The Llanthony Valley and District History Group
In August 2014, we started a local history project which has now become the Llanthony Valley and District History Group. The group is open to anyone interested in finding out more about the history of Llwyn Celyn, the Llanthony Valley and its landscape. The HLF grant also includes funding for the group to establish a website and produce a book. This is a chance for interested local historians to learn and improve research techniques by working alongside experts.
The history group is already well underway, with lively monthly meetings where participants discuss and share their interests. There are usually brief talks or presentations too. Landmark's in-house Historian, Caroline Stanford is actively involved with the group.
A number of themes are being looked at including field names, ancient tracks and routes, Nonconformist and recusant religion, trams and the railway, house histories and the valley's connections with wider events.
The group welcomes new members and themes: contact local coordinator Pip Bevan [email protected] for more details.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday 20 January. All welcome.
Last updated: 21 December 2015
Llanthony Valley & District Show Hedging and Walling Match
We were delighted to host the Llanthony Show's 2015 Hedging and Walling Match at Llwyn Celyn in October. Six walling and eight hedging competitors took part. Walling competitors had to complete a 2 metre section of wall to a height of 1.4m using a mixture of old stone from the original ruined wall and newly quarried local stone. Hedging competitors had to lay 3 metres of hedge. The hedge is a juvenile hedge, planted about 10 years ago and represents a recent wave of new hedge planting supported by grants. This was the first time this particular hedge at Llwyn Celyn has been laid – and this traditional process will ensure that it matures to form a stock proof barrier, with plenty of new growth at the base. It was heartening to see young people competing in both categories, as traditional crafts are honed.
Competitors had 7 hours to complete their tasks – under the watchful eye of the judges. The competition is not just about the end result, the process is judged too. In both cases both sides of the hedge or wall are judged – regardless of whether they will be primarily viewed by livestock or humans!
Glorious autumn sunshine warmed the valley and kept the competitors and spectators in good spirits. This match is very much a social affair – an opportunity for local residents to meet and chat, enjoy local produce and hearty bacon sandwiches. Prize giving took place in Threshing Barn at 4pm and it was heart-warming to see the old barn filled with locals, celebrating and rewarding the labours of the day.
For the full round up story of the day including pictures and results please click here
Heritage at Work at Llwyn Celyn - Volunteer Weeks in 2016 - Now Full.
Thanks to all of you who have signed up to to Heritage at Work and join a merry band of volunteers keen to lend a hand on site. We are now full, but if you would like to be put on the reserve list, then please keep an eye on the website for updates on when we will be calling for more volunteers in 2017. In the meantime, there will be plenty of odd days and events, such as our hedge planting day on the 16 February 2016, so stay tuned for more information.
Tea and Coffee Morning and Site Visit - July 2015
We held an open afternoon specially for Llanthony Valley & District residents so that they were the onsite to hear the wonderful news about our HLF Grant. It also doubled as the July meeting of the Llanthony Valley local history group. It was a lovely moment to share with the community who have supported us through the process so far.
Image Below: The local history group celebrating the news of the HLF grant