Tonna (Welsh: Tonnau) is the name of a village and a coterminous electoral ward and community in Neath Port Talbot, Wales, located to the north-east of Neath town, of which it is effectively a suburb. Once mainly agricultural fields, the name derives from the archaic Welsh tonnau, meaning grassland and not, as is sometimes assumed, the modern Welsh for “waves”. Some areas of pasture remain.
Northiam is a village and civil parish in the Rother District of the administrative county of East Sussex, within historic Sussex, England. The village is located thirteen miles (21 km) north of Hastings in the valley of the River Rother. The main road that passes through it is the A28 which goes to Canterbury and Hastings.
I gave a reading of ‘Calon Lân’ at my maternal grandmother’s funeral service in Somerset. As one of her sisters had died just before Christmas, and both her (Welsh-speaking) daughters are teachers who didn’t feel they could take more time off work, I was the only person attending my grandmother’s service who felt confident and comfortable enough to give a reading in Welsh. The English translation of ‘Calon Lân’ is ‘Pure Heart’ and the Welsh and English words are posted below:
|Nid wy’n gofyn bywyd moethus,
Aur y byd na’i berlau mân:
Gofyn wyf am galon hapus,
Calon onest, calon lân.Calon lân yn llawn daioni,
Tecach yw na’r lili dlos:
Dim ond calon lân all ganu
Canu’r dydd a chanu’r nos.
Pe dymunwn olud bydol,
Hwyr a bore fy nymuniad
|I don’t ask for a luxurious life,
the world’s gold or its fine pearls,
I ask for a happy heart,
an honest heart, a pure heart.A pure heart full of goodness
Is fairer than the pretty lily,
None but a pure heart can sing,
Sing in the day and sing in the night.
If I wished for worldly wealth,
Evening and morning, my wish
I have been putting off sending in my “Skeleton in the Cupboard” story for months if not years now, but finally got around to sending it off to Your Family Tree this afternoon, having been sent home without work again. I was amazed to receive the following as feedback very quickly:
Thank you so much for this, it’s great! It fits perfectly with the tone and you’ve got the style bang on as well! Thank you! Is it ok if we publish it this issue? We’d just need a picture of yourself and a short 20 word biography. Would this be ok?
I am beyond excited! Could this be the beginning of my journey into professional genealogy?
Worksop is the largest town in the Bassetlaw district of Nottinghamshire, England, on the River Ryton at the northern edge of Sherwood Forest. It is about 19 miles (31 km) east-south-east of the City of Sheffield and its population is estimated (Mid 2012) to be 44,970. Worksop is included in the Sheffield City Region of England. It is also twinned with the German town Garbsen. Worksop is attracting an increasing quantity of commuters to the local area because of its close proximity of Nottingham, Lincoln and Sheffield.
Worksop is known as the “Gateway to the Dukeries”, because of the now four obsolete ducal principle sites of which were closely located next to each other, south of the town. These four ducal locations were; Clumber House, Thoresby Hall, Welbeck Abbey and Worksop Manor.
Hoyland is a town near Barnsley in Northern England. The town developed from the hamlets of Upper Hoyland, Hoyland, and Hoyland Common.
The town has also been known as Nether Hoyland. That name was given to it to prevent confusion with High Hoyland. When the urban district council was formed the name they used was Hoyland Nether Urban District Council. This was also applied to the area run by Hoyland UDC. However, most locals have always known it simply as Hoyland.
Hoyland is part of the metropolitan borough of Barnsley in the metropolitan county of South Yorkshire, but it lies within the historic boundaries of West Riding of Yorkshire. In 2001 it had a population of 15,497.
Sorry I haven’t updated here for a few days, I really intended to be better at posting this year, but I lost my maternal grandmother last week and also work has been really busy. Normal service will be resumed today 🙂