This year Popeth Cymraeg/ Welsh Unlimited is celebrating a very special birthday with the opening of our first language centre in Denbigh 25 years ago. The main impetus for the establishment of that centre and the charitable company that consequently evolved into Popeth Cymraeg was the late David Jones, the then Mayor of Denbigh, a principled inter-nationalist, an ardent patriot, founder of Cymru Cuba, a Welsh learner himself and a much loved and respected personality. A few years ago the Daily Post ran a competition to find out who, in the opinion of its readers, was "The Greatest North Walian". Owain Glyndwr won the competition but David came fourth, the result being a clear indication of the high regard in which David was held by such a large number of people.
We as an organization are celebrating David's contribution to the future of the Welsh language in north east Wales and the field of Welsh for Adults in particular by holding a week of celebrations between November 28th and December 5th. We will be holding an open day at Canolfan Iaith Clwyd, our centre in Denbigh, on Thursday 3rd December, two day courses for Welsh learners on the 4th and the 5thand the icing on the cake is a concert with Dafydd Iwan at The Guildhall Tavern, Denbigh, on the 5th (for tickets contact Popeth Cymraeg or Siop Clwyd).
Popeth Cymraeg is a unique institution, the only public provider which concentrates 100% of its activity on teaching Welsh for Adults. It is also unique in that it was created from the bottom up following a popular community based campaign, led by David, to protect and nurture the Welsh language here in North East Wales. We call on all David’s friends and acquaintances and everyone who wants to see our vision for the Welsh language realized to support this campaign. We have been here in North East Wales for 25 years promoting and teaching Welsh to adults and we hope to be able to continue with that work for ever (hence the slogan for the campaign). If David were alive today we know that he would be at the forefront of this campaign.
Details of our courses starting September 2015 have now been published.
Courses at all levels are available in all parts of our catchment area. We are also, once again, expanding our Unlimited Learning Courses which use a pioneering methodology, the method used in the TV series Cariad@iaith on S4C. The programme is available by clicking on Programme in our Main Menu above. You may also click here to download a pdf copy.
This December Popeth Cymraeg will be continuing its collaboration with Fflic to produce an update to this year’s popular Cariad@iaith programmes. The programme will be filmed in Nant Gwrtheyrn, the residential Welsh Language Centre in the Llŷn Peninsula. The Cariad@iaith programmes use the De-Suggestopedia method used on Popeth Cymraeg’s Unlimited Learning courses.
Popeth Cymraeg have announced our intention to open our third Language Centre, this time in Prestatyn. The idea has had wide cross party support. Full details are available in our press release a copy of which can be downloaded by clicking here.
Once again learners from the Unlimited Learning class in Y Felinheli will be filmed receiving short 8 minute lessons based upon the Now You’re Talking programmes originally shown on S4C in the 90s. You can watch the previous lessons on YouTube via the Hwb website :