The goings on in and around Bridgend

Archive for tag: love

Romantic Bridgend - The Maid of Cefn Ydfa

The old mansion of Cefn Ydfa, in the parish of Llangynwyd, now lies in ruins. It was once home to Ann Thomas (1704-27), better known these days as 'The Maid of Cefn Ydfa'. Her sad story was immortalized by her true love, Will Hopkyn a local labourer and poet in the poem and song 'Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn', 'Shepherding the White Wheat'.

Anne and Will Hopkyn were in love, but the difference in their social status made marriage impossible. Anne was the heiress to her father's lands, the mansion and grounds of Cefn Ydfa. Her father, William Thomas, arranged a good marriage for her with Anthony Maddocks, the son of a well to do lawyer of Cwmrisga. She was forbidden from ever seeing Will Hopkyn again, and against her will, was married to Anthony Maddocks on the 4th of May 1725.

Will Hopkyn left the parish, driven away by his anguish, unable to see Anne married to another man, and sometime soon after penned the poem 'Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn in which he relates their sad tale. But the story doesn't end there. Within two years of her marriage, Anne's grief at being parted turned into a sickness. Within two years she was evidently dying, most say of a broken heart. Her last wish was to see Will again, and he was sent for. He arrived just in time to take her in his arms for one last embrace. According to the tale, she died in his arms, and was buried in June 1727 under the chancel of St Cynnwyd's Church in Llangynnwyd. Will Hopkyn was buried close by in the churchyard upon his death in 1741.Will Hopkins' Grave

Additional stories and anecdotes were added to the romance of Ann and Wil Hopkyn by Isaac Craigfryn Hughes in his novel The Maid of Cefn Ydfa (1881).

All that is left now of their romance is this story and of course Will's beautiful song. Here it is.



Mi sydd fachgen ieuanc ffôl

Yn byw yn ôl fy ffansi

Myfi'n bugeilio'r gwenith gwyn,

Ac arall yn ei fedi.

Pam na ddeui ar fy ôl,

Rhyw ddydd ar ôl ei gilydd?

Gwaith 'rwyn dy weld, y feinir fach,

Yn lanach, lanach beunydd!


Glanach, lanach wyt bob dydd,

Neu fi â'm ffydd yn ffolach,

Er mwyn y Gŵr a wnaeth dy wedd,

Gwna im drugaredd bellach.

Cwnn dy ben, gwêl acw draw,

Rho i mi'th law wen dirion;

Gwaith yn dy fynwes bert ei thro

Mae allwedd clo fy nghalon!


Tra fo dŵr y môr yn hallt,

A thra fo 'ngwallt yn tyfu

A thra fo calon yn fy mron

Mi fydda'n ffyddlon iti:

Dywed imi'r gwir dan gel

A rho dan sel d'atebion,

P'un ai myfi neu arall, Ann,

Sydd orau gan dy galon.



I am a young and foolish lad

Who lives as I please

I lovingly tend the ripening wheat

And another reaps it.

Why not follow me

Some day after another?

Because I see you little lass,

Purer and purer each day!


Purer and purer are you every day,

Or I with my faith more foolish,

For the One that created your countenance,

Be compassionate towards me now.

Lift your head, look over there,

Give me your dear white hand;

Because in your lovely breast

Is the key to the lock of my heart!


Whilst the water of the sea is salty,

And whilst my hair is growing

And whilst there is a heart in my bosom

I will be faithful to you:

Tell me the truth in secret

And give under seal your answers,

Whether it is I or another, Ann,

Which is preferred by your heart.




Get your boots on, it's Love2Walk Festival!

Looks like it's time to lace up those walking boots and get exploring - the Love2Walk Festival is making a triumphant return to Bridgend this half term!

Sands of Time L2W 03_10_12

The Love2Walk Festival is back for its 4th year this autumn, (Thursday 31st October - Sunday 2nd November) and promises to be the perfect solution for keeping the whole family entertained this half term.
Back are the firm favourites: Food Foraging in the Merthyr Mawr dunes, Meet the Dairy Cows and a Nature Walk at Parc Slip; but we're also introducing new walks which are sure to have the little ones enthralled...
Learn to make your own lantern before using it to light your way in a Lantern Parade in the Ogmore Valley, or join us in Evanstown for Stargazing whereby Techniquest will be bringing their mobile planetarium bringing the night sky to life and learn about our Solar System.
And if that's not enough to have you tempted, join Love2Walk for history and heritage, Only Dogs Allowed and a Ghost Walk!
Visit the website for more information, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates!

Shake, Ramble and Roll

Porthcawl Elvis Festival

Porthcawl Elvis Festival

Visitors to Bridgend, South Wales will have the opportunity to Shake, Ramble and Roll, as the county plays host to three iconic festivals later this month Friday 28th September to Sunday 30th September. For the first time ever, Porthcawl Elvis Festival, Feastival: Wales' alternative food festival and Love2Walk Festival are all taking place over the one weekend, bringing a mix of live music, quirky walks and unusual food experiences to the streets of Bridgend county.
Every September, thousands of Elvis fans descend on the Welsh seaside town of Porthcawl for a unique celebration of The King at Porthcawl Elvis Festival. This year it's taking place from Friday 28th - Sunday 30th September. There are a number of Elvis events taking place as part of the Festival at Porthcawl's Grand Pavilion including The Three Kings Show, The Elvies, and Red Alert, the best Elvis Showband in the world. In addition, the Hi Tide Inn in Porthcawl will host over 100 shows over the weekend, and over twenty other venues in and around the town will host events as part of the Fringe Festival, making Porthcawl the largest Elvis event in Europe.
Feastival: Wales' alternative food festival, which takes place on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th in Bridgend town, isn't your usual food festival. A must for the diary, visitors to Feastival can expect a variety of unusual foodie experiences and entertainment throughout the weekend. Each year Feastival entertains visitors with 'artwork with a difference' and this year is no exception. Bridgend town centre will house the first ever CauliflowerForest and if visitors look carefully enough they'll see 6ft Orange-utans hanging from the trees. Visitors can also expect food tasting, celebrity chef demonstrations, street music and entertainment suitable for all the family, including leak lobbing, spaghetti bridge building, egg drops and a giant tea party.
Love2Walk Festival is back for a third year, and kicks off on Saturday 29th September   with a World Record attempt for the largest gathering of Elvis impersonators tying in with Porthcawl Elvis Festival. There are over 40 walks planned for the Festival which runs until 7th October. Participants can explore the stunning scenery of the BridgendValleys to parts of the Wales Coast Path, as well as embark on some slightly more quirky expeditions including ghost walks, geocaching treasure hunts, speed dating walks and a wild food forage.


Newbridge Fields, Bridgend

Newbridge Fields, Bridgend

Sunday 25th September 2011
, 10.30am
A short easy walk (1 mile) on tarmac paths taking in the River Ogmore. A led walk suitable for all, please phone to book a place. Tel: 07967 459162

Garw Valley, Decorated Mine Shaft

Decorated Mine Shaft, Garw Valley , originally uploaded by Tourism Bridgend.
This mural was created in 2005 and forms the entrance of an old drift mine in the Garw Valley. This can be viewed as part of the Garw Valey Walk 2 circular walking route which starts at Parc Calon Lan in Blaengarw.