Llangiwg is a haven for wildlife and a breathing space for humans.
- Dame Sian Phillips and Sir Roy Strong
Annual Summer Picnic - which was held
on 26th June 2016
This year we celebrated our Annual Summer Picnic, in honour
of St Ciwg’s birthday on Sunday 26th June. We don’t actually know St Ciwg's birth date, however, Browne
Willis (Parochiale Anglicanum 1733) gives St. Ciwg’s festival as being on 29th June, so we now hold our picnic
on the last Sunday in June. It was not the sunny day we had hoped. In fact, it absolutely bucketed down, and we were
extremely despondent quarter an hour before kick off as very few people were there. We should have known better! Suddenly people started arriving, bearing gifts of sandwiches and delicious cakes in spite of, or perhaps because of, the
rain. Clive and Viv Sterl aided by Peter King and Aneurin Jones played for us throughout the whole afternoon and we had
an exceptionally happy time, probably because we were all confined into such a small space! We were also able to enjoy
the fragrance of the exquisite summer flowers filling the old church We even managed to hold hands along the aisle in
an unbroken chain (and there were over 70 of us!) singing, with the help of the band, "Happy Birthday" to Ciwg.
Forthcoming events at Llangiwg
Heart of the Valley Show - Sept.10th 2016. 10.30:am-5:pm Glantawe Riverside Park. Pontardawe.
Friends of Llangiwg will have a stall
there and donations of crafts and cakes will be gratefully accepted. Please contact our Chairman Ann Lewis on
07772615381 - if no reply please leave your name and contact number and we will return your call
as soon as possible, thank you.
"The Friends of Llangiwg" meet
on the third Tuesday of every month in the lounge of : - "The Ivy Bush Hotel" 103 High
Street, Pontardawe. SA8 4JN. Meeting start time 7:00 pm.
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Recent Events at Llangiwg
Llangiwg Charity Auction - Many thanks to all those that supported the charity auction on Friday at Pontardawe Golf Club. We made nearly £1100, which will go towards the restoration of the church. Thanks are especially due to Ann Lewis,
Gerald James and Pontardawe Golf Club, and we had a wonderful night.
Our Annual St Ciwg's Picnic on Sunday
28th June was a truly lovely day. We were very fortunate to have a group of musicians, The Third Room, who
entertained most of the afternoon. We are very grateful to Jay Laville who organised the music but also for seeing to accommodation
for the musicians.
We do hope they will come to Llangiwg again in the future. Our grateful thanks
to this very kind group for giving their services free.
Our last event was on Sunday
12th July, a concert given by The Eclectics. This again was a truly magical experience. Our very grateful
thanks once again to the members of the choir not only for a thrilling performance but also for giving their services free.
Proceeds from both events are supporting our restoration and maintenance fund.
"The Friends of Llangiwg" meet
on the third Tuesday of every month in the lounge of : - "The Ivy Bush Hotel"
103 High Street, Pontardawe. SA8 4JN. Meeting start time 7:00 pm.
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The Gwenllian Daffodil
the Natural History page for some information on this very rare daffodil that has been planted at Llangiwg
Llangiwg, the building and local
area surrounding the old church, is of outstanding interest for many reasons. It is a symbol of
the continuity of a community with all its social, cultural religious and historical associations. The former church is situated on Barley Hill (locally known as “The Barley”) which
is 688ft./206.4m above sea level. The town of Pontardawe lies about 1.5km to the south east and
the building occupies a sheltered site on the side of The Barley with wonderful views over the local mountains
all the way to Swansea Bay. The Barley reflects the agricultural nature of the area before the advent of industry
in the late 18th and 19th centuries.
The Llangiwg Community Association The church is now in community ownership,
managed by a charitable company, The Llangiwg Community Association. The main purpose of the charity
is to preserve and conserve the former church at Llangiwg for the enjoyment and benefit of the present
and future generations. The church is grade 2 listed and dates back to the 6th Century. The church
was de-consecrated in 2004 and was purchased by the community in 2007. A community association (Friends of Llangiwg)
was established in 2006, to promote social and community activity, with the Llangiwg Community Association
formed in 2008 to undertake the responsibility of the building, its conservation and protection
for future generations. Part of this responsibility is to educate and to increase access to
the church for the wider community, and through this, to increase awareness and to educate the local,
regional and national community in the appreciation of the cultural, historic and natural environment of the area.
Directions to Llangiwg
1. LOCATION - National Grid Reference Number: 272380 205590
3. Please note that the road from Ynysmeudwy
is in a bad state of repair and has a severe gradient, it is recommended drivers use the Pontardawe
to Ammanford A4704 - turn right at the Traveller's Well Public House, Rhyd y fro.
4. SATNAV - You
could enter the following postcode into your SatNav: SA8 4TP - please note that the road
from Pontardawe to Llangiwg is in a bad state of repair.
5. DIRECTIONS - There are three ways of approaching the church by road:
5.1 Via Pontardawe to Ammanford A474
This is the recommended route by car! ...turning right approx 6 miles from Pontardawe Cross
alongside the Travellers' Well Public House, Rhyd y fro, proceed approx 1 mile turn right at
the signpost marked Llangiwg proceed for half a mile through a farmyard to the redundant church
5.2 Via Pontardawe to Ynysmeudwy B4603:
...travelling from Pontardawe to Ynysmeudwy B4603 after approx a mile turn left on
to Old Road (Heol Hen), after 50 yards turn left into Llanguicke Road, past the community centre
and up the hill along the lane for approx 2 miles. Please note that this road is in a bad state of repair and
has several steep hills.
An alternative walking route: ... is from the Welsh School at Alltycham Rd, Pontardawe,
via the 100 steps and take the path through the golf course on to the church.
Having arrived, at the car park, we see the Pontardawe Golf Club
below, and beyond to the West, magnificent views of Swansea Bay and Mumbles. To the north we can
even see Pen-y-fan and the Brecon Beacons.