Caroline and Ffiona with Piers and colleagues from Carmarthen Museum on a tour of the Walled Garden
The Tywi Gateway Trust are delighted to announce that we have now appointed our Community Engagement and Learning officer. In fact we have appointed two great new members to our team as a job share in the post. Ffiona Jones who started in September and Caroline Welch who will be joining us in November.
Ffiona Jones comes from a farming background, having studied agriculture at The Welsh Agricultural College, Aberystwyth in the late 1980’s. In 2008, she studied at the University of Wales Trinity St David, Carmarthen, where she gained her BA Primary Education with QTS in 2011. She has spent the following years working mainly as a supply teacher across Carmarthenshire. She is also currently studying for her MA in Local History at UWTSD.
Having grown up on a dairy farm in the Kidwelly area, Ffiona farms in the Tywi Valley at Pontargothi with her husband and 3 grown-up children, where they have a small herd of prize-winning pedigree Jersey cattle. It has been farmed by the family for over a hundred and twenty years.
Ffiona is a fluent Welsh speaker and has been involved with numerous organizations since moving to the area in the 1990’s, including YFC, local agricultural shows and cattle breed societies, the Urdd, Llanegwad Parish Church, Ysgol Nantgaredig and Ysgol Gyfun Bro Myrddin to name but a few.
Ffiona hopes that her role will enable her to engage with all that she loves about the Tywi Valley – the ecology, the history, heritage and culture and of course, the people.