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Archaeology comes to Llangwm ...... again!

Posted 10th November 2019

A Field Walking Project called ‘Discovering our Ancestors : Hunter-Gatherers in South Pembrokeshire’ is coming to Llangwm. It concentrates on Neolithic & Mesolithic people and is headed by Andy Shobbrook from Dyfed Archaeological Services.

Andy and volunteers are currently investigating ploughed fields at Brawdy Farm near Newgale and from December two local farms in Llangwm and Freystrop will be involved.

The Llangwm part of the project begins on Friday 15th with training day, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, in Llangwm Village Hall where volunteers will learn how to wash, catalogue and bag the finds from Brawdy Farm. The Field Walking will take place in December and into the New Year.  

If you are interested please contact Liz: villacasagaia@gmail.com


Important Notice

Temporary Closure of Butterhill - Wednesday 27th November 2019

Posted 10th November 2019

Butterhill will be temporarily closed on Wednesday 27th November between 9:30 am and 3:00 pm in order to renew defective ironwork in the carriageway. For further information and details of the designated alternative route, please click on the documents below.



Important News Concerning the Village Hall

by Liz Rawlings, Chairperson Llangwm Village Hall Committe

Posted 10th November 2019

You might have noticed that plans/talks/meetings about the current state of the hall and future developments have stopped since February. This is because out of the woodwork appeared a Covenant from the National Playing Fields Association (now the Fields in Trust) linked to a grant given to Llangwm to buy the rugby field in 1955. Apologies for the history lesson! This Covenant meant that there was to be no future building on this land safeguarding it for ever, but the Village Hall had been built in 1978.

Since February, the Committee has been trying to find a solution, mainly through research and discussion with Fields in Trust. The Office of the Secretary of State for Wales was contacted for information relating to the building on the recreation fields in Llangwm, but records had been transferred to the National Assembly for Wales and then the trail went cold! However, following a chance remark by Mrs Maureen Kiff who recalled as a child jumping from concrete block to concrete block on the site of the current village hall, further research took place backto 1938, at the end of the Depression. It was discovered that a group in the village wanted to set up an Institute for Employment to help people learn skills and gain employment. They purchased that piece of land for this centre, and the land was later given to the Community Council for a Community Centre. So we have a Conveyance.

All paperwork has now been submitted to the Fields in Trust’s solicitor and we are awaiting a final decision on using additional land for the new build - or something which fits in! 

Our next steps - once approval has been given, we restart the process of getting funding, and this is where you come in. Without European funding available in the future, this is going to be increasingly more difficult. So if we call for your support e.g. attending a public meeting, please come. It has to be a community effort otherwise we won’t get funding. Please help when you can.

The current state of the village hall is now NOT good. Although the interior seems reasonable, the structure is poor and the roof is in a very poor state with the slates and coping stones deteriorating rapidly. There will come a time in the not too distant future when it may become unfit for purpose.

In the months to come we will be meeting again with the Representatives of all the many Llangwm Groups who came together in March this year, forming a Community Action Group which will enable us to canvass opinions from local people about their wishes for the Community Hall.


Archiving Project Update

Posted 10th November 2019

The Archiving Project is now 9 months into the 2 year programme. Three of the 5 History Societies have had their initial 10 week allocation - Pembroke & Monkton, Llangwm and Penally, and the two project officers are currently working at Coastlands (Dale & Marloes). Hook will follow. 

A completely new cataloguing system has been developed which all societies can use and all lessons learned about archiving and cataloguing will be available to other societies in the future.

The main reason for this project is that all history societies have collections of photographs, documents, family histories and artefacts which are kept in cupboards or even under beds! We, the Five Communities Group, want to share this information and ensure that it is accessible for all. Everything will be uploaded to a forthcoming web-site “Heritage Pembrokeshire’ and the People’s Collection Wales.

Thank you to everyone who has shared their photographs etc.


Household Enquiry Forms

Posted 15th September 2019

Household Enquiry Forms (HEF) have been sent to every household in Pembrokeshire asking residents to check whether the information that appears on the Electoral Register for that address is correct. Householders are being urged to respond as soon as possible.

The Digital Team is co-ordinating a promotional campaign alongside this on behalf of the elections service. The main aim of the campaign is to encourage householders to return their Household enquiry form, in order to increase the response rates in all of our electoral areas.

The highest response rate for an area so far is 76.62% and the lowest is 45.21%. You can check your area by clicking here to open a map.

Reminder forms have recently been sent to households that didn’t respond to the first letter; residents residents are encouraged to return their Household Enquiry Forms as soon as they can.

Residents can also respond to their HEF form online www.hef-response.co.uk.

If anyone has any questions or queries regarding the HEF process they can contact the elections team electoralservices@pembrokeshire.gov.uk 01437 775844 Office hours: 9.00am to 5.00pm - Monday to Friday.

There is more information available on https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/elections-and-voting


Archiving Project

Posted 16th August 2019

‘Sharing Family History’ - the exciting archiving project in Pembrokeshire is now in its fourth month. The two project officers - Angela Jones and David Llewelyn have devised a cataloguing system for the five history societies’ archives which can be used by other societies across Pembrokeshire. Photographs, documents and artefacts are being digitally uploaded to the People’s Collection Wales website and ultimately onto a new website 'Heritage Pembrokeshire'. The first 10 weeks was spent trawling through the collection held by Pembroke and Monkton History Society, and the second at Llangwm. Penally is next, followed by Coastlands and Hook. This two year project has been funded by the European LEADER fund and the Heritage Lottery and will enable anyone to access these valuable resources on line - students, family historians, researchers.


Community Centre

Posted 1st August 2019

The Community Centre Committee received a setback in their wish to build a new Community Centre for the village when a covenant on the land was discovered. Extensive research has taken place to ensure that the ultimate aim of providing an eco-friendly hall to suit the present and future needs of our growing community will happen. But there will be a delay in accessing funding until this issue has been resolved.


Twinning Project

Posted 1st August 2019

The president of Beernem Rugby Club visited Llangwm late in July and there are plans for a match between this newly formed club in Flanders and Llangwm Easter 2020. This is the start of developing closer links between the two areas.


Archiving Project Update

Posted 1st August 2019

The Archiving Project - “Sharing Local History” includes 5 local history societies in Pembrokeshire - Coastlands, Hook, Llangwm, Penally, Pembroke & Monkton. David Llewellyn and Angela Jones have been appointed as project officers on a job share basis. They have a wide skills base and valuable professional experience and expertise - Manager of the Tudor House, Tenby, and former Archivist in Pembroke Record Office. Each society has a collection of photographs, documents and artefacts which will be catalogued and digitally archived on a new web-site “Heritage Pembrokeshire” and the People’s Collection, Wales. This two year pilot project ensures that these valuable contributions to local history are accessible to all.