New Llangors community garden to encourage ‘social interaction’

Brecon & Radnor Express Saturday, 11 September 2021  

by Ariane Brumwell – Reporter

Llangors Youth and Community Centre in Powys has created a new community garden area, complete with flower beds, picnic tables, bird feeders and vegetable planters for local residents to enjoy.

The project, which was funded with a grant of £2,500 from the Morrisons Foundation, is to encourage social interaction between older and younger members of the community, which before the development of the garden had no outdoor community facilities.

Melrose East, chair of Llangors Community Centre explains: “This is such a much needed space in the middle of a small village in Mid Wales where people of all ages can meet, socialise and play especially during these extraordinary times. We are so grateful to the Morrisons Foundation for donating money to enable this project to be realised”.

Joe Scargill, Morrisons Foundation specialist said: “The challenges of the past 18 months mean that people are eager to get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors more than ever. That’s why I’m absolutely thrilled that Llangors Community Centre have been able to provide such a great outdoor area for the whole community to enjoy.”

“The transformation the charity has made to the area cannot be underestimated, it really is a massive improvement and they should be really proud of their amazing achievement of providing this excellent outdoor space. Supporting local community projects like this is what the Foundation is all about and I’m delighted that we have been able to make a difference”

The Morrisons Foundation was set up by Morrisons supermarket in 2015 and awards grants for charity projects which help improve people’s lives. Since launching, over £33 million has been donated to hundreds of charities across England, Scotland and Wales.

RYLEY’S EVEREST CHALLENGE FOR THE PLAY PARK

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A Great Turnout For the Sponsored Walk

All ready for the weather.

Despite the forecast and initial drizzle a great time was had by all walking through the fields to the two farms. Many, many thanks to Julie and family at Crickie Farm and to Beth Williams and family at Llwyn Bedw (Birchgrove). They gave us a wonderful welcome with seriously good nourishment and an inspiring garden visit!

As well as having an enjoyable day, hopefully valuable funds will have been raised for the play park. Thanks to everyone who walked.

Latest 14/9/21: The sponsored walk raised £825, many thanks to all the walkers who braved a rather damp morning to raise money and huge thanks to Julie and Beth for providing such a wonderful welcome for us all at their homes.

ALSO
Llangors Picture Quiz raised £230. A big, big thank you to the Quarrell family.

Our Sponsored Walk

SATURDAY AUGUST 21st  

IN AID OF LLANGORS PLAY PARK

MEET OUTSIDE LLANGORS COMMUNITY CENTRE @ 10.30am

  1. Walk to Upper Pendre Farm layby with walk leaders
  • Then on to Crickie Farm across the fields 

Drinks will be available at the farm

  • Carry on to Llwyn-Bedw Farm and have a pack lunch in the garden. Drinks will again be provided. Please bring your own pack lunch and spend time looking around the beautiful gardens. Enjoy panoramic views down the Usk Valley, Black Mountains and across to the Brecon Beacons
  • Return to Crickie Farm for dessert (provided) and back to the Community Centre

Suitable for all ages – approx. 4 miles

Sponsor forms are available from Castle Inn Llangors or from Melrose East (melrosemeast@gmail.com)

Sponsored Walk Form Link

COFFEE MORNINGS ARE BACK!

COFFEE MORNINGS will restart in the Community Centre on Thursday mornings, 9.30 – 11.30am. Please remember to wear your mask.Everyone welcome. We look forward to seeing all our friends again.

‘FUN IN THE PARK’

Llangors play park was open for visitors on Saturday morning, July 10th 2021, so they could see and enjoy the changes that have been made to the area over the past few months. Children were treated to a variety of activities and games such as planting sun flower seeds, hand and feet painting, chasing bubbles, kicking ball, hoola hoops and  climbing, all in beautiful sunshine. Thanks to Charlie and Laura Thomas, Laura East for helping with the activities. 

Ailsa Dunn and Alison Eagle were on duty at the entrance gates to welcome the visitors and take names and contact details for the Government ‘Track and Trace’, a familiar feature now at events in line with Coronavirus Regulations. Thanks to both for undertaking this important task. 

Also, capturing all visitors at the entrance with a raffle, were the Quarrell family, headed up by Ordrith, who sold over £100’s worth of raffle tickets. Well done to the three of you.

Teas, coffee and soft drinks were provided free of charge by Anne Evans and Avril Guinan. Thanks to both. 

There was a display at the refurbished ‘round house’ detailing the history of how and when the house was built, together with some very interesting photos of the adults and children involved in making the base and the thatching. Gosh, how people have changed over the past 20 years!

Another display showed a plan of the play area, with an assortment of play equipment, which had been designed by Playdale a number of years ago. Names were taken of people who wanted to form a sub committee to take the project forward to the next phase.

Visitors were also able to see the progress to the community shop, which is sited on the other side of the community centre. Two containers had been placed in situ the previous day, so it was possible to envisage what the shop might look like. Some of the committee members were on hand to explain the recent developments and answer any questions as well as sell shares and gain more volunteers.

People were also treated to the new boules pitch which had been constructed on the old village hall site with some brave people deciding to give it a go! A set of Boules will be available in the community shop for people to use if they don’t have their own set.

It was wonderful to see so many families with young children come along and enjoy the morning. It was the first event that had been organised in the village for over 18 months. Covid restrictions were adhered to with all activities taking place outdoors and social distancing adhered to. A total of £235 was raised on the day from the raffle and donations. Many thanks to all who gave money so generously. I hope you enjoyed the day.

It is clear that the Community Hub is beginning to take shape. 

Melrose East

July 2021

Boules at the old hall site

June 12th 2021 saw the beginnings of a Boules pitch on the old village hall site. Thanks to Wally and Sam for making a start on this exciting project and to Colin – he’s found some bricks! And more work with Lawrence and Mike over the weekend of the 18th.