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-Welcome to the final programme

-of the series.

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-Welcome to

-Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol.

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-# Soli Deo gloria

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-# Soli Deo gloria

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-# Soli Deo gloria #

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-On tonight's programme, we look back

-at some of the series' highlights.

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-It was an important year

-for many Welsh chapels and churches.

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-Many celebrated notable milestones.

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-We also met individuals

-who celebrated this year.

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-Tonight, we look back

-at those celebrations.

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-Our first hymn tonight is...

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-.."Arglwydd Iesu, dysg im gerdded

-drwy y byd yn ol dy droed."

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-The singing comes

-from Tabor chapel in Pembrokeshire.

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-Dr Barry Morgan was ordained

-as a bishop 20 years ago.

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-It's also 10 years since he was made

-Archbishop of Wales.

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-In a special programme,

-he reminisced about his life.

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-One place that's close to his heart

-is the West Wales coast...

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-..and New Quay in particular.

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-Like many

-of the Amman Valley's children...

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-..I spent my childhood summers with

-my family on Wales's west coast.

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-I still have

-very fond memories of New Quay.

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-I remember the days

-I spent at the beach...

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-..having rides on the lifeboat

-on special open days...

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-..and having picnics on the beach...

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-..with my parents,

-brother and sister.

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-These days, thousands of people

-flock here in summer...

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-..but it's also nice in winter

-because it's less populated...

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-..and it allows me

-to wander and recall memories...

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-..of all the different places

-I visited as a child.

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-The most obvious hymn

-which springs to mind is...

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-..Dyma Gariad Fel Y Moroedd

-Tosturiaethau Fel Y Lli.

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-The hymn writer is referring

-to God's love in Jesus Christ.

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-A love that is wider

-and deeper than the ocean.

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-That is essentially

-the heart and soul of the Gospel.

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-Love is the nature of God.

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-Daniel Rowland was a prominent

-figure during the Methodist revival.

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-Last year,

-the Llangeitho community...

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-..celebrated 300 years

-since his birth.

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-Rhys Meirion joined former Gwynfil

-chapel minister, Stephen Morgan...

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-..to discuss Daniel Rowland's

-contribution to Welsh history.

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-It's lovely to meet you, Stephen.

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-How much do we know about

-Daniel Rowland's early history?

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-Very little, in actual fact,

-because his documents went missing.

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-Tradition has it that it was here

-in the parish of Nantcwnlle...

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-..in this house called Pantybeudy

-that he was born.

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-Daniel Rowland's father,

-Daniel Rowland Senior...

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-..was Rector of Llangeitho.

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-It's believed he was born here.

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-There is some basis to the legend...

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-..that he was saved from death

-in his childhood.

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-It's believed

-he was standing near an open fire...

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-..when a large stone

-fell from the top of the chimney...

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-..onto the spot where he had been

-standing only minutes before.

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-It's a tale of providence,

-according to legend.

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-His life was spared for a purpose...

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-..like Moses and many of

-the Old Testament's figures...

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-..as well as those down the ages.

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-We're near the upper part

-of the River Aeron...

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-..which flows into the sea

-at Aberaeron.

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-Traditionally, the streams

-and rivers divided the parishes.

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-Behind us is the parish of Ceitho...

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-..in which

-the Church of St Ceitho stands.

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-When Daniel Rowland

-was suspended by the bishop...

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-..he moved

-to the parish of Gwynfil...

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-..which lends its name

-to the chapel which stands there.

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-It was there

-that he established his new church.

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-Daniel attracted crowds

-from all parts of Wales.

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-They came in their droves

-form north and south.

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-Pantycelyn alluded to the spiritual

-enlightenment of the crowds...

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-..who were overjoyed

-by this awakening...

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-..and were completely revived...

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-..by the magnetism

-and the appeal...

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-..of the great reformer's preaching.

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-If you travel along the A470

-to Merthyr Tydfil...

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-..you'll be familiar

-with the Llwyn-On Reservoir.

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-The story of the valley being

-flooded to create the reservoir...

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-..is less familiar.

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-Nearby Bethel chapel

-was rebuilt 100 years ago.

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-Rhys Meirion met two members

-of its congregation...

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-..to learn more

-about valley's history.

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-This chapel is in

-a splendid location...

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-..in the shadow of Taf Fawr valley.

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-Yes, but the original chapel,

-before the valley was drowned...

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-..was further along...

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-..near the turning to Cwm Cadlan.

