Making sure that milk stands are remembered

by Angharad Evans, Welsh Language Communications Officer

I want to take you back to April 2017 for the topic of this month's Cornel Clecs.  I traced a bit of the history of the milk stands, and this month there’s an appeal for help to record the history of milk stands in Carmarthenshire.

Anthony Rees is making the appeal, and here he is to say a little more about what he's looking for: “In collaboration with Carmarthenshire Young Farmers’ Clubs, we are photographing and mapping all surviving milk stands in the county before it’s too late,” explains Anthony.

“This project will run through the spring of 2024.  Whilst the Young Farmers are mapping and photographing surviving milk stands, I would love your help in one or more of the following ways:

  • Have a rummage in those dusty photo albums to see if you have any long-forgotten photos of milk stands. Photos of stands being used with churns or lorries would be fantastic, but even if a milk stand is just lurking in the background, we would love to add them to the national collection. Similarly, if you have any old film footage, that would be a very rare and important artefact!  Carmarthen School of Art have kindly offered to help with the photography part of the project.
  • We would love to hear your stories - farmers, lorry drivers, or dairy workers who could contribute to our understanding of the tapestry of Carmarthenshire’s milk stand culture.  Maybe you, or your friends or family were/are dairy farmers in Carmarthenshire and remember the milk stands being used. Or maybe you know someone who used to work for the Milk Marketing Board, driving the lorries and collecting the milk churns.  Please encourage them to speak with me so that they can share their anecdotes that deserve a spotlight!  Everyone we speak to about the milk stands has stories and anecdotes about them, we would love to hear yours.
  • If you have any milk stand or Milk Marketing Board related documents, letters, statements, milk churn labels, they would all be gratefully received into the collection.  Carmarthenshire Archives have been fantastic and have unearthed a long-forgotten register of milk stand easements, which logs the annual payments some farmers made to the Council to have a stand on the main roads. Without this project, this register would have remained undiscovered.

“No other county in Wales has gone about capturing their history, this is an invaluable project that will help preserve a crucial part of our heritage in rural Carmarthenshire for future generations, who may well wonder what those piles of stones on the roadside were used for!

“Until the late 1970s, lorries from the Milk Marketing Board (MMB) went about collecting filled milk churns from stands every morning, which were usually situated at the end of farm lanes. In 1974, there were around 1,700 dairy farms in Carmarthenshire, with most, we can assume, using milk stands. Today, there are less than 500 dairy farms in the county.

“However, since the introduction of bulk milk collections, these stands have lain idle and many of them have been removed. Those that remain are often unloved, decaying and overgrown, at the very end of farm lanes. However, they are reminders of a rich agricultural past, and surely worth recording before it’s too late.

“By photographing and documenting the history of these stands we will ensure that future generations connect with their very own heritage, and appreciate the evolution of the dairy industry in Carmarthenshire, and indeed our shared agricultural society.”

What a great opportunity to be part of history and ensure that the tradition of the milk stands is remembered and preserved forever. There are a number of ways you can contribute:

  • Email Anthony at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your stories and photos.
  • Phone Anthony on 07802 435677 if you’d like more information or to share a story.
  • Drop off photos and materials with members of your local Young Farmers’ Club or the Carmarthenshire Young Farmers’ Office in Carmarthen, or message Anthony who is very happy to collect.
  • Tag #milkstandssirgar on social media 

Sharing farm safety messages with school children across Wales

The Wales Farm Safety Partnership are heading up a rural school’s campaign that highlights the importance of keeping safe on farm. The Welsh Whisperer, a popular Welsh singer/songwriter visited 15 schools across Wales, along the way singing songs and reading the book ‘Nice one Bob’.

‘Nice one Bob’ was commissioned by the partnership in 2023 and shows various farming situations and highlights the dangers and proves how important it is that children keep safe on farm. Bob saves the day, every time!

As well as the school visits by the Welsh Whisperer there are other resources available such as an animated video, workbooks, and farm safety signs.

You can download a copy of the book and see all available resources on the Farming Connect Website. Search for Wales Farm Safety.

The Wales Farm Safety Partnership (WFSP) is a collaboration between all the key organisations representing agriculture and allied industries in Wales. The partner organisations are committed to working together for a safer farming industry in Wales by aspiring to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries caused to farmers, their families, farm employees and others who come into contact with farm activities.



Gareth and the world of rallying

by Angharad Evans, Welsh Language Communications Officer

As the summer turned into autumn, one of the largest international motorsport events was held in Ceredigion.

During the first weekend of September, Rali Ceredigion was held where 130 cars competed along the closed roads of Ceredigion stretching over 105 miles. But did you know that there is a connection between this event and the Union? Let’s find out more from one of the staff at the Union’s Head Office in Aberystwyth:

“Most members know me as Gareth Parry, FUW Senior Policy and Communications Officer, however, some of you will also know that I enjoy rallying in my spare time…

Remembering the pioneering character Ionwen Lewis

by Lewis Gruffudd

On 8 August, we were saddened to hear that Ionwen Lewis had passed away.  She lived at Werville Grange Farm, Pentre Gat, Llandysul, Ceredigion. She was Chairman of the Ceredigion Branch of the Farmers’ Union of Wales in 2005/2006 and Ceredigion's representative on the Union's Tourism and Diversification Committee for a number of years. She was an innovative character and as far as we know, the first woman to be Branch Chair.

Gwynfaes Seren Wledig is the star of the show!

by Angharad Evans, Welsh Language Communications Officer

It's been a month since we enjoyed the Royal Welsh Show and I'm sure we all have our memories, but for one Welsh cob breeder and an FUW member from Carmarthenshire, Royal Welsh Show 2023 will be a very memorable one.

Meirion Evans from Cynwyl Elfed won the Welsh Cob Stallions Main Championship with Gwynfaes Seren Wledig. Cornel Clecs had the opportunity to chat with Meirion recently, and to ask exactly what it was like to win such a prestigious title.

Barn Owls - an encouter with FUW Glamorgan Vice Chair Charlotte Llywellyn

How iconic are these birds – floating along a hedgerow, a silent mini torpedo.

I would have been at most 5, but I can still remember the buzz of excitement as my father stopped dead and pointed out the barn owl sitting on top of the old stone wall by the cowshed. That was my last sighting of a barn owl on this farm for 50years. I’m sure they were around… they must have been because the next part of the story starts with an owl pellet.

Scroll on to 2020, I’m now farming the same farm and in a gateway I come across an owl pellet – the regurgitated remains of what ever prey was indigestible. It was very dark, cylindrical, and about 2 inches long. The internet quickly suggested that this was from a barn owl. How excited was I? Tawney owls can be seen and heard regularly across the farm but a barn owl!

By coincidence Steve the Owl Man or Owley as he’s also known, popped up to ask whether he could survey any likely sites for barn owl boxes. Within a month a box was put up – not in a barn, but in a big old ash tree not far from where I’d found the pellet. The following year – not even a Jackdaw used the box! In 2022 again no activity in the box but I did have an amazing night-time encounter, with the owl hovering about 6ft above the ground about 10 ft away!


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