Llangiwg is a haven for wildlife and a breathing space for humans.
- Dame Sian Phillips and Sir Roy Strong
It is with great sadness that I have to tell you Cynthia Mullan died in the early hours of Saturday
morning 11.11.17. on Remembrance Day. Her end was peaceful and contented, surrounded by her daughters Elizabeth, Ruth and Esther, who have lovingly
cared for her over the last months. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, November 23rd at St Cynog's Church at 11:00 am.
thoughts are with the family.
Ann Lewis. - Chairperson
Forthcoming events : -
Friday November 17th, should be a good
night for astronomy at Llangiwg and Ian Glendenning will be giving some information on the Leonid meteor shower
and if weather not good a prepared talk.
we will once again be selling Christmas Cards for Llangiwg. We will be using the beautiful picture of Llangiwg in the snow,
taken by David Roderick in 2010. They will be for sale in the Winterfest Festival in Pontardawe in early December. Alternatively,
you could ring on 07772 615381 (our dedicated Llangiwg phone).
will be holding Mari Lwyd in Llangiwg on 31st December, provisionally starting at 3.00pm, and also join us for an evening
of Astronomy on 17th November at 7:00pm with a chance to view the Leonid Meteor Shower with an illustrated talk if cloudy.
Soup will be served for a donation TBA.
Friends of Llangiwg have created a donation page for small projects with the aid of localgiving.org
who will match-fund certain projects and for the next year at no cost to Llangiwg Friends.
The page can be found at Localgiving.org/friends-of-llangiwg
"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.