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-Our forefathers established

-the chapel in 1795...

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-..with the deacons

-of Seion Chapel in Merthyr.

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-They built the original Bethel

-in 1799.

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-Why did they build

-the reservoir here?

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-From what I know, there was an

-outbreak of diphtheria in Cardiff.

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-They needed fresh water.

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-There's a lot of fresh water here -

-it comes from the mountains.

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-That's why the reservoir

-was built here.

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-Losing the chapel and school

-was a big blow for the community.

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-How did they respond?

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-How did they respond?

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-They had very little choice.

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-Charles Morgan, Lord Tredegar,

-owned all the land in this area.

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-He decided to sell the land.

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-The tenants were scared

-to speak out.

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-They just carried on with

-their lives but many moved away.

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-He donated this land to the chapel.

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-The new Bethel chapel

-was opened in 1914...

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-..and we celebrate the 100th

-anniversary of the chapel this year.

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-There will be many celebrations

-this year.

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-How strong is the congregation

-in Bethel?

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-We're a small congregation,

-all derived from the same family.

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-It's important for us

-to keep the chapel open.

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-Our family has all been buried

-in the chapel's cemetery.

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-It's important for us

-to keep this place open.

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-We've already heard about

-the flooding of Cwm Taff valley...

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-..and the centenary celebration

-of the rebuilding of the chapel.

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-It's 50 years since

-the community of Llangyndeyrn...

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-..battled successfully

-to stop their valley being flooded.

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-I went to learn more

-about the campaign.

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-How did you find out about the

-intention of flooding the valley?

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-I remember it was a wet morning,

-much like today, in February 1960.

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-I was standing on the farmyard...

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-..when the local shopkeeper

-delivered the Western Mail.

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-I'd usually have a quick scan

-of the paper when it was delivered.

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-Something caught my attention

-on the front page...

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-..in bold black letters.

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-"A Welsh valley

-faces death by drowning".

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-What a terrifying headline.

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-As I read on, I couldn't believe

-what I was reading.

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-The Swansea Water Corporation

-was searching for more water.

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-The site they had chosen,

-their favoured site...

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-..was Cwm Gwendraeth Fach.

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-From the village of Llangyndeyrn,

-all the way up to Porthyrhyd.

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-I couldn't believe it,

-it was such a shock.

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-I'd never heard of such a thing.

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-People from Swansea wanted

-to come here to flood my home.

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-Panteg would be caught

-right in the thick of things.

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-We're at the lower end

-of the valley...

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-..where the reservoir

-would have been deepest.

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-The farmhouse, buildings

-and farmland would be flooded.

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-We would lose our livelihood.

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-Five generations of the family

-would be left homeless.

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-It would have been a huge loss.

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-A committee was formed...

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-..and you were a member

-of the original committee.

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-Yes, and then we formed

-a defence committee.

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-We chose a chairman, William Thomas,

-and a secretary, Reverend WM Rees.

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-We were fortunate to have two great

-leaders - there was no-one better.

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-We are very indebted to them both.

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-With Reverend WM Rees

-on your side...

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-..you had little choice

-but to form a non-violent protest.

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-He put great emphasis on that.

-He didn't want violence of any kind.

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-That's why it was predominantly

-a local campaign.

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-No-one from the outside was brought

-in for fear of recrimination.

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-What are you feelings today,

-50 years later?

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-To be honest, I feel the same as

-Eifion Wyn felt about Cwm Pennant.

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-"Lord, why did you make the

-Gwendraeth valley so beautiful

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-"And the life of a farmer

-like me so short?"

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-I thank the people who campaigned

-for the cause back then...

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-..especially the two leaders.

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-Without them, I would have lost

-50 years of a happy life...

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-..farming a small patch of land

-in this valley.

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-More than that, we can pass it on

-to the next generation.

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-We're grateful to everyone

-who showed their bravery.

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-We've reached the end of the

-programme and the end of the series.

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-I hope you've enjoyed our programmes

-over the past few weeks...

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-..and I hope you're looking forward

-to the next series in the autumn.

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-Our final hymn was recorded

-in Hermon chapel, Fishguard.

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-Mi Dafla' 'Maich Oddi Ar Fy Ngwar

-sung to the hymn tune Tyddewi.

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-From us all, goodbye.

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Rhaglen o 2014 sy'n ail-fyw rhai o uchafbwyntiau'r gyfres. Highlights of the 2014 series including an interview with the Right Reverend Barry Morgan, former Archbishop of Wales.


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