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.

 

Agincourt Flower Festival at St David’s Church, Llywel

In August 2015 Trecastle will be hosting the official Agincourt exhibition which is circulating the area over the Summer. The Friends Of St David’s have decided to stage the exhibition with a flower festival to be held over the weekend of 15th and 16th August in St David’s Church, Llywel.

The theme for the weekend will be: ‘The Archer’s Journey’ with each display depicting one of the villages or towns that the bowmen visited on route from Carmarthen to Southampton. The Friends are in the process of asking local groups and volunteers to prepare floral arrangements and at the same time approaching local businesses to ask if they would consider sponsoring the event. Donations would be used to fund the flowers used for the arrangements and cover the printing cost to publicise the event. 

Sponsorship Option 1 – £20 – the name of the supporting business will be included in the flower festival catalogue

Sponsorship Option 2 – £25 – the name and contact details of the supporting business will be included in the flower festival catalogue

Sponsorship Option3 – £50 – giving 1/8 of an A4 page within the flower festival catalogue.

If you would like to donate, please contact Gillian Byrne via email: gillian.tygwyn@talktalk.net for a sponsorship form.

April 2014 Community Walk

Upper Usk Valley

Upper Usk Valley Community Walks

Upper Usk Walking Group

Our next walk takes place on Sunday 27th April from Trecastle Community Hall.

Please meet at 2.00pm, parking in the layby opposite the Hall, near the red phone box, or slightly further down the road beyond the Antiques Centre

The route takes in some of the ancient track ways around Trecastle, taking in the old roman road, bridleways around the village, crossing the River Usk and heading through old woodlands.

Spring is here, so there are plenty of opportunities to see the bird life and wild flowers en route.

The route is suitable for all ages, dogs on a short lead are welcome, though please ensure they are kept on a lead as there are young lambs in the fields on the route.

Some areas may be wet and muddy and the weather forecast suggests a possibility of heavy showers, so please arrive prepared for these.

 

March 2014 Community Walk

Upper Usk Valley Community Walks

Spring is officially here, so perhaps we may be blessed with some reasonable weather for the next Community Walk?

Sunday 30th March 2014 – meet at 2.00pm: Crai Village Hall

Continuing our tour of the Upper Usk Valley area, the next walk is based from Crai, taking in Fforest Fach hill and the Crai Valley.

Starting from Crai Village Hall, the route will take us along ancient bridleways and tracks, above the old Neath to Brecon railway, the embankments and bridge foundations of which are clearly visible as you turn into Crai. The Fforest Fach hill itself, sits above Cwm Crai and Cwm Treweryn, which both show evidence of glacial formation.

The Northern summit of Fforest Fach overlooks Sennybridge and Defynnog and offer’s views of the Crai, Senni and of course Usk Valley itself. Please follow the Facebook Page Upper Usk Valley for updates.

Cray - Google Maps

Crai and Fforest Fach Google Satellite View

Stormy Sunday Stroll

Usk Reservoir Walks

Wandering down towards the Usk Reservoir

I guess after our experiences so far, the title might be a more apt name for our Community Walks!

9 hardy souls ventured out on Sunday, all well equipped and ready for a couple of hours of thorough testing out of waterproofs and boots. In fairness, only around 30 minutes were actually spent out on the open moorland, experiencing a thoroughly natural and very efficient exfoliation from the elements, with plenty of shelter in the forestry for the rest of the walk and a change of start point to ensure some added shelter at the start and finish.

To quote local Brecon Beacons Ambassador, Carole Gledhill:

There is some perverse kind of pleasure in being out on open moorland in this kind of weather. Not sure why but there it is, that’s what we experienced on the community walk this afternoon! I expect it was the good company.

Initially venturing through Aled’s “20 metres of mud”, the route took us North of the Usk Reservoir, heading swiftly to the edge of the forestry and a brief description of the many hidden elements of Mynydd Myddfai and the Roman Road over Mynydd Bach Trecastell including ancient earthworks, cairns and the Roman Marching camps at Y Pigwn and Waun Ddu – the walking with Romans app is available from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android)

brecon beacons mountain ponies

Mountain Ponies doing their best in the weather

Having being ignored by some equally unimpressed mountain ponies, we ventured over the moorland, eventually dropping back into the forestry some 100 metres from Physician’s well – try finding this spot without some local knowledge – where a few braved a taste of the healing waters.

Now nicely sheltered from the wind and drizzle, we wandered through the forestry, witnessing some brief views above the reservoir itself, before the cars and some dry conditions appeared.

Sadly we were finished too early to visit the Castle Coaching Inn, though we would like to take this opportunity to wish John, the landlord well as he goes into hospital for surgery this week.

Let’s hope for better health for John and better weather for our next walk on Sunday 30th March, details will be posted here.

Physician's Well usk reservoir

Usk Reservoir and Physician’s Well route map

Thanks to all that came along, we hope other’s will join us when the weather improves…..no wonder the Roman’s went home!

Reconstruction on the Roman fortlet at Waun Ddu: