Mu­si­cal treat by 15 young men united in song

Carmarthen Journal - - Farmer - with Huw Davies, NFU Cymru Car­marthen­shire County Chair­man

LAST Satur­day night at the Corona­tion Hall in Pump­saint our lo­cal com­mu­nity was given an ab­so­lute mu­si­cal treat with a con­cert put on by the tal­ented Ar Was­gar. Ar Was­gar is a group of 15 young men from the lo­cal area who came to­gether in 2010 to cel­e­brate through song the 70th an­niver­sary of Dyf­fryn Cothi YFC. They were so suc­cess­ful that they stayed to­gether un­der the lead­er­ship of Irene Wil­liams, with El­fyn Davies as the ac­com­pa­nist on the pi­ano. Their singing is al­ways in­ter­spersed by some hu­mor­ous ex­changes with the au­di­ence which makes the ex­pe­ri­ence even more en­ter­tain­ing.

Ar Was­gar (mean­ing scat­tered) is an in­ter­est­ing name for the group. All the young men are orig­i­nally from the area, and con­nected to farm­ing, but have moved to other places and into other pro­fes­sions. While they may be ‘scat­tered’ in these ways, they are united by their friend­ship and their abil­ity to de­liver fan­tas­tic vo­cal per­for­mances.

Dyf­fryn Cothi YFC brought these young men to­gether and cre­ated an en­tity for them to be­long to and en­cour­age them to spend time to­gether in the area of their youth. Time and time again we have great ex­am­ples of where the YFC move­ment has de­vel­oped our young peo­ple into fu­ture lead­ers within their com­mu­ni­ties.

The chal­lenge is how we cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment that will sus­tain them so­cially and pro­fes­sion­ally. The at­trac­tion of per­ceived and ac­tual af­flu­ence of ur­ban ar­eas is real. This isn’t just a prob­lem we face in Car­marthen­shire but is one that trou­bles the rest of the coun­try, and should be ad­dressed by all con­cerned in the devel­op­ment of our new do­mes­tic agri­cul­tural pol­icy, and other wider Govern­ment fi­nan­cial poli­cies.

Hav­ing the mem­bers of Ar Was­gar still liv­ing, work­ing and fully en­gag­ing within our own and neigh­bour­ing ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties is a huge ben­e­fit, and we should re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate what they bring in so many ways to our lives.

We have just seen the end of the au­tumn rugby sea­son, with Wales for the first time win­ning all their games. It was great to see Dan Ly­di­ate, a great ad­vo­cate for NFU Cymru, back play­ing and con­tribut­ing to some great wins. It was also in­spir­ing to see our Celtic cousins, the Ir­ish, de­feat­ing the seem­ingly in­vin­ci­ble All Blacks in Dublin.

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