On this page you will find details of the Friends of Llangiwg, the community association
that has come together to save the church building for future generations. You will discover who we are, what we do and how
we do it.
The stages of development have so far included:
- Having been declared a redundant church in
2004 it was put up for sale by the Representative Body of the Church in Wales and was on the market for several years.
- In 2005 a petition was signed by 600 people who felt strongly that this historic church which had been the Parish Church
for centuries should not fall into private hands. The first public meeting was held in the July 2005, followed by regular
monthly meetings thereafter.
- The Neath Port Talbot CVS also prepared questionnaires asking local people their views
on the future use of the building. This was most fortuitous, as the Church in Wales invited closed bids to arrive at their
office in Cathedral Road, Cardiff by noon on September 29th so that a decision could be made as to the sale of Llangiwg. There
were three bids on the table.
- The Neath Port Talbot Council for Voluntary Service was asked to guide the Friends
in drawing up a Constitution. Officers were appointed and the Constitution was accepted by the monthly meeting in September
2006. Its first object was “to help preserve, maintain, repair, restore and enhance the fabric of Llangiwg”
- The Friends had pledges to the value of £45,000 from sponsors for a cash sale and this with the Community Consultation
was accepted by the Representative Body of the Church in Wales. The Friends heard the good news at their October 2006 meeting
but the contract was not finally signed and sealed until 25th.May 2007.The Chairman of the Friends arranged a celebration
at the Friends monthly meeting and the spokesperson of the sponsors was presented with a basket of flowers.
monthly Friends of Llangiwg meetings began to be held at the IVY BUSH HOTEL, Pontardawe on the THIRD TUESDAY of the
month. All are welcome.
The Friends number almost 150 local people and families, with more joining
each month. We warmly welcome new members and supporters, to help us to programme social activities, celebrations and events
and also to support exhibitions, concerts and educational programmes for the local community.
We work closely with
local schools, local authorities and community organisations that have assisted in supporting the redevelopment of the church
building for the total community.
We have recently been awarded an Awards for All interpretation programme, which will
allow us to share the history and heritage of the area with local people, and particularly young people, as well as supporting
economic development through tourism in an otherwise deprived area.