam?

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-And for you, madam?

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-Madam! Who are you calling madam?

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-I was trying to be polite.

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-Everyone's told me

-how well Eirlys knows her people.

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-You write with them in mind.

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-I know all the young people by now.

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-I write for every one of them.

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-May I introduce to you

-Mr and Mrs Slim.

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-Mr Slim is the local butcher.

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-He has the best faggots

-this side of Chester.

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-Congratulations, Eilir. It's nice

-to see people having fun onstage.

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-Is that what Ruthin drama festival

-is in essence?

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-Yes. I enjoyed myself.

-The audience responded well.

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-That makes our job easier.

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-Drinking this

-is like drinking antifreeze. Yuck!

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-Do you come every year?

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-Do you come every year?

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-We try.

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-Yes. We enjoy ourselves fair play.

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-They make us laugh all night.

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-Stop going on about football. We've

-come for a cup of tea and a chat.

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-We want to see waiters

-dressed appropriately.

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-It's all done

-in Bethania chapel's name.

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-It's important,

-especially for the young...

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-..that there's a link

-between this and the chapel.

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-It was lovely to see people

-of all ages laughing together.

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-You can't beat that feeling

-of belonging.

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-Feeling safe in the company of those

-who know you better than anyone.

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-These days,

-communities are to be treasured.

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-What's happening in Ruthin

-is so remarkable.

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-Invaluable.

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-Llanfair church, Penrhys,

-is at the heart of the community.

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-People from all ages come here.

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-They feel at home here

-whatever the circumstances.

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-We do our best

-to listen to people...

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-..their different experiences

-and problems.

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-We try to show

-God's love and concern for them...

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-..in their everyday lives.

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-It's important to remember that the

-way we pour coffee in the cafe...

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-..is just as important as the way

-we pour wine in the communion.

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-In our busy lives...

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-..it's easy to forget our roots

-and what makes us who we are.

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-I love being back home

-and appreciate every second of it.

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-Thank you for joining me.

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Heddiw, byddwn yn ymweld â thref a chymuned Rhuthun yn Nyffryn Clwyd. Today's programme visits Ruthin in Denbighshire and Penrhys in the Rhondda valley and focuses on 'the community'.