Dementia Friends training

The UUV is hoping to become a Dementia Friendly Community and so will be running Dementia Friends Information Sessions. Please support this so that our area is a great place to live and visit for all abilities and ages.

Information Sessions

Dementia Friends Information Sessions are run by volunteer Dementia Friends Champions, who are trained and supported by the Alzheimer’s Society. Each Information Session lasts around one hour. You will learn more about dementia and how you can help to create dementia friendly communities.

Please note – public Dementia Friends Information Sessions are only suitable for people aged under 18 if they are accompanied by an adult aged 18 or over.

Why become a Dementia Friend? 

In the 2011 census there were approximately 1700 people living in the UUV area and 350 were over 65. We know that 14% of over 65s are living with dementia : that’s about 50 people in our community. On top of that about one third of our community either need long term care or are providing that care.

The UUV exists to make our area great to visit and great to live in. Our plan is to make the UUV a demonstrably dementia friendly community both for people who live here and our visitors.

Just click on the link and add your name to the list (if you are not already on it) and then just tick the box if you can make the date.



Community Walks 2016

On 17th April, the popular Community Walks programme will be resuming, starting with a lovely walk along the ridge from Heol Senni Quarry to Defynnog, and taking in an iron age hill fort along the way.  All are welcome to join the walks, including dogs on leads.

Please email the walk organiser at if you need any other information, or just turn up!

uuv walks poster

Craft Fair, St Cynogs Church

Craft fayre Defynnog 2015

A craft fair featuring work by local artists is being held this Saturday, 14th November in St Cynogs Church, Defynnog. Times: 11am -4pm.

There will be a chance to see some beautiful and original pieces and the chance to stock up on some Christmas presents. Use this opportunity to also explore the history and architecture of the church.

Seasonal refreshments available. Entrance fee £1 per adult, free for accompanied children

Notice of EGM – 22nd October – all welcome

The Upper Usk Valley Group are holding an Extraordinary General Meeting on October 22nd at Trecastle Village Hall at 7pm  – see below:


All members of the community are welcome to attend to offer their views on plans to develop the public toilets in Sennybridge into a visitor centre for the Upper Usk area.

The meeting will also be agreeing changes to the groups constitution. The proposed new constitution can be seen via the link below with the proposed changes highlighted in red:


The meeting will also be seeking views from the community as to what should be included in the groups action plan going forward.

The current version of the constitution and the action plan can be seen on the About Us page.

Llandovery Sheep Festival

Celebrate the year of the sheep over a wool-tastic weekend of fun, spinning, knitting, shearing and racing/ This year the Sheep Festival weekend will include Live Broadcasts on Radio Carmarthenshire, plus the return – by popular demand – of the amazing Sheeptacular.

Llandovery Sheep Festival

The brilliant and bizarre Wool Sack Race; if you have never seen this before it is definitely not the Sack Race that you did at school!

There will be music, dozens of stands, ranging from craft stalls to fresh hot food. Chat with the owners of the vintage vehicles and marvel at some truly impressive motorbikes.

The food theatre has a fantastic programme featuring fantastic chefs demonstrating some wonderful dishes, and this year with the added attraction of young chefs taking on the challenging college cookery competition.

The splendid Sheep Racing (the highlight of the weekend?) will be taking place on Saturday Evening.

Why not take part in the Cawl and Cake Trail? – An opportunity to judge the fierce competition and to taste the best Welsh Cawl and Cake on offer in Llandovery.

This is just a taster of what will be on offer, including children’s dancing and art competitions to poetry readings, model railways and walks! Oh, and don’t forget our mascot – Sarah the Sheep – will be making an appearance on both days, ready to be mauled by toddlers and cuddled by dogs.