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.


Open Doors – St Davids Church, Llywel

St David’s Church will be open for visitors to come and explore on Saturday 12th September from 10am – 5pm. The church is a Grade I* listed building.  Within this special place of worship we house a wealth of history.

Church records will be available for viewing for those with an interest in local family history. Refreshments will be available.

St Davids Church, LLywel

Address: St David’s Church, Llywel, Brecon, Powys, LD3 8RF

The church is in the hamlet of Llywel, just off the A40, approximately 1 mile west of the village of Trecastle.

Wheelchair access is available to to the church, but the toilet facilities are not wheelchair accessible.

Usk Reservoir closure

Due to tree felling operations, part of the Usk reservoir trail will be closed from Friday 14th August. The operation is located on the far west side of the reservoir and will clear the storm damaged trees as well as the larch trees.  Due to the location of the operation it will mean that a circular loop will not be able to be maintained around the reservoir. The trail will be closed between SN819 275 and SN 805 280 other sections of the trail are not affected. It is expected to take around 10 weeks to complete the work.

Usk Reservoir walk

Community meeting to gather local information, anecdotes & images.

There is a meeting on Tuesday 23rd June at The White House in Sennybridge from 7pm to which all of the local and wider community are welcome.

The purpose of this meeting is for collecting information, stories, anecdotes and pictures of rural life in the local community. The information gathered will be used to help with the development of some walking leaflets showing the history of this area being produced by Meinter Brycheiniog.

The Upper Usk Valley Group are specifically also looking for any memorabilia etc from the flooding of the Usk Valley when the Usk Reservoir was built  60 years ago as they are hoping to hold a commemoration service at Traianglas Church in the week of August 7th with a display for visitors to peruse.

The meeting is on Tuesday 23rd June at The White House in Sennybridge from 7pm.